Posted By:Carol Page Tilson
Subject:Obit: Eliza Rathbun Fox
Post Date:August 15, 2009 at 02:22:55
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Forum:Jefferson County, NY Genealogy Forum
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"Cape Vincent Eagle" [Cape Vincent, Jefferson Co., NY], Thursday, 30 Aug 1917:



The death of Eliza Rathbun, widow of the late Henry L. Fox, occurred at the residence of Norman Hinckley, in Point street, with whom she made her home, on Wednesday night of last week at about eleven o'clock.

So far as the Eagle is aware, Mrs. Fox was the oldest person in the town of Cape Vincent. She was born on Carleton Island, September 8, 1823, and, therefore, lacked only seventeen days of being 94 years of age. She was the daughter of Elisha P. and Olive Tunnicliff Dodge, pioneer residents of the town of Cape Vincent. Her grandfather, Johnathan [sic] Tunnicliff, owned twenty square miles of land between Richfield Springs and Cooperstown, and to-day that particular portion of real estate is known as the "Tunnicliff Tract."

When she was about twenty years of age she was married to Henry L. Fox, who died twelve years ago.

Mrs. Fox was one of the most energetic and ambitious woman [sic] in the village and town of Cape Vincent. She was a woman of much more than ordinary intelligence and was exceedingly helpful and sympathetic when trouble came to those she knew. Cape Vincent, to her, was the one place on earth, and the dearest.

She is survived by one son, Edwin Duane Fox, of New York; two sisters, Mrs. I. T. Cross, of San Francisco, Cal., and Mrs. Fayette Millen, of Romeo, Mich.; three grandsons, Cornelius F., N. Raymond and Edwin Tunnicliff Fox, of New York, and two granddaughters, Olive [sic] Kate Fox of New York City, and Mrs. Robert K. Potter, of Beaufort, Cal.

The funeral was held from St. John's church on Friday afternoon, August 24, at two o'clock, the Rev. Charles T. Raynor, of Watertown, officiating. The interment was made in the family lot in St. John's cemetery.