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Thomas Fox

Also Known As: "Ffoxe"
Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Fox and Annis Fox
Husband of Rebecca Fox and Hannah Willey
Father of Elizabeth Ball; Mary Fox (twin); Eliphalet Fox; Hannah Lester; Samuel Fox, of Concord & New London and 4 others
Brother of Richard Fox

Managed by: Richard Frank Henry
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About Thomas Fox, of Concord

Thomas Fox of Concord "is probably" the same son of Thomas Fox and Annis (?) who was baptised 14 Oct 1618 in St. Olave's church, Silver Street, London. He was a freeman of Concord, Massachusetts, Mar 1637/38, and a member of the church there in 1640.

Thomas Fox died at Concord 14 Apr 1658, a. 39. Capt. Thomas Brooks returned his inventory the 23rd of the same month. Widow Hannah Fox removed with their children to New London, Connecticut, where she married (2), 1661, Andrew/1 Lester, and (3) Isaac Willey, survived both, and died in 1692.

From: Thomas Fox of Concord and his Descendants by William Freeman Fox link

Thomas Fox of Concord, Mass., was an Englishman who emigrated to America prior to March, 1644, at which time he was elected a freeman of the Massachusetts Colony. His name appears on the rolls of the Concord church. According to one authority he came to America in 1630, in the train of Governor Cradock. Thomas of Concord was married twice.

By his first wife, Rebecca, he had children:

  • Mary, born September 18, 1642,
  • Elizabeth, born September 18, 1642, twins;
  • Eliphalet, born 1644.

Rebecca, his first wife, died May u, 1647.

Thomas married for his second wife Hannah Brooks, daughter of Henry Brooks, of Woburn, Mass. They were married December 13, 1647, and had children:

  • 1. Hannah, born September 25, 1648;
  • 2. Thomas, born February 26, 1649-50;
  • 3. Samuel, born 1651;
  • 4. John, born about 1653;
  • 5. David, born about 1656;
  • 6. Isaac, born October 17. 1657.


  1. The descendants of Thomas Fox of Concord, Massachusetts



suzysclanadded this on 29 Jul 2010

berke3originally submitted this to Rowley Family Tree on 12 Jul 2009

DNA work on the Thomas Fox lineage

Thomas Fox of Concord, MA, Descendants

We now have four Foxes in the project and three more from the SMGF database who trace back to Thomas Fox (1619-1658), who came to Concord, MA, from England in the early 1600s. 69617 and N27705 both trace back to Thomas' son Eliphalet and their most recent common ancestor is Eliphalet's son Nathaniel (1682-1765.) They are 6th cousins once removed. 92618 is descended from Thomas' son Samuel and is an 11th generation descendant of Thomas Fox. 70474 has not given his pedigree except to say he is descended from Thomas Fox. 69617, 70474 and 92618 are all at a genetic distance of 1 at 37 markers (with values of 39, 40 and 41 respectively at CDYb) and their 12 marker results match those of N27705. At the 28 markers in common, their 37 marker results duplicate those of the three Foxes in the SMGF database. Two of these descend from Thomas' son Isaac and are 3rd cousins. The third, like 92618, descends from Thomas' son Samuel and they appear to be seventh cousins, the most recent common ancestor being Samuel's son Isaac. All three SMGF pedigrees list Samuel Fox (b abt 1593 of Enfield, Middlesex County, England) as the father of Thomas Fox of Concord.

suzysclanadded this on 29 Jul 2010

berke3originally submitted this to Rowley Family Tree on 24 Jun 2009

From "Five Families"

Thomas Fox1,2,3

  1. 45, b. before 14 October 1618, d. 14 April 1658

Thomas Fox|b. b 14 Oct 1618\nd. 14 Apr 1658|p2.htm#i45|Thomas Fox|b. date unknown\nd. date unknown|p45.htm#i1106|Annis (?)|b. date unknown|p591.htm#i14772

ChartsPedigree Chart for Bertrand Fox

Thomas Fox was born before 14 October 1618 in London, England.4 He was baptized on 14 October 1618 in London, London, England.4 He was the son of Thomas Fox and Annis (?).4 Thomas Fox married as his first wife Rebecca (?) in 1640.5,1,6 Thomas Fox married as his second wife Hannah Brooks, daughter of Henry Brooks and Unidentified Wife, on 13 December 1647 in Concord, Massachusetts Bay Colony.1,7,8 Thomas Fox died on 14 April 1658 in Concord, Massachusetts Bay Colony.1,8,7,6

Thomas Fox immigrated circa 1638. William Fox wrote that Thomas Fox immigrated "in the train of Governor Craddock." That Thomas was actually Thomas Fox of Cambridge, and since Craddock never came to this continent, he came with Craddock's servants.4

Thomas Fox was a farmer. He became a freeman in March 1643/44.1,9

The current Orchard House in Concord, MA was built from a small L shaped house originally built by Thomas Fox and a larger house built in front of it by John Hoar. The Fox house portion is now the kitchen and dining room.10

"In signing his will, Thomas spells his name "ffoxe." His signature is accompanied by a seal displaying a coat of arms, which may have given rise to the tradition mentioned by some genealogists that he was a descendent of the Rev. John Ffoxe, author of the famous "Book of Martyrs," and who, in recognition of this work, received from his soverign a royal grant, giving him the right to a coat of arms." In actuality, it is the seal of one of the witnesses of his will, Rev. Bulkley. Kevin Fox has researched the family of John Fox and has concluded that neither Thomas Fox of Concord or Thomas Fox of Cambridge was his descendant.11,1,4 He left a will on 25 January 1657/58 in Concord, Massachusetts Bay Colony.12

Children of Thomas Fox and Rebecca (?)

  • 1. Mary Fox6,9 b. 18 Sep 1642, d. 9 Oct 1642
  • 2. Elizabeth Fox+6,9 b. 18 Sep 1642, d. 10 Feb 1675/76
  • 3. Eliphalet Fox+ b. 15 Aug 1644, d. 15 Aug 1711

Children of Thomas Fox and Hannah Brooks

  • 1. Hannah Fox+6 b. 25 Sep 1648, d. 22 Feb 1711/12
  • 2. Thomas Fox6 b. 26 Feb 1649/50, d. 4 Sep 1727
  • 3. Samuel Fox+1 b. 31 Mar 1651, d. 4 Sep 1727
  • 4. John Fox+1 b. 1653, d. b 26 Apr 1730
  • 5. David Fox+1 b. 1656, d. b 26 Apr 1730
  • 6. Isaac Fox+6 b. 17 Oct 1657, d. 15 May 1735


  • 1. [S50] William Freeman Fox, Thomas Fox of Concord.
  • 2. [S29] Savage, online.
  • 3. [S322] Sophia Smith Martin, Mack Genealogy.
  • 4. [S828] "Fox Origins," Kevin Fox, 18 December, 2004 Collection of A. Gulbransen.
  • 5. [S81] Donald Fox, "Donald Fox's Data."
  • 6. [S901] Early VR Middlesex Co. MA (published), Vital Records of Concord.
  • 7. [S27] "The Florence Fox Harrop Papers," Florence Fox Collection of A. Gulbransen.
  • 8. [S153] History of Cambridge, MA, online.
  • 9. [S1032] Simeon Moses Fox, Thos. Fox of Concord.
  • 10. [S349] Mary R. Fenn, Old Houses of Concord.
  • 11. [S41] "The Philip Fox Papers," Philip Fox, 1900-1945 Collection of A. Gulbransen.
  • 12. [S860] Will of Thomas Fox.

suzysclanadded this on 20 Jul 2010

Info from "Historic homes and places and genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts" by William Richard Cutter :

Thomas Fox, immigrant ancestor FOX of this family, settled in Concord. Massachusetts. He was son, cousin, nephew, or some close relation of Thomas Fox, of Cambridge, who also lived in Concord, and whose only known son. Rev. Jabez Fox, of Woburn, Massachusetts, was baptized in Concord in 1647.

Thomas Fox, of Concord, seems to have been younger than his namesake of Cambridge, who was born about 1608. Thomas Fox, of Concord, is believed to be a brother of Richard Fox, who came in the ship "Abigail," in 1635, and his age was given as fifteen: and that Richard Fox. of Wethersfield. Connecticut, born in 1641, was his son. Benoni, son of Eliphalet Fox, and grandson of Thomas Fox, of Concord, settled also in Wethersfield, in the vicinity of the family of Richard Fox, while Thomas Fox, son of Isaac and grandson of Thomas Fox, of Concord, also settled in the same town. These Fox families lived at Glastonbury, across the river from Wethersfield, of which it had been a part.

Richard Fox died at Glastonbury March 19, 1708, aged sixty-seven years. He married Beriah Smith, daughter of Richard Smith, of Wethersfield, and she adminisfered his estate.

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Thomas Fox, of Concord's Timeline

October 14, 1618
London, Middlesex, England
October 14, 1618
London, Middlesex, England
July 18, 1642
Age 23
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
July 18, 1642
Age 23
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
September 25, 1648
Age 29
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Age 29
Concord, Middlesex, MA, USA
March 31, 1650
Age 31
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Age 36
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America