Relationship=Great-grandmother of Dorothy Kollros.
Last Edited=19 Feb 2011
She was named an heir in the will of William Kelsey dated November 9, 1868 in Lisburn, Down, Northern Ireland. She received 30 pounds sterling annually from the estate of her husband.2
According to family tradition Mary Emily Knox was a descendent of John Knox, the Scottish reformer. However, this is doubtful given what is known regarding the geneaology of John Knox. The Knox surname has spelling variations which include: Knox, Knock, Knocks, and others. The name is first found in in Renfrewshire where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD. Also according to family tradition (my grandmother's Aunt Rose), Mary Emily's mother's name was Cummins. The origin of this surname is believed to date back to Norman-times. When William the Conqueror came to England he had a companion named Robert of Comyn, believed to have been so named from Comines in Flanders, whom he made Earl of Northumberland in 1069.3
In the Freeholder records there is listed a William Kelsey of Drummonocken townland [Dromore parish] who registered at Hillsborough on 22 June, 1824. On that same list (just above the name of William Kelsey) appears a John Knox of Edentrillick who also registered on the same date at Hillsborough. Listed with John Knox as "names of lives or other tenure" is Mary Emily Knox, Alexander and George Knox.1 According to the record both William Kelsey and John Knox are tenants of Arthur [Hill], Marquis of Downshire. The townlands of Drummonocken and Edentrillick are about one mile apart, 2 miles from Hillsborough and twelve miles from Belfast.
Listed in the will of William Kelsey, as executor, is "George Knox of Maze House, brother-in-law". List in the the Freeman’s Journal. 12th Of June 1841.: On the 9th inst at Thomastown, Portaferry, George KNOX, of Maze House, Esq., to Mary Anne, second daughter of the late Robert DALZELL, Esq. This is in accord with Rogers: George Knox, younger son, resides at Hillsborough; he has two sons, the Rev. Robert Dalzell Knox, vicar of Saintfield, county Down; and John Alexander Knox of Mayo House, Lisburn.4
For more information see article The Case of the Will of William Kelsey.
- My Ancestors
Ancestors of Dorothy Kollros
Descendants of John Knox of Dromore
Ancestors of Mary Emily Knox
Children of Mary Emily Knox and William Kelsey
- [S305] Freeholders Records (Public Record Office Of Northern Ireland), online http://www.proni.gov.uk/index/search_the_archives/…. Hereinafter cited as Freeholders Records.
- [S440] William Kelsey will (7 February 1869), Last Will and Testement of William Kelsey, Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Hereinafter cited as Last Will and Testement of William Kelsey.
- [S93] Letter from Rose Bannon (Tampa, Florida) to Betty Ann Bannon, 1960; Compiler (unknown repository address).
- [S441] Charles Rogers, Genealogical memoirs of John Knox and of the family of Knox (London: Printed for the Grampian Club, 1879).