John KNIGHT was born in 1756 in Jamestown, Prince Edward, Virginia. He died in 1838 in Hillsboro, Jasper, Georgia. John married (MRIN:5180) Temperance HEAD on 21 Jan 1821 in Hillsboro, Jasper, Georgia.
DEATH: FROM THE MILLEDGEVILLE, GA, "SOUTHERN RECORDER"
Page 4, Column 5,November 20, 1838 (microfilm, Georgia State Archives, Atlanta): Agreeably to the Last Will & Testament of John Knight, Sr., late of Jasper County, deceased, will be sold at his residence on Wednesday, the 2nd of January, 1839, all the perishable property of said deceased, consisting of horses, cattle, hogs, fodder, plantation tools, household and kitchen furniture, and a variety of other articles too tedious to mention. Sale to continue from day to day until all are sold. Terms made known on the day of sale.--John Knight, James Knight, Thomas J. Knight, Ed. M. Allen, Executors.
GEORGIA, JASPER COUNTY: In the name of God, Amen. I, JOHN KNIGHT of theState and County aforesaid, being conscious of my approaching dissolutionand knowing that it is once appointed for all men to die, being in soundmind and memory, do mak e this my Last Will & Testament. First I recommendmy soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in aChristian-like manner, knowing that I shall receive the same again at thegreat day of Resurrection by the mighty power of Him who gave it, and astouching my worldly effects wherewith it has pleased God to bless me Idispose of in the following amnner:
Item 1. I give to my son, CARRINGTON KNIGHT, five dollars and to thelawful heirs of his body I give an equal part of my estate with the otherof my children after deducting the sum of twelve hundred and seventy-twodollars and ten cents w hich he has already received, and the whole of theportion to remain in the hands of my executors for them to give to thelawful heirs of his body at times when they, my executors, may thinkbest.
Item 2. I give to my son, WILLIAM KNIGHT, five dollars and the lawfulheirs of his body I give an equal portion of my estate with the otherchildren after deducting the sum of three hundred and fifty dollars whichhe has already received, and the whole portion to remain in the hands ofmy executors for them to give to the lawful heirs of his body at timeswhen they, my executors, may think best.
Item 3. I give to my son, JEPTHY KNIGHT, five dollars and the lawfulheirs of his body I give an equal portion of my estate with the other ofmy children after deducting six hundred and eleven dollars and fiftycents which he has already r eceived, and the whole of his portion toremain in the hands of my executors for them to give to the lawful heirsof his body at times when the, my executors, may think best.
Item 4. I give to my son, JOHN KNIGHT, an equal share of my estateafter deducting fourteen hundred and seventy-three dollars which he hasalready received.
Item 5. I give to my son, JAMES KNIGHT, an equal share of my estateafter deducting nine hundred and eighteen dollars and thirty-seven centswhich he has already received.
Item 6. I give to my son, THOMAS J. KNIGHT, an equal share of myestate after deducting two hundred and thirty-five dollars which he hasalready received.
Item 7. I give to my son, MAKINS KNIGHT, an equal share of my estateafter deducting eighteen hundred and sixteen dollars and fifty centswhich he has already received.
Item 8. I give to my son-in-law, JACOB PRUIT, an equal share of myestate after deducting sixteen hundred and eleven dollars which he hasalready received.
Item 9. I give to my son, RALEIGH J.(I?) KNIGHT, an equal share of myestate after deducting two hundred and five dollars which he has alreadyreceived, and the whole portion to remain in the hands of my executorsfor them to give to him a t times when they think best.
Item 10. I give to my son-in-law, EDWARD ALLEN, an equal share of myestate after deducting thirteen hundred and forty-six dollars and sixtycents which he has already received. If his wife, MARY ANN, should diewithout issue, then his par t is to revert back to my estate and beequally divided amongst my children as my other estate.
Item 11. I give to my grandson, THOMAS JEFFERSON IRVIN, an equalshare of my estate after deducting five hundred dollars which his father,(not legible)....If my grandson, THOMAS JEFFERSON IRVIN, should diewithout lawful heirs, then his p art to revert back to my estate and beequally divided amongst my children as my other estate.
Item 12. I give to my daughter, SALATHA E. KNIGHT, an equal part ofmy estate after deducting twelve hundred dollars, it being the amount fortwo Negro girls, Adoline and Caroline, which I gave her. Salatha's partto remain in the hands of her mother til her mother's death, or Salathamarries.
Item 13. I give to my daughter, MARTHA ANN ASTON ELIZA KNIGHT, anequal share of my estate after deducting twelve hundred dollars, it beingthe amount of two Negro girls, Mariah and (illegible) which I gave her.Martha's part to remain in the hands of her mother til her mother'sdeath, or Martha marries.
Item 14. I give to my wife, TEMPERANCE KNIGHT, during her lifetimethe plantation whereon I now live, together with a Negro woman namedNettie and one named Fanny, and a Negro man named Ned. At her death theabove named property to revert to my estate to be equally divided amongstmy children in the manner of my other estate. I also give my wife,Temperance Knight, a Negro man named Thomas, two beds and furniture, onechest, sideboard, table, two horses, two cows, two ewes and lambs, andkitchen furniture sufficient for the family, one clock, one loom, sixsitting chairs and spinning wheel which she has the liberty to dispose ofas she thinks best.
Item 15. If any of my children die without any lawful heirs of theirbodies, his or her part is to revert back to my estate and be equallydivided amongst my children as my other estate.
Item 16. It is my will and desire at my death that all my propertyshall be sold except what is disposed of as above, and if any legatee hasreceived more than their fair share it is to be paid to the others tomake each part equal.
Item 17. I leave my sons, JOHN KNIGHT, JAMES KNIGHT, and THOMAS J.KNIGHT, and my son-in-law, EDWARD ALLEN, my executors to carry out thismy Will into effect. In (illegible) I have hereinto set my hand andaffixed my seal this the 4th day of APRIL, 1838.
JOHN KNIGHT (Seal) TEST. Benjamin B. Amos Ephraim Alexander Wily Peddy
BIOGRAPHY: November 13, 1838
AT THIS TIME (January 26, 1990) the earliest documented evidence of John Knight is found on his marriage bond dated November 17, 1792 (Orange County, NC). Mary Carrington is listed as the bride. The parents of John Knight are unknown. Some researchers of Knight-Carrington families think Mary Carrington to be the daughter of John and Mary Carrington. Whether it is John, Sr., or John, Jr., is uncertain. Another document of John Knight having lived in North Carolina is a sale of property wherein May, 1793, for a sum of 500 pounds John Carrington, Jr., sold 172 acres to John Knight. February 3, 1798, John Knight sold this land for same sum to George Carrington of Orange County, NC. It is probable John Knight, with his wife and two small sons, Carrington and William, moved to Georgia in 1798. A John Knight is on an 1801 tax list for Georgia. John Knight, Jr., was born Oct. 25, 1800, and on the 1850 census states he was born in Georgia. That places John and Mary Knight in Georgia in 1800. The actual whereabouts of John, Sr., are unknown until October 3,1808, when he bought land in Baldwin County, GA (that portion that is now Jasper County). This land was situated in the 13th District of the county at the town of Hillsboro. It consisted of more than 400 acres. John bought more land over the years. He acquired land in Irvin County by a land lottery. There are no census records in Georgia for 1800 and 1810. The 1820 census shows John in Jasper County. Mary Carrington had died by this time as she does not appear on that census. By using the census records we are able to ascertain her death to have been in 1819, for that is when the last child by her was born. Mary Carrington Knight died leaving six small children under 5 years old, and 3 teenage children. She and John had been married 27 years. January 21, 1821, John Knight married Temperance Head Bullard. Three of his children also married in 1821. Temperance had three children from her first marriage. It was her daughter, Mary, who married James Knight, son of John, Sr., in 1829. John Knight, Sr., wrote his will in April of 1838 in Jasper County. That will was proven in October. In all probability he died in October. According to the county historian of Jasper County, John and Mary were buried on his plantation. The graves were marked. Another person told me he had seen these graves, but when Georgia Power Company was in the area the graves and markers were destroyed. Temperance and John Knight, Sr., were married 17 years. They had two daughters, Salathia and Martha Aston Eliza. In her old age Temperance lived with Sarah Wilson, her daughter by William Bullard, in Muscogee County, GA. Nearby lived her daughter, Salathia Kimbrough (by John Knight, Sr.). Temperance is buried beside Salathia in the Pierce Chapel Methodist Church cemetery just north of Columbus, GA. Using the estate inventory of John Knight, Sr., we can see he was a wealthy planter of that era, having accumulated hundreds of acres of land, over 50 slaves, and owning much personal property. He was a man who loved his family of 13 children, and his grandchildren as well.