Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
NameFrancis FOX, 5175
ChildrenFrancis , 5174 (1647-1704)
Notes for Francis FOX
Early converts to Quakerism.

From Wikipedia

Francis Fox of St Germans was the progenitor of a vast clan of people called "Fox", notable in many fields of enterprise, science and the arts. He was an early convert to the Quaker faith, to which many of later generations were also true.


Burke, in his History of the commoners [1], states "that the numerous families of Fox at present residing in the West of England sprang from one common ancestor, a Francis Fox, who married 1646, Dorothy Kekewich." Tradition represents him to have come from Wiltshire (it is said from the parish of Farley or that of Pitton), somewhere in 1645, during the commotions of the civil war. He is stated to have been descended from the same family as the celebrated Sir Stephen Fox, ancestor of the Earls of Ilchester and the Lords Holland. It is likewise handed down that he was one of seven or eight sons, and that others of the same family also came into Devonshire and Cornwall, settling at Plymouth and Looe, but left no sons who survived

Settling down

After marrying in 1646 he lived at Catchfrench, a 16th-century manor house belonging to the Kekewiches. Catchfrench is about three miles (5 km) from St Germans, where Francis was a clothier. It is about the same distance from Menheniot, where George Fox held his first Cornish meetings. George Fox brought the Quaker message to Cornwall in 1655 and it was then or a little later that Francis and his family joined the Society of Friends. His son, also Francis, married Tabitha Croker in 1686. They had three sons and four daughters. Their progeny settled and were successful in business and the professions in Wadebridge [3], Wellington and Brislington [4] in Somerset, Exeter, Plymouth and Kingsbridge in Devon
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