Martha Fox

Female5 August 1827–11 May 1914

Brief Life History of Martha

When Martha Fox was born on 5 August 1827, in Sparta, Livingston, New York, United States, her father, William Fox, was 25 and her mother, Elizabeth Langs, was 27. She married John Grundyke Crusen in Steuben, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Hartsville, Steuben, New York, United States in 1865 and Millbrook Township, Mecosta, Michigan, United States in 1900. She died on 11 May 1914, in Broomfield Township, Isabella, Michigan, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Broomfield Center, Isabella, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Grundyke Crusen
Martha Fox
Catherine Elizabeth Crusen
Abram J Crusen
Mary Crusen
William M. Crusen
Jane Jennie Crusen
Rachel Crusen
Richard S. Crusen
Francis Crusen
Margaret E Crusen

Sources (29)

  • Mary Crusen in entry for Margaret E. Crusen, "Michigan Births, 1867-1902"
  • Martha Fox, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Martha Fox in entry for William Crusen and Mary Smith, "Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940"

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  • Marriage
    Steuben, New York, United States
  • Children (9)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 2

    American settlers began mining the Wisconsin Territory in the early 1800's. The lead ore in the territory had largely been mined previously by American Indians. By 1829, nearly 4,000 miners had moved to Wisconsin Territory. The miners became known as badgers as they burrowed into hillsides for shelter. The name eventually represented the state and Wisconsin is now known as the Badger State. (Wisconsin Historical Society: Lead Mining in Southwestern Wisconsin)

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening

    Age 3

    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

    1854 · Creation of the Republican Party

    Age 27

    A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.

    Name Meaning

    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 .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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