B: 2 Jan 1852 Sevier County
M: Ellen Zirkle
(25 Dec 1851-4 Oct 1943)
D: 5 Jun 1928-United Methodist-Shady Grove
William's biography is included in Goodspeed's History of
“William C. Fox, one of the leading farmers of the Sixteenth
Civil District, of Jefferson County, Tennessee, was born in
Sevier County, Tennessee, January 2, 1852, and removed to
Jefferson County with his parents five years later. He is the son
of William and Hattie (Bird) Fox. The father was born in Sevier
County, Tennessee, in 1816, and is the son of George Fox, a
native of Tennessee. He has followed farming as a life-time
vocation, and is now one of the oldest and most respected
farmers of the Sixteenth District of Jefferson County. The
mother was born in Sevier County in 1818, and is the daughter
of Louis Bird. The parents are pious Christian people, and are
members of the Methodist Church. Our subject was reared on
the farm, and acquired his education in the schools of the county
and at Dandridge. He has followed farming as a vocation, has
made a success of life, and now owns and cultivates a fine river
farm of 280 acres. He is a public spirited man, and enjoys the
esteem and respect of all who know him. He realizes and
appreciates the benefits of public school and has always
contributed his mite to the advancement and progress of
education, and has served as school commissioner of Cedar Dale
School. He was married September 22, 1875, to Ellen Zirkle,
who was born in Jefferson County, December 25, 1851, and is
the daughter of Reuben Zirkle, one of the oldest and most
respected citizens of the Sixteenth Civil District of Jefferson
The children of William and Ellen were:
1. Hattie F. Fox, born 2 Jun 1876.
2. William M. Fox, born 29 Dec 1879 and died 15 Oct 1882
(Shady Grove Cem.).
3. Marietta Fox, born 25 Aug 1880.
+ 4. Alonzo E. Fox, born 18 Oct 1881.
5. Lora Blanche Fox, born 21 Oct 1883 and died 21 Jun 1897
(Shady Grove Cem.).
6. George R. Fox, born 13 Jan 1886.
7. Jessie F. Fox, born in Aug 1889.
+ 8. Margaret R. Fox, born 30 Jul 1892.
9. Mabel R. Fox:.:.
10. Alger L. Fox, born in Nov 1898.
11. Bessie M. Fox:, born 28 Aug 1888 and died 5 Sep 1888
(Shady Grove Cemetery).
1880 Jefferson, TN Census: William C.L. Fox 25 TN, Martha E.
Fox 24 TN, Hetty F. Fox 3 TN, William M. Fox 2 TN, Marietta
Fox 9 months, TN, Altamira Bird 18 TN (N.R.)
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