52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #42 – Belle S. (Hunt) Knox

Relationship: 2nd Great aunt
Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 3.04.09 PM

While I remember meeting my great aunt Bernice Wood, another great aunt Belle (Hunt) Knox died some years before I was born.

Belle S. Hunt was born on 01 August 1869 in Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey. She was the first of five children born to William Henry Hunt and Hannah Jane Longcor. The William Henry Hunt family consisted of the following children:[1]

  1. Belle S. Hunt, born 01 August 1869
  2. Charles Lincoln Hunt, born 11 August 1871
  3. Samuel Wilson Hunt, born 29 May 1874
  4. Nellie Garfield Hunt, born 12 April 1880
  5. Audrey Romine Hunt, born 14 March 1888
Screen Shot 2015-12-26 at 2.47.01 PM

Belle S. Hunt

When she was 23 years old, Belle married William M. Knox on 24 September 1892 in Lafayette, Sussex County, New Jersey by the Reverend Frank Hunsinger.[2] Belle and William (know as Uncle Billy to family members) were unable to have children of their own so they adopted a boy. Their son, Julius C. Know, was born in 1893 and died at the age of only 27 in 1920.[3]

Belle and William Knox lived closed to Belle’s sister, Audrey (Hunt) Strait, and niece Bernice (Strait) Wood along Sussex Street in Newton. Uncle Billy had a chicken coup in their back yard and raised chickens for years.

Belle and William Knox celebrated their 50th anniversary in September of 1942. An article in the Newark Evening News stated:

“Married 50 Years Today” – Special to the Newark News. – NEWTON – Mr. and Mrs. William Knox of 44 Pine street are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today.  They were married at the home of Mrs. Knox’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Hunt of Lafayette by Rev. Frank Hunsinger. Mrs. Knox was Miss Bella Hunt. They have lived at Newton since their marriage and in the house where they now reside for 46 years. Knox was born in Scranton, Pa., the son of William Knox and Mary Lewis Knox. Mrs. Knox was born in Newton.  He is 76 and she is 74. Both enjoy good health and take an active interest in present day affairs. They have no children. Knox was employed byt he H. W. Merriam Shoe Co. 46 years, retiring when the company moved to Baltimore several years ago. Tonight the couple will have a party of relatives and friends at their home in honor of the anniversary.

Belle’s husband passed away in 1951 but Belle lived another 10 years to pass away in 1961.[4] They are buried in Newton Cemetery in the same plot with their son, Julius.

KNOX William M.

HUNT Bella






KNOX Julius C.-2

[1] William H. Hunt (Pvt., Co. I, 70th NY. Inf., Civil War), pension no. W.C. 852,451; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C. This is William Henry Hunt’s full pension file which includes all documents in the file related to soldier’s claim (SO) no. 359,438, widow’s claim (WO) no. 1,117,693, widow’s certificate (WC) no. 852,451, and soldier’s invalid claim (Inv.) no. 424,023.
[2] “Married 50 Years Today,” anniversary, Newark Evening News, 24 September 1942.
[3] Newton Cemetery (19 Lawnwood Ave, Newton, New Jersey), Julius C. Knox marker; photograph taken by Jodi Lynn Strait, 19 May 2008.
[4] Newton Cemetery (19 Lawnwood Ave, Newton, New Jersey), Bella Hunt marker; photograph taken by Jodi Lynn Strait, 19 May 2008.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s