A Biographical Sketch of
Patriot Little Page Proctor

(Patriot ancestor of John C. Knobelsdorf)

Little Page Proctor


That is an interesting name for an interesting individual. I have been unable to establish the source of the names "Little" and "Page", but suspect that they are names from Little Page's ancestry. I submitted my application to SAR with his name written as three separate words, Little Page Proctor, the way he had signed his name on his pension application. His given name will also be found written as Littlepage (all one word), or Little P ., or even just Page in census records and other documents.

Little Page Proctor was born about 1760 in Granville Co., NC, during the time the family was traveling from Brunswick Co., VA to Rowan Co., NC.

In 1778, while living in the Holston River area of North Carolina, Little Page and 4 of his brothers enlisted as Privates in the Virginia Militia to help defend the Virginia frontier. That same year, they marched to Kentucky and were at the siege of Boonsborough in August 1778. The brothers took part in several campaigns against the Indians under the command of George Rogers Clark, and were engaged in scouting, spying, and guarding the garrisons in Kentucky. LPP's pension application says that he also went on several expeditions against the Indians in Ohio. Little Page served in the Militia until the end of the war in 1794.

Little Page married his first wife, Sarah Jane Woodruff, in Kentucky during the 1780's. They lived in Madison Co., KY and had eleven children. Their second child, a son named David, was my 3G-Grandfather.

About 1808, Little Page moved part of his family across the Mississippi River to the area of the Louisiana Territory that would become the Missouri Territory. Family stories tell that Little Page was once again fighting against the Indians in Missouri and helped to secure the area for the Platte Purchase.

About 1810, the family moved to GalIatin Co., IL. A couple of years later, Little Page filed a claim for 160 acres of land in that county. That is where his Ist wife died, sometime between 1810 and 1815. Shortly thereafter he married his 2nd wife, Sarah Bates. Sarah and LPP had nine children, so LPP fathered a total of twenty children. Records confirm that Little Page was one of the first three Hamilton County Commissioners when it. was formed in 1821. He became a trustee of the Concord Methodist Church near McLeansboro, and was a lay minister in the Methodist Church for many years. This tradition was continued by LPP's Grandson, John Wesley Proctor, who is my 2G-Grandfather.

LPP died 15 November 1852 near McLeansboro, Hamilton Co., .IL possibly on his 160 acre homestead. He is buried in the Concord Methodist Church cemetery at McLeansboro, and there is a marble grave marker with his name on it located there.

There are some other things that folks will be interested in:

1. I am the first member of either SAR or DAR that has used the lineage to LPP through his son David,

2. I am the only member of SAR with the last name Knobelsdorf,

3. My wife Mary Jo, a member of DAR with seven Patriot Ancestors of her own, is the only member of DAR with the family name of Knobelsdorf, and

4. The sister of San Antonio Chapter's past President Jack Cowan and I may be cousins through Little Page and one of his brothers.





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Web Page Created:

19 August 2009


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19 August 2009