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Children: i. Daniel, born November 7, 1702;
mentioned below. 2. Hon. Stephen, born Oc-
tober 4, 1704; married August 5, 1731, Mary
Gould; died January 26, 1795; sheriff. 3.
Mary, born August 29, 1706; married (first)
March 16, 1725, James Blinn ; (second) Au-
gust 7, 1735, Josiah Thatcher; died April 2,
1774. 4. Elizabeth, born August 24, 1708;
married (first) June 24, 1729, David Bacon;
(second) Joseph Scott; (third) Rev. Joseph
Parsons; (fourth) Rev. Jedediah Jewett ; died
May 15, 1778. 5. Sarah, born April 16, 1710;
died unmarried, March 28, 1776. 6. Samuel,
born May 9, 1712; died unmarried. 1748. 7.
Jane, born May 24, 1714; married March i,
1732-33, Hezekiah Usher; died December 10,
1764. 8. Hannah, born October 3, 1716; mar-
ried John Richards; died January 3, 1799. 9.
Dr. John, born November 8, 1717; married
(first) December 8, 1743, Priscilla Brown;
(second) Hay i, 1759, Ruth Walker; (third)
July 15, 1764, Ann Wroe ; died August 27,
1778. 10. Mercy, born November 29, 1719;
married, March 10, 1735, John Scollay; died
October 7, 1793. n. Gookin, born Septem-
ber 18, 1721 ; died December 13, 1721. 12.
Susanna, born November 12, 1722; married
John Coburn; died February 26, 1782. 13.
Hon. William, born January 10, 1725; married
June 3, 1747, Mary Brown ; died July 21, 1803.

_ (V) Dr. Daniel (2), .son of Rev. Daniel (i)
Greenleaf, was born in Cambridge, November
7, 1702, and died July 18, 1795. He was for
a number of years a practicing physician in
Hingham, and removed to Bolton in 1732. He
married (first) July 18, 1726, Mrs. Silence
(Nichols) Marsh, born July 4, 1702, died May
13, 1762, daughter of Israel and Mary (Sum-
ner) Nichols, of Hingham, and widow of
David Marsh; (second) (intentions dated Oc-
tober 22, 1762), November 18, 1762, Dorothy,
widow of Josiah Richardson. Children, all by
first wife, born in Hingham: i. David Cof-
fin, born January 29, 1728 ; died September 30,
1728. 2. Elizabeth, born October 30, 1729;
married. January, 1750, Peter Joslyn. 3. Dr.
Daniel, born September 2, 1732; married May,
1763, .^nna Burrell ; died January 18, 1777.
4. Israel, born in Bolton, March 29, 1734;
mentioned below. 5. Stephen, born October
IS- 1735. '" Boston; married, January 11,
1758, Eunice Fairbanks; died June 8, 1802. 6.
David, born July 13, 1737, in Bolton; married,
June 2, 1763, Mary Johnson. 7. General Wil-
liam, born August 23, 1738; married Decem-
ber 19, 1763, Sally Quincy; died January 13,
1793- 8- Calvin, born March 31, 1740; mar-
ried. November 17, 1762, Rebecca Whitcomb;
died August, 1812. 9. Mary, born July 3,
1742; married, January 8, 1760, Rev. Joseph
Wheeler; died August 28, 1783. 10. John,
born June 13, 1744; died x*\ugust 2, 1744.

(VI) Israel, son of Dr. Daniel (2) Green-
leaf, was born in Bolton, March 29, 1734, and
baptized March 31 following. He was a far-
mer, and resided in Bolton. About 1791 he
removed to New Marlborough, thence to
Whitestown, New York, and about 1800, to
Brookfield, New York, now the town of Co-
lumbus, Chenango county. He lived here the
rest of his life and died March 4. 1824, aged
ninety years. He was an active business man,
and acquired a large property. He owned sev-
eral farms in and near Bolton, and was a suc-
cessful land speculator in New York state. He
bought a large tract of land where the city of
Utica is now built, which he sold at a hand-
soine profit, and then purchased largely where
the town of Rome was built, making another
large sum. He next bought at Chenango. In
person he was about six feet tall, very slim and
upright ; he had rather small, keen blue eyes,
was prematurely bald, and wore a skull cap.
In later life he was a devoted Methodist. He
was active to the end of his life, and when
eighty-four years old would mount a spirited
horse as easily as a boy of sixteen. He de-
lighted in riding, and always had a riding



horse. He married (first) November 28,
1754, Prudence \\hitcomb. of Bolton, who
died September 15. 1784: (second) March 10,
1785, Ursula Woods, born February 24, 1763;
died June 22, 1844. Giildren, all by first
wife: I. Daniel, born May 6, 1756; died July
22, 1774. 2. Betsey, born March 16, 1758;
married, 1770, Daniel Lewis. 3. John, born
March 26, 1760; married (first) Rebecca
Lewis; (second) 1792. Anna Millington; died
1827. 4. David, born March 9, 1763: married
(first) May 24, 1795, Phebe Jones; (second)
Parmela Love: died October 13, 1819. 5.
Israel, born January 25 or 29, 1765; married
April, 1785. Sally Hoadly : died June i, 1847.
6. Levi, born February 19, 1767; mentioned
below. 7. Sarah, born April 20, 1769; died
December 2, 1800. unmarried. 8. Tilly, born
March 25, 1770: married (first) December 31,
1795, Mary Spoflford ; (second) May 8, 1828,
Elizabeth W'ickwire, widow ; died August 24,
1850. 9. Rebecca, born August 10, 1771 ; died
young. lo. Silas, born September 30, 1772;
died young. 11. Oliver, born October 18,
1773; died young. 12. Oliver, born March 31,
1775; died young. 13. Joshua, born August
12, 1776; married, September 8, 1799, Dency
Hollister; died October i, i860. 14. Prudence,
born February 19, 1778: married (first) Sep-
tember 3. 1799, Alvin Lamb: (second) March
30, 1814, Sampson Spaulding; died October
6, 185 1.

(VII) Levi, son of Israel Grcenleaf, was
born February 19, 1767, and died in 1850. He
resided first in Bolton, and in 1787 removed
with a colony from Dunstable, New Hamp-
shire, and took up land in Maine. His lot.
nuinbered 67, was in that part of the town of
Industry, set ofT to New Sharon in 1852. and
now known as the Daniel Collins farm. He
was the first settler in the new town of Indus-
try. He resided here until his death, with the
exception of about two j'ears, when he lived in
New Portland. He was deacon of the church
in New Sharon, and was selectman of Indus-
try in 1804. He was about medium height,
rather spare, and a little stooping, light com-
plexion. He had great strength and was in
his younger days an expert wrestler. He
served in the war of 1812. He married (first)
April I, 1787 (intention dated February 10.
1787) at Lancaster, Mary (Polly), daughter
of Simon and Elizabeth Willard : she was born
December 4, 1762, and died August, 181 1. He
married (second) .^pril 16. 1812. Mrs. Mar-
garet (Smith) Daggett, widow of Elijah Dag-
gett, of Industry. Children, all by first wife :
1. Amy, born August 12, 1789: married Sep-

tember 4, 1806, Samuel C. Leeman ; died June,
181 1. 2. Israel, born May 14, 1792; married,
October 8, 181 5, Sophia L. Trumbull. 3. Mary,
born June 24, 1794; married (first) March,
1814, George Boynton ; (second) 1829, John
McKay; died April 28, 1875. 4. Levi, born
May II, 1797; married, December 18, 1817,
Sarah Daggett; died 1882. 5. John, born Sep-
tember 21, 1799; mentioned below. 6. Joshua,
born January 15, 1802; married February 22,
1821. Betsey Marsh; died January 5, 1880. 7.
Sarah, died unmarried.

(\'III) John, son of Levi Greenleaf,
was born September 21, 1799, and died March
12, 1882, in Hancock, New Hampshire. He
was a carpenter and builder and lived a part
of his life in Lowell, Massachusetts. He mar-
ried, September 24, 1828, Clymcne Philbrick,
who died June 6, 1879, daughter of Caleb and
Dorothy A. (Gordon) Philbrick, of Mount
\"ernon, Maine. Children: i. Mary Dorothy,
born in Augusta, Maine, January 15, 1834;
married at Lowell, Massachusetts, December
2, 1856, George Carpenter Foster (see Fos-

The name Fox has been connected

FOX with New England history since the
arrival of John Fo.x, who came over
in 1635. Thomas Fox was of Concord in 1638,
and the same or another Thomas Fox was of
Cambridge in 1644. About fifty enlistments in
the revolutionary war are credited to the Fox
family. The descendants of Thomas of Cam-
bridge have been noted for their love of learn-
ing, several early members having graduated
from Harvard College.

( I ) John Fox, born at Boston, Lincolnshire.
England. 1517, died April, 1587. He was or-
dained deacon in St. Paul's (Tathedral, Lon-
don, June 24, 1550, and was granted arms.
He gained distinction as the author of the
Book of Martyrs, published, first, in London in
1563. He married, February 3, 1547, Agnes
Randall, who died .^pril 22, 1605. Their chil-
dren were : A daughter, Samuel, Rafe and
Mary (twins), and .Simeon.

(H) Samuel, second child and eldest son of
John and Agnes (Randall) Fox. was born De-
cember 31, 1560, at Norwich, and died Janu-
ary, 1630. He inherited his father's penchant
for writing, and is remembered as a diarist.
He married, April 13, 1589, Ann Leveson,
who was buried May 18, 1630. They had : A
child, Thomas, John and Robert.

(Ill) Thomas, supposed to be the son of
Samuel and Ann (Leveson) Fox, was born in
1608. There is no record of his place of birth



or of the date of his coming to America. He
is believed to have been of Concord, Massa-
chusetts, whence he went before 1649 to Cam-
bridge. He was a freeman perhaps in 1644,
and selectman 1658, and often thereafter. Bond
says: "Thomas Fox married (first) Rebecca
; she died May 11, 1647, ^"d he mar-
ried (second), December 13, 1647, Hannah
Brooks. As the birth of no child of hers is
recorded after 1650, she probably died soon,
and before her supposed father. Captain
Brooks. He married (third) Ellen, widow of
Percival Green, of Cambridge, where he set-
tled and was a member of the church as early
as 1658, and was that year selectman. She
died in Cambridge, May 27, 1682, aged eighty-
two years ; ten months before his marriage to
Widow E. Chadwick." He died in Cambridge,
April 25, 1693, aged eighty-six. Savage and
others state that he had no son but Jabez. born
of the first wife, whose sketch follows.

( IV ) Jabez, son of Thomas and Rebecca
Fox, was born at Concord, 1647, ^rid gradu-
ated from Harvard College in 1665. He was
made a freeman in 1677. and ordained Septem-
ber 5, 1679, at Woburn, colleague with Rev.
Thomas Carter. He died of smallpox, Feb-
ruary 28, 1703, aged fifty-six. He married
Judith Reyner, daughter of Rev. John, the
second. She married (second) Colonel Jona-
than Tyng, and died June 5, 1756, in her
ninety-ninth year. Their children were : John,
Thomas (died young), Thomas, Jabez and

(V) Rev. John (2). eldest child of Jabez
(i) and Judith (Reyner) Fox, was born at
Woburn. ]\Iay 10, 1678. He graduated from
Harvard College 1698, and succeeded his father
as pastor of the First Church of Woburn, being
ordained October 4, 1703. He was blind the
last fifteen years of his life: he died December
12. 1756. aged seventy-eight. He married
Marv Tyng. daughter of Captain Edward and
Elizabeth (Clark) Tyng, and granddaughter
of Lieutenant Thaddeus Clark, who was killed
at Fort Loyal, Falmouth, now Portland. Their
children were : John, Jabez, Mary, Edward,
Thomas, Judith and Jonathan.

(VI) jabez (2), second son and child of
Rev. John (2) and Mary (Tyng) Fox, was
born at Woburn, Massachusetts, May 25, 1705,
and died April 7, 1755. He followed the ex-
ample of his worthy ancestors and took the
course at Harvard College, from which he
graduated in 1727. He prepared for the
christian ministry, but was obliged on account
of ill health to abandon his purpose to preach.
He removed to Falmouth (now Portland),

Maine, as early as 1743. He was representa-
tive to the general court five or six years,
member of the governor's council 1752-54,
three years, and was the first collector of the
port of Portland. He married (first), 1743,
Ann Bradbury, who died childless August 5,
1746, daughter of Wymond and Mariah (Cot-
ton) Bradbury, of York; (second) Ann,
daughter of Michael and Joanna Hodge, and
widow of Phineas Jones. She was born in
Newbury, Massachusetts, October 16, 1713,
and died June 9, 1758. Their children were :
Betsey, John. William and Mary.

(\^ir) John (3), second child and elder of
the two sons of Jabez (2) and Ann (Hodge)
(Jones) Fox, was born September 5, 1749, in
Falmouth, where he died March 16, 1795. "He
was a respectable merchant, wealthy and char-
itable." He was one of the owners of the
privateers, "Fox." "Speedwell," and others ;
was selectman of Falmouth 1786-87-88-89-90-
91 ; representative to the general court, 1787-
88-90-92, and member of the convention which
adopted the federal constitution for which he
voted. His mortal remains are entombed in
the Eastern cemetery. He married his cousin,
Sarah Fox, daughter of Daniel Fox. She was
bom in Chester, Maryland, 1760, and died in
Falmouth, August 29. 1826. Their children
were: Mary. Daniel. Charles, John, Sally,
Caroline, (ricorge and Rebecca.

( VIII)*Daniel, second child and eldest son
of John (3) and Sarah (Fox) Fox, was born
September 15, 1780. in Portland, where he
died April 11, 1861. He married Elizabeth,
daughter of Major Archelaus and Elizabeth
(Browne) Lewis, August 23, 1815. She was
born in Ammoncongin, now Westbrook, Au-
gust 6, 1792, and died in Portland. November
I, 1866. They had: Daniel, Elizabeth Lewis.
Archelaus Lewis, Harriet Lewis. William Os-
borne and Augustus.

(IX) William Osborne, fifth child and third
son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Lewis) Fox,
was born in Portland. September 12, 1825, and
died in Portland, June 4. 1899. He received
his primary education in the schools of Port-
land, and entered Bowdoin College in the class
of 1848. He adopted the profession of civil
engineer, and after leaving Bowdoin engaged
in "the practice of his profession in the west,
aiding in the survey of the first railroad into
the city of Chicago, and in the survey of other
railroads from Chicago to St. Louis. He was
also for some time employed in a survey made
on the Isthmus of Panama for a canal which
was at that time proposed by a New York syn-
dicate. He served in the First Maine Regi-



ment during the civil war. and was for some
time in the custom house when Governor
Washburn was collector of the port. He was
for many years a prominent and highly re-
spected citizen. He was a member of Bos-
worth Grand Army of the Republic. He
was prominent in Masonic circles in Maine;
he became a member of Portland Lodge, No.
I, Free and .Accepted Masons, in August,
1850, and for thirty-eight years was treasurer
of this lodge, holding that position at the time
of his death. He was a member of Greenleaf
Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Royal and Se-
lect Masters; Blanquefort " Commandery,
Knights Templar ; and Maine Consistory,
Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret, in which
he attained the thirty-second degree. He was
also for some years grand treasurer of the
Maine Grand Lodge, and held many other
offices in the Masonic order. He married, in
Portland, June 12, 1862, Mary G., born in
Portland, August 18, 1834, died there. March
25, iSy5, daughter of Caleb and Jane
(Churchill) Carter.

(X) James Carter, eldest son of William O.
and Mary G. (Carter) Fox, was born in Port-
land, April I, 1864. He was admitted to the
bar in the state of Maine in 1895. since which
time he has been constantly engaged in the
practice of his profession, in which he now
takes high rank. In 1892 he was admitted to
the bar of the state of Kentucky: in 1894 to
the bar of the supreme court of the District of
Columbia; 1899 to the L'nitcd States circuit
court. In 1892 he received the degree of
Bachelor of Laws, and in 1894 the degree of
Master of Laws. In politics he is a Republi-
can ; in 1900 he was elected member of the
Portland city council, and in 1904 was placed
on the Republican city committee. Following
is a list of the organizations to which he be-
longs, and the date of joining the same :
1880, Portland High School Cadets; 1885,
Portland Yacht Club ; 1886, Young Men's Re-
publican Club; 1887, Portland Lodge, Free
and Accepted Masons; 1890, Lafayette Royal
Arch Chapter, Free and Accepted Masons;
and the National Rifles; 1891, Columbia Com-
mandery, Knights Templar; 1893, Sons of the
American Revolution; 1894, Sons and Daugh-
ters of Maine, Di.strict of Columbia; 1895,
Cumberland Bar Association ; 1896, Green-
leaf Law Library Association: 1898, Maine
State Bar Association and Portland Rifle'
Company ; 1899. Society of Colonial Wars and
Portland Gun Club: 1900, Cumberland Club;
1901, Lincoln Gub; 1902, Sons of the .Xmer-
ican Revolution, Society of National Rifles,

Veteran L'nited States Revolutionary Associa-
tion ; 1903, Society of Ma\flower Descendants;
1904, United States Rifle Association, Uni-
versity Club, National Marksmen's Reserves,
Economic Club: 1905, Greenleaf Law Library
Association, of which he is clerk and treasurer;
1906, National Geographical Society; 1907,
Portland Esperanto Society, American Bar
Association, and the Portland Countrv Club.

(For ancestry see preceding sketch.)

(Vni) John (4), third son of John
FOX (3) and Sarah (Fo.x) Fox, was born
about 1784, and married Lucy Ann

(IX) Frederick, son of John and Lucy Ann
(Oxnard) F'ox. was born in Portland, Novem-
ber 3, 1827. and died June 5. 1894. He at-
tended the public schools, from which he went
to Portland Academy, then under the charge
of Principal Haskins, and was also a short
time at North Yarmouth Academy. He en-
tered Bowdoin College, in the class of 1848.
Among his classmates were Dr. Charles S. D.
Fessenden. of the United States hospital ser-
vice ; Dexter A. Hawkins, of New York ; Rev.
Dr. S. J. Humphrey, Samuel F. Humphrey, of
Bangor ; Professor F. B. Sewall, Professor
Egbert C. Smyth, of Andover; Professor Ben-
jamin Stanton, of Union College, and Charles
Amos Washburne. of Livermore Falls, at one
lime minister to Paraguay. After graduation
Mr. Fox studied law with his brother Edward,
in Portland, and after his admission to the
Cumberland bar the brothers formed a partner-
ship under the style of E. & F. Fox, having
their offices at the head of Union street, on
Middlesex street. After some years continu-
ance the partnership was dissolved on account
of the necessity that took Edward Fox away
to accompany his wife, whose health was bad
at that time. Frederick Fox and Colonel
Charles B. Merrill then became partners under
the firm name of Merrill & Fo.x. This partner-
ship continued until just before the return of
Edward Fox. Then the Fox brothers resumed
practice under the old firm name and con-
tinued till 1866, when Edward Fox, who had
meantime been appointed and filled the office of
judge of the superior court of Maine, was ap-
pointed judge of the L'nited States district
court, .\fter that time Frederick Fox devoted
himself almost entirely to business before the
probate court and the care of estates, having
the reputation of a man of the highest probity
and especially skillful in the management of
trust funds. It is impossible to estimate the
number of estates in his charge, but the amount





of property involved must have ainonnted to a
large sum. He was the surviving legatee of
the great Walker estate, and by virtue of his
office built the elegant structure in Westbrook
that was passed over to the city of Westbrook
in December, 1893, for the purposes of a li-
brary. Frederick Fox, together with Albert
B. Stevens, was appointed executor of the
large estate of Joseph Walker, of Portland,
who died June 6. 1891, leaving property valued
at $700,000 or $800,000. Mr. Stevens died the
next September, and Mr. Fo.x, assuming the
whole burden of executorship, paid the debts
of the estate and the several legacies provided
for by the will and then had in his hands a
residue of about $225,000, which he claimed
was to be distributed under the provisions of
the 37th Clause of the will. This clause pro-
vided that such residue of the estate should
be used, as the trustees saw fit, for the causes
of education and benevolence, and for the
promotion of public associations for that pur-
pose. The trustees were not to be restricted in
their work. The heirs contested this disposal
of the residue of $225,000 and the case was
tried, resulting in the victory of the defendant
trustee, and he was therefore left in charge
of the large sum of money to dispose of as he
should see fit, according to the provisions of
the will. After the death of Mr. Fox this
money was distributed among the following in-
stitutions forming a permanent fund for their
support : The Portland Public Library, the
Westbrook Public Library, the Maine His-
torical Society and the Portland Manual Train-
ing School.

Politically Mr. Fox was never a seeker after
office. He was a Republican more than any-
thing else, and as a Republican was a mem-
ber of the common council of 1869-70 and
1870-77, being president of that body in the
latter term. In 1871 he was an independent
candidate for mayor, and in 18S0 the Demo-
cratic candidate against William Senter, re-
ceiving 2,117 ■^'otes to his opponent's 3.354. In
early life he was interested in the militia, and
was a member of jMajor G. M. Smith's com-
pany, commissioned with the rank of major.
Mr. Fox served as trustee of Evergreen ceme-
tery at two different periods, the last of which
terminated in 1894. He took great interest in
Portland's beautiful burying ground, and much
of its beauty was due to his painstaking care.
He was a well-known IMason of high degree,
and a member of the following bodies of the
Masonic order : Lodge, Chapter, Council,
Commandery, Consistory, in which he attained
the thirty-second degree. In the years of his

long and useful life Mr. Fox filled a large
place in Portland. To dwell entirely on the
fact that there were confided to him heavy
trusts, that at times he would have the settle-
ment of fifteen or twenty estates upon his
hands, involving hundreds of thousands of
dollars, would be to ignore the many delight-
ful traits of character which his friends knew
and appreciated so well, and which appeared
in a yet stronger light when contrasted with
some eccentricities. He was a man of the
kindliest nature and a cordial hater of all
shams, whether in political or social life. His
benevolence was perennial : he was one of the
firmest friends of the Gospel Mission; few,
if any, knew the extent of his benefactions. He
had a keen sense of honor, was a congenial
companion and one of the most entertaining of
men. He was stricken down by paralysis or
heart trouble in the public library at West-
brook on the day that building was turned
over to the city of Westbrook. He lingered
until June 5, 1894, and quietly passed away.

Frederick Fox married, November 13, 1861,
Mary Caroline Smith, who was born in War-
ren. July 29, 1838, daughter of Manasseh H.
and Mary M. (Dole) Smith, who survives him.
(See Smith VII.) Two sons were born of
this union: Frederick, 1862, and John M.^
1865; both graduated from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, the former in 1885
and the latter in 1887.

(For first generation see Edward Dillingham I.)

(11) John, younger son
DILLINGHAM of Edward and Drusilla
Dillingham, born about
1630, in England, married. March 24. 1651,
Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Feake. He was
a marine commander, and died ^Nlay 21, I7I5'
at Harwich, ]\Iassachusetts, where his widow
died December 15, 1720.

(III) John (2), son of John (i) and Eliza-
beth (Feake) Dillingham, was born 1663,
probably in Harwich, and died September 11,
1746. His wife Lydia, who died September
9, 1760, was probably a daughter of Isaac
Chapman. Children : ■ Lydia, Hannah, Re-
becca, Abigail, John. Thankful and Sarah.

(IV) John (3), eldest .';on of John (2) and
Lydia (Chapman) Dillingham, was born 1701,
and resided at Taunton, Massachusetts, where
he married, July 24, 1721, Pricilla Burt, of
that city, who died early in 1726. He married
(second) before the close of that year, Esther
Paul, of Taunton.

(Y) Broderick. only child of John and
Pricilla (Burt) Dillingham, was born in Taun-



ton, and resided at Falmouth, Massachusetts.
The Revolutionary rolls dated at Tarpaulin
Cove, Dukes county, Massachusetts, gave his
service as a soldier: first, a private in Captain
John Graniss's company, enlisted July 4, 1775.
and served to December 31, same year, being
credited with six months thirteen days, on the
Elizabeth Islands; second, as a member of
same company, marched February 5, 1776,
and served twenty-five days to February 29,
1776. Nothing further appears in the Revolu-
tionary records of the state concerning him,
but the family tradition slates that he was
made a prisoner and died in an English

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