Arthur Fox

August 1908

Know all man by presents that whereas I, Isaac Arthur Fox of the Town of Dunnville in the county of Haldimand and Province of Ontario

Am a son of Rebecca Fox (whose maiden name was Bradwell) and John Fox of Bradwell, Derbyshire, England and a nephew of Horatio Bradwell of 14 Park Street, Broomfield Sheffield, England, retired Merchant & brother of my said mother Rebecca (Bradwell) Fox.

And Whereas my uncle the said Horatio Bradwell died about twenty one years ago, having first made his last will whereby he bequeathed inter the sum of £1000 to be divided amongst the Children of his sister Rebecca (Bradwell) Fox, my Mother, aforesaid to be paid after the death of his wife Ann Bradwell who received the income thereof during her life.

And Whereas the said Ann Bradwell died on or about the 17th of November last and the amount of the said legacy is now payable.

And whereas I desire to appoint my Brother-in-law Jabez [?] Birley Somerset of 44 Besmore road, Meersbrook, Sheffield, England, Cashier my attorney for me and in my name to receive my share and portion of the said legacy from the Executors of the estate of the said Horatio Bradwell and to give the necessary release or releases and discharge or discharges therefore

And whereas I am also entitled to a further share of the [illegible] bequest under the will of the said Ann Bradwell, widow of the said Horatio Bradwell and it is my desire that my said attorney shall also receive the same for me and in my behalf from the Executors of the estate of the said Ann Bradwell in the same manner.

Now know ye that I the said Isaac Arthur Fox do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint the said Jabez Birley Somerset to be my true and lawful attorney for me and in my name and in my [illegible] and stead to receive from the Executors of the estate of the said Horatio Bradwell and from the Executors of the estate of the Said Ann Bradwell the share or legacy payable to me under the last will and testament of the said Horatio Bradwell and the share of the [usiduary?] bequest payable to me under the last will and testament of the said Ann Bradwell or desirable as payable from or out of the said estates or either of them in any way whatsoever and to give all necessary receipts, releases and discharges therefore and to act in all respects with reference to the winding up of the said estates so far as I am concerned in my behalf in the same manner as I might do if personally present. I hereby agreeing to satisfy and consign whatsoever my said attorney shall do my virtue of these presents.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at the Town of Dunnville in the county of Haldimand and province of Ontario.

Signed, sealed and executed (in triplicate) in presence of: [blank]

1. That I was personally present and did see the within instrument thereof duly signed, sealed and executed by Isaac Arthur Fox one of the parties thereto
2. That the said instrument and duplicates were executed in the Town of Dunnville
3. That I know the said party
4. That I am subscribing witness to the said Instrument and duplicates.

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of [blank]


Scarlet’s [?] Plans, Toronto Junction
Dec 6th, 1907

Aunt Horatio’ Will:
£25 For John Ford as Executor
£300 Mary Ann free of Duty her servants
£100 Children’s Hospital
£100 Victoria Memorial Hall in Sheffield
£100 Chapel Trustees Crookes
£100 to the Weslyan Mission
£250 to Mrs. Wardle (Aunt’s Niece)
£250 Mr. Edmund Lee, nephew
£250 to another Mr. Lee, nephew
£250 to Mrs. Hadfield, niece
£250 to Mrs _____ Lister [illegible] the one above
£600 to provide a nurse for poor people in Braddon, to be called the Ann Fox [? Probably a typo – Ann Bradwell] Nursing Home
£20 to Constance Herberts
£10 to Annie Bradwell, Charlie Bradwell’s daughter
£10 to Elizabeth Buttons
£10 to Hannah Marie Langden
£250 to Joseph’s Hospital for Women
£250 to the Royal Hospital
£250 to Hanna Maria Needham

[total disbursements: £3385, which, depending on the measure, is valued at between £1,300,000 and £2,300.000 in 2007 currency]

if there is anything left after selling all & paying the above out it has to be divided between the nephews & nieces of her late husband’s share alike.

Dear Brother & Sister

Just a few lines hoping you are all in good health. We have just received letter from Hannah & hasten to let you have the news we are sending on your address to Hannah she did now know yours & she promised to get them for the Executors so that they can correspond with you after if Necessary. The above is a copy of Aunt Horatio’s will as I have had it sent to me. Hoping to hear from you soon as you have not answered my last letter.

I remain Your Loving Sister,
E.J. Jeffery

Across the top of the letter, in pencil:
I forgot to say this is only Aunt’s will. We shall still have the money Uncle left us in one years from Aunt’s Death

Arthur Fox
North Barton
Hamilton, On

October 29th, 1893

Dear Arthur,

In regards to the first part of your letter, the least I say upon that subject the better, I think. I was glad to here from you, though it is the first epistle I have received from you since leaving England, which I suppose will be about seven years. I am happy to say we are all very well in health also much pleased to hear that you are well satisfied with your Change.

Emma Jane lives at Bradwell, has two Girls and one Boy. Hannah lives Sheffield, one Girl, Elizabeth, lives at Bradwell, one Girl Jemima, not married, living near Cheedle in Cheshire. I am very pleased to here of you doing well. I can only say of my self that it is the reverse of that, though now I hope and think there will be some improvement. It is no new experience to either of us where we have Cattle for them to be ailing in some way or other, therefore this is the terms upon which we have any kind of live stock, but I have no Cattle of any kind as I am badly qualified to look after them. I have my own land and two fields of Eccles belonging to the [Uniterians ?], four acres I grow Potatoes and Corn for meal, which we sell in the shop.

On Sept the 10th we got the first load of Coal from the new Shahon [?] at the Laneside near Brough. To day Coal in Bradwell is £1.4.0 per ton. The mining industry has [illegible] the population has decreased to under one thousand from 1500 and last Saturday the drink shops had to close at 10 o’clock. We have a many visitors to Bradwell in this summer but of the poorer stamp.

I saw M. Wragg of Nesherwater [?] the other week, he asked me about you. They have had no tidings of you for a long time. They are all well, I believe, but their farming is a very lean business. Littleucklow [?] is nearly as deserted. More than one half of the homes are uninhabited and falling into ruin and a colony of Pot and Basket Hawkers has settled in the place. Bert Wragg of Quarters was compelled to leave his farm, Nesfield sold him up. He went to live with his sister at Chesterfield but died in a few days, heart broken. Abraham Rowath lives at the place.

Tom Torn [?] lives at the Hall farm, repaired the House, put a new slate roof upon it. Albert Fox lives at Joseph-place, not married, also he has John Hall farm, he is dead & wife.

The Weslans [Weslyans?] has repaired there Chapel at a cost of £1230.0.0, made it very nice with portico in front the Board School has been condemed, and the Board are, in every probability, will build a new one on the northside cost £600.0.0.

Charles Rivel died on Thursday, after a long illness, last of family. Julia Oldfield is dead, oldest daughter of Isaac Somerset. Also her sister, Mrs. Bradwell [illegible]
has married Abraham Needham of Newwall Nook, therefore the house your grandfather built at the cost of £600.0.0 is now lost to the family.

Isaac Eyre of Sheffield married Elizabeth Colleral [?], lived at Bradwell when the said Eyre was Policeman at Bradwell. He died very suddenly, he was Executor to M. E[illegible] Rache Bradwell’s Husband. Sister to Eyre, wife M. E[illegible] & daughter had £1000.0.0 left in the [illegible]. There is nothing left another daughter, are thrown into poverty as his [illegible] are £3000.0.0 or over. Some say he poisoned himself.

Some time since we received a photo of your self, wife and children. Elizabeth appears to be getting stout and the Children as you say are all grown and look wel. We had George here two weeks back, his wife being at Hathersage [?]. Wakes [?] we join love and best wishes to you all,

I remain yours, ever the same,

Your Father,

John Fox

Bradwell, October 29th, 1893

January 8th, 1893

Dear Brother and Sister,

It is so long ago since I wrote to you that I scarce know how to begin, but I am very sorry to say that we have no very good news to send. I must say that we received the photos all right and think they are very good. I am sure you may be very proud of all your sons. They look quite creditable.

I am sorry to say that our Family only consists of the same as when I wrote to you last 5 years ago. But we have had one little girl more born on the 29th of December 1890, so that had she been living, she would have been 2 years old now. She was 1 year and 9 months old when she died. She had been very delicate for a long time, had not walked, but went rather sudden at last. She was only ill 9 days. She has congestion of the lungs. It has been quite a great grief to us all, but you will know all about that with losing one your own self. You will see that we had called her after you by the card I enclose.

I think there is no news worth sending in this country. There is nothing but poverty on all sides. Nearly all of the inhabitants have left. I must say that we hope this will find you all well as it leaves us all better.

Just now I suffer much from [illegible – rhumatics?]. I have done all my own work for over two years now. Please give our best love to all your young family and accept the same yourself. Please write soon and send all news of yourselves and say what age your two youngest children are. I think you have named a baby right… [missing pages]

Dear Brother, I hope you will answer this as we should be very glad to keep up correspondence with you for the time to come. The Children often talk about you and their cousins over the Sea. I should much like to see you but there is the deep blue Pitch between us. The last time I heard from Aunt Margarets she was suffering from rhumatic and Clara had been under the Doctor again [oh, dear!] but I do not know if it was her old Complaint or not.

So I must conclude until you answer this from your hand.

J. H. Wragg

Netherwater, January 8th, 1893

To Mr. Isaac Arthur Fox and Elizabeth Jane his wife,
of the “Norfolk Hotel”, Mowbray Street,

I hereby require you to pay to me at the expiration of six calendar months from the date of this notice the principal sum of three hundred pounds secured by a certain indenture dated the 7th day of February 1880 and made between you of the one part and William Johnson Clegg of Sheffield in the County of York, Gentleman, of the other part and by a certain indenture dated the 14th day of November 1881 and made between the said William Johnson Clegg of the one part and myself of the other part and all interest then due thereon. And I hereby give you notice that if you make default in such payment I shall proceed to sell all the part share and proportion of you of and in the share of the residue and all other monies payable to you or either of you under the will of George Barnsley, deceased and also of and in all rents, dividends, issues and profits of the messenger lands, tenements and hereditaments [?] of George Barnsley, deceased, to which you and each of you are or may become entitled, comprised in the said indentures in pursuance and exercise of the power for that purpose given by the said indentures.

In witness my hand this 9th day of June, 1882

Charles Edward Daykin

This loan likely financed or prompted Arthur and Elizabeth’s move to Canada