In the early 1740s, John Knox and his family were drawn to what is now
west Rowan County because of its fertile soils and central piedmont
location. After receiving a land grant for farmland, the first
generation of children was born on the land. One of those
children was a girl named Jane Knox. Jane Knox lived on the farm
until she was maried and then moved a bit south to Mecklenburg
County. It was there that she gave birth to ten children.
One of those children was James Knox Polk, born in 1795 and who later
became the 11th President of the United States in 1843.