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Matthew Knox

Male Abt 1736 - Abt 1802  (~ 66 years)


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  • Name Matthew Knox 
    Born Abt 1736  Belfast, Antrim, Ulster, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Will 26 Apr 1800  Mecklenburg Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Abt Dec 1802  Steele Creek, Mecklenburg Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will Probate Jan 1803 
    Mecklenburg Co, NC 
    Person ID I3581  MyTree
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2009 

    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 Unknown 
    Children 
     1. Jane Knox,   b. NC Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Margaret Knox,   b. NC Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John Knox,   b. NC Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. James Knox,   b. Abt 1760 Ireland, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1847, Pickens Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Elizabeth Knox,   b. NC Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. daughter #4 Knox,   b. NC Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F2344  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1736 - Belfast, Antrim, Ulster, Northern Ireland Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • In 1762 the western part of Anson Co. became Mecklenburg Co., NC.

      Notes on Matthew Knox:
      Knox-DNA Project [Group 1; Haplogroup R1b1b2]
      Testing Service Name: Family Tree DNA
      Group or Line Number: Line No. 1
      Participant ID Number: 49726 [Sponsor: Jim Brown]

      Earliest Ancestor's Name: Matthew Knox, b. bef 1741, Ireland, probably; d. bef Jan 1803, Steele Creek Community, Mecklenburg Co, NC. *

      There is considerable disagreement among Knox Researchers regarding Matthew's age and ancestry. We do not know when he arrived in America; however, his earliest known record is a Mecklenburg NC Deed dated Dec 1762 which indicates he was "of Anson" county NC. Based on this deed, we can assume he was born not later than 1741.

      We have no primary evidence sources that prove this Matthew was a son of "Old" Sarah Knox and her unknown husband, or that Matthew was a brother to any of other Steele Creek Knoxes, although the DNA evidence is fully consistent with such a relationship. However, it's also consistent with his being a first cousin or other close relative, and his geographic location and documented associations do support the probability of near-kinship with the Steele Creek Knoxes.

      Five of Matthew's seven known children, and two grandchildren are named in his Mecklenburg Co, NC Will, dated 26 April 1800, probated Jan 1803, and filed in Will Book D, page 141. Matthew's wife is unnamed, and assumed to have pre-deceased him. It is unclear where he was married more than once.

      Children of Matthew Knox & Unknown Wife are:
      Jane Knox, m. Unnamed Garrett
      James Knox, m. Mary Ann Abbott [see below] **
      Unnamed (pre-deceased?) Daughter Knox m. Berry Young (parents of grandson, Matthew Young, named in Matthew Knox's LWT) ***
      Unnamed (pre-deceased?) Daughter Knox m. Unknown Price (parents of granddaughter Amy Price, named in Matthew's LWT) ***
      Margaret Knox, m. John W. Peck
      John T. Knox, m. Celia Unknown
      Elizabeth Knox
      *Matthew Knox, 1800 Salisbury District, Mecklenburg Co, NC Census: Age Range given as 45+ (b. bef 1755). Son James was b. 1760-1770, this according to his 1830 and 1840 census records; therefore, Matthew was born no later than 1740-1750. Matthew's 1762 Deed indicates he was at least 21 at that time, therefore born not later than 1741. Matthew may have been much older, however, his age cannot be determined with any degree of confidence. Son James was b. in Ireland, according to the 1880 census of three of his sons; therefore, it is likely that Matthew, himself, was also b. Ireland; however, this is unproven.
      ** Proven by Mecklenburg Co, NC Deed Book 23, page 111; 17 Jan 1825, James Knox of Pendleton Dist, SC to John Knox of Mecklenburg For $700, 250 A on the Catawba River adj. Saml Knox & Joseph Swann being the land left to the granter in the will of his father Mathew Knox [WB-D, p 141 & HWF 368]Wit: James M. Hart & John Knox. Proven at Feb Court 1827 by both Wit. [Herman W Ferguson Abstract #5697]
      *** Two unnamed daughters, mothers of two grandchildren named in Matthew's April 1800 LWT [WB-D, p 141 & HWF 368], are assumed to have pre-deceased their father. "Son" Berry Young is assumed to be Matthew's son-in-law, and the father of grandson, Matthew Young.
      (Source: http://knoxsociety.org/49726_matthew_knox.htm)

      Matthew, died 1803, owned property adjoining John's property but
      appears to have been on the East side (or SE side) after the Catawba
      River makes it's curve that separates it from York Co. (John's would
      have been across from Gaston & York) It may be that Matthew's was in
      the vicinity of today's area of Shopton Road West and Sledge Road.
      Matthew also owned a tract of land that adjoined Thomas Neely, Jr. on
      Steele Creek and appears to have been between Neely and John
      Whiteside.

      It appears that Matthew (brother of Joseph, James & Samuel) who
      received the 1/3 interest in the land in John's will did in fact die
      and Joseph inherited his interest in the land. From this we can see
      that Joseph sold his 1/3 interest and it is thought that he at that
      time (about 1797) left and went to Tennessee.. He does not appear in
      the 1800 census record in the Steele Creek area.

      It is not known who the wife of Matthew Knox was. She may have died
      young or she definitely predeceased him as she is not mentioned in his
      will.

      Matthew appears to have come to Steele Creek after his brothers, John
      and Samuel. It is probable that Samuel and John had received grants
      before Mecklenburg County was formed in 1763. At least Samuel was here
      by that time and it appears that he already owned several large tracts
      of land before he started buying more that were recorded in
      Mecklenburg County.

      Matthew purchased property from Reese Price and his wife Sarah (of
      then Anson Co.) on 15 & 16 December 1762. The amount of acres is not
      listed in the abstract. (Mecklenburg County, N.C., Deed Abstracts,
      1763-1779, Brent H. Holcomb & Elmer O. Parker, Reprinted by Southern
      Historical Press, Inc, Greenville, SC. 1991. p. 3.) It states that the
      property was located on the east side of the Catawba River, near land
      formerly granted to James Armour and near an old Indian path and was
      granted to Reese Price in 1753.

      In 1775, Matthew received a state Grant #414 issued at New Bern, Vol.
      25, p. 53, for 100 acres on the east side of the Catawba River adj.
      Amour, Swann, John Knox and other lands of Matthew. His children had
      probably married at a place where Matthew lived prior to moving to
      Steele Creek. His daughters were married to a Garrett, Barry Young and
      John Peck. These were certainly not Steele Creek names and evidently
      they did not move to Steele Creek. They may have lived in old Tryon
      County or Lincoln Co., however, nothing is known of them.

      Matthew was a constable for Mecklenburg County in 1778. Since he owned
      property adjoining the Prices, John Knox (his brother) and Swann, it
      is likely that it was located near where Westinghouse Blvd is located
      today near Hwy 160. The "old Indian path" was no doubt the Tuckassegee
      path which was in the locale of Hwy 160 today. Armour's land was
      located near where Wither Cove is today.

      He left his real property to his sons, John and James. It is believed
      that James moved to South Carolina at some point. Matthew named his
      son, John his co-executor along with neighbor James Hartt. In 1825,
      James of Pendleton Dist., SC sold to John Knox, 250 acres on the river
      adj. Samuel Knox which he stated, he inherited from his father ,
      Matthew Knox. Whether this was his brother John, or his cousin John
      (either son of Samuel or son of James), it is not known. Matthew
      wrote his will on 26 April 1800 (about the time that his brother
      Samuel Knox, died, and it was probated in Jan. 1803. None of Matthew's
      children are buried in Steele Creek and if Matthew is buried at Steele
      Creek, he does not have a marker.

      In his Will, he gives his daughter, Jane Garret, a Negro, Hannah. He
      gives the plantation he lives on and the tract adjoining it to be
      divided between his sons John and James and "if they cannot agree
      among themselves how these lands are to be divided, they are to call
      upon Hugh Herron, Joseph Swann and James Hartt to make the division,
      and son John is to have his choice as to which half is to belong to
      him". He gives to his daughter Margaret, the Negro Nan (who is not to
      be sold out of the family), also "my rug, my feather bed, blanket and
      sheets. To his daughter Elizabeth, he gave the Negro Ned and "my small
      table". To his grandson Matthew Young $60 when he reaches 21; to son
      (in-law?) Barry Young one silver dollar; and to granddaughter Amy
      Price, a cow and a blanket. ***was there another daughter who had
      married a Price and perhaps had died prior to his will???** He willed
      that the Negro Aleck is to remain on his land and that his time is to
      be divided between his sons John and James. The Negro wench Binah, is
      to be set free and at full liberty to act for herself on condition
      that she live among his children of her choice and he gave her a cow,
      a spinning wheel and some hogs.

      His son (in-law?) John W. Peck is to have full liberty to occupy what
      he can of his improvements for a term of two years and either live "in
      my dwelling house or my other little house".
      It appears that all of these children may have left the area after
      Matthew died and none of these names appear in Steele Creek records or
      cemeteries.
      I suspect that there was a cemetery located near the river at one time
      where some of the Prices, Knox's and other neighbors might be located,
      however, if there was, it is probably under the waters of Lake Wylie
      today. These people attended Steele Creek Church, but there are
      several of these families that do not appear to be buried at Steele
      Creek. It may be that they are buried at Steele Creek in unmarked
      graves.
      Matthew is mentioned in his brother Samuel's will. It appears that at
      his death, only brothers David and Robert may have still been living.
      It is not known when either of them died or where. It is suspected
      that Robert died in York County and David may have lived elsewhere in
      South Carolina.
      (Source: Linda Blackwelder)