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Accession 591

Inclusive Dates

1768-1982 (Bulk: 1788-1973)


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

8500 Pieces, 4.25 Linear Feet



Historical Note

The Knox-Wise Family resided in Chester County, South Carolina and were active in politics and medicine. The family kept diaries detailing their lives and life in rural South Carolina from the late 18th century through the early 20th Century. Researchers interested in Chester County history, genealogy, and everyday life in the 1800s including during the Civil War will find this collection valuable.

Scope and Content Note

The Knox-Wise Family Papers includes a land grant issued to John Knox in 1768; diaries written by Dr. John Knox [1792-1859] covering the 1840s and 1850s; James N. Knox [1806-1880] covering 1859-1880; and William D. Knox [1847-1928] covering 1869-1928; indentures, deeds, receipts, court summonses and other papers of Hugh Knox [1757-1821], sheriff and justice of the peace in Chester County, South Carolina (ca. 1780s and 1790s); correspondence of James N. Knox, correspondence, and other professional papers of Dr. John Knox; correspondence, and other papers of William D. Knox, Superintendent of Education in Chester County from 1896-1928. Papers of various other members of the Knox and Wise families including Hugh Boyd Knox [1814-1886], Robert Knox [1796-1879], Sally Knox Wallace [1803-1901], Alexander Walker Wise, and Emmie R. Knox [1885-1969]; family histories of the Knox, Wise, Dunlap, Gaston, and Wilks families; church histories, photographs, and newspaper clippings. Also included are three published volumes of the United Confederate Veterans Minutes of the 21st (1911) and 25th (1915) Annual Meeting and Reunion; and the minutes of the annual reunion of the South Carolina Division of the United Confederate Veterans (1921-1927).


The Knox-Wise Family papers were deposited with the Archives on July 2, 1984 by Robert D. Knox, Gertrude C. Knox, Annie B. Knox, and James H. Sanders.


Civil War, Revolutionary War, Genealogy, Davidson College, Education, Chester County, Purity Presbyterian Church, Eastside Presbyterian Church, Church History, Craven County, Fairfield County, Lancaster County, Pickens County, Williamsburg County, York County, Medicine, Royal Arch Masons, Politics, Medical College of Georgia, Winthrop College, United Confederate Veterans, Agriculture, Diaries


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Knox-Wise Family Papers - Accession 591

LC Subject Headings

Knox family; Wise family; Dunlap family; Gaston family; Wilkes family; Chester County (S.C.); Chester County (S.C.). Superintendent of Education; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Veterans; Veterans--Confederate States of America; Real property--South Carolina; Agriculture--South Carolina; Church buildings--South Carolina