James Fox

James Fox was born 1830 in Ireland.

James married Irish-born Catharine (b. 1831), sometime before 1851, possibly in Ireland and they had at least four children: Eliza (b. 1851), Lindley (b. 1853), Ferdinand (b. 1858) and Henry W. (b. 1860).

He and his wife left Ireland and immigrated to the United States (alone or together is unclear), eventually settling in Michigan before 1851. By 1860 James was a harness-maker living in Grand Rapids’ Third Ward with his wife and children.

James was 31 years old and living in Grand Rapids when he enlisted in Company H on April 28, 1861. He was reported absent sick from August of 1862 through October and in November he was driving and ambulance. From December of 1862 through June of 1863 he worked as a saddler in the ambulance corps. He was taken prisoner on May 5, 1864, at the Wilderness, Virginia, and eventually sent to Andersonville prison.

Although he was reported discharged on June 20, 1864, at Detroit, in fact he died of disease at Andersonville on August 21, 1864, and was buried there: grave no. 6363.

In 1865 his widow applied for and received a pension (no. 55555). She either died or remarried and in 1867 an application was filed on behalf of a minor child, and approved (no. 108770).