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Robert Knox
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Birth: Apr. 11, 1758, Ireland
Death: Oct. 8, 1836


He was born 11 Apr 1758 in County Antrim, Ireland to James and Elizabeth Craig Knox. He immigrated to Chester County, SC with his family in 1767. He married Elizabeth Gill in 1784 in Chester. She died in 1809 in Franklin, KY.

"His death is supposed to have been caused by a wound in the knee received at the Battle of Cowpens in the Revolutionary War."

Info from: Karen Frizzelle (Robert was the brother of my 5-great grandfather).

Robert Knox, DAR Ancestor Number A067112, was the son of James Knox,
DAR Ancestor Number A067072, and Elizabeth Craig.

He did not fight in the Battle of Cowpens. He was wounded in the Battle of Hanging Rock (August 6, 1780) per W26190 which I have included below as documentation.


Southern Campaign American Revolution Pension Statements & Rosters Pension application of Robert Knox W26190 Milley fn63SC Transcribed by Will Graves 10/24/09 [Methodology: Spelling, punctuation and/or grammar have been corrected in some instances for ease of reading and to facilitate searches of the database. Also, the handwriting of the original scribes often lends itself to varying interpretations. Users of this database are urged to view the original and to make their own decision as to how to decipher what the original scribe actually wrote. Blanks appearing in the transcripts reflect blanks in the original. Folks are free to make non-commercial use this transcript in any manner they may see fit, but please extend the courtesy of acknowledging the transcriber—besides, if it turns out the transcript contains mistakes, the resulting embarrassment will fall on the transcriber.]
In the matter of Robert Knox: And Application for a pension under the act of Congress of June 7, A.D. 1832 Recorded in book A to 66 page Edward Patton clerk. The State of Indiana, Switzerland County, SS: On this 13th day of August A.D. 1832, personally appeared in open court, before the honorable, the Probate Court, of the County aforesaid, being a court of record, Robert Knox a resident of Gallatin County Kentucky aged 74 years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth, on his oath, make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress, passed the 7th of June, A.D. 1832 -- that he, the said Robert Knox entered the service of the United States, that during the American Revolutionary War, under the following named officers, and served as herein stated -- That he, the said Robert Knox 1. Served in A.D. 1779 or 1780 in a company commanded by Captain James Knox of Camden district SC for about 70 days 2. In A.D. 1779 or 1780 in a company commanded by Captain Philip Walker, same district, and served about 70 days. 3. In A.D. 1780 in a company commanded by same Captain, same district and served 4 months 4. In A.D. 1781 in John McClure's company 40 days. And, that he hereby relinquishes every claim to a pension or annuity, except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state. The Court, then propounded the following interrogatories to the said Robert Knox. 1st Where and in what year were you born? I was born on the 11th of April 1758, = In County Antrim in Ireland 2nd Have you any record of your age and if so where is it? I have no record of my age it was recorded in the family Bible which was destroyed in the Revolution 3rd Where were you living when called into service: where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and where do you now live? I then lived in Camden district South Carolina = Since that time, 2 years in South Carolina and for the last 46 or 47 years in Kentucky = now live in Kentucky 3 miles from [indecipherable word or words] -- 4th How were you called into service; were you drafted; did you volunteer or were you a substitute, and if in substitute, for whom? 1st Substitute for William Miller = was drafted twice and then volunteered several times
5th State the names of some of the regular officers who were with the troops when you served, such Continental and militia regiments as you can recollect and the general circumstances of your service. General Sumpter [sic, Thomas Sumter] Colonel Laurens, General Greene, General Marion, Colonel Williams, Colonel Henderson and many others among them General Moultrie. I served as a substitute for William Miller of Camden district South Carolina, in a company of militia commanded by Captain James Knox, and I think Alexander Campbell acted as our Lieutenant, David Marrow, John McCollom and Samuel Marrow (the said Samuel afterwards enlisted for 18 months) were privates in the same company. The said company was marched from said Camden district to within 5 miles of Charleston, SC and were stationed there about 70 days. About this time it was expected that Cornwallis would make an attack upon Charleston but he passed on towards Savannah. We were then discharged by order of Governor Rutledge. There were 3 or 4 companies stationed at the same place = the commander's name I have forgotten, but I think Joseph Brown acted as Major. I was drafted in the same district and served in a company of militia commanded by Captain Philip Walker for a short time and was then transferred to a company commanded by Captain Hugh Whitesides (William Miller, the same man for whom I acted as a substitute) acted as Lieutenant and I was appointed and served as first Sergeant, George Kelser acted as Ensign, Thomas Morrison was a private. We were marched from Camden aforesaid over the sand hills and from thence to guard -- Mills, and continued to guard the same for 2 weeks -- from thence we marched across Cooper's River and thence to Orangeburg and served during this tour, about 70 days. I was drafted, at same place in a company commanded by Captain Philip Walker, John Knox Lieutenant, James Johnson Ensign, James Blair first Sergeant, Colonel Richd Lacey and Major Joseph Brown -- Hutchison was adjutant. We were marched by way of Mount corner [sic, Moncks Corner] near Charleston, to near [indecipherable word -- I think it is an intentional obfuscation of the word "Savannah"] River and joined General Lincoln's Army, and served as a rifleman for 4 months and 10 days, and was discharged by Colonel Lacey at Charleston. During this campaign we had a battle with Cornwallis Army under Colonel Laurens. The Colonel was wounded in the Army in this battle. Colonel Simmons commanded the fatigue party. Colonel Simmons brother was a major. This battle was the day after Cornwallis went on John's island. I went as a volunteer on James island and served during this tour, about 4 months. I enlisted for 40 days, while Cornwallis was quartered at the crossroads, at the big spring on the Saluda Road, under orders from General Sumpter in a company commanded by John McClure Lieutenant John Knox and Ensign James Johnson. From the Catawba Indian lands we marched to a place called Rocky Mount in Camden district and on a Sabbath morning had a skirmish with a British party and then marched across Catawba River and on the next Sabbath morning we had another battle at the Hanging Rock -- General Sumpter commander in chief, John Adair,1 1 ADAIR, John, a Senator and a Representative from Kentucky; born in Chester District, Chester County, S.C., January 9, 1757; attended the public schools in Charlotte, N.C.; served in the Revolutionary War; member of the South Carolina convention that ratified the Constitution of the United States; moved to Kentucky in 1788; major of volunteers in an expedition against the Indians under General Wilkinson in 1791 and 1792; was a lieutenant colonel under General Scott in 1793; member of the Kentucky constitutional convention in 1792; member of the State house of representatives 1793-1795, 1798, and 1800-1803, serving as speaker in 1802 and 1803; register of the United States land office in 1805; elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Breckinridge and served from November 8, 1805, to November 18, 1806, when he a member of Congress, was aid de camp,
Lacey acted as Colonel. I was wounded in this battle by a gunshot in my left knee = the wounded were taken to Charlotte, in North Carolina, and I continued with the wounded until after Cornwallis moved his Army. About this time I was attacked with the jaundice and permitted to go on furlough to and acquaintances (James Porter, on Fort Creek) until I recovered. I continued at Porter's until I was able to ride, when I went with Captain William Porter, to the neighborhood of Gilbert's Town [sic, Gilbert Town] and continued with him until the 20th of the next December. I was drafted again, the next Spring, at Camden aforesaid, in a company commanded by Captain Hugh Knox, Lieutenant John Knox and Ensign John Miller -- and served as first Sergeant. We were marched to Orangeburg SC and continued there under the command of General Sumpter for 2 months, and one week and 3 days. I volunteered and served in a company commanded by Captain John Turner, to operate against the Tories, and served about 4 months. I volunteered in a company commanded by Captain Thomas Hanna and was in the battle of Eutaw Springs and in the Siege of Ninety Six and 1781. Captain Mills commanded the US troops under whose command I had been placed after the battle I was dispatched by Colonel Henderson and others to carry dispatches to Governor Rutledge which I delivered to the Governor at Colonel Thompson's old place, near the Junction of Broad and Catawba rivers on the road from King's Mountain to Charleston, SC. That, he the said Robert Knox, served during said Revolutionary War, under the various commanders, as aforesaid, for a full term of 2 years and 2 months. 6th Did you ever receive a discharge from the service, and if so, by whom was it given and what has become of it? I had a discharge signed by Colonel Lacey but have lost it -- 7th State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and who can testify as to your character for veracity and their belief in your services as a soldier in the revolution. General Jesse Lindsey, William Lindsey, Thomas Neal, Lewis Yesterday and others
8. Have you any documentary evidence of your services, and do you know of any person now living whose testimony he can procure to this testify to your services? I have none in my possession but refer you to documents filed in the War department in January 1825, in my behalf. Sworn to and subscribed, the day and year aforesaid. S/ Robert Knox S/ Edward Patten, Clerk [James Cox, a clergyman, and Robert Gullion gave the standard supporting affidavit.]
Washington city February 15, 1833 I do hereby certify that I knew Robert Knox (before named) well during the Revolutionary War, that I saw him in 2 or 3 of the battles he describes, and that I fully believes he did perform the resigned, having been an unsuccessful candidate for reelection; aide to Governor Isaac Shelby in the Battle of the Thames in 1813; commander of the Kentucky rifle brigade which served under General Andrew Jackson in 1814 and 1815; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1817; appointed adjutant general with the brevet rank of brigadier general; Governor of Kentucky 1820-1824; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second Congress (March 4, 1831-March 3, 1833); was not a candidate for reelection in 1832; died in Harrodsburg, Ky., May 19, 1840; interment in State Cemetery, Frankfort, Ky., where a monument to his memory was erected by the State.
services for which he now ask a pension -- I likewise knew all the Officers he names, as having served with or under -- He was always reputed a faithful and good Soldier and an honest man and I firmly believe that his Deposition and Certificate is entitled to full credit. Given under my hand this day & date above S/ John Adair2
[fn p. 44] State of Tennessee Bedford County I hereby certify that I have been acquainted with Robert Knox aged about 72 years my acquaintance with him was from [the time] he was 11 years of age until long since the revolution war I was in the war of the Revolution and has no hesitation in saying I believe that he was in the Army as a soldier of the revolution but at this time does not recollect of seeing him there although I have often heard that he was a Revolutioner and in my acquaintance the said Knox was considered a man of truth and credibility. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 12th day of August 1832 S/ James Morrow, JP S/ Isaac Eoff,3 X his mark
[fn p. 45] State of Tennessee Bedford County Personally appeared before me the undersigned a justice of the peace, in and for said County, Samuel Knox,4
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 12th of August A.D. 1832, and I certify that said Knox is a credible person.
aged about 80 years, of the County aforesaid who after being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he is well acquainted with Robert Knox who now resides in Gallatin County State of Kentucky = that he was acquainted with said Robert during the whole of the last American Revolutionary War = that said Robert Knox, served several tours of duty, in the militia of the State of South Carolina = and he has no hesitation in saying that said Robert Knox, served as a soldier, in said Revolution for the full term of at least 2 years = This deponent further saith that said Robert Knox was at the battle at a place called the Hanging Rock, in South Carolina, also at the battle of the Blackstocks the said troops were, at said battle under the General command of General Sumpter, John Adair, of Kentucky, now a member of Congress, acted as a aid de camp to the general = and that Colonel Lacy commanded the Regiment of Militia from Camden district South Carolina and that Captain John McClure was killed in the battle at the hanging rock, and deponent further saith not.
S/ Samuel Knox, X his mark S/ James Marrow, JP
[fn p. 50] State of Indiana Switzerland County Personally appeared before me the undersigned a justice of the peace within and for the County aforesaid, Robert Knox of lawful age, who after being duly sworn deposeth and saith that by reason of old age and the consequent loss of memory, he cannot swear positively as to the precise length of his service; but according to the best of his recollection, he served not less than the periods mentioned below and in the following grades. 2 John Adair W2895 3 Isaac Eoff R3362 4 Samuel Knox W302
1. For [word obliterated] months and 6 or 10 days, as a private = a substitute for William Miller 2. For 2 months and 6 or 10 days, as a first Sergeant. 3. For 4 months and 8 or 10 days, as a private riflemen 4. For 3 months certain but I believe for 4 months as a private. 5. For 40 days as a private. 6. For 7 months as a private. 7. For 2 months one week and 3 days as a private. 8. For 3 months and 3 weeks and a day, as a private. 9. For 2 months and 9 days, as a private. And that the testament, he always made was that he served in all 26 months and more, besides various short tours during the Revolutionary war and for such service he claims a pension. And the said Robert Knox, further swears that the reasons why he made application to the court in Switzerland County Indiana and not in Gallatin County Kentucky are that he resides within 3 miles of Vevay Indiana and about 11 or 12 miles from Port William = that some of his children reside in Vevay, with whom he spends considerable of his time = that he is acquainted with all the old settlers about Vevay and has little or none with the citizens of Port William = that he has resided in the neighborhood of Vevay for the last 17 years and further saith not. S/ Robert Knox Sworn to and subscribed before me the 15th day of December 1832 S/ Samuel Beal
[fn p. 16: On January 9, 1854 in Gallatin County Kentucky, Milley Knox, 62, filed for a widow's pension under the 1853 act stating that she is the widow of Robert Knox, a pensioner of the United States for his services in the revolution at the rate of either 80 or $96 per annum ; that she married him July 17, 1817 in Franklin County Kentucky by the Reverend William Hickman Junior a Baptist minister; that her husband died October 3, 1836; that her name prior to her marriage was Milley Bohanan [also spelled Bohannon in other documents in the file]; and that she remains his widow.]
[fn p. 14] Declaration for Pension or for Increase of Pension of Children under Sixteen Years of age State of Kentucky, County of Carroll, SS: On this 26th day of March A.D. 1897 personally appeared before me Justice of the Peace for the Frscial [?] Court a Court of record within and for the County and State aforesaid Amanda Melvina Fuller (nee Knox) resident of Worthville, County of Carroll, State of Kentucky aged sixty-seven years, respectively, who being duly sworn according to law, make the following declaration in order to obtain the pension provided by Act of Congress for children under sixteen years of age. That she is the legitimate child of Robert Knox who enlisted under the name of Robert Knox at Charlestown South Carolina, on the __ day of __ A.D.__ Date of enlistment & company or Regiment unknown in the war of 1776, who died October 3rd 1836 wounded in the at Cowpens and cause of death was from the effects of said wound at Ghent near Gallatin County on the 3rd day of October A.D. 1836 and who bore at the time of his death the rank of __ in company __ Regiment __ that he left a widow surviving who died on the 26th day of February 1861, never having remarried that the above named is the only surviving legitimate child of Robert Knox who was under 16 years of age at the time of his death, of whom Mildred Ann
Knox died March 21 1864, Margaret Jane Knox died October 7 1880, Robert Knox died July 1884, Angeline Knox living, that said children were the issue of the soldier, as follows, dates of their births being as herein after stated: Mildred Ann , of soldier by Robert Knox, born March 19 1819 Amanda Melvina of soldier by Robert Knox, born September 30, 1829 Angeline, of soldier by Robert Knox, born June 25 1817 Robert, of soldier by Robert Knox, born February 17 1821 Margaret Jane, of soldier by Robert Knox, born July 27 1827. That the mother was married under the name of Mildred Bohanan the wife of Robert Knox to Robert Knox, there being no legal barrier to such marriage; that the said children have not aided or abetted the rebellion; and that no prior application has been filed the claimant but the said widow drew pension for herself but not for claimant. Her certificate was No. __ She hereby also applies for her father's accrued pension due him when he died that declarant hereby appoints with full power of substitution and revocation John Wilby Van Pelt of Vevay Indiana her attorney to prosecute the above claim; that her post office address is Worthville, Carroll County, Kentucky S/ Amanda Melvian Fuller (nee Knox), X her mark 
Family links: 
  James Knox (1785 - 1868)*
  George Gill Knox (1791 - 1872)*
  Mary Knox (1797 - 1880)*
  John W Knox (1800 - 1886)*
  Elizabeth Craig Knox Jackman (1801 - 1876)*
  Angeline Knox Fuller (1817 - 1901)*
  Mildred Ann Knox Robison (1819 - 1864)*
  Robert D Knox (1821 - 1884)*
  Margaret Jane Knox Hance (1827 - 1880)*
  Amanda Melvina Knox Fuller (1829 - 1898)*
*Calculated relationship
Knox Cemetery
Carroll County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: J. L. Cobb
Record added: Nov 02, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22619657

Honoring Robert Knox, DAR Ancestor Number A067112
- Vonnie L Cantrell
 Added: Sep. 27, 2014
Rest in peace.
- C Miles
 Added: Dec. 8, 2012

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