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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Joseph William Knight




1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 139, p. 293B-294A (stamped), p. 10-11 (written), dwelling 111, family 111, lines 49-50, 1-2, J. W. Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YBV-8X6 : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658.

Knight, J. W., W, M, 28, head, married, farmer, MS, TN, MS
–, Julia, W, F, 24, wife, married, keeping house, MS, MS, MS
–, M. S., W, F, 3, dau, single, at home, MS, MS, MS
–, H. W., W, M, 1, son, single, at home, MS, MS, MS

Joseph William Knight was born 15 June 18521 to James and Susannah (or Susan) Knight.2 He was enumerated in Bigby Fork, Itawamba County, Mississippi in 1860.3 By 1870, J. W., living with his parents and siblings, resided in Township 12 of Monroe County, Mississippi.4 The census states it was a Smithville post office; however, it does not specify whether it was range 7, 8, or 9. Based on the neighbors, the family was living in range 8. Although this township includes the Lost Corner area and the area along Old Highway 6 near Malone Lake where Dock's family eventually settled, the family probably resided about halfway between the present-day city of Amory and town of Smithville.



It is not known when or where Joseph William married Julia Ridings,5 but it was likely about 1875 since the oldest child in the 1880 census is three. Daughter Mollie was born 24 Nov 1876.6 Son William H. was born 17 Feb 1879.7 The couple was living in Boyds Precinct, Monroe County, Mississippi, in 1880 along with their two young children.8 Daughter Virgie I. was born 5 October 1882.9 Daughter Gertrude F. was born October 1885.10 Son James P. was born 20 May 1888.11 Son Charles Emmett was born 29 August 1892.12 In 1900, Joseph William, Julia, and the four younger children are residing in Boyds Precinct in Monroe County.13 According to the 1900 census, Julia was the mother of six children, all living.14 By 1910, it states she had seven children with only six living.15 The identity of the seventh child is unknown. A search at Find A Grave on the surname Knight resulted in no possibilities for this child in a currently marked and transcribed grave.

Joseph William Knight died 9 February 1909 and is buried at Liberty Cemetery16 along the Itawamba/Monroe County line. Julia was enumerated in Boyds, Precinct, Monroe County, Mississippi in 1910 with her sons James P. and Emmett, and Emmett's wife, Flora Bell,17 nee Worthy.18 Julia died 21 May 1916 and is also buried at Liberty Cemetery.19






1 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 9 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 indicates the date of birth was 15 Jun 1852.


2 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, population schedule, Bigby Fork, p. 121 (written), dwelling 790, family 790, lines 16-20, James Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9BS3-FDK : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M653, roll 583; also 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Township 12, Smithville post office, p. 212A (stamped), sheet 51 (written), dwelling 328, family 377, lines 25-28, James Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-DC67-B15 : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 741. The 1850 census shows James and Susannah were married by that date, showing Susannah was not a stepmother. 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, population schedule, District 6, p. 331A (stamped), dwelling 394, family 400, lines 18-19, James Night household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-64KS-CG3 : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M432, roll 373.


3 1860 U.S. census, Itawamba Co., Miss., pop. sch., p. 121 (written), dwell. & fam. 790, James Knight household.


4 1870 U.S. census, Monroe Co., Miss., pop. sch., p. 212A (stamped), dw. 328, fam. 377, James Knight household.


5 “Tennessee Death Records, 1908-1958,” database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 Aug 2016), Mrs. Mollie Taylor, 24 Aug 1922, Shelby County, Tennessee, certificate no. 426; citing unspecified records on file at Tennessee State Library & Archives.


6 Ibid.


7 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : 9 Aug 2016), memorial no. 84077662, W. H. Knight (17 Feb 1879-13 Jun 1921), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The accompanying photograph by Lionel Stegall shows a death date of 18 Jun 1921. Although enumerated as H. W. in 1880, he is consistently enumerated as William H. in later censuses. See 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, population schedule, Beat 3, SD 1, ED 39, p. 181A (stamped), sheet 3A (written), dwelling 42, family 42, lines 23-25, Littie C. McDaniel household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M961-GQB : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 811; 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, population schedule, Bigby Fork, SD 1, ED 17, p. 95B (stamped), sheet 24B (written), dwelling 389, family 389, lines 76-82, Littie McDaniel household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MP8K-58J : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T624, roll 743; and 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Hatley, SD 1, ED 26, p. 208B (stamped), sheet 5B (written), dwelling 98, family 98, lines 85-90, William H. Knight family; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNTM-VQD : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T625, roll 886.


8 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 139, p. 293B-294A (stamped), p. 10-11 (written), dwelling 111, family 111, lines 49-50, 1-2, J. W. Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YBV-8X6 : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658.


9 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : 9 Aug 2016), memorial no. 84683918, Virgie K. Edwards (5 Oct 1882-5 Oct 1966), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The accompanying photographs by Lionel Stegall support the birth and death dates.


10 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 80, p. 258A (stamped), sheet 2 (written), dwelling 29, family 29, line 43, Gertrude F. Knight; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-XCHQ-NMX : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M623, roll 822. Gertrude’s cemetery marker provides only a birth year. See Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : 9 Aug 2016), memorial no. 84780497, Gertrude Edwards (1885-1920), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The accompanying photographs by Lionel Stegall support the birth and death years.


11 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : 9 Aug 2016), memorial no. 84079411, James P. Knight (20 May 1888-24 May 1913), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The accompanying photographs by Lionel Stegall support the birth and death years as well as his parents.


12 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 9 Aug 2016), memorial no. 83652523, Charlie Emmett Knight (29 Aug 1892-1 Feb 1951), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The accompanying photograph by Lionel Stegall supports the birth and death dates.


13 1900 U.S. census, Monroe Co., Miss., pop. sch., p. 258A (stamped), dwell. & fam. 29, Joseph W. Knight family.


14 1900 U.S. census, Monroe Co., Miss., pop. sch., p. 258A (stamped), dwell. & fam. 29, line 41, Julia Knight.


15 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 124, p. 75A (stamped), dwelling 32, family 34, line 7, Julia A. Knight; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MPDC-VFH : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T624, roll 752.


16 Find A Grave, memorial no. 84079111, William Knight (4 Jun 1852-9 Feb 1909), Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi.


17 1910 U.S. census, Monroe Co., Miss., pop. sch., p. 75A (stamped), dwell.. 32, fam. 34, Julia A. Knight household.


18 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 9 Aug 2016), memorial no. 83652571, Flora Bell Worthy Knight (1893-1 Sep 1915), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Monroe County, Mississippi. The accompany photograph by Lionel Stegall shows her name as Florabell, but it supports the birth year and death date as transcribed as well as her status as Emmet’s wife.


19 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 9 Aug 2016), memorial no. 84079353, Julia A Knight (10 May 1851-21 May 1916), 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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