Seeking WILL, Land Deeds, Graves, Children, and Any Traces of any FOY family members in Caldwell County, TX, 1840-1900.
These Foys moved from Edgefield County, SC, to Ouachita Parish, LA, prior to 1810. They moved from LA to Sabine County, TX, after 1830 and before 1850. Another FOY from this family moved to Caldwell County, TX, before 1880.
The 1880 Census has William D. Foy as Assistant Postmaster in Prairie Lea, Caldwell County, Texas. Would appreciate any information about the wife and children of this William D. Foy, his will, tax and property records, etc., in Prairie Lea. Children of this Wiliam D. FOY may have included a Wm. D. Foy Jr. and a Nannie (Nancy?) FOY, both born in LA, ca 1856-57. In the earlier 1850 Census, this same Wm. D. Foy is a farmer in the town of Sabine, Sabine County, Texas, with his elderly parents, Frederick and Nancy FOY.
The 21-22 October 1850 Census for Sabine Township, Sabine Co., TX (Roll M432-914, Page 318) has Frederick FOY, 72, M, farmer, $2,000 in Real Estate, born in SC; wife Nancy FOY, 60, F, b. SC; son William D. FOY, 28, M, farmer, b. in LA.
Frederick Foy (b. ca 1778 in SC) was son of Revolutionary War veteran Peter FOY (1745-1782) & Hamutal MOORE (1750-1810) of Edgefield County SC. Frederick Foy moved away from SC prior to his mother Hamutal's death in 1810. Frederick's brothers and sisters remained in SC, but by 1810 Frederick is in Ouachita Parish (Near present day Monroe), LA. His household Includes 1M 16-26, 1M 26-45, and 1F 16-26. Frederick would have been ca 31-32. Frederick's [first?] wife [Nancy?] was b. ca 1790--in SC--and would have been ca 20 at this time. Not clear who the younger male might be.
In the 1820 Census [Roll 31, Book 1, Page 102 (Image 1 of 7) for Ouachita Parish, LA has [page is cut, but very probably Frederick] FOY. His household improbably includes far too many young males: 5M 16-26, 6M 26-45; 3F 0-10, 1F 10-16, 1F 26-45. These large numbers don't make any sense to me. Any thoughts as to what is going on here?
In the 1830 Census for Ouachita Parish, LA, we find Frederick FOY "Esq." His household now includes: 1M 5-10, 1M 40-50, 1F 10-15, 2F 15-20, 1F 40-50.
The marriage of Eliza Foy (a possible daughter of Frederick FOY; there were very few Foys in Ouachita Parish, 1810-1830) to Peter I. Evans (or Peter J. Evans) on 21 March 1831 in Ouachita Parish, LA, is reported in Louisiana Marriages to 1850. If Eliza was at least 16 when married, she would have been born in 1815 or earlier.
Two other children of Frederick Foy Esq. also were born in LA somewhat later, ca 1820-1822. These include:
- Ann Hamutel Foy, b. ca 1820 and d. 4 Oct 1825 in Monroe, LA. Her obituary was published in the "Washita [Ouachita] Gazette," Tuesday, October 11, 1825, Page 2, Column 2: "DIED-On the 4th instant in the 5th year of her age, Ann Hamutel Foy, daughter of Frederic Foy Esq. Of this place."
"So fades the lovely blooming flower,
Frail smiling solace of an hour,
So soon our transient comforts fly,
And pleasure only blooms to die."
- William D. Foy, b. ca 1822 in LA. In the 1850 Census, Wm. D. Foy is 28 and a farmer, living with his parents, Frederick and Nancy, in Sabine, Caldwell Co., TX. In the 1880 Census, this Wm. D. Foy is no longer a farmer but has become an an Assistant Postmaster in Prairie Lea, Caldwell Co., TX. William Foy's daughter, Nannie (Nancy?) was b. ca 1857 in LA. Anyone know the name of the wife of Wm. D. FOY and the mother of little "Nannie?"
The marriage date of Frederick Foy and Nancy (MNU) born in SC ca 1790 is sometimes given as ca 1820-1821. That date works fine for the two children Ann Hamutel Foy/b.ca 1820 and Wm. D. Foy/b. 1822, but not for the older girl Eliza Foy who married in 1831 and must have been born well before 1820. I have not yet found Frederick Foy and his family in the 1840 Census. Nancy (b. ca 1790) was about 12 years younger than husband Frederick (b. ca 1778) according to the 1850 Census.
The 21-22 October 1850 Census for Sabine Township, Sabine Co., TX (Roll M432-914, Page 318) has Frederick FOY, 72, M, farmer, $2,000 in Real Estate, born in SC; wife Nancy FOY, 60, F, b. SC; and son William D. FOY, 28, M, farmer, b. in LA.
Thanks foy your help.
George Stevens, Fort Washington, MD. GHStevens3@AOL.COM
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