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35. William FOX6,16 was born on 21 July 1804 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6 He died on 15 April 1875 at the age of 70 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6

Ranger Book 1817-1860; Copied under WPA by Mrs. Maude McGlasson, Jun 1936
Taken up by William Fox. 2 head of hogs on Flins Creek. 12 Dec 1825 Transmitted 7 Feb 1825.
Taken up by Alexander Boles. 7 hogs, Valued $14. 24 Sep 1842. Paid to William Fox $7 March the 19th, Alexander Boles.
Taken up by Lemuel G. Rose, bay mare 13 1/2 hand high. 3 years old, a bell on with a double buckle Valued $10 24 Sep 1842. Paid $5 which is one half of appraised value to William Fox on 24 Sep 1843.

Land Entry Book in Jackson Co Land Office
William Fox entered 50 acres on S side of Cumberland on the waters of Flynn's Crk. Begin N side of Flynn's Crk near the mouth of the Cub hollow; includes part of said Fox improvement. 24 Jul 1833.

Tennessee Land Grants, Vol. I, Sistler.
William Fox, Jackson Co, Mountain District
1825, 50 acres, Bk 1, p.175 Grant #726 [his father had #725]
1838, 25 acres, Bk L, p.156 Grant #6537
1839, 50 acres, Bk L, p.525 Grant #6864
1840, 50 acres, Bk S, p.6 Grant #8028

1840 Census. Jackson Co TN
2m -5, 3m 5-10, 1m 10-15, 1m 15-20, 1m 30-40 [William]. 1f -5, 1f 5-10, 1f 10-15, 1f 15-20. 1f 30-40. Next to Henry & Bartlett Fox.

William Fox was a farmer and shoemaker. He lost a leg in a hay bailing accident on 29 Sep 1836. This family is the connection of researcher Lora Tindall.

1850 Census, Dist 11, Jackson Co TN, p.387b, Household 726. William Fox, age 46 and b. in TN. Engaged in Shoemaking. Jane age 47. Mary age 27, William age 18, John age 16, Almira age 14, Richard age 12, Marion age 9, Joseph age 8, Margaret age 7, Winfield age 3 and Lethy age 1. A note in the margins says "Room house" - presumably the next two are also part of the household. Henry Carter age 75 & born in Alabama, a mulatto, marked "Deaf". And Lydia Savage age 30, born in NC marked "Idiotic".

1860 Census. Dist 3, Jackson Co TN, Hh 65.
William Fox, age 55. Jane, age 55.
Mary, age 37, deaf & dumb. William, 25. Almira, 23. Marion, 20. Margaret, 17. Joseph, 15.
Johnson, 13. Emelia age 11.

1870 Census, Dist 1, Jackson Co TN, Hh 208. William gave his age as 70, Jiney's as 64. Mary age 40, marked "Deaf & Dumb". Emeline age 18.

William FOX and Jane "Jenny" BIRDWELL were married about 1822 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6 Jane "Jenny" BIRDWELL6 was born in 1803 in Tennessee.16 She died after 1880 at the age of 77.

Jenny's parents said to be George Birdwell and Jane Russell.

She is found in the household of her grandson in 1880 in Jackson Co TN - age 80. Her unmarried daughter Pollie S. is also living there.

William FOX and Jane "Jenny" BIRDWELL had the following children:



Pollie Simpson FOX was born on 23 March 1823 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6,16 She died on 21 June 1904 at the age of 81 in Windom, Fannin County, Texas.6



Elizabeth Ann FOX was born on 9 April 1824 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6 She died on 15 April 1826 at the age of 2 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6
Elizabeth Ann was killed falling from a rail fence.



Bartlett Anderson FOX6,16,19 was born on 10 November 1825 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6 He died on 7 May 1925 at the age of 99 in Honey Grove, Fannin County, Texas.6

Bartlett was living near his parents in household 730 in 1850. He was age 24, Lethy also age 24, William 3, and Amon 1.

His wife was Aletha G. Hale, daughter of Amon Hale & Lockney Brown. He served in the Confederate Army. Over 100 descendants attended his 90th birthday. He died after breaking hip at age 99.

1860, Jackson Co TN Barlett age 34, Aletha 35, William 14, Amen 11, Margret 9, John 7, Joshua 5, Julia 3, and Jane one month.

In 1880 the family was in Fannin Co TX. B. A. Fox age 55, Aletha age 55, Dud age 24, Jane age 19 and John age 9 and b. in TX.
Bartlett Anderson Fox
By Lora B Tindall <>
Had BARTLETT ANDERSON FOX lived seven more months, he would have reached his one-hundredth birthday. He was born 10 November 1825 at Flynn's Lick,Jackson County, TN, and he died 7 May 1925 at Honey Grove, Fannin County, TX.
A story about his ninety-ninth birthday, along with his picture, was published in the Dallas News, Dallas, TX, paper in 1924. At that time, he was called the oldest resident of Fannin County, Texas.
Bart, the son of William and Jane (Birdwell) Fox, married Aletha G. Hale
around 1846/47. Aletha was the daughter of Amon and Lockney (Brown) Hale, also of Jackson County, TN. Bart and Lethe Fox became the parents of nine children. On the 1860 Jackson County, TN, census the family was listed as Bartlett, 34; Aletha, 35; Amon, 11; William, 10; Margaret, 9; John Dudley, 7; Joshua, 5; Julia, 3 and Jane, one month. Two other children were born later: Aletha Emma in 1663, and a boy who died young.
Bart and his two oldest sons, Amon and William, served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Bart was a private in Company K, 8th Regiment of Tennessee. He enlisted, 13 July 1861, at Gainesboro, TN. His enlistment papers say he was thirty -six years old, five feet eleven inches tall, with dark complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair. He was given a meddical discharge on 28 February 1862 at Poeataly Station, SC. The reason listed for this discharge said, Inflammation Rhermotis. What that was, I am not sure, but it could not have been too serious, as he lived to such a ripe old age. He was granted a Confederate pension, #17642, in Fannin Co., TX, in 1910.
Their second son, William Fox, returned from the war. But their first son, Amon Fox, did not. The family never knew where or when he died; he just never returned home after the war.
During the Civil War Bart Fox was often fighting around his home area in Tennessee. When possible, he would slip in to see his wife and children. Once when he had been gone only a short time, some Yankee soldiers entered their home. They questioned the family about the father's whereabouts, and left after jerking rings from the fingers of Aletha and her girls. Aletha had been so afraid that one of the younger children would tell that their father had just left, but none did.
When Aletha knew where her husband's detachment would be camping, she sent John or Joshua, who were yet very young boys, on horseback with food for their father. Once when Joshua was stopped by a Yankee patrol, he talked himself clear by telling them that his mother was sending food to a neighbor family.
Bartlett and Aletha Fox, along with their children, left their Jackson County, Tennessee, home after the Civil War to begin a new life in Texas.The trip by wagon was long and perilous, as there were no roads or bridges. Rivers were particularly troublesome since they had to be forded.
Bart bought good farmland near Honey Grove for a dollar an acre. He built a home and began farming. The lumber for their home came from Jefferson City, Missouri. After farming for many years, he gave this up and began a horse and buggy peddler's route.
Bart stocked his wagon with staples for the kitchen, sewing notions,dress material, ribbons, pots and pans, etc. Either weekly or biweekly, he would make his rounds selling his wares. Few paid in cash; most bartered with hens or other farm produce. Bart would then take his gains to the town merchant and restock for his next trip. Often he took orders for delivery the next trip. The children of Bart and Aletha Fox married, but remained in Fannin County. William (Billy) Fox, Josh Fox, and Emma Slack did venture across the Red River into Oklahoma in later years. But Billy and Emma returned to Fannin County before they died.
William (Billy) Fox married Mahalia Spelce, 27 December 1869, and they had five children: John, Bee, Aletha, Tommy, and Nan.
Margaret Ann [Maggie] Fox married 3 November 1867, Hiram C. Darwin. The Darwins had ten children: Charles, Mary, William, John, Lena, Elizabeth, Lonnie, Bessie, Jessie, and another whose name is unknown.
John Dudley Fox married Harriet Othello Bowman at Dodd City, TX, 17 July 1881. Their children were Dudley, Van, Florence, Othello, Julia, and Emma.
Joshua Hale Fox married Nancy S. Fitzgerald, 14 February 1878, at old Ft
Inglish, now Bonham, TX. They had seven children: Della, Virgil, Cora, Audrey,
Jay, Joe, and Edith. Joshua married second Frances Sally (Fanny) Goding, 6
September 1906. They had one child, Aletha Lydia Fox.
Julia Fox married Joseph Baldwin in July of 1879. They were parents of Zoe Lottye, Alvin, Luther, Jake, Bart, and Gabriella. This family lived at Windom.
Jane [Jenny] Fox married Augusta (Proctor) Brock. They had one child,
Mary, who died soon after birth. They lived at Dodd City.
Aletha Emma Fox married James Slack in October of 1878. They resided at Dial, near Dodd City. They were parents of three sons, William, Bart, and Oliver as well as identical twin daughters Effie and Ethel.
After the children were all grown and married, the old home burned down.
Bart built back on the same site and lived there many more years.
It is said that Bart was always very neat in his dress. Each day he wore a clean, starched shirt. Even after passing his ninetieth birthday, Bart, a jolly and companionable person, would challenge friends to footraces.
Aletha died about twenty-eight years before Bart. I've often wondered
if all that washing and ironing by hand hastened her death. In his last years, Bart made his home with his daughter, Jenny, and her husband, Proctor
Brock. When Jenny became ill, and could no longer see to her father, Bart moved to the home of his daughter, Emma Slack.
On 17 March 1924, while trying to walk on slippery ice, Bart fell and
sustained a broken hip. He was confined to his bed for thirteen months before his death. Both he and Aletha are buried at Windom, Texas. Their daughter, Julia, and her husband, Joseph Baldwin, are also buried there.
RESEARCH LOG: William Fox Bible records extracted from the TN State Library dated 1830; Jackson County TN 1850 & 1860 census records; Joshua Hale Fox
Family Bible (Lora B. Tindall-1997); Obituary for Bartlett [Bart] Fox; Grave
Stone readings for Bartlett and Aletha Fox; Newspaper article re Bart Fox's
99th Birthday; Fannin Co. Folks and Facts 1977 PP 184 & 338; Bart Fox's Confederate Soldier's Pension # 17642 approved 1910 Fannin Co., TX; United Daughters of the Confederacy, Lora Tindall's Membership papers #1448; Bart's
Confederate War Records, Adjutant General's Office, War Dept. #1619937; Our Town Windom, TX, by Windom Book Club, 1972, p 127-DeJarnett, p 219-Slack, PP 76 & 268-Baldwin, p 278-Fox, p 296-Slack



Sarah Ann FOX6,16 was born on 24 October 1827 in Jackson County, Tennessee. She died on 18 January 1902 at the age of 74.

Sarah Ann married William Billingley.

In the 1850 census, they were living near her parents. William was 22, Sally 22, and Elizabeth age 10 months. Elizabeth Harden, age 20 also living with them.

In 1860, William Billingsly age 31 had wife Polly age 32. There was a 10-year-old Elizabeth. Is there an error in the wife's name or did he remarry? W. S. Billingsly next door also had a wife Polly.



Nancy Jane FOX.



Benjamin Henry FOX was born on 15 January 1831 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6 He died on 10 April 1838 at the age of 7 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6



William FOX6,16 was born on 6 November 1832 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6,16 He died in 1863 at the age of 31.6

William married Julia Alethea Hale. He was killed serving in the Confederate Army in the winter of 1863.

1860 Census: William A. Fox age 30, Letha age 29, Amon 5, America 4, Margret 7 and John 6 months old.



John W. FOX was born on 7 September 1834 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6,16 He died on 18 August 1852 at the age of 17 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6



Alvira Matilda FOX6 was born on 18 October 1836 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6,16 She died on 13 September 1903 at the age of 66 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6

Alvira married William W. Birdwell about 1856.



Richard FOX was born on 7 April 1838 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6,16 He died on 24 July 1857 at the age of 19 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6



Francis Marion FOX6 was born on 2 February 1840 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6,16 He died in 1864 at the age of 24.6

Francis Marion served in the Confederacy and was killed the winter of 1864. He never married.



Margaret Kendrick FOX6 was born on 16 March 1842 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6,16 She died on 19 September 1937 at the age of 95 in Dodd City, Fannin County, Texas.6

Margaret married John DeJarnet, probably in Tennessee.



Joseph FOX6 was born on 24 November 1843 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6,16 He died on 14 November 1915 at the age of 71.6

Joseph married Rachel Fox.

1870 Census, Dist 1, Jackson Co TN, Hh 210. Joseph Fox age 25, Rachel, age 30.



[Infant] FOX was born about 1845 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6 He/she died before 1850 at the age of 5 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6



John Winfield Scott FOX was born on 29 September 1847 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6,16 He died on 5 December 1929 at the age of 82 in Dodd City, Fannin County, Texas.6



Amelia E. M. FOX6,16 was born on 18 February 1849 in Jackson County, Tennessee.6,16 She died on 30 December 1908 at the age of 59.6

Amelia married Isa Bell Jones. Her name may have been Aletha, rather than Amelia - it was a name used often in the Fox family and she's called "Lethy" in the 1850 census.