From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 562-563


Jacob K. Fox, furniture dealer and undertaker, Fremont, Ind., was born in Dauphin County, Pa., Oct. 2, 1826, a son of Samuel and Margaret Fox, of German descent.  His father first married Catherine Eyer, who died leaving two daughters.  He then married our subject's mother, and to them were born three sons-- Samuel, Joseph (deceased) and Jacob.  His father died in Dauphin County in 1845, and his mother in Carroll County, Ill.  Jacob Fox was reared in his native county and in his youth was apprenticed to the carpenter's trade, serving two years and ten months, receiving as remuneration his board and clothes.  In 1851 he came to Indiana, landing in Fremont, Nov. 2. He followed his trade twenty years, erecting some of the best dwellings and business houses in the town.  In 1871 he formed a partnership with Joshua Michael, which continued till October, 1883, when he sold his interest to Mr. Michael.  In December, 1884, he bought the undertaking stock of the estate of Joshua Michael, deceased, and formed a partnership with Jacob Michael in the funiture and undertaking business.  Mr. Fox has been identified with the business interests of Fremont over thirty-three years, and has assisted largely in sustaining and advancing all her interests.  He was married April 18, 1850, to Susan Michael, and to them were born eight children four of whom are living-- Clara, wife of Peter Weaver; Lavina, Sadie and Cora.  Mrs. Fox died Jan. 15, 1871, and Mr. Fox subsequently married Lavina Michael.  Mr. Fox has been an active member of the Masonic fraternity twenty-nine years, and has been a representative to the grand lodge sixteen times.  He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  He was reared in the Dunkard church, his parents, being members of that denomination.


Submitted by Kim Davoli