Waterloo Region Generations
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Michael Knox

Male Cal 1792 - 1878  (~ 86 years)


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  • Name Michael Knox 
    Born CALC 30 Apr 1792  , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1851  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Labourer 
    Religion 1851  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Presbyterian 
    Occupation 1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Laborer 
    Religion 1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Church of Scotland 
    House of Industry and Refuge 22 Jun 1869  House of Industry and Refuge, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Inmate of Poor House 
    Residence 1871  House of Industry and Refuge, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-159211 
    Died 11 Sep 1878  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Cause: old age 
    Buried House of Industry and Refuge Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I159211  Generations
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 

    Family Catharine,   b. 1796, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1862, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F39818  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • About 1820, Mr. John Telfer was specially sent to Scotland to induce intending Canadian emigrants to settle in Dumfries. This gentleman, in conjunction with Michael Knox, for at least thirty years one of the " characters" of Galt had entered the Hudson Bay Company's services some years before. (Having no friends to take care of him, old Knox was removed to the Waterloo County Poor House, in 1869. His iron constitution enabled him to survive till the 11th September, 1878. He was in his 87th year. Many amusing stories of Michael were long current, and the following one has the merit of being well authenticated : - His wife kept house for Dr. Miller, before the latter was married. One day Michael, who was much given to drinking, told the Doctor there was something in his throat, and asked him to look into it. He accordingly opened his mouth, and the Doctor, after examining it, said, "I don't see anything, Michael." "Well, it is very odd you see nothing," replied the old wag, "for a hundred acres of land and and a yoke of oxen went down there!"

      Reminiscences of the Early History of Galt and the Settlement of Dumfries in the Province of Ontario, by James Young, pg 41-2

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      At the Poorhouse, Berlin, on the 11th inst., Michael Knox, formerly of Galt, aged 86 years, 4 months and 11 days. Has been an inmate of the House since the 22nd June 1869.

      Galt Reporter Sep 13 1878 pg 3

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      From about the year 1825, settlers began to arrive more frequently, and before the close of the decade most of the farms in the immediate neighbourhood of Shade's Mills were taken up, and not a little land cleared and cultivated, The settlers were almost exclusively Scotch, and were very largely from Roxboroughshire and Selkirkshire. This arose chiefly from the exertions made in Scotland by Mr. Dickson, to direct the attention of emi-grants to his Dumfries lands.

      Besides articles about the township and the village, published in Chambers' Journal and the regular press, he wrote freely to leading Scotchmen on the subject, with many of whom he was acquainted. Among others he communicated with James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd, who took great interest in the matter, and was the means of securing many of the best settlers which the township obtained, not a few of whom brought letters of introduction from the poet to Mr. Dickson. A nephew and niece of his own were among the number,* and it would appear as if, at one time, some hope was entertained that Hogg himself might be tempted to cross the water. However this may be, it is a well-attested fact that, during a trip of Mr. William Dickson, jr., to Scotland, he visited the poet, and offered him a farm in Dumfries, if he would come out and accept of it. Hogg laughingly replied, " The Yarrow couldna want him!" and that was the last I heard of the matter.

      About 1820, Mr. John Telfer was specially sent to Scotland to induce intending Canadian emigrants to settle in Dumfries. This gentleman, in conjunction with Michael Knox, for at least thirty years one of the "characters" of Galt, had entered the Hudson Bay Company's service some years before.


      *Mr. Samuel Hogg, at one time clerk in Mr. Shade's store, and his sister, Mrs. James Dalgleish.

      Having no friends to take care of him, old Knox was removed to the Waterloo County Poor House, in 1869, His iron constitution enabled him

      Reminiscences of the Early History of Galt and the Settlement of Dumfries in the Province of Ontario, by James Young, 1880 Toronto: Hunter, Rose

  • Sources 
    1. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div 13, Page 1.

    2. [S313] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1851, Pg.35.

    3. [S1838] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1861, Galt 1861 Div. 5 Page 51.

    4. [S1848] House of Industry and Refuge Burial Register - Kitchener.
      Michael Knox Died: 11 Sep 1878 Age 85 Cause: old age Tier 3 Grave 8

    5. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 19 Sep 1878.
      Died 11 Sep 1878 Michael Knox died in the Poorhouse of Berlin at the age of 86 years

    6. [S1338] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Galt Reporter (1846-1973), Obituary of Michael Knox - Sep 13 1878 pg 3.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - CALC 30 Apr 1792 - , Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Labourer - 1851 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1851 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Laborer - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Church of Scotland - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHouse of Industry and Refuge - 22 Jun 1869 - House of Industry and Refuge, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Inmate of Poor House - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1871 - House of Industry and Refuge, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: old age - 11 Sep 1878 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - House of Industry and Refuge Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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