Kate Smith Fox

Kate Smith Fox

Summary: This is a brief biographical sketch Kate Fox (1855-1884?), Daniel L. Fox’s first wife.

Kate (Katy) Elizabeth Smith was born in 1855 in Sheffield, England to Samuel and Susannah Smith. Katy married Daniel Fox in the first quarter of 1877 at Mount Zion Chapel in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. They had two daughters in England, Alice in January 1878 and Ethel in December 1879, then they immigrated to America in 1881. Ethel died July 1881. They had two more children in America: Winifred was born in Kansas in September 1881 and Stanley was born in Missouri in November 1883. Katy died from an infection soon after Stanley’s birth at about age 28.

Research Information

Family tradition:

Daniel Fox married Katy Elizabeth Smith in 1877 and they had four children: Alice, Ethel, Winifred and Stanley. Daniel brought two daughters to America from England.

Hubert Rendel wrote Mary Griffiths that Daniel and Katy may have been married at Mount Zion Chapel in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, two miles from Daniel’s birthplace in Brimington, Derbyshire; Mount Zion Chapel no longer exists. Hubert also wrote that Katy died soon after Stanley was born, maybe from an infection, which was very common in pre-antibiotic days.

From FamilySearch.com:

“1881 British Census” lists Kate E. Fox, age 26; born 1855 in Sheffield; married to Danl. L. Fox

“International Genealogical Index” lists Kate Elizabeth Smith, christened 2 Sep 1855, Edwardstone, Suffok, England; father: Samuel Smith; mother: Susannah.

From Ancestry.com:

The England & Wales Civil Registration Index lists Daniel Latimer Fox and Kate Elizabeth Smith married in Chesterfield District of Derbyshire in first quarter of 1877.

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