James C. Fox
From the 1889 Goodspeed History
          James C. Fox. Prominent among the farming and stock raising representatives of Texas County, Mo., stands the name of James C. Fox, who was born in Haywood County, Tenn., March 9, 1833, and is one of twelve children, four now living, born to William and Susan (Campbell) Fox. The parents were, respectively, of Tennessee and Alabama, and after marriage they lived for some time in Haywood County, Tenn. About 1840 they came to Texas County, Mo., in an ox-wagon, drawn by three yoke of oxen, and there made their home. He was a small farmer, but was a great lover of the chase, and died in the prime of manhood. He was a Whig in politics, and a member of the Methodist Church, South. The mother is also a member of that church, and is still living, being eighty-five years of age. Their son, James C. Fox, was reared on the farm, and have very limited educational advantages. He was but a lad when his father died, and he was obliged to hire out. His father had bought a farm on credit, and it being taken he had to help support his mother and the younger children. In 1856 he married Miss Martha E. Martin, a native of Tennessee, and to them were born nine children, six now living: Nancy C., William B., Susan E., James M., Mary M. and Thomas O. Both Mr. and Mrs. Fox are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. After marriage they settled in Sherrill Township, and with the exception of about two years have lived there ever since 1840. He owns 200 acres of land, with about 100 under cultivation, and although he started a poor boy, he now is ready to enjoy the fruits of his labor. He is a Democrat in his political views.

 


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