An American Family History

Isaac Pierce Fox

Butler County, Ohio was established in 1803 from Hamilton and Ross Counties.

The first Europeans settled in the Northwest Territory in 1788. Migrants came from New York and New England. Ohio was admitted to the Union as the 17th state on March 1, 1803.

Isaac Pierce Fox was born in 1812 in Ohio.

His wife was named Mary. They were married about 1837 in Ohio. She was born in 1815 in Ohio.

Isaac and Mary had eight children. 
Malinda Fox Hayden (1839, married James Hayden),
Jonathan Fox (November 9, 1841, married Ruth A. Walker),
Martin Fox (1841, married Mary E. Walker),
Taylor Fox (October, 1846),
Thomas Fox (1849),
James Fox (1852),
Benton Fox (1856, married Jennie Waldron),
Margaret Fox (1859), and
Mary Fox (1862).

They were in Indiana by 1840. They were in Wabash, Tippecanoe, Indiana. The household consisted of two men and a woman between 20 and 29, and a boy and a girl under 5.

In 1850 they were in Sheffield, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. The household consisted of Isaac agd 35, Mary age 35, Melinda age 11, Martin age 9, Johnathan age 5, Taylor age 4, and Thomas age 1.

Mainda married James B. Hayden about 1858 in Sheffield.

In 1860 they were still in Sheffield, Tippecanoe, Indiana. The household consisted of Isaac P. age 47, Mary age 33, Martin age 17, Johnathan age 15, Taylor age 13, Thomas age 11, James age 8, Benton age 4, and Margaret age 1.

According to the U.S. IRS Tax Assessment List in 1864 and 1865 Isaac had a carriage and stallion.

In 1870 they were in West Point, White County, Indiana. The household consisted of Isaac P. age 50, Mary age 42, James Beasy age 17, Benton age 12, Margaret age 11, and Mary age 8.

In 1880 the household was in Belmont, Iroquois County, Illinois. The household consisted of Pierce age 67, Mary age 52, Margaret age 18, and their grandson, Willard Haydon, age 15.

Children of Temperance
and Bonham Fox
  • Levi Fox, Sr.
  • Mary Fox Green
  • Christina Fox Riley
  • David Fox
  • Jonathan Fox
  • Isaac P. Fox
  • Indiana became a state in 1819. The north was settled by people from New England and New York, the center by people from the Mid-Atlantic states and Ohio, and the south by people from Southern states, particularly Kentucky and Tennessee.

    Illinois became a state in 1818. A large influx of American settlers came in the 1810s by the Ohio River.




    Early American Colonists and pioneers had to make everything necessary for daily life and skilled craftsmen were essential.

    After an illness of two years with paralysis Jonathan Fox died at 5 o'clock yesterday morning at the home of his son, William R. Fox [sic] near the stock yards. 

    He was born in Lafayette November 9, 1841 and most of his life was spent in this city. His wife died thirty-five years ago. Mr. Fox was a blacksmith and was a man of good character. He was a splendid citizen and was held in high regard. 

    He leaves two sons, William P. Fox, and Charles L. Fox, of Indianapolis. The body was taken to the Flockemer Parlors, where it can be viewed by friends.The funeral will be held from the Thomas chapel, near Cutler. Tomorrow morning at 11 o'clock Rev. Harmon, of Rockville, will officiate, with interment in the Enoch cemetery

    A blacksmith forges and shapes iron with a hammer and anvil.

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