Irish, not English, coat of arms
is Irish for Fox.
Fox was born in Ireland in 1814. Book
A, Alien Reports of St. Lawrence County, New York State contains data
showing he applied for Naturalization as a U.S. citizen on 12 February 1840.
Personal information in the report indicates he was born in Ireland C.
1815 and had an occupation as a farmer in 1840.
Charles had arrived in the U.S. in 1827, when he would have been about
twelve. The report has a column
titled "When Admitted (as a citizen)," but only a check mark is in the
appropriate column rather than a specific date.
The check mark is probably an entry to repeat a date immediately above,
which date was 17 September, 1844.
non-native minor children became citizens when their parents were naturalized,
it would appear that:
Charles' parents did not opt for naturalization after emigration, or
Charles may have emigrated from Ireland to the U.S. by himself, or with
other unknown family members.
wide-ranging search has, to date, failed to surface more information on Charles'
emigration. The reader should understand most immigrant arrival records
are in no way complete. Further, if
Irish citizens wished to emigrate to Canada, there were no prohibitions against
this in the early 1800s. And once
in Canada, only the St. Lawrence river had to be crossed before landing in New
York State. Certainly few records
were kept of such events. Though it
is not at all clear Charles came to St. Lawrence County from Canada, this is a
only other record in hand regarding Charles Fox is the 1850 U. S. Census Report
for New York State, St. Lawrence County, Norfolk Township, Page 298, Entry 12,
Family 109. This shows Charles, aged 36 from Ireland and Amanda, aged 28 from
New York. Also shown are William, aged 4 and Ozias Fox, aged one both
being listed as from New York.
other family records, it is known Charles and Amanda had other children, i.e.,
Hiram, bomn1851 at Raymondville, NY, in the Norfolk Township.
Daughters Kathleen and Clara were born to the couple, but other specifics
for them we do not know.
was the daughter of Ozias Gilbert and his first wife, Eliza Ann Goodrich.
This line of the Gilbert family had been in St. Lawrence County since
before 1830, as Ozias showed in Census reports for these years. The Gilbert line has been traced back to the 1200s in
England. For as long as I can
remember this connection has been a source of interest for our family.
In fact, one of my father's given names was Norman Gilbert Fox,
and he had a brother named Gilbert Earl Fox.
See the Gilbert family for more detailed information on this branch.
Census Indices of the LDS library for NYS, St. Lawrence County, for 1840, 1860,
1870 and 1880 did not yield a likely entry for our Charles Fox, or for Amanda
Fox after they were married. Presuming
he was not left out of the examined listings inadvertently a number of
possibilities come to mind explaining the absence.
It appears he was not yet a U. S. citizen for the 1840 Census, and
perhaps this is why he was not listed. He
might have died (or moved) between 1850-1860.
We know his son Hiram emigrated from NYS in time to be married in Kansas
in 1879. It also appears Hiram had
lived in Illinois some time prior to that.
Whether other members of the family also moved westwards is not clear.
family may have experienced difficulties in the late 1850s.
I seem to recall an old tale where one of the girls may have been taken
in by some family who owned a plough factory in Illinois.
This family was very well off. But
this is only a vague thought, and I might well be in error on this.
to locate Charles Fox in U. S. Census Reports in Indiana, Illinois and Iowa have
not been successful. But the lack
of success may be due to the fact the records I consulted were incomplete.
I have not yet found a complete index of the Census Reports for he years
of interest so perhaps Charles was there and I just do not know it.
is little doubt in my mind that existing records in St. Lawrence County can give
us further information on the family. Research
by correspondence is incomplete at best, but the search is till in progress.
16 November 1879, Hiram Fox married Eliza Baldwin in Leavenworth County, Kansas.
The marriage was performed by W.R. Constant, a Minister of the Gospel.
The marriage license and certificate were filed for the record on 22
November 1879. Eliza Baldwin was
the daughter of John and Martha Baldwin. Considerable
information on the Baldwin family history has come to light and is set forth in
the Baldwin Family section. The Baldwins had embraced the Quaker Faith for generations.
It is not clear if Hiram was a Quaker before the marriage to Eliza, but it is
certain he joined the Church and was active until
the time of his death. Much
of the data which follows concerning Hiram and Eliza came from Quaker records. A brief description of the organization and administration of
The Quaker Church (Society of Friends) is shown in the Baldwin Family section.
the time of her birth her parents were members of the Honey Creek Monthly
Meeting in Hardin County. The
family residence was in the town of New Providence.
In 1863 the family membership was moved to the Bangor Monthly Meeting in
Marshall County, Iowa. The towns of
Bangor and New Providence are only fifteen miles apart.
On 20 January 1872 John and Martha again transferred to the Tonganoxie
Monthly Meeting in Leavenworth County, Kansas.
Tonganoxie is some ten miles to the west of present day Kansas City.
This is where Eliza and Hiram Fox were married.
next recorded event in hand is the Kansas State Census Report of 1885.
The enumeration was made on I March 1885.
For the town of Green, In Highland Township, Clay County, Kansas, the
following is recorded: H.D. Fox,
aged 34, profession butcher, from New York and coming to Kansas from Illinois;
Lisse (perhaps a misspelling for Eliza or a nickname for her), aged 25, born in
Iowa and a star in the where from which most likely indicated she was from Iowa
and Raymond Fox, aged 4, being born in Kansas and from Kansas.
on this report showing Hiram had come to Kansas from Illinois, inquiries have
been made to the Illinois State Archives for information on where and when he
may have been in the State. Neither
Hiram nor his father Charles Fox was located in the 1860 Federal Census nor the
1865 Illinois Census Index (which only has partial listings). The Illinois State
Archives do not posses a stateside index for the 1870 Federal Census so a
practical search of these records can only be made with an entry of county and
township. But this, of course, is
the data desired in the first place! The
1880 Federal Census Index for Illinois is sorted by Soundex features and only
included family with children ages ten years and younger.
Again, searching this report would require an approximate location to
begin with. So, the circumstances
of Hiram's being in Illinois some time prior to 1885 remain a mystery to be
place of birth for Raymond Fox is not known.
Excerpts from the Fox family Bible read "Ray Fox, Oct. 30th
1880" and "John Leslie Fox born Green, Kansas, Oct. 9th 1887."
Notes in the Bible mention a son Gilbert Earl, but he apparently died young and
no specifics on him have come to light. The
town of Green, Kansas, is about 100 miles west of Tonganoxie.
research is hampered by an event which continues to plague family historians and
genealogists. The Federal Census
for 1890 was destroyed by fire. Apparently
the reports for all the states had been stored together in Washington at a
central location and all were lost in 1921.
while the family cannot be located in 1890 by the Federal Census, by 1891 they
had moved to Eugene, Oregon, where a third son named Norman Gilbert was born on
7 October 1891. The reason the family moved to Oregon from Kansas has not been
established. Newberg is a
relatively small community about 20 miles from the larger city of Portland,
success, considerable effort has been expended in trying to associate Hiram and
Eliza's move to Oregon with the establishment of a Quaker school in Newberg.
In 1885 the Oregon Quaker pioneers formed the Pacific Friends Academy for
the instruction of their children in the Christian manner.
The founding pioneers were looking ahead to the dream of a college to
more advanced education. That time
arrived on 9 September 1891 when Pacific College was established with an
enrollment of fifteen students. In
1949 the name of the school was changed to George Fox College (now George Fox
University) to honor the name of the founder of the Friends (Quaker) Church.
The University is located on a 60-acre campus in Newberg and is guided by
the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church.
However, no direct ties between Hiram’s family and the school have been
and Eliza were members of the Newberg Monthly Meeting, where they had been
received 'By Request" The Meeting Record Book shows "Hyram D. Fox,
born New York 3 mo. 26” 1851, parents Charles and Amanda Fox married to Eliza
Baldwin 11 mo. 15" 1879" and the entry "Eliza Fox, born New York
[this is obviously an error) 2 mo. 5” 1860, parents John and Martha Baldwin,
married to Hyram Fox 11 mo. 15" 1879."
the entries for Hiram and Eliza were annotated to show they were "released
to the M.E. [Methodist Episcopal] Church, Newberg, 10-5-97." No reason is
given for the release. There is
also an entry in the Meeting Record Book stating "Norman Fox, born Newberg
10 mo. 7" 1892 (believe this should have been 1891) parents Hyram D. and
Eliza Fox, received by birth." A notation in the entry for Norman shows
"Certificate to Wichita, Kansas, 6-6-1906." For whatever reason, Hiram
and Eliza's sons Raymond and Leslie did not show in the record.
1900 Hiram and family had returned to Kansas and were living in Belleville, in
Republic County. Belleville is some
50 miles to the northwest of Green, the family's location prior to the move to
Oregon. The Federal Census for 1900
in Belleville shows:
13 June 1900 Hiram was admitted into the Masonic Lodge No. 129 In Belleville.
He served as Tyler of the Lodge in 1903.
Records show Hiram was probably a member of some Lodge previously since
he apparently did not take his initial Degrees at Belleville.
between 1900 and 1904 the family moved to Wichita, Kansas.
Records of the University Monthly Meeting (allied with Friends University
in the city) show H. D. Fox and Eliza Fox were received by letter from the M.E.
Church in Belleville. Norman Fox
was received into the Meeting on 10 October 1807.
He was received by certificate from the Newberg Meeting in Oregon.
Hiram and Eliza remained members of the University Monthly Meeting in
Wichita for the rest of their lives.
Federal Census of 1910 shows Hiram D., Eliza and Norman were still in Wichita.
Entries for age and origin confirmed earlier reports but this time showed
the occupation for Hiram was "Paving Inspector, City." The occupation
for Norman was “Driver, Express Company."
6 February 1911 Hiram transferred his membership in the Masonic Lodge from
Belleville to Lodge No. 99 in Wichita, He remained a member of the Lodge for the
rest of his life. The Kansas State
Census for 1915 show only Hiram and Eliza in the household at ages 64 and 55.
The report original listed Hiram's profession as "Meat Packer"
but someone later overwrote "Butcher."
The Federal Census for 1920 has Hiram and Eliza still in Wichita.
It confirms again Hiram's father had been born in Ireland.
Hiram’s profession was shown as "City Inspector."
1920 Hiram and Eliza moved to Oil Hill, Kansas, where their son John Leslie was
employed by the Empire Gas and Fuel company as Transportation Manager (more on
this later). Oil Hill was a very
small community some two miles to the west of El Dorado, Kansas.
As the name shows the local scene revolved around the petroleum industry. Oil Hill was only 30 miles from Wichita.
Hiram and Eliza were getting along in years and it must have been
convenient for them to be close to their son.
Jon Leslie moved back to Wichita a few years later, and when they did
Hiram and Eliza also returned to Wichita for the rest of their lives.
Hiram died on January 5, 1932 and Eliza died on January 7, 1935.
Both are buried at the College Hills Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Wichita.
Their obituaries from the Wichita Eagle are enclosed in the Documents
OF HIRAM AND ELIZA FOX
sake of posterity this narrative will give brief accounts of the sons of Hiram
and Eliza. Descendants of C.
Raymond and John Leslie can fill in more details to round out the family tree.
These sketches will sometimes duplicate information remarked on earlier.
Family Bible notation is "Ray Fox, Oct. 30th 1880." In the 1885 Kansas
State Census Raymond was listed as 4 years old and born in Kansas.
He appeared in the 1900 Federal Census in the household of Hiram and
Eliza. Raymond 's occupation was as
a farm laborer and he was shown to be literate.
He did not appear in the household in later Census reports.
on his given names could lead to the conclusion the initial " C." was
an abbreviation for "Charles," the given name of his grandfather.
And since Raymond's father had been born in Raymondville, NYS, it seems
logical the given name of Raymond reflected his father's place of birth.
Specifically he is shown as "C.
Raymond " in the 1900 Federal Census and in Hiram's obituary.
He is listed as a son "Raymond G." in Eliza's obituary, but
this may have been a typographical error.
between 1920 and 1932 Raymond relocated to Tucson, Arizona.
Date and conditions of his death are not known.
His wife, Gladys or Ruth (I am not sure of her name), was living in 1971
at the age of 89. Raymond had a son
Ralph who was a long time employee of the Treasury Department in Washington. Ralph retired back in Tucson in 1969. Raymond also had a son John, of whom little is known.
Raymond also had a daughter Ruth who was living in Tucson in 1971.
and Eliza's second son was born on 9 October 1887 in the town of Green, in Clay
County, Kansas. When this son was
about three, the family moved to Newberg, Oregon, and lived there for nine
years. The Foxes returned to Kansas
in 1900 to the town of Belleville, and then moved to Wichita in 1904.
1905 Kansas State Census listed John in the household of Hiram and Eliza.
His age was 17 and he was employed as a clerk.
Sometime before 1910 Jon Leslie married Edith W. Enoch who was also
living in Wichita. The couple moved
to Joplin, Missouri where their son Norman was born on 17 October 1910. They
also had a daughter Mary Katherine bon 16 May 1912.
appears John Leslie and family lived at some time in Atchison, Kansas, but
specifics are not clear on this. In
1917 they did move to Oil Hill, Kansas where he was Transportation Manager for
the Empire Gas and Fuel company. While
at Oil Hill, Hiram and Eliza lived with John Leslie until Hiram and Eliza found
their own place. Leslie's younger
brother, Norman lived in the household briefly after Norman was discharged from
the Army in 1919.
8 November 1920 John Leslie was inducted into the Patmos Masonic Lodge No. 97 in
El Dorado, Kansas. On 2 December
1921 he transferred his memberships to the Orient Masonic Lodge No. 51 in
Topeka, Kansas. Topeka is quite
some ways from Oil Hill and this indicated the family may have moved.
In any event, John Leslie and family were in Wichita by 1923 where their
son James Ellsworth was born on 2 August 1923.
While in Wichita John Leslie transferred his Lodge membership to the
Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 303.
Leslie was well known in Wichita as a founder of radio media in the area.
He later followed this profession in Nashville, Cleveland and finally in
California. The obituary of his mother Eliza contains more details.
See Documents Section. When
John Leslie and family moved to California, they remained there for the rest of
their lives. John Leslie died on 22
December 1958. Ms wife, Edith,
lived until 23 March, 1976.
only mention of Gilbert Earl Seen to date is a notation on a family tree made by
an unknown person. The remarks may
very well have been made by Katherine, a sister of Hiram.
"Aunt Kate" is known to have done extensive work on the family
history, particularly on the Gilbert side.
The son Gilbert Earl must have died young since he does not appears in
any of the Census reports described above.
youngest child of Hiram and Eliza was Norman Gilbert, born in Newberg, Oregon,
on 7 October 1891. The first data on Norman is a listing in the record book for
the Newberg Monthly Meeting where he was received into the Meeting "by
birth" Though the family lived in Oregon when Norman was a small child, he
later recalled childhood memories of the family taking trips to the cliffs
overlooking the Pacific Ocean to watch the migration of whales.
1910 the Federal Census in Wichita documented the occupation of Norman as
"Express Driver." He
would have been 19 at the time. At
one point Norman attended Friends University in Wichita.
Exactly when he attended and the course of his study is not known.
He was on the basketball team at the University and recalled once the
team played against the University of Kansas with poor results for the
overmatched Friends. Norman was an
accomplished musician and was expert in playing the mandolin and oboe.
one point in his late teens or early twenties Norman was a car salesman.
This was noted in his Army records, but no other details of this
occupation are in hand. Around 1915
Norman was employed by a pharmacy as a druggist.
Circumstances leading to this profession are vague.
There is a photo of his him in from of Jackson's Drug Store in Carthage,
Missouri, and probably it was here he started this vocation.
Carthage is a small town on the outskirts of Joplin, Missouri. Normans' brother, John Leslie, had moved to Joplin around
1910. John Leslie and Norman were close in their younger days.
Norman had moved to Joplin and lived for some time with his brother.
Norman later recalled his experience in the store and the detailed
precautions required while handling dangerous drugs.
old photos show Norman and friends in and around Carthage and Joplin.
These are mostly persons of his age.
They are well dressed and look to be prosperous.
The photos give a delightful Of vintage automobiles (including a
Willis-Overland) and period clothing.
First World war changed people's lives in the mid-west as it did though out the
rest of the world. Norman and his
family had professed the Quaker faith for generations, but he was still subject
to the draft. Norman enlisted in
the Army on 29 March 1918, at Atchison, Kansas.
Atchison is some 200 miles north of Joplin.
There is a photo of Norman identified as taken at Bean Lake, outside St.
Joseph, Missouri. He may have moved
here from Carthage prior to enlisting. It
is likely he enlisted in Atchison to make the commitment in his home state.
Since he had been employed as a druggist, Norman was accepted immediately into
the Medical Department of the Army. The
great influenza epidemic of the time was causing havoc both in the service and
elsewhere. Being in the Medical
Department meant he did not have to bear arms and so did not violate the tenets
of his Quaker Faith. He was
assigned to Infirmary No. 1, 16411 Depot Brigade, Camp Funston, Kansas.
Camp Funston was part of the Fort Riley army complex near Junction City,
he first enlisted, his pay was $30 per month.
He must have gone in as some rank other than a Private, whose pay was $21
per month. Within a few months
Norman was promoted to Sergeant First Class in the Medical Department.
This was only one rank removed from the highest one available to an
enlisted man. His pay was increased
to $44 monthly.
was on active duty at Camp Funston until he was discharged on 14 March 1919.
He often took great delight in later years recounting how he personally
filled in the data on the back of his discharge certificate before it was
finally signed by his Commanding Officer. Among
the remarks were "Character: Excellent" and "Service: Honest and
Faithful." Norman always treasured his discharge certificate documenting
service to his country.
discharge, Norman moved to Oil Hill, Kansas, where he lived with his brother,
John Leslie, and his family. John
had arranged a job for Norman with the Empire Gas and Fuel Company where John
himself was employed. Normans'
position with the company is not known but was probably in the warehouse
department which ordered, received and distributed supplies necessary to support
after being first employed at Oil Hill, Norman was transferred to a larger
office in Houston, Texas. Following
a few months in Houston, he was sent to Hull, Texas, some 50 miles to the east
of Houston. Hull is a very small
town which was an active "oil patch" in the early 1920s.
Here he met Ruby Mae Thornton. Ruby,
who had a nickname "Bob," was a school teacher in Hull.
She was a native of Liberty, a few miles away.
After a brief courtship Ruby and Norman were married in Liberty on 21
March 1920. They continued living
in Hull until being transferred to San Antonio, Texas, where their first son,
Raymond Donald, was born on 8 December 1924.
next move for the family was to El Dorado, Arkansas, where the oil boom was in
swing. The many moves Norman made
for the company shows he was being give more responsible positions.
In El Dorado, Norman was shifted from the warehouse to the production
side of the company. In El Dorado, he made the acquaintance of H.L. Hunt, who
later became the biggest oil man in Texas and Louisiana. Hunt was a professional gambler and when Norman and others
wanted to play cards with him, the reply was "No. I am too good for you boys and I would win all your
money." And, this was true. Hunt
won a drilling rig in a card game and was off to a fabulous fortune. The Empire Gas and Fuel Company was either bought by or
changed its name to the Arkansas Fuel Oil Company.
remained an employee of this organization for the rest of his career.
A second son, Richard Thornton, was born to Ruby and Norman on 28
September 1927. Some six months
later, the company sent Norman on his final transfer to Tullos, Louisiana.
a complete description of Norman’s and Ruby’s life in Tullos see “The
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