Fox Genealogy

Daniel Latimer Fox (1853-1928), Larry Fox’s great-grandfather, came to America from England in June 1881 with his wife and two daughters. To examine his genealogy possibly as far back as 1488 and his family history to the present, go to this Genealogy Page.

Daniel and his younger sister Lois, who lived in England, wrote frequently to each other for several years. Many of his letters are available and they provide a portrait of Daniel as a man in his own words and a fascinating description of life in this new land: Letter index

Examine a few of the resources used in this research: Resources. Find background information about Daniel’s birthplace: Brimington.

Biographical Information

Daniel Fox

Kate (Katy) Smith Fox (first wife)

Elizabeth Harriman Fox (second wife)


When I (Larry Fox) was growing up, my family lived more than 1000 miles from most of our relatives, so we’d usually see them no more than two weeks each year, if at all. I knew my grandparents, aunts, uncles and first-cousins, but had very little in common with them. The adults had lived through the depression and world war, so they didn’t have many “good ole days” to talk about. Even when they talked occasionally about the past, I wasn’t interested; I was a teenager.

When my dad passed away years later, I suddenly realized I knew virtually nothing about my ancestors. Who were they? Where did they come from? What did they do? How did they live? What type of family heritage did I receive from them? As an adult with a wife and sons, I could finally relate to their life experiences and want to know about them.

So I began writing my relatives with questions and checking genealogy websites. I discovered my great-grandfather, Daniel Fox, came to America from England in the early 1880s as a young man with his wife and two very young daughters. As I continued researching through the years, I met a second-cousin who had some family history from our English relatives, plus some letters Daniel wrote to his sister in England. Those letters are a treasure, because Daniel – the Englishman – described America, its culture, its wildlife, and so much more from his perspective as an immigrant.

It’s my pleasure to make my genealogy research available. Not just because it’s about my family, but because it reveals an important perspective of our American history. Daniel’s letters describe our nation as it was growing west during the early 1900s.

I hope this material helps you appreciate the people who contributed to America – their dreams, their efforts, and their achievements.


  1. What was the first name of Mrs R.V. Eley? She would be my great granny.

    • Robert Viner Eley (b 1886, d 1964) married Josie Myrtle Fox (b 1890, d 1963). Their children were Jane Eley and John Fox Eley.

  2. You have a William Fox born 1766 Billesdon, but then marry him (place and date ambiguous) to Elizabeth Crofts and he dies in 1799. However, a William Fox born 1766 is still in Billesdon in 1841. Although his place of birth is not given, this seems certain to be the son of John and Rebecca Fox. So I think you have this line going up the wrong tree.

    • You may be right. Family tradition confirms research data back to William Fox (died young) married to Elisabeth Crofts. BMD data for William (1766-1799) fits; Billesdon (birth) and Illston on the Hill (burial) in Leicestershire seem likely, based on family tradition. I found many William Foxes born in the same or nearby villages about the same time. William and Elisabeth were very popular names, and I found many Fox couples in that era with those names.

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