JOSEPH KNOX, who was well known to the citizens of Springfield Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, where he was the owner of 226 acres of fine land, died April 6, 1910, after living retired for one year from active pursuits. Mr. Knox, was born November 4, 1939, in Springfield Township, and was a son of William P. and Eliza (Wilson) Knox. William P. Knox was born in Loudon COunty, Virginia, and there he was married to Eliza Wilson, of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, this union resulting in the birth of three children, namely: Mary, who married Simon Smith; Margaret, who died when eight years old; and Joseph.
Joseph Knox spent his school days in Springfield Township, and there grew to manhood. After his marriage he commenced farming in that vacinity, finally accumulating a fine property one mile south of Amsterdam, O., which he operated until April, 1909, when he retired from active pursuits. Mr. Knox served as a soldier during the great Civil War, being a member of Company B, 157th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He had an excellent record, and was never captured nor wounded while in action. Mr. Knox was a charter member and stockholder in the People's Banking Company, of Amsterdam, but later sold his interest in this firm, and later became a stockholder in the National Bank of Steubenville. He was a member and elder in the Presbyterian Church. A Republican in politics, he served one year as trustee of Springfield Township.
Mr. Knox was married to Katherine M. Fast, daughter of Jesse Fast, and seven children were born to this union: Frank, who married Margaret Smith, daughter of Aaron Smith; Lydia, who married Marion Croskey, of Springfield Township; Annie, who married Dr. Harding, of Kilgore, Carroll County, Ohio; Jennie, who married William Sweeney; Hallie, Ermina, who married J. L. Holtsclaw, of Detroit, Mich.; Maude, who is single and resides at home; and Zulu, who married Charles Hess, a Methodist Episcopal divine, of Boston.