Following is an excerpt by Louise Pettus, renowned researcher of South Carolina, posted on ROOTSWEB NCMECKLE-L 9 March 1998:
From: Louise Pettus Subject: [NCMECKLE-L] Knox family Date: Mon, 09 Mar 1998 22:16:06 -0500
I am interested in the family of John and Sarah Knox. I don't know if John Knox came to America but do know that Sarah Knox (died 8 Nov 1763, aged 66 years) did. Hers is the oldest tombstone in Steele Creek Presbyterian cemetery. My ancestor is John and Sarah's son, Samuel Knox.
Is there anyone out there who knows the names of the wives of Samuel's brothers? Dates? Any additional information to the account cited below? John Rosser was born in the Indian Land, Lancaster County community known as Pleasant Valley which is just below Pineville, NC.
Draper MSS. VV., Vol 13, p. 12, John Rosser letter written September 13, 1878:
About Knoxes of Mecklenburg: "The first one of them I ever heard of was John Knox, who was the father of ten sons and only one daughter, Mary Knox, and daughter was my great grandmother and married Alexander McKee who came from Pennsylvania. He married a second wife---Blair of York. Of the ten brothers I have only heard of six who were in America. That was Samuel, David, John, James, Jack or Joseph, and Matthew, of the two last I am not sure about their names. These six all Whigs in the Revolution. I have seen this in print when Mr. Polk was a candidate. Some of the brothers went to England to live, I was told settled in London. Sam Knox was the great man of the family in the country. He built a brick house for a residence, probably the first Brick house for that purpose ever built in that country. David Knox died a bachelor and never done much good for himself--he was what was known in his day as a Bully that is fond of fisticuffs, fighting and hard to whip. Jimmy Knox was a blacksmith known as Jimmy Knox the Blacksmith. I heard it said he could run all day and never get out of wind because his melt (?) had been cutd out when he was young. My mother the granddaughter of Mary Knox was always proud of her Knox ancestry. She seemed to think they were the greatest of the great."