Richland County, Ohio

History and Genealogy

KNOX Family Records

Submitted by Peggy M.

“Fountain Album,” autograph album from Ethel Baughman Pots estate donated to Bellville-Jefferson Township Historical Society by Everett McClarren, Bellville, includes four pages with handwritten Knox family information:

John Knox was married to Mary Muncy, May 21, 1813

William Knox married to Isabel Beatie, June 18, 1835

Thomas Knox married to Nancy A. Ritchie

James Knox married to Naomi Black, Sept. 5, 1854

Geo. Knox died a bachelor, served in Civil War, wounded

Wilson B. Knox married to S. Emma Shortess

John Knox Jr. married to Mary Campbell

Elizabeth Knox married to John McKee, March 22, 1832

Franey Knox married to Joseph Riddle, June 11, 1840

Jane Knox married to Wm. Kelso, Aug. 10, 1843

Margaret Knox married to John Steel, Jan. 18, 18—

Mary Knox married to Wm. C. Beattie, Nov. 8, 1852

Unity Ann Knox married to John Brown, Oct. 18, 1853

Nancy Knox married to Wm. Huesten, Nov. 8, 1853


John Knox Sr. born May 25, 1784

Wm. Knox born Sept. 25, 1815

Thomas Knox born Sept. 11, 1817

James J. Knox born Feb. 16, 1824

George W. Knox born Jan. 11, 1833

Wilson B. Knox born Nov. 11, 1834

John Knox Jr. born Feb. 8, 1841

Mary Knox born July 11, 1794

Elizabeth Knox born Sept. 14, 1814

Jane Knox born Dec. 9, 1819

Frany Knox born Dec. 9, 1821

Margaret M. Knox born Dec. 22, 1825

Nancy Cox born Feb. 8, 1828

Mary Knox born July 9, 1829

Unity Ann Knox born March 4, 1831

Most autographs are addressed to G.W. Knox, dated in the 1853-7 period  and are signed:

No location: A.F.B. Colwell, Mary K. Beattie, Annetta L. Elizabeth McKee, James J. Knox, Sarah Matilda McKee, Jane K. Kelso, Sarah Jane Conrad, Mary Catharine Kelso, Lizzie Sloane, Mary A. Conrad, Amanda M. Bowland, Sarah Jane Dunkle, Mary McKee, Elizabeth A. Kell, H.J. Van Dorn, Sarah M. Van Dorn, Eliza M. Bowland, Amanda Van Dorn, E. Garber, Amelia ??, Melissa A. Needham

Noble County, Iowa: T.M. Riddle, Ellen Sweet, Naomi A. Knox, Nancy K. Huston

Oakland Hill: Mary A. Olin, Phebe E. Olin, Unity A.K. Brown, Mary Brown, Sarah M. Van Dorn (Mansfield, Oakland Hill)

Richland, Ohio: Flora

Johnsville: Jenney M. Purdy

Maple Grove, Ohio: Matt M. Ritchie, Ann E. Ritchie

Cherry Bottom, Ohio: Ann E. Colwell, Leje (?) Cornanan, M.C. Colwell

Lexington, Richland County, Ohio: W.L. Summers,  Martha J. Summers, Mary Alice Proctor, R.J. Proctor

Sandy Hill, Ohio: Caroline Lindley

Bellville, Ohio: B.S. Geddis

10. John Knox, born May 25, 1784 in Washington County, PA; died April 25, 1865 in Richland County, OH. He married 11. Mary Muncy May 24, 1813.

11. Mary Muncy, born July 17, 1794 in Washington County, PA; died September 23, 1877 in Richland County, OH. She was the daughter of 22. James Muncy and 23. Elizabeth.

Notes for John Knox:
John's parents emigrated from Ireland in approximately 1776. In 1784 they settled in Washington County, PA where John was born.

There is a family bible.

More About John Knox:
Burial: Troy Cemetery, Lexington, OH
Cause of Death: Fall out of barn door
Residence: 1821, Family moved to Ohio

More About Mary Muncy:
Burial: September 25, 1877, Troy Cemetery, Lexington, OH
Cause of Death: "Dropsy"
Religion: Presbyterian

Marriage Notes for John Knox and Mary Muncy:
John and Mary were active in the Presbyterian community. They were among the first who composed the A.R. Congregation of Troy.

Children of John Knox and Mary Muncy are:

i. Unity Ann Knox, born March 4, 1831 in Lexington, Richland County, OH; died October 25, 1912 in Bloomfield, IA; married John S. Brown October 18, 1853 in Richland County, OH.
ii. Elizabeth Knox, born March 14, 1814.
iii. William Knox, born September 25, 1815.
iv. Thomas Knox, born September 11, 1817; died June 7, 1852.
v. Jane Knox, born September 14, 1819.
vi. Traney Martha Knox, born December 9, 1820.
vii. James Johnson Knox, born February 16, 1824.
viii. Margaret Knox, born December 22, 1825; died October 11, 1852.
ix. Nancy Knox, born February 8, 1828.
x. Mary Knox, born July 3, 1829; died April 8, 1876; married Win. Beattie.
xi. George Washington Knox, born June 17, 1833; died May 1, 1862 in Savannah, GA.

Notes for George Washington Knox:
Coincidentally, George Knox served under Robert Carson Brown in the Company C of the 64th Infantry Regiment of Ohio in the Civil War. There is no direct relationship between the two men. He enlisted on October 24, 1861 at the age of 27 and the rank of private. George died in Savannah, GA only seven months later.

More About George Washington Knox:
Military service: Civil War - 64th Infantry Regiment of Ohio.

xii. Wilson Buffington Knox, born November 17.
xiii. John Knox, Jr., born February 8, 1836.
xiv. Joseph Milton Knox, born November 1, 1841

Knox, Emma (Shortess) -- Mrs. Wilson Knox, after a lingering illness with cancer, died at her home northwest of Bellville Tuesday night. Funeral services were held at her late home Thursday at 2 p.m. Interment in the Bellville Cemetery. Submitted by Amy. [Bellville Messenger: 24 February 1905, Vol. 13, No. 5]

Knox, Emma (Shortess) -- On the 21st. day of February, 1905, at the Knox homestead near Bellville, Ohio, there passed to the better land a rare life in Mrs. Emma Shortess Knox. Her father, Thomas Shortess, was one of the early Methodist ministers and she, early in life united with the same denomination in Lexington, and later in Bellville. She taught school for a number of years and then married Wilson B. Knox. Her life was strong, hopeful and intelligent. A great reader, a splendid thinker, an interested conversationalist, a visit with her was delightful. She was earnest in her church interests, ever learning divine things, and deeply loving God and the realm of the Kingdom. In severe pain her body wasted for four years when her soul sought its home with God. Mrs. Knox was patient and trusted in her last sickness and while she loved this beautiful world she had greater love for God's other land. Five daughters were born to this union: Mary became the wife of Mr. John M. Fry, of Mt. Gilead; Una became the wife of Rev. Vernon W. Wager, LeRoy; Emma the wife of Mr. Chas. Baughman, Bellville; Laura the wife of Mr. Lorain Alexander, Palmyra; and Clara the wife of Mr. Ed Stough, Mansfield. The five sons-in-law and a cousin carried the broken body of 65 years of age to its earthly resting place. The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, the Rev. Monk, of the Trinity Evangelical church, of which she was a member the last few years. Submitted by Amy. [Bellville Messenger: 10 March 1905, Vol. 13, No. 7]

Knox, John -- John Knox, residing three miles west of town [Bellville], died Sunday, March 29, aged 67 years, 1 month and 21 days. His malady was organic heart disease. He was born February 8th., 1836, and was united in marriage with Miss Mary Campbell and she, with an only daughter, Miss Eva, survive him. The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church, Tuesday, March 30, at 2:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. W.W. Anderson, of Loudonville, and Rev. J.W. Boyer, of this place. Interment was made in Bellville Cemetery. A large concourse of friends and relatives assembled to pay deceased their last sad rites. Submitted by Amy. [Bellville Messenger: 02 April 1903, Vol. 11, No. 13]

Knox, Mrs. Wilson -- Mrs. Wilson Knox, after a lingering illness with cancer, died at her home northwest of Bellville, Tuesday night. Funeral services were held at her late home Thursday at 2 p.m. Interment in the Bellville Cemetery. Submitted by Amy. [Butler Enterprise: 24 February 1905, Vol. 17, No. 4]