DAVID CRAWFORD KNOX

The Tales of a Blair Family    

David Crawford Knox was born August 18, 1842 in Co. Antrim, northern Ireland. He came to Abbeville, South Carolina as a young boy.  He was a blacksmith as his father before him.  David served in the Confederate troops in Company A, 2nd South Carolina Rifles, enlisting at age 18 on October 22, 1861.  He was injured August 1863, and spent time in Jackson Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.  He was paroled at Appomattox April 9, 1865.  After he returned home, he married Sally Eliza Walker January 2, 1866. Their first child, David James Knox, died young.  Sally and David removed to Carroll Co. Georgia with sons, Joseph and Samuel, and finally settled in Atlanta.  However, their marriage was not a happy one.  David took advantage of his Georgia residence where his South Carolina marriage may have been invalid and married December 21, 1891, in Atlanta, to Lillie [nee Thomas] Busbee.  Lillie gave him a daughter, Willie, and sons John W. and Roy C. Knox.  David was tragically killed on October 12, 1906 while crossing the Atlanta and West Point passenger train tracks.  A nearby man stated that he had yelled to warn him of the approaching train, but David apparently did not hear him.  He was instantly crushed.  David is buried in an unmarked double grave with a Glen Knox in Hollywood Cemetery in Atlanta.  His relationship between Glen Knox and his family remains a mystery.  Neither of his wives is buried with him.  A marker for Sallie was placed in Abbeville's Sharon United Methodist Cemetery by her sister, Martha Jane Walker who married David's younger brother, James William Knox.  Lillie Thomas Busbee Knox is buried with her children in Atlanta's Westview Cemetery.

By Nancy Knox Schaffer, 1998

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