VIRGIN ISLANDS FAMILIES Knox Origin: Ireland
Related Families: Towers V.I. Location: St. Croix
Contributor: Svend E. Holsoe
Unknown Knox and his wife's children:
(order not known)
1. i. Hugh Knox, b. c1727/1728, d. 1790
2. ii. A male Knox
3. iii. A female Knox
1. Hugh Knox, born in 1727/1728 in Ireland.1
He was a medical doctor and ordained as a Priest in the Presbyterian Church.
In December 1755, he was a priest on the island of Saba. He was there for 16 years. In his last year, there was apparently some misunderstanding, and it was presumably because of this, that he left and went to St. Croix. He did, however, receive from the congregation's elders and deacons, on 30 November 1771, a testimonial for his 16 years among them, which was full of praise for his behavior and work. On the day that he left the island, 7 December, the leaders of the congregation and the Burgher council, along with the Governor of the island, Peter Simmons, restated their testimonial, which was further approved of by the Governor General, Jan de Windt, on St. Eustatius.2
He had made a request previously on 29 October 1771, to the Privy Council on St. Croix to be appointed a Priest of the reformed English Church, which was responded to by stating that his request would be made when his testimonials were received. 3
With this testimonial in hand he arrived on St. Croix in 1772, at Christiansted, and he received on the 30 August 1772, a calling from the Presbyterian congregation.4 The day after, on the 31 August 1772, the island was hit by a hurricane, which caused him to preach a sermon, on Sunday, 6 September, which was published.5
On 2 January 1773, he was recorded as living in Mr. Richardson’s House at 22 Strand Street, Christiansted, with his wife, one son and two daughters.6
Knox was a man who was very interested in his fellow beings welfare and easily brought his personal aid and help to others. He was not only a priest, but also a doctor, and on the 19 January 1776, he received royal permission to practice on St. Croix, and on the 24 August 1776 the government's permission to open an apothecary.7
He was also a journalist, and for awhile, while the editor, Daniel Thibou, was away, he took over the leadership of the official newspaper, the Royal Danish American Gazette. It was as part of this role that he was able to obtain Alexander Hamilton's letter to his father concerning the hurricane, which was finally published in the 3 October 1772 edition of the paper.8 It was also most likely Knox who was responsible for getting Hamilton into the Latin school in Elizabethtown, New Jersey.9 Knox kept his connections with Hamilton and two letters are preserved from Knox, 31 [sic.] April and 10 December 1777.10
It was clear that Hugh Knox was close to the Lytton family, and maybe because of Andrew Knox, who arrived on St. Croix prior to Hugh, and who had been in Lytton's service in North Carolina.11 Andrew may have been a close family member to Hugh.
Hugh Knox's wife, Mary, died on 24 January 1788.12 Hugh Knox, himself died on 9 October 1790, 63 years old13. There were sons and daughters from the marriage.
Children of Hugh and Mary Knox:
1. i. Hugh Knox,14 b. c1781
2. ii. Unknown Knox
1. Hugh Knox, born about 1781.15
On 13 June 1807. He arrived in Christiansted from New York with artelier equipment.16 He departed again for New York on 16 July 1807.17
2. Unknown male Knox.
Child of Unknown male Knox:
i. Anthon Knox18 3. A female Knox. [She had two daughters, whose names (probably married names) were Eliane Simens and Herriette Ladoux.19]
Ann Knox was married on 8 May 1787, at Rev. H. Knox's residence on St. Croix by the Anglican Minister to James Towers.20
1 RA, VILA, St. Croix Head Tax Lists, 1788, Christiansted, 43 Company Street.
2 Letter from Harold Larson to H. U. Ramsing, 6 September 1938, in: H. U. Ramsing, "Alexander Hamilton og hans mødrene slægt. Tidsbilleder fra dansk vestindiens barndom," Personalhistorisk Tidsscrift, 10 Rk., 6 Bd. (1939), p. 263.
3 RA, VILA, St. Croix Sekrete raads Sessionprotokol, 1771-1774, f. 42v, in 1771; RA, R. H. Rasmussen, Custodian, Personalhistoriske Samlinger om Dansk Vestindien, “Hugh Knox.”
4 RA, Danske Cancelli, 4 Department aabenede og lukkede Breve 1771-73, f. 273; RA, R. H. Rasmussen, Custodian, Personalhistoriske Samlinger om Dansk Vestindien, “Hugh Knox.”
5 Hugh Knox, A Discourse delivered on the 6th September 1772, in the Dutch Church of St. Croix. On occasion of the hurricane which happened on the 31st day of August; being the most dreadful known among these islands, since their first settlement. St. Croix: Daniel Thibou, 1772. 28 Pp.
7 Carøe, Den Danske Lægestand, I, p. 71; RA, Danske Cancellie, Vestindiske Sager, 1773-76, f. 104; Royal Danish American Gazette, VII, nr. 906, (24 August 1776).
8 Royal Danish American Gazette, III, nr. 234; G. Atherton, A few of Hamilton's letters, p. 261.
9 Lodge, Alexander Hamilton. 1894, p. 3.
10 G. Atherton, A few of Hamiltons Letters. p. 15, 38.
11 RA, Christiansted Byfoged, Skifteprotokol, nr. 50, f. 340.
12 RA, Protokol Nr. 31, Generalfortegnelse over foretagne Skifter pro St. Croix, 1781-1800. Her probate began on 25 January 1788, and was numbered as borger, no. 313/1788.
13 Royal Danish American Gazette, XXI, nr. 2480; RA, Danske Cancelli, vest indiske sager, 1787-1799, ff. 61, 205, 208; RA, Kopiskiftebreve, nr. 136, Hugh Knox Bo; RA, Christiansted, Skiftesag, kongelig betient, nr. 38/1790. His probate case began on 12 October 1790.
14 RA, St. Croix Matricle, 1787, Christiansted, 43 Company Street, f. 13.
15 RA, VILA, St. Croix Head Tax Lists, 1788, Christiansted, 43 Company Street.
16 RA, VILA, Christiansted Byfoed, Politi, Register of arriving & department persons, 1805-1816, f. 44.
17 RA, VILA, Christiansted Byfoed, Politi, Register of arriving & department persons, 1805-1816, f. 48.
18 RA, St. Croix Matricle, 1787, Christiansted, 43 Company Street, f. 13.
19 RA, St. Croix Matricle, 1787, Christiansted, 43 Company Street, f. 13.
20 St. John's Anglican Church, Christiansted, Church Book, Marriages, 1761-1787, f. 16.