Knox, William Henry I

Male 1879 - 1945  (65 years)


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  • Name Knox, William Henry 
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    Born 07 Jul 1879  Sewickley, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 03 Apr 1945 
    Buried Jackson, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Woodland Cemetery
    Person ID I4589  Sullivan Burgess Family Tree
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2017 

    Family Gray, Marian Baird,   b. 19 Jun 1887, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1961, Jackson, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 19 Apr 1911  Winchester, Benton Harbor, Berrien, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Wedding article in Paper. Winchester, April 19. 1911 The first of the post-lenten society weddings to take place in this town, was that of Miss Marion Baird Gray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick G. Gray of Everett Avenue, and William Henry Knox of Jackson, Michigan, USA, son of Mrs. William H. Knox (and the late William H. Knox)of Sewickly, Pa(Thorn Street, ) which occurred this evening at the home of the bride's parents. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Ernest M. Paddock of St James' Episcopal Church, Cambridge.

      The bride wore a gown of crepe meteor with pearl trimmings over white satin. She was attended by Miss Isabel Barr was maid of honor, who was gowned in white ninon over green satin with crystal trimmings. Miss Jane Pitheer of Chicago was flower girl and Stillman Weston of Winchester ring bearer. The best man was Charles E. Ellis of New York, USA.

      Prominent among the guests were Miss Rebecca Knox of Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, Mrs. Raleigh C. Thomas of Baltimore, Md. Mrs Charles Pither of Chicago and Mr. Walter Gunthrop of Chicago.

      Another paper clipping. Bride was attended by Miss Isabel Barr of Toronto and the best man was Charles E. Ellis of New York, USA. " Following the wedding a reception was held at the home of the bride's parents where the bridal couple was assisted in receiving by Mr. and Mrs. Patrick G. Gray and Mrs. William H. Knox. The ushers were Knox Cain of Philadelphia and Morton Burden of Sewickley, Penn.

      How they met: " Mother had gone to Sewickley to see a class mate she had in School. At a party she met Dad and she thought that he was rather a silly person but somehow fell in love and they married. " David G. Knox letter 7 31 98
    Children 
    +1. Knox, Madeline Gray,   b. 12 Jan 1912, Jackson, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1976, Summit City, Jackson, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)  [natural]
    +2. Knox, William Henry II,   b. 20 Oct 1913, Jackson, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1952, Hudson, Charlevoix, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)  [natural]
     3. Knox, Winifred,   b. 02 Jan 1918, Jackson, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    +4. Knox, David,   b. Abt 1927, Jackson, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2017 
    Family ID F1626  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 07 Jul 1879 - Sewickley, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Apr 1911 - Winchester, Benton Harbor, Berrien, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Jackson, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • "William was the president of Wilson Packing Company in Jackson, Mich. He also served on the Board of Directors of the National Pickle Packing Association. " Gray draft 1992. He later owned his own pickle factory in Hudson, Mich. H. J. Heinz Pittsburgh, Pa 2 10 1911. Worked for Heinz for 11 years. Also worked for Wilson Packing Company. Then went out on his own.

      From Stephen Gray Dec. 1, 1993 Draft "William attended School up to grade 6. He then worked for an insurance company and then about 1900 (at age 21) applied to work for the H. J. Heinz Company in Pittsburgh. There was a line up of some 200 young men all seeking a job as office boy to Mr. H. J. Heinz himself, and even though near the end of the queue, William was the successful applicant. William rose through the company to be a Buyer in Mich., Wisc. and a bit of Illinois. He would travel a circular route through these three states by train stopping at almost every town and Village to examine vats of pickles. It took all summer to cover the circuit twice, the second circuit being for a final quality check of the seasons products. He was also a Buyer for vegetables for Heinz soups. At this time William lived in Sewickley, Penn. On one of his trips Mr. Wilson, the owner of a competitor's company, offered him a raise from $100 a month to $125 a month, and the position of vice-president. He resigned from H. J. Heinz in Feb. 1911 to be with Wilson Packing Company in Jackson, Mich. William and Marion were married soon after in Apr. 1911 and they moved to Jackson, Mich.

      After Mr. Wilson died, William started his own business, William H. Knox Company in Hudson, Mich., a company that packed pickles, dill weed and pickling onions. William also served on the board of directors of the National Pickle Packers Association. Marion died on Aug. 26, 1961 in Jackson, William died in Jackson on Apr. 3, 1945 and they are buried in Woodland Cemetery, in Jackson. "

      In 1900 Census he is listed as 20 and living on Thorn Street in Sewickley with his mother Mary R. and sister Jane N. He is listed as a clerk. Can't read place. In 1910 Census he is listed with Morton Burden, Jane Knox Burden, Mary R. Knox and a servant Mary Pryzboz. His age is listed as 31 and he is a Salesman for a food manufacturer. "Services for William H. Knox, Born July 2, 1880 Passed Away April 3, 1945 Services Held at Knickerbocker-Bates Funeral Home Thursday, April 5, 3:00 PM. Services By Reverend S. A. Griffin Reverend Chas. L. Ramsay Interment Woodland Cemetery" Leaflet from Knickerbocker-Bates in the possession of PCZ.