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John Fox Sr. and
Minerva Worth Carr

John Fox Sr About 1912
L-R Back: Oliver and Richard Fox, William Cabell Moore (Elizabeth Fox's Husband) and Rector Fox. Seated Center: Minerva Carr Fox. L-R Front: Hilda Seccomb Fox (Rector's Wife), Horace Fox, Mildred Fox (adopted d/o Horace and May), Elizabeth Fox and May Worth Fox. Photo Taken Shortly After Death of John Fox Jr.
James Wallace Fox, Son of John Fox Sr. and 1st Wife, Catherine Hill Rice
John Fox Sr b 9 Dec 1830 Clark Co KY d 28 Jun 1912 Big Stone Gap, VA; s/o Boaz Fox and Sarah Sally Rice. John William Fox m. 25 Jan 1862 Mason KY to Minerva Worth Carr b 1838 KY d 8 Sept 1925; buried Paris, Bourbon Co KY; d/o William Carr and Elizabeth Clary. Children of John Fox Sr. and Minerva Worth Carr;

1. John William Fox Jr b 16 Dec 1862 Stony Point, Bourbon Co KY d 8 Jul 1919 Big Stone Gap, VA; buried 11 Jul 1919 Paris, Bourbon Co KY; m. 13 Dec 1908 at the home of his brother, Rector Fox in Mt. Kisko, NY (divorced 1913) to Fritzi Scheff b 30 Aug 1879 Vienna, Austria d 8 Apr 1954 New York, NY; buried Actor's Guild Cemetery, Kenisco Cemetery, Valhalla, NY; d/o Dr. Gottfried Scheff and Frau Anna Jager. (John C Hunt, a friend of Rector Kerr Fox was best man at the wedding). (Member of the Guard)

2. Horace Ethelbert Fox b 4 Apr 1864 Stony Point, Bourbon Co KY d 9 Jun 1934 Big Stone Gap VA; m. 1900 Wise Co VA to May Worth b 1881 PA. (Member of the Guard)

3. Oliver Edwin Ollie Fox b 31 Aug 1866 Stony Point, Bourbon Co KY d 25 Dec 1954 Paris KY; never married. Lived with sisters and brothers in Big Stone Gap, VA. (Member of the Guard).

Ollie E. Fox, 88, retired mining engineer who had prospected much of the coal in Harlan County before the railroad arrived, was buried December 27 in Paris. Fox, brother of author John Fox Jr., died Saturday at Veterans Hospital in Mountain Home, Tennessee after a short illness. He had served as a mining engineer for many of the coal companies in this area; 20 at one time, including some in Letcher County. Fox, who never married, lived with his sister, Minnie Fox, in Big Stone Gap, Virginia until his death.

4. Minerva Minnie Carr Fox b 27 Mar 1868 KY d 8 Nov 1962 Big Stone Gap VA; buried Paris, Bourbon Co KY; never married lived with her brothers and sisters in Big Stone Gap, VA.

5. Richard Talbott Fox b 25 Apr 1871 Bourbon Co KY d 24 Apr 1937 Washington DC; buried Paris, Bourbon Co KY; m. 1900 New York, NY to Louise C Buckminster Cole b 1874 NJ d 24 Oct 1933 Milton Twp. DuPage, IL. (Member of the Guard)

6. Rector Kerr Fox b 19 Feb 1873 Stony Point, Bourbon Co KY d 29 Nov 1931; buried Kenisco Cemetery, Valhalla, NY; m. 7 Feb 1901 Manhattan NY to Hilda Carolyn Seccomb b 1879 NY. (Member of the Guard). Children of Rector Kerr Fox and Hilda Carolyn Seccomb;

i. Virginia Ann "Ginia" Fox b 19 Nov 1901

ii. Rector Kerr "Bud" Fox Jr. b 3 May 1903

iii. John William Fox b 7 Aug 1907

iv. Edward Seccomb "Ted" Fox b 30 Sept 1911

v. David Cuccomb "Peter" Fox b 4 Oct 1912. Occupation, stockbroker; 25 Broad St., New York, N.Y.; (home) Mt. Kisco, Westchester Co., New York, N.Y.

7. Sarah Elizabeth Lizzie Fox b 19 Sept 1876 KY d 21 Jun 1970 Big Stone Gap, VA; buried Washington DC; m. about 1908 KY to William Cabell Moore b 1870 Bourbon Co KY

John Fox Sr. and
Catherine Hill Rice

John Fox Sr b 9 Dec 1830 Clark Co KY d 28 Jun 1912 Big Stone Gap, VA; s/o Boaz Fox and Sarah Sally Rice. John William Fox m. 3 Aug 1852 KY to Catherine Hill Rice b 1832 Bath Co KY d 14 Jun 1860 Montgomery Co KY; buried Bethel, Bath Co KY; d/o John Rice and Julia Ann Burns. Children of John Fox Sr. and Catherine Hill Rice;

1. James Wallace Fox b 11 Jun 1853 Clark Co KY d 14 Jan 1918 New York, NY; buried Paris, Bourbon Co KY. (Member of the Guard)

2. Sidney Allan Fox (Dr.) b 3 Jul 1857 Montgomery Co KY d 12 Dec 1890 Brooklyn NY; buried Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn NY; m. 1887 Brooklyn NY to Mary Coombs b 24 Nov 1861 Brooklyn NY d 29 Sept 1949; buried Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co NY; d/o William J Coombs and Josephine Adams. No children.

3. Everett Buford Fox b 2 Sept 1858 Montgomery Co KY d 1 Dec 1924 Campbell Co KY; buried Paris Cemetery, Paris, Bourbon Co KY; m. abt 1902 KY to Helen K Unknown b 1862 KY. Children of Everett Buford Fox and Helen K Unknown;

i. Everett B Fox b 20 Dec 1906 KY d 11 Jan 1941 Campbell Co KY; buried Paris, Bourbon Co KY.

Obituary of John Fox Sr
Lexington Herald Lexington, KY
Monday, July 1, 1912
Volume: 41 Issue: 183 Page: 2


Large Concourse of Friends Pay Last Tribute of Respect at Grave

PARIS, Ky., June 30. - The burial of John W Fox, who died Friday at his home in Big Stone Gap, Va., took place Sunday afternoon in the Paris cemetery, in the presence of a large number of relatives, friends and former neighbors and many many who were his pupils both at Stoney Point and in Paris (KY). As the casket was being carried to the grave, a quartet composed of Mrs Sutherland, Miss Hill, Dr Frank Fithian, and Professor Morehead, sang "When Peace, Like a River, Attendeth My Way". Elder W E Ellis, pastor of the Christian church, read appropriate and comforting scripture selections, and offered prayer. The quartettel then sang "I Am With Thee".

The body was laid to rest beneath a profusion of beautiful floral offerings. Those from a distance who attended the burial were: Mrs Minnie Fox, widow of the deceased, and her two daughters, Miss Minnie Fox, of Big Stone Gap, and Mrs Cabell Moore of Washington D.C., Mr Everett Fox, and wife of Louisville, Mr Horace E Fox, and wife of Big Stone Gap, Mr Richard Fox and wife of Chicago, Mr Oliver Fox, of Johnstown, Pa, Mr James Fox, of New York City, Mr Jno Fox, Jr, and Mr Robert Fox, of Winchester, sister and three brothers of Professor Fox. Mrs E Fox, also from Winchester, and Mrs Katy McCarty, a niece of Mrs Fox, from Mt Carmel, Ky/ All the children were present except Mr Rector Kerr Fox, of New York. After the interment, the family went to Lexington in automobiles, returning to Big Stone Dap, Sunday night.

Mr Fox was 82 years of age, and had been in declining health for several months, his death being due to the infirmities of age. He was a former resident of Bourbon county, and a well-known educator, for a number of years having conducted a large school at Stoney Point on the Winchester pike, at one time having more than a hundred pupils at this school, which was known as the Stoney Point Academy. Later he moved with his family to Paris, and taught a select school on Main street in the house which was afterward used by Mrs Mary Ware Berry as a select school, and is now owned and occupied by Mr T M Funk.

Among the former pupils of Professor Fox, who have attained prominence, may be mentioned Hon Claude M Thomas, State Senator from this district, Judge H C Hazelrigg, of Frankfort, ex-Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, Professor E M Costello, principal of the Paris Academy, Judge Henry C Smith, of near North Middleton, Dr C G Daugherty, Messrs William and Edward Simms, Alfred, George Williams and Thomas Henry Clay, Jr of Paris.

More than twenty years ago Prof Fox moved to Big Stone Gap, where he passed his declining years in quiet, living close to nature, the study of which always had a charm for him. He was a most courteous, refined and lovable man, a true Christian gentleman of the highest type, quiet and unassuming in his demeanor and content to live surrounded only by his family, his books, and his pets.

Professor Fox was twice married, his second wife surviving. She was Miss Carr, a sister of O A Carr, a well known minister of the Christian church, and one of the principals of the Burdette-Carr University, in Texas. Mr Fox is also survived by nine children, Miss Minnie Fox, Messrs John Fox, Jr, the well known writer, and Horace Fox, all of Big Stone Gap; Mrs Elizabeth Moore, of Washington DC, Messrs Ollie Fox, Richard Fox and Kerr Fox, of New York; Everett Fox, of Pittsburg, Pa., and James W Fox, of New York, the last two being children by his first wife.

Only one of the ten children has died, Dr Sidney G Fox, a physician in Brooklyn, N Y, who died a short time ago. It has been only a few months since Mr and Mrs Fox celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage. The pallbearers were friends and admirers of this kindly gentleman, Messrs J T Quisenberry, Thos Helm Clay, Lee Beall, S Brooks Clay, John B Payne, J T Hedges, C M Thomas, R B Hutchcraft, Courtland Leer, and Douglas Thomas. Services by Elder W E Ellis.

Obituary of Ollie Fox

Mt Eagle Newspaper, Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY, 30 Dec, 1954: Ollie Fox Rites Held at Paris: Harlan, Ky., Dec. 28 (1954) - Ollie E. Fox, 88, retired mining engineer who had prospected much of the coal in Harlan County before the railroad, was buried yesterday at Paris, Ky. Fox, brother of author John Fox, Jr., died Saturday at Veterans Hospital, Mountain Home, Tenn., after a short illness. He had served as mining engineer for many of the coal companies in this field, 20 at one time. He and another brother, Horace Fox, a partner with him in an engineering firm at Big Stone Gap, VA., came to Harlan County prior to the railroad to prospect. At one time the two brothers owned some coal land on the Clover Fork of Cumberland River, near here, working it from the Virginia side. Fox never married. He lived with his sister, Miss Minnie Fox, Big Stone Gap, until another sister, Mrs. Cabell Moore, Washington.

Obituary of Dr. Sidney Allan Fox

Dr. Sidney Allan Fox, after an illness of six days, died of pneumonia early yesterday at his residence, 122 Cambridge Place, Brooklyn. He was thirty-four years of age and was well known both as a skillful physician and for his gratuitous work among the poor. Dr. Fox was medical Director of the Brooklyn Dispensary for treatment of diseases of the nose, throat, and lungs, at 545 Fulton Street, where free medical attendance is given to the poor. This dispensary Dr. Fox organized in 1888, and he devoted three afternoons a week to treating patients there. Dr. Fox leaves no children. His wife, the only daughter of Congressman-elect William J. Coombs of Brooklyn, is lying dangerously ill with typhoid fever. The funeral will be private and will take place from his residence Friday afternoon. The interment will be in Greenwood.

More about John Fox Jr

John Fox Jrs.' books focused primarily on what he considered to be backwards, backwoods Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1908) and The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (1903), A Cumberland Vendetta (1895), Hell-fer-Sartain (1897), The Kentuckians (1897), A Mountain Europa (1899), Crittenden (1900), Blue-grass and Rhododendron (1901), Christmas Eve on Lonesome (1904), Following the Sun Flag: A Vain Pursuit Through Manchuria (1905), A Knight of the Cumberland (1906), The Heart of the Hills (1913), In Happy Valley (1917), and Erskine Dale, Pioneer (1920).

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