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Monday, August 08, 2016

Joseph F. Knight




1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 139, p. 294A (stamped), p. 11 (written), dwelling 113, family 113, lines 14-19, J. F. Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4G5-B1J : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658.

Knight, J. F., W, M, 44, --, Farmer, TN, VA, VA
--, E., W, F, 46, Wife, Keeping house, AL, AL, AL
--, M. A., W, F, 16, Daughter, At home, MS, TN, AL
--, E. B., W, F, 12, Daughter, At home, MS, TN, AL
--, L. S., W, F, 8, Daughter, At home, MS, TN, AL
--, Joanna, W, F, 6, Daughter, At home, MS, TN, AL

Joseph F. "Joe" Knight was born 14 August 18381 in Tennessee2 to Charles Knight3 and his wife Lucy Evans Knight.4 He appears on the 1850 census for Pontotoc County, Mississippi.5 He married Elizabeth Gray 7 May 1857 in Itawamba County, Mississippi.6 Daughter Florence was born prior to the wedding on 4 February 1857.7 It is unknown whether she was conceived out of wedlock or adopted by Joseph. Elizabeth Gray's name on her tombstone indicates her name is Elizabeth Carlow Knight. No marriage between a Gray and Carlow (or Harlow, which is a more common surname for this geographic area) has been located in Mississippi or Tennessee. Comparing the DNA of Florence's descendants against that of her siblings' descent would probably show whether or not they shared the same father.

Son Mark A. was born 28 June 1859,8 probably in Monroe County, Mississippi. He died at the age of seven on 2 December 1866.9 Daughter Verona A. was born 4 August 1861.10 She died the day before her eighth birthday on 3 August 1869.11 Daughter Margaret A. was born about 1863.12 Several online family trees suggest her date of birth was 22 October 1863 and she died 30 October 1888,13 but all lack documentation for these assertions.

Son William T. was born 15 October 1865 and died four days later on 19 October 1865.14 Daughter Helen Bell was born 17 September 1867,15 probably in Itawamba County, Mississippi. Daughter Lucy Susie was born 24 Aug 1869,16 likely in Itawamba County.

The family was enumerated in Itawamba County, Mississippi in 1870.17 Daughter Julia,18 enumerated as Joanna in 1880,19 was born in March 1872.20 The family was enumerated in Monroe County, Mississippi in 1880.21 The family moved to Texas by October 1890 when grandson George W. Edwards, son of Helen, was born.22

Joe died 11 April 1900 in Lee County, Texas and was buried at the Lawhon Springs Cemetery in Blue.23 His wife Elizabeth, enumerated as Elise, resided with daughter Susie at the time the 1900 census was taken.24 She died 23 April 1901 and was also buried at Lawhon Springs Cemetery.25



1 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=23298307 : accessed 6 Aug 2016), memorial no. 23298307, Joseph F. Knight (14 Aug 1838-11 Apr 1900), created by Sarah Locklin Taylor; citing Lawhon Springs Cemetery, Blue, Lee County, Texas.


2 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 139, p. 294A (stamped), p. 11 (written), dwelling 113, family 113, lines 14-19, J. F. Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4G5-B1J : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658. The Tennessee birthplace is supported by all other censuses.


3 “North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011,” database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 6 Aug 2016), Charles Knight-Lucy Evans, 28 Aug 1822; citing Granville County Marriage Bonds – Abstracts (1760-1957), RG 48 North Carolina County Registers of Deeds, p. 93 (stamped).


4 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 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M432, roll 3880. Her surname comes from “North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011,” database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 6 Aug 2016), Charles Knight-Lucy Evans, 28 Aug 1822; citing Granville County Marriage Bonds – Abstracts (1760-1957), RG 48 North Carolina County Registers of Deeds, p. 93 (stamped).


5 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 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M432, roll 3880.


6 Hunting for Bears, “Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 Aug 2016), Joseph Knight-Elizabeth Gray marriage, 7 May 1857; citing unspecified Itawamba County, Mississippi marriage book.


7 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=24439020 : accessed 6 Aug 2016), memorial no. 24439020, Florence F. Knight Ridings (4 Feb 1857-2 Dec 1921), created by “Lin”; citing Kensett Cemetery, Kensett, White County, Arkansas.


8 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61744915 : accessed 6 Aug 2016); memorial no. 61744915, Mark A. Knight (28 Jun 1859-2 Dec 1866), created by Paul Armstrong; citing New Chapel Cemetery, Evergreen, Itawamba County, Mississippi. Mark was enumerated as M. A. in the 1860 census. 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Western Division, Aberdeen post office, p. 427 (written), sheet 3 (written), dwelling 16, family 16, lines 10-14, Joseph Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6GF-VRZ : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M653, roll 587.


9 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61744915 : accessed 6 Aug 2016); memorial no. 61744915, Mark A. Knight (28 Jun 1859-2 Dec 1866), created by Paul Armstrong; citing New Chapel Cemetery, Evergreen, Itawamba County, Mississippi.


10 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61744967 : accessed 6 Aug 2016), memorial no. 61744967, Verona A. Knight (4 Aug 1861-3 Aug 1869), created by Paul Armstrong; citing New Chapel Cemetery, Evergreen, Itawamba County, Mississippi.


11 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61744967 : accessed 6 Aug 2016), memorial no. 61744967, Verona A. Knight (4 Aug 1861-3 Aug 1869), created by Paul Armstrong; citing New Chapel Cemetery, Evergreen, Itawamba County, Mississippi.


12 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, Township 11, p. 391B (written), sheet 2, dwelling 10, family 10, lines 17-23, Joseph Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF38-KHN : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 732. Also 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 139, p. 294A (stamped), p. 11 (written), dwelling 113, family 113, lines 14-19, J. F. Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4G5-B1J : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658.


13 “Public Member Trees,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 August 2016), “Aldridge Family Tree” by calvinandelysealdridge, profile for Margaret A. Knight (1863-1888, d. Monroe County, Mississippi), undocumented data; also “Talbot Family Tree” by rptalbot1; “Seals Walker Family Tree” by akumal4me1; “Catherine; Family Tree” by Catherine Lannholm; “Jennifer Bethea Family Tree” by Jennifer Bethea; “Sorrels/West Family Tree” by bjsorrels1; “Ridings Family Tree” by Neldagailr1; “King & Hulsey X3 + More” family tree by PeggyTruesdale70; “BurnettConnections” family tree by Burnett Connections; “Miller Family Tree” by Kelly Parr; “Richardson Family Tree” by rockmytooth; and “Knight Family Tree” by lak31760.


14 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61744841 : accessed 6 Aug 2016), memorial no. 61744841, William T. Knight (15 Oct 1865-19 Oct 1865), created by Paul Armstrong; citing New Chapel Cemetery, Evergreen, Itawamba County, Mississippi.


15 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Lee County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Precinct 3, SD 10, ED 58, p. 46A (stamped), sheet 1, dwelling 9, family 9, Mack Edwards family; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6XBS-R48 : accessed 6 August 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 1654. This source supports the birth month of September 1867. Exact date from 
“Public Member Trees,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 August 2016), “BurnettConnections” family tree by Burnett Connections..

16 “Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982,” database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 Aug 2016), entry for Susie Knight Ridings (24 Apr 1869-10 Oct 1943), certificate 44708; citing Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Death Certificates, 1903-1982. This birth is supported by the 1870 census. See 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, Township 11, p. 391B (written), sheet 2, dwelling 10, family 10, lines 17-23, Joseph Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF38-KHN : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 732.


17 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, Township 11, p. 391B (written), sheet 2, dwelling 10, family 10, lines 17-23, Joseph Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF38-KHN : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 732.


18 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Lee County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Precinct 3, SD 10, ED 58, p. 46A (stamped), sheet 1, dwelling 8, family 8, lines 31-33, George D. Baker household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3PZ-NJV : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 1654. A marriage record to George D. Baker has not been located. She is, however, residing in the house adjacent to sister Helen, and the information on the birth locations of the parents, although erroneous for the mother, matches, making this something likely known by relatives who created the tree. The relationship to George D. Baker can be found in online trees such as 
“Public Member Trees,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 August 2016), “BurnettConnections” family tree by Burnett Connections and "Jones Family Tree" by PJ7625.

19 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 139, p. 294A (stamped), p. 11 (written), dwelling 113, family 113, lines 14-19, J. F. Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4G5-B1J : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658.


20 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Lee County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Precinct 3, SD 10, ED 58, p. 46A (stamped), sheet 1, dwelling 8, family 8, lines 31-33, George D. Baker household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3PZ-NJV : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 1654.


21 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 139, p. 294A (stamped), p. 11 (written), dwelling 113, family 113, lines 14-19, J. F. Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4G5-B1J : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658.


22 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Lee County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Precinct 3, SD 10, ED 58, p. 46A (stamped), sheet 1, dwelling 9, family 9, Mack Edwards family; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6XBS-R48 : accessed 6 August 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 1654.


23 “U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963,” database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 Aug 2016), Joe F. Knight (14 Aug 1838-11 Apr 1900); citing Applications for Headstones for U. S. Military Veterans, 1925-1941, National Archives RG92, Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, microfilm publication M1916, 134 rolls. Also Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=23298307 : accessed 6 Aug 2016), memorial no. 23298307, Joseph F. Knight (14 Aug 1838-11 Apr 1900), created by Sarah Locklin Taylor; citing Lawhon Springs Cemetery, Blue, Lee County, Texas.


24 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Fayette County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Precinct 1, LaGrange, SD 12, ED 29, p. 25A (stamped), sheet 7 (written), dwelling 92, family 93, lines 1-7, J. P. Ridings household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3GQ-3WT : accessed 6 August 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 1634.


25 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=23298304 : accessed 6 Aug 2016), memorial no. 23298304, Elizabeth Carlow Knight (26 Aug 1834-23 Apr 1901), created by Sarah Locklin Taylor; citing Lawhon Springs Cemetery, Blue, Lee County, Texas.

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