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John Knox

Male 1777 - 1860  (83 years)

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  • Name John Knox 
    Born 1777  Lincoln Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1860  Mecklenburg Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3738  MyTree
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2015 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Mary Smith,   b. 1740, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1766  Mecklenburg, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2385  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Polly B. Robison 
    Married 10 Nov 1813  Mecklenburg Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F4207  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Mecklenburg Marriages 1783 - 1868:
      Knox, John & Polly B. Robison, 10 Nov 1813, James A. Tobb bondsman,
      Isaac Alexander witness.

      Saga of John, Allison, and Capt Patrick Knox of Mecklenburg Co, NC
      Posted by: Peggy Bruckner (ID *****7164) Date: January 06, 2008 at 11:29:44
      In Reply to: Re: Knox - Shelby mar. bef. 1810 Meck. NC by Mac Alexander of 3008

      First, a recent fresh look (pick and shovel...) at old census data has shed some new light on 1) John Knox, son of Robert and Mary (Ewart) Knox, versus 2) John Knox, son of Capt Patrick Knox. Robert's relationship to Capt Patrick and Allison Knox who m. Capt Patrick's widow is still unclear -- as is Robert/Patrick/Allison's relationship to Capt James Knox, grandfather and namesake of James Knox Polk, our 11th President.

      Regarding the immediate relationship, it's now crystal clear (to me, anyway) that these TWO Johns have been confused. I'd attribute this confusion to timing. First, (1) John Knox, son of Robert left NC moved west AFTER the 1840 Lincoln Co NC Census, where he and Jane (Bell) appear with their two children Mary B. and William B. Then, (2) "my" John Knox, identified by his descendants, appears for the first time in 1850 Mecklenburg, creating the appearance that the "same" John Knox simply moved across the river.

      I'm 100% sure that "my" John Knox who m. Polly B.(Robison, I speculate) bef 1814, Mecklenburg Co, NC was NOT the son of Robert and Mary (Ewart) Knox. I'm 99% sure he WAS the son of Capt Patrick and Mary (Smith) Knox (who subsequently m. Allison Knox), but still have a few loose ends to tie-up before I can get to 100%. How I arrived at my conclusion is a rather complex exercise...and really difficult to net.

      If you are interested in the Lincoln Co NC 1790-1850 Census analysis go here to read more:,Bell, Lincoln::knox::2838.html

      At this point, I can only speculate that Robert/Allison/Patrick were brothers. From deed and census evidence, I do conclude Allison Knox, Capt Patrick Knox and "my" John Knox apparently were in Mecklenburg before and after the death of Capt Patrick...

      There is a Mecklenburg Co, NC Guardian Bond made April 28, 1794 - "Saml Wilson appointed guardian of Patrick Knoxes minor children John & Jane Knox" (signed by Samuel Wilson and James Curry; witness Isaac Alexander CC)

      In July 1800, Samuel Wilson received 3/4 of the proceeds of the Final Settlement for the Estate of Capt Patrick Knox. One of the 1/4s was for John Knox, son of Patrick and Mary (Smith) Knox, 1/4 was for Samuel's wife, Hannah Knox, 1/4 for Jane Knox (dau of Patrick & Mary), and 1/4 for Mary (Smith, Knox) Knox, Capt Patrick's widow, who was then married to Allison Knox.

      On 10 July 1800, two Mecklenburg deeds recorded land transactions between Samuel Wilson (legal Guardian and brother-in-law of John Knox), and "a" John Knox, who is clearly the heir of Capt Patrick Knox.

      The net of these two transactions is that John Knox exchanged (1) land (423 acres) owned by his father Patrick Knox's Estate, to which John's mother, Mary(Smith, Knox) Knox held "dower interests" which was located on the "east side of the Catawba River," for (2) land (384 acres) of equal value ($1500)located on McDowell Creek, which appears to be located near the Caldwell Station area of present-day Huntersville:

      Deed Book 16, Mecklenburg Co, NC p. 460.
      10 July 1800. Saml. Wilson, Sr., to John Knox for $1500,

      [384 A in three parts:]

      [1] 315 A on McDowell Cr being the land conveyed to Andw. Bowman by Henry E. McCulloh 21 Jan 1767;
      [2] 13 A on McDowell Cr adj Martin Steel & Adam Meek;
      [3] 56 on McDowell Cr adj Meed [sic Meek], Wm. Hill, Dunlap, Saml. Wilson, & other lands of the grantee.

      Wit: Robt. Wilson, Jurat, & Magt. Wilson.
      Proven at July Sess 1800, test Isaac Alexr., CMC. Reg 10 Sep 1800

      (Source: Abstract of Deed Books 15-23 Mecklenburg County, North Carolina 1794-1830 By Herman W. Ferguson 2001; Abstract 977)

      Deed Book 16 Mecklenburg Co, NC p. 461. 10 July 1800.
      John Knox to Saml. Wilson, Senr. $1500,

      423 A in three parts viz:

      [1] 300 A on the east side of the Catawba River being part of a tract granted to Peter Ellis[?], conveyed by Ellis to Geo. Renich 14 Apr 1752, then to John Black 28 Oct 1754, from the heirs of Black to Archd. Henderson 2 Jan 1773, and then to Patrick Knox;
      [2] [73] A joining [1] adj. Wm. Henderson being originally [part of?] a grant to Renick; &
      [3] 50 A adj Francis Bailey & Benj. Wilson. Mary Knox, alias Mary Allison [sic Knox, wife of Allison Knox] has a dower interest in the property during her lifetime.

      Wit: Robt. Wilson, Jurat, & May [sic Mag] Wilson.

      Proven at Jul Sessions 1800, test Isaac Alexander CMC. Reg 10 Sep 1800.

      Source: Abstract of Deed Books 15-23 Mecklenburg County, North Carolina 1794-1830 By Herman W. Ferguson 2001 (Abstract 978)


      The "neighbors" listed in the second parcel (384 acres; Deed Book 16, p 460) on McDowell Creek also appear on the 1800 Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC, page 564:

      Listed in this order, on this page are: Martin Steele; Widow Blakely[1]; William Hill, Sr; William Hill Jr; Robert Dunlap; James Curry[2]

      [1] Located smack in the middle of this bunch is the "Widow (Rebecca) Blakely" who d. bef January 1838. Sometime after Jan 1838, "my" John Knox purchased this property from the Blakely heirs. "The Blakely Place" is mentioned in "my" John's 1856 LWT, with ownership of his 126 acres already having been conveyed to his son, Robert J. Wilson Knox. This places "my" John Knox squarely on the territory of John Knox, son of Capt Patrick...

      [As an aside, notice that Robert and Margaret (Alexander) Wilson were witnesses to both transactions. Robert Wilson was Samuel Wilson Jr's half-brother, son of Samuel Wilson Sr and third wife, Margaret Jack. I speculate that this Robert Wilson was the namesake for my Robert J. Wilson Knox, b. 1820, Mecklenburg.]

      Also, "my" John's heirs say he owned a large piece of acreage in/near "Caldwell Station." In 1873, Mecklenburg Real Estate Conveyances show a purchase by Robert J. Wilson Knox of 424 acres adjacent to the "Caldwell property."

      This particular purchase was the result of a 1872 Estate Settlement involving RJW Knox's two brothers John/Andrew, who both died without wills or heirs, and whose property from their father's 1860 estate was subsequently divided among the surviving heirs, as per instructions left in John Sr's LWT).

      [2] In addition, on the 1800 Census "neighbor" list (but not mentioned on the two deeds as a neighbor), is James Curry who was co-signer with Samuel Wilson for John and Jane Knox's Guardian Bond (above) made in Mecklenburg Co, NC, April 1794.

      John and Polly B. Knox had a daughter named Hannah E. who was the youngest daughter. Hannah died 19 Aug 1845 in Mecklenburg Co., NC and is buried in the Bethel Church Cemetery. Her tombstone says:
      Hannah E.
      Daut of
      John & Polly B. Knox
      died Aug 29, 1845
      Aged 17 y's 9 m's
      (would have been born December 1827)
      This date is only 20 days after the 9 August 1845 Marriage Bond for her older brother, Robert J. Wilson Knox's marriage to Martha N. Jetton. Also, note that the timing of her death makes it very likely that she died in the 1845 Erysipelas Epidemic described by Rev. Sommerville account below. This epidemic also took the lives of her Uncle Dr. Carnes Henderson Robison [brother of Mary B. Robison Knox], and his wife, Mary Abigail Alexander, daughter of William Bain Alexander and Violet Davidson.
      "Mary Abigail Alexander (Nov 9, 1813 - April 9, 1845) married March12, 1844, Kerns Henderson Robinson [a.k.a. Dr. Carnes Henderson Robison], and lived three miles east of Hopewell. Both perished in the erysipelas epidemic, 1845, when our people were almost in panic with deaths so frequent it was difficult to secure decent burials."
      Erysipelas (Greek - red skin) is an acute streptococcusbacterial infection of the dermis, resulting in inflammation and characteristically extending into underlying fat tissue.
      (Source: Peggy Buckner)