Nancy Knox

3 October 1839–22 January 1911 (Age 71)
Blandford, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Nancy

When Nancy Knox was born on 3 October 1839, in Blandford, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Eli Knox, was 38 and her mother, Harriet Carpenter, was 31. She married Merritt Drake on 17 December 1860, in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 daughters. She lived in Granville, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States for about 10 years and Massachusetts, United States in 1870. She died on 22 January 1911, in Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 71.

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Family Time Line

Merritt Drake
Nancy Knox
Marriage: 17 December 1860
Hattie Mabel Drake Smith
Annie Marie Drake
Lucelia Florence Drake Beach
Emma Josephine Drake Shurtleff

Spouse and Children

17 December 1860
Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States


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World Events (7)


Age 7

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Age 24

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 24

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish, northern English, and northern Irish: from a genitive or plural form of Old English cnocc ‘roundtopped hill’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived on a hilltop, or a habitational name from one of the places in Scotland and northern England named with this element, now spelled Knock, in particular one in Renfrewshire.2 The surname is also borne by eastern Ashkenazic Jews as an Americanized form of one or more likesounding Jewish surnames.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Nancy M Knox in household of Eli Knox, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Nancy Knox in household of Eli Knox, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Nancy Drake in household of Meritt Drake, "United States Census, 1870"

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