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BRANTLEY COUNTY HISTORICAL AND PRESERVATION SOCIETY

P.O. BOX 1096, Nahunta, Georgia 31553

This page was updated April 27, 2014

REDDICK KNOX *Indian Wars*

1790 - 1858

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Reddick Knox was born 1790 in Pitt County, North Carolina . We don't know the parents. He came to South Georgia at age eighteen and stayed for two years. He went back to North Carolina and brought back a wife, Ruhama Taylor about 1814. She was born 1791 in Pitt County, North Carolina. They were the first Knoxes to settle in South Georgia. He died 1858 and she died 1870 in Wayne County, Georgia. Both are buried in Knox Cemetery, south of Lulaton.

 

Reddick Knox was a private during the *Indian Wars*, and was assigned to Captain James Walker's Company in 1838. He was born about 1790, died about 1838, and was married to Ruhama Taylor. Both Reddick and Ruhama are buried in Knox Cemetery.

 

Children of Reddick and Ruhama Knox:

 

1. Elizabeth, born October 25, 1811, Pitt County, NC, died April 24, 1879, Wayne County, GA, she married Allen D. Highsmith, Indian Wars, January 14, 1830 in Wayne County, son of James and Charity Highsmith, born January 16, 1804 in New Hanover County, NC and died November 18, 1870 Wayne County, GA.  They are buried in New Hope Cemetery in the Hickox Community.   Allen gave the land for New Hope Cemetery and was the first buried there according to HUXFORD'S "Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia" volume 3.  (Mr. Highsmith served as a Private in Capt. James Walker's company of Ware County militia in 1838 in the Indian Wars, and as 2nd Lieut. In Capt. James Jones' militia company in 1840.  He served as Justice of The Peace in 335th district, Wayne County, 1837-1845 and Justice of Wayne Inferior Court, 1862-1865).

 

2. John, *Indian Wars,* born October 12, 1814 in Pitt County, NC and died August 16, 1856 in Wayne County, GA.  They were buried in Knox Cemetery.  He married Mary Purdom January 24, 1833 in Wayne County, GA. daughter of Thomas and Mary (Dennison) Purdom.  She was born 1815 and it is not known when she died.  (Mr. Knox was a Private in Capt. James Walker's company of Ware County militia in 1838, in the Indian Wars.  He also served other periods of enlistment during the following two years.

 

3. Wiley, born 1824 in Wayne County and died in Wayne County in 1871. He married 1st Lydia Wainright about 1844, daughter of Joseph M. Wainright, Sr. Indian Wars and Lanie Knox. She was born about 1825 in North Carolina and died about 1857 in Wayne County, GA.  Wiley married 2nd Elizabeth Wainright, sister of Lydia Wainright, in 1857. She was born 1823 and died 1880.  Wiley , Lydia and Elizabeth now have marked graves in Knox Cemetery. (Mr. Knox served as a Tax Collector and Receiver, 1857-1859 and as Representative from Wayne County, Georgia 1859-1860.

 

4. James, Capt. *CSA,* born October 12, 1831 in Wayne County and died August 06, 1899, Waycross, GA.   He married Mary Ann Jones, 1852, in Wayne County, daughter of James and Sarah (Mizell) Jones.  She was born December 14, 1831 in Wayne County and died May 20, 1906 in Waycross, GA.   (After marriage, James Knox and wife made their home on a plantation he acquired in present Brantley County, where they lived until 1879.  When the Civil War came on, he organized and was elected Captain of Company "G", 26th Georgia Volunteer  Infantry Regiment, a company of Wayne County men inducted into service in 1861. He served throughout the war, surrendering with his command at Appomattox in 1865, where he was paroled.  Only a handful of the original 100 men, served through to the end.  It is said that he walked barefoot back most of the way home, and finally made it back to his home in Wayne Co.

 

Service was research and stone was ordered by Gaynell H. Sasser, and tombstone installed by Jerry Van Herrin.

 

Resources: Huxford's Volume III.,  Gaynell Highsmith Sasser's notes;  Jerry Van Herrin's notes.

 

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