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Fouke Family Association

Updated December 25, 2002

About Our Family Research

Hello! You have found a website devoted to helping people with the surname FOUKE,and their descendants,learn more about their family history. This family began its U.S. history in and around the modern day area of Shepherdstown and Harpers Ferry,WV. We hope to soon expand this site. For now please contact us at:

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Please take a look at the Virtual Cemetery here at for some Fouke tombstone pictures. The links at the bottom of this page include a link to a site which gives a brief overview of some of our research goals. The Zimmerscheid Family site (a link is below) includes one or two photos of R.R. Fouke,a Civil War soldier who authored a number of documents which provide many historical details concerning the Fouke family.

Many,many people have contributed to the content of this web page. All of us "Fouke Enthusiasts" are in their debt. Please keep this in mind as you view the photos,links, and files. In particular, thanks go to David and Janet Bradford, Gary Pearson, Gary Zumdahl,Philip Little, Velzoe Brown and Davis Young. All of us are especially indebted to Dr. and Mrs. Richard L. Matteson, who have always been in the thick of things, and have done much to disseminate facts ,photos and info amongst all Fouke researchers; Dick, especially, has been the one who put most all of us in touch with the others.

I recently received, from John T. Fouke, a very nice, detailed article which gives many details and answers many questions about the Fouke Fur Co. of St. Louis. I hope to include it on this website in the near future. I have also begun collaborating with a descendant of Joseph Thomas Fouke of Greenville,IL. This man's descendants comprise one of the largest single Fouke family groups in the U.S. I hope to expand coverage of this family group here on this site as well.

UPDATE: I have begun to add some information and photos to the page concerning the "Fur Co." branch of the family (mentioned above). You will find two photos listed in the links below concerning THE FOUKE COMPANY. More to come in the future!
Thank you!

Family Photos
  • The approach to a small Arkansas town- (63 KB)
    Fouke,AR dates back to ca. 1891. The town was given its name to honor George Fouke,who was a Civil War veteran who lived in Mt. Morris and Shelbyville,IL before moving south and becoming a very successful businessman.
  • George L. Fouke of Indialantic,FL (53 KB)
    George L. Fouke of Indialantic,FL at the Isaac Fouke historic Law Office at Harper's Ferry,WV
  • This is a photo of Maggie Fouke (289 KB)
    This is a photo of Maggie Fouke,daughter of James Fouke and Angelica Byers. Maggie wed W. Wesley Hall on 9-9-1869 in Shelby County,IL. They later lived in the Bloomington,IL area.
  • George Fouke and his Sisters (28 KB)
    George Fouke with sisters: Nettie Derr, Lillian Unger, Minnie Waterbury
  • James Fouke and..... (321 KB)
    James Fouke was born ca.1810 at Shepherdstown, (West) VA,and died Sept.12,1900 at Shelbyville,IL. Pictured here with him is his wife,Angelica Byers,born May 10,1821 also at Shepherdstown. They wed in Shepherdstown in the year 1838. Angelica died Dec.4 or 5,1891 , Shelbyville ,IL. They had several children,including a son named George Fouke. This George Fouke was a Civil War veteran,and the man who gave the Fouke name to the towns of Fouke,Arkansas , Fouke, Texas , and Fouke, Mississippi.
  • A building built for Judge Jacob Fouke,Jr. (57 KB)
    A building built for Judge Jacob Fouke,Jr. This building is on Gallatin St.,about a block away from the Old State Capitol building in Vandalia,IL.
  • Hughlett Bedinger Fouke family of Sioux City,IA (59 KB)
    This photo is provided courtesy of Dr. & Mrs. Richard L. Matteson of College Park,MD. left to right: Wm. Fouke,Ethel Fouke Webb,Hal Fouke,Ruth Chapline Fouke (mother of Mrs. Matteson); front right:Hughlett B. Fouke This family is among the group of descendants of Wm. Henry & Mahala Chapline Fouke of Mt. Morris,IL. Wm. Henry Fouke is one of the 4 brothers known to many Fouke researchers as the "Mt. Morris 4". They have many descendants scattered throughout the U.S. today!
  • Fouke Family Reunion, October 13, 2000 (57 KB)
    Fouke Family Reunion,October 13,2000 American Legion Hall , Polo,IL *left to right: Darrin R. Fouke , Carol J. Fouke, Clarice S. Fouke, Robert R. Fouke
  • Photo of the Nathan & Mary Fouke Little family (97 KB)
    This photo was submitted by Mr. Phillip Little of Wichita,KS. We believe the photo was taken somewhere right before 1850,possibly in Fairfield County,OH. The girls may have been adopted into the family. Left to Right: John T. Little,Lewis L. Little,Martha A.,Mary, Nathan B. Little,Mary Ann Fouke Little,Charles Little. Standing in back: George Little.
  • Fouke reunion, Polo,IL (72 KB)
    left to right: Gary E. Fouke, Joyce Danielson Smith, Lester Fouke,Jr., Janis Fouke Coffman, D. Justin Fouke
  • Paul & Hazel Fouke, Fouke 2001 Reunion,Rochelle,IL (61 KB)
    This photo shows Paul and Hazel Fouke of Polo,IL in attendance at the 2001 Fouke Reunion at the Comfort Inn of Rochelle,IL. Paul is a grandson of Frederick Dorsey Fouke, a Civil War veteran who is buried in Mt. Morris,IL. Paul and Hazel are very kind and cordial people. Hazel is very diligent in taking photos at family functions,and recording the names of all individuals in the photos!
  • Group photo , Fouke Reunion , Polo, IL (122 KB)
    Group photo , Fouke Reunion , Polo, IL Oct.13,2000
  • Lela Mae Stomberg and her daughter Jane Shoemaker (65 KB)
    Lela Mae Stomberg and her daughter Mary Jane Shoemaker at the 2001 Fouke reunion. Lela Mae observes her 100th birthday this year;no doubt she is one of the oldest Fouke descendants in the U. S. today! Lela Mae is also a granddaughter of Frederick Dorsey Fouke, the Civil War veteran, as are her 1st cousins Paul Fouke and Floris Fouke Muller (pictured in background), who also attended the reunion in Rochelle,IL.
  • W. Denton Fouke , AKA William Maloney (70 KB)
    This is the only known photo of Denton Fouke,who disappeared in 1900 from northern Illinois as a robbery/double murder suspect. Many of his descendants live today in Oregon,and other western states. All of us would like to learn what happened to "Den" Fouke.
  • Fouke descendant Zach Matteson in Irkutsk,Siberia (248 KB)
    9 year old Zach Matteson, grandson of Dr. & Mrs. Richard L. Matteson, is shown here in an 1800's Siberian Prince's attire at a museum in Irkutsk,Siberia. Zach is a great-grandson of Ruth Fouke Swann.
  • Darrin R. Fouke at Kaskaskia,IL , ca. 1996 (33 KB)
    The town of Kaskaskia was the 1st capitol of Illinois. Among its prominent citizens was Philip Fouke,father of Civil War veteran and congressman Philip Bond Fouke ,as well as several daughters. Philip served as a judge,as well as a major in the local militia. He was also a U.S. Marshall for awhile. Mississippi River floods washed away the old village of Kaskaskia;all that remains of the former "peninsula" is the island of Kaskaskia-the only part of Illinois west of the main channel of the Mississippi river!
  • The Fouke Co.,St. Louis: processing sealskins (432 KB)
    This photo shows workers washing and hooping Alaska Sealskins for The Fouke Co., often called The Fouke Fur Co.
  • Judge Jacob Fouke,Jr.,of Vandalia,IL (52 KB)
    Jacob Fouke,Jr. was born at Harper's Ferry,WV on Dec. 25th,1836. His parents were Jacob and Catherine McNall Fouke. They had lived in Illinois for a few years,but moved back east,to the Philadelphia area.Jacob Jr.,at the young age of 14, came back to Illinois to seek his fortune. He became a well respected member of the Vandalia community. Jacob Jr. married Mary Prentice (or Prentiss)in 1857. She died in 1865;evidently they had no children.
  • Pages from a Funsten Fouke Fur Co. catalog (82 KB)
    Originally, The Fouke Company was known as the Funsten Fur Co. Philip Bond Fouke III, grandson of Philip Bond Fouke, congressman/Civil War Col., began "at the bottom" of the company, and ending up owning it!
Related Files
  • A few more Fouke Family Details (6 KB)
    Read one of my e-mails to garner a few more details on Fouke family groups.
  • Ancestry and Descendants of R.R. Fouke (3 KB)
    Although this document centers on the family of Richard Reynolds Fouke, many details will be of interest to all Fouke families. Courtesy of David W. Bradford, Menomonee Falls,WI.
    This is a brief summary of some of the sub-groups of the Fouke family of the U.S.A.
    Richard Reynolds Fouke, a Civil War veteran, was one of the earliest chroniclers of the Fouke family. His biography gives a glimpse into the fascinating life of this West Virginia-born man.
  • "Old" Michal Fouke - our "Patriarch"? (4 KB)
    Here are a few known facts about the man who is thought to be the progenitor of all U.S. Fouke descendants-
  • Philip Fouke- an early Illinois settler (4 KB)
    Philip Fouke was an important citizen of the first capital of Illinois, Kaskaskia. His son, Philip Bond Fouke, was a Congressman,Civl War veteran, newspaperman,etc.
  • History of a Fouke Family (20 KB)
    This summary of the James and Angelica Byers Fouke Family will provide details of interest to all people of Fouke descent!
    Read about some small towns named Fouke, and the man who "put us on the map" .
  • Read a letter written by a Fouke Civil War Veteran (9 KB)
    This letter, written by Richard Reynolds Fouke to his cousin Ethel Webb, gives some details of the early Fouke family. Some theories or opinions are presented at the end of the file; these may or may not coincide with your own thoughts on the Fouke's origins. This letter has been passed on through the efforts of Dr. Richard L. Matteson of College Park,MD, and is available in HTML form due to the efforts of David W. Bradford of Menomonee Falls,WI.
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