John Knox of Caldwell Station and McDowell Creek,
Mecklenburg County, NC
 My “Tale of Two Johns of McDowell Creek…”


Within this site you’ll find much data for, and analysis of, John Knox (b.1777- d.1860) of Caldwell Station who lived on the headwaters of McDowell Creek in Mecklenburg County, NC, as well as his family, friends and neighbors. You’ll also find some “food for thought” and a few dashes of confusion to spice things up a bit!


On your first visit, I recommend you begin by visiting the first link at the top of the Site Map:  Prologue to a Tale of Two Johns…  This link will provide first-time visitors with a background perspective on this site.


From that point, please feel free to wander around Caldwell Station…and McDowell Creek.  I hope you’ll find some of your John Knox family and friends along the way.




Peggy Reece Bruckner

Knox Family Researcher

Bostwick, Georgia










 "Old" John Knox Descendants & "Unofficial Knox Family Historians"

Karen Knox Fesperman (Joseph V. Knox Line), John Wilson Knox, Jr (John Alexander Knox Line),
and Peggy Reece Bruckner (William Andrew Knox Line)

(Huntersville, Mecklenburg Co, NC - June 2008)




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"Tale of Two Johns"


This page was last updated: 03/22/2010




Genealogy Standards

Rules to Live By


Anyone who has delved into Internet genealogy has probably found themselves wondering if there are any guidelines or standards applied to genealogy research and its publication by family historians. The proliferation of misinformation, sloppy work, errors in judgment, and downright mistakes has left many of us shaking our heads in disbelief.

Much of the problem can be attributed to a lack of education, rather than callousness on the part of any guilty individual. Fortunately, the National Genealogical Society has come to the rescue with a set of standards for genealogy research.

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Standards for Sound Genealogical Research

As Recommended by the National Genealogical Society


Remembering always that they are engaged in a quest for truth, family history researchers consistently:

•record the source for each item of information they collect.

•test every hypothesis or theory against credible evidence, and reject those that are not supported by the evidence.

•seek original records, or reproduced images of them when there is reasonable assurance they have not been altered, as the basis for their research conclusions.

•use compilations, communications and published works, whether paper or electronic, primarily for their value as guides to locating the original records.

•state something as a fact only when it is supported by convincing evidence, and identify the evidence when communicating the fact to others.

•limit with words like "probable" or "possible" any statement that is based on less than convincing evidence, and state the reasons for concluding that it is probable or possible.

•avoid misleading other researchers by either intentionally or carelessly distributing or publishing inaccurate information.

•state carefully and honestly the results of their own research, and acknowledge all use of other researchers’ work.

•recognize the collegial nature of genealogical research by making their work available to others through publication, or by placing copies in appropriate libraries or repositories, and by welcoming critical comment.

•consider with open minds new evidence or the comments of others on their work and the conclusions they have reached.

© 1997, 2002 by National Genealogical Society; Permission is granted to copy or publish this material provided it is reproduced in its entirety, including this notice.

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Standards For Use of Technology in Genealogical Research

Recommended by the National Genealogical Society


Mindful that computers are tools, genealogists take full responsibility for their work, and therefore they:

• learn the capabilities and limits of their equipment and software, and use them only when they are the most appropriate tools for a purpose.

• refuse to let computer software automatically embellish their work.

• treat compiled information from on-line sources or digital data bases like that from other published sources, useful primarily as a guide to locating original records, but not as evidence for a conclusion or assertion.

• accept digital images or enhancements of an original record as a satisfactory substitute for the original only when there is reasonable assurance that the image accurately reproduces the unaltered original.

• cite sources for data obtained on-line or from digital media with the same care that is appropriate for sources on paper and other traditional media, and enter data into a digital database only when its source can remain associated with it.

• always cite the sources for information or data posted on-line or sent to others, naming the author of a digital file as its immediate source, while crediting original sources cited within the file.

• preserve the integrity of their own data bases by evaluating the reliability of downloaded data before incorporating it into their own files.

• provide, whenever they alter data received in digital form, a description of the change that will accompany the altered data whenever it is shared with others.

• actively oppose the proliferation of error, rumor and fraud by personally verifying or correcting information, or noting it as unverified, before passing it on to others.

• treat people on-line as courteously and civilly as they would treat them face-to-face, not separated by networks and anonymity.

• accept that technology has not changed the principles of genealogical research, only some of the procedures.

©1997 by National Genealogical Society. Permission is granted to copy or publish this material provided it is reproduced in its entirety, including this notice.

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