Colonel Blood & The Fogg Women

Colonel James Harvey Blood

Born December 29, 1833 in Dudley, MA and died December 29, 1885 in Akanten, Gold Coast , Africa.

He was "gallant alike with pen and sword" and a "champion of freedom in all domains." He died while on a gold mining expedition. The expedition was successful because he did, indeed, strike gold, but the riches could never replace the memory of the dear Colonel. He will long be remembered for his bravery and for his irresistibility to women--especially to the Fogg women. His three wives were Mary Ann Clapp Harrington, Victoria Claflin Woodhull, and Isabell Morrill Fogg.

Isabella Morrill Fogg Blood

Born November 2, 1833 in Stanstead, Quebec, Canada and died April 22, 1903 in New York City.

"Colonel" called her the "most amorous woman" he ever knew. She was known in her family as the "Amazon" because of her height and character. She believed strongly in freedom of thought and action. She was a businesswoman, running a boarding house for mill workers. Her first husband was Nathan L. Fogg of Sandwich, NH. Col. Blood, Victoria Woodhull, and Tennessee were all arrested for the Beecher-Tilton scandal on the day Isabell was marking her 39th birthday.

Fannie Kezia Fogg Koss

Born October 11, 1862 in Stanstead, Quebec, Canada and died January 20, 1927, probably in New York City.

She was known as the"Pearl of the Family." The Lewiston Evening Journal called her "a glorious girl, a beautiful blonde and as fine in character and as lovely in spirit as she was beautiful in person." Legend has it that Colonel loved her, but mother Isabell didn't approve & sent Fannie to Italy to get her away from her ardent suitor. Then, Isabell married Colonel herself! After Europe, Fannie married a gorgeous lawyer from NYC and died leaving an estate of about one million.

UPDATE June 14, 2015: It's come to my attention that some people are misreading the paragraph about Aunt Fannie. By "legend" I mean an unauthenticated story that has been passed down from generation to generation. Some people are taking the story as fact and adding details to it that aren't true. A tree on Ancestry.com says they were engaged to be married in 1884. Nope. A few trees show Fannie as the wife of Colonel Blood. Nope. A novelist suggested that Colonel Blood had an affair with Fannie while married to Victoria Woodhull. Nope. Victoria divorced him in 1876, and it looks like he met Fannie in 1879 when he started working with Fannie's brother. The origin of the legend is an undated newspaper article from the 1920's that was passed down in my family. Here's part of the text: "Col. Blood, a strangely dignified and quiet man was irresistible with woman and at this time past his prime. Yet he was suspected of having determined to centre his attention on Fanny. Immediately she was sent away to Europe, ere the fascinating Colonel Blood had more than a glimpse of her, a thing of which she was entirely innocent, even of the occasion or the call of Blood." Since I first published this legend, I've discovered that in 1885 Colonel Blood chaperoned Fannie on her trip to Italy, so the story that she was immediately sent to Europe to get her away from him can't be true. What most likely happened is that Col. Blood, who was nearly 30 years older, had a crush on Fannie but she wasn't interested in him so he decided he'd have better luck with her mother.

Mary Leeann Shearer

She is a Scorpio born near the birthday of her great-great-grandmother, Isabell Morrill Fogg Blood. Mary is the Fogg family historian and the granddaughter of Colonel Blood's namesake James "Phil" Fogg. (She's also the owner of Victoria Woodhull and Company.) Her passion for Colonel Blood & Victoria Woodhull started in childhood when she saw a picture of the Colonel and was immediately drawn to him. She had to find out who he was. She continues to this day to seek out information on this fascinating man and the woman he inspired to run for President of the United States.

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