James Knox, of the Cowpasture
Facts and Events
James Knox was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land in Augusta County, Virginia:
- James Knox acquired 254 acres on the Cowpasture River, "above Black" (abt. 1760), just above its juncture with the Bullpasture River, and 93 acres further down the Cowpasture River, "adjoining John Moore" (abt. 1760). (Source: Annals of Bath County, Virginia, by Oren F. Morton)
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 119.--16th November, 1761. James Knox to Edward Thompson, £31.10, 93 acres on Cowpasture opposite land in possession of John Moore.
- Page 82.--16th August, 1765. James Knox and Jane to Robert Knox. £20, 100 acres on Cowpasture; corner to land in possession of said James Teste: Wm. Black, Francis Jackson, Wm. Jackson. Delivered: Robert Knox, August, 1765. (Note: this land was subsequently sold by Robert Knox the next year in the following transaction):
- Page 516.--20th August, 1766.-- Robert Knox to Thomas Nickle, £31, 100 acres on Cowpasture River; corner land in possession of James Knox, part of his patent land. this tract formerly conveyed by James Knox to Robert Knox, Kith August, 1765. Delivered: Thomas Nickle, February, 1767.
- Page 538.--13th August, 1769. James Knox and Jane to Patrick Miller, £70, 160 acres on Cowpasture, corner land in possession of Alexander. Teste: John Dickinson, Samuel Rrown, Ralph Laverty.
Will of James Knox
- Page 510.--11th April, 1769. James Knox's will--Executors, John Dickinson, John Cartmill, Sr.; to wife, Jane; to son, James; to son, John, £5, if he comes for it; to son, Robert; to daughter, Jean; to daughter. Abigail; to daughters, Elizabeth, Mary. Teste: Tohn Dickinson, Daniel Workman, Martha Dickinson. Proved, 20th May, 1772, by John Dickinson.
Possible Knox Relatives in Augusta County
The following records of a Robert Knox appears in Augusta County, VA records. Since this Robert Knox is apparently too old to have been the son of this James Knox, the Robert Knox listed could be a possible father or more probably a brother to this James Knox. Additional research is needed to establish any relationship.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 24, 1756. (292) George Willson vs. Robert Knox} Judgt. But this judgt. is not to bar the deft. from whatever money is now due to him from the country as a patroller and which may come into the hands of the plaintiff as his Captain.
- Vol. 1 - FEBRUARY 17, 1763. - (468) Robert Knox, juror.
The following records of Solomon Knox, his sons Elisha Knox and William of Knox Bath County are also presented as possible relatives:
- Vol. 2 - Knox vs. Knox--O. S. 151; N. S. 53--Bill, 12th January, 1810. Complainant Elisha Nocks (Knox) that in 1773 his father, Solomon Nock (Knox), was appointed administrator of Susanna Scudder in the Colonial Government of Counties of New Castle, Kent and Sussex on Delaware. Solomon removed to Virginia. Susanna left three children, viz: Susanna, Camfort and Aby by her husband, David Scudder. Complainant had a brother Nehemiah. Elisha moved to Virginia after 1775. Mary Scudder married Thomas West. Solomon owned land in Rockingham and died in May, 1803, testate. William Knox of Bath County was son of Solomon.
Information on James Knox
- From "Annals of Augusta County, Virginia", by Joseph Addison Waddell, pg. 482:
- General James Knox. — A family named Knox, of Irish birth, settled in Augusta county at an early day. The first guardian's bond recorded in the county was that of James Knox, guardian of Jenny Usher, executed February 11, 1746 (" New Style.") The sureties were John Brown and Andrew Pickens. On the 13th of August, 1769, Knox conveyed to Patrick Miller 160 acres of land lying on the Cowpasture river, and this and other circumstances indicate that the family lived in the part of Augusta which is now embraced in Bath county. The death of James Knox occurred in 1772. In his will he mentions his wife Jean, and among his other children his son James. The younger James Knox seems to have been one of the first persons who removed from the more thickly settled part of the county to the Holston. There is a tradition that he was disappointed in a love affair, having been rejected as a suitor by Anne Montgomery, who married Benjamin Logan. As early as 1769 he went from the Holston on a hunting expedition to Kentucky, and afterwards settled there. He was a soldier in the Revolution, and a member of the Kentucky Legislature from 1795 to 1800. In Kentucky he was known as General Knox. He captured his old sweetheart at last, marrying her after the death of General Logan. He survived till 1822, and she till 1825. It was he (and not General Henry Knox, Washington's Secretary of War), who led the party of Augusta emigrants, as related on page 452.
Processioning Lists in Augusta County
- "Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
Processioning List of 1756:
- Page 172.--1756: Processioned by Lofty Pullan and Richard Botkin, on Cowpasture and Bullpasture, viz: For Thomas Feemster, present Alex Black; for John Jackson; for Alex. Black, present James Knox; for Wallis Estill; for George Lewis; for Richard Boatkin, present Adam Jurden; for John McCreery.
Processioning List of 1765:
- Page 407.--1765: Thomas Feemster and Wm. Black procession as follows: For Joseph Hays, for Jno. McCreary, for Wm. Black, for James Knox for James Shaw, for Geo. Lewis, for James Clemens, for Hugh Hicklin, for Chas. Lewis, for Thos. Feemster, for Jno. Kinkead, for Robt. Hall, for Benj. Estill, for Wm. Jeeson, for James Botkin. Samuel Willson and Hugh Hicklin procession as follows, on Bull Pasture: For Wm. Willson, for Ro. Scott, for Jno. Carlile, for Saml. Givens, for Bowd Estill, for Thos. Hicklin, for Ro. Duffield, for Hugh Martin, for Ro. Grames, deceased; for Saml. Willson, for Robt. Carlile, for Hance Harper, for Lofftus Polan, for Ro. and Jno. Carlile, for Jno. Hicklin, for Richd. Botkin, for Wallace Estill, for Hugh Hicklin.
Processioning List of 1767-8:
- Page 445.--1767-68: Processioned by Henry Stoon and Henry Pickle, Sr., viz: For Honnical Simmons, for Hannah Hawse, for Posley Hover, for Mark Swadley, for Henry Pickle, for Adam Stroud, for Jacob Roleman, for Christian Roleman. Processioned by John McCreery, Jno. Montgomery, viz: From Widow Thompson's to John Kinkead's on Cowpasture, and from Wallace Estill's to mouth of Bullpasture, viz: For Joseph Maze, for Henry Guy, for Charles Lewis, for Benj. Lewis, for Thos. Feemster, for Jno. Montgomery, for Wm. Black, for Francis Jackson, for John Kinkead, for Widow Thompson, for Andrew Donnelly, for John Lewis, for John McCreerey, for Robert McCreerey, for William Jackson, for James Knox, for Thomas Niell. On Bullpasture, viz: For Wallace Estill, for Robert Carlile, for Bond Estill, for John Carlile, for Robt. Graham, for James Bratchey, for Thomas Hicklin, for Saml. Givens.
Records of James Knox in Augusta County, VA
- February 11, 1745. - (7) Ann Jenney Usher chose James Knox guardian.
- Page 1.-- James Knox, Jno. Brown, Andrew Pickens, bond, 11th February, 1745 (1746). James Knox qualifies guardian of Ann Jenny Usher.
- FEBRUARY 27, 1749 - (313) John Brown, security for James Knox, guardian for Anne Genny Usher, prays counter security.
- Page 330.--24th March, 1764. Henry Horse's vendue bill recorded-- To Charles Kilpatrick, Jno. Water, Jno. Malkem, Jas. Reyburn, Danl. Love, Chas. Dever, Edward McGarry, Wm. Dyer, Sarah Nare, Ezrah Shipman, Roger Dyer, Jno. Dunkell, Michael Props, Benj. Scott, Peter Nare, Elizabeth Wilfong, Henry Wagener, Christian Goose, Michael Rhine (Ryan), Adam Roudenboush, Michl. Mallow, James Knox, George Scott, Peter Smith.
- 1753-1754, Pt. 1. - To the Worshipful Court of Augusta now sitting: We, the inhabitants of this County, have long felt the smart of the great indulgence the ordinary keepers of this County have met with in allowing them to sell such large quantities of rum and wine at an extravagant rate, by which our money is drained out of the County, for which we have no return but a fresh supply to pick our pockets. We, your petitioners, humbly pray your worship to put a stop to the said liquors, which would encourage us to pursue our laborious designs, which is to raise sufficient quantities of grain which would suffciently supply us with liquors and the money circulate in this County to the advantage of us, the same. We hope that your worships will discover to us that you have a real regard for the good of the County, and lay us under an obligation to pray for your prosperity. Robert Stevenson, James Hamilton, Alexander Walker, James Robertson, James Stevenson, John Christian, Alexander Blair, Thomas Shiels, Robert Christian, Thomas Stewart, James Allen, Joseph Hanna, Francis Beaty, Mathew Lyle, Archibald Reah, John Walker (?), Samuel Downey, Daniel McAnair (McEvear), Robert Spears (Syers), Daniel Danison, Robert Moffet, Alexander Henderson, Andrew Hamilton, John Finley, Thomas Beard, Archibald Armstrong, William Mackan, James Campbell, John Vance, John Archer, James Reburn, Alexander Gibson, William Lewis, George Scott, Joseph Bell, James Coyl, William Logen, Samuel McCune, John Caruth, Patrick Hays, Robert Sayers, Andrew McCombe, James Montgomery, James Scott, George Crawford, John Allen, Edward Spear, James Brown, John King, John Anderson, William Logan, Patrick Campbell, Jacob Lockhart, Sam Wallace, James Knox, John Carlile, Charles Campbell, Mathew Harper, John Jackson, James Miller, John Hutcheson, William Palmer, Samuel Love, James Miller, John Henderson, Zachariah Bell (Belche), Andrew Ewin, John Thompson, Loftus Pullin, James Gay, Alexander Craig, Thomas Teat, William Wallace, John Wilson, Alexander Ritchey, James McGee. John Thompson, Samuel Calhoon, John Trimble, Alexander Thompson, William Snodon, Newman McGonigle, John Trimble, Archibald Allison, John Brown, William Thomson.
- Page 361.--20th November, 1764. William Black's bond (with Jas. Knox, Jno. Miller), as administrator of Alexander Black.
- Page 86.--16th August, 1765. William Black and Sarah ( ) to Alex. Black, £40, 125 acres in Forks of Cowpasture River; corner to land in possession of said William Black; corner James Knox. Delivered: Alex. Black, 17th May, 1792.
- AUGUST 20, 1765. - (439) James Knox exempted from levy.
- Page 516.--20th August, 1766.-- Robert Knox to Thomas Nickle, £31, 100 acres on Cowpasture River; corner land in possession of James Knox, part of his patent land. this tract formerly conveyed by James Knox to Robert Knox, Kith August, 1765. Delivered: Thomas Nickle, February, 1767. (Note: Robert Knox was James Knox's son).
- MARCH, 1767 (A). - McClung vs. Fleming.--This day Mr. Jas. Knox came before me as a garnishee for the estate of John Flimon, soldier, formerly of Capt. Lewis's Company, and declared that he has no part of said Flimon's estate in his hands, nor hasn't had since said Flimon left the County. Sworn before me this 29th October, 1766. (Signed) John Dickinson.
- (undated, prob. bet. 1808-1810 - Nelson vs. Clarke--O. S. 278; N. S. 98--On 14th November, 1775, Alexander Nelson agreed to exchange a tract on Dunlap Creek with Sampson Mathews for 5,000 acres in Kentucky. The title to the land in Kentucky has failed and Alexr. claims lien on land on Dunlap's Creek. Sampson is dead, leaving Catherine Mathews, Sampson Mathews, Jane, wife of Samuel C. Clarke, and Jacob Kinney, his representatives. Deed, 30th September, 1797, by Sampson Mathews of Bath County to Alexr. Nelson of Augusta. Sampson has heretofore granted to Alexr. a tract on Dunlap's Creek in Botetourt in consideration of his marriage with his daughter and has exchanged with Alexr. 5,000 acres in Kentucky for the Dunlap's Creek land. Conveys 2,000 acres, part of the 5,000 acres in Shelby County, Ky., on Clear Creek, corner Elizabeth Murray. Recorded Shelby County Quarter Sessions, 1798, February. Letters by John Allen of Kentucky to Alex. Nelson. Letter by Sampson Mathews to Col. James Knox, at present in Staunton, dated Staunton, 30th August, 1783. Letter by James Knox of same date. Letter by Abraham Hite, heir to John Hite, to Col. Sampson Mathews, dated Beargrass, 27th November, 1796, mentions lands located by Abraham's deceased brother. Letter by Col. Saml. McDowell to Col. Sampson Mathews, dated Fayette County, Ky., 22d July, 1795. (Note: this appears to be referencing James Knox, Jr.)