Fox Cabin (Cuyler, NY)
Backstory and Context
Samuel Fox Sr. was born in 1731 in Glastonbury, Connecticut. In the summer of 1795 Samuel Fox Sr. and a group of men including Benjamin Brown, Gurden Woodruff, Jonathan Webster and Simon Keeney, moved from their homes in Connecticut to become some of the first people to settle in what is now Cuyler, New York. These five men were basically all related to one another, Fox, Brown and Woodruff all marrying sisters of Webster. Originally known as the town of Fabius, which was designated No. 15 of the Military Tract, and where these families settled, these later became apart of Truxton and Cuyler in Cortland county. When first settled these men and their families first began living with each other all in one log cabin, now known as the Keeney settlement, which was erected one year prior by Simon Keeney. Samuel Fox later settled in lot 67 in Cortland County, where Fox Cabin was eventually erected in 1821.
Corporal Samuel Fox was a soldier during the Revolutionary War and saw long and hard service, serving a total of 7 years. He first enlisted at Glastonbury, Hartford County, Connecticut in May 1775. At this point, Samuel Fox was stationed in Massachusetts in the city of Rocksbury during the siege of Boston. After serving there for 7 months, Fox then served 2 months in the year 1776 in a Long Island Militia. While serving in this Militia he fought in the battle of Long Island and the retreat of Washington to White Plains. After enlisting for the third time, in the year 1777, Fox this time was fighting the War under Captain Bernard and Colonel Wyllys. He was appointed to the position of Corporal in July 1780 and kept that position until he was discharged, which occurred in July 1783. In July 1780, Samuel Fox was detached as light infantry under Major Wyllys and sent to the command of Lafayette in Virginia, where he was in the Battle at the Mouth of the James River, the Pledge of Yorktown, and the surrender of Lord Cornwillis in October of 1781. Samuel Fox was rewarded this land after first enlisting as a soldier, due to his service fighting as a soldier for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
Crowell, Kathy. HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF FABIUS, roots web. August 11th 1998. Accessed November 12th 2019. http://sites.rootsweb.com/~nyononda/FABIUS/FABHISTO.HTM.
Application for Membership to the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, D.C. February 16th 1950, found in Cortland's Historical Society
The First Four Hundred Families... Cortland County, NY, found in Cortland's Historical Society
Benjamin Brown taken from Historical Section of Keeney Settlement by Mrs. F.P. Whitmarsh, found in Cortland's Historical Society