Fox Family Tree

Although the Family Tree is simplified to the paternal Fox line, it is big!  Click on the image below to open it in a second page where names can be amplified using the + button in the lower right corner.


Black lettering:  Records from Family Documents

Red lettering:  Records from Fox Family Bible

Green lettering:  Records from the Hallam Family Tree website, cross-referenced with

Lettered Names:  Notes are below

A.  Thomas Fox - Elder of Smalldale

The title 'Elder' is likely used to distinguish himself from his son.

The Fox House in Smalldale, now called Ferndown.

Photograph taken circa 1900, courtesy of Bradwell Derbyshire Historical Society Collections.

B.  Samuel Fox - Owner of the family bible

Bible is bound together with the Book of Common Prayer.  Click on the thumbnail images below to open the photos in full size.

C.  Samuel Fox Esquire - Patented the Paragon Umbrella Frame - Nephew of Samuel Fox Bible Owner

If you are a Canadian Fox descendant, and you were told your Great, great, great, great, great, great, great Uncle invented the modern day Umbrella, you might be interested to observe the connection more closely.  He is a cousin 4 or 5 or 6 times removed depending if you are Generation Boomer, X-er or Millennial.  Also, his friend and employee Joseph Hayward did the inventing of the modern steel frame while Samuel patented it for his business.

F.  The Muskoka Cousins are related to Sam Fox Esq. on two sides through mother Emma Jane Fox and father Thomas Jeffery.

More about Samuel Fox Esq. here:

D.  John Fox - Born at Hazelbadge Hall 1826   - 1895 Netherside  1841 England Census for John Fox

Married to Rebecca Bradwell (August 19, 1832 - March 7, 1868) at the Parish Church in the Parish of Hope on December 13, 1852.    John and Rebecca lived on Netherside - a street that runs through the centre of Bradwell where Rebecca had lived with her family before marriage.  John worked as a farmer and together they had seven children.  1851 England Census for Rebecca Bradwell / Derbyshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932 for John Fox 


Will outline of Rebecca's father, George Bradwell.  Reprinted with permission from Marjorie Ward of Rootsweb Genealogy

Will of 1870 George BRADWELL of Bradwell mentions:

Sons George; John; Josiah; Edwin; Horatio

Daughters Hannah wife of William NEEDHAM; Rebecca wife of John FOX

Deceased dau Jemima LONGDEN`s three children, namely John Henry, Hannah Maria, Eliza Ann.

Witnesses: George JEPSON; Thomas JACKSON     Will made 1867


Written on back - "This is the only one he has and I asked him for it. "
John Fox (left) and William Jeffery on the bridge over Bradwell Brook with the Bridge Inn in the background.


After Rebecca passed away John married his second wife in 1871  - widow Priscilla Ann Bennett (January 1840  - April 20, 1900), and had one more child - their daughter Delia.  Priscilla brought to the Fox household a daughter from her first marriage called Elizabeth Howe.  Elizabeth married Eligah Middleton in 1888; they too had a daughter, also called Delia. 1841 England Census for Priscilla Bennet / 1891 England Census for Delia Middleton

John's house is the same establishment his daughter Delia bought after her mother's death (re: Jemima's letter dated January 1st 1901 on the Correspondence Page).  It's also where Herbert and Eliza stayed on their visit in 1949.

John and Priscilla ran a Grocery store in Bradwell;  he mentions supplying the store's inventory with his own crops in his letter to Isaac Arthur:

Arthur Fox, North Barton Hamilton, On Canada
Bradwell October 29th, 1893
Dear Arthur,
In regards to the first part of your letter, the least I say upon that subject the better, I think. I was glad to here from you, though it is the first epistle I have received from you since leaving England, which I suppose will be about seven years. I am happy to say we are all very well in health also much pleased to hear that you are well satisfied with your Change.
Emma Jane lives at Bradwell, has two Girls and one Boy. Hannah lives Sheffield, one Girl. Elizabeth lives at Bradwell, one Girl, Jemima not married, living near Cheedle in Cheshire. I am very pleased to here of you doing well. I can only say of my self that it is the reverse of that, though now I hope and think there will be some improvement.
It is no new experience to either of us where we have Cattle for them to be ailing in some way or other, therefore this is the terms upon which we have any kind of live stock, but I have no Cattle of any kind as I am badly qualified to look after them. I have my own land and two fields at Eccles belonging to the [Uniterians ?], four acres. I grow Potatoes and Corn for meal, which we sell in the shop. On Sept the 10th we got the first load of Coal from the new Station (illegible) at the Laneside near Brough. To day Coal in Bradwell is £1.4.0 per ton. The mining industry has [illegible] the population has decreased to under one thousand from 1500 and last Saturday the drink shops had to close at 10 o’clock. We have a many visitors to Bradwell in this summer but of the poorer stamp.
I saw M. Wragg of Netherwater the other week, he asked me about you. They have had no tidings of you for a long time. They are all well, I believe, but their farming is a very lean business.
Little Hucklow is nearly as deserted. More than one half of the homes are uninhabited and falling into ruin and a colony of Pot and Basket Hawkers has settled in the place. Ben Wragg of Quarters was compelled to leave his farm, Nesfield sold him up. He went to live with his sister at Chesterfield but died in a few days, heart broken. Abraham Rowath lives at the place. Tom Fox lives at the Hall farm, repaired the House, put a new slate roof upon it. Albert Fox lives at Joseph-place, not married, also he has John Halls farm, he is dead & wife. The Weslans [Weslyans] has repaired their Chapel at a cost of £1230.0.0, made it very nice with portico in front the Board School has been condemned, and the Board are, in every probability, will build a new one on the netherside cost £600.0.0. Charles Revil died on Thursday, after a long illness, last of family. Julia Oldfield is dead, oldest daughter of Isaac Somerset. Also her sister, Mrs. Bradwell at the Newbridge Inn has married Abraham Needham of Newwall Nook, therefore the house your grandfather built at the cost of £600.0.0 is now lost to the family. Isaac Eyre of Sheffield married Elizabeth Colleral [?], lived at Bradwell when the said Eyre was Policeman at Bradwell. He died very suddenly, he was Executor to M. E[illegible] Rachel Bradwell’s Husband. Sister to Eyre, wife M. E[illegible] & daughter had £1000.0.0 left in the burrow. There is nothing left, mother & daughter, are thrown into poverty as his liabilities are £3000.0.0 or over. Some say he poisoned himself.
Some time since we received a photo of your self, wife and children. Elizabeth appears to be getting stout and the Children as you say are all grown and look well. We had George here two weeks back, his wife being at Hathersage. (Wakes ?) we join in love and best wishes to you all.
I remain yours, ever the same, Your Father, John Fox


Printed with permission courtesy of Maggie Fox.

Photo posted with permission courtesy of Thornhill:

In Loving Memory of John Fox who died Dec. 10th 1895 Aged 69 Years.  Also of Rebecca, wife of the above, died March 7th 1868 Aged 35 Years.  Also of Priscilla Ann wife of the above John Fox who died April 26 1900.  Also of Charles Wilfred, son of John and Rebecca Fox Died February 10th Aged (4) Years.  Also of Herbert Edwin son of John and Rebecca Fox Died April 14 1868 Aged 4 Years and 7 months

E.  Isaac Arthur Fox (1854 - Jan 4, 1931) 1861 England Census for Isaac Arthur Fox / Ontario, Canada, Deaths and Deaths Overseas, 1869-1947 for Isaac Arthur Fox

Married Elizabeth Jane Barnsley of Nether Water Farm and moved to Canada in 1887 to raise 10 children.  See Herbert Fox Parents and Siblings Page for more details.

Letters between Isaac and his siblings living in Britain can be read on the Correspondence Page.

Letters from Elizabeth Jane's sister, Hannah Wragg, can be read at the bottom of the Fox Ancestry Page.


F.  Emma Jane Fox, also known as Aunt Jennie (January 10, 1858 - January 29, 1940) 1861 England Census for Emma J Fox / Ontario, Canada, Deaths and Deaths Overseas, 1869-1947 for Emma Jane Jeffery

Married Thomas Jeffery April 1863 - May 26, 1933   and had six children before moving to Canada.  See the Muskoka Cousins Page for more details.  1891 England Census for Thomas Jeffrey / Ontario, Canada, Deaths and Deaths Overseas, 1869-1947 for Thomas Jeffery



Hazelbadge Hall Photo Postcard.  On the back is written:

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

G.  Jemima Fox (July 1862  - December 23, 1920) 1871 England Census for Jemima A Fox / England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 for Jemima Ann Fox 

Working as a nurse on the imbecile ward at Fir Vale Union, Jemima remained childless and unmarried.  Her opinionated correspondence to her brother Isaac shoots straight from the hip with her regard for her step-mother and half-sister,

For more on Fir Vale Union:

H.  George Fox (July 1865  - June 30, 1928) 1871 England Census for George Fox

Worked as a bus driver (horse and carriage) and later a pork butcher in Manchester.  He and sister Hannah's husband took charge of the legalities of the family inheritances.

Married Florence Hall (Jan 1868  - April 1895) and had two sons, John Reginald (July 4, 1892 - Feb. 14 1924),  and Arthur Harold (October, 1894 - November 1895).

Florence passed away after their 2nd child was born.  George married again to Evelyn Lees and had two more children, Robert and Evelyn.

1891 England Census for Florence Hall / Manchester, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1915 for Florence Fox /Arthur Harold Fox  in the England, Select Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991 / 1911 England Census for Evelyn Fox

John Reginald, immigrated to North America and lived in New York with his wife before becoming sick.  He moved to Toronto (probably to be closer to his aunt Jennie and family) and passed away in the Toronto Hospital for the consumptives on February 14, 1924.  Ontario, Canada, Deaths and Deaths Overseas, 1869-1947 for John Reginald Fox




Hand Drawn Christmas card by John Reginald to his Aunt Jennie

I.  Hannah Rebecca Fox (March 1, 1868 - July 14 1946) 1871 England Census for Hannah R Fox  / England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 for Hannah Rebecca Somerset

Married Jabez Birley Somerset (Feb 26, 1864 - Sept. 21 1945)  and lived in Sheffield with their two children, Dorothy pictured on the right (April 1883- October 29, 1965) and Birley (June 7 1898 - June 1977)

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 for Jabez Birley Somerset / 1901 England Census for Dorothy Somerset  / England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 for Dorothy Somerset /1901 England Census for Birley Somerset / England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007 for Birley Somerset

Hannah continued to write to her nephew Herbert in Hamilton after his father passed away.


J. Delia Fox (Dec. 1871 - July 6, 1952) 1891 England Census for Delia Fox / England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 for Delia Bancroft

Worked with her parents John and Priscilla Fox in their general store in Bradwell.  Married Charlie Alfred Bancroft (April 1872 - June 8, 1939)  and had two girls, Mollie /Mary  (Mary Hannah Middleton 1897 - Sept. 30, 1980) and Maude who died in infancy in 1898.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 for Charles Alfred Bancroft  /1901 England Census for Mary A Bancroft /England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 for Mary Ann Middleton Bancroft /England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915 for Maude Bancroft



Marriage Announcement:

With Mr. & Mrs. C.A. Bancroft's Compliments
Nether Side, Bradwell
February 26, 1895
Delia Fox





Herbert and Eliza stayed with Delia on their trip to England in 1949.  Her house on Netherside in Bradwell that had belonged to her father John was built in 1658 of Derbyshire sandstone and 24 inch thick walls.

"Bradwell Derbyshire England 1949." Left to right:  Herbert, Eliza, Delia, Mollie


Delia's daughter Mollie, also called Mary , was an artist.  She completed this painting of Anne Hathaway's Cottage, and gifted it to the Canadian Foxes.

Painted by Mary/Molly/Mally Bancroft:  Anne Hathaway's Cottage