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  • ID: I16939
  • Name: John KNOX 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1708 in Renfrewshite, Scotland 1 2
  • Death: 12 OCT 1758 in Rowan County, North Carolina 1 2
  • Burial: Thyatira Church cemetery, Rowan County, N.C 1 2
  • Note:


    When John Knox and Jean Gracy came to America, they came through Pennsylvania. Jean's brother, Patrick. came with them. The voyage took 3 mo. to complete in 1740. John and his son's lived in Iredell, North Carolina, three miles north of Mooresville. Some of the family moved to Tennessee in 1806.


    "John Knox was born in Scotland in 1708. Kent from there to Ireland, with other Scotch (sic) immigrants by invitation of the King of England, to constitute a balance of power against the insurgent Irish Catholics. He married an Irish Presbyterian wife, Miss Jean Gracy. Emigrated to America in company with Patrick Gracy, his Bro. in law, & others, about 1740. He was one of the early settlers of Rowan County, N.C. Bought land, 600 acres, on the south side of Third Creek, for 37 £ 10 S which land had been granted by Earl Granville to James Stuart. He raised a family of seven sons & one daughter. His sons & several grandsons served in the Revolutionary War. He died in 1758, aged 50 years. He and wife were both buried in Thyatira Church cemetery, in Rowan County, N.C."

    found at http://libweb.uncc.edu/archives/manuscripts/K/knoxtree.txt


    107-239. Genealogical Memoirs of John Knox and of the Family of Knox. By Charles Rogers. 184pp. This is an account of a family whose name originates from the Celtic word cnoc, or small hill, traced from 1260 through the life and family of the famous religious reformer, and on into the 19th century. $23.95


    John Knox, immigrant, was born in Scotland about 1708, possibly in Renfrewshire. He went from Scotland to Coleraine, Ireland where he married Jean Gracy, an Irish Presbyterian. Jean Gracy’s mother was Jean Sinclair, a relative of the mother of John Knox, the Reformer. About 1740, John Knox, his wife Jean, brother-in-law Patrick Gracy and others emigrated to America. The crossing took three months because of unfavorable winds and they ran short of water and provisions. The Knoxes may have first settled in Pennsylvania before going to Rowan County, North Carolina. John Knox bought 600 acres on the south side of Third Creek for 37.10.

    John and Jean Knox had seven sons and one daughter. They were William, Samuel, James, Absalom, John, Joseph, Benjamin and Mary. All of the sons took part in the revolution and one son, James, was the grandfather of President James K. Polk. John Knox died October 12, 1758, when he was 50 years old and Jean Gracy Knox died September 18, 1772, at age 64.

    John Knox Jr. married Hannah Reid and raised eight children. Their names were Mary, Jane, George, Francis, Margaret, Robert, Ann and John. John Knox Jr. served in the Revolutionary War. A family story tells of a time when he was in charge of a commissary wagon. While he was fleeing from the British, he lost a clevis pin from his wagon. Quickly, he snatched a bridle from one of the rear horses and tied it in place. John Knox Jr. died in 1802 and his wife Hannah died in 1793.

    Mary Knox was born in the early 1760’s in Rowan County, North Carolina. She married Benjamin Brandon, a Revolutionary War veteran, on February 6, 1790. Their children were Jesse, Benjamin K., Eliza, Fannie, Gideon, Jane, Levi G. and John. Benjamin and Mary (or Polly) left Rowan County, North Carolina for Tennessee in 1804. They left Tennessee in 1808 for Miami County, Ohio, where both died. Benjamin died on May 5, 1837, and Mary followed him about 1850.

    A descendant of Mary Knox Brandon said of her: "She was a most excellent woman, and one whose memory is still bright with us. She raised my grandfather Brandon (Armstrong Brandon, brother-in-law of Mary) who was deprived of both of his parents at an early age, and to him she was indeed a mother." Mary was a pensioner after Benjamin’s death because of his service in the Revolution.

    Found at


    Father: Adam KNOX b: 15 OCT 1682 in Renfrewshire, Scotland
    Mother: Margaret BROCK b: 1684 in Renfrewshire, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Jean WITHERSPOON b: 1712
    • Married: 1733 1 2

    Marriage 2 Jean GRACEY b: 1709 in Coleraine, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
    • Married: 1737 in Colerain, Ireland 1 2
    1. Has Children William KNOX b: 1732 in Coleraine, Londonderry, North Ireland
    2. Has Children Absalom KNOX b: 1738 in Coleraine, Londonderry, North Ireland
    3. Has Children John KNOX b: 1739 in Coleraine, Londonderry, North Ireland
    4. Has Children Mary KNOX b: 31 JUL 1742 in Rich Square, Northampton County, North Carolina
    5. Has Children Samuel KNOX b: 1 JAN 1746/47 in Coleraine, Londonderry, North Ireland
    6. Has Children Joseph KNOX b: DEC 1747 in Coleraine, Londonderry, North Ireland
    7. Has Children James KNOX b: 1752 in Pennsylvania
    8. Has Children Benjamin A. KNOX b: 10 APR 1759

    1. Title: Marge Hinton, marhinton@earthlink.net
      Media: Other
      Text: Date of Import: Nov 30, 2004
    2. Title: Therese Tiernan Maguire
      Media: Other
      Text: Date of Import: 30 Nov 2004
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