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Carlton Augustus Fox
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Birth: 1817
Vermont, USA
Death: Mar. 1, 1873
Stark County
Illinois, USA

Husband of Laura Bliss, m. Jul 26, 1842 in North Hampton, Peoria County, Illinois. Died in Valley Twp.

In "History and Reminiscences", son Cyrus A.B. Fox wrote in 1923......

I am reminded that I promised to write a brief history of our family's early entering into the citizenship of Valley Township, Stark County.

My father, Carlton Augustus Fox, and my mother, Laura Fox, a daughter of Z. G. Bliss, who died in Princeville some years ago, were married about 1842 near Northampton, Peoria County. They settled in Galena, Ill., where their first child was born, a boy named William who soon died and was buried in Galena. This caused the parents much grief and they pulled up stakes and went to Potosi, Washington County, Mo., where father worked as a lead and zinc miner for three or four years. There in a little old log cabin I was born Nov. 5, 1846.

When I was about three years of age, father gave up mining and returned to Illinois, settling at Chillicothe where he worked in a packing house. About 1851 he took every cent he could spare and purchased an 1812 Soldier's Warrant and located it on the Valley Township quarter section.

I was a very scrawny miserable little urchin for the first three years we were on this land, afflicted with the fever and agur. Our house was just a cabin boarded up and down and battened, with the roof boards in place but no shingles for the first two years. The only dry place in it was the northeast corner where mother used to set me in my chair. There I would shake, my teeth ratteling till the fever became so violent that I had to be laid in bed, which was about every day for almost three years. I surely was a burden on those early pioneer hands.

Other children came, James, who lies in the old cemetery on the farm: Marion and Bell and Ella also lie in this cemetery along with father and mother, six of them here in the old Fox cemetery for all time. Brother Charles Henry is now living in Bakersfield, Calif., where he has become a leading dentist and an inventor of considerable note. Brother James H. served in the 11th Ill. infantry and died in service near New Orleans: his remains were sent home for burial in 1864. I had one more brother, Lewis Amos, my beloved youngest brother, who died very suddenly at Sioux City, Iowa, ten years ago and lies entombed at the Mausoleum at Rose (Hill?) Cemetery, Chicago.

I was too much emaciated in my army service to stand the work on the farm and was compelled to come north in order to build up. I had a hope of living a natural life span, which hope has been fulfilled to the number of three score and seventeen years.

Note: Mr Fox does not mention his own military record. He was fifer boy in Co. H., 86th Ills. Vol. Inf. He attended our Picnic in 1923, while on a trip to attend, also, Reunion at Peoria of the 86th Regiment-this Reunion having been the last official gathering of the "old guard" of the Civil War who are rapidly passing. Mr. Fox's home was in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he died on April 10, 1926. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Laura Bliss Fox (1823 - 1883)
 
 Children:
  Cyrus Augustus B. Fox (1846 - 1926)*
  James H Fox (1848 - 1865)*
  Francis Marion Fox (1851 - 1859)*
  Amos Lewis Fox (1856 - 1908)*
  Mabel Fox (1859 - 1860)*
  Ella Nora Fox (1862 - 1872)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
55 Years
 
Burial:
Fox Cemetery
Speer
Stark County
Illinois, USA
 
Maintained by: One Foot In The Grave
Originally Created by: John Melton
Record added: May 22, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37368814
Carlton Augustus Fox
Added by: Cindy Eberle
 
Carlton Augustus Fox
Added by: Cindy Eberle
 
 
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