Robert Were Fox, Sr. (1754 - 1818)

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Birthplace: Fowley, Cornwall, UK
Death: Died in Falmouth, UK
Managed by: Jonathan Evans
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About Robert Were Fox, Sr.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Were_Fox_the_Elder

Robert Were Fox (5 July 1754 – 1818) was a Quaker businessman who lived in Falmouth.

Life and work

Fox was born in Fowey, Cornwall, in the United Kingdom, and married Elizabeth Tregelles (1768–1849) in 1788. The couple had six sons, including Charles Fox of Trebah, Robert Were Fox FRS of Penjerrick Garden and Alfred Fox of Glendurgan. Their daughter, Mariana Fox (1807–1863), married Francis Tuckett of Frenchay and became the mother of the mountaineer Francis Fox Tuckett. Their daughter, Charlotte born in 1799, married Samuel Fox of Tottenham.

The family were Quakers, descended from George Fox of Fowey and his wife, Anna Debell. Robert Were Fox was the son of their son, George Croker Fox, and his wife, Mary Were. It was George Croker Fox who founded a Falmouth ship-brokering business, which survived into the 21st century.

During the time Robert Were Fox ran the family's ship-brokering business, family business interests expanded into copper-mining, tin-smelting and foundry-work in partnership with the Williams family. In 1794 R. W. Fox was appointed Consul (Diplomatic Representative) by the United States of America for the port of Falmouth.

In 1811, Fox was one of four delegates sent to negotiate with the Post Office headquarters in Lombard Street for the return of the Packet Service station to Falmouth from Plymouth.

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Robert Were Fox's Timeline

1754
July 5, 1754
Cornwall, UK
1788
July 2, 1788
Age 33
1789
April 26, 1789
Age 34
Falmouth, Cornwall, , England
1790
March 26, 1790
Age 35
1792
April 17, 1792
Age 37
Falmouth, UK
1794
September 9, 1794
Age 40
Falmouth, UK
1807
August 22, 1807
Age 53
1818
November 2, 1818
Age 64
Falmouth, UK
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