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JANUARY. 1916 


Advice from Norman Fox. 

Painted Post, July 3rd 1862 
George H. Fox, 

My son. In your letter sometime 
ago, you mentioned that you wanted a 
classical Dictionary and Anthon's Vir- 
gil. I have looked over the School 
books and find a copy of Anthon's 
Virgil but so far worn out that it is 
useless and have sent you Cooper's 
Virgil and Ainsworth's Latin Diction- 
ary, done up in a paper package and 
directed to the care of R. P. Clapp. 
Troy. One of our Boatmen look the 
package and will dehver it to Charles 
in Albany to send up to Troy and have 
forwarded to you. You ought to have 
taken them with you when you left 
home for Schdol. You mention about 
a vacation in your School but dont 
say how long and talk about coming 
home. If the vacation is five or six 
weeks, I think you had better come 
home. If it is only two weeks you 
better not. You say it will be dull 
spending the vacation at Ballston. 
Suppose it is? What has that to do 
with the great object of your present 
preparation for future life? You are 
now forming character for life, for 
Weal or Wo in this world and the 
•world to come. You are now in the 
most responsible and eventful period 
of your life. If the foundation of 
your future is badly laid, the Struc- 
ture will be weak and useless. If you 
start wrong you will come out wrong. 

As the Twig is bent the Tree /is. .in- 
clined. You cannot expect to rdacl^ 
'iny desireable and useful attai'.tm'onts' 
in life short of persevering eff'/ri' 
steadiness of purpose and decision of' 
character. There must be no fickle- 
ness of mind. The Apostle James 
says, "A double minded man (Fickle 
minded) is unstable in all his ways" 
Xo useful or important attainments 
are ever reached short of toil, perse- 
verance, personal labor and experi- 
ence. That which costs nothing is 
good for nothing. An Eminent writer 
says any one can have the Pearl if he 
will pay the price for it. All useful 
and noble attainments in human char- 
acter are valued in proportion to the 
.sacrifice, toil, perseverance, perplexity- 
and disappointments necessarily met 
often times in reaching and attaining 
them. Keep these things, my son. 
constantly in your mind. You w-ill 
soon have to tuke care of yourself. 
You will soon be without the counsel 
of >OLir father, who has watched over 
you with anxious care from your cra- 
dle to the present time. I shall not 
return. I am rapidly on my way to 
the grave, the House for all the living. 
You will have the sympathy of a 
faithful nidthei- after I have gone the 
way of all the earth. She will care 
deeply for your temporal and spiritual 
welfare:. You will have kind brothers 
and sisters to sympathize with you in 
sickness or afflictions, but they and 
each of them will have cares and 



Jan. 1, 1916 

duties of their own and you in a meas- 
ure will be thrown upon your own re- 
sources, to grapple and contend with 
the Selfishness and deceitful friend- 
ships of lan unfeeling world. Now my 
son, I want you to look these truths 
full in the face and pi-epare to meet 
them. T feel great anxiety that all my 
childtOi -Should be useful and honor- 
cbie in their day and generation and 
above all, recipients of That Grace 
which is unto life. My oldest son is 
fr.Ifillin.T my expectations. My son, 
niiKe ycur peace with God. Choose 
..'etus Christ 'as your Saviour and 
Counsellor and he will be nearer than 
a brother. Then all will be well with 
you in this world and the woi-ld to 

Yours affectionately 

Norman Fox. 

From the Archives. 

Copy of a letter written by AlxnsonJ Fox from 
Canada to Norman fojr.Jr., -.I'hile the latter was 
Pastor of the Baptist Church at Whitehall, Aeiv 

Kingston C. W. Dec. 15th 18 60 

Irons Hotel. 

Dr Brother. 

I am waiting patiently here for the 
world to move a little faster, am get- 
tmg tired and uneasy at the dull slow 
movement of the clock & the duller, 
slower movements of every man who 
does business in this city of stone. At 
home when I have a great deal to do 
I can get up early & work hard & 
crowd oflF business but here I have to 
wait the motion of the elements, get 
up at 8 o'clock to breakfast, wait un- 
til 10 o'clock before I can see any- 
body, then talk a few minutes & wail 
another 24 hours. 

I am ready to make a solemn vow 
that if I ever can unravel this twisted 
mess of business to which Father is 
so unfortunately fastened I will never 
show my face this side of the line 
again. To one of these long vacant 

spells you are indebted for this letter. 
I never get time to write to you at 
home, I have so many little matters 
to attend to but now it helps use up 
the time. It seems strange for one 
whose only trouble generally is to find 
time enough to do what is necessary, 
to be looking around for some way to 
use up the time. 

I have a great deal of trouble in 
closing up Father's old business here. 
Mr. A. tries as hard as he can to make 
inatters worse, obstinately refuses to 
pay any part of his honest debt to 
Father & throws every possible stum- 
bling block in the w^a.y of any feasible 
plan for the payment of the debts. 
There are about $6000.00 of debts to 
pay which we could nearly wnpe out 
with the mill property if Mr. A. would 
only cooperate with us in the matter. 
Instead of that he is aiming to make 
us pay off the debt & leave the whole 
mill property to him. 

But then I am not di-scouraged. 
Even if everything here proves a total 
loss we have enough left at home to 
pay off everything & have consider- 
able left but it is hard to work like a 
nigger for several years to pay up old 
scores. I can make money enough at 
the to pay off Father's debts if 
they were twice as large. 

I have done a good deal of hard 
work & had a good deal of bitter ex- 
perience in this Canada scrape for one 
of my age but I find it has sharpened 
my wits & opened mj- eyes enough to 
help me a good deal in doing business 
at P Post without making mistakes. 

But I suppose you dont care to 
hear this lingo. I would write in a 
different strain if I felt like it. I am 
glad to hear occasionally from you 
that you are geitting along so well at 
Whitehall, shall be glad to hear be- 
fore a great while of "Mr & Mrs N 

Jan- 1, 1916 



The recognized organ of the Society of 
the DescenJaiiis of Norman Fox. Published 
everp lr»o months. Editor, Harvard Fox, 
616 Madison Avenue, New Yorl^. Subscrip- 
tion $1.00 per ^ear. 

Fox Jr" & see the happy couple at 
our house. It is a pity if -a young- 
mail of your aljility and accO'mplish- 
ments with the whole of Eastern New 
York for a field to pick in, cant makti 
a liaise of a better half before a great 

Libbie wi'ites to us in gre'ait glee in 
anticipation of spending her Christmas 
holidays with you. 

I suppose Charlie also will l)e with 
you. It will seem almost like a family 
party to have 3 of you together. Char- 
lie will be out of college next sum- 
mer & will have to look out for some 
way of getting a living. Perhaps you 
can find a place for him in some lum- 
ber or forwarding business at White- 
hiaJl. If he! could make enough to pay 
his board the Hrst year in some busi- 
ness where he could be learning some- 
thing profitable all the while we could 
keep him in spending money & clothes 
till hie: could command good wages. I 
see no good opening for him in our 
business at present as Billie & I hold 
the only 'two good place.s in the con- 
cern. I shall try to get him a place 
in an Albany lumber yard if I can, 
l)Ut if not we must do the next best 
thing. It wont do for him to lie around 
loose after he gets out of college. 

Billie has a good place & satisfies 
all concerned. His wages are to be 
raised next year. He has taken a 
share in a purchase of 'timber land 
which interests him a good deal & will 
be' a good stepping stonie for hini into 
the business. He has bought a build- 
ing lot on the nvain ro'sd & is laying 
out his spare money on that so as to 

have a cage ready for his bird when 
caught. George goes to District 
School. Father's health is very good 
for him. Living at Painted Post agrees 
with him. His face however pains him 
a great deal. Aunf Selina is :vt our 
house 'and very feeble, I fear she will 
not live many months. Abbie has re- 
gained her health entirely & looks fair 
c^' plump as ever & enjoys herself 

Our family matters never went off 
any more happily or smoothly than 
now, we have a large house with 
plenty of room for company & plenty 
to eat & live comfortably. Our busi- 
ness matters there are in good shape. 
We have .just closed an uncommonly 
good season for business & have made 
a good deal of money. 

Church inatters are moving pros- 
perously. The new fleeting House is 
all finished outside & the Basement 
will 1)6 lall ready for occupation in a 
week or two. The upper part is just 
ready for plastering. It will be the 
finest village Church in Western New 
York without exception. 

W. C. Bronson has just built a 
block of brick stores 3 stories high 
which beat anything in Steuben Co. 
In the third s'tory is a Concert Hall 
.50 X 60 & 17 feet high. The Foundry 
hus also l)een rel)uilt so that Painted 
Post is really looking fine. A Plank 
sidewalk Co. was organized this fall of 
which C. F. Piatt was President & 
Wm F Fox General Superintendent & 
have built a sidewalk from the village 
to the mills which makes the walk 
nothing but sport. 

We shall expect a good long visit 
from you next summer either with or 
without Mrs F. <Sr in the meantime 
hope to hear from you often 

A. .1. Fox 


Jan 1, 1910 

Family News. 

Noel has been appointed secretary 
of the Board of Stewards of the Sons 
of the Revolution. 

Miarion Clapp announces her en- 
gagement to Mr. James Boise White 
of PJallston Spa. 

Howard Freeman has returned 
from California and will probably ac- 
cept a business position in New York. 

Aunt Corneliia I'ecently took a trip 
to Yarmouth, Xova Scotia, visiting her 
friend Mrs. Potts. 

Nellie has been in the East for a 
month and is now staying- with Aunt 
Elizabeth at the Hotel Bonta, Broad- 
way and 94th St. 

On Thanksgiving there were eig^h- 
teen> members of the Society to dine 
at Helen's home in New Haven. An- 
other good sized family gathering took 
place at Ethel's home in Detroit. 

Howard lately visited George and 
Gertrude at Binghamton where he 
gave 'a lecture before the Binghamton 
Academy of Medicine. Howard has 
been appointed a member of the at- 
tending staff of the recently org-anized 
Radium Sanitarium. 

Another letter to the Editor: 
"Dear Sir: — ^Ve hear a great deal 
through your coluinns of the various 
members of the family who are con- 
nected with the militia etc. I should 
be very g-lad to see a li.-^t of the rela- 
tives who are members of Peace Soci- 
ties or whose interests are strongly 


Helen Fox Trowbridge. 

Uncle George recently visited the 
Theta Chapter of Psi Upsilon at Union 
College as an official representative of 
the Council. The boys seemed pleased 

Norman Fox 1792-1863 

A sfDiewhat unnatural expression of the /ace in 
this portrait is due to the scar on the riglit cheek 
caused by a surgical operation/or the removal of a 
malignant growth. 

to learn that his brother ('61) 'and 
nephew ('95) were members of the 
chapter and somewhat surprised when 
he told them that his father entered 
Union College over one hundred years 

Here is * where little Montague 
scores another hit. At a recent bath- 
ing seance, presided over by his grand- 
mother, little Montague remarked that 
he didn't like his bath. When asked 
why his bath was not satisfactory he 
replied "It is Laodicean." To under- 
stand the significance of this adjective 
we quote a. passage from Revelation 
which Laddie had recently heard his 
g-randfa-ther read. It relates to the 
command given .Tohn to write to the 
Laodiceans "I know thy works for 
thou art neither cold nor hot." 


MARCH, 1916 

No. 2 

Jehiel Fox in the Revolution. 

by Xoel Blcecker Iwx. 

Our great grandfather, Jehiel Fox, 
served in the militia of two states during 
the Revolutionary War. His first service 
was in Connecticut as stated after his 
death by his brother, Gabriel Ely Fox, 
who said "Jehiel Fox went out as a sub- 
stitute to NevM London in the militia -about 
3 mo. - while living at Connect." Neither 
the regiment nor the date of this service 
is known and any further particulars 
which anyone can furnish will be most 
acceptable. It was probably about 1778- 
for Jehiel Fox had been born at East 
Haddam, Conn., in 1762 and in the spring 
of 1779 he moved with his father to New 
York State, settling at Canaan, which was 
then in that part of Albany County called 
"Kings District" but is now in Columbia 
County. There he enlisted in the Seven- 
teenth Regiment of AlbanyCounty Militia, 
which was raised in the Kings District 
under the command of Colonel William 
Bradford Whiting. 

In the State Library at Albany we 
find in "Audited Accounts, Volume .A", 
at page 62, a reference to " Col. W. B. 
Whiting's Regt. of Militia order'd on alarm 
to Schenectady under the immediate com- 
mand of Lieut. Col. Asa Waterman for 
the defence of the United States from nth 
to 23d October 17S1 both days included ". 
That Jehiel Fox performed this duty as a 
private in Captain Elijah Bostwick's com- 
pany is shown by the pay roll of the com- 
pany in " Certificates of Treasurer, Vol- 
ume II ", at page 63. In that list his 

name is spelled "HieIFox"and we cannot 
tell whether it is a clerical error or whether 
he was known by that abbreviation to his 
friends and neighbors. The figures oppo- 
site his name showing the amount of his 
pay for that service were partly burned 
when the State Library was destroyed a 
few years ago but the other privates whose 
entries appear in full received each /, i, is, 

This regiment was ordered out on 
other occasions also but its muster rolls 
for those were partially or wholly burned 
with the State Library and as Jehiel Fox's 
name does not appear in any of the frag- 
ments preserved we cannot tell what active 
service he performed except that already 
mentioned. The identity of our great 
grandfather with that " Hiel Fox" has 
been deemed by the Sons of the Revolu- 
tion in the State of New York as sufficient- 
ly proved to entitle his descendants to 
membership in that society. 

In one of his writings Uncle William 
said that Jehiel Fox served with the Seven- 
teenth Albany Regiment on a march to 
New London in 1781. I can find no other 
authority to show that this regiment made 
such an expedition and it seems improb- 
able that it was sent so far away while bor- 
der warfare in Northern New York was so 
acute. I am inclined to regard that state- 
mentas a mistake caused by confusing the 
two regiments in which )ehiel Fox served. 

Jehiel Fox's four older brothers, Reu- 
ben, Hubbard. Allen and Ansel all served 
in the Revolution having enlisted in Con- 
necticut before their father moved to New 


March 1 1916 

kiiJed in the 

was ai Mon- 

- rn, after 

■^C2te of 

• Badge 

The Ar.r.'^a'. Reunion. 

NeiJie, Gertrude. Alice. Eihel, Adaline. 
Ediih. Rachel, Dell. Hope, Uncle George, 
Waller, Montague, Howard. Koel, Harry. 
Alanson, Kenneth, Howard Freeman. 
Edgar. Charles I vins. Miss Cornelia Fulton 
and M;?? Anna Carrere. H. F. 

A Trip to Bmghamton. 

It was a great pleasure to be entertajn- 

r ' George and Gertrude in their 

-^e in Binghamion. George 

mself felt in the 

^ he has elected to 

:tise his profession. In the course of 

- . visit I learned that he was Vice-presi- 

:--:: of the Broome Count}- Medical Asso- 

:i:ion and Treasurer of the Binghamton 

Academy of Medicine. He is very active 

:"ne National Guard, having been com- 

-sioned caoiain on March 15, igi5 Jn 

- -; -. " . ance Company No. i. 

- . been elected president 

\rd local association of 


finallv vie^ 

of Gf 

MaiBe \Va 

As I ad" iany furniture 

; _5e .'.a^ fi J led, Gertrude 

ui how much of it had 

■ - ^ ^ - r ireroned by an older 

^ ^'1 i . :. :. the shabbiest of 

cioibes. she visited a neighboring hamlet, 

"-'^ ca^rf Apa'^chian (pronounced '"apple- 

-_.' '-.---- ;".h some bottles of home 

rn,-ce ;w.:r.;:_;£ ::-;ish, she would call from 

r family, bouse to bouse and address the good house- 

-e? Ti-'- ___-.-:-_^. ^5 follows: "Madam, I 

- -. - ^ ".ure polish, which not 

jjsbcs. I make it my- 

People come into your 

t your furniture and bring 

. - all kinds to which yourchild- 

T exposed." She would then add 

- ,ir__.'v. '"haven't you anj- old furniture 
you want cleaned up, the older the better, 

-- - - - : — ,.\-:^.^ that was your mother's or 

- r s." If the treasures were 
, - - :e .rude would get down on 

7 _ - ^- .' ; ;,' 1 .:nees and demonstrate the 

. f : t- vrares. Eventually the woman 

, ' _ :: ^ 7 rrsuaded, without much diffi- 

-ins. Ada, c- •". with her old furniture at a 

March 1. 191tJ 



The retognized organ of the Society 
of the Descendants of Norman Fox. 
Published every two months. Editor, 
Howard Fox, 6/6 .Madison .-Ivenue. New 
York. Subscription $i.oo per year. 

low figure. If you wish to corroborate m y 
storj-, go to Binghamton as Kenneth and 
I have djne. You will be royally treated. 
Howard Fox. 

On Family Names. 

Shortly after Adaline"? birth. Uncle 
Alanson wrote Uncle George as follows :- 
"There was a time when a birth in the 
Fox family was an occasion of great im- 
portance & caused much discussion & com- 
ment. Now however such things are get- 
ting too common to awaken any great 
amount of enthusiasm, except with the 
happv mother of each new arrival. Of 
course I have no doubt that this young 
lady is far ahead of all the preceeding 
arrivals, but then the next one will be e- 
qually superior (excuse the bull ) and so 
Hattie will please excuse any extra illum- 
inations &c in honor of ihe arrival. I 
would suggest the name of Cornelia lor 
the young female, except for a recent ex- 
perience of which you may have heard. 
.\\. the risk of spoiling a good story by its 
repetition I will proceed to narrate how on 
the late arrival of an additional female 
Milesian of the Fitz Martin family (de- 
scendants of the Irish Kings &c. > the 
happy parents proposed to do honor to the 
illustrious head of the Fox clan by nam- 
ing the child Cornelia. 

The illustrious head cS:c was highly de- 
lighted with the honor about to be con- 
ferred upon her and her face was wreath- 
ed in smiles from the birth to the day of 
christening. But alas! for the vanity of 
human expectations. When the Fitz Mar- 
tin family presented the child for baptism 
the good Father Colgan obstinatelj^ refused 
to give the child the name of Cornelia. 
■'Sure," he explained, "there never was a 
saint by that name." (You see Father 

Colgan was not personally acquainted with 
the illustrious head &c. before mentioned). 
"I never would give a child such a name 
as that. Call her Biddy! Call her Biddy!" 
And so the descendants of the Irish Kings 
were obliged to succumb to the inexorable 
resolution of Father Colgan and b)- way 
of compromise, the child was named 
" Louisa" Charles wonders where the 
priest ever heard of a saint by that name. 

And so for fear of a similar experience 
and in view of the hard times I would 
suggest the name of Cornelia. It is a 
grand old heathen name, however if not 
a good Christian name. You remember 
the old woman with the jewels &c. 

If ever we have a pair of twin boj's 
I shall name them Marcus and Caius 
Gracchus Fox. Wont that be classic! It 
will be just our luck however, having such 
a grand chance for a hit in the way of 
names that our twins will be girls." 

As Others See Us. 

{Front the testimpKy of Hon James ]V, Wadsworih 
before ike Fjresi Itrz-estig^tion Commiiice tqio ) 

Q. " Was the correspondence placed 
before you, do 5'ou recollect?" 

A. " Not that I remember. The 
general situation was described and the 
desirabilty of the purchase discussed. Col. 
Fox I had the greatest confidence in : I do 
not know as I have ever met a man in the 
public service who inspired me with more 
confidence, not only as to his integrit}", but 
the fact that he seemed to know about 
everv township in the Adirondacks. I had 
been on the Board about a 3-ear, and had 
noticed the remarkably retentive memory 
that he had in that connection, and the 
detailed description that he could give us, 
and the idea he could give us as to the 
value of lands. I didn't have it only from 
my personal observation of Mr. Fox, but 
also from my cousin. Major W. A. Wads- 
worth, who had known him very well here 
when he himself was on the three-headed 
commission, and my cousin had often at 
that time and since then has expressed his 
great confidence in Col. Fox's ability and 
integrity. " 


March 1, 1916 

A Manistii^ut GaiJu'iing— lyuu 

UPPER ROW -Noriiiati, Ada/hie, Alan, Aunt Louise, IValter. 
MIDDLE ROlV—r>ute Charles, Uncle^Alanson, Aunt Cornelia. 
LOWER ROM— Helen. George. Alanson. 

Family News. 

N'oel has been appointed sergeant in 
Troop A. Squadron A. 

Uncie George is taking a month's trip 
with Cousin DeWitt Ivins, to Florida and 
to the Isle of Pines, near Cuba. 

Alice spent several weeks duiing the 
past month at Nassau. Bahama Islands, 
with her friend Miss Hadley. 

Helen writes that "little Mason drew 
a picture the other day of a star with a 
gun chasing a rabbit. He explained that 
it was a shooting star". 

Here's another puff for the paper and 
the family to boot, from one of our sub- 
scribers. Miss Harriet Littlefield. She 
writes "I enjoy the "F.\Mll.v News" very 
much and think the Fo.x family quite re- 

We regret to learn of the death of 
Anna's father, Mr D. Wilson Moore, who 
died at the age of S6. He had lived in 

Colorado Springs for the past fifteen years 
and was widely known for his many 

Manv of our readers will regret to 
learn of the death of Dr. George T. Jack- 
son who, for so many years had been asso- 
ciated with Uncle George at the College of 
Physicians and Surgeons and was a neigh- 
bor on thirty-first street. 

Howard recently went to Washington 
at the request of Senator Ransdell, to 
attend the hearing of the National lepro- 
sarium bill, before the senate committee 
on public health and national quarantine. 

Kenneth has been elected acting pas- 
lorof the CongregationalChurch of Paxton, 
Mass. where he will devote some of his 
time to pastoral work, in addition to acting 
as School Minister at Worcester Academy. 
He is teaching both Bible and ancient 
history this year at the school. He and 
Rachel are now living at 126 Providence 
St., Worcester, Mass. 



MAY. 1916 

No. 3 

A Tribute to Col. William F- Fox 

by Hon. James S. Whipple. 

{Extract frotn an article by former Comitiiss- 
ioni't \Vhipf>:e in the iQoj-q reports of the Forcat, 
J-is/i and Game Commission of the State of !^eii< 

When the first Forest Commission 
was established and organized the first 
appointment was that of Col. Wm. F. Fox 
on November i, 18S5, to the position of 
Assistant Secretary. One could hardly 
appreciate his position at that time, con- 
fronted with so much that was new and 
no resource upon which to draw for reli- 
able information. Yet the report for 18S5 
shows that he had a clear insight into the 
requirements. The organization of a fire 
protection force, ejecting squatters upon 
the lands and enforcing the law, all with 
a small untrained force, were initial prob- 

From 18S8 to iSgi we find him as 
.\ssistant Forest Warden, actively engaged 
in executive, administrative field and rout- 
ine work. 

In 1893 the Commissioner became the 
subject of legislative investigation and as 
a result, a new forest law was passed and 
a new Commissioner appointed. How- 
ever, it is pleasing to note that this same 
act particularly specified that the present 
Superintendent should be continued in 

Supt. Fox prepared a very exhaustive 
article entitled, " Land Grants and Land 
Patents of Northern New York." His re- 
searches in preparing this monograph 
were most skillfully made, and have been 

of great value in locating our lands and 
mapping the extensive area. 

In 1895 he became Engineer, with 
duties similar to those he had under the 
old Commissioner as Superintendent. 
After a few years his title was changed to 
Superintendent of Forests. Col. Fox was 
expert advisor of the board and in the per- 
formance of these duties $2,000,000 worth 
of land was acquired. 

This general summary of the develop- 
ment of a forest preserve and a forest 
policy in this State, has been given because 
a careful examination shows it largely to 
be the work of Col. Fox. 

It is most interesting to read the for- 
mer reports, which are largely from his 
pen and note what imprcjvements and pol- 
icies he advanced for the benefit of the 
State. In these matters he was always first. 

He began years ago to collect statist- 
ics showing the lumber cut and saw clear- 
ly what was happening, also the result. 
He established a system of fire protection 
and forest protection which was generally 
copied by other states. He continuously 
advocated the purchase of land as a forest 
preserve on the grounds of benefit to the 
State and at the same time a business in- 
vestment. He desired to see our state 
lands put under scientific forest manage- 
ment. Nearly fifteen years ago he advo- 
cated the reforesting method which is now 
in operation. He was quick to appreciate 
the value of a skilled force and employed 
the first graduate of the first forestry school 
in the country. 

He often had to act as mediator in 



May 1, 1916 

order to reconcile conflicting ideas and 
theories of such radically opposite interests 
as the forestry enthusiast and the Adiron- 
dack lumberman. Of Col. Fox it must be 
said he did much and well at the oppor- 
tune time. He left as his monument two 
great forest preserves in the two mountain 
regions of this state, aggregating 1,635,000 
acres, and established a stable forestry 
policy on a great, broad basis. 

In additiem to his forestry work, he 
was a recognized authority on civil war 
history and the author of many notable 
works. His first literary production, en- 
titled "The chances of being hit in battle" 
was published in the Century Magazine 
in 188S and is a most interesting comput- 
ation. After ten years of study and in- 
v^estigation "Regimental Losses" was 
ready lor publication and it is the most 
authoritive work of its kind His other 
historical writings are, " New York at 
Gettysburg" (3 vols). "Slocum and his 
men". " Life of Gen. Greene". 

His forestry writings include a large 
portion of the official reports 1885-1907 
inclusive, " Forest Tree Nurseries and 
Nursery Methods in Europe," " Tree 
planting on Streets and Highways 
" The Maple Sugar Industry", "The Ad- 
irondack Spruce," "History of the Lum- 
ber industry in New York," and many 
minor articles. 

He was a high class gentlemen of the 
old school and was loved and respected 
by a large number of people in many 
states. A member of the Chi Psi fratern- 
itv, he was at one time its president. He 
belonged to Dawson Post, No. 63 of the 
Grand Army of the Republic, was a com- 
panion in the Military Order of the Loyal 
Legion, corresponding secretary of the 
Society of the Potomac, member of the 
New York Historical Society, American 
Forestry Association and Society of Amer- 
ican Foresters. 

Col. Fox died on June 16, 1909. For 
twenty-five years he had been connected 
with the Forestry Department. The work 

he did and the services he rendered for 
the State during the full period of his term 
of employment can not well be overesti- 
mated. He was a highly cultured, careful, 
diplomatic man. He saw far into the fu- 
ture, planned and worked slowly and care- 
fully carrying the Department along 
thiough good and ill repute. The work 
needed all through the formative period 
just such a man. No other man would 
have done as well. His heart was in his 

Our Brooks Ancestry. 
by General Simeon HI. Fox. 

Since I wrote the sketch, "Thomas 
Fox of Concord, Mass." that appeared as 
a supplement to the FOX FAMILY NEWS 
of March i, 1914, I have followed out a 
clue and secured evidence that enables me 
to state positively, that "Hannah" (Brooks) 
Fox, widow of Thomas ( i) Fox of Concord, 
Mass., did, about the year 1661, marry 
second as the third wife of Andrew (i) 
Lester, of New London, Conn. She is 
thereafter known as "Ann" or "Anna". 
The interchangeable use of the three forms 
of the name is not at all uncommon in the 
old-time record. The form used seems 
to have depended upon the vagaries of 
each particular recorder, for not infre- 
quently he used two of the forms in the 
same record. 

It now seems more than probable that 
the widow Hannah (Brooks) Fox took most, 
or all, of her children with her to New Lon- 
don. She certainly took the two oldest, 
Hanna, aged 13, and Thomas aged 11. 
The other children were: Samuel aged 
about 10, John aged about 8, David about 
6, and Isaac aged 4. In all probability 
Samuel and John instead of coming about 
"1675" as Miss Caulkins says, had spent 
their boyhood at New London, but only 
became evident in the records when they 
arrived at man's estate. There is a clue 
that seems to indicate that Timothy (2) 
Brooks, the brother of Hannah (Brooks) 
Fox — Lester, about 1662 also came down 
to the vicinity of New London and dwelt 
there until a little before 1670. when he 

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probably returned to Massachusetts and 
seitled at Billerici, where he made his 
home for about ten years. The two young- 
est of the Fox children, David and Isaac, 
also returned to Massachusetts. David 
was at Woburn, where dwelt his grand- 
father Brooks, two Brooks uncles, and a 
childless sister of his mother, Sarah 
(Brooks) Mousall, and probably he fcjund 
a home with one ofthese. Isaac, 
in all probability had a home with his 
uncle Timothy Brooks at Billerica. 

The genealogy of the fainily of Henry 
(1) Brooks, of Woburn, Mass. compiled by 
those careful students of Massachuetts 
family histories, William R. Cutter and 
Arthur G. Loring, of Woburn, appeared in 
the "New England Historical and Geneal- 
ogical Register" of January and April, 
1904. I do not attempt to follow this care 
fully compiled history literally, and if any 
errors are made herein they are to be 
charged entirely to me. I will say thai 
some additional facts have been gleaned 
since the above genealogy was compiled, 
that adds materially to the family history 
— particularly so, is the identification of 
the "daughter Lester" mentioned in the will 
of Henry(i) Brooks, as the Hannah Brooks 
who on December 13, 1647, married Thom- 
as (i) Fox, of Concord, Mass., and, second, 
Andrew (i) Lester, of New London; and 
proof incidentally appears to show that 
Henry Brooks of Woburn, and Thomas 
Brooks, of Concord, Mass. were brothers. 

The early history of these two Brooks 
brothers, as indicated in the records, is 
exceedingly meagre. They probably came 
to America about 1631, and they doubtless 
brought their wives and oldest children 
with them. The name of the first wife of 
Henry Brooks has not been discovered, 

and she was doubtless the mother of his 
children. She had died, and before March 
27. 1651, he had married, second. Susanna, 
the widow of Ezekiel Richardson, of Wo- 
burn. She died September 15, 168I, and 
he married, third, July 12, 1682, Annes 
Jaquith. He died April 12, 16S3. He 
was probably born about 1592. In his will 
dated July iS, 16S2, he mentions three sons 
and two daughters; John, Timothy and 
Isaac, Sarah Mousall, and " daughter 
Lestor". His reference to the latter is as 
follows ; 

T give and bequeath to my daughter 
Lestor five shillings and no more because 
she hath received her portion already, as 
will appear by a receipt in her hand." 

To the five children mentioned in the 
will, we can add ; Joseph born at Concord, 
Mass. "12 2. 1641", who probably had 
died early. It is also probable that Martha, 
the first wife of Thomas (i) Bateman, of 
Concord, who died August 3. 1666, was a 
daughter of Henry (i) Brooks; and per- 
haps the Mary Brooks, wife of Richard 
Norcross, of Watertown, Mass. was another 
daughter. She died February 24, 1672. 

As I stated in a previous article, Han- 
nah, the daughter of Henry (i) Brooks, 
of Woburn, married, December 13, 1647, 
as the second wife of Thomas (i) Fox, of 
Concord, Mass., and by him had six child- 
ren ; he died April 14, 1658. She married 
in 1661, Andrew (i) Lester, of New Lon- 
don, Conn., and by him had: Timothy, 
born July 4. 1662; Joseph, born June 15, 
1664, and Benjamin, born 1666. These 
three Lester sons are hereafter to be con- 
sidered as half-brothers of the Foxes of the 
second generation who settled at New 

In a court record, under date of June 
25, 1663, Andrew Lester of New London, 
Conn., refers to 'my two daughters, and so 
in law T. fTox." ("son-in-law " here doubt- 
less indicating "step-son"). It is an attach- 
ment in a suit for defamation, against 
Tobiah Colls. In the court records at 
Hartford, the suit is dismissed on Septem- 



May 1, 191G 

ber 3. following. In ihe record of dismiss- 
al the son-in-law is further identified as 
"Thorn: Fox" and the two daughters, as 
"Mary Lester «& Hannah fTox". Andrew 
(i) Lester died. January 7, 1669/70 (not 
lune 7. 1669, as Miss Caulkins states). 
The original N'ew London church records, 
among the admissions, gives the following: 

"Aug. 2S, '72. The widow Leister 
Inyned to or Chh by a Lr fro ye Chh o( 

It appears by a deed under date of 
March 5, iGSS/g, that the widow "Anna" 
Lestor had married Isaac (i) Willey, of 
N'ew London. She was then again a 
wMdow, as Willey had probably died about 
1685. As she was called "daughter Les- 
tor" in her father's will, dated July iS, 
16S2. it is not probable that she had mar- 
ried Willey much previous to this date. Of 
course there were no children by this last 
marriage. She died in 1692 As she was 
a mother in 1666, she was probably born 
after 1620. 

Tobiah Colls, against whom Andrew 
Lester brought suit for defamation in 1663, 
died the year following. He has been 
identified as Tobiah Cole, formerly of 
Woburn, Mass. 

Family News 

Edgar was recently admitted to the 

Howard has been appointed Visiting 
Dermatologist to the German Hospital. 

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. 
R'lbert Armstrong (Carrie Clapp) on April 
14th. He has been named Robert Clapp 

Little Mason recently saw a fan upon 
which was an elaborate picture of a bul' 
fight. After many inquiries as to details 
he finally asked whether "the mama bull 
was good to her little ones." 

Captain lames D. Fox of .Aurora, 111. 
writes the editor in speaking of the paper, 
"the pictures are worth the money as 
there are some things that are common to 
all of the descendants of Daniel Fox, of 

AlausoH Jehiel Fox Charles Jawes hox 

George Henry Fox 
Xorman Fox, Jr. William Freeman Fox 

( ftom an old ambrotype taken about /SjS) 

East Haddam. " In speakingof the article 
on Gettysburg he writes that one of the 
earliest commands was "Company B. 
right into line, fire." "The return shots,'' 
he continues, "caused thirty of that com- 
pany to fall to the ground either dead or 
wounded, two of whom were my brothers, 
wounded, but not mortally." 

BORN':— To Mr. and Mrs. Alan Fox 
on February 27, a son. He has been 
named Joseph Carrere Fox. 

BORN:— To Mr. and Mrs. Mason 
Trowbridge on March 19th, a son. He has 
been named George Fox Trowbridge. 

DIED: — Dell Carrere Fox on March 
loth. in New York City, in the 24th year 
of her age. She was buried in the Mora- 
vian Cemetery, Staten Island. 



JULY, 1916 

No. 4 

Isaac (3) Fox of Colchester, Conn. 

by General Simeon I\/. Fox. 

Isaac (3) Fox, for a time of Colchest- 
er, Conn., was the son of Samuel (2) Fox, 
of New London, by his second wife, Jo- 
anna, said Isaac having been born about 
1686 at New London. Samuel (2) Fox left 
a will, dated April 6, 1727, in which he 
mentions, two daughters and four sons; 
Elizabeth and Anna, and Samuel "the 
elder", Isaac, Benjamin, and Samuel, "the 
younger". The two daughters and the 
elder Samuel were children by the first 
wife Mary Lester, Isaac and Benjamin by 
the second wife Joanna, and the younger 
Samuel by the third wife Baihi-hua (Rog- 
ers) Smith. There is no absolute proof to 
fix the identity of this second wife Joanna, 
but inferential testimony is very strong 
that she was Joanna Way, the daughter 
of George Way of Providence, R. I. Jo- 
anna's mother was Elizabeth, the daughter 
of Joanna, the wife of Deacon John Smith 
of New London, by a former marriage. 
Elizabeth, the daughter, had married 
George Way who had later settled at 
Providence. Probably after 1670 she left 
her husband and with the most of her 
children came to New London, where her 
mother was living Elizabeth Way was a 
Quaker and it is probable that the daughter 
Joanna followed in the footsteps of her 
mother. In 16S3, when John Rogers was 
getting his revolt against the established 
church well under way, Joanna Way was 
one of the active militants who defied the 
established order, and suffered persecu- 

tion. It will be understood that the Bap- 
tists. Quakers and Rogerenes had much 
in common in their beliefs and these 
names were applied at random to those 
who dissented from the established creed. 
Samuel (2) Fox became a follower of John 
Rogers; presumedly after the death of his 
first wife Mary Lester. April 14, 1685, 
Joanna Way, with divers others, was 
punished for certain acts of aggression; 
but after this date her name appears no 
more in the records. Samuel (2) Fox just 
about this time took to himself a helpmate 
whose name was Joanna, and by her had 
these two sons, Isaac about 1686, and 
Benjamin 168S. The wife Joanna died in 
the epidemic in October i68g. Samuel 
(2) Fox in i6go married, as his third wife, 
Bathshua (Rogers) Smith ; she was a sister 
of John Rogers, and a militant whose per- 
sistency is evinced by acts of frequent 
record. It is not a female trait to quit 
when they move for conscience sake, and 
what is a better explanation of Joanna 
Way's sudden lapse into quietude, than 
matrimony and the cares of maternity, 
so soon followed by her pathetic death. 
Various other little things are confirmat- 
ory, and not one scrap of evidence to the 
contrary has yet appeared. 

Isaac (3) Fox, the son, married in New 
London, February 28, 1705-6, Mary Jones, 
the daughter of Thomas and Catharine 
(Gammon) Jones of New London. He 
was probably about twenty years old at 
time of marriage, March 21, 1707, (1706-7), 
Samuel (2) Fox made deed of gift to his 
son Isaac Fox of land "near the north 



July 1, 1916 

bounds of New London." Isaac (3) Fox 
doubtless dwelt in the North Parish until 
early in 1715, when on Jan. 10, he bought 
forty-nine acres of land in Colchester of 
Joseph Dewey of Hebron, upon which he 
settled. This land lay in the southern 
part of the town of Colchester, in the 
region then known as Paugwonk, now 
forming the northern part of Salem; and 
it was also near the farm of his brother 
Henjamin (3) Fox. The east boundary 
of Millington Parish, East Haddam. — the 
home of subsequent descendants of Isaac 
(3) Fox, — was but a little to the west. Of 
Isaac (3) Fox's children, Samuel, Isaac, 
Thomas, Mary, Jedediah and John were 
doubtless born in the North Parish of New 
London; Gershom, Gideon, Ann and Dan- 
iel were born in Colchester. The wife Mary 
(lones) probably died about 1730. We find 
in the record of marriages by Joshua 
Hempstead, preserved at New London, 
the following: 

" Isaac Fox & Mary Reynolds in Col- 
chester. Fox went from N. L. July 4, 

This must be understood that the 
marriage was on July 4, 1732, and that 
Isaac Fox left at a subsequent date. The 
results of this marriage were not happy; 
what the trouble was is not known. 

April 16, 1734, Isaac Fox, husband- 
man, sold his homestead in Colchester to 
Samuel Tubbs of Lyme, and bought land 
in the North Parish, near Chestnut Hill of 
Nathaniel Comstock. Oct. 16, 1734, Isaac 
Fox, "formerly of Colchester in County 
of Hartford * * and now of New Lon- 
don", "for and in consideration of his 
performing the conditions of one certain 
Bond by him given me" made deed of gift 
" to my loving son John Fox of New Lon- 
don." of this New London land. June S 
1735 said John Fox sold this land to Isaac 
Avery of New London, and on July 19, 
following Isaac Fox confirmed the sale by 
a quitclaim deed. Under date of July iS, 
1735, Joshua Hempstead records in his 
diary (p. 290) " Isaac Foxes Wife of ye 
North Parish got the authority together to 

Consider if they Could do anything to 
help her who was Left by her husband & 
Sold out of everything & like to Come to 

Isaac Fox had apparently given each 
of his children their respective portion as 
they became of age; the bond mentioned 
in the deed to his son John is not preser- 
ved; it was probable however that it de- 
volved upon John to settle with the minor 
heirs. Isaac (3) Fox went to Rhode Island 
and settled near Providence. On April 
17, 173S, he bought land, probably in 
Gloucester, "on the Killingly road", of 
John McDonald. His wife Mary Reynolds 
had probably died, as he married at Pro. 
vidence, July 30, 1739, Susanna, the wid- 
ow of William Steere. She had been the 
second wife of Steere and was evidently 
much younger than Isaac Fox. By her 
there were two daughters Anne and Ruth. 

Isaac (3) Fox died in 1754; his will of 
that year, gives the use of his house to 
his wife, and his farm in Gloucester to his 
two daughters Anne Fox and Ruth Fox, 
•' none of my children except these to 
have any part of my estate they having 
already received their portion". When 
Isaac (3) Fox left New London there were 
four minor heirs, Gershom, Gideon, Ann 
and Daniel; Daniel, at the age of nine, 
had been bound out to James Cone of 
East Haddam to learn to tan and shoe- 
make. The Colchester records record as 
follows; "Anne daughter to Isaac Fox 
Dyed November 14. 1736". The church 
records say that she "was maid to Philip 
Caverly." It will be noted that Isaac 
Fox repeated the name in his subsequent 

He evidently made his preparations 
to leave deliberately, and made due pro- 
vision for the care of his minor children 
left behind. There is nothing to indicate 
that any of his earlier children ever joined 
him; but on the contrary they seem to 
have made their homes in the vicinity of 
their birth place 

This is the brief story of Isaac (3) 

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A Royal Ancestry. 

by Anna Cheesebrough Wildey 
In the FOX FAMILY NEWS of Sept. 
1, 1913, to the Article on "our Ancestress, 
Anne Hutchinson" by the Rev. Kenneth 
C. MacArthur, I am adding her remark- 
able Ancestry recorded from 742 A. D. 

She was a daughter of Rev. Francis 
Marbury and Bridget Dryden, his 2d wife, 
a daughter of John Dryden of Canons 
Ashby, Northamptonshire, England. She 
was born July 10 1591 and married Aug- 
ust 9, 1612 in London, England. William 
Hutchinson bap. August 14, 15S6 in Al- 
ford, Lincolnshire, England, a son of Jtjhn 
Hutchinson and wife Margaret Brown of 
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England 

In the Church Records of Alford, are 
recorded the Baptisms of their fourteen 
children born before 1634, one of whom, 
Bridget, became the wife of John Sanford 
and were the parents of Governer Peleg 
Sanford of Rhode Island, who married 
tor his 2d wife. Mary Coddington daugh- 
ter of William Coddington, Governor of 
Rhode Island. 

William and Anne Hut hinson, with 
his mother, and their ten living children 
sailed for New England in the ship 
"Griffin", landing in Boston Sept. iS, 1634. 
He became Treasurer of the New Colony 
succeeding Governor William Coddington 
and died 1642 in Newport, Rhode Island. 
His widow Anne with her whole House- 
hold were massacred by Indians, the 
following summer 1643 at her home in 
New Netherland (now Pelham Bay Park.) 
In this Park on "Split-Rock" near the site 

of her house, in 1911 a Bronze Tablet was 
placed to her memory by the Society of 
Colonial Dames of the State of New York. 
This Tablet was wrenched from the Rock 
and stolen and the Society are now making 
efforts to have it replaced and with the 
same Inscription. 

"Banished from the Massachuetts Bay 
Colony in 1638 

"Because of her devotion to Religious 

"This Courageous Woman 
"Sought Freedom from Persecution 

"In New N'etheiland 
"Near this Rock in 1643 she and her 

"Were Massacred by Indians" 

Marbury Ancestry 

Anne Marbury daughter of Rev. Francis 
Marbury and wife Bridget Dryden 
daughter of John Dryden. 
Rev. Francis Marbury (son of William of 
Girsby and wife Agnes Lemon) mar- 
ried 1st Elizabeth Moore. 
Wii.LiAM Marbury son of Robert and 

wife Katherine. 

RoHEKT Marbury son of William Marbury 

of Girsby, Lincolnshire and wife 

Anne Blount, daughter of Thomas 

Blount son of Walter, Lord Mountjoy, 

a lineal descendant of Rudolphus 

count of Guines in Normandy, and of 

Charlemagne, through Judith daughter 

of his grand-son Charles 2d Le Chauve 

(the Bald) King of France and Emp' 

eror of the Romans, 803. 

Charlemagne, King of the Franks 

and Emperor of the Romans (742) married 

H ildegarde, daughter of Childebrand, Duke 

of Lubia. Their son 

Louis 1st Le Debonaire, Emperor of 

the West, (778) married Judith of Bavaria, 

daughter of Count Welf (Guelph) of Al- 

thorp. Their son 

Charles (the Bald) Le Chauve, King 

of France and Emperor of the Romans 

(S03) married Rechilds daughter of Baso 

King of Burgundy. Their daughter 



July 1, 1016 

Judith married Baldwin 1st, the first 
Count of Flanders, (died 8-g ) Their son 

Baldwin "ind. Count of Flanders 
(d. 919) m .rried Elstrude (or Alfrieda) 
daughter of Alfred the Great. King of 

For the fuller descendants in ihe 
different lines, see V'ol. 45 "Genealogical 
and Biographical Record". 

War News. 

At the time of writing six members 
of the family have put on their uniforms 
and are read}' to be ordered to Mexico. 
Four of the Boys are members of Troop 
A. Squadron A. including Sergeants 
Alanson and Noel Fox and privates Ed- 
gar and Howard Freeman, the last of 
whom has just enlisted. George is with 
his Ambulance Company, having been 
summoned from his class reunion at Am- 
herst and Clinton was called from Toledo 
to join his organization, which is Troop D. 
First Squadron New jersey Cavalry. The 
editor expects to go to Plattsburgh on J u 1 y 
5th to attend a camp of instruction for 
medical officers. 

Family News 

Ada writes that she attended the 30th 
reunion of her class at V"assar. 

Kenneth will preach at the Baptist 
Church in Suffield this summer. 

During the recent Preparedness par- 
ade in New York, Alanson and Noel acted 
as mounted aides and Howard served as 
a member of the Executive Committee 

In the past month both Alanson and 
Howard have made trips to Detroit where 
needless to say they visited with Ethel 
and enjoyed her hospitality. 

Rob was recently in the East on a 
business trip. He modestly informed us 
that he had been made First Vice-Presi- 
dent and General Manager of the Barns- 
dall Oil Company. 

Mr. Charles Summer Miller was mar- 
ried on June 14th, to Mrs Emilie Barnes 

Austin Russell 
Austin Russell was legally adopted by 
Harry and Adaline in July 1915- He was 
named after Harry's maternal grand- 
father. Col. Austin Rice, one of the 
founders of Mt. Holyoke College. 

Turner. The wedding, .w-hich was a very 
quiet one, was attended by AuntCornelia, 
Uncle George, Alanson and Alan. 

Nellie attended the recent Music Con- 
ference of the General Federation of Wo- 
men's Clubs, held in New York and 
made a speech upon municipal music. 
She also had an exhibit, the first of its 
kind, representing the history of munici- 
pal music in the United States. 

Mason has left New Haven to enter 
the employ of Colgate and Company the 
manufacturers of soap and toilet articles. 
He is organizing a new legal department 
which the company is creating. His ad' 
dress is 105 Hudson Street, Jersey City. 
Helen and the children will spend a good 
part of the summer at Glen Cove. 




No. 5 

Fourth of July at Glen Cove. 

This year the "Glorious Fourth" was 
celebrated at Iris Pond, Glen Cove, L. I. 
in a somewhat novel manner, Uncle 
George acting as host to a number of 
assembled relatives and a few friends. 
Among those present was a small detach- 
ment of the United States Army. In 
addition to certain conventional patriotic 
ceremonies a "Gettysburg Tree" was 
planted in honor of the three uncles who 
were in the Civil War service at the time 
of this battle and the birthday of the edit- 
or of the FOX FAMILY NEWS was also 

Here is the program of the exercises 
which began at noon in an enclosure 
surrounded by shrubbery and were finish- 
ed in time for the luncheon which follow- 

1. Bugle Calls On the Victrola 

2. Star Spangled Banner " " 

3. Declaration of Independence 

Read by Mason 

4. Lincoln's Gettysburg Oration 

Read by Alan 

5. John Burns of Gettysburg 

Read by Aunt Elizabeth 

6. Tree Planting 

With remarks by Uncle George 

Uncle Robert 


Sung by the Congregation 

After listening to the spirited bugle 
calls the military contingent marched into 

the enclosure headed by little Mason with 
drum and paper hat. This consisted of 
four real soldier boys in khaki bearing 
" the colors" which were duly saluted as 
the National Anthem was sung. While 
the musical ability of the Fox Family may 
not be rated as above par, its talent for 
elocution is excieptional and was most cred- 
itab'y displayed in the three following 
numbers of the program. 

In connection with the planting of 
the tree in the center of a bed containing 
circles of red, white and blue flowers. 
Uncle George said:- 

" Before planting this little cedar tree 
dug three years ago on the battlefield of 
Gettysburg, it may be of interest to you to 
hear a few words in regard to its history 
and the reason for this family gathering 
today. At the Gettysburg reunion held 
on the spot where fifty years before the 
battle had been fought, there were assem- 
bled between fifty and sixty thousand 
veterans of the Union and Confederate 
armies. By virtue of an humble partici- 
pation in the Civil War, it was my great 
privilege to be one of this number. Lieut. 
Howard Fox of the Medical Reserve Corps 
U. S. A. (whose birthday we are incident- 
ally celebrating) was also there and assign, 
ed to duty in the large Field Hospital 
near the Headquarters of the Commanding 
General. Noel and Alanson were fortu- 
nate in being present among the more or 
less distinguished visitors on this historic 
occasion. On July 4th Noel and I went 
to Gulps Hill and from there walked 
along the intrenchments of the 1st Division 



Sept. 1, l\)[6 

of ihe l'2ih corps. Among great rocks in 
the woods we found the monument of the 
107th Regt. N. Y. V. and across the clear- 
ing where the 2nd Mass. and the 27ih 
Indiana regiments made a fierce but dis- 
astrous charge, were other monuments 
of the 3rd Brigade. 

Becoming weary of monuments and 
attracted to the fiora of the region, I noted 
in addition to various wildflowers a num- 
ber of seedling cedars growing in the 
woods. One of these, Noel and I dug up 
with a sharp stick and considerable diffi- 
culty and wrapping my wet handkerchief 
around its roots I brought it home and 
placed it in a pot in the greenhouse where 
it has been growing since. 

We plant this tree today to honor the 
memory of my three brothers who prompt- 
ly answered their country's call in its lime 
of need, who showed their eagerness to 
do their full duty as citizens of our great 
republic and their willingness to sacri- 
fice their lives if necessary for the preser- 
vation of the Union. 

Do not think of the planting of this 
tree as merely asentimental performance. 
It is far more than that. It is a tribute 

of tender affection for those near and dear 
to us who fought at Gettysburg — it is a 
sincere appreciation of what they and 
many others accomplished, during the 
long and harrowing years of the Civil 
War — and it is a grateful recognition of 
those incalculable blessings which their 
glorious achievements have brought to 
us as a nation. I trust this tree will live 
and thrive for many years to come. As 
its roots sink deeper into the soil, may 
the love for those whom it is intended to 
commemorate sink even deeper into our 
hearts. And as its top shoots upward to 
the blue sky above, may our admiration of 
their patriotism and those qualities which 
so endeared them to us grow even greater 
and higher." 

It is intended that a tablet shall be 
made to mark this tree bearing the follow- 
ing inscription :- 


was dug by Lieut. George Henry Fox 

July 4th, 1913. 

on the firing line of the 

3rd Brigade. 1st Division, 12th Corps. 


Sept. 1, 1916 




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and planted at Glen Cove 
July 4th, 1916. 

in memory of his brothers 
Chaplin Norman Fox 
Lt. Col. William F. Fox 
Major Charles J Fox 

Uncle Robert being formally introduc- 
ed said:- 

"On behalf of the entire Fox clan and 
the friends and neighbors who have honor- 
ed this occasion with their presence, I ex- 
press to Uncle George our appreciation of 
his considerate and abundant hospitality. 
We appreciate the time, thought and work 
which he has given in preparation for this 
historic occasion. 

It was most thoughtful in him to se- 
cure this tree at Gettysburg and bring it 
to Glen Cove and now place it in a bank 
of flowers as a memorial in all coming 
years to Uncles Norman, William and 
Charles. Uncle George might have been 
in that battle also, but he was too young to 
enlist until a year later. Great as was 
the service performed by the three uncles 
named, we ought not to forget the service 
rendered by Uncle Alanson. Although 
physically incapacitated for service in the 
field, he earnestly labored in securing re- 
cruits, in managing the finances of the 
men who went to the front and in many 
ways nobly serving his country. Father 
Fox a veteran of the War of i8i2, ought 
not to be forgotten in this enumeration of 
loyal Foxes in the time of the country's 
peril. Using the words of the Scripture, 
"The sword of the Lord and of Gideon" 
as a tf.xt he made stirring speeches urg- 
ing men to enlist for the preservation of 
the Union. 

It is interesting that, while I speak, I 
can look around on four descendants of 
the elder Norman Fox dressed in their 
khaki uniforms and ready to respond to 
to their country's call for service in Mex- 
ico. They represent the fourth and fifth 
generations bearing the Fox name, who 
have given themselves to service of their 
country. We rejoice in all that this Fourth 
of July means, in all our family life as 
well as in the life of the American nation. 
Certainly the Fox family has never been 
lacking in patriotic enthusiasm. Differ- 
ent members of the family participated in 
all the wars which have occurred on these 
American shores. It is glorious when 
duty calls to die for our country; but it is 
still more glorious to live for our country. 
We can today say with the great Daniel 
Webster, ''Let out object be our country, 
our whole country and nothing but our 

We have just reverently saluted the 
American flag. I was born, as you know 
under a cornerof the farflung British flag. 
I loved it in my early days but I fore- 
swore my allegiance to it when I saw that 
I was to live in the United States and 
then I became an American citizen. 

But in a real sense I love the British 
flag still; I love it not less, but I love the 
American flag more. Us stripes are sym- 
bjls of humanity and its stars are prophe- 
cies of liberty, may it ever float over the 
"land of the free and the home of the 
brave". May it and the British flag beau- 
tifully entwine in all coming years the 
way they have entwined for the last one 
hundred years. These flags are symbols 
of much that is noblest in history, subli- 
mesl in literature and divinest in religion. 

All honor to Uncle George today for 
his love for the memory of the brothers 
who gave themselves to their country ! 
All glory, on this national holiday to our 
country and its victorious flag! All praise 
to God, the God of our fathers, our God, 
and the God of our children!" 



Sept. 1, 1916 

The following members of the family 
were present — Aunt Elizabeth, Aunt Cor- 
nelia, Uncle Robert, Uncle George, Ada, 
Gertrude, Nellie, Adaline, Edith, Helen, 
Walter, Montague, Howard, Harry, Alan- 
son, Mason. Alan, Edgar and Howard 
Freeman. Montague Ir. and Mason Jr. 
G. H. F. 

Family News 

Cousin Marie Wait has resigned her 
position as librarian at Peddie Institute 
after fourteen years of service. 

Howard has been fortunate in secur- 
ing as an office assistant. Dr. S. J. Nilson 
who also assists him in his college and 
hospital work. 

We regret to announce the death of 
Dr. John F. W. Whitbeck of Rochester 
who «as known to many of the family 
and had been a college classmate and life- 
long friend of Uncle George. 

Mrs. Alice McDufiie of Le Mars, 
Iowa, one of our subscribers, writes the 
editor as follows: — "I am renewing my 
subscription to the dear little paper, which 
I really cannot do without. As one of 
your subscribers said "The pictures are 
worth the price" especially when they con- 
tain pictures of my dear friend Hattie 
Gibbs' children. Your father's picture 
when a little boy, the group in the March 
number and the sayings of cute little Mason 
Trowbridge all make so much of interest 
to me". 

In a later issue we expect to publish 
some letters from the boys on the border. 
Up to the present all have been well. 
Clinton, whose troop is at Douglas, Ari- 
zona, has been made a corporal Not to 
be outdone by his brother, Charles Ivins, 
has also been made a corporal in the 
training camp for boys at Fort Terry, 
Plum Island. We also hear that he won 
a medal for shooting last year at Andover. 
Howard spent several weeks at Platts- 

From the Archives. 

The following acrostic was written 
just one hundred years ago by Alanson 
Fox to his fiancee, Maria Chesebrough. 
(Noel and Alanson, please take notice!) 

To Miss 

IVJild as the breath of early opening 

/\nd beautious as the rose which pearly 

dews adorn 
Raised in the garden of Innocence and 

|n Wisdom's path she freely 

/\ttend her steps and view her peaceful 


Calm as the evenings mild of summers 

Her manners graceful and her soul 

Ee"n blest wMth love and goodness all 

Sweet are the %vords that from her lips 

do flow 
Each is a balm to heal the ills of grief 

and woe 
Born for a blessing to virtue and man- 
Resplendant orb that's cherished by a 

hand divine. 
O rnay thy life in Virtue's ease be 

Until thy race be run with sweet 

Qod then shall call thee to a happier 

Heave thy last sigh and sink upon an 

angel's breast. 

burg as a medical officer, acting for part 
of the time as a regimental surgeon. 



No. 6 

More about the East Haddam 

By General Simeon M. Fox 

Among the papers left by Elder 
Norman Fox is certain memoranda to 
which is given the title : 

"Daniel Fox & his family connections 
— In Haddam, Connecticut — etc.. — 
Furnished by Henry Williams of 
Orange County, N. Y." 

This Henry Williams was doubtless 
a descendant of the East Haddam 
Williams family. Reuben Fox, the 
eldest son of Daniel Fox, of East 
Haddam, and later of New Canaan, 
N. Y., married, about 1672, Hannah 
Williams, and settled in Cornwall, 
Litchfield County, Conn. In his inter- 
view with Elder Norman Fo.x, Mr. 
Williams said, that his father and 
Reuben Fcx's wife were cousins: he 
also said that Hannah Burr, the first 
wife of Daniel Fo.x, and the mother of 
Reuben, was a sister of his (Williams) 
grandfather Burr. The mother of 
Henry Williams was therefore a Burr, 
and a niece, by marriage, of Daniel 

From these notes, briefed down by 
Elder Norman Fox, I will quote the 
following extracts ; 

"Jeremiah Fox, Lives Glass Factory 
10 m Troy, his Grand F was Cous to my 
Fath — Sand Lake." 

"Oliver Fox was nephew to Dan 
Ezekiel Do Ebenezer — all nephews to 
Grd. Fox — This one is Grandson of 
O. Fox — Dan Fox moved up to N. 
Canaan during the War." 

"Grd. Fath had many connections in 
Haddam by name of Fox." 

This memoranda may seem somewhat 
cryptical at the first glance, but a 

knowledge of the surrounding con- 
ditions make the explanation easy, and 
the interpretation is as follows : 

The grandfather of Jeremiah Fox 
who lives at the Glass Factory at Sand 
Lake, ten miles from Troy, was a 
cousin to Jehiel Fo.x, the father of 
Elder Norman Fo.x. 

Oliver Fox, Ezekiel Fox and 
Ebenezer Fox were all nephews to 
Daniel Fox, the grandfather of Elder 
Norman Fox. Jeremiah Fo.x of Sand 
Lake was a grandson of Oliver Fox. 

.'\dditional information is gathered 
from letters from .Albert R. Fox, a 
grandson of the above Jeremiah Fox, 
preserved in the archives of the Society 
of the Descendants of Norman hox. 
1 quote as follows : 

Letter dated February 1, 1881. 

"F"ox, Jeremiah, born 1766 at East 
Haddam, Conn. ; his father's name we 
cannot ascertain — His mother died in 
1768. He had brothers, Zemuel (should 
be Samuel, S. M. F. ) and Oliver — His 
father remarried and purchased a farm 
near Kinderhook Lake, Columbia 
County, N. Y., — and afterwards re- 
moved west and died. Jeremiah Fox, 
my grandfather, went with a friend of 
his father's to Saratoga, by the name 
of Smith, and remained until of age 
and then learned the weaver's trade ; 
afterwards into merchandising, and 
died in 1825." 

A previous letter of Dec. 2, 1680, 
states as follows : 

"Jeremiah Fox, born July 22nd, 1766; 
was an orphan, resided near Kinder- 
hook Lake — Married Eunice Bristol, 
Dec. 16, 1780. They were baptized into 
the Skodack Bapt. Chh.. 1811 : and were 
early or constituent members of the 1st 



Nov. 1, 1916 

Baptist Church in Alhany. He was my 
grandfather — died on a journey to 
Canada, in Turin, Lewis Count.v. N. Y."' 

Taking up the Connecticut records of 
the French and Indian wars, we find 
the following among the soldiers who 
went out from East Haddam : 

Samuel Fox, Gershom Fox. Isaac Fox. 
Samuel Fox, Jr., Oliver Fox. William 
Fox, Ezekiel Fox. Israel Fox, Amasa 
Fox, Lemuel Fox. Silas Fox, Joseph 
Fox and Joshua Fox. Of these the first 
three, viz : Samuel. Gershom and Isaac, 
were the elder brothers of Daniel Fox : 
Lemuel and Silas were the sons of 
Isaac; Joseph was the son of Thomas 
(4) Fox, the brother of Samuel, 
Gershom. etc.. — he died in the army: 
Joshua was the son of Ebenezer (3) 
Fox. a cousin ; Samuel Fox. Jr., William 
Fox, Oliver Fox, Ezekiel Fox, Israel 
Fox — and perhaps Amasa Fox — were 
doubtless sons of Samuel (4) Fox — 
the brother of Daniel. 

The statement made by Henry 
Williams, that Daniel Fox had nephews. 
Oliver and Ezekiel Fox, is veritied, and 
undoubted proof given that Daniel Fox 
was a brother of Samuel (4) F"ox. and 
therefore. Daniel was a son of Isaac 
(3) P'ox of Colchester. The statement 
that Ebenezer Fox was also a nephew 
of Daniel Fox was an error, as said 
Ebenezer was a cousin. Presumedly 
Ebenezer Fox, Jr., was referred to, and 
he was second cousin to Daniel. 
Ebenezer (3) Fox of New London, 
son of Isaac (2). and therefore a cousin 
of Isaac (3) Fox of Colchester, bouglit 
land in East Haddam in 1730 and 
settled in Millington Parish in the 
immediate vicinity of the sons of Isaac 
(3) of Colchester. It is not strange 
that his relationship should be slightly 
confused: but this error docs not disturb 
the other conditions. 

In April. 1760, Samuel Fo.x, aged 24. 
and Oliver Fox. aged 19, "of Connecti- 
cut" went over in Dutchess County, 
N. Y. and enlisted in Captain Bogardus' 
company. It must be understood that 
Dutchess County extended north to 
Albany County and included what was 
later set oflf as Columbia County ; 
Rensselaer County was later set ofif 
from Albany County. Oliver Fox. and 
probably his brother Samuel, returned 

to East Haddam. Oliver soon married 
and had sons ; Oliver, Samuel and 
Jeremiah born to him in East Haddam 
— the latter born July 22, 1766. Oliver's 
first wife died in 1768, he married again 
and removed to New York, settling near 
Kinderhook Lake, close to the boundary 
line between Dutchess and Albany 
Counties. His brother Samuel Fox, 
(Jr.), probabh- settled near him, as the 
revolutionary rolls show that Oliver Fox 
and Samuel Fox served together in 
Colonel Pawley's command : also Oliver 
1^'ox. Jr.. enlisted from Dutchess County. 

In the census of 1790, Oliver Fox. 
Samuel Fox and Jeremiah Fox appear 
as heads of, apparenth-, young families 
in Rensselaerwick, N. Y. Daniel Fox, 
Levitt Fox, Consider Fox and Jacob M. 
Fox were the heads of families in New 
Canaan ; and a John C. Fox was living 
in Hudson. Oliver. Samuel and 
Jeremiah are confirmed as sons of 
Oliver (5) Fox formerly of East 
Haddam ; Daniel and Levitt Fox will 
at once be recognized as the father and 
son from East Haddam. Jacob M. Fox 
was the son of Jedediah (4) Fox, the 
brother of Daniel. His full name was 
Jacob McCoy Fox. and he was the 
Lieut. Jacob Fox who served in the 
Revolution from Norwich, Conn. Con- 
sider Fox was the son of Benjamin (4) 
Fox (Benjamin 3. John 2) of New 
London. Conn. Consider Fox had 
brothers William, Samuel and Benjamin 
who settled at Hoosick, N. Y. before 
the Revolution — Samuel returned to 
New London. Lieut. Jacob M. Fox had 
brothers Jeremiah. Jr. and John who 
served in the Revolution from Connecti- 
cut, who later settled in New York 
State. Whether the John C. Fox of 
Hudson was that brother John, I have 
not jet determined. 

The foregoing will give something of 
an idea how the exodus of the Foxes 
from East Haddam and New London 
began — the consuming desire for more 
and cheaper land, and a longing for 
something better beyond. Isaac (4) 
Fox. the brother of Daniel, in 1662, 
went up to Campton. N. H., taking a 
nephew, Winthrop Fox, with him. He 
prepared a home, and his son, Isaac Fox, 
Jr., brought up his mother and the rest 
of the family, the following spring. 
Isaac (4) Fox sold his homestead in 
East Haddam on February 20, 1759; 

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on April 16, of the same year, his 
brother John Fox sold his homestead 
in East Haddam to the same party, and 
thereafter disappears from the East 
Haddam records. He did not go to 
Campton with his brother Isaac. 

Gabriel Ely Fox — the youngest son 
of Daniel Fox, told Elder Norman Fox, 
in 1844, that his father, Daniel Fox, had 
two brothers, Isaac and John — "one 
brother settled in the southern states.'" 
All the brothers of Daniel Fox, except 
John, are otherwise accounted for. If 
a brother did settle in the south it must 
have been John ; and nothing has been 
found that disturbs this theory. Daniel 
Fox's son Daniel, Jr., went down and 
dwelt for a number of years at 
Chester, Virginia ; possibly his uncle 
John Fox was of that vicinity. 

A Swnday School Picnic 

(As described in a letter written in i8y2, from 
Uncle A/anson to Uncle George and Aunt Harriet 
while in Europe ) 

Last Wednesday our Sunday School 
had a picnic at Eldridge Park, near 
Elmira. Last Sunday there was an 
astonishing event in Sunday School and 
we were very much gratified at the 
large attendance and increasing interest. 
For some unaccountable reason the 
school was not so full today. We 
mustered about 250 strong at the Depot 
Wednesday morning and crowded into 
three cars. The train stopped at the 
Park and let us off and "all went merry 
as a marriage bell" till noon when it 
commenced to rain and all the afternoon 
it continued to rain. We had engaged 
La Frances Band from Elmira which 
met us on the ground and made it as 
pleasant as the weather would admit. 
A little building on the ground afforded 
shelter for as many as could stand 
upright in it and the rest did the best 
they could. It was a fine opportunity 
for Mark Tapley. It was a fine oppor- 
tunity also to indulge in original 

remarks about "Baptist Picnic" — 
"Baptists not afraid of water" &c &c. 
Ed Smith noted down in his book how 
many jokes lie heard during the 
afternoon of that kind. I forgot now 
how many hundred he counted. What 
a conscious air of originality lighted 
up each one's face as he made the 
remark to you, thinking of course, it 
must be entirely new to you. The 
Conductor in the morning had told me 
the exact minute at which we must be 
at the Park gates to take the train and 
we had compared watches. Of course 
our shelter was quite a distance from 
the gates and of course it rained just 
a little harder than usual at the time 
the train was due, and of course tne 
train was half an hour behind time and 
no waj' for us to learn it except by 
waiting. Here was Mark Tapley's best 
chance and among his imitators you can 
easily imagine your humble ser- 
vant, Ed Smith, Ada and others. 
Mother came well up to the Tapley 
standard, but among those who did 
not, you can easily guess were Louise, 
Daniel Orcutt, Ella Weston & Mr. Bur- 
land & Alva &c &c. The Elmira 
Advertiser next day mentioned that the 
Painted Post Baptist folks "indulged in 
an umbrella picnic at Eldridge Park 
yesterday." Every day last week except 
Wednesday was warm and pleasant. 

A Letter from Stuart Freeman 

"I did not join the National Guard in 
this last awakening. There did not 
seem to be any enthusiasm over it here 
and I don't know of anj'body outside 
the already enlisted militia who joined 
the movement to the border. In the 
East, on the contrary, everyone I ever 
heard of seems to be either in Texas or 
Arizona or New Mexico. 

My preparedness movement was lim- 
ited to joining a drill Co., of young 
men instead of going to the Citizens 
Camp at Monterey. I was unable to 
get a months vacation, however and 
contrary to plans, could not attend. 
Have joined a rifle clul) and at the last 
shoot qualified as a marksman. 

The militia is certainly getting some 
wonderful experience at the border and 
they will all be better men for having 
gone through it." 



Nov. 1, 1916 

A Prize Contest. 

(.4 program siicgfsted by Hcl,r: ami Mason 
some years ago.) 




M A T E R X A L W O X D E R S. 

Any child may enter its parent. 


1. Great weight lifting contest. — - 
Mothers to carry sons' heavy suit cases. 
100 yards. 

2. Mothers to push morris chairs — 
50 j'ards. Speed and form to count. 

3. Mothers to balance on high step 
ladders and lift boxes from shelf. 
Hands not to be used for support in 
backing down. 

4. Human alarm clocks. Test for 
memory and accuracy in waking children 
at odd hours. 

5. The delivery by chosen mothers 
of encomiums upon their respective 
children, illustrated with anecdotes. 

6. Speed test — Overcoat drill. 
Mothers with only one child to add 

7. Test of. powers of persuasion. 
Perfectly wideawake children to be 
induced to go to bed. Resignation if 
unsuccessful, to count. 

8. Signal corps. Greatest number of 
hints to be conveyed in a given time 
without detection from outsiders. 

9. Children to parade before 
mothers. Prize to be awarded to mother 
best concealing pride. Any mother who 
nudges another to be counted out. 

10. Tableau. 

George Henry Fox Williain Freeman Fox 

Alansonjehiel Fox 

Norman Fox Charles James Fox 

(Frotn a photograph taken in 18S4) 

Family News 

Edith and Montague have changed 
their address to 2 West 95th Street. 

Uncle Robert is preaching this fall 
in Yonkers at the Warburton Avenue 
Baptist Church. 

Helen and Mason are now living in 
(ilen Ridge, Xew Jersey, where they 
have taken a house. 

Uncle George recently celebrated his 
70th birthda\' at "Riverbend." Among the 
congratulatory telegrams received during 
a dinner in his honor was one from 
Helen and Mason signed "X'ew Jersey 
Rob and Nellie." 

Kenneth has accepted a call to the 
Second Baptist Church at Suffield. where 
he began his pastorate early in Septem- 
ber. He has twelve acres of land 
which ought to satisfy his duck raising 

Aunt Cornelia has given up her 
apartment and will make her home with 
-ilan at 9 East 10th Street, where 
Little Joseph will also spend the winter. 
Alan spent four weeks in Glacier 
N'^ational Park recently on a camping 

George has been elected treasurer of 
the Broome County Medical Society. 
He went to Camp Whitman with the 
First Ambulance Comp ny but was unable 
to go to the border on account of foot 
trouble. After his return from camp 
he was placed in charge of the Depot 


Letters from the Mexican 

Serg'eant Alanson Gibbs Fox 
Troop A. Squadroti A., A'. 6". IJ. S. 

(Extracts from letters to his/ami,'y) 

July 7th. We finally got off yester- 
day morning and rode up to Yonkers 
where we entrained at the freight 
yards of the New York Central Rail- 
road. Our train which was the first 
section, contained A. and B. troops of 
Squadron A. and had fifteen horse and 
flat cars and five day coaches for the 
men. The Yonkers R':^d Cross Society 
served us sandwiches, eggs, cake and 
fruit and all kinds of refreshments. 
We unscrewed the backs of the seats 
and were able to lie flat and had a 
good night's sleep, h-ut after sleeping 
on the ground for several weeks, I am 
accustomed to hard beds. 

July 8th. With all the windows and 
doors of the cars open and with en- 
gines burning soft coal, you might 
take us for the 10th Cavalry, but a 
little thing like dirt, does not bother 
me at all. This morning most of the 
men stripped to the waist, when our 
engine stopped for water and a hose 
was played on us, which was as re- 
freshing as a shower bath. I think I 
never saw a better crowd of men than 
there is in our troop and it is a plea- 
sure to be among them. 

July 9th. Everybody along the line 
cheers us as we go by and I am be- 
ginning to feel like a regular, which I 
now am under the new law. This train, 
as one of the men wrote home, runs as 
fast as a dry brook. At St. Louis, 
Dave Francis entertained me at the 
Racquet Club and told me to bring 
as many men as I wished. I brought 
eight Troop A men and we had a 
swim in the pool and a wonderful 
luncheon. This afternoon I washed 

out my underwear with Fels Naptha 
soap, and you can tell Kate 1 am fast 
becoming an expert. 

July 10th. Last night 1 amused the 
train by going through it after the 
men had gone to bed and imitating a 
colored porter, asking each man 
whether he was getting off at Fulton 
Chain, Saranac, Lake Placid, etc. The 
two newly acquired Pullman porters 
seemed to enjoy it as well as any. 
Apparently I am one of the jokers in 
this outfit. At St. Louis we took on a 
black tonsorial artist, who is now busy 
getting the men's heads to look like 
Thomas M. Osborne's pets. 

July 11th. I called up Rob on the 
long distance telephone. He seemed 
very pleased to hear my voice and 
Noel's. Yesterday Ray Biglow and I 
rode on the caboose, my first exper- 
ience, and sitting up on the top affords 
a real view of cotton and corn, about 
all there is down this way. In the 
evening we formed the Caboose Quar- 
tette and at several short five minute 
stops, proceeded to give the natives 
samples of our close harmony. Last 
night I went through the train doing 
my usual impersonations of the con- 
ductor, porter, newsboy and baggage 
expressman. The men seem to look 
for me every night. 

July 12th. I had charge of the A. 
Troop detail of 14 men in loading and 
unloading the 237 horses in our sec- 
tion. The officer in charge arranged 
to wake me on reaching Houston and 
did so at 2.15 this morning. Unfor- 
tunately the Pullman conductor woke 
me at 1.30 A. M. and as I had gotten 
to bed at 10.30 my amount of sleep 
was limited. It is Edgar Freeman's 
birthday today and he did not remem- 
ber it until I spoke to him about it. 

July 14th. We reached McAUen 
Thursday morning. Our camp is 



Nov. 1, 191 G 

about 60 miles from Browusville and 
only about 7 miles from the Rio 
Grande. It is sure hot here and the 
country is pretty desolate and God 
forsaken. I am acting as stable ser- 
geant for 24 hours, so I expect to be 
with the horses tonight and sleep on 
a bale of hay. 

July 16th. I am feeling well and 
very gradually getting used to the sun 
and heat. Between 10 and 4 it is ter- 
rible and you have to keep under 
cover as much as possible. 

July 17th. I have started getting 
up a vaudeville entertainment and 
have been appointed chairman of the 
committee. You see practically noth- 
ing but corn and cotton, but there's 
lots of that. The cactus is thick and 
I never saw such a country for bugs 
and insects. One man found a taran- 
tula in his shoe. When you go to bed 
you have to shake out everything. 
"Bill}'" is fine and everyone takes a 
personal interest in him. I tell you. 
I am glad that I have him with me. 

July 17th. By the way, it is 104 in 
the shade and 122 in the sun today 
(2.45 P.M.). A dead horse is waiting 
to be buried and the wind is wafting 
this way. 

July 22nd. Quite a number of the 
horses are dead, but "Billy" is as fine 
and chipper as can be. Everyone in 
the Troop knows him and he is a 
great favorite. At a vaudeville enter- 
tainment given by our Troop I acted 
as manager and finally had to do a 
little stunt myself. I managed to get 
hold of a piano in ^IcAllen and 
brought it up on our motor truck. It 
made a great hit. 

July 2.5th. I did not write on Sun- 
day as expected as the heat was ter- 

Sergea7it Alatison Gibbs Fox 

mounted on "BUly" 

rible. 106 yesterday in my tent and 
from 125 to 130 in the sun. On Sun- 
day, 7 of us went to Mission in a 
Ford jitney to visit some friends who 
had asked me to bring some musical 
men and so I brought over Jim 
Thornton, on tho piano. Nat Holmes, 
Fritz Achelis and I helping out on the 
singing, Dave Stuart and Livingston 
Whitney on the ice cream and cake. 

July 26th. I am feeling perfectly 
well and losing lots of weight and look 
as dark as the Mexicans. The FOX 
FAMILY XEWS came today and I 
showed the copy to a lot of the men 
in the troop. 

July 29th. I take a sponge bath in 
a galvanized tub which I bought. 
Bleecker laughed at it. but I notice 
that he uses it. 

Aug. Sth. I returned yesterday 
from a five days hike of 96 miles. 

Aug. 12th. Dr. McCullagh seems 
well, and I think he is pretty busy. 

Aug. 20th. Our 6 day hike ended 
on the 3rd day on account of the ty- 
phoon we had Friday night. It was one 
of the worst storms I have ever seen. 



We were all soaked to the skin and 
some of the tents blew down. 

Aug. 22nd. Our troop has started 
religious meetings every Sunday and 
next Sunday I am to be the leader. 
First call has been changed from .5.15 
to 5.30 in the morning, so you see we 
can sleep late in the morning. If any 
one mentions the word McAllen when 
I get home, I shall shoot him dead. 
However, when I return I shall miss 
the life and forget all the discomforts. 

Aug. 30th. Today I am sergeant of 
the guard and am in camp. Our troop 
started on a five day hike and I hope 
to join them tomorrow. Noel gave the 
non coms. of our troop a most inter- 
esting talk on the rifie. It was one of 
the best talks I ever heard. 

Sept. 2nd. The troop left on the 
day of my birthday for rifle and pistol 
practice on the range, and then up to 
Monte Christo, 22 miles from McAllen 
where we are now camping. We ex- 
pect to be here for five to ten days. 
It is an interesting detail and an easy 
one, except for mosquitos at night 
which are terrible. We call them 
eagles. With our tent screened in at 
McAllen and shower baths we live 
like human beings. 

Sept. 11th. I am perfectly well, but 
have lost lots of weight. My waist 
line has materially decreased. We just 
had a call to arms, which we have 
every once in a while, when we do not 
expect it. The other day we had a 
call to arms for our troop and I was 
the very first man saddled and up on 
his horse. "Billy" stands perfectly 
still and seems to understand what I 
am doing. 

Sept. 13th. Bleecker's likeness to 
Villa has been remarked already by 
some of the men. Edgar and Howard 
Freeman have made excellent troop- 

ers. Of the 24 Yale men in our troop, 
one is on leave with a broken ankle, 
the other 23 are right here. 

Sept. 15th. Dave Stuart is laid up 
in the hospital for a few days, so I am 
acting as first sergeant of the troop, 
which is splendid training and a lot of 
fun. As acting senior line sergeant I 
have almost without exception been in 
charge of a platoon in drills and man- 
euvers, so I have had a chance to bawl 
out commands a whole lot. 

Oct. 29th. Yesterday the troop A. 
baseball team defeated the 7th Regt. 
by 5 — 3. Edgar played second base 
and Howard third base. They both 
did well especially Edgar, who played 
a star game. When you consider the 
7th Regt. has about 1300 men whereas 
our troop has a hundred men, I should 
say that was pretty good going. 

Sergeant Noel Bleecker Fox 

Troop A. Squadron A., N. G. U. S. 

McAllen, Texas 
October :30th 1916. 

Dear Howard 

As Alanson has doubtless kept you 
well informed of how we are situated 
and what we are doing there is little 
that I can tell you about our exper- 
iences in Texas. This region is a flat 
plain of adobe clay. At least it looks 
flat until it rains when we discover 
that some places are lower than the 
others from the fact that the water 
settles there in stagnant pools where 
it remains until dried up in the next 
dry spell. It cannot run off into 
streams for there are absolutely none 
except the Rio Grande itself. The 
only kind of tree is the mesquite 
which is not very large and bears a 
few small leaves and many large 
thorns. Consequently it gives little 
shade from the hot sun. Of the 



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plants the most noticeable is the cac- 
tus which grows everywhere to a 
height of three or four feet and occas- 
ionally as tall as twelve feet or so. 
There are a number of other kinds of 
bushes all of which have large and 
piercing thorns. In order to prepare 
for the kind of fighting to be expected 
in such a country our drill frequently 
includes work at extended orrler both 
mounted and dismounted through the 
cactus and at the end of such a drill 
we pull the cactus spines from our 
own and our horses legs. 

The commonest animals are snakes, 
lizards, turtles, horned toads, gophers, 
jack-rabbits and coyotes; the last of 
which I have never seen although we 
hear them howling every night. Xo 
account of this country would be com- 
plete without mention of the insects 
of which there are more varieties and 
more of each variety than I ever sup- 
posed existed. These include the 
scorpions and tarantulas which are 
frequent visitors to our tents. Every 
living thing seems to have a thorn. 
poison, sting or bite but from this I 
must except the birds of numerous 
kinds many of which have pleasing 
songs. The only other beauties of 
nature here are the sunsets and sun- 
rises which are the finest I have ever 

Speaking of sunrises we have had 
full opportunity to observe almost 
every one for four months. When we 
first came here our first call every 
morning was at five o'clock but now 
it is six. On several occasions when 
we have had maneuvers or have been 
away on hikes the first call has been 
earlier, the earliest being at 3:4.5. 
On that and a couple of other times 
we were in the saddle and on the road 
before daylight. 

I have been on three hikes with the 

Squadron. One of these was for five 
days and covered the country for fifty 
miles to the North while the other two 
were along the Rio Grande. On our 
hikes along the river we passed 
through numerous quaint little Mexi- 
can villages in which the houses were 
roofed with thatch and built of woven 
branches covered over with clay. 
These villages and their inhabitants 
seemed to belong in the Balkans or 
the Philippines rather than in the 
United States. The troop was also 
away at another time for about ten 
days. I did not go with them then 
but stayed behind in command of the 
part of the troop which remained in 
camp. There were about twenty who 
stayed here either because they were 
too crippled to ride or because they 
were detailed for spe^^ial duties 
around camp. It was the first time 
I had commanded a separate unit for 
any length of time and I enjoyed it 
verv much. 

Li\/t to right 

Alanson, Edgar, Howard, Noel 
In addition to the ordinary work of 
a line sergeant my particular job is 
the guidon. This includes carrying it 
at drill and on the march, uncasing 
it at reveille and casing it at retreat 
or when it rains. Our guidon has 
become so torn by the thorns on the 
mesquite trees that it looks as battle- 
scarred as any flag that ever passed 



through real war. My other special 
work is looking after the small arms 
and ammunition of the troop. This 
includes instructing the men in shoot- 
ing, keeping records of target practice 
and issuing ball cartridges for guard 
duty, etc., and blanks for maneuvers. 
This is the first camp I have ever been 
at where both ball and blank ammuni- 
tion are used and it requires great 
care to see that no one carries one 
kind when he should have the other. 

During the three months and more 
that we have lived in this camp we 
have gradually changed it from a few 
pieces of canvass over a mud hole to 
a very comfortable habitation. In- 
stead of sleeping on the ground we 
have cots over board floors and our 
tents have grown into canvass cover- 
ed houses. The wall is of boards for 
twelve inches from the floor and wire 
screen for thirty inches above that 
while the old conical tent supported 
by wooden rafters instead of a pole 
forms the roof. A full sized screen 
door with spring hinges completes the 
edifice and keeps it comparatively fly 
and mosquito-proof while the walls of 
the tent may be lowered outside the 
screen walls to keep out the rain. We 
have plenty of room in our tent for 
while some of the tents hold eight or 
ten men ours has only five; namely 
Sergeants Smidt, Biglow and Farrelly 
in addition to Alanson and myself. Our 
dining accommodations have improv- 
ed as much as our sleeping ones. At 
first we ate from our tin plates while 
seated on the ground amongst the in- 
sects. Now we eat from enamelled 
ware at tables in a mess shack with 
wooden roof and wire screen walls. 
Another great change is the troughs 
to water horses instead of having to 
lead them half a mile to water. And 
among other improvements are our 
showerbaths and our clubhouse which 

is a branch of the Squadron A Club 
in New York. 

The one question which you would 
be likely to ask us is one which we 
could not answer, that is, when are 
we going home. Every day or two 
there is a reliable rumor that a pri- 
vate in the next troop said that a 
sergeant in the Seventh Regiment 
told him that an orderly at division 
headquarters h a d heard General 
O'Ryan say that we would entrain for 
New York next Tuesday but each 
time the information has proved mis- 
leading. We might go home next 
week or we might be here all winter. 
In the meantime we are continuing 
to make permanent improvements in 
our camp and if we have to stay we 
are ready to make the best of it. 

Your cousin 

/\ oel Bleecker Fox 

Sergeant Clinton Fox Ivins 

Troop D I si X.J. Cavalry. X G U. S. 

Plainfield, N. J. 
Oct. 23rd, 1916. 

My dear Howard: — 

I was certainly glad to hear that the 
NEWS is right on the job with a "Bor- 
der Supplement" and now that I am 
safely at home again I will endeavor 
to give an account of myself and of 
our outfit on the Border. 

When the call came I had about 
given up all military aspirations for 
I had been living in Toledo for six 
months and had been obliged to be 
on furlough from my troop. But the 
obligation was there all the same and 
the call sounded just as loud and com- 
pelling as if I were back in Plainfield 
and mobilizing with my friends. So 
I could see but one course and that 



Sergeant Clintojt Fox Ivins 

was to catch the first and fastest 
train and head for home. It was a big 
day for our little town when Troop D 
left and with all my hustling from the 
west, I missed it all by a few hours. 
but caught my breath and the outfit 
at Sea Girt where we spent two hectic 
weeks wondering whether the next 
hour would see us headed for home or 
Mexico. Finally we got our orders 
and at full strength, 100 men and 3 
officers and a herd of the rawest, 
roughest broncos that ever came off 
the range, started for "somewhere on 
the Border." We were more fortu- 
nate than most of the organizations 
that came from a distance and had 
tourist sleepers, and with two men 
in a bunk we considered ourselves 
travelling in luxury. Seven long days 
brought us to El Paso which we 
thought our destination, but here we 
were told to keep going and sojourn- 
ed along the border through New 
Mexico and Arizona for 22.5 miles due 
west until we struck Douglas. That 
glimpse of Mexico, all mountains and 
desert and past the ill fated Columbus, 
gave us a thrill, for there was to be 
the scene of our campaign and the 
battles we were about to fight. We 

soon forgot all about battles, however 
tor the business of breaking green 
horses and mules, digging ditches, 
fighting flies, answering sick call and 
wondering where the thermometer 
was ever going to stop climbing was 
entirely too engrossing for such de- 
tails. This was the state of affairs 
for a month or six weeks, when we 
began to get a grip on ourselves and 
our horses. We learned how to take 
the climate and the altitude of 4500 
feet, the cooks how not to sp'oil the 
ration and the stout men grew thin- 
ner and the thin men stouter, and we 
took to soldiering with a zest. We 
lost a good many of our best men 
through the disability and dependancy 
orders and I filled a vacancy as cor- 
poral and then as sergeant. Our two 
lieutenants and first sergeant were all 
ex members of Squadron A. and our 
present "top" Roy Cox is one of 
Alanson's associates In the "Guaran- 

If our impressions of Arizona had 
been gained from the situation at 
Douglas they would have been any- 
thing but flattering to that state. Lo- 
cated right in the midst of a desert, 
and hard by the Copper Queen smelt- 
er, the combination of heat, dust and 
sulphur was something to make even 
the cactus shrink up. The ground 
was hard as rock, and the most resis- 
tant to the pick and shovel I ever 
saw, and our intricate system of 
drainage ditches was a heart and 
back breaking undertaking. We al- 
ways hailed the orders to hike or man- 
euver from camp with delight for no 
situation could be worse, and those 
hikes through the mountains and up 
the canyons were our best and most 
interesting experiences in Arizona. 
We were in the country of the Geroni- 
mo campaign and our visits to some of 
the old army posts and Indian camps, 



regular oases and garden spots in the 
desert, were delightful and full of his- 
toric associations. The border camps 
near us, Douglas. Noco and Nogales 
were busy humming centers and here 
we met guardsmen of a dozen differ- 
ent states and regulars from all arms 
of the service. There were plenty of 
Mex. always in sight and garrisons in 
all the border towns across the line, 
but the state of Sonora at that par- 
ticular time was under good control, 
and except for occassional sniping and 
cattle stealing our district was free 
from international trouble». Toward 
the end, our squadron, both men and 
horses, rounded into first class shape 
and our troop and squadron drill went 
off with a snap and vigor that we 
didn't think was in us. Our recall 
came none too soon, though for any 
of us and the best day of all was when 
we saw the home town again, and be- 
came plain citizens once more after 
four months in the army. 

Clinton Fox Ivins 

Private Howard Brooks Freeman 

Troop A. Sqicadron A., N. G. U. S. 

McAllen, Texas, Aug. 29, 1916 

Dear Howard: — 

There is an article in the Outlook 
of Aug. 23 that contains about as 
graphic and interesting account of life 
on the border as one could wish and 
as it was written by a member of the 
Squadron, can be considered an au- 
thentic version of life as lived by the 
Foxes enlisted in Squadron A. 

However, the article mentioned, re- 
lates tales concerning rattlers, scor- 
pions, tarantulas, etc. in such a way 
as to make the reader believe they 
were the main nuisances here. They 

haven't lived up to their reputation as 
prophesied by the "know-it-alls" en- 
countered en route from N. Y. Any 
article concerning fauna of the border 
should be composed 99 per cent of the 
life and activities of the fly. Before 
coming here I thought 1 had met the 
fly and become acquainted with him. 
even as most of you do, but I find 
out down here that 1 was mistaken. 
May you never know him as we know 
him, for here is his home and he owns 
it. This may sound exaggerated but 
if you wish to know the truth, you 
must live here. 

Just now camp is beginning to take 
on a permanent appearance. Most of 
the tents have acquired floors, some 
have added screens and rafters as pro- 
tection against any more hurricanes 
that may come this way and also 
some have planted palms in front to 
vary the monotonous appearance of 

And so goes life on the border as 
noticed by the senses. For the eye, 
the most glorious risings and settings 
of the sun on a most weary, desolate 
land, for the ear. Dame Rumor and the 
bugle, for the nose, the ever present, 
all prevading stable, for the tongue, 
the luscious bran and last but not 
least, for herein is our comfort des- 
troyed to the sense of touch, the fly. 
He appeals to all the other senses, 
save smell and as his home includes 
the stable, maybe he also comes into 
prominence here. The history to 
date of war with Mexico will be a 
repetition of tanglefoot and arsenic 
paper. Other weapons are necessary 
and the lesson in preparedness 
should note this point, for lo, he is 
with you always, even unto the end 
of the campaign. 



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