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John Knox (1781 - 1853)

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Hon. John Knox
Born in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont, USAmap
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Husband of — married about [location unknown]
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Died in Waterloo, Seneca, New York, USAmap
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Biography

Birth

John Knox was born 2 Jul 1781 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont to David Knox and Mary Wood.[1][2]

Lawyer and First Judge of Seneca County

John Knox was a prominent citizen and early settler of Seneca County, New York arriving in 1809.[3] He served as a senator to the New York Senate from 1817 to 1820.[4] John was a founder who owned 300 acres and was elected warden of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Waterloo in 1817.[3][5] On April 13, 1815, John Knox succeeded Oliver C. Comstock as First Judge of Seneca County. [4][3]

Courthouse and Jail in Waterloo

John is described in the Grips Historical Souvenir of Waterloo as,

"Judge John Knox, a legal celebrity of Seneca county, was in the height of his fame as a practitioner in Waterloo about 1840. His success was largely due to his magnetic personality and the rare judgment he displayed in conducting legal cases. He cared little for printed cases but drew largely from common sense. He had a fad for collecting almanacs and razors. Some of his remarks became tradition. He often remarked that he never permitted a barber to shave him because it was always best not to put one's self in the power of another. A writer once said of him, "He is the strongest man by nature west of the Cayuga bridge." [6]

John was elected as a member of New York state assembly from Allegany and Steuben counties, 1809-11. He represented the Western District in the New York state senate from 1816-20.[7]

John was a major supporter for a new county to be formed in western New York. "The county of Seneca was in 1817 represented in the State Senate by Hon. John Knox of Waterloo, who favored the new county, and although Hon. Win. Thompson of Ovid, was a Member of Assembly that year, the combined influence of Waterloo and Ithaca, was too great for him to overcome, and on April 7th, 1817, the new county of Tompkins was erected, which included the towns of Hector and Ulysses, from Seneca county. The Act erecting Tompkins county, named Hon. John Knox, and Reuben Swift of Waterloo and John Watkins of South Waterloo, as building commissioners to erect court house and jail for Seneca county, on a site at Waterloo to be conveyed to the county."[8]

Marriage and Children

Cleveland includes the following biography in the History and directory of Yates County:

"Jacob WINANTS was from eastern New York and married Rebecca TALMADGE, an aunt of Nathaniel P. TALMADGE, at one time, US Senator for this State. They came to this county in 1800 and settled in east Benton, where he died in 1814 and she in 1828. They had eleven children: James, Josiah, Fanny, Asenath, Abraham, Sybil, Martha, George R. Pamela and Luther. [only 10 names] Six of these were never residents here. Fanny married John SUYLANDT of Seneca Falls and emigrated to St. Joseph, Michigan. Asenath married Col. Thomas LEE of Benton. Abraham, married Lucinda KEELER, niece of Dr. Joshua LEE. He died near New York, leaving two children, George and Jane, and his widow, became the wife of Judge John KNOX of Waterloo, the father of Judge Addison T and William KNOX.[9]

John Knox married Lucinda Keeler (formerly Winants) in 1809.[10][11] John is cited as the father of Ellen Margaret Knox at her marriage to Charles Oakley. [12]

John and Lucinda had the following children born in Seneca County, New York:

  1. Ellen Margaret Knox b. abt. 1809[13]
  2. Addison T. Knox b. abt. 1815[14]
  3. Nancy Knox b. 4 Oct. 1817[15]
  4. William Knox b. abt. 1820[16]
  5. Catherine Knox b. 1822[17]

Residence

The 1800 and 1810 U.S. Census shows John's father, David Knox, had a male in his household that would match the age of John living in Tunbridge, Vermont.[18][19] In 1820 John was living in Junius, Seneca County, New York.[20]

John and his family lived in a community known as “The Kingdom” about midway between present-day Seneca Falls and Waterloo.[21] The Kingdom was started in 1808 by Lewis Birdsall who would later become a sheriff of Seneca County. Birdsall built a brick house which he later converted to a tavern.[22] "Just west lived John Knox and John Burton, well known in our history. These men held high positions in the county and state. They were able and brilliant and of their wit and humor many excellent stories are told today."[8]

In 1830, 1840 and 1850 John and his family are living in Waterloo in Seneca County.[23][24][25]

Death and Legacy

John died in Waterloo, New York on July 31, 1853.[26][27]

The Seneca County Courier-Journal in the May 24, 1904 edition included an article titled the Judicary of the County of Seneca that described John Knox.

"Judge Comstock was succeeded April 13, 1815, by John Knox who served until June 18, 1818. Judge Knox died August 1, 1853, aged about seventy years. He was a man of much learning and it has been said of him that his success was largely due to his magnetic personality and judgment displayed in his business. Common sense was his motto in conducting cases rather than common law and he like most early practitioners took great delight in aiding a young man rather than discouraging him."[27]

John Knox's will was probated on 19 Oct 1853 in Seneca County, New York. His wife Lucinda was named Executrix.[28][29]

Sources

  1. Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XFVP-NHM : 17 October 2017), John Knox, 02 Jul 1781, Birth; State Capitol Building, Montpelier; FHL microfilm 27,607.
  2. Vermont Births and Christenings, 1765-1908, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F8LV-SZ4 : 12 December 2014), John Knox, 02 Jul 1781; citing TUNBRIDGE TWP,ORANGE,VERMONT, reference ; FHL microfilm unknown.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Becker, John E. A history of the village of Waterloo, New York and thesaurus of related facts. Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms International, 1985. pg. 74 Citing John Knox as first judge of Seneca County, NY; also pp. 524, 135, 92.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Butterfield, Consul Willshire. History of Seneca County: containing a detailed narrative of the principal events that have occurred since its first settlement down to the present time, Salem, MA: Higginson Book Co., 1995. Citing entry for John Knox pg, 41
  5. History of Seneca County, New York, 1786-1876. Ovid, NY: W.E. Morrison & Co., 1976. Citing "John Knox, a lawyer, resident of the village, owned three hundred acres"
  6. Welch, Edgar Luderne. "Grips" Historical Souvenir of Waterloo, N. Y, 1903. (CLASSIC REPRINT). S.l.: FORGOTTEN BOOKS, 2016. Citing biographical sketch of John Knox. pg. 96. archive.org
  7. Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "New York: State Senate, 1820s." The Political Graveyard. Accessed July 16, 2018. http://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/NY/ofc/stsen1820s.html.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Joseph Smith Home Page: Local Histories: Seneca Co. 1800-2000." Oliver Cowdery Home Page: Biographical Texts. Accessed July 16, 2018. http://olivercowdery.com/smithhome/smithtx6.htm#1910-000.
  9. Cleveland, Stafford Canning, and Jemima Wilkinson. History and directory of Yates County: containing a sketch of its original settlement by the Public Universal Friends, the Lessee Company and others, with an account of individual pioneers and their families; also, of other leading citizens, including church, school, and civil history, and a narrative of the Universal Friend, her society and doctrine. Penn Yan, NY: S.C. Cleveland, 1873. Citing the biography of Jacob Winants for Lucinda Keller and John Knox. "...his widow became the wife of John Knox of Waterloo." pg. 310 and pg. 645. archive.org
  10. History of Seneca Co., New York: With Illustrations Descriptive of Its Scenery, Palatial Residences, Public Building ... and Important Manufactories .. Philadelphia: Everts, Ensign & Everts, 1876. pg. 30 Archive.org
  11. "Seneca County History." The Pioneers. 2014. Accessed July 15, 2018. https://www.co.seneca.ny.us/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Vol-1-No.-1-September-1984-ADA.pdf.
  12. Bowman, Fred Q. 10,000 vital records of western New York, 1809-1850. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1988. Citing entry #6378 pg. 164 Oakley, Charles of Sempronius m Ellen Margaret Knox, dau of Hon. John, in Waterloo 3-4/23/28.
  13. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCTG-255 : 12 April 2016), Ellen W Oakley in household of Charles W Oakley, Moravia, Cayuga, New York, United States; citing family 16, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  14. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MC1G-SX9 : 12 April 2016), Addison T Knox, Waterloo, Seneca, New York, United States; citing family 863, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  15. "U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970," database, Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 03 November 2017), entry for Nancy Knox, b. 4 October 1817; citing Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls. 356 of 508.
  16. "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MC4X-3XD : 4 October 2017), William Knox, 1860.
  17. Duffee, Alice Louise. Lineage Book. National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution: Volume XCI (90001-91000) 1912. Washington, D.C: National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1919. Citing pg. 334; Catherine Knox b. 1822 to John Knox and Lucinda Keeler. [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.b3024204;view=1up;seq=13 Hathi Trust Online Book
  18. "United States Census, 1800," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHRQ-LQL : accessed 2 November 2017), David Knox, Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont, United States; citing p. 595, NARA microfilm publication M32, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 51; FHL microfilm 218,688.
  19. "United States Census, 1810," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHLM-Z4R : accessed 2 November 2017), David Knox, Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont, United States; citing p. 359A, NARA microfilm publication M252 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 64; FHL microfilm 218,668.
  20. "United States Census, 1820," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHLD-DFH : accessed 2 November 2017), John Knox, Junius, Seneca, New York, United States; citing p. 393, NARA microfilm publication M33, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 75; FHL microfilm 193,730.
  21. Gable, Walt. "Once-thriving Kingdom Drew Revelers." Finger Lakes Times. October 22, 2013. Accessed July 16, 2018. http://www.fltimes.com/arts_and_entertainment/once-thriving-kingdom-drew-revelers/article_1bd03850-2754-11e1-aa17-0019bb2963f4.html.
  22. "The Kingdom." Seneca County New York. 2014. Accessed July 16, 2018. https://www.co.seneca.ny.us/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/The-Kingdom-article-with-pictures-ADA.pdf.
  23. "United States Census, 1830," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHPQ-F3H : 19 August 2017), John Knox, Waterloo, Seneca, New York, United States; citing 4, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 109; FHL microfilm 17,169.
  24. "United States Census, 1840," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHYN-56P : 16 August 2017), John Knox, Waterloo, Seneca, New York, United States; citing p. 305, NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 339; FHL microfilm 17,206.
  25. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MC1G-S6L : 12 April 2016), John Knox, Waterloo, Seneca, New York, United States; citing family 860, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  26. "All Sorts of Items," Buffalo Daily Courier (Buffalo, New York), Saturday 20 Aug 1853 p. 2, col. 4, for "Hon. John Knox "; digital images, Newspapers.com (http://www.newspapers.com: accessed 1 Nov 2017).
  27. 27.0 27.1 "Judiciary of the County of Seneca," Seneca County Courier-Journal (Seneca Falls, New York), Thursday May 24, 1904 p. 1, col. 2, for "John Knox "; digital images, NYS Historic Newspapers Newspaper : accessed 1 Nov 2017).
  28. New York Probate Records, 1629-1971, images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YZM-H84?cc=1920234&wc=Q7PT-6TG%3A213303101%2C214134001 : 28 May 2014), Seneca > Wills 1852-1864 vol D-E > image 92 of 667; county courthouses, New York. Citing: Will of John Knox
  29. "New York Probate Records, 1629-1971," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YC1-9FCL?cc=1920234&wc=Q7P5-GPD%3A213303101%2C213464201 : 28 May 2014), Seneca > Decrees, Minutes, Orders 1853-1866 vol C-D > image 223 of 824; county courthouses, New York. Citing: Lucinda Knox as Executrix.

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Notes

http://news.rootsweb.com/th/read/LEE/1997-08/0873094764 27. Lucinda[4] Keeler. Born, circa 1787. Died, 16 Dec 1858, in Waterloo, NY. She married Judge John Knox. Born, circa 1783. Died, 31 Jul 1853. Occupation: Lawyer. Children: 81 i. Mary[5]. 82 ii. Judge Addison Throop. 83 iii. William. 84 iv. Catharine E. 85 v. Ellen Margaret. 86 vi. Nancy W. vii. John.


Will https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YZM-H84?i=91&wc=Q7PT-6TG%3A213303101%2C214134001&cc=1920234

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YC1-9FK7?i=185&wc=Q7P5-GPD%3A213303101%2C213464201&cc=1920234

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYC1-9DJC?i=14&wc=Q7P5-GPD%3A213303101%2C213464201&cc=1920234

"New York Probate Records, 1629-1971," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYC1-9DJC?cc=1920234&wc=Q7P5-GPD%3A213303101%2C213464201 : 28 May 2014), Seneca > Decrees, Minutes, Orders 1853-1866 vol C-D > image 15 of 824; county courthouses, New York.



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