John and Lillie Knote

by Whitney Yarborough, 2015

Written Summer 2014

John M. Knote, the son of Samuel and Margaret Knote, was born in Franklin County, Indiana on the 22nd of August, 1846.[i] John Knote lived in Indiana with his mother and his father and would reside there until his father’s death on January 23, 1852[ii] John and his mother moved to Clark County in Springfield, Ohio, preceding his father’s death.[iii] During this time, he found work in agriculture during the summer and enrolled in school the following season.[iv] John Knote became a household name within Springfield, as he sought employment within some of the small shops located around Springfield in various occupations; but what established (?) John Knote’s Springfield career was his early start in clothing as a clerk within the B&W Franklie Clothing store in 1862. Here he made a career for the following eight years, later moving to work for another Springfield clothier, Straus & Bros., in 1870.[v]

During the years of 1861 to 1865, John Knote—listed as John Kanode—served in the 58th Infantry as a Corporal from 1861 to December 26th, 1864, was then promoted to Sergeant June 1, 1865, where he would then become a veteran that same year on September 16, 1865.[vi] His sixteen year career within the clothing business, allowed for him to gain interest and open his own clothing store in 1878 named Globe Clothing, located and established in the downtown area of Springfield, Ohio on 5 East Main Street.[vii] He met Lille M. McBride, who was born November 17, 1858 to Jacob McBride and Matilda Arbogast McBride,[viii] in the Springfield, Clark County area and they married in June 1874.

In September of 1894, John and Lillie purchased a property located at 239 Ferncliff Avenue in Springfield, Ohio[ix]. Prior to the purchasing of their home, they had three children: Rosetta Knote—born 1880; John Knote Jr.—born in 1884; Theodore Knote—born 1885. All three children attended Wittenberg College.[x]

In addition to owning their own clothing store, John and Lillie Knote were active members within the Springfield community. John was part of the Board of Trustees of the Ephraim Lodge and was a patriarch of the Mad River Encampment[xi]. But what was very prestigious about his role within the community was his status as a member of the Springfield City Council in 1876—he would be re-elected as a member in 1879[xii]. Together they were also active members in the First Lutheran Church in Springfield, Ohio—he was also the librarian and secretary for the English Lutheran Sunday School[xiii].

John Knote and the Globe Clothing Store seemed to be in good business throughout 1894-1909, appearing in many of the yearly directories distributed to the citizens of Springfield, as well as his son Theodore Knode, who began appearing in the Springfield Directories in 1907—listed as a clerk and then as a draftsman in the 1910 to 1912 directories[xiv]. But in 1910, Globe Clothing was no longer mentioned in the Springfield city directories nor was the name of John M. Knote in the 1911, 1912, or 1913 directories[xv]. The only Knote mentioned in the Springfield Directory was Theodore Knode and Margaret Knode, the widow of Samuel Knote[xvi]. Why was this? How could the Globe Clothing store disappear from the Springfield directories? In 1910, the Knotes would not be able to pay the loans for their home and would have to result in selling their home, which may have also included the selling of the Globe Clothing Company[xvii]. In 1910, John and Lillie would move from 219 Ferncliff and into a property known as Fox Hollow Farm, located on the other side of town, and lived with their daughter Rosetta and her husband William Shilling.[xviii] They would reside at Fox Hollow Farms until their deaths: Lillie Knote died November 2, 1917 and John Knote died February 08, 1919[xix].

Works Cited

Ancestry.com. Springfield, Ohio Directories, 1890-94. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

“Interment Archive: Knote–Lillie Knote, John Knote, Theodore Knote.” Interment Archive. n/a (accessed June 6, 2014).

N.A. Directory of Springfield. 1894-1895. Springfield: William & Co. Springfield City Directory, 1894-1895. Print.

N.A. , . Directory of Springfield. 1909-1910. Springfield: William & Co. Springfield City Directory, 1909-1910. Print.

N.A. , . Directory of Springfield. 1911-1912. Springfield: William & Co. Springfield City Directory, 1911-1912. Print.

“Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” Index and images, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X8JR-PQX:accessed 20 May 2014), Lillie McBride Knote, 02 Nov 1917; citing German, Clark, Ohio, reference can 69161; FHL microfilm 1984116.

Steele, Alden P.. The History of Clark County, Ohio, containing a history of the county; its cities, towns, etc.; general and local statistics; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; history of the Northwest Territory; history of Ohio; map of Clark County; Constitute. Chicago: W.H. Beers and Co., 1881. Pg 865

“The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center: Record Detail–Mrs. Lillie Knote.” The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. n/a (accessed May 20, 2014).

“United States Census, 1910.” Index and Images, Family search (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MLFT-QBF : accessed 20 May 2014). John M Knote, Green, Clark, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 6, Sheet 7a, family 127, Nara microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1375171.

“United States Census, 1900.” Index and Images, Family search (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MLFT-QBF : accessed 20 May 2014). John M Knote, Springfield Township, Precinct B (incl. Ohio Python Orphan’s Home) Springfield City Ward 2, Clark, Ohio, United States; citing sheet 10A, family 180, Nara microfilm publication T 623, FHL microfilm 1241246.

“United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865,”Index, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/fs9h-qw1:accessed 20 May 2014), John Knote, 1861-1865; citing military unit 51st Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Union Soldier, NARA microfilm publication M 552, roll 60 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d); FHL microfilm 0882273.

Lillie and John Knote Housing Deeds, 5 June 2014. Clark County Offices: Reorders Office. A.b. Graham Building—31 North Limestone St. Wittenberg University Research.

[i] “United States Census, 1910.” Index and Images, Family search (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MLFT-QBF : accessed 20 May 2014). John M Knote, Green, Clark, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 6, Sheet 7a, family 127, Nara microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1375171.

[ii] “United States Census, 1910.” Index and Images, Family search (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MLFT-QBF : accessed 20 May 2014). John M Knote, Green, Clark, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 6, Sheet 7a, family 127, Nara microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1375171.

[iii] “United States Census, 1910.” Index and Images, Family search (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MLFT-QBF : accessed 20 May 2014). John M Knote, Green, Clark, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 6, Sheet 7a, family 127, Nara microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1375171.

[iv] Steele, Alden P.. The History of Clark County, Ohio, containing a history of the county; its cities, towns, etc.; general and local statistics; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; history of the Northwest territory; history of Ohio; map of Clark County; Constitu. Chicago: W.H. Beers and Co., 1881. Pg 865

[v] Steele, Alden P.. The History of Clark County, Ohio, containing a history of the county; its cities, towns, etc.; general and local statistics; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; history of the Northwest territory; history of Ohio; map of Clark County; Constitu. Chicago: W.H. Beers and Co., 1881. Pg 865

[vi] “United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865,”Index, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/fs9h-qw1:accessed 20 May 2014), John Knote, 1861-1865; citing military unit 51st Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Union Soldier, NARA microfilm publication M 552, roll 60 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d); FHL microfilm 0882273.

[vii] N.A. , . Directory of Springfield. 1894-1895. Springfield: William & Co. Springfield City Directory, 1894-1895. Print.

[viii] Steele, Alden P.. The History of Clark County, Ohio, containing a history of the county; its cities, towns, etc.; general and local statistics; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; history of the Northwest territory; history of Ohio; map of Clark County; Constitu. Chicago: W.H. Beers and Co., 1881. Pg 865

[ix] Steele, Alden P.. The History of Clark County, Ohio, containing a history of the county; its cities, towns, etc.; general and local statistics; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; history of the Northwest territory; history of Ohio; map of Clark County; Constitu. Chicago: W.H. Beers and Co., 1881. Pg 865

[x] Steele, Alden P.. The History of Clark County, Ohio, containing a history of the county; its cities, towns, etc.; general and local statistics; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; history of the Northwest territory; history of Ohio; map of Clark County; Constitu. Chicago: W.H. Beers and Co., 1881. Pg 865

[xi] Steele, Alden P.. The History of Clark County, Ohio, containing a history of the county; its cities, towns, etc.; general and local statistics; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; history of the Northwest territory; history of Ohio; map of Clark County; Constitu. Chicago: W.H. Beers and Co., 1881. Pg 865

[xii] Steele, Alden P.. The History of Clark County, Ohio, containing a history of the county; its cities, towns, etc.; general and local statistics; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; history of the Northwest territory; history of Ohio; map of Clark County; Constitu. Chicago: W.H. Beers and Co., 1881. Pg 865

[xiii] Steele, Alden P.. The History of Clark County, Ohio, containing a history of the county; its cities, towns, etc.; general and local statistics; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; history of the Northwest territory; history of Ohio; map of Clark County; Constitu. Chicago: W.H. Beers and Co., 1881. Pg 865

[xiv] N.A. Directory of Springfield. 1909-1910. Springfield: William & Co. Springfield City Directory, 1909-1910. Print.

[xv] N.A. Directory of Springfield. 1911-1912. Springfield: William & Co. Springfield City Directory, 1911-1912. Print.

[xvi] N.A. Directory of Springfield. 1911-1912. Springfield: William & Co. Springfield City Directory, 1911-1912. Print.

[xvii] Lillie and John Knote Housing Deeds, 5 June 2014. Clark County Offices: Reorders Office. A.b. Graham Building—31 North Limestone St. Wittenberg University Research.

[xviii] Steele, Alden P.. The History of Clark County, Ohio, containing a history of the county; its cities, towns, etc.; general and local statistics; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; history of the Northwest territory; history of Ohio; map of Clark County; Constitu. Chicago: W.H. Beers and Co., 1881. Pg 865

[xix] “Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” Index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X8JR-PQX:accessed 20 May 2014), Lillie Mcbride Knote, 02 Nov 1917; citing German, Clark, Ohio, reference cn 69161; FHL microfilm 1984116.

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