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Friday, August 26, 2016

James H. Knight


James H. Knight was born 24 May 18261 in Tennessee,2 probably in Lincoln County.3 His parents were likely Charles W. and Lucy (Evans) Knight.4 He married Susan Flin 14 February 1850 in Itawamba County, Mississippi.5 They are enumerated in District 6 of Itawamba County in 1850.6 Son Joseph William was born 4 June 18526 and son Charles Ephraim was born 15 January 1854.7 In 1860 the family resided in Itawamba County, Mississippi.8 By 1870 James' family resided in neighboring Monroe County in Township 12.9 In 1880 James, Susan, and their younger son Charles Ephraim continued to reside in Monroe County in Boyds Precinct.10 (See the sketch on Joseph William Knight for information on his whereabouts in 1880 and later.) Susan died 20 March 1882 and is buried in Liberty Cemetery.11 James H. married Mary A. Sims Pope 25 March 1886 in Lee County, Mississippi.12 In 1900 they resided in Beat 5 of Monroe County13 next to son Charles.14 James H. died 2 September 1910,15 and although he was living on the official date of the census, he was not enumerated. The mortality schedule for that census is unavailable.






1 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=84078505 : accessed 25 Aug 2016), memorial no. 84078505, James H. Knight (24 May 1826-2 Sep 1910), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The accompanying photograph by Lionel Stegall supports the birth and death dates.


2 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 10, p. 293B (stamped), sheet 10 (written), dwelling 110, family 110, lines 46-48, J. H. Knight family; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4G5-BB1 : accessed 25 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658. The Tennessee location is also supported by the 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1900 censuses which are cited later in this post.


3 1840 U.S. Federal Census, Lincoln County, Tennessee, District 5, p. 16 (stamped), line 20, Charles Night; digital image, FamilySearch (
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHRY-KMP  : accessed 26 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M704, roll 531.

4 “North Carolina, Marriage Index, 1741-2004,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 Aug 2016), entry for Lucy Evans-Charles Knight, 28 Aug 1822, Granville County. Lucy appears in the household following James in the 1860 census. See: 1860 U S Federal Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, population schedule, p. 121 (written), dwelling 791, family 791, lines 21-22, Lucy Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6GZ-26Z267 : accessed 25 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M653, roll 583. The names of her children in the 1850 census closely mirror known children of James. See:  1850 U.S. Federal Census, Pontotoc County, Mississippi, population schedule, p. 73A (stamped), dwelling 266, family 266, lines 3-11, Lucy Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4LF-WNJ : accessed 26 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M432, roll 380. Lucy's birth location of Virginia in censuses matches the location James provides for his mother's birth location in the 1880 and 1900 censuses.


5 “Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 Aug 2016), James Knight-Susan Flin marriage, 14 Feb 1850, Itawamba County, Mississippi.


6 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=84079111 : accessed 25 Aug 2016), memorial no. 84079111, William Knight (4 Jun 1852-9 Feb 1909), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The accompanying photograph by Lionel Stegall supports the transcribed dates.


7 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=84076901 : accessed 25 Aug 2016); memorial no. 84076901, Charles E. Knight (15 Jan 1854-10 Jul 1927), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The accompanying photograph by Lionel Stegall supports the transcribed dates.


8 1860 U S Federal Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, population schedule, p. 121 (written), dwelling 790, family 790, lines 16-20, James Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6GZ-267 : accessed 25 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M653, roll 583.


9 1870 U S Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Township 12, p. 212A (stamped), sheet 51, lines 25-28, James Knight family; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-DC67-B15 : accessed 25 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 741.


10 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 10, p. 293B (stamped), sheet 10 (written), dwelling 110, family 110, lines 46-48, J. H. Knight family; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4G5-BB1 : accessed 25 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658.


11 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=84078455&PIpi=141275147 : accessed 25 Aug 2016), memorial no. 84078455, Susan E. Knight (28 Aug 1827-20 Mar 1882), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The accompanying photograph by Lionel Stegall appears to bear a birth date of 29 Aug 1827 rather than 28 August 1827 as was transcribed.


12 "Mississippi Marriages, 1800-1911," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V2ZY-Z86 : accessed 25 Aug 2016), J. H. Knight and M. A. Pope, 25 Mar 1886; citing Lee,Mississippi; FHL microfilm 895,858. The maiden name of Sims is supported by her gravestone. See: Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=84078958 : accessed 25 Aug 2016), memorial no. 84078958, Mary Sim Knight; citing Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The accompanying photograph by Lionel Stegall shows the inscription as “Mary Sims Knight, wife of J. H. Knight.” No dates are inscribed. Although the marker is newer, the person purchasing it obviously knew her maiden name was not Pope.


13 1900 U S Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Beat 5, East of Aberdeen-Richmond Road, SD 1, ED 81, p. 268A (stamped), sheet 1A (written), dwelling 9, family 9, lines 46-47, James Knight family; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9XK-BSQ : accessed 25 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 822.


14 1900 U S Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Beat 5, East of Aberdeen-Richmond Road, SD 1, ED 81, p. 268A-B (stamped), sheet 1A-B (written), dwelling 10, family 10, lines 48-52, Chas E Knight family; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9XK-BSW: accessed 25 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 822.


15 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=84078505 : accessed 25 Aug 2016), memorial no. 84078505, James H. Knight (24 May 1826-2 Sep 1910), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The accompanying photograph by Lionel Stegall supports the birth and death dates.

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