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Lucy Knox (Flucker)

Birthdate:
Death: 1824 (67)
Place of Burial: Elm Grove Cemetery Thomaston Knox County Maine, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Flucker and Hannah Waldo
Wife of Maj. Gen. Henry Knox
Mother of Lucy Flucker Thatcher; Julia Wadsworth Knox; Caroline Flucker Swan; Henry Jackson Knox; H. Augusta Knox and 2 others

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About Lucy Knox

Born into wealth and privilege as the daughter of the Provincial Governor of Massachusetts, Lucy Flucker Knox would have had her choice of a number of acceptable suitors. She fell in love, however, with perhaps the single most inappropriate man in Colonial Boston. Henry Knox was born to Irish immigrant parents in 1750. A promising student at Boston Latin School, Henry had to leave his studies at age 12 to help support his family after his father's death. Henry apprenticed to Nicholas Bowes, a bookseller and later opened his own bookshop, the London Bookshop in Cornhill Boston. It was here where Lucy Knox fell in love with Henry, drawn as much to the bookseller as she was to the books themselves. In spite of her parents' objections, Lucy Flucker married Henry Knox in June of 1774. This defiant act would cause Lucy to alienate her entire family and once her parents sailed for London when Boston fell to the Continental Army, she would never see them again.

Throughout most of the Revolutionary War, Lucy was separated from "her Harry". Lucy was jealous of other officer's wives, including Martha Washington and Elizabeth Gates, who were more frequent visitors to the Continental camp than she. Lucy was kept away from camp at Henry's behest as he felt that she had already sacrificed enough for the cause of patriotism having lost her entire family. Although separated by War, Lucy and Henry Knox maintained a prolific correspondence through the American Revolution much of which survives in public repositories such as the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York. Their letters offer a personal view of the life of one of General Washington's closest friends and most valued military advisers and includes details of battles and military maneuvers as well as the love and support of a distant spouse." Lucy was born in 1756 to an upper-class British family living in Boston. Her father was the Provincial Governor of Massachusetts, appointed by the crown. She fell in love and married Henry Knox, a bookseller who would become George Washington’s right hand man during the War and orchestrate the placing of cannon on Dorchester Heights. In 1775, Lucy and Henry escaped occupied Boston in the middle of the night with his sword sewn in her cape. Lucy was essentially homeless for much of the war, traveling around, staying with friends as well as with Henry and the Army. During the winter at Valley Forge, Lucy became very close with Martha Washington and the other general’s wives, educating them in proper etiquette, knitting, and supplying soldiers with extra food and wine during the tough winter. The Knoxes and the Washingtons were very close friends. Lucy even bought the fabric for George Washington’s inauguration suit.