Israel S. Fox — Bio

This information was researched and submitted by Patricia Odiorne for the Southwick Historical Society.

ISRAEL S. FOX, son of Stiles and Electa (Loomis) Fox, was born in Westfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts about 1827 and died there 5 April 1866.  He was living with his parents and siblings in Westfield in 1850, and with his father (who was by then a widower) and siblings in 1860.  Israel Fox, age 34, was married in Springfield on 1 April 1861 to Jane Morgan, age 40.  She was born in Northampton, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, and had been previously married. Her parents were not shown on the marriage record, and no further information has been found about Jane.

According to Civil War records in the office of the Southwick Town Clerk, Israel Fox enlisted for three years as a Private in the 31st Massachusetts Regiment.  His residence was Southwick; his father was Stiles; his occupation was farmer; and his marital status was married.

On 15 March 1863 in Granby, Hartford Co., Connecticut, Israel S. Fox, age 37, b. Westfield, Massachusetts married Dianna S. Day, age 27, b. Granby, Connecticut.  They were both residents of Granby at that time. The marriage ceremony was performed by Ahira Merriam, Justice of the Peace, North Granby.  A male child was born to “Vanatian” Fox in Granby, 30 March 1863 and died there 15 June 1863. He was buried in Granby Center Cemetery (Granby, Conn.) with his parents Israel S. Fox (d. 5 Apr. 1866) and Diana S., who died 11 August 1864 at age 29.  Her parents, Newton and Sybel (Pease) Day, were also buried in that grave plot.  Diana’s brother, Diedric M. Day, served in Co. G of the 34th Massachusetts Infantry and died 6 Aug. 1865, just a few months after the Civil War ended. He and his sister Maria H. Day (d. 4 Nov. 1914) were buried there also.


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