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Re: Wise, Fox, Pierce, Mahoney, Javins in VA/PA
In Response To: Re: Edward Fox in Northern VA ()

Thanks again, Denise. Your response is very encouraging. When I did a first name search for black and biracial women in Virginia who could have been Aaron’s future wife, I immediately looked closer at Jemima Fox in Loudoun County because in 1850 Aaron Wise was working for a white farmer named Harry Fox whose neighbors included a white family with Wise surname. It suggested to me that African Americans in nearby northern Virginia counties with Fox and Wise surnames might also be acquainted. Another clue was the presence of William Fox, Jemima’s father, in Ashby, Shenandoah, VA in 1870 when Aaron and Jemima Wise lived in nearby Shenandoah, Page, VA. It appears that Jemima Fox might also be related to Jemima Pierce (maternal grandmother?) whose 1850 Loudoun County household also included African Americans with Mahoney surname.

By World War I, several descendants of Aaron and Jemima had moved to Dauphin County, PA (Steelton and Harrisburg). In Shenandoah, Page, VA Aaron Wise worked at the Big Gem Iron Furnace and at least one of his grandsons worked for Norfolk & Western Railroad Company. In Pennsylvania other descendants worked at Harrisburg Telegraph and at Bethlehem Steel in Steelton. During the war, Cecelia Wise Javins (apparently a grandchild of Aaron and Jemima Wise) enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps as an aviation cadet, but apparently she remained in "inactive reserve."

1850 census: Culpeper County, VA
Wise, Aaron, 16, mulatto, laborer, b. 1835 (HOH Harry Fox, farmer; neighbors Elizabeth Wise, 81, & Frances Wise, 30)

1850 census: Loudoun County, VA (all identified as “mulatto”)
Head—Pierce, Jemima, 60, b. 1790
Mahoney, Margaret, 25
Mahoney, Eliza, 4
Mahoney, William, 4
Mahoney, Joseph, 2
Fox, Jemima, 16

1860 census: Loudoun County, VA (William & Hannah still lived in Jefferson, Loudoun, VA in 1880)
Head—Fox, William, 54, day laborer, b. 1806, Fairfax Co., VA
Wife—Hannah, 56, b. 1804, Loudoun Co., VA
Dau—Jemima A., 26, b. Loudoun Co., VA (could be wife of Aaron Wise?)
Grandson—James, 2, b. Loudoun Co., VA (King James Wise, b. Jan. 29, 1858; Yankee soldier father)

1870 census: Ashby, Shenandoah, VA
Fox, William, 65, laborer, b. 1805

1870 census: Shenandoah Iron, Page, VA (Big Gem Cast Iron Furnace)
Head—Wise, Aaron, 37, works in iron furnace, b. VA (son of John & Lucinda Wise in Culpeper County?)
Wife—Jemima, 36, keeping house (daughter of William & Hannah Fox?)
Son—John W., 13, at home (married Bettie)
Son—Andrew J., 9, at home
Son—Hiram G., 6
Son—Aaron G., 4, b. 1866 (married Lotte/Lottie/Charlotte)
Other?—Redman, John, 24, laborer


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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