History of Greene County,
DENNIS FOX, who is probably as well known as any
citizen of Greene
County, is a
farmer and stock-grower, and was born April 5, 1827, on the farm where
resides. His parents, Henry and Susan
(Dulaney) Fox, were descended from the Dutch, and natives of this
county. Peter and Mary (Thomas) Fox, his
grandparents, came to this county from New Jersey, and settled on the farm
which Dennis now
owns. Here Peter Fox planted a little
willow sprout which he brought with him, and the tree is now twenty-one
circumference, by actual measurement.
This tree is to remain standing, as Dennis says, a monument to
memory of him who planted it so many years ago.
Mr. Fox has a fine farm of nearly 500 acres, well stocked and
his barns being among the best in Perry Township. He was united in marriage, January 18, 1848,
with Miss Betsey, daughter of David and Elizabeth (McCann) John. She is of Irish and English extraction. Mr. and Mrs. Fox have ten children—Henry,
David, Osborn, Kinsey, James, Marion, Susan, wife of Spenser Cowell;
Cowell, and John and Elizabeth, deceased.
Mr. Fox is a Republican in politics.
History of Greene
Samuel P. Bates
Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago.
Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles
The Greene County,
Biographies Project –
Date of Transcription: 10 August 2008
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