Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Whitmore Knaggs Family Papers

Finding aid created by
D. Minnis, Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Whitmore Knaggs Family Papers,
Creator: Knaggs, Whitmore, 1763-1827.
Inclusive dates: 1830, 1926, and undated
Extent: .25 cubic feet (in 1 box)
The collection biographical materials, accounts, correspondence, deeds and legal papers, tax receipts, wills, and photographic materials.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# none

Access Restrictions:

Whitmore Knaggs Family Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Whitmore Knaggs Family Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.



Whitmore Knaggs (1763-1827) was an Army officer and trader who fought under “Mad” Anthony Wayne in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1794. He had five children. His eldest son, James, was a famous Indian fighter who became prominent in the early history of Toledo, Ohio. James had two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary. John, Whitemore’s second son, had five children: John W., Worthington W., Adeline, Henry, and Maria. Whitemore’s third son Peter W. had five children: Alexander H., Charles, James W., Edward, and Sophia Catherine. Whitmore youngest children were George B. and Elizabeth. Elizabeth married Peter Desnoyer and had three children: Charles, Francis, and Lewis P. The Knaggs family was important in the development of early northern Ohio and Michigan. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes family papers for several generations of Knaggs. Among them are a petition by George Knaggs for reimbursement of property damaged in the War of 1812; a silhouette of Whitmore Knaggs; tax receipts for land in Detroit, Mich., Lucas and Henry Counties, Ohio and Eldora, Kansas; an 1866 Toledo, Ohio census; and essay on epidemics in Toledo, undated (ca. late 18th century?); and a telegram from the mayor of Chicago, R. B. Mason about the distress caused by the Great Fire of 1871.

Subject Terms

    • Knaggs, Whitmore, 1763-1827.
    • Great Fire, Chicago, ILl, 1871.
    • Henry County (Ohio)--History.
    • Lucas County (Ohio)--History.
    • Toledo (Ohio)--History.
    • United States--History Claims--War of 1812.
    • Kansas--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Whitmore Knaggs Family Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials, 1856-1857; Petition by George Knaggs to Court of Claims suing U.S. for property of Whitmore Knaggs damaged during War of 1812 (printed, 11 p.); and Letter regarding this petition; City of Toledo note for proper street drainage, undated; Board of National Gas Trustees sympathy to family in death of W. W. Jones by President J. W. Greene, May 30 [no year]; News Article: Last of Knaggs Family is Dead, 1911; Steele’s consolidated stock certificate of Miss Antoinette Knaggs, 1926, 1856-1857, 1911, 1926, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Accounting Records, 1839-1905: John Knaggs’ Account, 1839; Population census of Toledo Manuscript, 1 page, September 1866; Bills, 1842, 1859; Adelaine K. Jones Account with Clayton W. Everett, Attorney, 1905, 1839-1905
    Box   1 F   3
    Agreements, 1833-1859
    Box   1 F   4
    Bills and receipts, 1836-1892
    Box   1 F   5
    Correspondence, 1858-1894: William W. Jones Land sales in Lucas County, Ohio, July, 1870; A.B. Gunn’s father’s will made under persuasion, 1870; Letter from Nelson Gunn to William Jones (Son-in-Law of John Knaggs) regarding land purchase and life in Eldora, Kansas, 1871; Telegram from Mr. R. B. Mason, Mayor of Chicago concerning distress and needs of Chicago after the Great Fire, 1871; Anonymous letter to Mrs. Carrington urging to change doctors in order to save her Husband’s life, 1869, 1858-1894
    Box   1 F   6
    Deeds, Warranty and Quit Claim concerning land (William W. Jones and wife, Adelaine, 1858, 1866, 1871, 1879, 1882, 1895
    Box   1 F   7
    Essays, By Dr. William H. Jones. reminiscences of Epidemics in Toledo” (Manuscript and Printed copy) Reminiscences on the Medical Profession (16 p. incomplete), undated
    Box   1 F   8
    Indentures, Mortgages, receipts, petition of land, 1830-1895; Nellie Gonz releases Frank H. Jones from all claims (mentions an illegitimate child), August 24, 1895, 1830-1895
    Box   1 F   9
    Indentures, John Knaggs (Whitmore’s Son) Indentures and receipts on land; sales and payments in Lucas and Henry counties, Ohio, undated
    Box   1 F   10
    Tax receipts, 1810-1895
    Box   1 F   11
    Wills, Whitmore Knaggs, 1827; William H. Jones, 1892, 1827; 1892
    Box   1 F   12
    Images, Daguerreotypes (2) of two groups of women, undated; Silhouette of Whitmore Knaggs, undated; Postcard-George Knaggs’ house, undated, undated
    Box   1 F   13
    Miscellaneous, Prayer Book Signed by Father Gabriel Richard, 1810, 1823, 1829