Josiah Fox

Josiah Fox

Male 1763 - 1847  (83 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Josiah Fox 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 9 Oct 1763  Falmouth, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1847  Colerain, Ohio. USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 1847  Concord Friends Meeting and Burial Grounds, Belmont County, Colerain, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3969  Geneagraphie | Descendant of Francis Fox
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 

    Father John Fox,   b. 1724, Hayle, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Rebecca Stephens,   b. Abt 1726, Olveston, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1788  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Married 1747  Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 11 siblings 
    Family ID F47317  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ann Miller,   b. 21 Oct 1768,   d. 24 Dec 1841  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 9 Oct 1794  Philadelphia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Fox,   b. 2 Dec 1795, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1797  (Age 1 years)
     2. Elizabeth Miller Fox,   b. 22 Aug 1797, Philadelphia, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1850, West Va., USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     3. Anna Applebee Fox,   b. 10 Apr 1799, Portsmouth, Va, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1873  (Age 73 years)
     4. Rebecca Stevens Fox,   b. 20 Mar 1801,   d. 19 Aug 1885, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     5. John Charles Fox,   b. 17 Oct 1803,   d. 4 Dec 1803  (Age 0 years)
     6. NN Fox,   b. 18 Sep 1804,   d. 18 Sep 1804  (Age 0 years)
     7. Charles James Fox,   b. 17 Oct 1805,   d. 2 Jun 1895, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     8. Sarah Scantlebury Fox,   b. 12 Jun 1808,   d. 25 Apr 1889, Colerain, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     9. Francis Drake Fox,   b. 13 Jun 1811, Wheeling, W.Va., USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1859, Colerain, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     10. NN Fox,   b. 1813,   d. 1813  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 
    Family ID F1543  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Oct 1763 - Falmouth, Cornwall, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    home of Josiah
    home of Josiah
    Side view of Quaker Acres - the original front

  • Notes 
    • He was apprenticed at the age of eighteen to the master constructor at His Majesty's dockyard at Plymouth, England.
      In 1793 he came to America to study American timber and to visit friends and relatives in Philadelphia .
      Anna Miller Josiah and Anna Fox had 10 children, with only six surviving. Shortly before Josiah Fox's planned return to England, General Henry Knox, then Secretary of war, asked Josiah Fox to join the government as a clerk to personally design a ship that was to be given to Algiers in the Barbary Court Treaty. At that time there was no United States Navy Department. Josiah Fox worked for the United States government under four Presidents: Washington, Adams, Madison and Jefferson. On February 20th 1798 in Phil. Josiah Fox became a naturlized American citizen. 1794 - Appointed Clerk U.S. War Dept. 1795 - 1798 Temporarily appointed Assistant Navy Constructor 1798 - 1801 Navy Constructor and Superintendant of Navy yard, Gosport, Va. 1804 - 1809 U.S. Navy Constructor.

      Joint efforts FOX-HUMPHREY-DOUGHTY
      44 Gun Frigates:
      U.S.S. United States 1797 - U.S.S. Constitution 1797 "Old Ironsides" (still afloat Boston, Mass) - President 1800
      36 Gun Frigates:
      U.S.S. Constellation 1797 (still afloat) - U.S.S. Chesapeake 1799 - Congress 1800.
      Josiah Fox was the sole designer of:
      U.S.S. Cresent 1797 - Revenue Cutters Pickering, Eagle and Diligence 1797-1798 - U.S.S. John Adams 1799 - U.S.S. Philadelphia 1799 - Scooner Ferrt 1804 - 8 Gun Boats 1804-1805 - Brig Hornets 1805 - Sloop of War Wasp 1806.

      Josiah Fox was a Quaker descent and an Abolishionist, belonged to the Society of Friends. During his shipbuilding career he was disowned by the Society of Friends for designing war ships. Several years later when better known, he was reinstated. In 1811 when his term of government was finished, he brought his family from Washington D.C. to Wheeling, Va., to design and build boats because of the excellent waterways to use in trading American goods with the West Indies, but because of the Embargo Act gave up this venture. In need of finding another occupation to support his family, Josiah Fox came to Ohio in 1814 and purchased a 200 acre farm in Concord, Ohio, now known as Colerain, Ohio.
      In 1833 Josiah inherited a sizeable family estate in England. He and two of his sons went to England to visit friends, relatives, and to collect his inheritance, bringing back with them many curiosities. He then retired as a gentleman farmer in Colerain, Ohio, in a brick home which he designed and built in 1830, now known as "Quaker Acres". which was built to resemble his home in England. This home is still standing and can be seen from State Route 250 Colerain Township, Belmont County, Ohio.
      In 1847 Josiah Fox died at his home at the age of 84.
      His official appointments can be found in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Peabody Naval Museum, Salam, Mass; Norfolk Naval Museum, Norfolk, Virginia; The Constitutional Museum Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Mass; and personal family records.
      In 1976 a bronze plaque was placed on his grave in Colerain, Ohio by his descendants along with U.S. Navy Personnel, listing his accomplishments. In 1980 and 1983 Ohio Historical Road markers were placed at each end of Colerain, Ohio. Curiosities brought by Josiah and his sons to America in 1834: Letters, Will, Deeds, Family Bible, Silver pieces, Coins, Snout of a Sawfish, Survey of Cornwall 1600's, Mussel shells.
      Compiled by Ellen W.Holler(nee Westlake) 1987, Bridgeport, Ohio. Great-Great Grandaughter of Josiah Fox. (Ellen died in 1992) I have photos of the house and grave mentioned, taken in 1990.
      Cathy Stevenson
    • Americans of Royal Descent: Collection of Genealogies


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