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created May 16, 2006

"Morris & Olive Sweetser Fookes"

(Morris Fookes has positively been a brick wall.)

Fellow researchers: Help ! Help! Help!

My relative is: Morris W. Fookes b. abt 1810-16 in MD. He lived in Ohio about 10 ys, moving to Knox County about 1840-46. His wife's name was Olive Sweetser Fookes. Morris died on 06 May 1846, I have his Probate, but not death cert. Is it possible that there would be a death obit that early? When I was in Knox County last year I was looking for the spelling of Fox not Fookes. I have had great luck getting records in person, not so much with requests by snail mail or email for Knox County Courthouse.

Thank you so much for your assistance.

Alice Fookes-Radcliff

Sarah Almeda Dean Fox. Born abt 1856, died 19 Jul 1883 at Knoxville. Buried
at Knoxville Cemetary. Wife of James Fox. Daughter of Joel and Elizabeth Arsmith Dean, Rock Island.  I believe this was her second marriage.
Elizabeth Reynolds Bolding. Born abt 1829 Knox City Illinois. Married/Divorced to Wm Bolding. The last thing I have on her is a purchase
of property in Persifer dated 19 March 1886, she would have been about 57
yrs. old.
Thanks for any help. I do have a question. Do you do any other research
other than obits? I am looking for any information on a Adaline
Fookes/Fooks born abt. 1837 in Ohio. Parents were Morris and Olive Sweetser
Fookes/Fooks. After Morris dies Olive marries a Wm Stevenson, Adaline and James both show up in the 1850 Salem Twp, Knox Co. Census as Fooks/Fookes. Adaline is abt. 13 ys. old. We lose this family after 1850. I would like to find a marriage cert or something.
Your a jewel to do this kind of research for people thank you.


The above information was sent to me from Alice and we are both having problems finding out information about the Fookes who settled in Knox County, IL. Below is a photo I took this month at the Knox county courthouse of Morris Fookes Estate Record. One on the right is the proof of death. Before the year 1878, the only way they had of proofing a person was dead was the estate records and then someone vouched with the court to prove date of death and Year. Below is Morris's proof of death as it was called in 1842. The bio below the probate records is bio out of the early history books and Alice says not her relation so was adding it here.  We would both like to hear from anyone who would have any information on these people.

 Probate Record Proof of death in
Click on thumbnails above for a better view. Thanks.

Photos by & Copy write by Foxie


Foxie's Note: this Mathew Fooks is not related to Alice just put it here so people would know.  Thanks for your help.

Mathew Fooks is a farmer of prominence, and a representable citizen, living on Section 16, Galesburg Township.  He was born in Somersetshire, England, June 15, 1821, where he remained with his parents up to his 21st year, attending the common schools and working on his father's farm.  He emigrated to America in 1846, landed at New York and came on to Galesburg.  Here he permanently located about one mile from the public Square of that city.

     His residence is on the Monmouth road and he has 145 acres of first-class land under a high state of cultivation.  His dwelling-house is beautifully gotten up and well furnished, and believes the life of a bachelor.  He is retiring and of a studious turn. His parents were Thomas and Phebe Wheeler Fooks, both natives of England, where they lived and died.  His mother was born in 1784.  His father's birth took place 1782 and he died in 1862.  they were both members of the Congregational Church, and Mr. Fooks, Sr., was a Whig politician of the old English school.  Their family consisted of four boys and four girls, viz: Mathew, Mark, Thomas, William, Mary A., Elizabeth, Phebe and Eliza;  the last of these but one is living in Wataga, Ill.  Mathew, the subject of our sketch, adopted a niece, Etta Fooks, seven years ago.  She is a bright and interesting girl 14 years of age, and is now receiving a careful training and education.  Her uncle is an attendant of the Presbyterian Church, of which he is a consistent and practical adherent.  He is a Republican in Politics and a stanch supporter of any measure likely to strengthen the hold of that party on American institutions.


I appreciate all you "do".

Alice Fookes_Radcliff


Thursday May 18, 2006 10:42:28 PM -0500