Like many others before and after her, Lucy Knox performed a continuous juggling act as a busy wife and mother. She was not reluctant to discuss affairs of state in a frank and forthright manner with her husband, Henry Knox.
The Revolutionary War divided families. In 1774, eighteen-year-old Lucy Flucker married twenty-four-year-old Henry Knox. Lucy’s parents were powerful, wealthy Tories, and they were not happy with the match. Henry Knox was the son of an Irish immigrant. At the age of nine, he quit school to go to work when his father abandoned the family. Henry was also rumored to be a patriot.