Jefferson County, NY

Pioneer Fox Family

John Fox, son of Samuel and Mary Fox, was born about 1728 in Groton, CT and married Abigail Packer. Their children were:

1. William b 1762, a Revolutionary War soldier
2. Hannah-married John Pettengill, a Revolutionary soldier who talked with Washington, and who lived to see Lincoln elected president. In 1800 he came to Adams, Jeff. Co., where he passed more than half a century.
3. Daniel
4. Samuel-married Lucy Williams
5. James
6. Asa
7. Amos - settled in Onondaga
8. Abigail - in 1800 she was the widow of Sylvester Eastman and came to Adams at that time with her brothers.

Daniel Fox, third child of John and Abigail (Packer) Fox, was born March 1, 1771 in Groton, CT and went with his parents to Norwich, CT, when five years of age. Four years later they moved to Guilford, VT where the parents passed the balance of their lives. When a young man, Daniel Fox came to New York State and was married in 1797 at Galway, NY to Hannah Hewitt. She was born August 29, 1774 a daughter of Elisha and Tryphena (Bingham) Hewitt. Elisha and Tryphena were married on March 2, 1757 and she lived until after 1818 being then a resident of Providence, RI. Hannah (Hewitt) Fox was one of the first six to form a Presbyterian Society in Adams, Jeff. Co. in 1803, and her husband gave the land for church and parsonage, and one hundred dollars toward building them.

In 1799 Daniel moved to Fort Stanwix (now Rome, NY) and during that same year came on foot to Adams, being accompanied on the journey by Loveland Paddock, one of the pioneers of Watertown. Daniel Fox purchased 500 acres of land, and brought his family to settle in 1800. He cleared up land on the south side of Sandy Creek, about two miles east of the present village of Adams, and lived on it for more than 73 years, passing away June 23, 1873, being nearly four months over 102 years of age. He was a man of upright character and universally respected as a citizen. Their children were:

1. Lydia, the eldest, died unmarried.
2. Hiram was a farmer and died near Sackets Harbor
3. Levi was a farmer in Adams, where he died
4. Elvira (twin) - married John Cowles Cooper
5. Elmira (twin)
6. Electa - wife of Captain John Q. Adams, a soldier of the War of 1812 and resided on a farm between Adams and Watertown.

Our Country's People - Oakes Vol. 1

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