An American Family History

Captain David Fox

Washington County, Pennsylvania, was created from Westmoreland and Fayette Counties in 1781. Originally it was a part of Virginia. Washington County split into Allegheny, Greene and Beaver Counties.
Warren County is in southwest Ohio and was formed in 1803 from Hamilton county. Lebanon is the county seat.
Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine. It can be mild, but one in 20 infected persons experiences rapid loss of body fluids leading to dehydration and shock. Without treatment, death can occur within hours.

Captain David Fox was born July 7, 1764 in Loudoun County, Virginia. His parents were Absalom Fox and Christian Bonham.

He married Sarah Sutton on February 15, 1787 in Washington County, Pennsylvania. Sarah was born on September 12, 1767 near Fort Cumberland, Frederick County, Maryland and was the daughter of the Reverend Abraham Sutton and Mary Chenowith. Anchor and David Fox married siblings David and Sarah Sutton.

David and Sarah's children included:
Absalom Fox (1787, married Sarah Jane McFarland),
Mary Fox (1789, married Joseph McKinney),
Charles Fox (1791, married Rachel Morton),
Christian Fox (1793, married Henry Bonnell),
Sarah Fox (1796, married Isaac Stelle),
Anna Fox (1799, married Eden Edwards),
David Fox (1801, married Mary Cammel),
Joanna Fox (1806, married William Piper),
Anchor Fox (1806, married David McCarty),
William Fox (1808, married Margaret Hack),
Amos Fox (1809), and
Morris Fox (1812, married Hannah Hawthorn).

The family appeared in the 1790 census of Washington County, Pennsylvania. The household consisted of two females and two males.

In 1796 Captain David Fox appeared on the return of the first First Regiment, 4st Company of the Washington County brigade. The return recorded the election of militia officers whose commissions were signed by the governor.

In 1797 David Fox received 228 acres and 71 perches on Ten Mile Creek near Philip Friend, James Graham, Henry Shidler, Henry Hask, Tobias Friend and his own land.

They moved to Ohio where they settled on a farm west of Deerfield, Ohio about 1797 or 1798. David and Absalom built a grist-mill on Turtle creek and operated a copper still.

David appeared in the 1810 tax list of Warren County, Ohio in Deerfield. He built a brick house in 1811. (Warren County Local History by Dallas Bogan)

In the first issue of The Farmer printed in December, 1816, some of the businessmen in Lebanon were listed. David Fox was listed as having a mill on the Little Miami.

According to the History of Warren County, Ohio, Fellowship Christian Church in Union Township

was built about 1828. Among the early members were Ann Spencer, Rebecca Sargeant, Sarah Fox, wife of David Fox, Andrew and Catherine Lytle, William and Mary Bonnell, John and Mary Ann Covert. The churchyard is a burying-ground, the first interments being made in it about the time of the erection of the church.

The Fellowship Christian Church and Cemetery was on David and Sarah's land.

David died on January 23, 1847 in South Lebanon, Union Township, Warren County, Ohio.

In 1849 Ann and Eden Edwards and his parents all died of cholera.

Sarah died on June 7, 1850. They are buried together in the Fellowship Cemetery in Lebanon, Ohio.

David Fox's Tombstone


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Children of Absalom Fox
and Christian Bonham
  • Captain Charles Fox
  • Bonham Fox
  • Mary Fox Frazee
  • David Fox
  • Anchor Fox Sutton
  • Iva Fox Sargeant
  • Jonathan Fox
  • Rebecca Fox Dearth
  • A militia is a military unit composed of citizens who are called up in time of need.
    A grist mill is a building where a miller grinds gain into flour.

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




    from History of Warren County, Ohio, p. 712

    David Fox, Sr. settled on Muddy Creek, west of Deerfield about 1797 or 1798. He lived on the farm on which he settled until his death. In connection with his son Absalom, he built a grist-mill on Turtle creek and operated a copper still. In the Fellowship Churchyard are tombstones with these inscriptions;

    David Fox
    died January 23, 1847
    aged eighty-two years
    six months and sixteen days.

    wife of David Fox
    died June 7, 1850
    aged eighty-two years
    eight months and twenty-six days.

    David Fox was accompanied on his removal to this township by his brother Jonathan and his brother-in-law, Sampson Sergeant.


    Descendants of Absalom Fox and Christian Bonham are Mayflower Descendants.

  • Samuel Fuller
  • Hannah Fuller Bonham
  • Hezekiah Bonham
  • Amariah Bonham
  • Christian Bonham Fox
  • Records Warren County Court and Archives
    406 Justice Drive Lower Level
    Lebanon OH 45036
    Dec 1846 - Oct 1848

    Chancery Record #12 12:690 -12:738

    Absolom Fox adm. of David Fox estate vs Henry Bunnell -
    David Fox died leaving children:
    Absolom Fox;
    Christiana (Fox) wife of Henry Bunnell;
    David Fox Jr.;
    William Fox and Morris Fox all of Warren county.

    Sarah (Fox) wife of Isaac Still and
    Joanna (Fox) wife of William Piper; both of Indiana

    Joanna T. McKinney and Absolom McKinney
    both of Warren county, Heirs of Mary McKinney late Fox, deceased daughter of David Fox

    Living children and heirs of the late Charles Fox, deceased son of David Fox
    Thomas M. Fox of Warren county, Rebecca (Fox), wife of Thomas Kyle, of Miami county
    Sarah (Fox) wife of Redman McDonough of Illinois
    Charles Fox of Illinois

    John and Peter McCarty of Warren county ,
    heirs of Anker McCarty late Fox daughter of David Fox

    Amos and Charles Edwards of Indiana
    children of Ann (Fox) Edwards

    Provided by Pat Grove, Records Center Specialist Sept 2001 to Jane G.
    Shared with Sue Ellen Ash March 29, 2003 Given permission to post and share.

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