Ancestry of Arthur Raymond Knox
Generation 1 (starting person)
1 Art (Arthur Raymond) Knox:
Art (Arthur Raymond) Knox was born in Missouri on April 4, 1912.
He grew up in Southern Missouri, Southern Kansas, and in the Pomona
Valley area of Southern California where he graduated from Pomona
High School. He found work as a grocery clerk during the 1930's,
eventually owning and operating his own wholesale produce business
in Los Angeles. He became an active member of the LDS (Morman)
Church and was a long time resident of West Covina, California.
On January 17, 1932 in Pomona, Los Angeles County, California
he married Laverta Mercedes Nelson. About 1934 in Los Angeles
County, California he married Lavon Evans. About 1940 in Los Angeles
County, California he married Aline Evans. He died on February
25, 1997 in a rest home in Glendora, Los Angeles County, California.
He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Covina Hills, Los
Angeles County, California.
Generation 2 (parents)
2 Roy (William Roy) Knox: Roy
(William Roy) Knox was born in Crystal Lake, Algonquin Township,
McHenry County, Illinois on September 16, 1879. He was born a
twin to his brother, Ray. He grew up in Illinois, Nebraska, and
Kansas. At the taking of the U.S. census in June of 1900, he was
living (and working) in the Leonard Weigard Household of Herrick
Township, Knox County, Nebraska. By 1907 he was living in Coffeyville,
Kansas with his new bride. In the 1910 census, he and wife are
shown living in Coffeeville on Dakota Street. He was working as
a Farm Laborer. In the 1920 U.S. census he is shown living with
wife and children at 910 1/2 Colorado Street in Coffeyville. He
subsequently spent most of the remainder of his adult life in
Southern Kansas at or near Coffeyville or nearby in Northern Oklahoma.
He worked for a time as a Brickyard Worker. By 1927 after his
divorce from wife Roseadelle he was known to be living near Nowato
in Oklahoma. On October 29, 1907 in Independence, Montgomery Co.,
KS. he married Della (Roseadelle) Ragsdale. Their marriage was
later officially dissolved by divorce on July 12, 1926 in San
Bernardino County, California. He died in January of 1967 at a
rest home in Coffeyville, Montgomery County, Kansas. He was buried
at Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville, Montgomery County, Kansas.
3 Della (Roseadelle) Ragsdale:
Della (Roseadelle) Ragsdale was born on a farm 8 miles east
of Coffeyville in Montgomery County, Kansas on October 30, 1885.
She grew up on a farm in Elk River Township in McDonald County,
Missouri. Following her marriage she moved back to the area of
Coffeville, Kansas. She is shown by the 1910 U.S. Census living
on Dakota Street in Coffeeville with husband, Roy. By 1924 she
had left Roy and moved (with her parents and her children) to
Redlands in Southern California. During her second marriage she
came to live in Pomona within Los Angeles County, California.
Sometime later she and husband Bill moved to a new home in El
Sereno, California where they lived for many years. On October
29, 1907 in Independence, Montgomery Co., KS. she married Roy
(William Roy) Knox. Their marriage was later officially dissolved
by divorce on July 12, 1926 in San Bernardino County, California.
On September 10, 1926 in California she married Bill (William
Warren) Hennon. She died on September 11, 1988 in Los Angeles
County, California. The Social Security Death Index gives her
last place of residence as Studio City, Los Angeles County, California.
She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Covina Hills, Los
Angeles County, California.
Generation 3 (grandparents)
4 William Pearson Knox: William
Pearson Knox was born in Illinois on November 27, 1858. The 1860,
1870 and 1880 US census shows him at ages 1, 11, and 21 living
on the farm of his parenst in the area of Crystal Lake Post Office,
Algonquin, McHenry County Illinois. By October of 1884 and through
July of 1892 he is known to have been living with his own wife
and family in Kansas. They moved sometime prior to August of 1894
to Knox County, Nebraska where they lived through the time of
the U.S. census taken in June of 1900. A daughter was born in
Bloomfield, Nebraska in 1901. William spent a short period of
time in California soon thereafter but by the time of the 1910
U.S. census was with his family in Cherokee Township, Montgomery
County, Kansas. The 1920 census shows he had remained in Montgomery
County to that time. He was a farmer. About 1878 in Illinois he
married Florence Adel Birdsall. He died after 1920.
5 Florence Adel Birdsall: Florence Adel Birdsall was born in Michigan in March of 1855. About 1878 in Illinois she married William Pearson Knox.
6 James A. Ragsdale: James A. Ragsdale was born in Trimble Co., KY. in June 27, 1853. He grew up on his father's farm in Martin County. As an adult he married and had his first child there, but by 1885 he and his family were living in Montgomery County, Kansas. Two years later they were in Noel in neighboring Missouri. The 1900, 1910 and 1920 census' shows him at ages 46, 56 and 66 farming in Elk River Township near Noel in McDonald County, Missouri. He became a Minister. In (or about) 1923 they moved to Redlands, California. There is record of a land patent (BLM Ser# CALA 0040477) issued to a James Ragsdale on June 22, 1928 at the land office in Los Angeles, California for 320 homesteaded acres in Riverside County, California. James is known to have been living in Redlands California at the time of the death of his wife Phoebe in November of 1928. On April 16, 1874 in Shoals, Martin County, Indiana he married Phoebe Ann Simmons. He died on February 28, 1945 in Taft, Kern County, California.
7 Phoebe Ann Simmons:
Phoebe Ann Simmons was born in Carroll, Fairfield County, Ohio
on December 26, 1854. By August 23, 1860 (U.S. Census) she was
5 years old and living with her parents in Natchez, Martin County,
Indiana. At the next census (June of 1870) she was still there
on her parents farm at age 15. By March of 1875 she was with her
husband in nearby Shoals, Indiana and had just given birth to
her first child. The 1880 US census shows her at age 25 with farmer
husband and family next door to farmer brother Harvey's family
in Howard Township, Labette County, Kansas. Five years later (1885)
she was with her husband and children in Montgomery County, Kansas
living on a farm 8 miles east of the town of Coffeyville. By 1887
they were in or near Noel and/or Joplin in neighboring Missouri.
They remained in this general area of Kansas and Missouri, finally
moving in 1923 to Redlands in Southern California.
On April 16, 1874 in Shoals, Martin County, Indiana she married James A. Ragsdale. She died on November 6, 1928 at age 73 yrs, 10 mos, 13 das in Redlands, San Bernardino County, California.
Generation 4 (great-grandparents)
8 William Knox (The Sr.): William
Knox (The Sr.) was born in New York State in 1828. The LDS Ancestry
File lists him as "William M." Knox. The 1860, 1870
and 1880 US census shows him at ages 30, 41, and 51 with wife
and family living within the area of Crystal Lake Post Office
in Algonquin Township, McHenry County, Illinois. He is listed
as a farmer, born in New York. About 1857 or 1858 possibly in
New York State he married Almira Wilber. He died in April 1903
in Crystal Lake, Algonquin Township, McHenry County, Illinois.
He was buried at Crystal Lake Cemetery in Crystal Lake, Algonquin
Township, McHenry County, Illinois.
9 Almira Wilber: Almira Wilber was born in New York State in 1835. The 1850 US census shows her at age 15 with her parents in Duanesburgh, Schenectady County, New York.
About 1857 or 1858 possibly in New York State she married William Knox (The Sr.). She died in August 1876 in Crystal Lake, Algonquin Township, McHenry County, Illinois. She was buried at Crystal Lake Cemetery in Crystal Lake, Algonquin Township, McHenry County, Illinois.
10 Charles S. Birdsall: Charles S. Birdsall was born in New York State about 1822. About 1843 he married Annie Rice.
11 Annie Rice: Annie Rice was born in New York State about 1825. About 1843 she married Charles S.Birdsall.
12 Albert Steve Ragsdale:
Albert Steve Ragsdale was born in Oldham, Oldham Co., KY. on
August 5, 1823. In 1850 (at age 25) he was living with his wife
Nancy and family in Trimble County, Kentucky. But by 1853 they
were in Indiana. Albert was a farmer. He was operating his farm
about four miles from the Post Office called "Shoals"
in Martin County Indiana at least by 1858. He continued to live
and farm in that area (with the exception of his time in the service)
til the time of his death. By 1862 Albert was widowed with living
children. Those children lived with Albert's "sister-in-law"
(Hannah Neel, wife of Noble Neel) on the farm adjoining Albert's
during his time in the Army. Albert enlisted 14 August 1862 as
a Private in Company A, 17th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. This
outfit became a "mounted Infantry" which was the term
used for a regiment of soldiers which fought on foot but moved
between battles by horseback. Prisoner of war records show that
he was captured then paroled on 17th Sep 1862 at Mumsfordville,
Kentucky. "Picket duty" in Tennessee is mentioned. In
1864 he and his company were enroute by boat from near Nashville,
Tennessee to near Indianapolis, Indiana preparing for a 30 day
leave. Unknown to them at the time, it was later determined that
this boat had previously been performing "pest carrier"
duty. A "Pest Carrier" was a troop carrier utilized
to carry diseased soldiers from the front to hospitals at the
rear. Albert and a dozen or so of his fellows later came down
with smallpox while on leave, supposedly contracted while on the
boat. Albert came down with the sickness while in the home of
his half sister, Roselia Lanham, at Washington, Davies County,
Indiana. He had gone there (February 1964) in order to visit one
of his children staying there. This smallpox episode came to effect
his eyesight. They were later claimed by him and many witnesses
to have been thereafter very red, weak, watery, and "diseased".
This severe eye condition became the reason for government disability
pension requests starting in 1885. He eventually was approved
for a pension for "one-half disability" ($4 per month).
Upon subsequent applications for increases spaced over the years
his pension was gradually increased to $6, $8, and eventually
$12 monthly. Upon his death his widow (the 3rd wife, Sarah) applied
for and received his pension in her old age. Many witnesses quoted
in these pension application papers refer to Albert as a very
truthful, religious, and honorable man. Mentioned by various military
witnesses were his complaints during the later part of his service
about his eyes. It was mentioned that he often read his "testament"
in his tent and had difficulty seeing the print. Also mentioned
was his often being excused from night picket duty because of
the danger associated with his poor eyesight. The 1885 government
pension examiner, Mr. Whitman, expressed at the end of his 155
page statement that: "Client (Albert) enjoys the reputation
of being the most conscientious and truthful man in his County".
On March 14, 1849 in Mason County, Kentucky he married Nancy Gray.
On September 2, 1858 in Dover Hill, Martin County, Indiana he
married Catherine Way. On July 13, 1865 in Dover Hill, Martin
County, Indiana he married Clara (Clarissa Ann) Wey (Way). On
June 19, 1873 in Natchez, Columbia Township, Martin County, Indiana
he married Sarah Jane Way (all 3 Way girls were sisters who had
lived on the farm adjoining Albert's). Albert died on November
18, 1898 at age 75 of Pneumonia near Shoals in Martin County,
Indiana. He was buried at The Simmons-Way Cemetery in Halbert
Township, Martin County, Indiana.
13 Nancy Gray: Nancy Gray was born in Trimble Co., KY. in 1831. On March 14, 1849 in Mason County, Kentucky she married Albert Steve Ragsdale. She died Between 1854 and 1858 probably in Martin Co. Indiana.
14 Daniel Simmons: Daniel Simmons was born in Ohio in 1815. At the time of the 1860 Federal Census he was living with wife and family in Natchez, Martin County, Indiana. They appear as residents of Natches in the 1870 census as well. He was a Farmer.
About 1845 he married Louisa Levina Albaugh.
15 Louisa Levina Albaugh: Louisa Levina Albaugh was born in Ohio in 1823. By August of 1860 at age 38 she was recorded in the U.S. census as living with husband and children in Natchez, Martin County, Indiana. The 1870 census shows her still living in Natchez with her family. About 1845 she married Daniel Simmons.
Generation 5 (great-great-grandparents)
18 Silas Wilber: Silas
Wilber was born in New York State about 1800. The 1850 US census
shows him as a farmer at age 50 living with wife and children
in Duanesburgh, Schenectady County, New York. The 1860 and 1870
census shows him at ages 60 and 71 with wife and family farming
in the area of Crystal Lake Post Office, Algonquin, McHenry County,
Illinois. He married Jerusha.
19 Jerusha: Jerusha was born in New York State about 1810. She married Silas Wilber.
20 John Birdsell: John Birdsell married Rachel.
21 Rachel: Rachel married John Birdsell.
22 Calvin Rice: Calvin Rice married Cynthia Ralph.
23 Synthia Ralph: Synthia Ralph married Calvin Rice.
24 Drury Ragsdale: Drury Ragsdale was born in Madison Co., KY. about 1796. On October 27, 1820 in Henry County, Kentucky he married Sally Staton. He died in February of 1825 in Oldham County, Kentucky.
25 Sally Staton: Sally Staton was born in Kentucky about 1800. On October 27, 1820 in Henry County, Kentucky she married Drury Ragsdale.
26 Silas Gray: He married Elizabeth McCathy. Silas Gray was born about 1800.
27 Elizabeth McCathy: She married Silas Gray. Elizabeth McCathy was born about 1800.
Generation 6 (3rd-great-grandparents)
48 Richard Ragsdale: Richard
Ragsdale was born in Saint James Parish, Lunenburg County, Virginia
about 1765. On November 5, 1785 in Lunenburg County, Virgina he
married Rebecca Pollard. On November 11, 1805 in Shelby County,
Kentucky he married Martha McDowell. He died on November 6, 1842
in Brown Township, Montgomery County, Indiana.
49 Rebecca Pollard: Rebecca Pollard was born about 1766. On November 5, 1785 in Lunenburg County, Virgina she married Richard Ragsdale.
50 Bartholomew Staton:
54 John McCathy: John McCathy was born about 1770.
Generation 7 (4th-great-grandparents)
96 Joseph Ragsdale: Joseph
Ragsdale was born in Bristol Parish, Henrico County, Virginia
on January 17, 1724/25. Before 1750 in Virginia he married Frances
Beavill. On November 17, 1791 in Lunenburg
County, Virgina he married Sarah Shelburne.
97 Frances Beavill: Before 1750 in Virginia she married Joseph Ragsdale.
98 Henry Pollard: Henry Pollard was born about 1735. About 1760 he married Rachael.
99 Rachael: Rachael was born about 1740. About 1760 she married Henry Pollard.
Generation 8 (5th-great-grandparents)
192 Peter Ragsdale: Peter
Ragsdale was born in Henrico Co., VA. in 1680. In Prince George
County, Virginia he married Alice Drury. He died in April 1747
in Dale Parish, Henrico County, Virginia.
193 Alice Drury: Alice Drury was born in Henrico Co., VA. in 1683. She married __ Witton. In Prince George County, Virginia she married Peter Ragsdale.
194 Robert Beavill: He married Ann Bott.
195 Ann Bott: She married Robert Beavill.
Generation 9 (6th-great-grandparents)
384 Godfrey Ragsdale II:
Godfrey Ragsdale II was born in Henrico Co., VA. in January 1643/44.
In 1666 in Virginia he married Rachael. He died in 1702/03 at
age 59 in Henrico Co., VA..
385 Rachael: In 1666 in Virginia she married Godfrey Ragsdale II. She died in 1703 in Henrico Co., VA..
Generation 10 (7th-great-grandparents)
768 Godfrey Ragsdale I: Godfrey
Ragsdale I was born in Bridgford, England about 1615. He is our
immigrant ancestor to America. He married Mary. He died on April
18, 1644 during the Indian massacre in Old Towne, Henrico County,
769 Mary: She married Godfrey Ragsdale I. She died on April 18, 1644 during the Indian massacre in Old Towne, Henrico County, Virginia.
Generation 11 (8th-great-grandparents)
1,536 John Ragsdale: