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Unknown man photographed by Jennie Fleming - Council Bluffs, Iowa Jenning Fleming, photographer, Council Bluffs, Iowa
This photo was originally posted in July 2013 as unknown, but the identity of the man was speculated to be that of Basel Fox based on the fact he appeared to be wearing a G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) ribbon commemorating his service during the Civil War, and was photographed in Council Bluffs, Iowa near St. John where the Fox family were then living.

Basel Fox was born in Putnam Co., Indiana on 30 Jul 1827, and was the son of James S. and Elizabeth (Enoch) Fox, the father having been born in New Jersey, and the mother a native of Pennsylvania. He was married to Amanda J. Bell of Indiana, in that state on 30 Jun 1849, she having been born on 01 Nov 1832. According to his brief biographical sketch, they were the parents of twelve children. - the first two (Robert & James) having been born in Indiana prior to their move to Iowa.

Basel enlisted in the Company H of the 17th Iowa Infantry on April 7, 1862 and took part in many heavy engagements, including Corinth, Iuka, Mississippi, Chattanooga and Mission Ridge. He was twice captured, once at Spring Place, Georgia, and again at Tilton, Georgia. He was five and a half months in Andersonville Prison, and was under medical treatment for ten months, being moved from one hospital to another. After three years' service he was mustered out at Davenport, Iowa. As shown in the photo wearing the GAR ribbon, Basel was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

A resident of Pottawattamie County, Iowa for many years, he and Amanda were enumerated in the 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1885 census records for Rockford Township. Amanda passed away on 11 Nov 1885, and was laid to rest at Branson Cemetery in Loveland, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa.

Basel was married on 30 Sep 1886 to Almira Potter Woodford. Born 26 Dec 1833 in Ohio, she was the daughter of Luther Woodford and Nancy (Bell), and the widow of Ezra Davis who died 20 mar 1882. Basel and Almira were enumerated together in the 1895 and 1900 census records where they continued to reside in Rockford Township. Basel died on 16 Jan 1910 in nearby Missouri Valley, Harrison Co., Iowa and was also laid to rest at Branson Cemetery.

Note: Basel Fox was the brother-in-law of Sarah (Stratton) who was the wife of Abraham Richard Fox, and daughter of Stephen Stratton and Elizabeth F. Daily (1822-1886).

A note about photographer Jennie Fleming: Although there is no specific address on the backmark on the photo, this much has been learned about the photographer. Jennie Fleming was said to have been born in Steuben Co., New York in about 1845 and settled in Iowa in 1856, where she owned a photographic studio above the post office in Council Bluffs from 1863 to 1866 on on Jenson Street. Her advertisement The Council Bluff Eagle dated 29 Dec 1864 noted that she was " prepared, at her gallery, over the Post-Office, to do work in the finest style of the art. Photographs, Ambrotypes and Argentitypes, executed with skill, and put in frames, cases, or in any other style, to order. " By 1869 she her gallery was on Broadway, opposite the post office, and continued in or near that location until at least 1884. Source: Palmquist, Peter E., Kailbourn, Thomas R., Pioneer Photographers From The Mississippi To The Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865, Stanford University Press, 2005
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