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Samuel Fox was born in 1825 in Prussia. “Fox” is the English translation for the German name “Fuchs.”

He arrived in Montgomery County before 1856, as Clark and Fox first rendered a taxable worth of $7000 of merchandise on hand as of the first of January in that year, a sizable sum for that day. By 1857, he was established in a mercantile business with Irish immigrant, Mr. J. Clark. The business was called Clark & Fox. At the time they rendered their 1857 taxes, their inventory was valued at $5,000,.

Samuel purchased the store building and Lot 3, Block 3, in Danville in a sheriff’s sale on July 7, 1857. This was the property that had belonged to Edmund Wooldridge and John E. George and had been sold to Patrick Glaze and Paul J. Simons in 1854. It was foreclosed after a judgement in favor of a debt owed to Houston wholesalers Groesbeck and Rice.

Samuel was enumerated in the town of Danville in Montgomery County in 1860 and was living in a house with Clark. By that time, he owned real estate valued at $1000 and personal property valued at $10,000.

On February 14, 1862, Fox was listed on the muster rolls of the Danville Mounted Riflemen, a local militia unit, under Capt. S. D. Wooldridge. He was elected fifth sergeant.

In 1864, Captain Wooldridge named his new son Samuel Henry Fox Wooldridge, likely in honor of Samuel Fox.

Samuel Fox was over age for Confederate service and does not appear on the rolls of the Confederate States Army. His whereabouts in 1870 are unknown.

However, in 1870 there was a Henry S. Fox living in the third ward of Houston, Harris County. He was an iron merchant, born in Prussia, with wife Lena and two small children. Another Henry Fox also lived in the third ward of Houston; he was born in Prussia, had a wife named Rachel, one daughter age seven, and was a dry goods merchant. Either of these men could be our Samuel Henry Fox.

For further information, visit the Wood and Torbert Families page on S. Fox, and be sure to click on Henry Samuel Fox to read the details of the life story of a Jewish German immigrant of that name who was a leading merchant and banker in Houston. Is it possible that he was our Samuel Henry Fox, merchant, of Danville?

For information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at or by contacting Frank at [email protected]

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