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The Canote family of the U.S. was founded by John Canote and his
wife Rosanna (nee Hunse). With the exception of the Canote family of
California, all Canotes living in the U.S. today are known to be
descendants of this couple. The descent of the Canote family of
California is somewhat unclear (see #4 under "Questions Seeking
Answers" below), although it is fairly certain that the founders
of that family took their surname from descendants of John and
John and Rosanna are first found living in Maryland in the 1770s
and 1780s, probably in that part of the state that became
Washington County. During the early 1790s, they moved to Augusta
County, Virginia. Family financial problems in the late 1790s appear
to have forced them to sell their land and move on to Madison
County, Kentucky. John died sometime after the Census of 1820,
probably in Madison County. It is unknown when or where Rosanna
died, although she is known to have been living in Madison County
in 1805 and she may have still been alive and residing in that
county in 1820.
John and Rosanna are believed to have had four children who lived
to adulthood: Jacob (I), John Jr., Elizabeth and Rosannah. Jacob
(I), John Jr., and Rosannah married in Augusta County, Virginia,
and Elizabeth married in Madison County, Kentucky. The families
of Rosannah and Elizabeth eventually ended up in Indiana, which
is where both women died (Rosannah in Floyd County and Elizabeth
in Lawrence County). The families of Jacob (I) and John Jr. ended
up in Missouri, where John Jr. is known and Jacob is presumed to
have died (John Jr. in Boone County and Jacob (I) probably in
Notable descendants of John and Rosanna include Sam Bass, a minor
Wild West outlaw (he was a descendant of John and Rosanna through
their daughter Elizabeth), and Belle Starr, another minor Wild
West figure (she is believed to be a descendant of John and
Rosanna through their daughter Rosannah).
I would be very interested in hearing from anyone else
researching this family.
1. Where were John Canote and his wife Rosanna born?
Indirect evidence places John Canote and his wife Rosanna in
Maryland in the 1770s and 1780s (two of their daughters are said
by descendants to have been born there). John and Rosanna appear
to have resided at the time in that part of the state that became
Washington County. Were they born in that general area, or did
they move there from somewhere else?
Also residing in Washington County during at least part of the
time that John and Rosanna were there were Johann Heinrich
("Henry") Knodt (1720-1782) and Jacob Knode (1751-1828).
Both of these men were Germans and their surnames, as pronounced by
Germans, would have sounded quite similar to the way "Canote"
is pronounced (many of their descendants today use the surname
Kanode). Were they relatives of
John? No connection has ever been established between Henry and
Jacob, although both were known to have been
blacksmiths (Henry by trade and Jacob by training). Henry Knodt
arrived in Philadelphia in 1753. It is said that those on his
ship came from the Biedenkopf area of Hesse. Several of his
fellow passengers, by the way, are known to have had strong ties
with the German Reformed Church. Jacob, reportedly the son of a
man named George Knode, is said to have arrived from Germany in
1773 or earlier. Because Henry, Jacob, and George are fairly
common names among the descendants of John and Rosanna, it is
suspected that John was in some way related to Henry and Jacob.
It should be recognized that this is currently pure
In an attempt to determine if Henry, Jacob, and John are indeed
related, the church books for the parish of Biedenkopf were searched.
No information could be found on any of the three men. Subsequently,
a number of Knodt/Knode/Knoth in the old district of Biedenkopf
in Hesse (the district being somewhat larger in former times than
it is today) were contacted in the hope that they would know
something about the men. Those contacts were not
fruitful. Recently, the Knodische Nachrichten, a German
genealogical newsletter focussing on the Knodt/Knode/Knoth
family, was contacted about the three. It is hoped that this
contact will produce some information about them.
2. Who were the parents of Dianah Sanders, wife of Jacob
The prime candidates for the parents of Dianah appear to be Joel
Sanders and his wife, Sally Moon. At the time of the 1860 Census,
Dianah Canote (nee Sanders), as a single parent, and her children
were known to be neighbors of at least one and maybe two of Joel
and Sally's sons. Comparing 1876 land ownership maps for Chariton
County, Missouri, with the names appearing on the 1860 Census
returns for that county, it appears quite possible that Dianah
and children were living on land owned by one of those
3. What happened to Louis Canote, son of Jacob Canote (II) and
his wife Dianah Sanders?
At the time of the 1860 Census, Louis Canote, age 6, was the
second youngest child in the household of Dianah Canote (nee
Sanders). He last appears in the public record in the 1880 Census
as "Louis Kanote", reported age 22, in the household of Dr. T.P
Perkinson of Charition County, Missouri, as one of his "sons".
What happened to him? One of Dr. Perkinson's daughters is known
to have gone to Brazil as Protestant missionary. She is known to
have lived in Brazil for many years, and she may have, in fact,
died there. Did he accompany her?
4. Who was the Canote husband of Mrs. Sarah Canote?
In 1873, Mrs. Sarah Canote married Samuel C. Steel in Howard
County, Missouri. Mrs. Canote, through her youngest son Frank
Canote, was the "mother" of the Canote family of California
(actually, it is unclear whether Frank, born in 1871, was the son
of Samuel and a previous wife or Sarah and her Canote husband,
but early in his life he was generally known as Frank Steel and
only later came to be called Frank Canote). In 1860, Sarah, age
13, was living in the household of her mother Mary Maddox, which
also included a woodcutter named John Canote. Based on his
reported age and birthplace, the John Canote in that household
was probably the eldest son of Jacob Canote (II) and his wife
Dianah Sanders. His story, however, is well known, and he was
never married to Sarah Maddox. If he wasn't her Canote husband,
who was? All known Canote males in her general age bracket either
died too early to have fathered her three children, William (c.1866-?),
Robert (c.1868-1909), and Frank (1871-1961), or were alive when
she married Samuel Steel.
5. What happened to Henry Kinote and his wife?
The only son of John Canote, Jr. was Henry Kinote (records
referring to him generally use this spelling for his surname,
rather than Canote). Henry, an avid land speculator, was one of
the founders of the town of Santa Fe, Missouri. Sometime in the
1840s, after the death of his father, he dropped from sight. What
happened to him? Nothing is currently known for certain. He may
have died, of course. Alternatively, he may have moved on to seek
his fortune elsewhere. There are some indications that he may
have moved to Wisconsin. Also, there are claims that his wife died in
Florida. While those claims don't mention him, he may have died
there, as well.
|PKZ's Home Page|
Sheeks Roots! (A list of the descendants of George Sheeks and his wife Elizabeth Canote, a daugther of John and Rosanna Canote, along with a wonderful photo of their house, now preserved at Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell, Indiana)
Peter Shirley (Includes a list of descendants of Christian Shirley and his wife Roseanna Canote, a daughter of John and Rosanna Canote, along with a transcript of Christian's will)
The Ancestors of Berry Towles Canote (The Canote and Towles ancestors of my cousin Berry Canote)
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