FOX, James P.
FOX, WILLS, MOORE, HESSER, MILLER, KELLOGG, THOMAS, QUINNETT, TALBOT, BOATWRIGHT, TYLER
Posted By: Lois (email)
Date: 2/27/2002 at 15:27:47
I think my elusive ole James P. Fox is standing behind his brick wall
laughing at me 'cause I can't find the bricks without mortar! Silly ole
FOX, James P., b. 1812-1817, Stonelick Township, Clermont Co, OH; d.
8/1872 Adelphi, Polk Co, Iowa; buried Powers-Warren Cemetery, Adelphi,
Polk Co, Iowa.
James married Rebecca Adriana WILLS on 2/23/1839 in Clay Co, Indiana.
They had 16 children:
Sarah Jane (my ancestress), b. 1/12/1840 (m. Isaac Thomas HESSER)
George Washington, b. 7/19/1841 (never married, died during Civil War)
Adriana, b. 9/14/1842 (m. William MILLER)
Martha, b. 2/3/1844 (m. Amos KELLOGG)
Vandishman, b. 1/2/1847 (m. Lucinda Thomas)
Elizabeth (Sallie), b. 8/25/1848 (m. Francis Marion Quinnett)
Nanette (Nancy), b. 7/22/1850 (m. Charles Henry Quinett)
David M., b. 7/9/1852 (have no info)
Phillip, b. 2/11/1854-1858 (m. Jennette TALBOT)
William, b. 1855
John M. Young, b. 7/10/1856 (m. Rose Casner)
Phoebe, b. 4/9/1857 (m. Granville Boatwright)
Jenny, b. 1859
Jemima, b. 5/10/1860 (m. Isaac Lebow Tyler)
Samuel, b. 1861
Mary A., b. 3/17/1862
Family rumor has it that four of these children may have died young
(Mary, Samuel, Jenny & William).
We believe that James P. Fox parents were James Fox and Peggy BERRY, m.
Clermont Co, OH on 7/4/1804.
At sometime during his adult life, James P. Fox took the name of James
POLK KELLOGG Fox. We are concluding that the Polk came from Pres. James
Polk and the Kellogg came from the Kellogg family that his daughter,
Martha married into in 1861.
James P. Fox purchased land from his future in-laws (George Jacob Wills
and Sarah Jane Moore Wills) in 1839 in Clay Co, Indiana.
Again, family rumor has it that James sister, another Sarah Jane Fox,
married John C. Hesser in 1846 in Oskaloosa, Mahaska Co, Iowa. However,
we have no proof of that fact either. :-))
One cousin found the name of James Pierce Fox, but we have found no
proof of that and the cousin has since passed away. Don't have any idea
where the name Pierce came from.
1820 Federal Census for Stonelick Township, Clermont County, Ohio, James
Fox (presumably JPK's father) is as follows: 1 male under 10
(presumably JPK), 1 male between 10-16, 1 male between 16-26, 1 male
between 26-45, 4 females under 10, 1 female between 10-16, 1 female
between 16-26 (presumably his mother). 1 male engaged in agriculture
(father was also a blacksmith) living in Stonelick Twp. Pg. 60 on
In 1850, Polk County, Iowa Federal Census, James P. Fox is listed as
being born in Ohio.
James Kellogg Polk Fox is listed in the Special Census of 1852 in Camp
In the Special Census of 1856, he is listed as being 41 years of age,
being born in Ohio and having lived in Iowa for 8 years.
In 1874, Rebecca and James filed to collect the Civil War Pension of
their son, George Washington. In that application, only 12 of the 16
children are listed. (Adding more fuel to the rumor that the other four
James died before the pension application was ever acted upon. As did
his wife, Rebecca, who died in 1901! The pension would have paid her a
miserly sum of $4. per month! Not much by today's standards, but
perhaps enough to keep her alive in 1901. Too much government
bureaucracy, even in those days!
One final note...
It has been passed down through all the various branches of this Fox
clan that James was part Native American (where have we heard that
before :->). Again, I have been unable to prove or disprove this rumor.
Some members of the family will not budge from this and have held up
research for years over it.
Please, help me break through this gigantic brick wall...
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