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Knox: Connecting the Dots

February 19th, 2011 2 comments

Finding the ancestors of a known ancestor is sometimes as simple as finding a document or an entry in a list that that provides direct evidence of a link between the known ancestor and a whole chain of lineage going back as many generations as possible. In other cases it may be more complicated and requires connecting the dots found in a number of different sources. As I wrote in a previous post, I was able to determine the lineage of my ggg-grandmother, Mary Emily Knox, by connecting the information found the will of her husband, an entry in the Freeholder’s Records found at the PRONI web site, and other sources.

I was able to connect Mary Emily to her brothers, George and Alexander, and their father, John Knox of Edenhill. That connection led back two generations to a John Knox who lived in the early part of the 18th century. In Roger’s Genealogical Memoirs Of John Knox he is referred to as “John Knox, of the family of Ranfurlie”. It would seem that it ends here, but in that description there is an important clue.

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Place Names Associated with Knox/Kelsey

February 5th, 2011 Comments off

In my post of January 30th, there are a number of Northern Ireland place names mentioned: Drummonocken, Dromore Parish, Edentrillick, Lisburn, Hillsborough, and Barony of Lower Iveagh. Here is a brief guide to those places

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The Case of the Will of William Kelsey

January 30th, 2011 3 comments

In this post from August, 2009, I describe finding an abstract of the will of my great, great, great grandfather, William Kelsey, listed in the index of Wills Calendar at the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). In the post I make the connection to my ancestor, William Kelsey, as the abstract for this will makes mention of Hugh Rea as an executor of this will and knowing that Hugh Rea was a son-in-law of William Kelsey. The abstract also lists a George Knox as the second executor.

In a letter written in 1964 by my grandmother’s Aunt Rose, she provides a number of clues regarding the family of her mother (my great, great grandmother), Henrietta Kelsey Bannon. In the letter (transcribed here), Rose tells us that Henrietta’s parents were William Kelsey and Mary Emily Knox. That Henrietta’s mother Emily Knox claimed she was a lineal descendant of John Knox the Reformer. That she had three brother’s who went before her to America: Alexander, Dwight, and Arthur. That she had an un-named sister who was married to Hugh Rea of Belfast and that she had an elder brother named Henderson who inherited the family farm upon the death of father.

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