William Benjamin Knotts

Brief Life History of William Benjamin

When William Benjamin Knotts was born about 1800, in Anson, North Carolina, United States, his father, Absolom Knotts, was 29 and his mother, Mary Emory, was 16. He had at least 2 sons and 5 daughters with Nancy Harris.

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William Benjamin Knotts
Nancy Harris
Nancy Ellen Knotts
James Knotts
Catherine Knotts
Henry Harrison Knotts
Mary F. Knotts
Nancy Ellen Knotts

Sources (4)

  • Benjamin Knotts, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Ben Knotts in entry for Nancy Ellen Brooks, "North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994"
  • Ben Knotts in entry for Nancy Ellen Brooks, "North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994"

World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

1804 · Walton War

The Walton War was a border dispute between Georgia and North Carolina, when Georgia established Walton County. The main piece of land being fought over was called the Orphan Strip and was located between North Carolina and Georgia. It started in 1804 and became part of the War of 1812 and lasted until 1818.

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

English (Durham): variant of Knott , with post-medieval excrescent -s.

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

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