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John Knox

Male Abt 1722 - 1777  (~ 55 years)


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  • Name John Knox 
    Born Abt 1722  Belfast, Antrim, Ulster, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Jun 1777  Steele Creek, Mecklenburg Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Steele Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Mecklenburg Co., NC (grave 5FE) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3575  MyTree
    Last Modified 27 Jul 2013 

    Father John Knox,   b. Abt 1687, Belfast, Antrim, Ulster, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1763, Steele Creek, Mecklenburg Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Mother Sarah MNU (Knox),   b. 1697, Belfast, Antrim, Ulster, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1763, Steele Creek, Mecklenburg Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married Abt 1721  Belfast, Antrim, Ulster, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2327  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Ann Gaston,   b. 1727, Belfast, Antrim, Ulster, Norther Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1813, Steele Creek, Mecklenburg Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 1750  NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Joseph Knox,   b. NC Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Sarah Knox,   b. NC Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mary Knox,   b. NC Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Elizabeth Knox,   b. NC Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Ann Knox,   b. NC Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Matthew Knox,   b. Between 1758 and 1764, prob SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Steele Creek, Mecklenburg Co., N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location
    +7. James Knox,   b. Abt 1761, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1842, Steele Creek, Mecklenburg Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
    +8. Samuel Knox,   b. 1763,   d. 10 Mar 1833, Steele Creek, Mecklenburg Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F2328  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • John, died 1777. owned property on what today is called Island Point in lower Steele Creek adjoining the Price and Herron property. (His heirs continued owning parts of that original tract until the mid 1900s.- and a few still live in the area. ...
      The children of Sarah have been determined from the wills of her sons, John (1722 – 1777) and Samuel Knox (1730 – 1800).
      (Source: Linda Blackwelder, August 2002)

      There are land grant records from the 1760 period indicating that
      John, Samuel, and Matthew had large acreage on the East side of the
      Catawba River in an area known as Johney's Town.

      We know a lot about the family of John and Ann Knox from his will
      filed in Mecklenburg Will Book D, pp.122-123 CR 065.801.19: In
      John's will dated 30 March 1772, probated at July court, 1777 , he
      names his brother Samuel Knox & (neighbor) Hugh Herron as executors.

      From old deeds, wills, cemetery records and census records: John,
      died 1777. owned property on what today is called Island Point in
      lower Steele Creek adjoining the Price and Herron property. (His heirs
      continued owning parts of that original tract until the mid 1900s.-
      and a few still live in the area. John and his wife, Ann, are buried
      in the same plot with Sarah in the Steele Creek Presbyterian Church
      Cemetery.

      From: Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Abstracts of Early Wills,
      1763-1790 by Brent H. Holcomb, printed by A. Press, Inc. Greenville,
      S.C.. 1980. p.36
      "Will of John Knox Senr. Of the County of Mecklenburg & province of
      North Carolina being very sick & weak in body…to sons James Knox,
      Samuel Knox & Mathew Knox, all my real estate, 508 acres to be equally
      divided, James Knox to have first choice, then Samuel second choice ..
      if any died before reaching maturity, then his part to son Joseph
      Knox; to daughter Sarah Knox, two cows, two calves, etc…; to son John
      Knox, two cows & calf; to daughter Mary Knox, two cows, sheep, etc; to
      daughter Elizabeth Knox, two cows, two calves, etc. to daughter Ann
      Knox, two cows, two calves, etc.; to wife Ann, her maintenance & to
      clothe & school children…
      friend Hugh Herron & brother Samuel (Knox) Exrs.
      30 March 1772 John Knox (Seal)
      Wits: William Kerr, Thomas Orr & Moses Sharpley
      Proved in July Session 1777
      Will Book D., pp. 122-123

      In the will of John Knox, James Knox' father, he left his land to his
      sons, James, Samuel and Matthew. James was to have first choice of
      land, then Samuel the second choice leaving Matthew the last choice.
      This was for 508 acres. There was a statement that if any one of those
      three died then son Joseph was to receive that part. I have been
      unable to determine what happened to this Matthew Knox, but it appears
      that by 1797, Matthew must have died because at that time, son Joseph
      deed his 1/3 interest in this land to James and Samuel. In 1812, James
      and Samuel divided this 508 acres into separate adjoining tracts.
      James Knox took 260 acres and Samuel took 240 acres.
      The source for the above two transactions were from: Mecklenburg
      County, North Carolina, Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas and
      Quarter Sessions, Volume II: 1801-1820, By Herman W. Ferguson, Rocky
      Mount, NC 1997. p. 162. "Book 5, 1812 Febuary Session: Joseph Knox to
      James & Samuel Knox, for his own third part of 508 acres of land
      bequeathed by John Knox, Decd., to the same James, Sam. & Jos. Knox
      dated the 23rd of August 1797."

      Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Minutes of the Court of Common
      Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Volume II: 1801-1820, By Herman W.
      Ferguson, Rocky Mount, NC 1997. p. 162. "Book 5, 1812 Febuary Session:
      Joseph Knox to James & Samuel Knox, for his own third part of 508
      acres of land bequeathed by John Knox, Decd., to the same James, Sam.
      & Jos. Knox dated the 23rd of August 1797."
      In other words, Joseph had deed the land to them in 1797 but they had
      not recorded the deed until 1812).

      From: Ferguson's Vol. II (Ibid above) p. 162. at the same court
      session above "The division of Lands of John Knox, Decd, between James
      Knox and Samuel Knox, Heirs of said decd..was admitted to record on
      the certificate of James Spratt, Surveyor, to wit:"…
      A description was given of the 260 acres tract to James Knox and the
      240 acre tract of Samuel Knox.

      From: Louise Pettus Notes - which she took from Colony of North
      Carolina, 1735-1764, Abstracts of Land Patents, Volume One by Margaret
      M. Hofmann, 1982, Roanoke News Company, Weldon, N.C. (For copies of
      patents write to: Land Grant Office, New Legislative Office Building
      -Room 302, 300 North Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27611) Patent #4349,
      Patent Book 13, p. 424 JOHN KNOX, 21 Dec 1763, 508 acres in
      Mecklenburg County on the E. side of the Catauba(sic) River, joining
      Jean Armour, Matthew Knox, sd Knox, and (a point) near Robert Lepers
      (Leepers) improvement.
      (It appears from the above that John Knox owned another tract
      adjoining it)

      From: Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Deed Abstracts 1763-1779, by
      Brent H. Holcomb and Elmer O. Parker, Southern Historical Press, Inc.
      (reprint) from copyright 1979 by: The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr.
      1979.(reprint 1991) p. 225:
      Meck. Deeds Vol 8, p. 101. (start of deed book 27. (a plat or
      beginning of a plat of land of John Knox.)

      From: Genealogical Deed Abstracts of Mecklenburg County, North
      Carolina Books 10-14 by Herman W. Ferguson, Privately published by
      Herman Ferguson, Rocky Mount, NC 1990. p. 137:
      From deed bk. 19, p. 179: "A division of land owned by John Knox,
      decd, as shown in the plat below between Jas. Knox & Saml. Knox,
      surveyed by James Sprott, Surveyor. Proved at Feb. Court 1812 by the
      certificate of Jas. Spratt. Registered 1 May 1812.
      (The plat map is entered into the book)