Alfred Fox

Alfred Fox

Alfred Fox, (September 9, 1794 – May 20, 1874) [ [ Fox Hound database] ] of Falmouth, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, was owner and developer of Glendurgan Garden, now a National Trust property. He was a member of the Quaker Fox family of Falmouth.

Business interests

He ran the fishing and pilchard-salting and export part of the diversified Fox family business. He was also involved in the firm’s other activities: :* Shipbroking at Falmouth:* Iron Founding at Perranarworthal:* Falmouth Docks: In 1859, he was elected as Chairman of the Directors of the Company authorised by Parliament to improve Falmouth Docks [ [ Falmouth Packet archives] ] and in 1861, he was Chairman of the Falmouth Docks company board, when it issued 144,700 shares ["The Times", Oct 28, 1861; pg. 3; col A: Falmouth Docks share issue.] . :* Mining and smelting tin and copper, in Cornwall and South Wales, at Neath Abbey [ [ Company records held by West Glamorgan Record Office] ] .

He was Vice Consul of the U.S.A. in Falmouth, 1858-65 and Consul in Falmouth, 1863-74 [ [| The Political Graveyard: database of the U.S. Foreign service] ] . He acted as Consul in Falmouth for Belgium and Vice-Consul for Russia, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Hanover, Mecklenburgh, the Hanse Towns, Greece, Brazil, the Argentine and Mexico [Dictionary of Quaker Biography.] .

cientific interests

Alfred Fox, his cousin, George Croker Fox (1784-1850) and brother, Robert Were Fox FRS, assembled excellent collections of minerals, which are now in the British Museum (Natural History), given by Arthur Russell. [Mineralogy references: Embery, P.G. and Symes, R.F. (1987) "Minerals of Cornwall and Devon", British Museum (Natural History), ISBN Hardback 0-565-01046-8 Paperback 0-565-00989-3.] .


Parents, brothers and sisters

He was the fourth son of Robert Were Fox (1754-1818) and his wife, Elizabeth Tregelles (1768–1849). He had ten siblings (for more information on Fox Family genealogy see: Fox family of Falmouth).

Marriage and children

He married Sarah Lloyd on May 16, 1828 "Book of Mawnan" (2004:59) ] and they had twelve children:

* Alfred Lloyd Fox (May 26, 1829 – June 23, 1885), married Mary Jane Fox (died October 21, 1919) [ [ Fox Hound database for DoB, DoD and marriage] ]

* Theodore Fox (April 4, 1831 – September 27, 1899). Married Harriet Howell Kirkbridge. [ [ Fox Hound database for DoB, DoD and marriage] ]

* Rachel Elizabeth Fox (February 6, 1833 – August 18, 1923), [ [ Fox Hound database for DoB, DoD] ] who married first Samuel Lindoe Fox (June 16, 1830 – November 22, 1862) , [NOT Samuel Fox (1815-1871). Date of birth from Fox Hound database, Date of Death Milligan's "Dictionary".] in 1854 and second Philip Debell Tuckett (1833 – 1894) in 1867 [Philip Debell Tuckett: confusingly, his father and grandfather bore the same name as him.] .

* Sarah Charlotte Fox (March 15, 1834). On October 27, 1852 she married Sir Robert Nicholas Fowler ,(September 12, 1828 – May 22, 1891), a banker, M.P. for the Penryn and Falmouth Constituency 1868 – 1874 , Conservative M.P. for the City of London Constituency 1880 – 1891 and Lord Mayor of London. He was created a Baronet in 1885, [ [ Fox Hound database] "see also" ODNB article by H. L. Malchow, 'Fowler, Sir Robert Nicholas, first baronet (1828–1891)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, May 2006 [] accessed 15 Nov 2006 ] .

* Mary Fox, (August 11, 1835 – August 3, 1892) [ [ Fox Hound database for DoB, DoD] ] who married Joseph Whitwell Pease (1828 – 1903) 1st Baronet of Hutton Lowcross and Pinchinthorpe.

* Howard Fox (December 10, 1836 – November 15, 1922). Married Olivia Blanche Orme [ [ Fox Hound database for DoB, DoD and marriage] ] . U.S. Consul 1874-75 [ [ Political Graveyard] ] . His daughters gave Fox-Rosehill Gardens in Falmouth [ [ Fox Rosehill Gardens (Falmouth)page] ] to Carrick District Council in 1944. Author of "Observations in further illustration of the history and statistics of the Pilchard Fishery"(1879)

* Helen Maria Fox (November 17, 1838 – May 1, 1928). Married John William Pease (1836-1901).

* Lucy Ann Fox, (October 5, 1841 – December 26, 1934) [ [ Fox Hound database for DoB, DoD] ] who married Thomas Hodgkin (July 29, 1831 – March 2, 1913), Banker and historian on August 7, 1861 [ ODNB article - G. H. Martin, 'Hodgkin, Thomas (1831–1913)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004 [] , accessed 15 Nov 2006] . Lived at Treworgan, Mawnan Smith .

* Charles William Fox (June 13, 1843 – June 18, 1866) [ [ Fox Hound database for DoB, DoD] ] .

* George Henry Fox (September 27, 1845 – January 13, 1931). Married Rachel Juliet Fowler (1858 - 30 August 1939). [ [ Fox Hound database for GHF DoB, DoD] RJF death notice "The Times", Thursday, Aug 17, 1939; pg. 1; Issue 48386; col B . "Glendurgan" by Charles Fox, p119 gives dates of Rachel Fox and the names and dates of their children.] . They had seven children and lived at Glendurgan from 1938.

* Wilson Lloyd Fox (January 27, 1847 – January 13, 1936). Married (1) Augusta Mary Rogers (2) Constance Louis Grace Rogers [ [ Fox Hound database for DoB, DoD and marriage (2)] ]

* Sophia Lloyd Fox (September 28, 1848 – December 25, 1870) [ [ Fox Hound database for DoB, DoD] ] .

"The Book of Mawnan" [cite book
title=The Book of Mawnan: celebrating a South Cornwall parish
author=Mawnan History Group
date= 2002
location=Tiverton, Devon
id=ISBN 1-84114-148-8
. pp59-65: Life at Glendurgan, Group photograph of Alfred Fox's descendants, extracts from Alfred Fox's diary, Glendurgan staff and gardeners.
] gives more details.

Notes and References

Printed sources

* cite book
last = Tod
first = Robert
authorlink = Robert Tod
title = Caroline Fox, Quaker blue-stocking 1819-1871, friend of John Stuart Mill, Thomas and Jane Carlyle, Frederick Denison Maurice and helper of sailors in distress
publisher= Sessions
location = York
date= 1980
id=ISBN 0-900657-54-5
Caroline Fox was Alfred Fox's niece. A Family Tree on page viii.

* cite book
last = Fox
first = Charles
authorlink = Charles Fox of Glendurgan
title = Glendurgan: a personal memoir of a garden in Cornwall
publisher = Alison Hodge
date = 2004
location = Newmill, Penzance, Cornwall
pages =
id = ISBN 0-906720-35-4
by a great grandson of Alfred Fox.
* cite book
title=The Book of Mawnan: celebrating a South Cornwall parish
author=Mawnan History Group
date= 2002
location=Tiverton, Devon
id=ISBN 1-84114-148-8

* "The Biographical dictionary of British Quakers in commerce and industry, 1775-1920", by Edward H. Milligan, Sessions of York (2007) ISBN 978-1-85702-367-7.

Online sources

* [ Fox Hound database] indexing large numbers of people with the surname “Fox”, by First Name, giving Dates of Birth and Death and name of marriage partner.
* [ The Political Graveyard] A site attempting to list deceased members of the U.S. Diplomatic Service, and other U.S. political persons, and their burial places
* [ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography] (available free of charge to members of many U.K. Public Libraries).

NAME=Fox, Alfred
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