When Joseph Andrew Fox was born on 9 April 1841, in Williamson, Tennessee, United States, his father, Hugh Alexander Fox, was 27 and his mother, Margaret Helen Wakefield, was 18. He married Ollie Elizabeth Gray on 2 November 1865, in Maury, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Civil District 1, Claiborne, Tennessee, United States in 1880 and Civil District 1, Maury, Tennessee, United States in 1900. He died on 18 May 1923, in Williamson, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Greenbrier, Williamson, Tennessee, United States.
English: nickname from a word denoting the animal (Middle English, Old English fox), widely used to denote a sly or cunning individual. It was also used for someone with red hair. In England this surname absorbed some early examples of surnames derived from the ancient Germanic personal names mentioned at Faulks and Foulks .
Irish: part translation of Gaelic Mac an tSionnaigh ‘son of the fox’ (see Tinney ).
Irish: also adopted for Ó Catharnaigh, see Kearney .