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Henry Johnson KNIGHT [Parents] was born on 24 Mar 1866 in Valley Of The Moon, Solano, California. He died on 26 Nov 1936 in Stanislaus County, California. He was buried in Hills Ferry Cemetery, Newman, Stanislaus, California. Henry married (MRIN:242) Anna Mary FADDEN.

Other marriages:
LAURITZEN, Edna M.

CENSUS: 1880 United States Federal Census
Name: Henry Knight
Home in 1880: Castroville, Monterey, California
Age: 15
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1865
Birthplace: California
Father's birthplace: Indiana
Mother's birthplace: Illinois
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Alpheaus Knight 43
Lovina Knight 38
Henry Knight 15
William Knight 12
Martha Knight 10
Lucy Knight 8
James Knight 6
Christina Knight 3
John Knight 8m
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Castroville, Monterey, California; Roll: 69; Family History Film: 1254069; Page: 182D; Enumeration District: 53; Image: 0364.

1900 United States Federal Census
Name: Henry Knight
Home in 1900: Township 3, Merced, California
Age: 34  
Estimated birth year: abt 1866  
Birthplace: California  
Relationship to head-of-house: Boarder  
Race: White  
Occupation:
Household Members: Name Age
Martin Lauritz 41  
Nicoline Lauritz 43  
Edna Lauritz 14  
Arthur Lauritz 12  
Mabel Lauritz 2  
Henry Knight 34  
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 3, Merced, California; Roll: T623 93; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 47.

1910 United States Federal Census 1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Henry Kinght
[Henry Knight]  
Age in 1910: 44
Estimated birth year: abt 1866
Birthplace: California
Relation to Head of House: Head  
Father's Birth Place: Indiana  
Mother's Birth Place: Illinois  
Spouse's name: Edna
Home in 1910: New Era, Merced, California
Marital Status: Married  
Race: White
Gender: Male  
Household Members: Name Age
Henry Kinght 44  
Edna Kinght 24  
Cecil Knight 7  
Hazel Knight 6  
R H Lauritsen 39  
Hans Hansen 26  
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: New Era, Merced, California; Roll: T624_89; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 108; Image: 352.

1920 United States Federal Census
Name: Henry J Knight
Home in 1920: Gustine, Merced, California
Age: 54 years  
Estimated birth year: abt 1866
Birthplace: California
Relation to Head of House: Head  
Father's Birth Place: California  
Mother's Birth Place: California  
Marital Status: Widow  
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own  
Able to read: Yes  
Able to Write: Yes  
Image: 949  
Household Members: Name Age
Henry J Knight 54  
Cecil Knight 16  
Oliver W Knight 4 9/12  
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Gustine, Merced, California; Roll: T625_121; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 159; Image: 949.

OBITUARY: (Note: The date was Dec. 3, 1936, not Nov. 3, 1936. The newspaper evidently went to press with the wrong date.)
Gustine Standard [Gustine, CA.]
Novemeber 3, 1936 (Dec. 3, 1936)
Final Rites Held For Henry Knight Former Resident
Final rites for Henry Knight, former resident of Gustine where he made his home for more than 20 years prior to moving to Modesto about four years ago, were conducted by Romero Lodge I. O. O. F. of this city at the Davis Funeral Chapel in Newman Monday afternoon. The beautiful and impressive Odd Fellow ritualistic burial service was recited by Thos. Stamper and Fulton Bambauer, members of Romero Lodge. Interment was at Newman I. O. O. F. cemetery. Mr. Knight passed away at his home on the Tully Road near Modesto last Friday morning, following a long illness which had kept him bedfast for the past year or more. Surviving are his wife Anna, and two sons, Cecil Knight of Modesto and Wendell Knight of Riverbank. Mr. Knight was a native of Sonoma county, California, aged 70 years at the time of death. He came to the San Joaquin Valley when but a small child and to Gustine in 1908, being one of the earliest pioneer residents of this city. While residing here, he took an active interst in all civic affairs, and those who knew him honesty and sincerity in whatever he undertook. He was affiliated with A. D. Davenport and E. Kingsley in the discovery and development of the now weel-known Bald Eagle Magnesite mine located about 15 miles west of Gustine in the Quinto creek canyon, and it was throught the sale of this property to California Chemical company that he was permitted to enjoy a few brief years of rest as old age came on. Four years ago he moved with his family to Modesto, and it was there that death came to claim him. Many folks throughout this district will regret the passing of one of the city's beloved old-time residents. May he rest in peace.
Transcribed by Alma Stone

BIOGRAPHY: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNNQ-GFF Name: Henry Knight Event: Voter Registration Event Date: 12 Jun 1888 Registration Date Year Range: Event Place: Los Banos, Merced, California, United States Age: 22 Estimated Birth Year: 1866 Birthplace: California Page: 14 Film Number: 976937 Digital Folder Number: 005028159 Image Number: 00101 Collection: California, Great Registers, 1866-1910

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNNQ-CK2 Name: Henry Knight Event: Voter Registration Event Date: 23 Sep 1892 Registration Date Year Range: Event Place: Volta, Merced, California, United States Age: 26 Estimated Birth Year: 1866 Birthplace: California Page: 15 Film Number: 976937 Digital Folder Number: 005028159 Image Number: 00194 Collection: California, Great Registers, 1866-1910

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNNQ-XKZ Name: Henry Knight Event: Voter Registration Event Date: 10 Aug 1896 Registration Date Year Range: Event Place: Volta, Merced, California, United States Age: 30 Estimated Birth Year: 1866 Birthplace: California Page: Film Number: 976937 Digital Folder Number: 005028159 Image Number: 00278 Collection: California, Great Registers, 1866-1910

Anna Mary FADDEN was born on 30 Jul 1876 in Indiana. She died on 12 Oct 1957 in Gustine, Merced, California. She was buried in Hills Ferry Cemetery, Newman, Stanislaus, California. Anna married (MRIN:242) Henry Johnson KNIGHT.

OBITUARY: Gustine Standard [Gustine, CA.]
Thursday, Oct. 17, 1957
ANNA FADDEN KNIGHT
GUSTINE PIONEER PASSES
AWAY AT 81
Funeral services were held yesterday for Anna FADDEN KNIGHT, pioneer and widow of the late Henry KNIGHT of Gustine, who died Saturday while on a visit to Hanford. She was 81 years old, a native of Indiana, but had lived 50 years in Gustine. For the last eleven years of her life Mrs. Knight lived with her daughter, Mrs. Bernice Aguiar of Gustine. The funeral services were conducted in the Davis-Hansen Chapel here, with the Rev. C. P. Barkman of the Community Presbyterian Chuech officiating and with burial in the Hills Ferry Cemetery. Survivors include one son, George FADDEN of San Diego, and two stepsons, Wendell KNIGHT of Newman and Cecil KNIGHT of Hanford; five daughters, Bernice Aguiar of Gustine, Sadie Richardson of Modesto, Flossie Lawrence of Tulare, Melba KNIGHT of Hanford, and Anita Constan of San Francisco; a brother, George Groth of Florida; two sisters, Lou Bellam of Long Beach and Amelia Brown of Illinois. She also leaves 25 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. On July 30 the family held a party in Hagaman Park to celebrate Mrs. Knight's 81st birthday.
Transcribed by Alma Stone


William Riley KNIGHT [Parents] was born on 6 May 1868 in Wild Horse Hill, Solano, California. He died on 5 Jan 1945 in Tipton, Tulare, California from Carcinoma of the blader area (prostrate cancer). He was buried in Los Banos Cemetery, Los Banos, Merced, California. William married (MRIN:243) Susan R. FOWLER "Sylvia".

Other marriages:
MARRISON, Susan

BIOGRAPHY: To: williamknight57@yahoo.com
lwmiller99@juno.com
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2005 06:50:53 -0700
Subject: Re: FAMILY TREE
From: "larry w miller"
    
Bill
William C. Knight did have a son b. 1838 also But the one 06 May 1868 in Wild Horse Hill Solano Co. Ca. and d. 05 Jan 1945 in Tipton Tulary Co. Ca. was Alpheus son amd my mom's uncle. She said amongst many things he was a trick shooter and could handle any gun with great skill. She said that one time she seen him shoot a Indian head in her dad's fence. Rumor has it he and his wife rode in wild Bill's circus, she was a trick rider and he was a shooter.
                                  
larry

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNNQ-WXH Name: Johnson Knight Event: Voter Registration Event Date: 04 Sep 1878 Registration Date Year Range: Event Place: Cottonwood, Merced, California, United States Age: 51 Estimated Birth Year: 1827 Birthplace: Indiana Page: 11 Film Number: 976937 Digital Folder Number: 005028159 Image Number: 00085 Collection: California, Great Registers, 1866-1910

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNN7-DDP Name: William Riley Knight Event: Voter Registration Event Date: 15 Aug 1890 Registration Date Year Range: Event Place: Volta, Merced, California, United States Age: 22 Estimated Birth Year: 1868 Birthplace: California Page: Film Number: 976937 Digital Folder Number: 005028159 Image Number: 00170 Collection: California, Great Registers, 1866-1910

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNNQ-VVK Name: William Riley Knight Event: Voter Registration Event Date: 23 Sep 1892 Registration Date Year Range: Event Place: Volta, Merced, California, United States Age: 24 Estimated Birth Year: 1868 Birthplace: California Page: Film Number: 976937 Digital Folder Number: 005028159 Image Number: 00222 Collection: California, Great Registers, 1866-1910
 
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNNQ-XPV Name: William Riley Knight Event: Voter Registration Event Date: 10 Aug 1896 Registration Date Year Range: Event Place: Volta, Merced, California, United States Age: 28 Estimated Birth Year: 1868 Birthplace: California Page: Film Number: 976937 Digital Folder Number: 005028159 Image Number: 00279 Collection: California, Great Registers, 1866-1910

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNNQ-2ZJ Name: William Riley Knight Event: Voter Registration Event Date: 10 Aug 1898 Registration Date Year Range: Event Place: Los Banos, Merced, California, United States Age: 30 Estimated Birth Year: 1868 Birthplace: California Page: 59 Film Number: 976937 Digital Folder Number: 005028159 Image Number: 00326 Collection: California, Great Registers, 1866-1910

ENTERPRISE, Los Banos, Cal.
Thursday, October 1, 1970
Section A-7
Transcribed by William Custer Knight

A Market Hunter Who Went Places
By
Ralph L. Milliken, Curator,
The Milliken Museum,
Los Banos, California.
Bill Knight was an outstanding man in the Los Banos of pioneer days. Although he made his living as a struggling market hunter he was always ready to tackle anything new that promised adventure. In his older days he boasted that had it not been for himself and like him the automobile when it first came on the market would never have gotten off the ground so quickly. "It would have been years before the American public would have accepted it," he maintained. Most people, when automobiles first came on sale, were afraid of them. "You'll never get me to ride in one of them things" was the common expression. A few people even held them in contempt. Henry Miller, the Cattle King, called the automobile the "Devil's Invention," and predicted the it would never amount to anything while there were so many good horses in California. But with Bill Knight things were different. As soon as he saw his first automobile he determined that he was going to own one. When Bill was just a boy he was already making his own living running a string of traps on the Kings River about fifteen miles south of Fresno. He was trapping for beaver, coons and otter, although these pelts were not worth much then. Beavers brought three or four dollars each. Coonskins were two bits apiece. Otters brought from a dollar and a half to six dollars. It was down around Centerville that he was trapping. The river bottom was still in its wild state and was full of blackberry vines and Indians. Bill used to go at night and peer over the cliff to watch the Indians in their camp. Under the bluff he could see forty or fifty campfires burning and the squaws cooking. The main roasting was done on the larger fires but each squaw had her own little fire of a few sticks burning in the darkness, there were at least a couple of hundred Indians in the camp. Many had come recently from the mountains to fish and pick blackberries. A dozen or more were employed shearing sheep for a man named Straud. Some few of the Indians picked berries and packed them on foot to Fresno fifteen miles away where they sold them. In order to make a little spare money for himself Bill worked for a short time for this sheep man, John Straud. This man lived in a brick house that had been built in the early days. It had iron doors and windows for protection. It was a very old house. Just under the bluff below Straud's house was the Indian camp. Bill's job was to run sheep into a corral and from there into the shearing pens. As the sheep went out of the jump after being shorn Bill would mark them with a dab of coal tar. But Bill didn't have much to do. The Indians got five cents apiece for each sheep they sheared. Although they were good sheep Shearer's they never made much money. The bucks would shear only about five sheep a day. This would give them all the money they wanted for the time being. The squaws would do better. They would shear twelve or fifteen. About every other night Mr. Staud would have Bill drive out a few sheep for the Indians to feed on. They would eat every bit of the sheep but the pelt and the bones. "Don't you ever think," Bill used to say, "that Indians went hungry. They were well fed and all were fat." Bill matured into a tall, muscular young man who didn't need a gun to hold his own in any crowd. He always aimed to be where his services and skills were most in demand. When market hunting at Los Banos in summertime was at a low ebb he would go over to the Salinas Valley and work on harvesting outfits for a few months. Here he learned to run the steam engines that powered the grain separators of the era. With the return of the geese and ducks in the fall from the north and market hunting was again profitable he was back again on the San Joaquin River. One return trip he tried out a brilliant idea of his. He thought that by walking home he could both save money and be making money. He set out boldly towards the mountains. He expected to reach Old Los Banos by nightfall.
Bill came by way of Los Muertos. Towards noon he came in sight of a cabin that he knew by reason of its neat appearance and well-swept yard must be the home of a Spanish family. Bill stopped to ask for a drink of water. He found that an old Mexican was living there all alone. The old man just killed a goat. When the man found that Bill had been a good friend of his father nothing would do but Bill must stay and have dinner with him. Bill soon discovered from the plentiful supply of venison on hand that this Mexican was quite a hunter himself. For a couple of hours the two hunters feasted and visited, toasting their fathers and their grandfathers - far too long a time if Bill was to reach Old Los Banos before dark. Bill finally trudged on with his bag of sandwiches intact. At dark he was becoming desperate. He was thirsty. His feet were sore. He was hungry. Unexpectedly, long after sundown, he came to a sheepherder's cabin tucked away in the hills. He knew that in the middle of the summer the cabin would be vacant. Bill hollered. There was no answer. But he knew there would be a spring of water near the cabin. Else the cabin would never have been built here. The cabin door consisted of three boards and was nailed shut. But that didn't worry Bill. With one kick of his heavy boot he knock the middle board in. Going inside the only thing he could find was a woolsack stuffed with straw on a bunk built along side of the wall. Bill went outside and started looking for water. A long unused path led to a nice little spring. He drank copiously. He pulled off his boots and cooled his burning feet. He broke open his bag of sandwiches. Going back in the cabin he sprawled himself out comfortable on the woolsack. Everything in the darkness was dead silent; suddenly he felt a snake begin to wriggle in the straw beneath him. Bill sat bolt upright, he jumped up and with his boot began pounding the woolsack unmercifully, he would alternately beat the woolsack and then lay down to try and get some sleep. Sometime during the night a rat or a mouse sampled Bill's big toe! Sleep never came to Bill all night long. At daylight, after the longest night he had ever spent, he was up and out and on his way to Old Los Banos. He had sadly come to the conclusion that sometimes saving comes at too great a price. His battle with the snake was the only battle Bill ever lost. Bill Knight was also known a Buffalo Bill. He and Bill Cody were dead ringers of each other. For several seasons Bill was the stand-in for Cody whenever Buffalo Bill didn't care to lead his circus parade in person. Bill toured Europe and all over America. One of the spectacular stunts of the Wild West Shows circus parade was the shooting of glass balls tossed up at intervals along the march. These balls would be shot into a thousand pieces by the leader of the parade with unerring certainty. Spectators watching the parade would go home and tell their friends what a dead shot Buffalo Bill was. "He never missed a shot!" The secret told around Los Banos was that both of the trigger happy Bills used bird shot in their rifles. To miss was an impossibility. When Bill Knight brought home a circus rider as his wife and returned to market hunting "Horseless carriages" were just beginning to appear occasionally on the wagon roads of California. Bill happened to be in town when one of these came pioneering through Los Banos. Bill immediately pictured himself a perch one of these power buggies. He took the train for San Francisco. He soon discovered there were only four or five automobiles owned in the city and that there were no agencies where he could buy one. But the Pioneer Automobile Company was taking orders for cars to be shipped out from the East. Bill planked down Seven Hundred Dollars. His order was number Twenty-Two, when the carload came his car would be unloaded for him in Fresno. Some weeks later Bill was right on hand in Fresno when his car arrived. It was the twenty-second Oldsmobile in California. It was more like a buggy than a modern automobile. Although it had a dashboard, it had no windshield, nor was there a steering wheel, instead there was a tiller that lay across the lap of the driver. To get into the drivers seat this iron bar had to be raise. The wheels had wooden spokes and rubber tires. The outside tires were simply canvas, covered over with a little rubber. The inside tubes were rubber. The car had a chain drive. The engine was high up back of the driver's seat. It was one cylinder and was four and a half horsepower. The crankcase was on the right hand side of the car. The gasoline tank held four gallons of gasoline. There was a water tank beside the engine and a couple of coils down under the driver's feet. The water in the tank at the engine would circulate from the engine down through the coils and then back up to the tank. There was no generator or magneto and the car used dry cell batteries. But the car made thirty miles on a gallon of gas. Because Bill knew how to run a steam engine he had no difficulty in coaxing his new found toy to behave properly the seventy miles from Fresno to Los Banos. Bill had bought the automobile thinking to use it in hunting ducks. But soon he was running "Firsts" in every direction. He was the first to hunt quail with an automobile. He was the first to reach Mercy Springs in an automobile. He was the first from Los Banos to visit the Pinnacles south of Hollister. Soon Bill became really venturesome, he decided on a trip to Los Angeles! It took Bill only three or four days to reach Los Angeles. He went by way of Fresno. The first night he stayed at a Mexican ranch down near Bakersfield. The only person in sight when he drove up was a little Spanish boy. He was completely carried away watching this strange buggy. Bill asked him if he thought his folks would let him stay over night. "I dunno." The boy's sole interest was in looking at Bill's automobile. Presently the boy's mother came to the door. "Yes" he could put his buggy in the barn and stay all night. When an older brother returned home after dark nothing would do but the little brother should light the lantern and take his brother out to the barn and show the surprise the little brother had for him, - a buggy with no horse to pull it. The next morning when Bill was ready to leave. "No, Senor. Our home is your home". From Bakersfield on towards the mountains to the south the road was terrible. Freight wagons had worn ruts so deep that the axles of the wagons in many places dragged on the ground. Bill had to drive for miles astride these ruts. If he had ever gotten his wheels into one of these ditches he would never have been able to get it out alone. He went by way of Gorham Station and then by Elizabeth Lake, continuing on to Newhall Pass. Bill was coming down a grade and noticed ahead of him a man driving out of a ranch onto the road. Bill supposed of course that the man would stop until he got down the grade. Instead the man kept right on coming. They met on the grade. Bill pulled to one side hoping the man would be able to pass. Instead his horse tried to turn around in the shafts and refused to come anywhere near Bill's "buggy". The Irishman was furious. He called Bill every name his Irish tongue could muster. Getting out of his buggy he went around back to the boot and took out a long blacksmith's hammer. Bill quickly sensed that the fellow was intending to smash the automobile to pieces. Like all good market hunters Bill always carried his "gat" where he could hold of it handy. His revolver was lying on the automobile seat right beside him. He picked it up and drew a dead bead on the Irishman's head. "Don't try anything like that!" ordered Bill. The battle was over before it began. Bill edged his automobile around the stranded buggy and coasted along down the grade. Never in his life did so many people in so many languages curse Bill as when he plowed boldly down the main street of Los Angeles. Pandemonium had broken loose. The thoroughfare was filled with horses - carriages - dray teams - horse drawn streetcars. Every horse tried to climb a telephone pole. Every driver was hollering "Whoa" and at the same time cursing Bill at the top of their voice. "Get that contraption out of town!" Bill was afraid to stop. He kept right on going, he arrived at the other side of Los Angeles. He saw a livery barn, driving up he asked the proprietor if he could park his automobile for a few days in his livery barn. The astonished man, seeing the determined look on Bill's face, meekly answered, "Yes." A few days later when Bill was ready to start back to Los Banos he knew enough to come around the side of Los Angeles. He got up early in the morning to miss as many horses as possible. He came by way of what is now Hollywood. There was no Hollywood there then. A Soldiers Home stood on a high bluff. Bill wanted to come home by way of the coast. He overtook a Mexican traveling on foot. Bill savvied better than to ask him how to get to San Francisco. That would be much to ask of a man traveling on foot. He asked the man how to get to Santa Barbara. "You follow this road until you come to Pico's Ranch. Then you ask them the road to Castro's hacienda. Then you go on for quite a bit until you come to the Calabazas Ranch. From there keep asking until you come to Santa Barbara." In going down a grade on the Canejo Pass on his way to Santa Barbara the car got to running faster and faster. The ocean was on Bill's left about fifty feet down. At a turn in the road a short distance ahead he could see that he was going to go over the cliff. There was a big, tall tree on his right. He headed the car right up the trunk. Bill landed on his feet. In taking stock Bill found that the radiator leaked a little, the front axle was bent a trifle. But his leather brakes were worn nearly to ribbons. In Santa Barbara a garage was unheard of and machine shops were non-existent. Inquiring around Bill found that an old man was fitting up his boy with a future repair shop. The father evidently could foresee that automobiles were going to be the coming thing and sensed that machine shops would be needed to keep them running. Bill located the young man's shop. Evidently some machine company had rigged up the place for the boy. All the machines, lathes and welding tools were new and first class. The young man told Bill that he didn't know yet how to run the machinery. Bill explained that would make no difference, that he could make the repairs of on the car if he could use the machinery. Bill stayed two or three days turning out brake drums and new brakes for his car. The boy was so delighted with what Bill taught him about machinery that he would take nothing for the use of his shop. Bill was almost home; he was within five mile of San Jaun Batista. There was a little bridge over an inviting stream. Bill decided to get some water for his leaking radiator. When Bill cranked up the engine again and climbed back in the seat the car stood stock-still. Bill realized that his journey was ended. He knew that the crankshaft was broken. Bill walked to San Juan Bautista where he hired a drayman to come with a couple of planks and haul the automobile into town. Together they ran the helpless machine up on the planks onto the back end of the dray and hauled it to a blacksmith's shop in San Juan. An old French locksmith had running the shop for years. The Frenchman was flabbergasted, to think that he was qualified to work on an automobile! For him to repair such complicated machinery. "Impossible!" Bill assured the old man that if he would let him have the use of his "fire" and some of his tools he believed that he could fix the crankshaft himself. The old man looked on in amazement as Bill worked. Bill drilled three holes through the broken crankshaft. The he looked around the shop for some steel teeth from and old hay rake. He cut off three pieces of about four inches, straightened them and filed them to fit the holes he had bored. The chalked the broken shaft and lined up the two parts as true as he possibly could. He drilled three holes in the broken part. With a sledgehammer he pounded the two parts together. "Well, I take my hat off to you," declared the old blacksmith.
Bill was three weeks on his trip to Los Angeles. In all that time he saw nary an automobile on the road. Whenever Bill would stop in a town even just to get a drink of water, the crowd that would gather would be so dense that he could hardly get back to his machine. Bill came home by way of Pacheco Pass. It was then but a wagon road. When he got to Los Banos his car was running better than ever. He had already ordered new parts in San Francisco. They arrived from the east weeks later. "Do you know," chuckled Bill Gleefully "I never did put in those new parts!"? Anybody could fix one….. People got up their courage and soon everybody was riding in Automobiles.

CENSUS: 1880 United States Federal Census
Name: William Knight
Home in 1880: Castroville, Monterey, California
Age: 12
Estimated birth year: abt 1868
Birthplace: California
Relation to head-of-household: Something other than a direct relationship (Other)
Father's birthplace: Indiana
Mother's birthplace: Illinois
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Alpheaus Knight 43  
Lovina Knight 38  
Henry Knight 15  
William Knight 12  
Martha Knight 10  
Lucy Knight 8  
James Knight 6  
Christina Knight 3  
John Knight 8M  
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Castroville, Monterey, California; Roll: T9_69; Family History Film: 1254069; Page: 182.4000; Enumeration District: 53; Image: 0364.

1900 United States Federal Census
Name: William Knight
Home in 1900: Township 3, Merced, California
Age: 32  
Estimated birth year: abt 1868  
Birthplace: California  
Relationship to head-of-house: Head  
Race: White  
Occupation:Machinist
Household Members: Name Age
William Knight 32  
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 3, Merced, California; Roll: T623 93; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 47.

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: William Knight
Age in 1910: 41
Estimated birth year: abt 1869
Birthplace: California
Relation to Head of House: Head  
Father's Birth Place: Indiana  
Mother's Birth Place: Montana  
Spouse's name: Sylvia
Home in 1910: Township 3, Merced, California
Marital Status: Married  
Race: White
Gender: Male  
Household Members: Name Age
William Knight 41  
Sylvia Knight 25  
Riley Knight 1 6/12  
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Township 3, Merced, California; Roll: T624_89; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 103; Image: 167.

1920 United States Federal Census
Name: William Knight
Home in 1920: Los Banos, Merced, California
Age: 42 years (52 years)
Estimated birth year: abt 1878 (1868)
Birthplace: California
Relation to Head of House: Head  
Father's Birth Place: Indiana  
Mother's Birth Place: Missouri  
Marital Status: Divorced  
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own  
Able to read: Yes  
Able to Write: Yes  
Image: 762  
Household Members: Name Age
William Knight 42  
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Los Banos, Merced, California; Roll: T625_121; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 153; Image: 762.

1930 United States Federal Census
Name: William R Knight
Home in 1930: Township 3, Merced, California
Age: 62
Estimated birth year: abt 1868  
Birthplace: California  
Relation to Head of House: Head  
Race: White
Occupation:
Household Members: Name Age
William R Knight 62  
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Township 3, Merced, California; Roll: 178; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 13; Image: 364.0.

OBITUARY: Tulare Daily Times and Advance Register
Saturday  January 6, 1945
Page 2
WILLIAM R. KNIGHT DIES FRIDAY, TIPTON
William R. Knight, 76, a native of Wild Horse Hill, Solano County, died at his home in the Tipton district, Friday after an  illness. He had lived in the Tipton vicinity about six months Surviving relatives include his wife Susie Knight. Funeral arrangements are in charge of the Goble chapel Tulare, with burial to be in Newman, his former home.

William Knight Dies At Tipton
William Riley Knight, 78 year old pioneer resident of Los Banos, died last Friday at the home of his sister, Mrs. John Wesling, at Tipton, Solana county. Born at Tres Pinos, he came to this community with his parents when six years old and resided here, almost continuously until last July when he suffered a slight paralytic stroke at this ranch home four miles west of town, and was taken to the home of his nephew, Cecil Knight, at Newman, where he remained for a month before going to join his sister at Tipton. Funeral services were conducted at the Los Banos Methodist church Wednesday after noon at two o’clock, with Rev. Charles P. Martin officiating. Burial was made in the Los Banos cemetery. Mr. Knight is survived by his sister, Mrs. Wesling; another sister, Mrs. Martha Petee, of Oroville; and a brother, John Knight. The story of Mr. Knight’s life in this community is a long record of firsts. In his early youth he and his father hunted antelope over most of this valley, and he was one of the first market hunters, using a 27-lb., No. 4 gauge shotgun imported from England. He has stated that he shipped the first sack of game from the Los Banos depot, which was consigned to A. P. Giannini, now president of the Bank of America. Soon after the town of Los Banos was founded he opened a gun shop here, which immediately prospered, and later the shop was expanded to include a bicycle shop. He was an expert gunsmith, and not only repaired the expensive English guns used by the market hunters, but also manufactured guns of his own make, of which there are still several specimens in state museums. Mr. Knight and his father built the first house to be constructed in Los Banos, a small cottage which is still standing in the 600 block on J street. The houses which then comprised the new settlement of Los Banos had been moved in from the plains. He also brought into this community and operated the first combine harvester, in the year 1893. Before then, stationary threshing machines were used to harvest the grain. Mr. Knight also owned the first automobile in Los Banos, a one cylinder Oldsmobile. He later sold this machine to Mace Roberts and purchased a newer model Oldsmobile. In 1904 he made a trip in this second car to Los Angels. The trip south required almost three weeks, due to numerous breakdowns. In Los Angeles, the car so frightened the dray teams that he was forced to leave it in a livery stable during most of his stay there.

MEDIA: D0212 - William Riley Knight in his Buffalo Bill getup - the story goes he filled in for Buffalo Bill sometimes
D0215 - William Riley Knight playing his fiddle
D0251 - William Riley & Susan Marrison Knight (he is on front wagon, she is on the back wagon) the other man is unknown.)
D0254 - William Riley Knight doing a little hunting (was a professional hunter in the central California area)
D0255 - William Riley Knight holding unkown child
D1267 - William Riley Knight - Larry W. Miller  lwmiller2@verison.net
D1268 - William Riley Knight - Larry W. Miller  lwmiller2@verison.net

DEATH: California Death Index, 1940-1997
Name: William Riley Knight
Social Security #: 0
Sex: Male
Birth Date: 6 May 1868
Birthplace: Other Country
Death Date: 5 Jan 1945
Death Place: Tulare
Mother's Maiden Name: Smith
Father's Surname: Knight
Source Citation: Place: Tulare; Date: 5 Jan 1945; Social Security: 0.
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. California Death Index, 1940-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.

Susan R. "Sylvia" FOWLER was born in 1885 in California. Sylvia married (MRIN:243) William Riley KNIGHT.


William Riley KNIGHT [Parents] was born on 6 May 1868 in Wild Horse Hill, Solano, California. He died on 5 Jan 1945 in Tipton, Tulare, California from Carcinoma of the blader area (prostrate cancer). He was buried in Los Banos Cemetery, Los Banos, Merced, California. William married (MRIN:244) Susan MARRISON on 23 Jun 1900.

Other marriages:
FOWLER, Susan R.

BIOGRAPHY: To: williamknight57@yahoo.com
lwmiller99@juno.com
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2005 06:50:53 -0700
Subject: Re: FAMILY TREE
From: "larry w miller"
    
Bill
William C. Knight did have a son b. 1838 also But the one 06 May 1868 in Wild Horse Hill Solano Co. Ca. and d. 05 Jan 1945 in Tipton Tulary Co. Ca. was Alpheus son amd my mom's uncle. She said amongst many things he was a trick shooter and could handle any gun with great skill. She said that one time she seen him shoot a Indian head in her dad's fence. Rumor has it he and his wife rode in wild Bill's circus, she was a trick rider and he was a shooter.
                                  
larry

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNNQ-WXH Name: Johnson Knight Event: Voter Registration Event Date: 04 Sep 1878 Registration Date Year Range: Event Place: Cottonwood, Merced, California, United States Age: 51 Estimated Birth Year: 1827 Birthplace: Indiana Page: 11 Film Number: 976937 Digital Folder Number: 005028159 Image Number: 00085 Collection: California, Great Registers, 1866-1910

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNN7-DDP Name: William Riley Knight Event: Voter Registration Event Date: 15 Aug 1890 Registration Date Year Range: Event Place: Volta, Merced, California, United States Age: 22 Estimated Birth Year: 1868 Birthplace: California Page: Film Number: 976937 Digital Folder Number: 005028159 Image Number: 00170 Collection: California, Great Registers, 1866-1910

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNNQ-VVK Name: William Riley Knight Event: Voter Registration Event Date: 23 Sep 1892 Registration Date Year Range: Event Place: Volta, Merced, California, United States Age: 24 Estimated Birth Year: 1868 Birthplace: California Page: Film Number: 976937 Digital Folder Number: 005028159 Image Number: 00222 Collection: California, Great Registers, 1866-1910
 
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNNQ-XPV Name: William Riley Knight Event: Voter Registration Event Date: 10 Aug 1896 Registration Date Year Range: Event Place: Volta, Merced, California, United States Age: 28 Estimated Birth Year: 1868 Birthplace: California Page: Film Number: 976937 Digital Folder Number: 005028159 Image Number: 00279 Collection: California, Great Registers, 1866-1910

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNNQ-2ZJ Name: William Riley Knight Event: Voter Registration Event Date: 10 Aug 1898 Registration Date Year Range: Event Place: Los Banos, Merced, California, United States Age: 30 Estimated Birth Year: 1868 Birthplace: California Page: 59 Film Number: 976937 Digital Folder Number: 005028159 Image Number: 00326 Collection: California, Great Registers, 1866-1910

ENTERPRISE, Los Banos, Cal.
Thursday, October 1, 1970
Section A-7
Transcribed by William Custer Knight

A Market Hunter Who Went Places
By
Ralph L. Milliken, Curator,
The Milliken Museum,
Los Banos, California.
Bill Knight was an outstanding man in the Los Banos of pioneer days. Although he made his living as a struggling market hunter he was always ready to tackle anything new that promised adventure. In his older days he boasted that had it not been for himself and like him the automobile when it first came on the market would never have gotten off the ground so quickly. "It would have been years before the American public would have accepted it," he maintained. Most people, when automobiles first came on sale, were afraid of them. "You'll never get me to ride in one of them things" was the common expression. A few people even held them in contempt. Henry Miller, the Cattle King, called the automobile the "Devil's Invention," and predicted the it would never amount to anything while there were so many good horses in California. But with Bill Knight things were different. As soon as he saw his first automobile he determined that he was going to own one. When Bill was just a boy he was already making his own living running a string of traps on the Kings River about fifteen miles south of Fresno. He was trapping for beaver, coons and otter, although these pelts were not worth much then. Beavers brought three or four dollars each. Coonskins were two bits apiece. Otters brought from a dollar and a half to six dollars. It was down around Centerville that he was trapping. The river bottom was still in its wild state and was full of blackberry vines and Indians. Bill used to go at night and peer over the cliff to watch the Indians in their camp. Under the bluff he could see forty or fifty campfires burning and the squaws cooking. The main roasting was done on the larger fires but each squaw had her own little fire of a few sticks burning in the darkness, there were at least a couple of hundred Indians in the camp. Many had come recently from the mountains to fish and pick blackberries. A dozen or more were employed shearing sheep for a man named Straud. Some few of the Indians picked berries and packed them on foot to Fresno fifteen miles away where they sold them. In order to make a little spare money for himself Bill worked for a short time for this sheep man, John Straud. This man lived in a brick house that had been built in the early days. It had iron doors and windows for protection. It was a very old house. Just under the bluff below Straud's house was the Indian camp. Bill's job was to run sheep into a corral and from there into the shearing pens. As the sheep went out of the jump after being shorn Bill would mark them with a dab of coal tar. But Bill didn't have much to do. The Indians got five cents apiece for each sheep they sheared. Although they were good sheep Shearer's they never made much money. The bucks would shear only about five sheep a day. This would give them all the money they wanted for the time being. The squaws would do better. They would shear twelve or fifteen. About every other night Mr. Staud would have Bill drive out a few sheep for the Indians to feed on. They would eat every bit of the sheep but the pelt and the bones. "Don't you ever think," Bill used to say, "that Indians went hungry. They were well fed and all were fat." Bill matured into a tall, muscular young man who didn't need a gun to hold his own in any crowd. He always aimed to be where his services and skills were most in demand. When market hunting at Los Banos in summertime was at a low ebb he would go over to the Salinas Valley and work on harvesting outfits for a few months. Here he learned to run the steam engines that powered the grain separators of the era. With the return of the geese and ducks in the fall from the north and market hunting was again profitable he was back again on the San Joaquin River. One return trip he tried out a brilliant idea of his. He thought that by walking home he could both save money and be making money. He set out boldly towards the mountains. He expected to reach Old Los Banos by nightfall.
Bill came by way of Los Muertos. Towards noon he came in sight of a cabin that he knew by reason of its neat appearance and well-swept yard must be the home of a Spanish family. Bill stopped to ask for a drink of water. He found that an old Mexican was living there all alone. The old man just killed a goat. When the man found that Bill had been a good friend of his father nothing would do but Bill must stay and have dinner with him. Bill soon discovered from the plentiful supply of venison on hand that this Mexican was quite a hunter himself. For a couple of hours the two hunters feasted and visited, toasting their fathers and their grandfathers - far too long a time if Bill was to reach Old Los Banos before dark. Bill finally trudged on with his bag of sandwiches intact. At dark he was becoming desperate. He was thirsty. His feet were sore. He was hungry. Unexpectedly, long after sundown, he came to a sheepherder's cabin tucked away in the hills. He knew that in the middle of the summer the cabin would be vacant. Bill hollered. There was no answer. But he knew there would be a spring of water near the cabin. Else the cabin would never have been built here. The cabin door consisted of three boards and was nailed shut. But that didn't worry Bill. With one kick of his heavy boot he knock the middle board in. Going inside the only thing he could find was a woolsack stuffed with straw on a bunk built along side of the wall. Bill went outside and started looking for water. A long unused path led to a nice little spring. He drank copiously. He pulled off his boots and cooled his burning feet. He broke open his bag of sandwiches. Going back in the cabin he sprawled himself out comfortable on the woolsack. Everything in the darkness was dead silent; suddenly he felt a snake begin to wriggle in the straw beneath him. Bill sat bolt upright, he jumped up and with his boot began pounding the woolsack unmercifully, he would alternately beat the woolsack and then lay down to try and get some sleep. Sometime during the night a rat or a mouse sampled Bill's big toe! Sleep never came to Bill all night long. At daylight, after the longest night he had ever spent, he was up and out and on his way to Old Los Banos. He had sadly come to the conclusion that sometimes saving comes at too great a price. His battle with the snake was the only battle Bill ever lost. Bill Knight was also known a Buffalo Bill. He and Bill Cody were dead ringers of each other. For several seasons Bill was the stand-in for Cody whenever Buffalo Bill didn't care to lead his circus parade in person. Bill toured Europe and all over America. One of the spectacular stunts of the Wild West Shows circus parade was the shooting of glass balls tossed up at intervals along the march. These balls would be shot into a thousand pieces by the leader of the parade with unerring certainty. Spectators watching the parade would go home and tell their friends what a dead shot Buffalo Bill was. "He never missed a shot!" The secret told around Los Banos was that both of the trigger happy Bills used bird shot in their rifles. To miss was an impossibility. When Bill Knight brought home a circus rider as his wife and returned to market hunting "Horseless carriages" were just beginning to appear occasionally on the wagon roads of California. Bill happened to be in town when one of these came pioneering through Los Banos. Bill immediately pictured himself a perch one of these power buggies. He took the train for San Francisco. He soon discovered there were only four or five automobiles owned in the city and that there were no agencies where he could buy one. But the Pioneer Automobile Company was taking orders for cars to be shipped out from the East. Bill planked down Seven Hundred Dollars. His order was number Twenty-Two, when the carload came his car would be unloaded for him in Fresno. Some weeks later Bill was right on hand in Fresno when his car arrived. It was the twenty-second Oldsmobile in California. It was more like a buggy than a modern automobile. Although it had a dashboard, it had no windshield, nor was there a steering wheel, instead there was a tiller that lay across the lap of the driver. To get into the drivers seat this iron bar had to be raise. The wheels had wooden spokes and rubber tires. The outside tires were simply canvas, covered over with a little rubber. The inside tubes were rubber. The car had a chain drive. The engine was high up back of the driver's seat. It was one cylinder and was four and a half horsepower. The crankcase was on the right hand side of the car. The gasoline tank held four gallons of gasoline. There was a water tank beside the engine and a couple of coils down under the driver's feet. The water in the tank at the engine would circulate from the engine down through the coils and then back up to the tank. There was no generator or magneto and the car used dry cell batteries. But the car made thirty miles on a gallon of gas. Because Bill knew how to run a steam engine he had no difficulty in coaxing his new found toy to behave properly the seventy miles from Fresno to Los Banos. Bill had bought the automobile thinking to use it in hunting ducks. But soon he was running "Firsts" in every direction. He was the first to hunt quail with an automobile. He was the first to reach Mercy Springs in an automobile. He was the first from Los Banos to visit the Pinnacles south of Hollister. Soon Bill became really venturesome, he decided on a trip to Los Angeles! It took Bill only three or four days to reach Los Angeles. He went by way of Fresno. The first night he stayed at a Mexican ranch down near Bakersfield. The only person in sight when he drove up was a little Spanish boy. He was completely carried away watching this strange buggy. Bill asked him if he thought his folks would let him stay over night. "I dunno." The boy's sole interest was in looking at Bill's automobile. Presently the boy's mother came to the door. "Yes" he could put his buggy in the barn and stay all night. When an older brother returned home after dark nothing would do but the little brother should light the lantern and take his brother out to the barn and show the surprise the little brother had for him, - a buggy with no horse to pull it. The next morning when Bill was ready to leave. "No, Senor. Our home is your home". From Bakersfield on towards the mountains to the south the road was terrible. Freight wagons had worn ruts so deep that the axles of the wagons in many places dragged on the ground. Bill had to drive for miles astride these ruts. If he had ever gotten his wheels into one of these ditches he would never have been able to get it out alone. He went by way of Gorham Station and then by Elizabeth Lake, continuing on to Newhall Pass. Bill was coming down a grade and noticed ahead of him a man driving out of a ranch onto the road. Bill supposed of course that the man would stop until he got down the grade. Instead the man kept right on coming. They met on the grade. Bill pulled to one side hoping the man would be able to pass. Instead his horse tried to turn around in the shafts and refused to come anywhere near Bill's "buggy". The Irishman was furious. He called Bill every name his Irish tongue could muster. Getting out of his buggy he went around back to the boot and took out a long blacksmith's hammer. Bill quickly sensed that the fellow was intending to smash the automobile to pieces. Like all good market hunters Bill always carried his "gat" where he could hold of it handy. His revolver was lying on the automobile seat right beside him. He picked it up and drew a dead bead on the Irishman's head. "Don't try anything like that!" ordered Bill. The battle was over before it began. Bill edged his automobile around the stranded buggy and coasted along down the grade. Never in his life did so many people in so many languages curse Bill as when he plowed boldly down the main street of Los Angeles. Pandemonium had broken loose. The thoroughfare was filled with horses - carriages - dray teams - horse drawn streetcars. Every horse tried to climb a telephone pole. Every driver was hollering "Whoa" and at the same time cursing Bill at the top of their voice. "Get that contraption out of town!" Bill was afraid to stop. He kept right on going, he arrived at the other side of Los Angeles. He saw a livery barn, driving up he asked the proprietor if he could park his automobile for a few days in his livery barn. The astonished man, seeing the determined look on Bill's face, meekly answered, "Yes." A few days later when Bill was ready to start back to Los Banos he knew enough to come around the side of Los Angeles. He got up early in the morning to miss as many horses as possible. He came by way of what is now Hollywood. There was no Hollywood there then. A Soldiers Home stood on a high bluff. Bill wanted to come home by way of the coast. He overtook a Mexican traveling on foot. Bill savvied better than to ask him how to get to San Francisco. That would be much to ask of a man traveling on foot. He asked the man how to get to Santa Barbara. "You follow this road until you come to Pico's Ranch. Then you ask them the road to Castro's hacienda. Then you go on for quite a bit until you come to the Calabazas Ranch. From there keep asking until you come to Santa Barbara." In going down a grade on the Canejo Pass on his way to Santa Barbara the car got to running faster and faster. The ocean was on Bill's left about fifty feet down. At a turn in the road a short distance ahead he could see that he was going to go over the cliff. There was a big, tall tree on his right. He headed the car right up the trunk. Bill landed on his feet. In taking stock Bill found that the radiator leaked a little, the front axle was bent a trifle. But his leather brakes were worn nearly to ribbons. In Santa Barbara a garage was unheard of and machine shops were non-existent. Inquiring around Bill found that an old man was fitting up his boy with a future repair shop. The father evidently could foresee that automobiles were going to be the coming thing and sensed that machine shops would be needed to keep them running. Bill located the young man's shop. Evidently some machine company had rigged up the place for the boy. All the machines, lathes and welding tools were new and first class. The young man told Bill that he didn't know yet how to run the machinery. Bill explained that would make no difference, that he could make the repairs of on the car if he could use the machinery. Bill stayed two or three days turning out brake drums and new brakes for his car. The boy was so delighted with what Bill taught him about machinery that he would take nothing for the use of his shop. Bill was almost home; he was within five mile of San Jaun Batista. There was a little bridge over an inviting stream. Bill decided to get some water for his leaking radiator. When Bill cranked up the engine again and climbed back in the seat the car stood stock-still. Bill realized that his journey was ended. He knew that the crankshaft was broken. Bill walked to San Juan Bautista where he hired a drayman to come with a couple of planks and haul the automobile into town. Together they ran the helpless machine up on the planks onto the back end of the dray and hauled it to a blacksmith's shop in San Juan. An old French locksmith had running the shop for years. The Frenchman was flabbergasted, to think that he was qualified to work on an automobile! For him to repair such complicated machinery. "Impossible!" Bill assured the old man that if he would let him have the use of his "fire" and some of his tools he believed that he could fix the crankshaft himself. The old man looked on in amazement as Bill worked. Bill drilled three holes through the broken crankshaft. The he looked around the shop for some steel teeth from and old hay rake. He cut off three pieces of about four inches, straightened them and filed them to fit the holes he had bored. The chalked the broken shaft and lined up the two parts as true as he possibly could. He drilled three holes in the broken part. With a sledgehammer he pounded the two parts together. "Well, I take my hat off to you," declared the old blacksmith.
Bill was three weeks on his trip to Los Angeles. In all that time he saw nary an automobile on the road. Whenever Bill would stop in a town even just to get a drink of water, the crowd that would gather would be so dense that he could hardly get back to his machine. Bill came home by way of Pacheco Pass. It was then but a wagon road. When he got to Los Banos his car was running better than ever. He had already ordered new parts in San Francisco. They arrived from the east weeks later. "Do you know," chuckled Bill Gleefully "I never did put in those new parts!"? Anybody could fix one….. People got up their courage and soon everybody was riding in Automobiles.

CENSUS: 1880 United States Federal Census
Name: William Knight
Home in 1880: Castroville, Monterey, California
Age: 12
Estimated birth year: abt 1868
Birthplace: California
Relation to head-of-household: Something other than a direct relationship (Other)
Father's birthplace: Indiana
Mother's birthplace: Illinois
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Alpheaus Knight 43  
Lovina Knight 38  
Henry Knight 15  
William Knight 12  
Martha Knight 10  
Lucy Knight 8  
James Knight 6  
Christina Knight 3  
John Knight 8M  
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Castroville, Monterey, California; Roll: T9_69; Family History Film: 1254069; Page: 182.4000; Enumeration District: 53; Image: 0364.

1900 United States Federal Census
Name: William Knight
Home in 1900: Township 3, Merced, California
Age: 32  
Estimated birth year: abt 1868  
Birthplace: California  
Relationship to head-of-house: Head  
Race: White  
Occupation:Machinist
Household Members: Name Age
William Knight 32  
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 3, Merced, California; Roll: T623 93; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 47.

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: William Knight
Age in 1910: 41
Estimated birth year: abt 1869
Birthplace: California
Relation to Head of House: Head  
Father's Birth Place: Indiana  
Mother's Birth Place: Montana  
Spouse's name: Sylvia
Home in 1910: Township 3, Merced, California
Marital Status: Married  
Race: White
Gender: Male  
Household Members: Name Age
William Knight 41  
Sylvia Knight 25  
Riley Knight 1 6/12  
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Township 3, Merced, California; Roll: T624_89; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 103; Image: 167.

1920 United States Federal Census
Name: William Knight
Home in 1920: Los Banos, Merced, California
Age: 42 years (52 years)
Estimated birth year: abt 1878 (1868)
Birthplace: California
Relation to Head of House: Head  
Father's Birth Place: Indiana  
Mother's Birth Place: Missouri  
Marital Status: Divorced  
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own  
Able to read: Yes  
Able to Write: Yes  
Image: 762  
Household Members: Name Age
William Knight 42  
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Los Banos, Merced, California; Roll: T625_121; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 153; Image: 762.

1930 United States Federal Census
Name: William R Knight
Home in 1930: Township 3, Merced, California
Age: 62
Estimated birth year: abt 1868  
Birthplace: California  
Relation to Head of House: Head  
Race: White
Occupation:
Household Members: Name Age
William R Knight 62  
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Township 3, Merced, California; Roll: 178; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 13; Image: 364.0.

OBITUARY: Tulare Daily Times and Advance Register
Saturday  January 6, 1945
Page 2
WILLIAM R. KNIGHT DIES FRIDAY, TIPTON
William R. Knight, 76, a native of Wild Horse Hill, Solano County, died at his home in the Tipton district, Friday after an  illness. He had lived in the Tipton vicinity about six months Surviving relatives include his wife Susie Knight. Funeral arrangements are in charge of the Goble chapel Tulare, with burial to be in Newman, his former home.

William Knight Dies At Tipton
William Riley Knight, 78 year old pioneer resident of Los Banos, died last Friday at the home of his sister, Mrs. John Wesling, at Tipton, Solana county. Born at Tres Pinos, he came to this community with his parents when six years old and resided here, almost continuously until last July when he suffered a slight paralytic stroke at this ranch home four miles west of town, and was taken to the home of his nephew, Cecil Knight, at Newman, where he remained for a month before going to join his sister at Tipton. Funeral services were conducted at the Los Banos Methodist church Wednesday after noon at two o’clock, with Rev. Charles P. Martin officiating. Burial was made in the Los Banos cemetery. Mr. Knight is survived by his sister, Mrs. Wesling; another sister, Mrs. Martha Petee, of Oroville; and a brother, John Knight. The story of Mr. Knight’s life in this community is a long record of firsts. In his early youth he and his father hunted antelope over most of this valley, and he was one of the first market hunters, using a 27-lb., No. 4 gauge shotgun imported from England. He has stated that he shipped the first sack of game from the Los Banos depot, which was consigned to A. P. Giannini, now president of the Bank of America. Soon after the town of Los Banos was founded he opened a gun shop here, which immediately prospered, and later the shop was expanded to include a bicycle shop. He was an expert gunsmith, and not only repaired the expensive English guns used by the market hunters, but also manufactured guns of his own make, of which there are still several specimens in state museums. Mr. Knight and his father built the first house to be constructed in Los Banos, a small cottage which is still standing in the 600 block on J street. The houses which then comprised the new settlement of Los Banos had been moved in from the plains. He also brought into this community and operated the first combine harvester, in the year 1893. Before then, stationary threshing machines were used to harvest the grain. Mr. Knight also owned the first automobile in Los Banos, a one cylinder Oldsmobile. He later sold this machine to Mace Roberts and purchased a newer model Oldsmobile. In 1904 he made a trip in this second car to Los Angels. The trip south required almost three weeks, due to numerous breakdowns. In Los Angeles, the car so frightened the dray teams that he was forced to leave it in a livery stable during most of his stay there.

MEDIA: D0212 - William Riley Knight in his Buffalo Bill getup - the story goes he filled in for Buffalo Bill sometimes
D0215 - William Riley Knight playing his fiddle
D0251 - William Riley & Susan Marrison Knight (he is on front wagon, she is on the back wagon) the other man is unknown.)
D0254 - William Riley Knight doing a little hunting (was a professional hunter in the central California area)
D0255 - William Riley Knight holding unkown child
D1267 - William Riley Knight - Larry W. Miller  lwmiller2@verison.net
D1268 - William Riley Knight - Larry W. Miller  lwmiller2@verison.net

DEATH: California Death Index, 1940-1997
Name: William Riley Knight
Social Security #: 0
Sex: Male
Birth Date: 6 May 1868
Birthplace: Other Country
Death Date: 5 Jan 1945
Death Place: Tulare
Mother's Maiden Name: Smith
Father's Surname: Knight
Source Citation: Place: Tulare; Date: 5 Jan 1945; Social Security: 0.
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. California Death Index, 1940-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.

Susan MARRISON was born in 1868 in Perry County, Tennessee. Susan married (MRIN:244) William Riley KNIGHT on 23 Jun 1900.

They had the following children.

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William Riley KNIGHT was born on 13 Oct 1908 in Twp 3, Merced, California.



BIRTH: California Birth Index, 1905-1995
Name: Knight
Birth Date: 13 Oct 1908
Gender: Male  
Mother's Maiden Name: Fowler  
Birth County: Merced  
Source Citation: Birthdate: 13 Oct 1908; Birth County: Merced.

CENSUS: 1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Riley Knight
Age in 1910: 1 6/12
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1908
Birthplace: California
Relation to Head of House: Son  
Father's Name: William
Father's Birth Place: California  
Mother's Name: Sylvia  
Mother's Birth Place: California  
Home in 1910: Township 3, Merced, California
Marital Status: Single  
Race: White
Gender: Male  
Household Members: Name Age
William Knight 41  
Sylvia Knight 25  
Riley Knight 1 6/12  
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Township 3, Merced, California; Roll: T624_89; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 103; Image: 167.

MEDIA: D0255 - William Riley Knight holding William Riley Knight Jr.

Arthur David PETEE was born on 18 Jun 1872 in Malvern, Mills, Iowa. He died on 28 May 1945 in Oroville, Butte, California. He was buried in Clovis Cemetery, Clovis, Fresno, California. Arthur David married (MRIN:245) Martha Ellen KNIGHT on 5 Nov 1895 in Fresno, Fresno, California.

Martha Ellen KNIGHT [Parents] was born on 21 Dec 1870 in Hollister, San Benito, California. She died on 18 Feb 1955 in Oroville, Butte, California. She was buried in Clovis Cemetery, Clovis, Fresno, California. Martha married (MRIN:245) Arthur David PETEE on 5 Nov 1895 in Fresno, Fresno, California.


Joel Lincoln BERRY [Parents] was born on 14 Dec 1862 in Suisun Valley, Solano, California. He died on 30 Dec 1929 in Tulare, Tulare, California. He was buried in Tulare Cemetery, Tulare, Tulare, California. Joel married (MRIN:246) Lucy Caroline KNIGHT on 9 Apr 1888 in Bakersfield, Kern, California. The marriage ended in divorce.

CENSUS: 1900 United States Federal Census
November 22, 2005 11:58 AM
Name: Joel L Berry
Home in 1900: Township 3, Merced, California
Age: 27  
Estimated birth year: 1873  
Birthplace: California  
Race: White  
Relationship to head-of-house: Head  
Occupation: Farmer
Image source: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 3, Merced, California; Roll: T623 93; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 46.
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. 1900 U.S. Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States. 1900 United States Federal Census. T623, 1854 rolls. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

Lucy Caroline KNIGHT [Parents] was born on 3 Oct 1872 in Chuala, Monterey, California. She died on 28 Feb 1964 in Tipton, Tulare, California. Lucy married (MRIN:246) Joel Lincoln BERRY on 9 Apr 1888 in Bakersfield, Kern, California. The marriage ended in divorce.

Other marriages:
WESSLING, John

DEATH: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VGRK-3BV Name: Lucy C Wessling Event Type: Death Event Date: 28 Feb 1964 Event Place: Tulare, California, United States Birth Date: 03 Oct 1872 Birthplace: California Gender: Female Father's Name: Mother's Name: Smith Collection: Lucy C Wessling, "California, Death Index, 1940-1997"


John WESSLING was born on 23 Nov 1871 in Chualar, Monterey, California. He died on 30 Dec 1966 in Tulare County, California. John married (MRIN:247) Lucy Caroline KNIGHT.

CENSUS: 1930 United States Federal Census Record
Name: John Wessling
Age: 58
Estimated birth year: abt 1872  
Birthplace: California  
Relation to head-of-house: Head  
Spouse's Name: Lucy C Wessling
Race: White  
Home in 1930: Tipton, Tulare, California
Occupation:Farmer
Image source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Tipton, Tulare, California; Roll: 226; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 60; Image: 717.0.

DEATH: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VGRP-83T Name: John Wessling Event Type: Death Event Date: 30 Dec 1966 Event Place: Tulare, California, United States Birth Date: 23 Nov 1871 Birthplace: California Gender: Male Father's Name: Mother's Name: Collection: John Wessling, "California, Death Index, 1940-1997"

Lucy Caroline KNIGHT [Parents] was born on 3 Oct 1872 in Chuala, Monterey, California. She died on 28 Feb 1964 in Tipton, Tulare, California. Lucy married (MRIN:247) John WESSLING.

Other marriages:
BERRY, Joel Lincoln

DEATH: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VGRK-3BV Name: Lucy C Wessling Event Type: Death Event Date: 28 Feb 1964 Event Place: Tulare, California, United States Birth Date: 03 Oct 1872 Birthplace: California Gender: Female Father's Name: Mother's Name: Smith Collection: Lucy C Wessling, "California, Death Index, 1940-1997"


James Buchanon KNIGHT [Parents] was born on 7 Aug 1874 in Paicines, San Benito, California. He died on 30 Oct 1938 in Pinegrove, Shasta, California. James married (MRIN:248) Sarah Isabel HARPER on 29 Apr 1899 in Fresno, Fresno, California.

BIOGRAPHY: LDS shows one unknown child born abt 1905 in Los Banos,Merced,California and 3 living children with no info...

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNNQ-XKY
Name: James Buchanan Knight
Event: Voter Registration
Event Date: 10 Aug 1896
Registration Date Year Range:
Event Place: Volta, Merced, California, United States
Age: 21
Estimated Birth Year: 1875
Birthplace: California
Page:
Film Number: 976937
Digital Folder Number: 005028159
Image Number: 00279
Collection: California, Great Registers, 1866-1910

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNF2-BMG
Name: James Buchanan Knight
Event: Voter Registration
Event Date: 30 Jul 1898
Registration Date Year Range:
Event Place: Clovis, Fresno, California, United States
Age: 24
Estimated Birth Year: 1874
Birthplace: California
Page: 128
Film Number: 976462
Digital Folder Number: 005028142
Image Number: 00649
Collection: California, Great Registers, 1866-1910

DRAFT: World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: James B Knight
City: Modesto
County: Stanislaus  
State: California  
Birth Date: 7 Aug 1874
Race: White  
Roll: 1544412  
DraftBoard: 0  
Age:44
Occupation:Motorman
Nearest Relative:Sarah I. Knight (Wife)
Height/Build:Medium/Stout
Color of Eyes/Hair:Blue/Black
Source Citation: Registration Location: Stanislaus County, California; Roll: 1544412; Draft Board: 0.

CENSUS: 1880 United States Federal Census
Name: James Knight
Home in 1880: Castroville, Monterey, California
Age: 6
Estimated birth year: abt 1874
Birthplace: California
Relation to head-of-household: Something other than a direct relationship (Other)
Father's birthplace: Indiana
Mother's birthplace: Illinois
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Alpheaus Knight 43  
Lovina Knight 38  
Henry Knight 15  
William Knight 12  
Martha Knight 10  
Lucy Knight 8  
James Knight 6  
Christina Knight 3  
John Knight 8M  
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Castroville, Monterey, California; Roll: T9_69; Family History Film: 1254069; Page: 182.4000; Enumeration District: 53; Image: 0364.

1900 United States Federal Census
Name: James B Knight
[James Knight]  
Home in 1900: Township 3, Merced, California
Age: 25
Birth Date: Aug 1874
Birthplace: California
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to Head of House: Head
Father's Birthplace: Indiana
Mother's Birthplace: Indiana
Spouse's name: Sarah I
Marriage Year: 1899
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 1
Residence : Township 3, Merced, California
Occupation: Labor in Grain Warehouse
Household Members: Name Age
James B Knight 25
Sarah I Knight 17
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 3, Merced, California; Roll  T623_93; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 46.

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: James B Knight
Age in 1910: 36
Estimated birth year: abt 1874
Birthplace: California
Relation to Head of House: Head  
Father's Birth Place: Indiana  
Mother's Birth Place: Iowa  
Spouse's name: Isabel
Home in 1910: Modesto, Stanislaus, California
Marital Status: Married  
Race: White
Gender: Male  
Household Members: Name Age
James B Knight 36  
Isabel Knight 23  
Helen C Knight 9  
Gail B Knight 6  
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Modesto, Stanislaus, California; Roll: T624_110; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 154; Image: 207.

1920 United States Federal Census
Name: James B Knight
Home in 1920: Stockton Ward 4, San Joaquin, California
Age: 45 years  
Estimated birth year: abt 1875
Birthplace: California
Relation to Head of House: Head  
Spouse's name: Sarah I
Father's Birth Place: Illinois  
Mother's Birth Place: United States of America  
Marital Status: Married  
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Rent  
Able to read: Yes  
Able to Write: Yes  
Image: 448  
Household Members: Name Age
James B Knight 45  
Sarah I Knight 36  
Garl B Knight 14  
Mae Knight 8  
James Knight 11/12  
Lester Aubert 24  
Helen Aubert 18  
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Stockton Ward 4, San Joaquin, California; Roll: T625_144; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 177; Image: 448.

1930 United States Federal Census
Name: James B Knight
Home in 1930: Castoria, San Joaquin, California
Age: 55
Estimated birth year: abt 1875  
Birthplace: California  
Relation to Head of House: Head  
Spouse's name: Sarah I
Race: White
Occupation:Operator Sub-Station
Household Members: Name Age
James B Knight 55  
Sarah I Knight 47  
Gail B Knight 25  
James Knight 11  
Ethel Knight 7  
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Castoria, San Joaquin, California; Roll: 210; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 5; Image: 643.0.

MEDIA: D0214 - D0214 - James Bucanon Knight s/o Alpheus Elijah & Lavina Ellen Smith Knight - Larry W. Miller  lwmiller99@juno.com
D0216 - James Buchanon Knight with his son Gail Borden Knight - Larry W. Miller  lwmiller99@juno.com
D0220 - James Bucanon & Sarah Isabel Harper Knight s/o Alpheus Elijah & Lavina Ellen Smith Knight - Larry W. Miller  lwmiller99@juno.com
D0253 - James Bucanon Knight (7 Aug 1874)
D0902 - James Bucanon Knight & Family (See AQ notes for list)Standing - Gail Borden Knight - Lester Albert (Helen's Husband) - Helen Kristen Knight - Front - James Bucanon Knight - May Knight - Isabell Knight - Baby is James Everett Knight
D2262 - James Buchanon & Sarah Isabel Harper Knight and family - Faux Family Tree - Puplic Trees Ancestry
Mae Knight - ? - Sarah Knight - James B. Knight - James Knight - Ethel Knight
D3426 - Mae Knight, Sarah Isabell Harber Knight, Helen Knight, Lester Albert, Helen Maxon - Faux Family Tree - Public Trees Ancestry

Sarah Isabel HARPER [Parents] was born on 29 Jan 1883 in Jackson County, Iowa. She died on 30 Jan 1954 in Stockton, San Joaquin, California. She was buried in Park View Cemetery and Funeral Home, Manteca, San Joaquin, California. Sarah married (MRIN:248) James Buchanon KNIGHT on 29 Apr 1899 in Fresno, Fresno, California.

MEDIA: D0213 - Sarah Isabel Harper Knight w/o James Bucanon Knight - Larry W. Miller  lwmiller99@juno.com
D3426 - Mae Knight, Sarah Isabell Harber Knight, Helen Knight, Lester Albert, Helen Maxon - Faux Family Tree - Public Trees Ancestry

CENSUS: Name: Sarah I Knight
Titles:
Residence: Township 3, Merced, California
Birth date: Jan 1883
Birth place: Iowa
Relationship to head-of-household: Wife
Spouse name: James B Knight
Spouse titles:
Spouse birth place: California
Father name:
Father titles:
Father birth place: Kentucky
Mother name:
Mother titles:
Mother birth place: Wisconsin
Race or color (expanded): White
Head-of-household name: James B Knight
Gender: Female
Marital status: Married
Years married: 1
Estimated marriage year: 1899
Mother how many children: 0
Number living children: 0
Immigration year:
Enumeration district: 0046
Sheet number and letter: 11A
Household id: 181
Reference number: 17
GSU film number: 1240093
Image number: 01272
Collection: 1900 United States Census

MARRIAGE: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KZ3P-8FW name: James B. Knight event: Marriage event date: 29 Apr 1899 event place: Fresno, California, United States gender: Male age: 24 estimated birth year: 1875 father: mother: spouse: S. Belle Harper spouse's age: 16 spouse's gender: Female spouse's estimated birth year: 1883 spouse's father: R. T. Harper spouse's mother: Helen Harper page: film number: 1548474 digital folder number: 004666550 image number: 00722 Collection: "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," James B. Knight, 1899

They had the following children.

  F i Helen Kristen KNIGHT was born on 24 Jul 1901. She died on 4 Feb 1979.
  M ii
Gail Borden "Buster" KNIGHT was born on 20 Aug 1907 in Modesto, Stanislaus, California.



CENSUS: 1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Gail B Knight
Age in 1910: 6
Estimated birth year: abt 1904
Birthplace: California
Relation to Head of House: Son  
Father's name: James B
Father's Birth Place: California  
Mother's name: Isabel  
Mother's Birth Place: Iowa  
Home in 1910: Modesto, Stanislaus, California
Marital Status: Single  
Race: White
Gender: Male  
Household Members: Name Age
James B Knight 36  
Isabel Knight 23  
Helen C Knight 9  
Gail B Knight 6  
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Modesto, Stanislaus, California; Roll: T624_110; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 154; Image: 207.

1920 United States Federal Census
Name: Garl B Knight
Home in 1920: Stockton Ward 4, San Joaquin, California
Age: 14 years  
Estimated birth year: abt 1906
Birthplace: California
Relation to Head of House: Son  
Father's name: James B
Father's Birth Place: California  
Mother's name: Sarah I
Mother's Birth Place: Iowa  
Marital Status: Single  
Race: White
Sex: Male
Able to read: Yes  
Able to Write: Yes  
Image: 448  
Household Members: Name Age
James B Knight 45  
Sarah I Knight 36  
Garl B Knight 14  
Mae Knight 8  
James Knight 11/12  
Lester Aubert 24  
Helen Aubert 18  
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Stockton Ward 4, San Joaquin, California; Roll: T625_144; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 177; Image: 448.

1930 United States Federal Census
Name: Gail B Knight
Home in 1930: Castoria, San Joaquin, California
Age: 25
Estimated birth year: abt 1905  
Relation to Head of House: Son  
Father's name: James B
Mother's name: Sarah I
Occupation:Mechanic - Garage
Household Members: Name Age
James B Knight 55  
Sarah I Knight 47  
Gail B Knight 25  
James Knight 11  
Ethel Knight 7  
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Castoria, San Joaquin, California; Roll: 210; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 5; Image: 643.0.

BIRTH: California Birth Index, 1905-1995
Name: Knight
Birth Date: 20 Aug 1907
Gender: Male
Mother's Maiden Name: Harper
Birth County: Stanislaus
Source Citation: Birthdate: 20 Aug 1907; Birth County: Stanislaus.
  F iii
Mae KNIGHT was born in 1912 in Modesto, Stanislaus, California. She died in Pinegrove, Shasta, California.



MEDIA: D0902 - Standing - Gail Borden Knight - Lester Albert (Helen's Husband) - Helen Kristen Knight
Front - James Bucanon Knight - May Knight - Isabell Knight
Baby is James Everett Knight
  M iv
James Everett KNIGHT was born on 27 Feb 1919 in Modesto, Stanislaus, California. He died on 12 Jan 1992 in Vacaville, Solano, California.

California Birth Index, 1905-1995
Name: James E Knight
Birth Date: 28 Feb 1919
Gender: Male  
Mother's Maiden Name: Harper  
Birth County: Stanislaus  
Source Citation: Birthdate: 28 Feb 1919; Birth County: Stanislaus.

DEATH: California Death Index, 1940-1997
Name: James Everett Knight
Social Security #: 551162261  
Sex: MALE  
Birth Date: 28 Feb 1919
Birthplace: California  
Death Date: 26 Jan 1992
Death Place: Napa  
Mother's Maiden Name: Harper  
Source Citation: Place: Napa; Date: 26 Jan 1992; Social Security: 551162261.

CENSUS: 1920 United States Federal Census
Name: James Knight
Home in 1920: Stockton Ward 4, San Joaquin, California
Age: 11 months
Estimated birth year: abt 1919
Birthplace: California
Relation to Head of House: Son  
Father's name: James B
Father's Birth Place: California  
Mother's name: Sarah I
Mother's Birth Place: Iowa  
Marital Status: Single  
Race: White
Sex: Male
Image: 448  
Household Members: Name Age
James B Knight 45  
Sarah I Knight 36  
Garl B Knight 14  
Mae Knight 8  
James Knight 11/12  
Lester Aubert 24  
Helen Aubert 18  
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Stockton Ward 4, San Joaquin, California; Roll: T625_144; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 177; Image: 448.

1930 United States Federal Census
Name: James Knight
Home in 1930: Castoria, San Joaquin, California
Age: 11
Estimated birth year: abt 1919  
Relation to Head of House: Son  
Father's name: James B
Mother's name: Sarah I
Occupation:At Home
Household Members: Name Age
James B Knight 55  
Sarah I Knight 47  
Gail B Knight 25  
James Knight 11  
Ethel Knight 7  
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Castoria, San Joaquin, California; Roll: 210; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 5; Image: 643.0.

MEDIA: D0902 - Standing - Gail Borden Knight - Lester Albert (Helen's Husband) - Helen Kristen Knight
Front - James Bucanon Knight - May Knight - Isabell Knight
Baby is James Everett Knight
D1270 - Castle School - Ethel Frances & James Everett Knight 5th from right back row - Larry W. Miller lwmiller2@verison.net
  F v Ethel Frances KNIGHT was born on 16 Jul 1922. She died on 10 Jan 1982.

Robert Emmet MCLAUGHLIN was born on 15 Dec 1868 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California. He died on 28 Feb 1936 in Tracy, San Joaquin, California. He was buried in Hills Ferry Cemetery, Newman, Stanislaus, California. Robert married (MRIN:249) Christina Ellen KNIGHT on 10 Oct 1897 in Volta, Merced, California.

Christina Ellen KNIGHT [Parents] was born on 1 Feb 1877 in Ingomar, Merced, California. She died on 18 Nov 1939 in Hansford, Kings, California. She was buried in Hills Ferry Cemetery, Newman, Stanislaus, California. Christina married (MRIN:249) Robert Emmet MCLAUGHLIN on 10 Oct 1897 in Volta, Merced, California.

OBITUARY: Funerals of Mother, Husband on Same Day; Owen Williamson; Newman, December 7 (special)-- Funeral services for Mrs. Christina McLaughlin, mother of Mrs. Ellen Schalchli of Crows Landing, were held in the Davis Chapel Saturday morning, with Rev. David A. Braun, pastor of the Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment was made in the Hills Ferry Masonic Cemetery. Mrs. McLaughlin was fatally injured in an automobile accident near Hanford on November 18th, a crash in which her son-in-law,. Owen Williamson, was killed and her daughter, Mrs. Williamson seriously injured. Mrs. Williamson, who was transferred to the West Side Hospital from Hanford in an ambulance earlier last week, attended the services on a stretcher and, in the afternoon, was taken to Oakdale to attend the services held there for her husband.

MEDIA: D1613 - Robert Emett & Christina Ellen Knight McLaughlin - d/o Alpheus Elijah & Lavina Smith Knight - FAG Memorial# 39280798

MARRIAGE: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KZ3L-46N name: Robert E. Mclaughlin event: Marriage event date: 10 Oct 1897 event place: Merced, California, United States gender: Male age: 28 estimated birth year: 1869 father: mother: spouse: Christina Knight spouse's age: 20 spouse's gender: Female spouse's estimated birth year: 1877 spouse's father: spouse's mother: page: film number: 1305247 digital folder number: 004666530 image number: 00514 Collection: "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," Christina Knight, 1897

They had the following children.

  F i
Ellen Irene MCLAUGHLIN was born on 9 Jul 1899 in Volta, Merced, California. She died on 12 Jun 1976 in Ventura, Ventura, California.



MEDIA: D3563 - Robert Emmet & Christina Ellen Knight McLaughlin Children - Burton, Rollo,Eellen, & Dorothy McLaughlin - DeLong Family Tree-1 - Public Trees Ancestry
  M ii
Rollo Everett MCLAUGHLIN was born on 26 Jul 1901 in Los Banos, Merced, California. He died on 21 Dec 1976 in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona.



MEDIA: D3563 - Robert Emmet & Christina Ellen Knight McLaughlin Children - Burton, Rollo,Eellen, & Dorothy McLaughlin - DeLong Family Tree-1 - Public Trees Ancestry
  M iii
Burton Smith MCLAUGHLIN was born on 25 Jun 1904 in Los Banos, Merced, California. He died on 2 Apr 1983 in Sonoma, Sonoma, California.



MEDIA: D3563 - Robert Emmet & Christina Ellen Knight McLaughlin Children - Burton, Rollo,Eellen, & Dorothy McLaughlin - DeLong Family Tree-1 - Public Trees Ancestry
  F iv
Dorothy Linora MCLAUGHLIN was born on 28 Sep 1905 in Gustine, Merced, California. She died on 5 Jan 1968 in Martinez, Contra Costa, California.



MEDIA: D3563 - Robert Emmet & Christina Ellen Knight McLaughlin Children - Burton, Rollo,Eellen, & Dorothy McLaughlin - DeLong Family Tree-1 - Public Trees Ancestry

John Alpheus KNIGHT [Parents] was born on 9 Jul 1879 in Dos Palos, Merced, California. He died on 12 Jan 1959 in Sacramento, Sacramento, California. John married (MRIN:250) Carrie M. DAVID.

CENSUS: 1900 United States Federal Census
Name: John A Knight
Home in 1900: Township 3, Merced, California
Age: 20  
Estimated birth year: abt 1880  
Birthplace: California  
Relationship to head-of-house: Servant  
Race: White  
Occupation:Farm Labor
Household Members: Name Age
Charles M Page 36  
John A Knight 20  
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Township 3, Merced, California; Roll: T623 93; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 46.

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: John A Knight
Age in 1910: 30
Estimated birth year: abt 1880
Birthplace: California
Relation to Head of House: Hired Man  
Father's Birth Place: Illinois  
Mother's Birth Place: Pennsylvania  
Home in 1910: East Bear River, Yuba, California
Marital Status: Married  
Race: White
Gender: Male  
Household Members: Name Age
William Muck 44  
Racheal Muck 38  
Floyd William Muck 11  
Doris Nadine Muck 9  
Morris Lafayett Muck 7  
Rachel Lavahine Muck 5  
Paul Kenneth Muck 3  
Donald K Simpkins 19  
Solomon G Helfrick 37  
James W R Barter 27  
John A Knight 30  
Carrie Knight 24  
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: East Bear River, Yuba, California; Roll: T624_111; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 188; Image: 661.

1930 United States Federal Census
Name: John A Knight
Home in 1930: Sacramento, Sacramento, California
Age: 50
Estimated birth year: abt 1880  
Birthplace: California  
Relation to Head of House: Lodger
Race: White
Occupation:
Household Members: Name Age
Lillian M Huffman 33  
William E Vaughn 30  
Jack Simmons 28  
Nick Perri 24  
George Arteinan 36  
James J McLoney 53  
David Brady 65  
Warren H Hogan 35  
John D Nelligan 41  
John A Knight 50  
De Elwyn Noble 62  
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Sacramento, Sacramento, California; Roll: 186; Page: 24A; Enumeration District: 74; Image: 723.0.

Carrie M. DAVID was born in May 1886 in Canada. Carrie married (MRIN:250) John Alpheus KNIGHT.

CENSUS: Name: Carrie M David
Titles:
Residence: Township 3, Merced, California
Birthdate: May 1886
Birthplace: Canada Fr
Relationship to head-of-household:
Spouse's name:
Spouse's titles:
Spouse birthplace:
Father's name:
Father's titles:
Father's birthplace: Canada Fr
Mother's name:
Mother's titles:
Mother's birthplace: Canada Fr
Race or color (expanded): White
Head-of-household name: John F Snyder
Gender: Female
Marital status: Single
Years married:
Estimated marriage year:
Mother how many children:
Number living children:
Immigration year:
Enumeration district: 0046
Sheet number and letter: 4A
Household id: 65
Reference number: 49
GSU film number: 1240093
Image number: 01258
Collection: United States Census, 1900

They had the following children.

  F i Mabel E. KNIGHT was born in 1912.
  M ii
Elvin Edward KNIGHT was born on 17 Sep 1913 in Alameda County, California. He died on 21 Jun 1997 in Modesto, Stanislaus, California. He was buried in San Joaguin Valley National Cemetery, Santa Nella, Merced, California.



DEATH: California Death Index, 1940-1997
Name: Elvin Edward Knight
Social Security #: 571343465
Sex: Male
Birth Date: 17 Sep 1913
Birthplace: California
Death Date: 21 Jun 1997
Death Place: Stanislaus
Mother's Maiden Name: David
Source Citation: Place: Stanislaus; Date: 21 Jun 1997; Social Security: 571343465.
Ancestry.com. California Death Index, 1940-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000.
Original data: State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.

Social Security Death Index
Name: Elvin E. Knight
SSN: 571-34-3465
Last Residence: 95354  Modesto, Stanislaus, California, United States of America
Born: 17 Sep 1913
Died: 21 Jun 1997
State (Year) SSN issued: California (Before 1951)
Source Citation: Number: 571-34-3465;Issue State: California;Issue Date: Before 1951.
Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.
Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.

BIRTH: California Birth Index, 1905-1995
Name: Knight
Birth Date: 17 Sep 1913
Gender: Male
Mother's Maiden Name: David
Birth County: Alameda
Source Citation: Birthdate: 17 Sep 1913; Birth County: Alameda.
Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.

BURIAL: U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006
Name: Elvin Edward Knight
Service Info.: MSGT US ARMY WORLD WAR II, KOREA
Birth Date: 17 Sep 1913
Death Date: 21 Jun 1997
Service Start Date: 21 Oct 1933
Interment Date: 26 Jun 1997
Cemetery: San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery
Cemetery Address: 32053 West McCabe Road Gustine, CA 95322
Buried At: Section 4 Site 1814
Source Information:
National Cemetery Administration. U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
Original data: National Cemetery Administration. Nationwide Gravesite Locator

MILITARY: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957
Name: Elvin E Knight
Race: White
Home State: California
Casualty Date: 14 Jul 1950
Casualty Country: South Korea
Casualty Type: Returned to Duty (FECOM)
Group: Returned to Duty (FECOM)
Branch: Infantry
Component: USA - RA (Reg Army)
Rank: Sergeant First Class
Pay Grade: Sergeant First Class
Previous Detail: Seriously wounded in action by missile
Disposed Date: 1 Sep 1950
Organization: In Div - 24th
Element Sequence: Cv Div Cav Regt Inf
Unit #: 0034
Service Occupation: Light Weapons Assault Infantryman
Source Information:
National Archives and Records Administration. Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K8LZ-L6H name: Elvin E Knight name (original): Elvin E Knight event: Military Service event date: 16 Nov 1945 term of enlistment: Enlistment for Hawaiian Department event place: Cp Roberts, California, United States residence: race: White citizenship: citizen birth year: 1913 birthplace: CALIFORNIA education: Grammar school civilian occupation: marital status: Single, without dependents rank: Private First Class army branch: Infantry army component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men) source: National Guard in Federal Service, within 3 months of Discharge serial number: 06549632 nara publication title: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946 arc identifier: 1263923 card, box and reel number: 00321.32 Collection: Elvin E Knight, "United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946"

CENSUS: 1920 United States Federal Census
Name: Elvin E Knight
Home in 1920: Modesto Ward 6, Stanislaus, California
Age: 6
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1914
Birthplace: California
Relation to Head of House: Lodger
Father's Birth Place: California
Mother's Birth Place: California
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Sex: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Frank B Murr 46
Esther M Murr 46
William A Murr 4 11/12  
Mabel E Knight 8
Elvin E Knight 6
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Modesto Ward 6, Stanislaus, California; Roll: T625_151; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 173; Image: 1002.
Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

1940 United States Federal Census
Name:Elvin E Knight
Age:25
Estimated Birth Year:abt 1915
Gender:Male
Race:White
Birthplace:California
Marital Status:Single
Home in 1940:Fort Lewis, Pierce, Washington
Farm:No
Inferred Residence in 1935:Hawaii Territory
Residence in 1935:Hawaii Territory
Resident on farm in 1935:No
Sheet Number:38B
Institution:Batry G 10th F A
Occupation:Pvt 1 Cl
Attended School or College:No
Highest Grade Completed:Elementary school, 8th grade
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census:48
Class of Worker:Wage or salary worker in Government work
Weeks Worked in 1939:52
Income:252
Income Other Sources:Yes
Household Members:
Name    Age
Elvin E Knight 25
Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Fort Lewis, Pierce, Washington; Roll: T627_4355; Page: 38B; Enumeration District: 27-113A.
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John Alpheus KNIGHT was born on 10 Dec 1915 in Alameda County, California.



BIRTH: California Birth Index, 1905-1995
Name: Knight
Birth Date: 10 Dec 1915
Gender: Male
Mother's Maiden Name: David
Birth County: Stanislaus
Source Citation: Birthdate: 10 Dec 1915; Birth County: Stanislaus.
Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.

Martin LAURITZEN was born in Mar 1859 in Germany. Martin married (MRIN:251) Nicholine LAURITZEN.

Nicholine LAURITZEN was born in Jun 1856 in Germany. Nicholine married (MRIN:251) Martin LAURITZEN.

They had the following children.

  F i Edna M. LAURITZEN was born in Sep 1885. She died in 1918.

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