The Tales of a Blair Family    

Nancy Blair Knox and Clara Knox

David Knox was born August 22, 1820 in Co. Antrim, Parish of Raloo, County Antrim, northern Ireland. After the death of his father (David, Sr.) he  immigrated to South Carolina with his wife, Nancy Blair Knox and two small sons. Also with him was his mother, Jennie Moore Knox [1795-1854] and 10 of his 11 siblings.  James, [1818 - 1846] died in the Mexican War;  Isabelle [1822 - ?] married George Robeson; William M. [1824 -- 1861] married Rachell Russell; John [1825 - 1887] married his first cousin Mary Collins Moore and 2nd Della Stricke;  Nathaniel [1830 - 1862] married Mary Jane Hill; Thomas M. [1832 - 1854]; Matthew [1834 - 1857]; Joseph Henry [1836 - 1881] married Nancy McAllister;  Samuel [1833 - 1862] and Robert P. [1838-1865]. One sister, Martha Knox Pennell [1826-1861] remained behind.

In the Civil War, David served as a blacksmith for the Confederate States in Company H, 5th SC Reserves under Captain J. S. Robinson.  He died at home at the age of 43 on March 7, 1864.  Nancy lived to see all of her children grown.  She died on June 26, 1883, and is buried next to her husband in Lebanon Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Abbeville, SC.

David & Nancy Blair Knox

Letter to Nancy from her father, Samuel: 1848

By Nancy Knox Schaffer, 1998