Matthew McChesney Fox

1853–1943 (Age 90)
Caldwell, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Matthew McChesney

When Matthew McChesney Fox was born on 22 September 1853, in Caldwell, Kentucky, United States, his father, Benjamin Shelton Fox, was 29 and his mother, Sarah C. Mc Chesney, was 20. He married Margaret Mariah Jones in 1880. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Franklin, Illinois, United States for about 10 years and Frankfort Township, Franklin, Illinois, United States in 1940. He died on 31 December 1943, in West Frankfort, Franklin, Illinois, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in West Frankfort, Franklin, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Matthew McChesney Fox
Margaret Mariah Jones
Marriage: 1880
Uel Fox
Edna Fox
Ethel Fox
Stella Fox
U Fox
Selma Fox
Eva Fox
Helen Fox
Benjamin Fox

Spouse & Children



  • Male1881–1962Male

  • Female1883–1978Female

  • Female1886–1980Female

  • Female1890–1981Female

  • U Fox


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Parents & Siblings

  • Benjamin Shelton Fox


  • Sarah C. Mc Chesney




  • Male1853–1943Male

  • Male1856–1945Male

  • Ann Victoria Fox


  • Walter Wiley Fox


  • Henry McCleanor Fox


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 3

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 10

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1877 · The First Workers Strike

Age 24

The country was in great economic distress in mid-1877, which caused many workers of the Railroad to come together and began the first national strike in the United States. Crowds gathered in Chicago in extreme number to be a part of the strike which was later named the Great Railroad Strike. Shortly after the strike began, the battle was fought between the authorities and many of the strikers. The conflict escalated to violence and quickly each side turned bloody.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname from the animal, Middle English, Old English fox. It may have denoted a cunning individual or been given to someone with red hair or for some other anecdotal reason. This relatively common and readily understood surname seems to have absorbed some early examples of less transparent surnames derived from the Germanic personal names mentioned at Faulks and Foulks .2 Irish: part translation of Gaelic Mac an tSionnaigh ‘son of the fox’ ( see Tinney ).3 Jewish (American): translation of the Ashkenazic Jewish surname Fuchs .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Mathew M Fox in household of B S Fox, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Milton M Fox in household of Benj S Fox, "United States Census, 1870"
  • M M Fox, "United States Census, 1940"

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