Collection Number: 05553

Collection Title: Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 200 items)
Abstract The Knox family is from Rowan County, N.C., where they have lived since the 1740s. The Knox Family Papers contain business and legal receipts for the Knox family through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but also includes account books, indentures, intestate succession documents, slave lists, and receipts for blacksmithing, ministerial services, and other everyday purchases. Items of particular interest include a 1772 letter of recommendation for John Knox, a list of slave birthdates, 1803-1869, and four handwritten slave receipts.
Creator Knox (Family : Rowan County, N.C.)
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Knox Family Papers #5553, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Nancy and Kyle Stetz in March 2013 (Acc. 101745).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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The Knox family is from Rowan County, N.C., where they have lived since the 1740s.

John Knox (1739-1802) was married to Hannah Reid and had eight children, including Margaret, George (1774-1869), and John.

Robert Knox (1804-1885) was the great-nephew of John Knox. He was the father of James Wilson Knox (1854-1926), who was the father of Robert Howard Knox (1881-1961).

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The Knox Family Papers contain business and legal receipts for the Knox family through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but also includes account books, indentures, intestate succession documents, slave lists, and receipts for blacksmithing, ministerial services, and other everyday purchases. Items of particular interest include a 1772 letter of recommendation for John Knox, a list of slave birthdates, 1803-1869, and four handwritten slave receipts.

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Contents list

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About 200 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Primarily business and legal receipts for the Knox family through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but also includes account books, indentures, intestate succession documents, slave lists, newspaper clippings, and receipts for blacksmithing, ministerial services, and other everyday purchases. Items of particular interest include a 1772 letter of recommendation for John Knox, a list of slave birthdates, 1803-1869, and four handwritten slave receipts.

Folder 1

1764-1787 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 1

Folder 2

Letter of recommendation, 1772 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 2

Contains a letter of recommendation for John Knox.

Folder 3

Slave receipt, 1774 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 3

Contains a slave receipt for a girl name Yarrow.

Folder 4

1788 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 4

Folder 5

1789-1796 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 5

Folder 6

circa 1800s #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 6

Folder 7

1800-1815 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 7

Folder 8

List of slave names and bithdates, 1803-1864 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 8

Folder 9

1819 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 9

Folder 10

1833-1836 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 10

Folder 11

1841-1849 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 11

Folder 12

Slave receipt, 1842 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 12

Contains a document certifying the necessity of selling John Knox's estate to pay his debts. Describes the sale of a ten-year-old boy named Sampson, who was sold for two hundred thirty-seven dollars on a credit of twelve months to Robert Knox.

Folder 13

Slave receipts, 1845 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 13

Includes a document announcing a public auction to pay the debts of "John N. Knox" at the time of his death, and included the sale of a six-or-seven-year-old boy named Andy to George Knox for the price of two hundred six dollars and fifty cents. The other document states that Margaret Knox sold to George Knox for "one hundred dollars in hand" and "for various other considersations not herein specified" a ten-year-old girl named Dorcus.

Folder 14

1850-1859 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 14

Folder 15

Slave receipt, 1854 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 15

Describes hiring a negro boy for nine months.

Folder 16

1860-1869 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 16

Folder 17

List of sharecroppers, 1867 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 17

List of sharecroppers working for Robert Knox.

Folder 18

1871-1872 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 18

Folder 19

1880-1888 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 19

Folder 20

1890-1899 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 20

Folder 21

James Wilson Knox account book, 1891-1899 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 21

Folder 22

The People's Mutual Benevolent Association, 1900-1906 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 22

Includes life insurance policy document for James Wilson Knox and postcards, which appear to be receipts for payments on life insurance policies.

Folder 23

1901-1909 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 23

Folder 24

1910-1919 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 24

Folder 25

Robert Howard Knox account book, 1920-1935 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 25

Folder 26

1921-1929 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 26

Folder 27

1930-1937 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 27

Folder 28

Newspaper clippings, 1930s-1980s #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 28

Folder 29

1942-1943 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 29

Folder 30

Church programs, 1952, 1991 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 30

Folder 31

Letters, 1964-1977 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 31

Folder 32

Notes, 1969-1979 #05553, Series: "Knox Family Papers, 1764-1991." Folder 32

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Processing Information

Processed by: Amelia Holmes, November 2015

Encoded by: Amelia Holmes, November 2015

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