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Alabama Family Group Sheet Project Chambers County.... MCKNIGHT, John Lee
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File contributed for use in Alabama Family Group Sheet Project by:
Donna McKnight February 8, 2014, 7:23 am

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Husband:       John Lee MCKNIGHT
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Born:          6 Aug 1788         at: Laurens County, South Carolina
Married:       1812               at: Laurens County, South Carolina
Died:          26 Feb 1856        at: Chambers County, Alabama
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Mother:          
Other Spouses: 
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Wife:          Martha  SIMS
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Born:          1793               at: South Carolina
Died:          17 Aug 1856        at: Chambers County, Alabama
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Mother:          
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CHILDREN
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Child:1M Andrew M. MCKNIGHT
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Born:          1814               at: 
Married:       13 Feb 1840        at: Chambers County, Alabama
Died:          1860               at: 
Spouses:       Sarah sally ann Hudman
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Child:2F Nancy Susan MCKNIGHT
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Born:          1815               at: 
Married:       1835               at: Coweta County, Georgia
Died:          1863               at: 
Spouses:       Wright wyatt Causey
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Child:3F Mariah  MCKNIGHT
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Born:          1818               at: 
Married:       22 Aug 1843        at: Chambers County, Alabama
Died:          1855               at: 
Spouses:       William BENTLEY
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Child:4M Thomas  MCKNIGHT
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Born:          1819               at: 
Married:       20 Dec 1845        at: Chambers County, Alabama
Died:          1860               at: 
Spouses:       Jane Elizabeth CHRISTOPHER
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Child:5F Larissa  MCKNIGHT
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Born:          1820               at: 
Married:       30 Apr 1840        at: Chambers County, Alabama
Died:          1891               at: Rusk County, Texas
Spouses:       John Russell WELCH
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Child:6M Hiram Lee MCKNIGHT
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Born:          19 Jan 1821        at: 
Married:       24 Oct 1843        at: Chambers County, Alabama
Died:          23 Jan 1881        at: Polk County, Texas
Spouses:       Mary CAUSEY
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Child:7M Lewis Newton MCKNIGHT
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Born:          1825               at: 
Married:       1849               at: Henry County, Georgia
Died:          1897               at: Cass County, Texas
Spouses:       Susan L. TURNER
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Child:8M John  MCKNIGHT
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Born:          31 May 1826        at: 
Married:       1853               at: Alabama
Died:          30 Sept 1878       at: Cass County, Texas
Spouses:       Martha Lucinda SIMS
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Child:9F Martha Elizabeth MCKNIGHT
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Born:          1827               at: 
Married:       1871               at: Chambers County, Alabama
Died:          1 Nov 1906         at: Chambers County, Alabama
Spouses:       John Silas SIMS
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Child:10F Mary Jane MCKNIGHT
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Born:          1830               at: 
Married:       1871               at: Chambers County, Alabama
Died:          2 Jan 1923         at: Chambers County, Texas
Spouses:       Abner STANDFIELD
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Child:11F Elvira Minerva MCKNIGHT
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Born:          27 Nov 1831        at: 
Married:       15 Dec 1855        at: Chambers County, Alabama
Died:          16 Feb 1918        at: Cherokee County, Texas
Spouses:       Allen W. SPRAGGINS, William Columbus Monkress
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Child:12M Christopher p. Columbus MCKNIGHT
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Born:          25 Nov 1833        at: 
Married:       9 Sept 1858        at: Chambers County, Alabama
Died:          1 Jan 1904         at: Jefferson County, Oklahoma
Spouses:       Martha Matilda ALSOBROOK
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Child:13M Gilbert motier Lafayette MCKNIGHT
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Born:          1837               at: 
Married:       4 July 1858        at: Chambers County, Alabama
Died:          20 Aug 1862        at: Richmond, Virgiinia
Spouses:       Frances flora Ann Keron BIBBY
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Additional Comments:
Father of: Andrew M. McKnight, Mariah McKnight Bentley, Nancy McKnight Causey,
Hiram Lee McKnight, Thomas McKnight, Larissa McKnight Welch, Lewis Newton
McKnight, Dr. John W. McKnight, Martha Elizabeth McKnight Sims, Mary McKnight
Standfield, Elvira Minerva McKnight Spraggins Monkress, Christopher Pusilamus
Columbus McKnight, and Gilbert Motier Lafayette McKnight. Served as Worshipful
Master for the Burns Masonic Lodge, Coweta County, Georgia. Elected State
Senator from Coweta County, Georgia in October 1830. See
http://genealogytrails.com/geo/coweta/pioneers.html and the book titled "Coweta
County chronicles for one hundred years : with an account of the Indians from whom
the land was acquired, and some historical papers relating to its acquisition by
Georgia, with lineage pages" by Mary G. Jones published in 1928. On
Ancestry.com's Alabama Marriages 1809-1920 Selected Counties list, I find where
John McKnight performed marriages as a Justice of the Peace from 1836- 1855 in
Chambers County, Alabama. John and Martha McKnight are buried in an area on
county road 121, 1/4 of a mile from Ebenezer Methodist Church, near the Bosworth
community in northwest Chambers county, located in Section 4, Township 23N, Range
25 E. At one time, the land belonged to the McKnight/ Alsobrooks family. The
graves are supposedly in a remote, thickly grown area which may now be private
property. Estine Inez McKnight Fitzpatrick, great-great grand-daughter of John
McKnight and Martha Sims McKnight, is responsible for having placed the
gravestones with very informative inscriptions for John and Martha. The stones are
granite markers resting upon thick rock slabs, approximately 3 1/2 feet by 7 feet,
which in turn rest upon smaller, neatly squared rock bases. The inscription
for the grave of John McKnight's reads: JOHN MCKNIGHT, son of Andrew McKnight and
wife Elizabeth Nesbitt. Born in 1785, in Laurens Dist., South Carolina. Married
Martha Sims. About 1827, they moved to Georgia, settled near Newnan. In 1830 he
was elected State Senator from Coweta County. Settled here in Chambers County,
Alabama about 1834. Died February 26, 1856. Also the following bit of information
on Martha's stone reads: In 1835, John McKnight w/friend, built and operated grist
and sawmills on Chicasanoxee Creek, about 3 miles from here. In 1836 he
established a ferry 1/2 mile N.W. of mills, across the Tallapoosa River, to aid
travel North and West. Recent family research conducted by Charles Sims has now
shown that the information on John McKnight's gravestone regarding John McKnight's
mother is incorrect. John McKnight's mother is Elizabeth Nash, not Elizabeth
Nesbitt.


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