Thomas/3w Fox

M, #7633, (26 February 1649/50 - )
Father*Thomas/1 Fox1 b. 14 Oct 1618, d. 14 Apr 1658
Mother*Hannah/2w Brooks1 b. s 1625, d. 1692
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of Hannah/2w Brooks
Descendants of Thomas/3w Fox
Last Edited:22 Feb 2016

Children with Elizabeth (–?–):

Thomas/3w Fox Jr. was born 26 Feb 1649/50 at Concord, Massachusetts.1 "He is supposed to have died young," says William F. Fox.2 Says George H. Fox, "That the son Thomas died young is conjecture. He and his sister Hannah were certainly in New London in 1662 as is shown by County Court records. He may have gone to Newport where a Thomas Fox lived or have been one of the unidentified Thomas Foxes of Boston."3
     On 3 September 1663, Andrew/1 Lester of New London acted as attorney to Thomas Fox, Mary Lester, and Hanna Fox, plaintiffs, against Tobiah Colls [Colles], defendant, in a defamation action. As Thomas/1 Fox was dead, the plaintiff of the same name must have been his son, Thomas/3w Fox Jr., and plaintiff Hanna[h] Fox his daughter.4
     A Thomas Fox, perhaps the same, had children, 1683-88 at Boston, by wife Elizabeth.5 A Thomas Fox was married by Gov. Simon Bradstreet, 21 Mar 1690 at Boston, to Esther Jarvis.6

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S185] Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 5, Thomas Fox b.
  2. [S1192] William F. Fox, Thomas Fox of Concord, 19.
  3. [S2078] George Henry Fox, "Descendants of Eliphalet Fox of Concord, Mass.," 2.
  4. [S121] The American Genealogist, Martin E. Hollick, "Mary2 Lester, Wife of Thomas2 Clark(e) of Hartford, Connecticut," 83:1 (Feb-Apr 2008), 68 Hereinafter TAG.
  5. [S321] A Report of the Record Commissioners, Containing Boston Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1630–1699, 9:160, Sarah Fox b.
  6. [S321] Boston VR, 1630–1699, 9:191, Thomas Fox/Esther Jarvise m.
  7. [S321] Boston VR, 1630–1699, 9:174, Elizabeth Fox b.
  8. [S321] Boston VR, 1630–1699, 9:179, Thomas Fox b.

Samuel/3w Fox

M, #7634, (circa 1651 - 4 September 1727)
Father*Thomas/1 Fox1,2 b. 14 Oct 1618, d. 14 Apr 1658
Mother*Hannah/2w Brooks1,2 b. s 1625, d. 1692
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of Hannah/2w Brooks
Descendants of Samuel/3w Fox
Custom index:Baptists of Early Massachusetts & West Jersey
Philip's War (1675-76)
Last Edited:8 Aug 2017

Children with Mary Lester:

Children with Joanna Way:

Child with Bathsheba (Bathshua) Rogers:

Findagrave.com, memorial #11355915. Photo by Craig Johnson.
Photo by Craig Johnson 11355915
Samuel/3w Fox was born circa 1651 at Concord, Massachusetts,(no record surviving).1,3 G.H. Fox says he was among the New London troops in the "Swamp Fight," 1675, during Philip's War.4 He married (1), 31 Mar 1676 at New London, Connecticut, Mary Lester. 56,7,8 He lived near his brothers, John and Isaac, and sister, Hannah Lester, in the "General Neck" a few miles south of New London village.9 He married (2), by 1685, Joanna Way, with whom he had 2 children, and who died in the epidemic of 1689.1,10,4
     He married (3), 1690, Bathsheba (Bathshua) Rogers, daughter of James Rogers, and widow of Richard Smith, with whom he had a son, Samuel "the younger." James Rogers was said to be "the wealthiest man in the colony of New London after Governor Winthrop."1,10,4 Bathsheba died 3 Nov 1711.10
     He married (4), 9 Aug 1715 at N.L., Hester Allen.11
     His will, dated 6 Apr 1727, proved 6 Sep following, gives eldest son Samuel, called "Samuel Fox the elder," his lands in the North Parish, with the mills known as the Fox mills, and all his wearing apparel. To his son "Samuel Fox the younger," he gives all his farming tools, and all his lands in Newbern, with Great Neck, subject to legacies to be paid to his siblings. To wife Esther, all the estate that she brought with her to me when I married her, and a living out of the whole during her widowhood. He also mentions sons Isaac and Benjamin; daughters Elizabeth and Anna; sons-in-law James Smith and John Smith; the children of his "daughter-in-law Bathshua Rogers, deceased" (meaning her children by her 1st husband); the children of his daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Camp, deceased; and granddaughter Elizabeth Platts; and appoints as executors son Samuel the elder, and friend Timothy Green, printer, of New London.12 He died at New London 4 Sep 1727, "77th yr.," leaving a large estate prized at £2280-11-5½1,10, and is buried in the Ancient Cemetery.13
     Samuel Fox was admitted to the First Church 20 Nov 1681.10
     His brother Isaac, by deed dated 9 Jan 1729/30, gave the land for the first Baptist meeting house in New London, of which Samuel was a trustee. The building was shared by Seventh and First Day Baptists, who worshipped in it on different days. Standing on Fort Hill, and known from its height and peculiar proportions as the "Pepper Box," it was taken down in 1847.14,15
     "Samuel and Bathsheba, after their marriage, became Seventh Day Baptists. Samuel was arraigned once for catching eels on Sunday, whereupon he said that he made no difference in days; and Bathsheba went 'openly' to the meeting-house to proclaim that she had been doing servile work on their sabbath. She was accompanied at this time by her brother, John Rogers, who interrupted the minister by proclaiming that he had committed a similar offense. This John Rogers became the founder of the sect of Rogerenes. Samuel and Bathsheba seem to have courted persecution and to have taken no pains to avoid the martyrdom which fell to their lot. Bathsheba's brother, James, was sentenced by the court to receive fifteen lashes and to pay a fine of 5 pounds for 'rebaptizing' people.
     "The troubles and differences which Samuel2 Fox had with his neighbors appear to have resulted from his marriage with Bathsheba. Her father, James Rogers, and his children also, as early as 1676, attracted attention by their declared opposition to infant baptism, and Samuel evidently was a convert to their views."16

Local Notes:

Property15 Apr 1712, Colchester, CTOn April 15, 1712, Samuel Fox of New London made a deed of gift of 60 acres in Colchester to his "loving son, Benjamin Fox."17
PropertyMontville, CTThe Patent of New London, issued in 1704, also contains his name. He was an extensive landholder, some of his land being situated at Great Neck, in the vicinity of New London. He also owned 500 acres in the North Parish, now Montville, upon which he erected a sawmill and a gristmill.10

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S36] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary, 2:196.
  2. [S908] Frances Manwaring Caulkins, History of New London, 371.
  3. [S1192] William F. Fox, Thomas Fox of Concord, 15, 19.
  4. [S2089] George Henry Fox, "Descendants of Samuel Fox of New London, Conn.," 4.
  5. New London's town records include a 1675 marriage between Samuel Fox, son of Thomas, and Mary Lester, daughter of Daniel Jr. Robert Charles Anderson and Martin E. Holleck have shown that Mary/2 Lester, daughter of Andrew/1 Lester, married Thomas/2 Clark, and therefore was not the bride in the 1675 marriage, as sometimes reported. Still unexplained is the identity of the Daniel Lester Jr. cited as Mary's father in the N.L. record. Finally, George H. Fox names the wife of Samuel Fox as Mary ?Moore, dau. Miles Moore and Isabel Joyner, born 1654, but cites no source.
         All in all, the identities included in the town record seem the most likely answer to the problem.
  6. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, New London VR, Samuel Fox/Mary Lester m.
  7. [S2089] Fox, George H., "Descs. Samuel Fox," 4: Mary ?Moore.
  8. [S121] The American Genealogist, Martin E. Hollick, "Mary2 Lester, Wife of Thomas2 Clark(e) of Hartford, Connecticut," 83:1 (Feb-Apr 2008), 68-73 Hereinafter TAG.
  9. [S1192] Thomas Fox of Concord, 7-8.
  10. [S1192] Thomas Fox of Concord, 19.
  11. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, New London VR, Samuel Fox/Hester Allen m.
  12. [S1192] Thomas Fox of Concord, 20, 64-69.
  13. [S148] Findagrave.com, memorial #11355915.
  14. [S1192] Thomas Fox of Concord, 24-25.
  15. [S2083] George Henry Fox, "Descendants of Isaac Fox," 4.
  16. [S1192] Thomas Fox of Concord, 21-22.
  17. [S1192] Thomas Fox of Concord, 28.
  18. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, New London VR, Elizabeth Fox b.
  19. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, New London VR, Ann Fox b.
  20. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, New London VR, Samuel Fox b.
  21. [S1192] Thomas Fox of Concord, 21.
  22. [S1192] Thomas Fox of Concord, 21, 66.

John/3w Fox

M, #7636, (circa 1653 - before 20 April 1730)
Father*Thomas/1 Fox1 b. 14 Oct 1618, d. 14 Apr 1658
Mother*Hannah/2w Brooks1 b. s 1625, d. 1692
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry/1w Brooks
Descendants of Hannah/2w Brooks (#1)
Descendants of Hannah/2w Brooks (#2)
Descendants of Hannah/3w Fox
Descendants of Daniel/4w Lester
Descendants of John/3w Fox
Last Edited:13 Aug 2017

Children with Hannah Isbell:

Children with Sarah Larrabee:

John/3w Fox was born circa 1653 at Concord, Massachusetts, although the record does not survive.2,1 He removed to New London, Connecticut about 1675, where he married (1), 28 Jun 1678, Sarah Larrabee, daughter of Greenfield Larrabee, with whom he had 4 children.3 Sarah Larrabee's sister was the mother of Joshua Hempstead, the noted New London diarist, who mentioned his "uncle Fox."4
     John Fox lived near his brothers Samuel and Isaac, and sister Hannah Lester, in the "General Neck" section a few miles south of New London village.5
     He married (2), circa 1690, Hannah Isbell, daughter of Robert Isbell, and widow of Thomas Stedman, with whom he had 3 children.6,7,8 He married (3), circa 1707, Susanna Parker, daughter of Ralph Parker, and widow of Thomas Forster, who died 3 Apr 1718.9 He married (4), 9 Nov 1719 at New London, Mary/5w Lester, daughter of Daniel/4w Lester and Mary Wells, and his grandniece. "His last wife was fifty years younger than himself, and granddaughter to his sister," reported the New England Weekly Journal of 20 Apr 1730, in noticing his death at New London.10,9 His widow Mary was executrix of his will the same year.4
     All his children died without issue, except Benjamin. In deeding a farm at Montville to Benjamin in 1718, John calls him "my only child which it hath pleased God to continue in the land of the living."6,11
     In 1700, John Fox and others complained to the General Court against the elder of the Church of Christ at New London. "The elder's party seems to have been the stronger, for they were all suspended from church privileges."9 A patentee of New London, 17047, John is buried there in the Ancient Cemetery.4

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1192] William F. Fox, Thomas Fox of Concord, 15, 22.
  2. [S36] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary, 2:196.
  3. [S1461] Jacquelyn Ladd Ricker, The Ricker Compilation, New London VR, John Fox/Sarah Caverly/Laraby m.
  4. [S2079] George Henry Fox, "Descendants of John Fox of New London, Ct.," 4.
  5. [S1192] Thomas Fox of Concord, 7-8.
  6. [S908] Frances Manwaring Caulkins, History of New London, 371.
  7. [S1192] Thomas Fox of Concord, 22-23.
  8. [S2079] Fox, George H., "Descs. John Fox," 4: circa 1690.
  9. [S1192] Thomas Fox of Concord, 22.
  10. [S908] Caulkins, Hist. New London, 371, footnote.
  11. [S1192] Thomas Fox of Concord, 23.
  12. [S2079] Fox, George H., "Descs. John Fox," 6.
  13. [S121] The American Genealogist, Martin E. Hollick, "Mary2 Lester, Wife of Thomas2 Clark(e) of Hartford, Connecticut," 83:1 (Feb-Apr 2008), 72-73 Hereinafter TAG.
  14. [S1192] Thomas Fox of Concord, 31.