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Re: Knox Family
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I took a look at the 1880 Census..I saw a Benjamin KNOX listed as a student at Southland College in Phillips County. Do you suspect that this is your Benjamin?

Southland was originally started as an asylum for lost or abandoned children in 1864, probably due to the Civil War. More information about the orphanage and school can be found at this site:

It appears that there is quite a bit of information at the University of Arkansas Archives. Possibly information on students.

About information on Knox's in NC..have you taken a look at Dr. Barnetta White's book (3 volumes) on the Cohabitation Registers (legalizing those relationships that took place prior to emancipation). There are no marriages for anyone with the surname KNOX or COWAN in Wake County, but there are a number of Knox's in Iredell and Rowan Counties.


Benjamin Wilson Knox (1855-1937), Samuel Lee Knox (1865-1920), and Effie Knox, were siblings born somewhere in North Carolina. Benjamin was listed in Phillips County, Arkansas, in the 1880 census. I cannot find either brother, at all in the 1870 census. I also cannot find Samuel at all in the 1880 census. Both brothers were in Phillips County, Arkansas in 1900. In 1908, Benjamin migrated to Excelsior Springs, Missouri, and opened a bath house.

Benjamin's death certificate in 1937, in Carroll County, Missouri, stated that he was born in "Rolla, North Carolina." It also stated that his mother's maiden name was Cowan, and his father's surname was Knox. It also stated that he was Presbyterian all of his life. I cannot find the death certificate for Samuel Knox. However, Samuel's youngest daughter, Effie Knox's birth certificate stated that Samuel was born in "Roan Co. N Car."
I can only assume that the "Rolla" meant, Raleigh. Unfortunately, I could not find anyone with the surname of Knox in 1870, in Wake County, North Carolina, which contains Raleigh, North Carolina. I also checked all of Rowan, Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, and Iredell counties. I could not find Samuel, Benjamin, or Effie.

Does anyone have any information, ideas, or suggestions, on finding Benjamin, Samuel, and Effie in the 1870 census, or any other records?? It's possible that Effie married someone with the surname of Waddell, Wardell, or something similar. I searched numerous marriage records in North Carolina for an Effie Knox to anyone with the Wardell, Waddell surname, to no avail. Thanks for any information, ideas, or suggestions anyone can provide.

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Knox Family
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