56. Documentation for George Fox
(10 Mar 1781 to 14 Jun 1847)
father of John L. Fox
(18 Oct 1818 to 06 Jan 1899)



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George Fox was born March 10, 1781, in Frederick County, Maryland.(
1) He was the son of Frederick Fox and Catherine Booker.(2) George may have been born at or near Fox's Gap in Maryland. The gap received its name from George's grandfather, John Fox, who was the earliest settler in the immediate vicinity of the gap.(3) Fox's Gap is where the Old Sharpsburg Road from Frederick, Maryland, to Sharpsburg, Maryland, crosses the South Mountain.(4) The Old Sharpsburg Road was part of the Great Wagon Road to Philadelphia, which also was known as the German Monocacy Road.(5)

Fox's Gap was the scene for a major portion of the Battle of South Mountain between forces under Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Union General George B. McClellan on September 14, 1862.(
6) The Reno Monument, dedicated to U. S. Major Jesse Lee Reno who was killed in the Battle of South Mountain, stands at Fox's Gap.(7) A little more than one hundred years prior to the Battle of South Mountain, on May 2, 1755, the road through Fox's Gap was used by General Braddock, George Washington, and Maryland's Governor Sharpe to travel from Frederick Town to Swearingen's Ferry on the Potomac River, while on their way to Fort Cumberland during the Braddock Expedition.(8)

George Fox was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Middletown, Maryland.(
9) In 1805, at age 24, George acquired the Fox Inn along the Old Sharpsburg Road, about 2 miles east of Fox's Gap.(10) The Fox Genealogy by Daniel Gebhart Fox indicates that the Fox Inn, which still is standing and is occupied by renters in the year 2004, was built on land owned by Frederick Fox, George's father.(11) However, Curtis L. Older found no land records that support Frederick Fox as the owner of the land upon which the Fox Inn stands.(12)

George married Elizabeth Ann Link on August 9, 1807, at Shepherdstown, Virginia, now West Virginia.(13) Elizabeth was the daughter of John Adam Link II and Jane Ogle.(14) Elizabeth's father was a grandson of John Jacob Link, who was an ancestor of Dwight D. Eisenhower.(15) Jane Ogle, a daughter of Alexander Ogle of Frederick, Maryland, was a descendant of John Ogle of Delaware.(16)

Elizabeth Ann Link was born on January 28, 1784, near Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland.(
17) She was baptized in the Frederick Lutheran Church.(18) George and Elizabeth Fox moved west to near Miamisburg, Ohio, in late 1807 along with a number of other families with ties to George's parents, Frederick and Catherine Fox.(19)

George and Elizabeth Fox were the parents of ten children: Adam, Frederick L., Daniel L., Catharine (Mrs. John Fox), George L., Alexander, Susanna Jane, Elizabeth, John L., and Mary L. Fox.(
20) George Fox died June 14, 1847, in Miamisburg, Ohio, and was buried in the Gebhart or St. John Cemetery in Miamisburg.(21) Elizabeth Ann (Link) Fox died March 9, 1872, in Miamisburg, Ohio, and is buried next to her husband in the Gebhart or St. John Cemetery.(22)

George Fox is listed in the 1809 Ohio state census for Franklin Township in Warren County.(
23) The 1810 Ohio Federal census for Warren county, Franklin township, lists the George Fox household.(24)

The 1830 Ohio Federal census for Warren county, Clear Creek township, lists the George Fox household as consisting of 7 males and 2 females: one male was 5 and under 10, two males were 10 and under 15, two males were 15 and under 20, one male was twenty and under thirty, one male was 40 and under 50; one female was 5 and under 10 and one female was 15 and under 20.(
25)

The 1840 Ohio Federal census for Warren county, Clear Creek township, lists the George Fox household as consisting of 5 males and 4 females: one male was age 15 and under 20, two males were 20 and under 30, one male was 30 and under 40, and one male was 50 and under 60; two females were age 5 and under 10, 1 was age 15 and under 20, and one was age 50 and under 60.(
26)

Children (
Fox) born in Warren County, Ohio:(27)

i. Adam, born October 1, 1808

ii.
Frederick L., born February 28, 1810

iii. Daniel L., born August 17, 1811

iv.
Catharine, born May 6, 1813

v.
George L., born September 12, 1816

vi. John L., October 18, 1818

vii. Alexander, born September 21, 1820

viii. Susanna Jane, born November 17, 1824

ix. Elizabeth L., born October 1, 1830

x. Mary L., born October 1, 1830



ORIGINAL SOURCE MATERIAL to support the RELATIONSHIP between
GEORGE FOX and his son JOHN L. FOX


1) Estate Papers of George Fox, Warren County Genealogical Society, 300 East Silver Street, Lebanon, Ohio 45036, includes a receipt in the amount of $50 signed by Susannah Fox for John L. Fox. The estate allocated an equal proportion of money to John L. Fox as to the other children of George Fox.

2) Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index, by Carol Willsey Bell, published by Carol Willsey Bell, C.G., 4801 Mockingbird Court, South, Columbus, Ohio 43229.
Fox, George - E -1847 WR wbB p80; bx31 (WR = Warren)

3) Obituary of John L. Fox, The Hoosier State newspaper, Newport, Indiana, Wednesday 11 January 1899, page 1, column 3. Names his parents as George Fox and Elizabeth (Link) Fox. Names a son as Daniel and names a grandfather as Frederick Fox of Maryland. He was buried in Highland township (Indiana).

4) Marriage record for George Fox and Elizabeth Ann Link, Jefferson County, West Virginia, Marriage Records, 1807, page 286.

5) Tombstone of George Fox and tombstone of Elizabeth (Link), wife of George Fox, at the Gebhart or St. John Cemetery, Miamisburg, Ohio. The tombstone of George Fox indicates “Born March 10, 1781 In the State of Md. Died June 14, 1847”.

6) Frederick S. Weiser, ed., Zion Lutheran Church 1781-1826, Maryland German Church Records, Vol. 2, (Manchester, Md.: Noodle-Doosey Press, 1987), 25. "Samuel, son of Jacob and Magdelena Benner was born April 14, 1801. Baptized June 21, 1801. Sponsored by George Fox, a single person." (Mary) Magdelena Benner was the daughter of Frederick Fox and a sister of George Fox.

7) Ohio Early Census Index, 1809 Tax List, Warren County, Franklin Township, page 013, George Fox. George Fox moved to Ohio in 1807.

8) Biographical and historical record of Vermillion County, Indiana, page 491. The article 8ndicates John L. Fox owned 331 acres of choice land at one time in Highland Township. He was farming 186 acres at the time the book was published in 1888. The article indicates John L. Fox was a son of George and Elizabeth (Link) Fox and that John L. Fox married Miss Susan Ann Hilligass.

9) The Fox Genealogy including the Metherd, Benner, and Leiter descendants, giving biographies of the first and second generations, with sketches of the third generation, compiled by D. G. Fox, 1914. (n.p) 1924. 1 p. 1., (5)-172 p. 20 com. 37-9439 CS71.F79 1924 Library of Congress, 82. See Biography of George Fox which lists John L. Fox as a son.

10) 1810 Ohio Federal Census, Franklin township, Warren County, page 28.

11) 1830 Ohio Federal Census, Clear Creek township, Warren County, roll M19_142, page 173, image 340, George Fox household.

12) 1840 Ohio Federal Census, Clear Creek township, Warren County, roll M704_431, page 178, image 356. George Fox household.

13) 1850 United States Census for Ohio, Montgomery County, Miami Township, enumerated August 4, 1850, by J. Jokidry, dwelling 473, family 473, John Fox age 32, Susannah Fox age 30 and two children.

14) 1860 Indiana Federal Census, Highland Township, Vermillion County, enumerated by A. J. Adams on June 30, 1860, lists John L. Fox age 41 born in Ohio and Susannah Fox age 40 born in Ohio.

15) Newspaper notice concerning the estate of George Fox published in the Sober Second Thought, a newspaper of general circulation in Warren County, Ohio, by Adam Fox, one of the administrators for George Fox deceased. The notice was published for three consecutive weeks beginning on August 27, 1847.

16) 13) The Peoples’ Guide, a business political and religious directory of Vermillion County, Indiana, by Cline and McHaffie, Indianapolis, Indianapolis Printing and Publishing House 1874, page 310. Lists John L. Fox as born in Ohio in 1818 and settled in Vermillion County, Indiana, in 1858.

17) Curtis L. Older, The Braddock Expedition and Fox's Gap in Maryland (Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1995), 77-79.

18) Curtis L. Older, The Land Tracts of the Battlefield of South Mountain (Westminster, Md.: Willow Bend Books, 1999), 42.


REFERENCES

1. Tombstone of George Fox, Gebhart or St. John Cemetery, Miamisburg, Ohio; The Fox Genealogy including the Metherd, Benner, and Leiter descendants, giving biographies of the first and second generations, with sketches of the third generation, compiled by D. G. Fox, 1914. (n.p) 1924. 1 p. 1., (5)-172 p. 20 com. 37-9439 CS71.F79 1924 Library of Congress, 82.

2. Ohio D.A.R. Soldiers Rosters, 2 vols., 1:146; will of Frederick Fox, Will Book C, case #1444, Montgomery County, Ohio.

3. Curtis L. Older, The Braddock Expedition and Fox's Gap in Maryland (Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1995), 77-79.

4. Braddock Expedition and Fox's Gap in Maryland, Chapter Three, pp. 69-116.

5. Curtis L. Older, The Land Tracts of the Battlefield of South Mountain (Westminster, Md.: Willow Bend Books, 1999), 42; Braddock Expedition and Fox's Gap in Maryland, p. 87.

6. Braddock Expedition and Fox's Gap in Maryland, Afterword, pp. 177-182.

7. Land Tracts of the Battlefield of South Mountain, p. 99.

8. Braddock Expedition and Fox's Gap in Maryland, p. 70.

9. Frederick S. Weiser, ed., Zion Lutheran Church 1781-1826, Maryland German Church Records, Vol. 2, (Manchester, Md.: Noodle-Doosey Press, 1987), 77.

10. Braddock Expedition and Fox's Gap in Maryland, p. 98; Land Tracts of the Battlefield of South Mountain, p. 211.

11. Fox Genealogy, p. 13.

12. Braddock Expedition and Fox's Gap in Maryland, p. 98; Land Tracts of the Battlefield of South Mountain, p. 211.

13. Jefferson County, West Virginia, Marriage Records, 1807, page 286; Paxson Link, The Link Family (Paris, Illinois: [s.l.], 1951).

14. Index to Marriage Licenses, Frederick County, 1778-1810, married April 14, 1783.

15. Paxson Link, The Link Family (Paris, Illinois: [s.l.], 1951). Adam Link, the grandfather of Elizabeth Ann Link, supplied bacon during the American Revolution. See Maryland State Papers, Series A, MdHR 4586-15 1/6/4/18. Adam Link, the father of Elizabeth Ann Link (Fox), was an officer during the American Revolution. See The Link Family by Paxson Link.

16. Land Tracts of the Battlefield of South Mountain, 236; Braddock Expedition, 98; Francis Hamilton Hibbard, assisted by Stephen Parks, The English origin of John Ogle, first of the name in Delaware (Pittsburgh: n.p., 1967); Sir Henry Asgill Ogle, Ogle and Bothal (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Andrew Reid & Company, 1902). Alexander Ogle, the father of Jane Ogle, provided wheat and flour from his mills to the Maryland troops during the American Revolution. See Maryland State Papers, Series A, MdHR 6636-23-29/7 1/7/5 and related papers.

17. Tombstone of Elizabeth Ann (Link) Fox, Gebhart or St. John Cemetery, Miamisburg, Ohio; Fox Genealogy, 82.

18. Link Family, p. 81

19. Fox Genealogy, pp. 15-16.

20.
Warren County Genealogical Society, Lebanon, Ohio, estate papers of George Fox; Fox Genealogy, p. 83.

21. Tombstone of George Fox, Gebhart or St. John Cemetery, Miamisburg, Ohio; Fox Genealogy, 82.

22. Tombstone of Elizabeth Ann (Link) Fox, Gebhart or St. John Cemetery, Miamisburg, Ohio; Fox Genealogy, 82.

23. Ohio Early Census Index, 1809 Tax List, Warren County, Franklin Township, page 013, George Fox.

24. 1810 Ohio Federal Census, Franklin township, Warren County, page 28.

25. 1830 Ohio Federal Census, Clear Creek township, Warren County, roll M19_142, page 173, image 340.

26. 1840 Ohio Federal Census, Clear Creek township, Warren County, roll M704_431, page 178, image 356.

27.
Warren County Genealogical Society, Lebanon, Ohio, estate papers of George Fox; Fox Genealogy, pp. 82-100.