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Female 1740 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name Mary Smith 
    Born 1740  NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I3733  MyTree
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2015 

    Father John Smith (?),   b. 1720, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F6098  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Alison Knox (in question),   b. Abt 1744, Belfast, County of Antrim, Ulster, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 29 May 1848 (?), Mecklenburg Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1781  Lincoln Co. or Mecklenburg Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Mary Ann Knox,   b. 28 May 1785, Mecklenburg Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1855, Selma, Dallas County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F2384  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Patrick Knox,   b. 1740, Belfast, County of Antrim, Ulster, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1780, Lincoln Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Married 1766  Mecklenburg, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Matthew Knox,   b. 1766, Lincoln, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. Hannah Knox,   b. 1767, Lincoln Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Ruth Knox,   b. 1769, Lincoln, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Jane Knox,   b. 1772, Lincoln, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. John Knox,   b. 1777, Lincoln Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1860, Mecklenburg Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F2385  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • Peggy Reece Bruckner Notes and Questions:
      [1] Rev. War - Battle of Ramseur's Mill, Lincoln County, NC, was June 20, 1780...
      [2] Hannah, a minor in 1785, b. NLT 1764... Why only Hannah, if there other minor children (see 1794 bond for John & Jean/Jane, b. NLT 1773? Jane in one entry...Jean in another...appear to be same person, but may be two?
      [3]Samuel Willson (aka Wilson] was guardian for John and Jean/Jane Knox - married Hannah... see note 9. (LDS records say Hannah m. Samuel Wilson, but year cannot be correct...) Schooling records indicate Ruth may have been younger...are Guardian Papers missing from this file?
      [4] Appears to be Isaac Alexander, eldest son of Abraham Alexander, Signer of Mecklenburg Declaration;
      [5] Col. James Johnston was also the commander of Private Robert Knox in Rev. War; also m. Jane Ewart, sister of Mary Ewart, wife of Robert Knox.
      [6] Is this James Knox the same James Knox who bought property of Patrick Knoxes Estate on Jan 31 1792, later named in legal action March 2, 1795, but died sometime before the latter date? How is this James Knox who d. after Jan 31 1792, and before March 2, 1795, connected to this family?
      [7] Also names "Smith" as the brother of Mary -- was this his given name? or surname?
      [8] In 1795, estate divided in 1/4's, so there were 4 remaining heirs?: Samuel Willson (aka Wilson) is identified as the guardian of "2 of the Heirs (John & Jane, see note 3)...and married to a third" -- (Hannah), and # 4 Matthew?, who appears on 1800 Census of Mecklenburg? What happened to Ruth? Where is Mary, widow of Patrick? Did she die before 1800 Settlement?
      [9] Hannah and Matthew appear to be older than Ruth, John and Jean/Jane since they were schooled earlier (1782 versus 1785-1787)? ...Are children listed in order of age? Hannah, Matthew, Ruth, John and Jean/Jane?
      [10] Appears to be Hugh Terrence/Torrence was the father of James Galbraith Torrence who m. Mary Latta, d. of James Latta and Jane (Allison?) Knox, daughter of Robert and Mary Ewart Knox...
      [11] Appears to be John Sharpe (m. Martha Young), son of James Sharpe/Jemima Alexander, sister of Priscilla Sharpe who m. Alexander Brevard Jetton, whose daughter Martha Nantz Jetton m. Robert Jay Wilson Knox, who was grandson of Robert Knox who m.


      When James Smith died in May 1860 [Mecklenburg Co NC Will Book J, page 79],
      he was unmarried, and left most of his estate to his single sister Esther
      Smith, with a provision that upon her death a portion of the property was to
      pass to John McFadden - relationship not given, but assumed nephew -- who
      was living in James' household at that time. When Esther Smith died in
      1868, her estate papers [NC Archives Mecklenburg Co Loose Estate Papers -
      Reel 100, Box 234] show that her estate was combined with her brother, James
      Smith.

      I'm including the following information because it references locations
      [which I'm sure are misspelled...] where James' [and I would assume David
      and Mary's] relatives lived back in Ireland. Of course, this is also
      many years
      after David (b. 1741) and Mary (b. bef 1751) were born -- and there may be
      no relationship to the birthplace of Patrick anyway. But, there may still
      be a clue here, so I'm sending it along:

      Power of Attorney - dated June 20, 1871 - Coleraine - Estates of Esther
      Smith & James Smith:

      Mrs. Rose Haughey,
      John McFadden, Hugh
      Reid & John Reid--------
      -------------------to---------------------
      Mr. John McFadden
      =====================
      ----------Power of Attorney------

      R[---?---] A. C. Crookshank
      4 Blessington Street
      Dublin & Coleraine


      [Excerpts from affidavit]

      [Cover Summary - Sworn statement given by James Hay who witnessed signatures
      of John McFadden, Hugh Reid, John Reid, and Rose Haughey in County of
      Londonderry]

      page 1:

      "Know all men by these presents th[ ] Rose [Reid] Haughey otherwise Reid
      of Clogher in the Parish of Billy in the County of Antrim in Ireland, widow
      - John McFadden of the Park in the Parish of Dunluce in said County farmer
      the lawful Husband of Esther McFadden otherwise Reid; Esther Reid aforesaid
      - Hugh Reid of Clogher aforesaid of [ ] and John Reid of Prinadarres[?]
      in the Parish of Prinuntullagh[?] and County of Antrim aforesaid farmer Have
      nominated consituted and appointed, and by these presents do and each and
      every of us Doth nominate consitute & appoint and in our place and stead [?]
      John McFadden of Meeklinburgh County North Carolina in the United states of
      America farmer and Planter our true and lawful attorney for us and for each
      and every of us and in our joint names or in the names of any one or more of
      us or in his own name to demand recover and receive and to give receipts and
      discharged for our shares or share proportions or proportion of the Estate
      and effects goods chattels moneys and all other the property of every nature
      and kind left by or which belonged or was owing to ESTHER SMITH
      formerly of Carnkirk
      in the Parish of Billy and County of Antrim in Ireland, but lately of
      Macklinburgh County North Carolina in the United States of America spinster
      deceased and we further nominate constitute and appoint the said John
      McFadden our true and lawful attorney for us and for each and every of us
      and in our joint names or in the names or name of any one or more of us or
      in his own name to demand receover and received and to give receipts and
      discharges for the shares or share proportions or proportion of the Estate &
      Effects Goods Chattels moneys and property of JAMES SMITH late of
      Macklinburgh County North Carolina aforesaid farmer or planter
      deceased......"

      As I mentioned earlier, my connection is Mary Ann's half brother John. I've been searching for a connection between the Irish Smiths who were in Mecklenburg during this timeframe. I'm fairly sure I've located one of her brothers -- probably the "Smith" mentioned in the Court Minutes regarding the 1792 dispute of the sale of a "waggon" in Capt Patrick Knox's Estate. The James Knox who was involved in this transaction was none other than Capt James Knox, the grandfather of President James Knox Polk... Capt James Knox owned property on McDowell Creek during the same timeframe that Allison Knox and John Knox (son of Capt Patrick and Mary Smith Knox) owned land. I still have no idea how, or if, Capt James Knox is related to Capt Patrick Knox, and there are so few documents relating to both, we'll probably never know...
      My research was done in both directions...back from my John's 1853 LWT and forward from Capt Patrick Knox's Estate records. Needless to say, there are a lot of gaps in the records...but John's 1853 will had a few crumbs to follow.
      He left 126 acres of land he called the "Blakely place" to his son Robert J. Wilson Knox. [John Knox acquired the property about 1844 from one of the Blakely heirs] In researching the "Blakely place" I found that it's owner, Rebecca Blakely aka Blackley/Blakeley/Blakley was likely the widow of Jasper Blakely who was an early (if not the first) Ruling elder at Gilead A. R. P. in Huntersville. A David Smith was a Ruling Elder at the same time as Jasper Blakely.
      When David Smith (b. 1741) died in 12 Jun 1823 , he had large land/slave holdings in Mecklenburg. His wife Nancy (Kenmore) Smith predeceased him. (Both are buried at Gilead ARP). They apparently had no children, or none survived them (at least none mentioned in his LWT).
      However...David bequeathed 120+ acres to a Rebecca Blakely, although his LWT does not specify his relationship to her. I speculate, but cannot prove, that she was his sister. He left property to several others whose relationships are not spelled out either, and who may be siblings...but two nephews are mentioned 1) "my nephew by marriage John Kenmer [Kenmore?]" and 2) "James Smith, son of my brother William in Ireland..."
      David Smith's nephew was still back in Ireland..and there is a paper trail in Court Minutes giving the specific location of James...and I would assume his father William...and perhaps the hometown of David Smith..and Mary (Smith) Knox, assuming she was his sister...
      Mecklenburg Co, NC Minutes of Court of Common Pleas & Quarter Sessions: 1824 August Session, 66 & 67
      "A Power of Attorney from James Smith, County Antrim in Ireland to his brother, Hugh Smith, of South Carolina, Greenville District, to wit: Know all men by these presents that I, James Smith of Carneock, Parish of Billy, & County Antrim have made, Ordained, Nominated, Constituted and Appointed, And by these presents Do make Ordain, Nominate, Constitute and Appoint and in my name & Stead put and depute my brother Hugh Smith of Greenville District, South Carolina in the United States of America my true & Lawful Attorney, for me & in my name & for my proper use & Benefit to ask, demand, Sue for & recover of & from the Executor or Executors of my late uncle David Smith of Mecklenburg County State of No. Carolina in the United States of America..."
      James arrived in the United States in November 1827 (according to his tombstone at Gilead A. R. P). His "Uncle" David Smith is also buried at Gilead with his wife Nancy.
      In 1860 David Smith's nephew James Smith made his LWT:
      ------------------------------
      Mecklenburg Co NC
      James (X) Smith
      1 May 1860, prb July 1860 Ct. By oaths of the wit named below:
      I, James Smith, desire by this my last will and testament to put my house in order.
      I will to my Sister Esther Smith all notes and monies arising from the sale of property as hereinafter directed, and during her lifetime. all livestock on my farm, all household and kitchen furniture, all wagnons, and carriages, and farming implements. I also will to my sister Esther Smith, during her lifetime, my servants Green, Daniel, Judy, Harriet and her four children, Katy, Jane, John, and Margaret, as well as all my lands.
      I will to John McFadden, now living in my house, and at the demise of my sister Esther, my servants James and Caleb and their mother Sucry, and my land known as the Steel Place of some 187 A lying adj. Alex Caldwell and John Knox
      I will to Eliza Jane Eakin (Aiken), the demise of my sister Esther, my servants Martha and Eliza and their increase;
      to my nephew James Reid, at the death of my sister Esther, my servant Levi and my home place of some 500 A being all the land I own except for the tract bequeathed to John McFadden.
      ------------------------------
      Now...looking backward...in 1850, this same James Smith was living next door to my John Knox in the Ramah District of Mecklenburg Co, NC. [I noticed him years ago, because one of my John's daughters married a Smith...and I wondered if this family was related to John's son-in-law. When I discovered that John's mother was a Smith, I discounted James Smith...because he was a "late comer" b. 1785, Ireland, who didn't arrive until 1827...and only recently realized that my dismissal was premature...]
      Back to David Smith...before he died in 1823, David appears in 1818 Court Minutes with John Knox, November Session, 189:
      Nov 23, 1818
      "Ordered by Court that John Knox Administer on the Estate of Jane Knox, Decd, who appeared in Court and was Qualified and entered into bond with David Smith, Security, in the some of ?250."
      I think this is Jane Knox...sister of my John Knox...and David Smith...his/her uncle? Jane died intestate and there are loose estate papers which I've ordered and hope to get soooon... I doubt there is much there, but am hoping that something will prove John was her brother.
      All of this, of course, is circumstantial evidence so far -- but there is a lot of it.
      (Source: Peggy Bruckner)