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An American Family History

George and Mary Fox

 
Horninghold, Leichester County, England
Kingwood Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
The Foxes are Mayflower descendants: Samuel Fuller, Hannah Fuller Bonham, Hezekiah Bonham , Amariah Bonham, Christian Bonham Fox, Bonham Fox, Levi Fox, John Newton Fox

In 1607 the London Company established Virginia as the first permanent New World English colony.

George and Mary Fox married in England about before 1728. George was born on January 11, 1700 in Horninghold, Leichester County, England.

The Fox family settled in Kingwood Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. George built a saw-mill.

William Biddle . . . bought in 1676 . . . land of Joseph Helmsley, and . . . Thomas Hutchinson. . . he dying, it descended to his son William [and] he sold . . .the southwest corner of latter tract . . . near John Huffman's gate . . .to George Fox, who came from England. . . While Fox owned this tract, a young man came over from England to George Fox's, where he died soon after his arrival, of ship fever, and was the first person buried in Rosemont burying ground, one quarter of an acre being reserved after this for a grave-yard.  June 10th 1727, Mr. Fox conveyed the aforementioned tract to Thomas Canby. . . (from Traditions of Hunterdon)

Anchor (Anclie) Fox Bonham was probably born at sea on the way to America in 1729. Their other children were born in Kingwood. George Fox, Jr. was born in 1734. Absalom Fox was born in 1734. Gabriel Fox was born in 1736. Ambrose Fox was born in 1737. Mary Fox was born in 1738. Amos Fox was born on September 7, 1739.

In May, 1730 George Fox was named surveyor of the roads in Amwell.

The Traditions of Hunterton said that Mrs. Stanberry sold 300 acres of land, which was east of the Kingwood hotel and store to George Fox, who owned the land near Rosemont, by a deed dated May 14, 1746.

George made his will on April 27, 1754 in Hunterdon. The executors were his sons George  and Gabriel. Mary was left all of the moveable estate and a comfortable living from the mills as long as she did not remarry. She could remain in the house until their sons reached the age of twenty one. If she remarried, she would get to choose one horse.

The George Fox family was close to the Hezekiah Bonham Family. Nehemiah and Malachai Bonham were witnesses to George Fox’s Will in 1754.

The Traditions of Hunterdon said that George Fox and Gabriel Fox, Executors of George Fox, sold a portion, 76 acres, of their land to John Waterhouse.

Absalom, Gabriel, Ambrose and Amos all moved to Virginia. Absalom later went on to Pennnsylvania.

Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.
Kingwood Township is on the western border of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. It was founded in 1798.

Hunterdon County was originally part of Burlington County, West Jersey. It was set off from Burlington County on March 11, 1714. It included Amwell, Hopewell, and Maidenhead Townships.

American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.
Europeans who made the voyage to America faced a difficult journey of several months.
 

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from Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Adminstrations, Etc. Vol. III: 1751-1760, New Jersey Historical Society, Trenton, NJ, p. 172.

Jun. 23, 1753.  Jonas Ingham of Kingwood, Hunterdon Co., fuller; will of. ... Executor and residuary legatee: Son-in-law, Joshua Waterhouse. 

Witnesses: George Fox, Gabriel Fox and Ambrose Fox.  Proved 24 Dec 1754. Inventory was of 294 pounds, and 9 pence, incl. a clock; bond of 263 pounds, 12 shillings and 5 pence, was made by Malakiah Bonham and Gabriel Fox.

 
     

 

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