Collection MC341 - Fox family

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Fox family

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  • 1864-1979 (Creation)
    Fox family

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7 cm of textual records and 17 photographs

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(Branch begins in 1853)

Biographical history

Brunswick Webster Fox, the son of Fannie Fowler and George Fox, was born at Gagetown, New Brunswick, 14 March 1853. He married Charlotte Elizabeth Smith, probably in the 1880s, and they had four children: Caleb, Estella Victoria, Eva Beatrice, and Fanny Louise. Brunswick W. Fox taught in public schools for 10 years and also in a singing school. Later he moved his family to Central Kingsclear where he helped Henry Alline Palmer and Jane Douglas Cliff operate a 200-acre farm. He died at Fairville, near Saint John, N.B., on 14 December 1934.

The Fox children stayed in New Brunswick for most of their lives. Caleb Fox was a railway man and worked both in the Canadian West and on the Valley Railway in New Brunswick, between Saint John and Edmundston. He died suddenly in 1919, at age 37. Beatrice married Henry Allen Strange on 11 September 1907. Fanny and Estella Fox moved from the Palmer house at Central Kingsclear, York County to a bungalow in Silverwood, near Fredericton, in 1966, after the Mactaquac Dam was completed. Fanny died in 1971 of a stroke. Stella Fox was a school teacher, teaching primarily in the Penniac, Douglas and Fredericton areas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kingsclear. At the time of her death, on 2 July 1990, she was a resident of York Manor Nursing Home in Fredericton.

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Scope and content

This collection consists of a small notebook or diary in which Fannie Fox recorded information about the Fox family's trip by car from Fredericton, New Brunswick to Flanders, Ontario via Montreal, Kingston, Toronto, London, and various points in the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Oregon (1925). There are also genealogical notes on the Fox family, a postcard dated 1920 from Fannie to Stella, and a copy of a 1979 letter from Stella Fox to Heidi Hughes Little pertaining to Tommy Hughes, a child of the Middlemore Home who was adopted by the Brunswick W. Fox family. The letter also refers to Tommy's younger brother Ernest Hughes, who was adopted by a family on the north side of the St. John River opposite Fredericton, and to a third adopted child, Roland Summers.

Lastly, there is a daybook, dating from 1864-1867, which records purchases made at a general mercantile establishment located at Dumfries or Poquiock[Pokiok?], in York County. The name of the proprietor is unknown. The business sold household goods, foodstuffs, clothing, hardware, yard goods, lumber, shingles, and other merchandise. The daybook was used as a scrapbook, probably in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The photographs have been moved to the Photograph Section (P94).

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Immediate source of acquisition

Stella Fox, of Silverwood, N.B., donated the diary, the genealogical notes, several photographs, and the day book to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick in November 1979. Rhonda Hughes Little, of Millinocket, Maine, donated the postcard and a copy of the letter from Estella Fox to Heidi Hughes (1979) to PANB in September 1993.


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