Fox Ancestry

The Genetic line of the Hamilton, Ontario Fox's has been linked as far back as the 15th century.

During the reign of Henry VII from 1485 - 1509 is a record of the Fox Family who built and operated Fulwood Hall, a country manor outside of Sheffield, EnglandTheir descendants prospered at Fulwood until 1707 when George Fox, enjoying life beyond his means, was forced to mortgage the property off.   More about Fulwood Hall:

Humphrey Furnis' Will below bequeathed some of his estate to the children of Mr. William Fox late of Fulwood.  Reprinted with permission from Marjorie Ward of Rootsweb Genealogy:
See the entry re: William Fox baptism at

Humphrey FURNIS of Hagg in the parish of Hope.  Will dated 20 February 1670

Humphrey FURNISS of Hagge in the parish of Hope in the County of Derby Yeoman do make this my last Will and Testament.  I give and bequeath my soul to Almighty God to be decently buried in the burial place within Hope Churchyard.  I give devise and bequeath unto Janet my wife and to Michael FURNIS my nephew All that my lands buildings etc purchased of George EYRE of Thorpe, gent.  Situate in Hathersage equally between them during the life of the said Janet and after her decease to the said Michael FURNIS and the heirs male of his body begotten and for want of sch heirs unto Mark FURNIS my nephew.  I give unto Dorothy wife of Mr George FOX £40, unto Mr Henry BALGUY and Mrs Elisabeth BALGUY, son and daughter of Henry BALGAY of Rowles in the County of Derby, Gent, to either of them 40/- (forty shillings) to Mr Henry BALGAY the elder of Rowle aforesaid and to Mrs BALGAY his wife to either of them 30/- (shirty shillings) unto the four children of Mr William FOX late of Fulwood to every of them 20/- (twenty shillings), to Edward MORTEN of Hollin Clough, John MORTEN of Goures 10/- (ten shillings)  I give and bequeath unto Ellen BURR widow and Frances the wife of John HALL my kinswoman to either of them 20/- (twenty shillings)  I give unto Mark FURNES my brother All my wearing apparel unto Dorothy the wife of Robert HALL of Alport 5/- (five shillings) unto Adam GRANT and Edmund GRANT of Ollerbrook 2/6 (two shillings and sixpence) each.  I appoint Janet my wife and the said Michael Furnes to be joint Executors of this my Will.

Mark and Seale of Humphrey FURNES

Signed sealed and published and declared in the presence of Thomas EYREGeorge GREAVES

Remaining in the Hope Valley, the Fulwood Fox descendants continued to farm.  George Fox along with his wife Hannah Bagshaw became the owners of Hazlebadge Hall just outside of Bradwell in the mid 19th century.  See the Fox Family Tree Page for more details during this era.


On the back of the Hazlebadge Hall postcard pictured above, Emma Jane (Fox) Jeffery writes of her grandfather George who bought the property and mentions forks and knives.  Possibly, Emma Jane is alluding to utensils left from the Cutler Trade industry which employed the Barnsley family who were the previous owners of the Hall - however this is only speculation.

This is where the knives and forks were used.  I was 16 when my grandfather died and he was in his 84th year (1875) and I shall be 80 next so they must be getting on for two hundred.  I am going to be with Hannah for a while.  So (illegible) will find me:  many thanks for all your kindness

Love to all, Aunt Jennie, 1938

Bradwell has reason to be proud of one of the most historical and finest manor houses in the county, in Hazlebadge Hall, at the head of Brad- well Dale, an old home of the Strelleys. What history is there in everv stone of the building! But the Hall of the Strelleys has long ago been demolished, and the material used up in the erection of farm buildings, the present being a wing built by the Vernons in 1549. What a grand Elizabethan gable is that which fronts the road, with its magnificent .nuUion windows and how bold in the apex stands out the Vernon crest, a boar's head ducally gorged, and the quartered arms with the Vernon frett, and the bwynnerton cross fleury! And the initials 'H.V and the three strokes are no longer a puzzle to tlie wondering beholder, for they are doubtless the initials of Henry Vernon, the son or Sir John, who rebuilt this part of the Manor House, just about the time of the birth of his second son, -Henry, ana signalised the birth by terming tne new comer Henry Vernon the Third.

And the fine old Hall has played a pro- minent part in the history of the di.strict for not only did it shelter the Vernons for many generations, but was a residence of the Family, and a shooting box for the lords of Haddon. But it was more. "It was dignified as a vice-regal lodge. It was the seat of judgment, for here Sir Richard Vernon, as High Steward of the Forest and Constable of the Castle, held his Courts."

An excerpt of the History of the Hall from the book:  Bradwell, ancient and modern:  history of the parish and incidents in the Hope Valley & District: being collections and recollections in a Peakland village.

Extensive background and history of Hazlebadge Hall can be found here:

Hazlebadge Hall was more than a stand alone manor when the Foxes occupied it.  It was the main house situated on a large farm area which held smaller cottages or farms, and also contained Netherwater Farm within its boundary.  In a census, birth places will list of Hazlebadge Hall (the actual Hall) or just of Hazlebadge, which is referring to one of these smaller farms.  The family tombstones are engraved the same way.

It is George's will, 1763/4, that we see the first reference to Hazlebadge Hall as opposed to simply Hazlebadge. Evidently there were several farms in the Liberty of Hazlebadge. The 1861 census for Little Hucklow lists Hazlebadge Hall, a farm of 180 acres, then three separate farms under the name Hazlebadge of one hundred, fifty and forty acres respectively. Also included is Netherwater, a farm of one hundred acres (occupied by George Barnsley and his wife Hannah with their son Richard and his wife Eliza and their two daughters), as well as Intake, a farm of 17 acres and a lead mine.

This excerpt and more on the Barnsley family and the Cutler Industry can be read on the Barnsley/Bancroft ancestry site:
The 1861 Census:

Uniting the Foxes of Hazelbadge Hall lineage and Barnsleys of Netherwater Farm, Isaac Arthur Fox and Elizabeth Jane Barnsley married before coming to Canada.  Elizabeth Jane's parents were Richard and Eliza, her younger sister Hannah.  Hannah is listed under Netherwater farm as Hannah Wragg on the 1891 census page from Wishful Thinking's website   along with her husband Thomas Wragg and their children, and under Hazlebadge Hall is listed Thomas Fox (cousin to Isaac Arthur) and his family.

To add to the confusion of name repetition;  Elizabeth Jane and Hannah's grandfather George Barnsley, had a first wife called Betty Wragg.  His second wife was Hannah.

The eldest son, George, married Betty Wragg at Hope on 1st. Jan 1822. They had at least one son, Richard, baptised at Hope on 26th. May 1822. It appears that Betty died and George remarried as he shows up on the 1861 census for Little Hucklow with Hannah as his wife. His address is "Netherwater" where he is described as a farmer of 100 acres, employing one labourer. He is 57 and Hannah is 50. Richard, age 38, is also there with his wife Eliza, age 38, described as "dairymaid". They have two children, Elizabeth Jane, age 7, and Hannah, age 1. There are three visitors present on census day - Jane Furness, age 25, daughter, farmer's wife and her two children James age 1, and George age one month. Jane was the daughter of Hannah and was baptised at Hope 10th. April 1836.

Hannah and Thomas Wragg remained in contact with Isaac Arthur and Elizabeth Jane Fox briefly while they settled in Canada.  Two letters from Netherwater Farm remain.

Reprinted with permission from Maggie Fox.

Netherwater, January 8th, 1893

Dear Brother and Sister,
It is so long ago since I wrote to you that I scarce know how to begin, but I am very sorry to say that we have no very good news to send. I must say that we received the photos all right and think they are very good. I am sure you may be very proud of all your sons. They look quite creditable.

**I am sorry to say that our Family only consists of the same as when I wrote to you last 5 years ago. But we have had one little girl more born on the 29th of December 1890, so that had she been living, she would have been 2 years old now. She was 1 year and 9 months old when she died. She had been very delicate for a long time, had not walked, but went rather sudden at last. She was only ill 9 days. She has congestion of the lungs. It has been quite a great grief to us all, but you will know all about that with losing one your own self. You will see that we had called her after you by the card I enclose.

I think there is no news worth sending in this country. There is nothing but poverty on all sides. Nearly all the inhabitants have left. I must say that we hope this will find you all well as it leaves us all better.
Just now I suffer much from rheumatic. I have done all my own work for over two years now. Please give our best love to all your young family and accept the same yourself. Please write soon and send all news of yourselves and say what age your two youngest children are. I think you have named a baby right... [missing pages]

Br.(other) and sister, I hope you will answer this as we should be very glad to keep up correspondence with you for the time to come. The Children often talk about you and their cousins over the Sea. I should much like to see you but there is the deep blue Pitch between us. The last time I heard from Aunt Margarets she was suffering from rhumatic and Clara had been under the Doctor again but I do not know if it was her old Complaint or not.

So I must conclude until you answer this. From your B & S,
T & H Wragg (Thomas and Hannah)

**Their child was named after Elizabeth Jane as shown in the 1891 Census.

Nether Water Hucklow, Tideswell by Buxton Sept. 24, 1905

Dear Brother & Sister

We received Parcel of Photos of your three Oldest Sons 3 weeks ago quite safe & undamaged. We were quite Pleased to have them. I feel sure you are very Proud of your sons. We think you very much for Photos. Was sorry when you did not write as it is over 2 years since I wrote to you. Will you kindly write & say if you received a letter about that time, also High Peak Newspaper since then.

We shall be very Pleased to hear from you how you all are getting on, by this we hope you are all well as I am Pleased to say we are.

I must tell you that we have had our 2 oldest children got married since I last wrote to you. Lily got married on 23 June 1904 to a man near Buxton. She has not any family at present. Willy was the next to get married at the same Church Bradwell. He has married a daughter of Jacob Rowarth who lives at the quarters now & I feel sure that Arthur will know him. They have a Daughter born on the 27th of April so that we are Grand Parents now. Will you say if you have any children married. If so, also if you have any grandchildren or if you are great Aunt first. Tom often wonders how you look now as we are all getting older.

Sheperdson has taken a fancy that He will leave England but we do not want to part with him. He wants to do better. Farming is a poor game in England. Now Butter does not make more than 13 pence. In the winter now other Produce low in proportion whilst rents are very little different.

I must tell you that Willies Daughter is called Mabel.

He has taken the Farm that Haywards lived at at Coplow Dale. The old people are both dead & George their son has gone to live at Eyam. Mr. & Mrs. Clayton are both dead & strange People have got to their Farm. When you write will you say how far you are from you sister E. Jane. Also if you know how they are getting on. I do not think of anything more I have to tell you this time.

I think they are all well at Ashton. Clara & Husband & Children have been over this summer. She looks much strong than she has done.

So I must now conclude with love from all of us to all of you. From you Brother & Sister
& Uncle & Aunt
T & H Wragg

Hazelbadge Hall is now a private residence, all of the smaller parcels of acreage including Netherwater and Intake farms were sold off.  The Hall was last in the hands of Thomas and Eliza's children -  siblings who never married.  Samuel Bagshaw was one, his grave is shared with his parents and siblings in the first thumbnail picture above.  The tenant farmers of the Foxes bought the land and buildings in the 1960’s from the family estate.  Much of the outside remains unchanged, some features such as the original wooden staircase remains inside.