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Tale of Two Johns:

       John Knox of Caldwell Station & McDowell Creek, Mecklenburg County,  NC

 

 

 

 

 

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bef.

1748

Birth of Patrick Knox (Father of John Knox)

 

 

 

 

 

bef.

1768

Marriage of Patrick Knox and Mary Smith (Parents of John Knox)

 

 

 

 

 

  abt.

1769

Hannah Knox, eldest child born to Patrick and Mary (Smith) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

bet.

1770-1775

Matthew and Ruth Knox born to Patrick and Mary (Smith) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

22-May

1777

 

John Knox born in NC

 

 

 

 

 

 

bet.

1779-1780

Jean/Jane Knox, youngest child born to Patrick and Mary (Smith) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

4-Sep

1779

Patrick Knox of Mecklenburg purchased 373 acres from Archibald Henderson, in Mecklenburg Co, NC, on the "eastside of the Catawba River"

 

 

 

 

 

20-Jun

1780

Capt Patrick Knox, of Mecklenburg killed in the Revolution War at the

Battle of Ramseur's Mill, Lincolnton, Lincoln Co, NC and was buried on the "southern brow" of battlefield along with five other Whig Captains who were also slain that day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1782

Patrick Knox Estate probated in Mecklenburg Co, NC - Mary Knox, Executrix

 

 

 

 

 

 

1782-1784

Patrick's widow, Mary Knox m. Allison Knox of Mecklenburg Co, NC [Note: date unknown, but between April 1782 and 1785 birth of  Mary Ann Knox]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1782-1786

Allison Knox replaced Patrick's Widow Mary as Executor of Patrick's Estate

 

 

 

 

 

28-May

1785

Mary Ann Knox born, child of Allison and Mary (Smith-Knox) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

27-Oct

1785

Allison Knox appointed Guardian of Hannah Knox, daughter of Patrick

 

 

 

 

 

 

1787

Samuel Wilson Jr. m. Hannah Knox, dau of late Patrick and Mary (Smith) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1790

First Federal Census of Mecklenburg County, NC -  Allison Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

1790

First Federal Census of Mecklenburg County, NC -  Samuel Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1790

Census Map & North Mecklenburg - Districts 6 & 7 Census Lists 

 

 

 

 

 

30-Mar

1790

Marriage Bond for Robert Robison (II) and Margaret Henderson issued in Mecklenburg; John Robinson/Robison, Bondsman (Parents of Polly B)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1775-1790

Mary Hayes, wife of David Robinson/Robison died.  (Grandparents of Polly B)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1792

Archibald Robison born, eldest son of Robert Robison (II) and Margaret Henderson

 

 

 

 

 

2-Mar

1792

Capt James Knox bought a "waggon" from Capt Patrick Knox's Estate

Mary Knox's brother (David?) "Smith" involved in the sale…results in Court Action

 

 

 

 

 

28-Apr

1794

Samuel Wilson Jr. (Brother-in-law of John Knox) appointed

Guardian of  Patrick Knox's minor children John and Jane/Jean Knox

 

 

 

 

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28-Oct

1794

Polly B. Robison born, eldest dau of Robert Robison (II) and Margaret Henderson (Wife of John Knox)

 

 

 

 

 

10-Oct

1794

Capt James Knox, grandfather of President Polk died; buried at Hopewell. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1794

David Smith made a claim against Capt James Knox's Estate

 

 

 

 

 

25-Nov

1797

State Grant for 50 acres on the Catawba River issued to John Knox

adjoining Francis Bailey, Benj. Willson [sic Wilson], and other lands of Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1798

Mecklenburg Co, NC Tax List:

Allison and John Knox listed in Capt. Archibald Cathey's Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

1799

Mecklenburg Co, NC Tax List:

Allison and John Knox listed in Capt. Archibald Cathey's Company

 

 

 

 

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1800

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC -  Allison Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1800

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC -  Samuel Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

22-Jul

1800

Patrick Knox's Estate Settlement Statement

 

 

 

 

 

10-Jul

1800

John Knox sold Samuel Wilson Jr  424 acres on the "East side" of  the Catawba River  including Patrick's 373 acres purchased in 1779;  Mary Knox has lifetime dower interest

 

 

 

 

 

 

10-Jul

1800

Samuel Wilson Jr sold John Knox 384 acres on the waters of McDowell Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

1802

Elizabeth Robison born, 2nd dau of Robert Robison (II) and Margaret Henderson

 

 

 

 

 

 

30-Apr

1806

Cynthia H. Robison born, youngest dau of Robert Robison (II) and Margaret Henderson

 

 

 

 

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12-Oct

1808

David Robinson/Robison, father of Robert Robison (II), died in Mecklenburg Co, NC. Buried at Sugaw Creek Presbyterian. (Grandfather of Polly B)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1810

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC -  Allison Knox

 

 

 

 

Last Update:04/24/2012

 

 

1810

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC - Samuel Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1811

Carnes Henderson Robison born, youngest son of Robert Robison and Margaret Henderson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1812

Robert Robison, II died intestate - Mecklenburg Co, NC. (Father of Polly B)

[Note: His 250-acre estate was not partitioned until 1844-1845, after his widow Margaret died in 1843] May be buried at Sugaw Creek unmarked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug

1812

John D. O. K. Pettus (Grandson of Samuel Knox and Mary Taggard of Steele  Creek, Mecklenburg Co, NC) married Violet Wilson (Granddaughter of Capt Patrick Knox and Mary Smith of North Mecklenburg Co, NC.)  [Note: Samuel had a brother named Matthew.  Patrick had a son named Matthew. Was there a family connection between Captain Patrick Knox & Samuel Knox? More about the Steele Creek Knoxes]

 

 

       

10-Nov

1813

Marriage Bond  issued in Mecklenburg Co, NC for John Knox and Polly B. Robison; James A. Todd, Bondsman

   

 

 

 

 

 

1814

Margaret Knox  born, eldest dau of John Knox and Polly B. Robison

 

 

 

 

 

 

25-Dec

1816

John Knox sells William Elliot 105 acres "on the Waters of McDowell Creek Subdivided from the plantation whereon Said John Knox now lives.  Beginning at a Black Oak Steels Corner"...adjoining Andrew Johnston…"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1817

Mary B. Knox [Jr] born,  dau of John Knox and Polly B. Robison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1818

William Henderson's LWT Executors are "Worthy Friend" David Smith, Robert Wilson, and James G. Torrence;  Witnesses are Clem Nance and Jenny Knox (a.k.a. Jane? Knox, sister of John?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

20-Sep

1818

John Knox appointed Admin of Jane Knox's Estate ; David Smith was his Security Bondsman

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb

1819

Buyers at William Henderson's Estate Sale include: David Smith, John Knox, Alison Knox, Samuel Wilson Jr, and William J. Wilson

 

 

       

6-Mar

1820

Wm. S. Elliott to Ephraim Jetton for $500, 105 A on McDowell Cr adj Andrew Johnston being land previously owned by John Knox.

 

 

 

 

 

1820

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC -  John Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

26-Sep

1820

Robert J. Wilson Knox born, eldest son of John Knox and Polly B. Robison

 

 

 

 

 

 

March

1822

John Knox purchased "one pan" and "three Negrows" from the Estate of William S. Elliott, decd, son of Robert Elliott and Martha  [Smith?]

 

 

       

 

1823

Patrick Jefferson Knox born, second son of John Knox and Polly B. Robison

   

 

 

 

 

 

1823

David Smith died. Buried at Gilead A. R. P., Huntersville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1823

Mecklenburg Tax List:  John Knox – Captain Doherty’s Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

28-Feb

1826

John Knox appointed Guardian of Moses Shelby’s minor children (Moses was John's brother-in-law)

 

 

       

Nov

1827

Hannah E. Knox born, dau of John Knox and Polly B. Robison [see tombstone photo for correct birth/death data]    

 

 

 

 

7-Feb

1828

"Alexander Gillespie married Elizabeth Robeson, daughter of Margaret
Robeson, on 7 Feb 1828 in Mecklenburg County"  (The Catawba Journal, 19 Feb 1828)

 

 

 

 

 

 

25-Jan

1828

John Knox re-purchases from Ephraim Jetton an 105-acre parcel on McDowell Creek which John sold in 1816 to William Elliott, who subsequently sold it to Jetton in 1820.

 

 

         

1829

Bethel Church Organized    

 

 

 

 

6-Jan

1829

John Knox is a Bethel Trustee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1829

Joseph Robison Gillespie born, only son of Alexander Gillespie and Elizabeth Robison

 

 

 

 

 

 

18-Mar

1830

John R. Knox born, son of John Knox and Polly B. Robison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1830

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC - Jno Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr

1832

John Knox’s slave named Jim listed as a Communicant at Bethel Presbyterian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1831-1844

Moses Shelby and Mary Ann Knox's children appear in Bethel Communion and Baptismal Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bef 1834

Margaret Knox, eldest daughter of John and Polly B., m. Amos Alfred Alexander, son of Ephraim K. Alexander and Margaret Price.

 

 

 

 

 

 

15-Jan

1834

Andrew Springs Knox born, youngest son of John Knox and Polly B. Robison

 

 

 

 

 

 

28-Mar

1834

Andrew Springs Knox Baptized at Bethel Presbyterian

 

 

 

 

 

 

24-Jan

1835

John Knox bought 23 acres of adjoining property on McDowell Creek from Sarah B. (Johnston) Murray, heir of Andrew Johnston

 

 

 

 

 

 

29-Aug

1835

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10-Nov

1836

Elizabeth (Robison-Gillespie) Alexander died, age 34. Buried at Sugaw Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

2-Jan

1838

Marriage Bond issued for Benjamin B. Smith and Mary B. Knox [Jr] in Mecklenburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1840

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC -  John Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

16-Jun

1843

Margaret (Henderson) Robison/Robinson, widow of Robert Robison II, died. Buried at Sugaw Creek Presbyterian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb

1844

John Knox appointed as an Official for the NC State Elections to be held in Dewese Township

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct

1844

Robert Robison (II), Decd, Petition for Partition of Land - Mecklenburg Co, NC

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-Feb

1845

Partition of 250 Acres from the Estate of Robert Robi(n)son lists "heirs-at-law".  List includes: John and Mary B. (Robison) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

11-Apr

1845

Dr. Carnes Henderson Robison died, age 34. Probably buried with wife, Mary Abigail Alexander, at Hopewell, but unmarked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9-Aug

1845

Marriage Bond issued for Robert J. Wilson Knox and Martha Nantz Jetton in Mecklenburg Co, NC

 

 

       

29-Aug

1845

Hannah E. Knox died at age 17 yrs, 9 mos. Buried at Bethel Presbyterian, Cornelius [date in Cemetery transcription is in error - see tombstone photo]    

 

 

 

 

7-Mar

1846

John Knox sold Robert J. W. Knox 126 acres on "headwaters of McDowells Creek"; Wit: Patrick J. Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29-May

1846

John Alexander Knox born, son of R. J. W. and Martha (Jetton) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17-Dec

1847

Franklin Jefferson Knox born, son of R. J. W. and Martha (Jetton) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1846-1849

Patrick J. Knox “removed” to Marengo Co, Alabama to work as the Plantation "Overseer" for Major William Lee Davidson, II.

 

 

 

 

 

 

18-Nov

1849

Samuel Edward Knox born, son of R. J. W. and Martha (Jetton) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1850

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC – John Knox & Robert J. Wilson Knox; next-door, James Smith, nephew of David Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1850

Federal Census of Marengo Co, AL – Patrick Knox living with and working for William Lee Davidson; next door to John Howard Davidson

 

 

 

 

 

 

16-Oct

1851

William Andrew Knox born, son of R. J. W. and Martha (Jetton) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

24-Aug

1852

John Knox and wife Mary B. sold 110 ¼ acres to David S. Hutchison. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25-Jun

1853

John Knox penned his Last Will & Testament  

 

 

 

 

 

 

24-Nov

1853

Thomas Brevard Knox born, son of R. J. W. and Martha (Jetton) Knox

 

 

       

24-Mar

1854

John Knox (Sr) Quit Claimed a tract of 126 Acres adjoining John Alexander to Joseph Gillespie. Sons Wit: John R. and Andrew S. Knox.  Deed was not proven and registered until 1869, after the death of the grantor (John Sr) and both witnesses (his sons).

   

 

 

 

 

8-Jan

1856

Robert Chalmers Knox born, son of R. J. W. and Martha (Jetton) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

23-May

1857

Robert J. Wilson Knox and first cousin Joseph Robison Gillespie ordained as Ruling Elders at Bethel Presbyterian

 

 

 

 

 

 

28-Mar

1858

Mary Elizabeth Knox born, dau of R. J. W. and Martha (Jetton) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov

1859

Margaret Amanda Knox born, dau of R. J. W. and Martha (Jetton) Knox.

 

 

 

 

 

 

April

1860

Patrick J. Knox appointed to serve as an Election Official in Dewese Township

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13-Jun

1860

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC -  John Knox & Robert J. Wilson Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

16-Jun

1860

John Knox died 3 days after the 1860 Census.

Buried at Bethel Prebysterian, Cornelius, NC

 

 

 

 

 

 

26-Jul

1860

Margaret Amanda Knox, dau of Robert and Martha, died in infancy. Buried at Bethel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul

1860

R. J. Knox appointed to serve as an Election Official in Dewese Township

 

 

 

 

 

 

between

1861-1865

R. J. W. Knox served in McLean's Battalion, North Carolina Light Duty Men, Company B

 

 

 

 

 

 

18-Jun

1861

Andrew Springs Knox and cousin Joseph Robison Gillespie enlisted in the Confederate Army 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30-Aug

1861

Andrew Springs Knox and cousin Joseph Robison Gillespie, enlisted in Company B, 2nd Cavalry Regiment North Carolina

 

 

 

 

 

 

16-Sep

1861

John R. Knox enlisted in the Confederate Army.

 

 

 

 

 

 

20-Nov

1861

John R. Knox enlisted in Company C, 37th Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 20 November 1861

 

 

 

 

 

 

17-Nov

1861

Andrew Springs died of Civil War wounds. Never married. Buried at Bethel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

16-Feb

1862

Joseph Vanburn (aka VanBuren or Vandon) Knox born, son of R. J. W. and Martha (Jetton) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

    4-Jan

1863

John R. Knox died of Civil War wounds. Never married. Buried at Bethel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

14-Jan 

1863

Joseph Robison Gillespie appointed Administrator of John R. & Andrew S. Knox Estates

 

 

 

 

 

 

  19-Dec

1864

Cynthia H. Robison died.  Buried at Sugaw Creek Presbyterian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1870

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC -  Mary B. Knox and grandson John A[lexander]. Knox ; nearby is John McFadden, nephew of James Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

30-Dec 

1872

Court granted Petition to Divide Combined Estates of John R. Knox and Andrew S. Knox.  424 acres auctioned to the highest and best bidder: Robert J. W. Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1873-1879

Robert J. Wilson Knox "sold" 100 acres on the Old Statesville Road to each of his four oldest sons…including John A. Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

9-Jan

1876

Samuel Edward Knox married Mary Ann Blakely, dau of Hugh H. Blakely and Rebecca Pippens

 

 

 

 

 

 

24-Feb

1876

John Alexander Knox married Sarah Jane Blythe, dau Richard Franklin Blythe and Violet Jane McCoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abt

1879

Franklin Jefferson Knox married Elizabeth Adeline Potts, dau of William Graham Potts and Rebecca Catherine Torrence

 

 

 

 

 

 

1879

Archibald Robison (II) died. Buried at Hopewell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1880

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC -  John A[lexander]. Knox ; next-door is John McFadden, nephew of James Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

1880

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC -  Robert J. Wilson Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

14-Apr

1882

Mary Elizabeth Knox died - dau of Robert J. W. and Martha (Jetton) Knox. Never married. Buried at Bethel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

abt

1885

Joseph V. Knox married Camilla Emma Gordon McConnell, dau of Thomas A. McConnell and Rachel Rebecca Howard

 

 

 

 

 

 

30-Sep

1886

William Andrew Knox married Frances “Fannie” Catherine Thomasson, dau of John Barnett Thomasson and Mary Ann Sims

 

 

 

 

 

 

7-Jul

1887

Mary Elizabeth Knox born, dau of William Andrew and Fannie (Thomasson) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

12-Nov

1889

William Moffitt Knox born, son of William Andrew and Fannie (Thomasson) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1890

Most Federal Census Records lost in a fire. 

No surviving records for Mecklenburg Co, NC

 

 

 

 

 

 

27-Apr

1892

James Chalmers Knox born, son of William Andrew and Fannie (Thomasson) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

12-Oct

1894

John Boyce Knox born, son of William Andrew and Fannie (Thomasson) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

6-May

1897

Robert Brice Knox born, son of William Andrew and Fannie (Thomasson) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

13-Jul

1898

Fannie (Thomasson) Knox, wife of William Andrew Knox, died. Buried at Bethel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   31-Jan

1899

Robert J. Wilson Knox died. Buried at Bethel Presbyterian, Cornelius.

 

 

 

 

 

 

19-Jan

1900

William Andrew Knox married Carrie Leonard Beard, dau of James Francis Marion Beard and Katherine Curtilda Alexander.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1900

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC -  Martha Knox, widow of Robert

 

 

 

 

 

 

1900

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC -  Wm. A. Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

1900

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC - John A[lexander] Knox ; next-door is John McFadden, nephew of James Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

11-Aug

1901

Martha Kate Knox born, dau of William Andrew and Carrie (Beard) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

27-Nov

1904

Martha Nantz Jetton Knox died.  Buried at Bethel Presbyterian Cornelius.

 

 

 

 

 

 

23-Jan

1905

Thomas Brevard Knox married Daisy A. Rozzelle, daughter of Lettie (unknown) Rozzelle and ? [Daisy died April 1906.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17-Sep

1906

Thomas Brevard Knox married Mary Rogers Caldwell, daughter of John S. Caldwell and Anna Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-Mar

1908

Frances Knox born, dau of William Andrew and Carrie (Beard) Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

24-Nov

1909

Mary Elizabeth Knox married Jesse Wilson Washam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1910-1920 

Robert Chalmers Knox married Harriet Idella Wilson, daughter of Joseph McKnitt Wilson and Lydia Lenora Patterson

 

 

 

 

 

 

1910

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC -  W[illiam] A[ndrew] Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

1910

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC - John A[lexander] Knox ; next-door is John McFadden, nephew of James Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-Oct

1913

James Chalmers Knox married Ina Ruth Rush, daughter of Joseph Hoover Rush and Mary Ellen Downs

 

 

 

 

 

 

17-Dec

1916

William Moffitt Knox married Jennie Lee Smith, dau of Henry Augustus Smith and Carrie S. Alexander

 

 

 

 

 

 

16-Oct

1919

Robert Brice Knox married Annie Love Smith, dau of Henry Augustus Smith and Carrie S. Alexander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1920

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC -  John A[lexander] Knox ; next-door is John McFadden, nephew of James Smith, grandnephew of David Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

1920

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC – J[ames] C[halmers] Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

1930

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC -  John McFadden ; near neighbors are descendants of John Knox and Robert J. Wilson Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

1930

Federal Census of Mecklenburg Co, NC – Chal [James Chalmers] Knox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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