Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Boykin Witherspoon, descendent of John Knox, the Divine

John Knox, the Divine
According to an entry in the Boone Family History of Descendents of George Boone, brother of Daniel Boone written by Ella Hazel Atterbury Spraker, not only did his son, Gavin marry the ggggg-niece of Daniel Boone but it stated that Boykin Witherspoon was a descendent of John Knox the Divine pictured above.

I did in fact verify through the LDS Family site that Boykin was indeed a descendent of John Knox the Divine of Scotland and the lineage is as follows:

Boykin Witherspoon
John Dick Witherspoon
Gavin Witherspoon II
Gavin Witherspoon I
John Witherspoon wife was *Janet Witherspoon, his 1st cousin,
David Witherspoon
Lucy Welch (Married a Witherspoon)
Elizabeth Knox (Lucy's mother) Her husband was John Welch
John Knox (The Divine) born 1514

*Actually, Boykin was twice the ggggggg-grandson of John Knox, the Divine since his ggg-grandfather, John Witherspoon married his cousin and Boykin's ggg-grandmother, Janet Witherspoon whose lineage was as follows:

Janet Witherspoon
James Witherspoon
Lucy Welch
Elizabeth Knox
John Knox the Divine
**Janet's brother was James(John)Witherspoon, his son was Dr. John Witherspoon (1722 - 1794), Minister, President of Princeton, member of the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was also great grandson of John Knox the Divine. His mother was Ann Walker Witherspoon. This makes him a distant cousin of Boykin Witherspoon and he is rumored to be a direct ancestor of actress Reese Witherspoon.

Other Source: The Boone Family: A Genealogical History of the Descendants of George and ... By Ella Hazel Atterbury Spraker

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