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  • ID: I15698
  • Name: Benjamin A. KNOX 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 10 APR 1759 2 3
  • Death: BEF 1806 2 3
  • Note:


    Though I have been unable to find definitive proof that the Benjamin A. Knox of Hopkins County, Kentucky came from Georgia, there is circumstantial evidence of it.

    Benjamin's wife, Winny Simmons was born in Oglethorpe County, Georgia and after Benjamin died, she married Andrew Bell in Oglethorpe County, Georgia.

    In the book, "History of Hopkins County" by Major Maurice K. Gordon, there is a person referred to as as "the Benjamin Knox heiress from Georgia" (pg 203). The 1800 Georgia Federal Census shows a Benjamin Knox living in Oglethorpe County, Georgia. The person's genders and age ranges correlate fairly well with the known children of Benjamin A. Knox who left heirs in Hopkins County.

    In the Georgia household of Benjamin Knox in 1800 were one white male under 10 years of age (possibly James), one white male over 45 years of age (wife?), four white females under 10 years of age (possibly Lydia, Winny, Polly and Nancy), one white female between 10-16 years of age (possibly Elizabeth), one white female between 16-26 years of age, one white female between 26-45 years of age... and 23 slaves. That level of wealth would certainly justify referring to his child as an heiress.

    In the 1790 Wilkes County, Georgia tax returns, Benjamin is listed as owning 900 acres of land, 200 acres of 2nd quality hickory land, 200 acres of 3rd quality hickory land and 9 slaves.

    A Benjamin Knox was listed in the 1800 Oglethorpe County Territorial Census.

    A Benjamin Knox was also listed in the 1804 Oglethorpe County, Georgia land lottery as a Revolutionary War soldier.


    "Benjamin Knox, orphan of Benj. A. Knox, dec'd, came into Court and with the approbation of the Court made choice of, and the Court approved Wm. Bell <Winifred's brother-in-law>, his Guardian, who with John Simmons <Winifred's brother> and Andrew Bell <Winifred's second husband>, his securities, executed bond in the penalty of $3000 conditioned as the law directs."

    From the Hopkins County, Kentucky Minuet Book Vol. No. 3


    "BENJAMIN KNOX, youngest, son of John Knox, emigrant, and wife, Jean Gracy Knox, was born in Rowan County, North Carolina. In his mother's will... he is mentioned as her "well-beloved youngest son." He and his brother, Samuel Knox, she appoints executors of the will. He married Rebecca Simmons. From the original sketch gotten up by Rev. James Knox, we learn that this Benjamin Knox went to Georgia. We have not succeeded in tracing fully this branch, or gathering much information regarding it. Mrs. Jennie V. Harris, of Port Gibson, Miss., a great-granddaughter of Benjamin Knox, 'sends data for the branch to which she belongs. Mr.' Robert Lusk, of Nashville, Tennessee, for another branch. We learn there was' also a daughter who married a Mr. Ponder."

    From the book: "John Knox of Rowen, North Carolina"


    Father: John KNOX b: 1708 in Renfrewshite, Scotland
    Mother: Jean GRACEY b: 1709 in Coleraine, Londonderry, Northern Ireland

    Marriage 1 Jemima Gardner UNKNOWN b: ABT 1761
    • Married: 12 JAN 1780 in Henry County, Virginia 2 3

    Marriage 2 Winifred SIMMONS b: 1770 in Oglethorpe, Georgia
    • Married: 20 MAR 1794 in Oglethorpe, Georgia 2 3
    1. Has No Children Nancy Elizabeth KNOX b: 7 APR 1781
    2. Has Children Lydia KNOX b: ABT 1792 in Kentucky
    3. Has No Children Susannah KNOX b: BEF 1800
    4. Has No Children Polly KNOX b: BEF 1800
    5. Has No Children Winny KNOX b: BEF 1800
    6. Has No Children Elizabeth KNOX b: BEF 1800
    7. Has Children Benjamin KNOX b: 1802 in Hopkins County, Kentucky
    8. Has Children James KNOX b: ABT 1811 in Hopkins County, Kentucky

    1. Title: Marriage Information From LDS Records
      Media: Book
      Page: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp
    2. Title: Marge Hinton, marhinton@earthlink.net
      Media: Other
      Text: Date of Import: Nov 30, 2004
    3. Title: Therese Tiernan Maguire
      Media: Other
      Text: Date of Import: 30 Nov 2004
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