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5. WILLIAM FOX2,4 was born on 13 February 1732 in Surry County, Virginia.6 He died before November 1783 at the age of 51 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia.2

Public Claims
William Fox; Beef, Brandy Mutton; 9 Apr 1782
Executive Papers of VA: William Fox, soldier in militia 1782; 10 Jun 1783 Va State REgt
[this could be a different William Fox; it isn't his son, he wasn't old enough]

DB 3, p.193 6 Apr 1771 Rueben Nance to James McKinie. 200 acres bounded by Streelys Branch on Richard Warding's line, Lodwich Archer & William Fox. Rec. 9 Sep 1771. Ack by Ruben Nance & Amy his wife.
DB 4, p.177 11 Oct 1773 John Lambert Sr sold 100 acres to James Blanton. Wit: William Fox, Rowland Andrews. Rec. 11 Oct 1773
DB 4, p.288 11 Nov 1773 James Blanton to Jarvas Lambert. 147 acres. Wit: William Fox, Auton Wright, Thomas (x) Smith. Rec. 9 May 1774

DB 5, p.86 11 Nov 1773 William Lambert & wife Martha of Wake Co NC to William Fox for £25, 132 acres. The plantation where Cornelius Matthis now lives. Bounded by William Fox, James Blanton, James Lambert, Joseph Lambert, William Lambert. Wit: James Blanton, Austin Wright, Jarvis (x) Lambert. Martha relinq. dower. Rec. 11 Aug 1777
DB 5, p.426 4 May 1779 Isham Nance to Senior Douglas. 80 acres bounded byJames Mckenny, William Fox, Maples line. Rec. 10 May 1779.

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WILLIAM FOX s/o Richard Fox and Hannah Williamson
B: Feb. 13, 1731/32 Surrey Co., VA (per LDS Ancestral Files Information)
Will Book 2, page 36 of Mecklenburg Co., VA wills......
Will of William Fox: Will dated Sept. 4, 1783
Sons: Arthur Fox, Richard Fox, William Fox, Henry
Fox, Benjamin Fox Daughters: Mary Kindrick Fox, Salley Jones Fox,
Johannah Fox, Priscilla Fox, Betsy Fox.
Wife: Mary Fox
Executors: Wife Mary Fox, and friend John Kindrick
recorded: Nov. 10, 1783

Will of WILLIAM FOX, 1783 - Mecklenburg County, Virginia
In the name of God, Amen, I William Fox of the County of Mecklenburg County and State of Virginia being sick and weak of body but of sound and perfect Sence and Memory blessed be Almighty God for the same and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say first and principally I recommend my soul to Almighty God the giver thereof in full hopes of my Resurrection through the Merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour and my body to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter mentioned and as for what worldly Estate it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me with in this life, I give and dispose in manner and form following.
Item: I give and devise to my son Arthur Fox my Bay colt called Liberty and my Sorell Filley to him and his Heirs forever.
Item: I give and devise to my son Richard Fox my Filley named Betty fine and my Pocotate Filley to him and his Heirs forever.
Item: I give and devise to my son William Fox my great bay mare and her future increase to him and his Heirs forever.
Item: I give and devise to my son Henry Fox my Sorell Colt to him and his Heirs forever.
Item: I give and devise to my daughter Mary Kendrick Fox one Good Feather bed and Furniture to her and her Heirs forever.
Item: I give and devise to my son Benjamin Fox twenty pounds specie to him and his Heirs forever.
Item: I give and devise to my daughter Sally Jones Fox one good Feather bed and Furniture to her and her Heirs forever.
Item: I give and devise to my daughter Johanna Fox one good Feather bed and Furniture to her and her Heirs forever.
Item: I give and devise to my daughter Priscilla Fox one good Feather bed and Furniture to her and her Heirs forever.
Item: I give and devise to my daughter Betsey Fox one good Feather bed and Furniture to her and her Heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Fox the use of my plantation and land also the use of Jack, Sucka, and Chainey and all the rest of my estate both real and personal during her life except she marries and in case she marries then for her to have only her thirds and my desire and will is that after my wifes death except as aforesaid all that part that I give my wife the use of during her life to be equally divided amongst my Surviving children. My will and desire further is that if any of my Surviving children should die before they come of age or without Lawful Issue that his or their part to be equally divided amongst all my surviving children and lastly my desire and will is that my beloved wife Mary Fox and my Friend John Kindrick be my soul Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking and Disannuling all other former wills and Testments by me heretofore made and Declaring this and this only to be my last as witness my hand and seal this 4th day of September in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Three.
Signed and Sealed in presence of us John Kindrick, James Blanton, Lucas Sullivant s/ William Fox (L.S.)
P.S. I desire that all my children that has not Sufficient learning be Taught out of that part that I leave my wife -- of and that my estate be not appraised.
s/ William Fox
J.K.; J.B.; L.S.

At a court held for Mecklenburg County this 19th day of November 1783. This will and the postscript thereunto annexed were proved by the oaths of James Blanton and Lucas Sullivant. Witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of John Kindrick and Mary Fox the Executors therein named who made bond thereto and together with James Blanton their security entered into and acknowledged their bond.

Inventory of above Estate on 7 Feb 1784 & returned by Mary Fox & John Kendrick. Recorded: Dec. 8, 1784 (WB 2, p.43)
Returns of Sale of Estate of William Fox. Recorded 12 Dec. 1796 (WB 3, p.395)

17 Dec 1795 Book 7, p.101, Mecklenburg Co VA
Mary Kendrick Fox of Mason Co KY to Samuel Hopkins of Mecklenburg, power of Atty to settle all matters relative to my deceased mother, Mary Fox's estate wherein I am one of the heirs and legatees.

15 Aug 1799 Book 10, p.233, Mecklenburg Co VA
Richard Fox, Henry Fox, Benj. Fox, Samuel Homes husband of Joanna Fox, Thos. Nevell husband of Sally Jones Rox, Priscilla Fox, _____ Williams husband of Mary Kendrick Fox, all children & legatees of Wm Fox deceased to Greif Harwell.

The Fox Surname YDNA Project has a test from a descendant of William Fox that matches a descendant of Jacob Fox on 36 out of 37 markers. This confirms the haplotype of Richard Fox, proving he was not a descendant of Henry Fox and Anne West as has been often proposed.

WILLIAM FOX and MARY KENDRICK were married about 1759.5 MARY KENDRICK, daughter of William KENDRICK and Sarah JONES, was born on 12 April 1738 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.9 She died on 9 November 1795 at the age of 57 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia.2,9

Database of Kendrick family found online states that Mary was born Isle of Wight Co VA; and gives date of death as 9 Nov 1795. She is said to be the child of William Kendrick, b. 1704 in King William Co VA & died 1777 in Warren Co NC and his second wife Sarah Jones, b. 17 Jul 1714 in Suffolk Co VA and d. 1796 in Warren Co NC. They were married about 1726.

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MARY KENDRICK w/o William Fox s/o Richard Fox and Hannah Williamson
B: April 12, 1738 Isle of Wight, VA (per LDS Ancestral Files Information)
D: October 1795 probably Mecklenburg Co., VA
Found in Will Book 3, page 311 Mecklenburg Co., VA
AND Kentucky Ct. of Appeals; Deed Books A-B1-B2, vol 4 pg 208
Will of MARY FOX of Mecklenburg County, Virginia.
She gives to her son, HENRY FOX, that tract of land
she bought of Benjamin Pennington, except a corner
which runs into the tract whereon she now lives,
supposed to be 5 acres, and this she desires be sold
with her husband's land and the money to be divided as
is directed by his will. This legacy to HENRY is
intended as his full legacy, and if he should fail to
grant prompt and full discharges, the land given to
him shall be sold to pay any claim he may bring
against her estate. She gives to her daughter, MARY
KENDRICK FOX, a negro girl Aggy. She lends, in trust,
to her son HENRY, for the use of her daughter, SALLY
JONES NORVELL, for her life, a negro boy Nicholas, and
at her death, Nicholas to go to her son WILLIAM
NORVELL, and if William should predecease his mother,
then Nicholas to be sold and the money divided among
the surviving children of her said daughter. She
gives to her daughter, JO HANNAH FOX, a negro girl
Fanny Bailey, and a saddle and bridle. She gives to
her daughter PRISCILLA FOX, a negro girl named
Courtnay Bailey, a mare called Spinnett, and a saddle
and bridle. She gives to her daughter, BETSY FOX, a
negro boy Burwell, and a woman called Doll, but not
her future increase, and her saddle and bridle. She
gives to grandson, ARTHUR FOX, a negro boy Randolph.
The increase of the negro woman Doll is to be equally
PRISCILLA FOX, and BETSY FOX. She askes that her
negro boy Robin be sold to the highest bidder, upon 12
months credit, and out of the money she gives to her
daughters JO HANNAH and BETSY 12 Pounds each. She
appoints her son HENRY FOX, RICHARD FOX, William
Davis, James Harwell and John Davis, Jr. as executors.
October 9, 1795
Witnessed by John Wright, Samuel Lambert, Isham
Lambert and Stephen Mabry.
Probated Mecklenburg County, Virginia, November 9, 1795.
Recorded by the Kentucky Court of Appeals, October 12, 1826.
Sale of Estate of Mary Fox. Recorded 12 Dec 1796 Page 385 of Will Book 3 Returned by Henry & Richard Fox Sr, Executors.
Inventory and appraisement of Mary Fox's Estate recorded 1796 Page 393 of Will Book 3 Done by William Davis, John Smith & Grief Harwell on 3 Dec 1795. Rec. 12 Dec 1796.

JoAnna, Priscilla & Betsy were still under age when their mother died:
Orphans listed in the Guardian Book 1765-1800
p.163 Richard Fox, Guardian for Joanna, Priscilla, & Betsy, Orphans of William Fox, dec'd. 14 Dec 1795.

WILLIAM FOX and MARY KENDRICK had the following children:



Arthur FOX6 was born on 27 February 1761.6 He died on 11 April 1794 at the age of 33.6

Arthur served in the Revolutionary War. He married Mary Young.

Someone has entered a FindAGrave Memorial that makes no sense and claims he was born 27 Feb 1761, died 11 Apr 1791, served as a private in the Illinois Militia during the Revolution. Said buried MacKoy-Old Chriatian Churchyard, Siloam, Greenup Co, KY. Memorial# 29430170. This page is being attached to various Ancestry databases but it must surely be a different Arthur Fox.

This Arthur Fox has an Application for a military headstone, in the database on Ancestry, U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963.
The app states that Arthur Fox was a private in the Virginia Troops and is buried Baptist Cemetery near Maysville, Mason Co, KY. She states his stone is very old and time worn. Mrs. Clarence L. Wood was the applicant, 27 Mar 1929. A note says "ver. DAR 6-11-30".

Also on Ancestry:
Name: Arthur Fox
Birth Date: 27 Feb 1764
Death Date: 11 Apr 1794
[Va. Troops-Revolutionary War]



Richard B. FOX6 was born on 2 March 1764.6

Richard married Mary Blanton



William FOX was born on 2 March 1764.

It would appear that William and Richard B. Fox were twins.



Henry FOX was born about 1766.6



Mary Kendrick FOX was born about 1768.6 She died in Mason County, Kentucky.






Sally Jones FOX was born about 1772.6



Johannah FOX was born about 1774.6

This birth year of 1774 for Johannah is not correct. She still required a Guardian in 1795 after her parents died. Her brother Richard was appointed for her and sisters Priscilla and Betsy.



Betsy FOX was born about 1776.6



Priscilla FOX was born on 8 January 1778 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia.6 She died on 5 December 1847 at the age of 69 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia.

I believe this to be Priscilla:
Find A Grave Memorial# 68449236
Birth: Jan. 8, 1778 Mecklenburg Co., Virginia
Death: Dec. 5, 1847 Mecklenburg Co., Virginia
James Taylor (12 Apr 1770; 14 Oct 1827]
Taylor Family Cemetery, South Hill, Mecklenburg Co., Virginia

Virginia Marriages 1740-1850 has Priscilla Fox to James Taylor, Jr., 9 Dec 1801, Mecklenburg, VA.

Caution - Confabulation of different men named James Taylor!
James Taylor also appears in some databases to have had an earlier wife, Nancy White, who he married 1 Oct 1796, Craven Co, NC. Two children are listed - John D. Taylor, b. 1801, and Shadrack Taylor, b. 1820. There were surely other children. Further examination proves this cannot be the same James Taylor - he had many children with Nancy White at the same time he was actually living in Mecklenburg with Priscilla and having children with her. There were obviously two different James Taylors with different wives and children, though of comparable age.

This family seems to be correct for James Taylor and Prisclla Fox - see the census information to follow. I have no proof concerning his parents.
From WorldConnect files re James Taylor Jr.
Father: James, Sr. Taylor b: Abt. 1742 in Surry County Virginia
Mother: Rebecca Davis
Marriage 1 Priscilla Fox b: 8 Jan 1778 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia
Married: 10 Dec 1801 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia
Elizabeth F. Taylor b: 27 Sep 1802
John James Taylor b: 2 Nov 1804 in Virginia
William Henry Taylor b: 29 Oct 1808
George W. Taylor b: 3 Apr 1810
Mary K. Taylor b: 16 Oct 1811
Rebecca Davis Taylor b: 16 Oct 1811
Edwin Samuel Taylor b: 23 May 1816 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia

Unfortunately the 1800 and 1810 census for Mecklenburg County VA are lost - that would be why no James Taylor, who married Priscilla Fox, shows up in that county. I feel quite sure he was right there all along.

The 1820 Mecklenburg census is highly compatible with the family of James Taylor & Priscilla Fox as shown:
1820 - James Taylor in Mecklenburg: 1m under 10, 3 m 10-16, 1m over 45. 2f under 10, 2f 16-26, 1f 26-45. And he was a slaveholder with 8 slaves. If you break this down and match to the reported children - the male under 10 was Edwin; Mary & Rebecca, were twins under age 10. George, William Henry & John James would have been the three males age 10 to 16 and Elizabeth one of the females between 16 & 26. Based on her birth date in 1778, Priscilla would have been age 42. Other than the extra young lady, this is a perfect match to the James Taylor who married Priscilla Fox. It is not the family of Martha White and her James Taylor.

Then by 1830, it is supposed that James Taylor was dead - no Elizabeth Taylor was in Mecklenburg, but as a widow she may have been living with a child, at least four of whom were by then old enough to be in their own household.

Researchers of a Stephen Taylor, born 1809 or 1811 in NC, believe he should be included in the family of Priscilla and her James Taylor. However, evidence is lacking. He was of an age to be one of their children but could scarcely fit between William Henry and George W., or their twin sisters, and the 1820 census doesn't allow for 4 young sons. However, any of these factors could be erroneous. Most of the children of Priscilla ended up in Izard or Dallas County, Arkansas.

I cannot vouch for the family of the James Taylor who married Nancy White, but these are their suggested children:
Marriage 1 Nancy White b: 1775 in Virginia, USA
Married: OCT 1796 in Craven, North Carolina, USA. Nancy is buried in Greene Co, MO, having died in 1864.
Edward Taylor b: 1796 in North Carolina, USA
Joseph Taylor b: 1797 in North Carolina, USA
John D Taylor b: 1801 in Craven, North Carolina, USA
Jesse Taylor b: 1803 in North Carolina, USA
James Taylor b: 1806 in North Carolina, USA
Stephen Taylor b: 1809 in North Carolina, USA
Mary Taylor b: 1812 in Tennessee, USA
Henry Taylor b: 1812 in North Carolina, USA
Sarah Taylor b: 6 JUL 1813 in Kentucky, USA
Margaret S Taylor b: 4 JAN 1819 in Kentucky, USA
Shadrick Taylor b: 1820 in Madison, Alabama, USA