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Charles Knox (b. 1818, d. April 19, 1895)Charles Knox (son of Charles Knox, Sr. and Margaret Black)250, 251 was born 1818 in Ireland, and died April 19, 1895 in New York, NY.He married Hannah Maria Hyslop on 1838, daughter of Hyslop and Unknown.
Notes for Charles Knox:
Charles Knox and his sister Margaret came to America in 1830, two years after their parents and eight older siblings.Charles and Margaret came into the harbor at Wilmington, Delaware, in a little sailing vessel from Moville, sailing port of Londonderry, Ireland.The vessel was badly crippled and blown far out of her course, for her destination had been New York.Charles and Margaret set out by foot for the 118 mile walk to New York.For two weeks they walked, doing chores for their food, and sleeping in barns and farm houses along the way.(Taken from, "The Story of Two Famous Hatters", by Robert R. Updegraff, Privately Printed Knox Hat Company Incorporated New York, 1926.)
Charles Knox was the founder of The Knox Hat Company of New York, "Charles Knox Hatter Since 1838". His son Col. Edward M. Knox made it more profitable.The main store/office was located on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, and the factory was located in Brooklyn, on the corner of St. Marks and Grand Avenues.
Charles was 77 years old when he died, and buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Lot #6141Section - 58Plot - Lawn).His last residence was listed as 45 West 10th Street, NYC.
From: Mrs. Mary Robinson Little, granddaughter of Charles Knox the hatter, source: "Knox Family Record, The Knox Family, A Genealogical and Biographical Sketch of the Descendants of John Knox of Rowan County, North Carolina And Other Knoxes" By Hattie S. Goodman, 1905Whittet & Shepperson, Printers and Publishers, Richmond, Virginia, pp. 238-240.
"Charles Knox died in 1895 in New York City, where he had been the head of the hat business for fifty years.Like his brothers, he was known for his honesty, uprightness and Christian integrity.His observance of the Sabbath was very strict.When he first went into businesss many stores along Broadway kept open a few hours on Sunday morning, and the owner of a neighboring store said to him, "Charlie Knox, why don't you open on Sunday?I made five hundred dollars yesterday, and you're a fool to let the chance slip."Mr. Knox replied, "I'll never keep open an hour on the Lord's day," and he never did.Years afterward that same friend came to beg a quarter to keep him from starving.Whwn the war broke out Charles' son Edward was one of the first to enlist.
Charles' wife belonged to an old Virginia family.She died in 1888, a few weeks before their golden wedding, after an unusually happy married life.Their daughter, Mary, married, in 1863, Hannibal Robinson, by whom she had four children, Charles, Mary, Florence and George."
"A newspaper clipping of August, 1895, sent me, contains an obituary of Charles Knox, from which we copy the following:
"Charles Knox, the well-known New York hatter, died at his home, No. 46 West Tenth Street.
Mr. Knox was born in Ireland in 1818; when fifteen years old, he with his sister, came to this country on a sailing ship.He landed in Wilmington, Del.He learned the hatter's trade with Leary.In 1840 he started into business for himself, in a shop at 110 Fulton Street.As his business increased he removed next to the old Sun building, No. 128 Fulton Street.In 1854 he removed his store to Fulton and Broadway, where one of his stores is still.The Knox hats became known all over the continent.In 1878, Mr. Knox turned the business over to his son, Col. Edward M. Knox, and in 1888 retired from active business life.Mr. Knox was known alike for his enterprise and his kindly genial ways; was extremely charitable, but gave quietly and without ostentation.For a number of years his home was on Dutch Street, later in Houston Street, and in 1856 he removed to the present home.The family also have a handsome country home in Sullivan county."
More About Charles Knox:
Burial: April 22, 1895, Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY.
More About Charles Knox and Hannah Maria Hyslop:
Children of Charles Knox and Hannah Maria Hyslop are:
- +Mary Ann Knox, b. 1840, Brooklyn, New York, d. February 24, 1923, New York, New York.
- Edward M. Knox, b. February 12, 1842, New York City, NY, d. March 28, 1916, New York City, NY.