- Born in a one-room shack just ast they were discovering ol in Bradford, N.H.
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Thomas Tate Fox [signed with "Tate" spelling]
City: Not Stated
Birth Date: 17 Jan 1879
Address: RFD #2 Bradford, McKean, PA
Occupation: Oil Producer
Nearest relative: Wife, Mina Loretta [?] Fox
Medium height, medium build, Gray eyes, Gray hair
Finger gone first joint left hand.
Registered by N H Huston, Sept 12, 1818, McKean Co, PA
[Majer Colegrove Family.FTW]
Information provided by Agnes Margaret Colegrove Fraser in 1989.
Parents: Harry Frances Fox (RIN 25) and Jane Ann Tait (rin 26)
Residence: Lived in Derrick City, PA and previously on Harry Fox farm had oil lease and worked that for a living.
Married : Mini
Children: (7) f. Merle Fox m Schaeffer
f. Ruth m. Clarence McCormick
f. Helen Clare m.
*+ m. Thomas Tait Fox, Jr m.
+ f. Betty Fox ( Mongoloid defect and lived 35/40 years
died in Florida)
* Thomas Tait Fox, Jr Killed in WWII
+ Twins: Thomas Tait Fox, Jr & Betty Fox
From “Pennsylvania —a History...” by George P Donahue:
THOMAS T. FOX — The oil field interests in the Derrick City neighborhood have been furthered and increased in value by the enterprising activities of such men as Thomas T. Fox, who as an oil-producer has been associated with the business from the beginning of his career, and obtained his earliest inspiration for his work from his father's successful undertakings as a pioneer in this section. Civic matters, as well as industrial, deeply interest Mr. Fox, who has held public office with practical results and to the general public satisfaction. He is a son of Francis Harry Fox [Harry Francis Fox], and Jane A. (Tait) Fox. Francis H. Fox [Harry Francis Fox], who was born in Dorchester [Dorsetshire], England, became an oil worker in McKean County, Pennsylvania, in 1876, and he still continues therein.
Thomas T. Fox was born January 17, 1879, at Babcock Mills, McKean County, where he attended the public schools, and graduated at Bradford Business College. Since then he has spent his life in the oil fields, making his successful beginning at Derrick City, where he is still located, and where his leases produce abundantly. In politics he is a Republican, and for ten years he was a member of the school board of Foster Township, and served one year as an assessor. His fraternal affiliations are those of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Knights of Pythias, and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Thomas T. Fox married, November 30, 1899, Mina L. Walter, daughter of Philip and Frances A. (Miller) Walter; and they are the parents of: MyrI F., who married Horace Sheffer; Charles H., who married Winifred Gibbs; Harry W., who married Evelyn Farnsworth; Ruth N.; Helen C.; Thomas, and Elizabeth M., twins.
--Donahoo, George P., “Pennsylvania — a History...” [Biographical Sketches] Lewis Historical Publishing Co, New York & Chicago, 1926, p. 349. [with corrections by Alaric Faulkner]
According to his kid sister, Alice, Tom was born just as they were discoverin oil in Bradford. His parents were living in a tiny shack at the time, and the workers filed by the place on the way to the oil fields at all times of the day and night. Tom was “a daredevil -- a naughty boy.” He died of a brain tumor.
The 1910 census shows Tomas T. Fox (31) and family living next to Harry Fox in Foster Brook township. and he is listed as an oil producer. With him are listed his wife, Mina L. (31), Daughter Merle (9), son Charles H, (7), son Harry (4), and daughter Ruth M (2). No Mention is mate of Josaphine Delacourt, shown in thier 1910 xmas card.
The 1920 census shows Thomas T. Fox (40, pumper, oil lease) and family living next to Harry Fox in Foster Brook on what was called Derrick City Road. No Mention is made of Josaphine Delcour. Living at home are wife Mina L Fox (41, none), son Charles H Fox (17, roustabout, oil lease), son Harry W Fox (14, none), daughter Ruth N Fox (11), daughter Helen C Fox (6), and the twins: daughter Mina E Fox (6 mos), and son Thomas T Fox (6 mos)
In 1930 Mina and Thomas Fox are living with the younger children Ruth, Helen, Thomas and Mina in Bradford. No street given., , , , , , [2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]