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Knox Family Papers

Knox Family Papers

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KNOX FAMILY PAPERS, 1826-1883





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Knox family
Title:Knox Family Papers
Dates:1826/1883
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Knox family papers contain correspondence, accounts, and other miscellaneous papers from members of the Knox family. These members include: Captain R. Knox, Ann Knox, Ruthy Knox, and Elizabeth Knox. These members include: Captain R. Knox, Ann Knox, Ruthy Knox, and Elizabeth Knox.
Collection Number:MH 143

Series List


Scope and Content Note

The Knox family papers contain correspondence, accounts, and other miscellaneous papers from members of the Knox family. These members include: Captain R. Knox, Ann Knox, Ruthy Knox, and Elizabeth Knox. Extended Knox family included in the collection is the Richardson family and Cornelius J. Van Alstine. The Cornelius J. Van Alstine papers include papers from his detachment from the sloop Dale, his court martial, application for his admittance to McLean Asylum, and miscellaneous correspondence to him and about him. The miscellaneous folder contains manuscripts by an unknown author, calling cards, some news clippings, and a blank survey.


Biographical Sketches

Robert Knox was born on November 4, 1770 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Thomas and Elizabeth (Barrett) Knox. He was a captain in the United States Navy. He married Ann Richardson, and they appear to have had the following children: Samuel, Robert Jr., Benjamin, Charles, Elizabeth, Harriet, and Joseph—this may not be a complete list. Robert died on February 23, 1857.


Cornelius J. Van Alstine was born in 1814 in Sharon, New York. He married Helen Augusta Bainbridge (Knox); Robert Knox (1770-1857) was his brother in law. Cornelius was a lieutenant on the sloop Dale until he was detached on January 17, 1856. He was then court-martialed, but the sentence was annulled due to a court error in 1859. In 1866 there was an application for his admittance to McLean Asylum; it is not known if he was admitted. Cornelius died on August 12, 1866, in Charlestown, Massachusetts.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Knox, Ruth
Knox, Thomas
Van Alstine, C. J.
Dale (Sloop)
United States. Navy
Courts-martial and courts of inquiry
Shipping
Account books

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Knox Family Papers, MH 143, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by the estate of James and John Phelps in 1948 (accession #11,920).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, August 2015.


Related Material


Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.


Register of the Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the Navy of the United States, Including Officers of the Marine Corps, And Others, for the Year 1856. Washington, A. O. P. Nicholson, Printer, 1856.


Robert Knox (1770-1857) Papers, 1796-1876, MH 141.


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