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Gen. James Knox
d.1822 Kentucky
m. est. 1745
  1. Robert KnoxEst 1745 -
  2. Abigail KnoxEst 1746-1763 -
  3. Mary KnoxEst 1746-1763 -
  4. John KnoxEst 1746-1763 -
  5. Jean KnoxEst 1746-1763 -
  6. Elizabeth KnoxEst 1746-1763 -
  7. Gen. James KnoxBef 1749 - 1822
m. aft. 1802
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Name Gen. James Knox
Gender Male
Birth? Bef. 1749 Augusta County, Virginia
Marriage aft. 1802 to Anne Montgomery
Death? 1822 Kentucky

About Gen. James Knox

From "Annals of Augusta County, Virginia":


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 n, 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 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. In command of a military force he went down the Holston and built a fort for the protection of the frontier, which was called "Fort Knox," and the settlement thereabout grew into the city of Knoxville. 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 who led the party of Augusta emigrants, as just related.