Henry Knox
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Henry Knox (1750 - 1806)

Maj. Gen. Henry Knox
Born in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Husband of — married Jun 1774 [location unknown]
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Died at age 56 in Thomaston, Lincoln, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Preceded by
Position established
Henry Knox
1st United States
Secretary of War
US Secretary of War

Succeeded by
2nd Secretary
Timothy Pickering


1776 Project
Major General Henry Knox served with Massachusetts during the American Revolution.
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Henry Knox is an NSSAR Patriot Ancestor.
NSSAR Ancestor #: 261960
Rank: Major General
Daughters of the American Revolution
Henry Knox is a DAR Patriot Ancestor, A067057.

Born Henry Knox in Boston, Massachusetts. The seventh of ten children. Coming from a poor family he worked at many horrible labor positions until eventually he persevered, going on to open a bookstore of his own in Boston.

It was while running this bookstore that he attracted the attention of his bride to be, Lucy Flucker. She was the daughter of the Royal Secretary of Massachusetts. The two were married and when Knox fled Boston to join the Revolution forces, Lucy had his sword sewn into her cape.

While working with the local militia, Knox developed a rampart in Roxbury that attracted the attention of General Washington himself. The general was very impressed with the young Knox and would ask for his assessments on the plans to capture Fort Ticonderoga. Theirs would be a lifelong friendship and would eventually lead to Knox's appointment to Major General. As Secretary of War, Major General Henry Knox was instrumental in the successful siege at Yorktown.

"Revolutionary Summer" by Joseph J Ellis NY 2013 page 33 " Henry Knox whose only experience of war had been acquired through books which he devoured feverishly in his own Boston bookstore. Impressed with Knox's resourcefulness in transporting the British cannons captured at Ticonderoga of forty sleds over ice and snow, the near-impossible logistical feat that had provided the firepower on Dorchester Heights so crucial in forcing the British withdrawal from Boston, Washington appointed Knox head of the artillery regiment in the Continental Army. This book in turn referencing "Henry Knox, Visionary General of the American Revolution" by Mark Puls, NY 2008.

In 1794 after a successful career serving the country, he resigned and turned his interest to that of a gentleman farmer. His wife Lucy had inherited a huge parcel of land in Maine and he threw himself headlong into the task of developing this into a thriving area known as the District of Maine.

During his days of “retirement” in Maine he was engaged in many aspects of the growth of the state. He built a lock and canal system, became involved in land speculation, brick manufacturing and shipbuilding. He commissioned a very large home, as distinguished as that of Monticello or Mount Vernon, to be built on his land in Thomaston, Maine. General Knox and his wife lived and entertained on the estate he named Montpelier.

At the time of his death in 1806, he and his wife had buried ten of their thirteen children, who did not live to adulthood. He is buried in Elm Grove Cemetery in Thomaston, Knox County, Maine, USA. [1]

A replica of the home he had built, Montpelier, stands overlooking the town he helped to prosper.

He is remembered for his immensely successful military career, the contributions he made to the developments of the state of Maine, its economy and the large number of people he employed.

Here is a link to the Montpelier Mansion Museum. If you're ever in Thomaston, Maine this is a must see stop for adults and children alike.


  • Nine U.S. states have named counties in Gen. Knox's honor. They are: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas.
  • Knox, Maine is a town named in his honor.


  1. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/20979/henry-knox : accessed 12 November 2021), memorial page for Henry Knox (25 Jul 1750–21 Oct 1806), Find A Grave: Memorial #20979, citing Thomaston Village Cemetery, Thomaston, Knox County, Maine, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed 2021-11-12), "Record of Henry Knox", Ancestor # A067057.
  • "Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1999," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKXM-7CBY : 16 March 2018), Henry Knox, ; citing Thomaston, Knox, Maine, United States, Cemetery Village, Maine State Library, Augusta; FHL microfilm 2,171,134.
  • "Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KXQ8-Q99 : 13 March 2018), Henry H Knox, 25 Oct 1806; citing Death, , State Archives, Augusta; FHL microfilm 1,001,838.

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I am 15 degrees from Henry Knox.
posted by Jocelyn Young
Hi there profile managers! We are featuring Henry alongside Alexander Hamilton in the Connection finder on September 30th. Between now and then is a good time to take a look at the sources and biography to see if there are updates and improvements that need made, especially those that will bring it up to WikiTree Style Guide standards.


posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
"Revolutionary Summer" by Joseph J Ellis NY 2013 page 33 " Henry Knox whose only experience of war had been acquired through books,...Washington appointed Knox head of the artillery regiment in the Continental Army. Referencing Henry Knox, "Visionary General of the American Revolution" by Mark Puls, NY 2008.
posted by Beryl Meehan
part of the revolutionary war project, If you would like it to be considered part of it the 1776 template can be added to it
posted by Matt Pryber