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For two hundred and fifty years a Fox family lived and worked a farm known as ‘Scale’, fifteen miles east of Lancashire.
They were tenant farmers, also described as freeholders, and husbandman. They ran sheep on an area of approximately ? acres.
We know that they held positions of responsibility in the community at various times, as wardens of the church and as ‘jurors’.
In every case the property passed to the eldest son and our last record there is in 1856(?) when the property was owned by John Richardson Fox, a bachelor.
The area is remote and little changed today from the time John Fox and his descendants lived there, and is know as an ‘uphill’ grazing block. This remoteness, and lack of mobility are significant factors in the success of the research.
The first real detail we have on the Fox family is through the will of John Fox, made in 1621 and administered in 1630(?). From there the probable decent is Gilbert D1631, John BAT1627, John D1740, Gilbert 1715-1780. Isaac, b1759, the third son of Gilbert (d1780) subsequently moved to Jamaica probably about 1792. He was a successful coffee planter, with a son John from his first marriage, and Isaac and Mary by his second to Mary Eliza Young. Isaac was lost at sea in January 1811, but his son Isaac b1810 migrated to Australia in 1838 to found an Australian branch of the family.
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