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Wm. D. FOY & Frederick Oliver FOY of Prairie Lea, Caldwell Co., TX
Posted by: george stevens (ID *****2021) Date: August 13, 2006 at 02:41:30
In Reply to: Re: Frederick+Nancy FOY; son Wm.D.FOY;Caldwell Co.TX by Robin W. Lucas of 302

Hello Robin: Thanks for sharing your very helpful information (CSA service, postmaster appointments, census data) on William and Oliver Foy of Prairie Lea, Texas.

Frederick Oliver Foy (1854-1880) was the first of 3 children of William Dunigin FOY Sr (1823-1892) and Elizabeth S. WRIGHT (1836-1861). W.D. FOY Sr was the son of Frederick FOY (1778-1854) and Nancy DUNIGIN (1790-1854). This Frederick FOY was the son of Hamutal MOORE (1750-1810) and Peter FOY (1745-1782) who served in and was killed during the American Revolution, in SC. Most of the children of Peter FOY and Hamutal FOY stayed in SC or later moved into GA and AL to obtain land. Frederick was the first of Peter's children to leave home (ca 1803, when he married Nancy Dunigin) and he went farthest afield, to the area around what is today Monroe, Ouachita Parish, LA. There he was a Justice of the Peace, ran a boarding house, and was a fairly prominent citizen. In 1828 Frederick moved on to Texas and was there an equally prominent early pioneer.

For a long time we didn't know what had happened to Frederick--who had simply disappeared, and back in SC even his mother, Hamutal Moore Foy, in her will left Frederick a small bequest and mentioned all her other children & their spouses, but seemed unaware that Frederick had married Nancy Dunigin and unaware of his presence in Louisiana. I was similarly unaware until Lola Peppers, a Librarian in Ouachita Parish, LA, posted the obituary of one of Frederick's daughters (Ann Hamutal Foy, 1820-1825) whose middle name, Hamutal, honored her grandmother Hamutal Moore Foy, and thus provided the telling clue.

Another distant cousin, John George Nolte III, of Houston, was kind enough to provide additional data on W.D. Foy, his son Oliver, and Oliver's daughter Oma/Omar (named after Dr. William W. Bomar who came from Boliver, Tennessee to serve as a physician at the Battle of San Jacinto). Mr. Nolte also called to my attention this important biographic sketch of Frederick FOY, from "Republic of Texas Roots, Our Proud Heritage," published by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Luling, Caldwell County, Texas, 1986, page 3.

"Frederic Foy (1770-1854)"

"Frederic Foy, a South Carolinian by birth, moved to Ouachita Parish, Louisiana shortly after his marriage to Nancy Dunigin in 1803. They resided there until a few years after the birth of their seventh child, William Dunigin Foy. Early in 1828 Frederic moved his family to the district of the municipality of Nacogdoches known as Tenehaw that is presently Shelby County, Texas.

"He was a delegate from the district of Tenehaw to the first state convention of Texas on October 18, 1832. This convention was held at the town of San Felipe in Brazoria County which was in Austin’s colony. At that time Stephen F. Austin and members of the convention declared a “firm and unshaken adhesion to the Mexican Confederation and Constitution, and (to) do our duty as Mexican citizens.”

"The Foy family was living in San Augustine County, Texas in 1837, and Frederic’s headright was issued there on March 18, 1838. As he had arrived in the Republic of Texas before 1835, he was 'entitled to one league and one labor of land upon the condition of paying at the rate of three dollars and fifty cents for every labor of temporal or arable land, one dollar twenty cents for every labor of pasture land.' He held the position of judge of Sabine County, Texas and resided there until 1851. The federal census of 1850 listed him as farmer and stock raiser in Sabine County.

He then moved his family to Guadalupe County, Texas near Prairie Lea in Caldwell County where he became quite prominent. He and his wife, Nancy Dunigin Foy, both died in 1854 and are buried in the Happel Cemetery which is located just across the San Marcos River in Guadalupe County near the towns of Prairie Lea and Fentress.

Frederic and Nancy had seven children John Foy, who was born July 26, 1809 and died on July 28, 1809; Polly Foy, who was born on February 19, 1811 and died on March 5, 1811; Eliza Foy, who was born on March 7, 1812 and died on October 4, 1849; Permelia Foy, who was born on April 13, 1815 and died on September 23, 1873; Rebecca Foy, who was born on April 22, 1819 and died on February 17, 1848; Ann Hamutal Foy, who was born on December 20, 1820 and died on October 4, 1825; and William Dunigin Foy, who was born on May 7, 1823 and died on May 14, 1892."

So far as I am aware, the family surname FOY, would appear to have died out in Texas, at least in this particular branch of the family. Frederick and Nancy's first son, John Foy, died in infancy. Their later son William Dunigin FOY Sr. had two sons, Frederick Oliver FOY and Wm. Dunigin FOY Jr. Frederick Oliver FOY appears to have had only one child, his daughter Oma/Omar. However I am unaware of what may have happened to her uncle, William Dunigin Foy, Jr, who was born in 1856 in TX and was enumerated in the 1860 U.S. Census, but then disappears and may have died in childhood.

With Best Regards,
George H. Stevens,
Fort Washington, Maryland

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