Biography of Oliver R. Fox
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Fox, Oliver R., was born in that portion of the town which was later called Avoca, in 1835. Joseph Fox, his grandfather, was born of German parents. He was a farmer and a prominent man in his town, much interested in public affairs, and filled many town offices. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and spent most of his life in Montgomery county, where he reared seven children. Peter Fox, father of Oliver R., was born in Montgomery county in 1808. He is a carpenter by trade, and came to the town of Wheeler in 1834, and purchased a tract of wild timber land where he plied his trade at one dollar per day, hired men to chop and clear his land for fifty cents per day, and thus cleared his first farm of ninety acres, which he later sold, and in 1856 purchased his present farm of 150 acres where he has since resided. He served as poormaster many years, and is a member of the Grange Lodge at Avoca. He married Lany Shaut, who was born in Herkimer county, a daughter of Jabob Shaut, by whom he bad six children: Almira, Chauncy, Oliver R., Mary J., Harvey, and John. all dead except Oliver and harvey. His wife died in 1893, aged eighty three years. Oliver R. has spent his whole life with his father, assisting him in clearing and paying for the farm: he now assumes full charge and operates the farm and cares for his aged father. For many years he raised sheep and cattle, later years his chief crop has been potatoes. He has served as justice of the peace continuously for twenty years, and is a member of the Grange Lodge in Avoca, in which he has served in several official capacities. In 1864 he married Eliza Graves, who was born in Prattsburg, a daughter of the pioneer, Almeron Graves, by whom he had one son, John. She is also a member of the Avoca Grange Lodge.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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