After the Revolutionary
War, Georgia wanted good people to come into the
state and settle. Georgia passed a land law in 1777 called
the "Head-Right Plan," giving the head of a family up to 200 acres of
land for himself and 50 acres for each one of his family, counting his slaves,
but no family could have more than 1,000 acres.
The royal governor of
Georgia and the Council advertised in the newspaper of New Bern, North Carolina, that free land in Georgia would be given to settlers. The
notice began a wave of settlers from the North Carolina counties of Onlsow,
New Hanover, Duplin, Sampson, Bertie, Johnston and Edgecombe that would
last for over 60 years. There are very few of the early families of Bulloch and
Screven Counties that do not trace to the settlers
from this area of North Carolina.
The very earliest of
these families came from Duplin County as early as 1761. Luke Mizell was
among those early settlers who moved from Duplin County and settled around the areas of present
day Sardis and Rocky Ford.
John Knight and
Elizabeth Woodson's son John Knight III, born 1748 in Surry Co., VA. The family later moved to Edgecombe County, NC. He married Rachael Frances "Fannie"
Anderson 9 Jan 1774, in Cheraw Dist. Chesterfield Co., SC. Rachel Anderson was born in 1753 in Surry Co., VA.
John Knight, III died in 1821 in Wayne Co., GA.
He is buried in Wayne Co., GA. Fannie died 2 Nov 1844 in Hillsborough Co., FL. (Many researchers
agree that this John Knight was the son of John and Elizabeth Woodson.) John
and Rachael Knight moved to Bullock County, GA about 1788
when their son William Alexander was about 10 years old.
John III Knight's family
moved to Wayne Co., GA about 1803, or possibly earlier.
The reason that I believe
that John and Rachael Knight moved earlier than 1803 was because they sold land
on the Ogeechee River to Moore Spier,
deed dated Oct. 22, 1799.
P. 49: John Knight,
planter, and wife Rachael, to Moore Spier, all of
Effingham Co. Deed dated Oct 22 1799 for 250 acres granted said 13 Feb. 1799,
bounded on the NW by Braddock's land, SW by Ogeechee
River, SE by Hodges and O'Berry land, NE by Belcher
and McCall. Witness: John London JP. Deed Book - AB page 123 Effingham County, Georgia and Liberty County, Georgia, Early Record, complied by Mary Carter, 1978 (GA)F292.E3.03, LA State Archives.
Also, when John Knight sold
land in Effingham County to Moore Spier
on Aug 4, 1801, the deed stated that both John Knight and Moore Spier were living in Glenn County.
P. 69: Rec. 4 Aug 1801,
deed dated 15 Jan 1801, between John Knight of Glenn Co. and Moore Spier of same, cons of four hundred dollars for tract of
land containing 200 acres of land in Effingham Co., originally GRANTED to the
aforesaid John Knight on 19 May 1789, Registered in Secretary's office in Book S.S.s. for 168, bounding SW by Belchers and vacant land on
all other sides by vacant land. Signed John Knight.
Wit: William Steward, Millis Spier.
In another book, Information
on Some Georgia Pioneers - Maddox, GA (GAF281.L3.M3) Family Heads 1805 Georgia: Knight, John, Burke
Cty. w Rachael One John RS
and moved to Wayne Cty. John III Knight died in
1821/22 in Wayne Co., GA.
John Knight was apparently
a good man who believed in helping his neighbors as witnessed by the following
P. 53: Zachariah Henderson
to John Knight, Bill of Sale, undated for three slaves, 60 head of cattle, two
horses, four featherbeds and furniture, together with
pots, pans and all other items of his furnite and
household goods, given in payment of his bond (promissory note) to Knight dated
10 March 1770. No witnesses
signed; however, David Hines
signs affidavit Feb 18, 1794 that he saw Zachariah Henderson
sign the instrument. John Knight of
Effingham Co., "OUT OF HIS LOVE AND GOOD
WILL" gives the above personal property to Mary Henderson by Bill of Sale
dated 11 March 1793. Witnesses: David and Nancy Hines.
P. 55: John Knight of Effingham
Co., to Anna, Misey, Mary and Sarah Henderson,
children of Zachariah and Mary Henderson. Gift of three slaves, Saturday,
Florida and Sambo, 60 head of cattle, 2 horses,
feather beds, furniture, pots, pans, farming implements, dated 30 Aug 1794. said Mary, mother of said children, to be Trustee.
Rachel Fannie Knight was
living in Wayne County and drew a lot in the 1820 land
lottery, but failed to take it up and it reverted to the state. After John
Knight died, she lived with son Samuel in Hillsborough County, Florida (The South Florida Pioneers,
Jul-Oct 1978 Issue).
John's son, William
Anderson Knight - born 16 Feb 1778 in Edgecombe Co., N.C., was also living in Wayne Co. at that time. William Anderson was a
Representative from Wayne County, GA between 1810 - 1811. He served as a State Senator of Lowndes Co., GA between 1826-1828. He was also a pastor of Primitive Baptist Church in Lowndes Co. He died 8 Dec 1859, at home on the Old Milltown-Valdosta Lowndes Co., GA (now Lanier). He was buried 8 Dec 1859 in Burnt Church Cemetery next to Union Church in Lowndes Co. He married Sarah CONE, 1798 in Bulloch Co. Ga. Sarah CONE Born 16 Oct 1780 in Chesterfield, Cheraw Co., SC,. Died 28 Nov 1852 in Miltown, Ga.
Note: John III was Charles Knight of
Washington Parish's uncle. William Anderson was his first cousin.
John III Knight and Fannie
Anderson had at least the following children: William Anderson, Johnathan, Arbraham, Mary and Samuel.
According to Folks Huxford, John and Fannie had
William Anderson Knight was born in Edgecombe Co, North Carolina 16 Feb 1778. He married Sara Cone. (b. 16 Oct 1780 in Cheraw Dist., SC). She was the daughter of William
Cone Sr. (born in 1745 in North Carolina where he lived on the PeeDee River - died 1815 in Ivanhoe, Bulloch Co., GA) and Keziah Barber. Sarah's father was the first Senator of
Bulloch Co, GA and a Baptist pastor of the Little Ogeechee
Church. Sarah died 16 Oct 1780 in Lanier Co., GA. William died 08
Dec 1859, Old Union, Lanier Co.
Folks Huxford wrote the following:
Knight was born in North Carolina on Feb 16, 1778, a son of John Knight RS He was one
of eleven children and was an older brother of Jonathan, Abraham and Samuel
Knight. Elder William Anderson Knight is the forefather of the large and
influential Knight family connection in Berrien, Lanier and Cook Counties, and was in the Primitive Baptist
ministry for many years prior to his death. He was born in North Carolina, Feb. 16,
was about 10 years old when his parents moved to Georgia. In 1798 he married Miss Sarah
Cone, daughter of the Hon. William Cone, who rendered distinguished service to
his adopted state during the Revolutionary War. The Cone family was also from North Carolina originally and had sojourned in South Carolina a short time during the war. The
two families, Knights and Cones, were originally residents of Effingham County but in the creation of Bulloch out
of Effingham in 1796, were placed in the new county. Mrs. Knight was born in South Carolina Oct 16,
Mr. Knight was among the
very first settlers of Wayne Co, after it was created, moving there about 1803.
His home was in present Brantley Co. He was named in a legislative act of 1803
as one of five commissioners to locate the public-site of the new county. It
was several years before it was permanently fixed and when it was done it was
located on lands owned by Mr. Knight and by William Clements, a neighbor, and
the county seat was named Waynesville. Mr. Knight served as representative from
Wayne County 1810-11 and again in 1813. He
served as State Senator from Wayne, 1815-17 and 1819-20. He was a
Justice of Peace in the 334th District, 1813-1817, and a Justice of Wayne
Inferior Court 1820-24.
In the winter of 1824-25
Mr. Knight and his family with others of the family connection, moved to the
southern part of what was then Irwin Co., where they located. Mr. knight settled on Lot of Land No. 516, 10th land district,
near Grand Bay, on present State Highway No. 11,
in what is now Lanier Co. A year after moving to his new home, his portion of
Irwin Co was made into Lowndes Co. and Mr. Knight was elected the first Senator
from the new County, serving 1826-28. He was a delegate from Lowndes to the
1833 State Convention and in 1839 to the state tariff convention.
In 1856, Elder Knights home was placed in Berrien Co, when it was created
partly out of Lowndes. He was a leading spirit in the organization of the first
Baptist Church in Irwin or Lowndes counties; it was organized Oct. 1, 1825 at
Carters Meeting-house located on the west bank of the Alapaha
River, and the church was named "Union" and became the 'Mother' of
all Baptist Churches, both missionary and primitive, of this section. Mr.
Knight and his wife became charter member moving their letters from Kettle Creek Baptist Church in Wayne Co. He became the first
church clerk, serving from 1825 until he was ordained to the Gospel Ministry by
his church March 10, 1830. In the years that followed, Elder
Knight became very active and zealous in the spread of the Gospel over the
frontier country, organizing several new churches. He and his pastor, Elder
Matthew Albritton, often went together on trips that
required days, many miles from home. Elder Knight stayed busy holding special
services in the homes of the settlers, visiting the sick, conducting funerals,
organizing "arms" of Union Church that later became independent
churches, and assisting in constituting new churches over an area 100 miles or
more in extent. After the death of Elder Albritton in
1850, Elder Knight succeeded him as pastor of Union Church and served until his
own death Dec 8, 1859. He became the first pastor of Wayfare Church in present Echols Co, serving
1841-54 and again 1856-58. His missionary labors precluded him from serving as
pastor of many of the churches that wanted him. He assisted in the constituting
of Unity Primitive Baptist Church in Lowndes Co., Feb
and became its first pastor, serving until his death eighteen years later.
Mrs. Knight died Nov. 28, 1859. Her aged husband could not long
survive her passing, dying 10 days later. They were buried at old Union Church.
The whole section from miles around felt keenly the passing of this aged and
saintly couple whose hospitality and goodness to others were known to others
far and wide." In 1820, they were listed on Pg. 159 of the Wayne Co., Ga. census.
In 1830, they were listed on Pg. 084 of the Lowndes Co., Ga. census.
In 1840, they were listed on Pg. 228 of the Lowndes Co., Ga. census.
In 1850, they were listed on Pg. 413 of the Lowndes Co., Ga. census.
William Anderson and
Sara had the following children:
Keziah b. 20 Nov 1802, Bulloch Co., Ga.,
m. April 1829, Isben Giddens,
d. 1 Nov 1861, Old Union Cem., Lanier Co., Ga.; Levi
Jefferson b. 1 Sep 1803; William Cone b. 8 Oct. 1805; John b.
7 Jul 1807; Sarah b. 10 Oct 1808 in Wayne Co., Ga., m. William P.
Roberts; Elizabeth b. 23 Sep 1811 in Wayne Co., GA., m. John Carter; Jonathan b. 17 Jan 1817; Aaron A. born 13 Jul 1813 married Nancy Ann Sloan-died 1852;
Child of Aaron Knight and Nancy Ann Sloan:
George Washington KNIGHT Born 8 Sep 1845. Died 8 Feb 1913. Buried in Empire Church, Lanier Co. Ga. He married Rhonda FUTCH, 20 Sep 1865 in Berrien County, Ga. Rhonda FUTCH Born 31 Oct 1846. Died 4 Jan 1909. Buried After 4 Jan 1904 in Empire Church, Lanier Co, Ga. See photo of couple
Child of George Washington Knight and Rhonda Futch:
Perry Thomas KNIGHT Born Mar 1877. Died 16 Sep 1955. Buried in Old Union Church Lanier County, Ga.(Burnt Church Rd). He married Annie Lota DUGGER, 19 Jul 1903. Annie Lota DUGGER Born 16 Dec 1885. Died 15 Jan 1973. Buried in Old Union Church Lanier County, Ga.(Burnt Church Rd).
Child of Perry Thomas Knight and Annie Lota Dugger:
James Perry KNIGHT Born 16 Aug 1911. Died 1 Jun 1984 in Polk Co. Ga. He married Betty Ann RHOADS, 22 Dec 1934. Betty Ann RHOADS - 108. Born 1 Jul 1913.
Child of James Perry Knight and Betty Ann Rhoads:
John Elwin KNIGHT
John Edward Knight married Monica.
John III Knight's
Jonathan (b.1781, Cheraw Dist., SC, married Elizabeth _ born 1787, Ga., d. 1860, Clay Co., Fla. Jonathan
died 1860, Clay Co., Fla.
A picture of the grave site of Jonathan and Elizabeth Knight can be seen
A Picture of Jonathan and Elizabeth Knight's son James Henry Knight can be seen here.
A picture of James Henry Knight's wife and daughter can be seen here.
Jonathan and Elizabeth had
the following children:
William b. 1806, m. Mary
____; Mary b. 1808, m. 15 Dec 1825, Lewis Roberts; Jonathan born 1811; James H.
born 1817, m. Cynthia Rowell; Thomas b. 10 Mar 1820;
Sarah b. 1824, m. Lewis L. McCall; Matthew Albritton
b. 1826, m. 14 Apr 1853, Mary E. Pace, d. Clay Co., Fla.; Nancy b. 1827, m.
Henry L. Wester; Elizabeth H. b. 1829, m. 28 Jan
1851, Hiram Prescott.
Jonathan Knight and his wife Elizabeth Tucker s daughter Mary married Lewis Roberts. Mary and Lewis Roberts son William Parker Roberts married Isabelle Bryan. William Parker and Isabelle Roberts daughter Blanche (born May 20, 1894 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida) married George Floyd Cardell (born January 5, 1890 in Starke, Bradford County, Florida). George Floyd and Blanche Cardell s son Floyd Alwyn Cardell (born February 21, 1914 in Jacksonville, Duval County, FL) married December 16, 1935 in Chicago, Cook County, IL Adolphine Dolly Becker (born February 5, 1914 in Chicago, Cook County, IL). George Floyd and Dolly Cardell s son Richard Bruce Cardell (born in Chicago, Cook County, IL and now living in Jacksonville, Duval County, FL) married Mary Francis. Richard Bruce Cardell contributed this information.
Jonathan and Elizabeth Knight's son James Henry Knight 1817-1888, married Cynthia Rowell Knight 1818-1891. They are both buried at Empire Cemetery, Mascotte, Lake County, Florida. James Henry and Cynthia Rowell Knight's son Elias Jeremiah Knight 1861-1949 married Jesse Ellen Dixon. Their daughter Amanda Cedell Knight 1901-1973, married Bart Miller 1898-1970. Amanda and Bart Miller's daughter is Aileen Miller Throop - 1919-2002, and their granddaughter is Dawn Claudia Throop. This family information was contributed by David Clay.
Abraham (b. 1789, Effingham Co, Ga.
(Effingham later became Bulloch Co.) married 17 Jan 1810 Sarah H. Tucker (b.
1796, GA., d. 1884, Little Creek Baptist Church, Wayne Co., GA. Abraham died 26
May 1867, Little Creek Baptist Church, Wayne Co., GA.
Abraham served under
Captain Scott's Co. Ga. Mil. WO-11542 during the War of 1812.
Abraham and Sarah had the
Samuel b. 1817, m. Mary E.
Hunter; Andrew J. b. 1818, m. Margaret Bennett; Thomas b. 1820, m. Susan
Hunter; Mary E. born 1821, m. Malachi Harper; Abraham b. 1826, m. Harriet Raulerson; Elijah Tucker b. 1829, m. Nancy Harper; Eliza b.
1838, m. Joshua Harper; Erastus b. 1844, m. Harriet
Abraham's son, Elijah
Tucker Knight, his son James Augustus, his son Dalton Henry Knight who settled
in Lakeland, Polk Co Florida in l933 having left Wayne County Ga never to return. He died in Fla in l949. This was contributed by
Chris Lewis from Florida, a descendant of Abraham on her
Abraham's son, Erastus Knight, b.1844 m. Harriet Eliza Jenkins, b. abt 1845 daughter: Sarah Ann Knight, b ? m. Reuben H. Ammons, b. 3 May 1853 daughter: Harriet "Hattie" Ammons & son: John Ammons. Sarah Ann Knight Ammons died when John was abt 5 months old and "Hattie" was abt 2 1/2 yrs. Hattie m. John Richard Franklin Hickox, b. 15 Sept. 1876 their daughter, Pearl Piccola Hickox, b. 13 Jan. 1916 married Arlie Pleasant Griffin, b. 30 April 1919. Their daughter, Angela Pearl Griffin Hatchett m. Jimmy David Hatchett. They have one daughter, Connie Denise Griffin Swanger. This information was contributed by Angela Hatchett, a descendant of Abraham Knight's son Erastus.
Samuel (b.1793, Effingham Co., GA. d 3 May 1879 Hillsborough Co.,
Fla) m. Mary Roberts (b.1793., SC, d 6 May 1875, FLA.)
Samuel and Mary had the
Fatima b. 18 Feb 1811, m. 9
Mar 1827, Enoch Collins; Moses b. 25 Feb 1813 d. 1815; Aaron b. 26 Feb 1815, m.
30 Sep 1840, Jane Varn; Jesse b. 18 Aug 1817; Thomas
b. 1 Mar 1820 d. 1828; Joel b. 24 Feb 1823 m. Virginia Mitchell b. 29 Mar 1848;
Frances b. 9 May 1825. m (1) John J. Zipperer m. (2)
Jacob Summerlin; Elizabeth b. 1 Mar 1827, m. 6 Feb
1842, Elhannon McCall; Mary b. 6 Mar 1829, m 10 Feb
1849, Geroge Hambleton;
Martha b. 3 Oct 1832, m. 25 Dec. 1849, Dr. Samuel B. Todd
Mary married a Hunter. She later married John Stewart. Mary and John moved from Georgia to Hamilton County, Florida. Their son John married Elizabeth Sutton. Information about Mary was contributed by Marlene Casey Stewart. Marlene's husband is a descendant of Mary Knight Stewart.
KNIGHT'S FAMILY IN BULLOCH COUNTY,
John Knight and Elizabeth
Woodson also had a son, Joseph Knight, born about 1748 in Virginia. He was still living in Virginia when his son William was
born about 1774. Joseph Knight is listed in 1784 in Gloucester County (Head of Families - Virginia Census
- R - 975.5293 VIR - Macon Library, Georgia). One of his early ancestor's,
Peter Knight, owned land in Gloucester County and represented that county in the
House of Burgess in 1684.
Joseph's mother Elizabeth
died about 1784. Joseph's son Charles was born in 1785 in Virginia according
to the 1850 Census in Washington Parish, LA. Proof of his age can be found
on his War of 1812 Pension application that was filed on May 4th, 1874,
in which he states that he was 88 years old.
There are no Knight's
listed on the Census of 1810 for Gloucester County, Virginia. (Microfilm Reel # M252-68) The last records of
Joseph in VA were property tax records in Glouster
Co., VA in 1787.
One researcher, Richard
Welch, lists Joseph Knight's birth as 1741 and death in 1824. He found Joseph Knight had Bounty land in Effingham County in 1788. This agrees with my research that Joseph moved
to Effingham County, which later became Bulloch County, in 1788, along with his brother
*Note: John Knight, who I believe was Joseph's
brother, acquired a 1000 acres of bounty land in Effingham County on August 6,
1788. This land later became part of Bulloch County.
It appears that their was a
swap of land made between John Knight, Joseph Knight and Thomas James Knight:
P. 36: JOHN KNIGHT to JOSEPH KNIGHT, deed dated 1790 for 200 acres in Effingham
Co. near Great Ogeechee. Witness: John London, JP.
and then the following: Joseph Knight to
THOMAS JAMES KNIGHT; deed dated Dec. 4, 1790 for tract of land (acreage not
stated) on NW side of Williamson's Creek, survey for Mark Pridgen,
lying near the Great Ogeechee River, the creek to be
the line between the parties. Witness:
John London, JP.
In 1792, Joseph Knight of Effingham County sold some land in Darlington District, SC that was originally granted to John
Knight 21 April 1775. Joseph and John's
father JOHN KNIGHT died sometime between the writing of his will on September
7, 1771 and
the probate date of March 12, 1772.
So the John who originally owned the land in Darlington, SC must have belonged to Joseph's brother
John. John and Joseph, observing their
land transactions in Georgia, apparently traded lands
P. 41: Joseph Knight of Effingham County to George McCall of Darlington Dist., SC, planter. Deed dated 28
for 300 acres in former Craven Co., now Darlington District SC, granted
John Knight 21 April 1775, lying on south side of Pee Dee River. Witnesses:
John Moore, JP; William McCall; John McCall JP.
In order to understand the
reason the Knights would have acquired this land on the Pee Dee River, you must go back to the Cone
family who were living in Bulloch County, Georgia along with the Knights.
John Knight's son William Anderson Knight
married William Cone's daughter Sara Cone.
John Knight's brother Joseph married Jerusha
Cone. They apparently met the Cones
while they were still living in South Carolina, because, just as the land that
Joseph sold to George McCall in Darlington, SC which was located on the south
side of the Pee Dee River --- William Cone was born in 1745 where he
lived on the PEE DEE RIVER in North Carolina (near the border of NC
and SC.) The Pee Dee River begins in North Carolina and flows into South Carolina.
William Anderson Knight married Sarah Cone in 1780 while they were both living in South Carolina. William Anderson's father, John Knight, III
married Rachael Frances "Fannie" Anderson on 9 Jan 1774, in Cheraw Dist. Chesterfield Co., SC. She was also born in Surrey, VA. The land that was sold in SC by Joseph was acquired by John in 1775, the following year after marrying Fannie. Joseph apparently acquired the land from John and sold it many years later when he was living in Bulloch County, Ga. Joseph also married one of the Cones in SC, so this, along with acquiring John's land on the Pee Dee River in SC, puts both Joseph and his brother John living in the same place, on the Pee Dee River in South Carolina, prior to coming to Bulloch County. This is another confirmation that Joseph and John were indeed brothers.
NOTE: Daniel Cone, who settled at Haddam, Conn., in 1662, was the American
progenitor. One of his descendants moved south and located on the PEE DEE RIVER in North Carolina. Here in 1745 was born William Cone...
William Cone married Keziah Barber, moved to Georgia, and was among the pioneer settlers
of Bulloch County. Taken from excerpts from Men of Mark in Georgia by Bernard Suttles, 1905.
Joseph Knight and his wife Jerusha
Cone were living in Bulloch Co, GA in the late 1700's. (There are records
in Bulloch Co, GA of a Jerusha Knight: Jan 1828. Inventory & appr. of estate of JERUSHA KNIGHT. Alexander Knight, adminr. by Isaac Richardson,
William Lee, George Mikell - This information was
found on a Cone Family web site. Gladys
Meeks Vindal in the Statesboro, GA library had her
name as Jerusha, but did not know her last name. The
estate was also listed here. The estate was also listed in the LA State
Archives, Baton Rouge, LA in a book entitled Georgia
Intestate Records by Jeannette Holland Austin, Genealogical Publishing Co.,
Inc. Baltimore 1986, page 183.
Also, all GA sources agree
that Joseph was the son of a John Knight. I found two sources in Statesboro
library, Gladys Meeks Vindal, (a descendent of James Monroe Knight, who was the son of
Joseph Knight's son, Francis Alexander) lists John as father; and a letter from
Adair, Kent, Ashby & McNatt
to Clerk of Superior Court, Columbia Co., GA, seeking information about
Joseph's father John. Bill Abram, who has done extensive research on the Georgia family, has John as his father.
Note: The John Knight that
was found in Columbia Co, GA could not have been the correct John Knight. John
Knight of Columbia Co. was John "Jackie" Knight b. Sept.
7, 1773 in
SC d. Jan 9, 1861 in Jones Co., Ms. Buried in Knight Cemetery, Jones
Co., MS. His wife's name was Keziah Davis b. 12-25-1778 in Appling, Columbia Co., GA d. 11-8-1859 in Jones Co., MS, buried in Knight
Cemetery, Jones Co. One of their
descendants was Newt Knight. You can
read all about him and his renegade army in Leaf River Swamp here.
Joseph and his family
probably moved to Effingham Co. which later became Bulloch Co. around the same
time as Joseph's brother John (around August 6, 1788). Joseph Knight was among those
listed on a petition to the Legislature of Georgia for a new county named
Bullock in the year 1795.
Very few records survive
from the period 1777 to 1790 in Effingham, so the story of the early settlers
is not very clear.
By Act of December
14, 1793 Screven County was formed from parts of Burke and Effingham Counties.
The following is the text
of the petition to the state convention asking that Bulloch County be created from Scriven
(now spelled Screven) and Bryan counties (part of Effingham Co. also
His Honor the Chairman And gentlemen members of the convention f the State of Georgia 1795
The Petition of the
Citizens of Scriven and Bryan Counties humbly sheweth that your Petitioners are desirous of representing
to your Honors. The inconveniency the Citizens of Scriven
County labour under, when of necessity they are
obliged to attend on public requisitions, having Ogeechee river
to cross, Generally full of water and badly accommodated with flats
As well your Petionioners pray your Honors will reflect a moment on
that Act Passed the last Session of the General Assembly "Ordering the
County of Bryan to extend from the Georgia coast to the lower line of Scriven County the full extent from the Georgia coast to
the lower line of Scriven County the full extent of
Chatham and Effingham counties, rendering it extremely inconvenient for the
inhabitants of the upper part to attend on public requisitions at Hardwick a
distance of at least sixty Miles.
Therefore under these
circumstances (unless a General mode for the Divison
of Counties should be adoped)
We petition your Honors
that the county of Bryan extend no farther up Ogeechee river
than Bryan's Cowpen (so called) fence
with a SoW direction 'till it intersect with Liberty county line. And that the
upper_____(having the aforesaid boundary) and that
part of Scriven County lying on the south side of
Great Ogeechee river as high up said river as Skulls
Creek be a separate and distant county - And to avoid a discontent, which would
otherwise consequently arise - let our public buildings be established as near
as convenient to the centre Thereof.
And your Petionioners will ever pray:
Jesse Hillard........ John Futch, Senr
David Johnston........ Apslom Vindon (?)
Johnston........ Thomas Futch
William Malyard ........
Jesse Mixon ........
Alexander Finey, Senr
........ William Mixson
Vinson Mixson........ Alexander Finey
William Woodcock, Senr........ Jehu Everitt
Tho Woodcock........ Thomas Parimore
........ John Wigins
William Woodcock, Junr........ John Cook
John Futch ........
Samuel Peacock ........ James Simmons
Thomas Hagin........ James Barden
John Hagin, Junr........ John Hill
William Wylder........ Barnet Mikell
Josiah Everitt........ James Lewis
Hennery Everitt ........
Robert Gill........ Joseph
James Gill ........ Robert Knight
Thomas Gill ........ John Martin
Lewis Cook........ John
William Almonds, Senr........ John Geiger
William almonds, Junr........ Abraham Geiger
........ Phelix Geiger
Chrisr Salter........ Cornelius Geiger
William Wise ........ John Lastinger
Henry Wise ........ David Lastinger
Hennery Chamless........ George Lastinger
Joseph Gobert........ John Grover
Hardy Deloatch, Senr ........ Solomon Grover
Hardy deloatch, Junr........ Abraham
........ John Huffman
Ephram Deloatch ....... John Shuffield
Adam Smith....... John
Joel Lauracy ........
James Mikell........ James Bennet
William Mikell........ Robt Parten
George Mikell........ Thomas Thompson
Thomas Mikell .......
Jno Mikell ....... Richard
____Mikell ........ Charles
John Everitt .......
William Cone .......
Isreal Harris....... Edward Mikell
........ Joshua Everitt
Abraham Bird ....... Arthur Kerby
John Hagin .......
John Deloatch ......
William Kerby .......
Aaron Cone ....... Alexander Lane, Junr
........ Alexander Lane, Senr
NOTE: The foregoing copy of
the Petition to form a new county was obtained from the Hargrett
Library of the University of Georgia by Smith C. Banks. The Petition was
transcribed by Evelyn Mabry. Several words are illegible. A few names may have
been lost. Pages of the original Petition, now tattered, were sewn together in
a scroll like manner. The Spirit of a People compiled by the Statesboro
Herald Publishing Company.
The Georgia Legislature
took lands from both Bryan and Screven Counties Feb. 8, 1796, for the purpose of creating
"Bullock" County. Although the legislative act created
"Bullock"; it should have been spelled "Bulloch" after the
man it was named for, Patriot Archibald Bulloch, the first president of Georgia when Georgia was a sovereign state during the
Revolutionary War. He was also one of Georgia's delegates to the Continental
Congress in Philadelphia from 1775 through 1776. He died in
1777 while holding the title of first governor of Georgia. Georgia Historical Society
Among those listed on the
petition of 1795 was a Thomas Knight. Joseph Knight had a son named Thomas. I believe that the older Thomas who was on
the 1795 petition was the son of John
Knight and the younger Thomas was the son of Joseph because John Knight left
Bulloch County around 1803, perhaps a little earlier, and Joseph Knight and the
younger Thomas remained in Bulloch County all of their lives. The younger Thomas would have been a very
young child when John Knight moved away, so it is unlikely that he would have
been John's son.
Furthermore, it is
confirmed by the following land acquisition that John and the older Thomas Knight
acquired their land at the same time, next to each other.
Bulloch Co., GA Records,
Deed Book AAAA and Record Book 5, 819-1840 (page numbers are to original
records, not this book) Deed Book AAAA p. 434, Thomas N. Morel, esq. of
Savannah, to Mr. John Rawls, Oct. 4, 1821, for 350 dollars that parecil of land originally granted to John Morel, esq, then in
Effingham Co., now in Bulloch, 1000 ACRES GRANTED AUG. 6, 1788, bounded at
the time of grand n.w. by Morel and Bowen's land, NE
by land reserved for JOHN AND THOMAS KNIGHT
and on every other side by vacant land and came to Thomas N. Morel, esq, as an heir of John Morel, esq. deceased. Wit: Job T.
Bolls, George L. Cope, Rec: Oct
The above land transaction confirms that John Knight moved
to Effingham County, later Bulloch County on Aug. 6, 1788.
I believe that Joseph Knight came at the very same time.
The older Thomas Knight is
listed on the 1820 Census of Bullock Co. with 2 females under 10, 1 female
26-45, 1 male 16-26, 1 male 45 & up. This Thomas
is not listed on the 1830 census in Bulloch County, so he apparently moved from the
area sometime after the 1820 census and before the 1830 census. The following land sale seems to confirm that
Thomas sold his land and left the area in 1823:
THOMAS KNIGHT, planter, to
Allen Denmark, Planter, Dec. 29, 1823, for 100 dollars, 250 acres in the 8th
District of Early Col, known as Lot #231. Wit James Denmark, Richard A. Lane, A. Rawls. Rec: Jan.
(sounds like he drew a lottery.)
There was also a Robert
Knight listed on the petition. He signed his name next to Joseph Knight. He was
probably an older son of Joseph. Records show that he acquired a 100 acre platt of land, Warrent
deed dated Nov. 24, 1800. Robert's land borders Joseph
Knight's on two sides. Robert is not
listed on the 1820 census records, so I believe that he moved away from the
area. Land records confirm that he did
sell his 100 acre platt next to Josephs before 1826
(probably quite sometime before this, because the estate of John Rawls was
settled in 1826, and part of his estate consisted of the 100 acres that was
previously owned by ROBERT KNIGHT:
Brown of Washington Co., Allen Rawls and
James Rawls, execs. of the will of John Rawls, to peter Cone,
highest bidder at public outcry, for $1,650, land on the Ogeechee River as follows: 100 acres original
granted to Oliver Bowen...a tract of 500
acres originally granted to John Knight; 100 acres originally granted to Robert Knight... Wit' Alexander
Knight, Abraham Richardson, JP. Rec: 22
This would also confirm
that John Knight lived next to Joseph and Robert Knight, because the land sold
above apparently joined. This convinces
me further that Joseph and John came to Bulloch County (previously part of
Effingham) around the same time, 1788, and were probably related (I believe
Apparently Peter Cone was
not interested in keeping the land because a few days later he resold it:
Feb. 18, 1825: Peter Cone
to Allen Rawls and James Rawls, $1,650 for the following lands on the Ogeechee River: 100 acres original granted to Oliver Bowen:
200 acres originally granted to John Knight (this was probably the land that
Joseph's brother John owned), 100 acres originally granted to ROBERT KNIGHT...Rec: Alexander Knight (probably Robert's brother), A.
Richardson, JP. Rec. Oct. 7, 1826.
In 1773, the Creek Indians
signed a treaty giving up the coastal islands between the mouth of the Ogeechee River and the mouth of the Altamaha River in return for debts they owed to
traders. This treaty opened up for settlement a large area which included
present day Bulloch County. This pine land was considered poor
and was not settled as rapidly as other sections of the state. However,
settlers did come. Hardy pioneers from Virginia, North Carolina and South
Carolina came into these lands, settling in what later became Screven and
Bulloch County. The land along the Ogeechee River was good oak and hickory land. This
was taken up and settled first. Behind this was the piney woods
which was settled slowly. The first settlers were stockmen. Spirit
of a People.
Joseph Knight lived near
the Ogeechee River in Bulloch County, GA. Joseph
lived on some of the best land, near the Ogeechee
River, and he had white hickory, oak, iron wood, and maple trees. His nearest
neighbor was John Rawls. John Rawls was a Justice of the Inferior Court of Bulloch County
Joseph Knight and Jerusha Cone had the following children: William, Robert, Charles,
Joseph, Thomas, and Frances Alexander.
1. William (born abt
1774 in Lunenburg County, Virginia) William Knight served as a witness to an
indenture in 1799 in Bulloch Co, GA in 1799 (Indenture - A John Lee, planter
and Elizabeth, his wife, and Burrel Whittington,
planter, both of Bulloch Co, Georgia, $60 for 200 acres bounded by James Mikell's Land. Witness: William Cone, Jr., William Knight,
William Cone, J.P. Source: Bulloch Co. Georgia - Genealogical Source Material
by Alvaretta Kenan Register
pg. 49, May 17, 1799 R. July 18, 1801.) I do not know if the William who
witnessed the land indenture was Joseph's son William or Joseph's nephew
William Anderson. Joseph was married to Jerusha Cone
and William Anderson was married to Sarah Cone.
2. Robert (unconfirmed, but VERY likely) He married Mary _____. There
is a Warrant dated Nov 24, 1800 for 100 acres of land in Bullock County for Robert Knight located next to
Joseph Knight. Robert also signed a petition in 1795 to form a new county. He
signed his name next to Joseph Knight's.
1806, ROBERT and MARY
KNIGHT were deeded land in Bulloch County.
There are land sales
records dated 1807 and 1809 for Robert Knight.
He apparently won the land lottery: Oct 28, 1807.
On March 19, 1808: Robert Knight, Bulloch Co. sold to Evan James,
Bulloch Co. 202 ac. in Baldwin Co. in 13th district, No. 55, which
tract was drawn by Robert Knight of Bulloch Co. signed by Robert and wife Mary.
The last land sale that I found for Robert was in 1809. I believe that Robert left Bulloch County Georgia around the same time as Charles, around 1809-1810.
It is believed that Robert moved to Baldwin County, Georgia, and died before 1820.
The following was contributed by Mike Elliot, a descendant of Robert Knight's son Henry.
Orphans of Robert Knight of Marshall District, Baldwin County,
Georgia drew lot #189. District 4 in 1820 Georgia Land Lottery.
This land was in Walton County, Georgia.
On 24 December 1831, Henry, Moses and Aaron, all of legal age,
orphans of Robert Knight and all of Walton County, Georgia sold
lot #189, they being 3 of 5 orphans. Sold to George Willingham
of Walton County, ?(Deed Book J, Pg. 239)?. The total acreage
of this land was 250-each child receiving 50 Acres so this was
probably 150 acres sold at this time.
On 24 December 1831, Henry Knight of Walton County, Georgia
sold his interest to lot #189 to George Willingham.
?(Book K, Pg. 56)?.
On 4 Jan 1833, George Willingham, guardian of Mary Ann Knight,
Orphan of Robert Knight, sold her share of 50 acres to
Richard Shipp. ?(Book K, pg. 74-75, Walton County)?.
On 8 May 1839, deed recorded in ?(Book M, Pg. 321)?,
John F. Knight sold to George Willingham of Forsyth County,
his interest in Lot #189, District 4, drawn by orphans of
3. Joseph S. Knight, Jr. (son of Joseph and Jerusha) Joseph was born abt 1786 and died about 1871. He was listed as 86 years old
on the 1870 Census in Bulloch Co., GA) He married Lurene
(also Syrene) "Renney"
Brown July 11, 1853, pg 185 Book 19 A and C Marriages.
The marriage was performed by Peter Cone. This was his second marriage.
Joseph and his 1st
wife Nancy -, died in 1852, appear to have had only
one child, a son named Joseph.
The 1840 Census in Bulloch
County lists Joseph Knight, Briarpatch, Bulloch Co.,
with 1 male between 50-60; 1 male between 15 and 20 (this is proabably his son Joseph) and 1 female betwen
50 and 60 (Nancy).
The 1850 census in Bulloch County lists Joseph Knight, 63 farmer $500
GA and wife Nancy, 63. Census:254R/272/280 p.31.
Census lists Joseph and Nancy's son, Joseph as 30 years old, 6th Subdiv. p. 253, w. Martha, 26; son William, 4;
son Edward, 3; son James, 2. Martha
was 36 years old in the 1860 census.
Joseph and Nancy's son, Joseph
Knight is listed in the 1860 Census as forty years old (born about 1820 in Bulloch County, GA.) His occupation was Farmer. This Joseph married
Martha M. Hagins on Dec. 3,
marriage was performed by Peter Cone.
Joseph and Martha Hagins had the following children: William, Edmund, James,
Thomas, John, Martha, Allen, and George.
1. George Randolph Knight, b. Sept. 19, 1865, Bulloch Co., Ga. d. November 05, 1920, Savannah, Ga. m. (1) Elizabeth Tooke Knight; m. (3) Harriette McIntgyre Grayson.
2. William T. Knight, b. Georgia
3. Edmund Knight, b. 1847, Georgia
4. Thomas J. Knight, b. October 21, 1850, GA; d. February 03, 1911, Bulloch Co., GA, buried Lanes Church Cemetery; m. (1) Frances Mikell; m. (2) Mary R. Hagan, November 18, 1874, Bulloch Co., GA.
The 1870 Census lists him as farm laborer, Born in GA.
The 1880 Census lists Thomas as 29 years old, occupation farming, wife Mary R. Knight age 30 born in Georgia, a son Lee H. Knight age 4, and a son Haywood Knight age 2. Next door was living Ben and Jane Cone and their children: Silva, Ben, Sarah, July, Turner and Nancy.
Thomas Joseph Knight had four sons and one daughter. One son
was named Ernest Clyde Knight(1887-1966) who married Adelia Martha "Mattie"
DeLoach (1889-1978). Ernest Knight worked for the Central of Ga R.R. until
1957. One of his sons that was born to him was Harold Fredric Knight
(1918-1989) who married Alice Mathis ( 1920-1994).
5. Martha F. Knight, b. 1857, GA.
The 1870 census lists her as a seamstress.
6. John S. Knight, b. 1854, Bulloch Co., GA; m. Julia S. Knight.
John S. Knight was born in 1855 or 1856, depending on when the census was taken. In 1920, he was living in Waycross and listed as a survivor ofhs brother George in the obit. The 1920 census gives their address as #39 Tebeau St., Waycross.
7. Allen A. Knight, b. 1859, Bulloch Co., GA: d. December 12, 1937, Glynn Co. Certificate #31907; m. Susie E. Knight.
1920 Brunswick - Glynn C. Census: Allen survived his brother George (obit). sheet 17, line 69, address: 708 I St. Brunswick, GA; children: Abbot C., 31; Ruby, 28, dtr in law and Clinton, Jr., grandson 9 monts. At time of death, living at 827 Union St. Brunswick, GA. He was 79. Death certificate states he was married, but doesn't give wife's name. Retired from the railroad. It says that he was born in Stillson, Georgia. The information was provided by A. G. Knight. Buried in Palmetto Cemetery, Brunswick. Died of myocarditis (heart). The 1870 census/farm labor.
8. James Knight.
In the 1860 Census, Joseph
and Martha Hagins' children were William age 14,
Edmund age 13, James age 12, Thomas age 9, John age 6, Martha age 5, and Allen
age 1. In the 1870 census, William and Edmund are not listed. Another child was
born to them, George age 7.
Joseph, Jr. (Charles
Knight's brother) was 76 in the 1860 census. He was a farmer. His wife Cyrene Brown was 31. Their children were Charles age 6
(born abt 1854), Rebecca age 5 (born abt 1855), Jerusha age 3 (born abt 1857), and Elizabeth age 2 (born abt
Joseph, Jr. and Nancy___'s son Joseph Knight and his wife Martha Hagin are living in Millray PO in
1860, Bulloch County.
Joseph, 40, farmer, Real Estate $1,300; w. Martha, 36 housekeeper; son
William, 14; Edmund, 13; James, 12; Thomas, 9; John, 4; Martha, 5; and Allen,
In the 1870 Census Bulloch
Co. p. 207B: Joseph Knight 49, b. GA, Farmer, Real Estate $600. w. martha, 46, b. GA, Housekeeper, Illiterate; son Thomas, 19,
b. GA, farm labor; son John, 16, b. GA, farm labor; dtr
Martha, 13, b. GA seamstress; son allen, 11, B. GA,
farm labor; son George R. 7, b. GA; son Horace, 1, b. GA
Four doors away was his
father Joseph, now 86 years old. His wife "Renney"
was 41. Jerusha was 13, Elizabeth 11, and their new
son Alexander age 7 (born abt 1863). Their children
Charles and Rebecca were not listed. They probably died.
The 1880 census of Brier Patch, Bulloch County, shows Serrena Knight as head of household, 55 years old, occupation farming, daughter Elizabeth age 21 at home, son Alexander age 19 work in farm, and also lists Peggy Sloan living with them, age 100, black, born in North Carolina, occupation at home, father's birthplace North Carolina, mother's birthplace North Carolina. Serrena's husband Joseph, Jr. died in 1871. Peggy Sloan, age 100, black, is living with the family. She was probably a slave prior to the Civil War and was made a part of the family after slavery ended. She obviously meant a lot to the family.
Joseph's will was probated Dec
3, 1871. He left his estate to Surenea
whom he married in 1853, daughter Jurusha, Surena, Eliz. Martha, son Alexander
Stephen Knight. There was no
mention of his son Joseph by his first marriage to Nancy, perhaps because his son Joseph had
his own estate and his other children were still minors.
Charles Knight's brother,
Joseph, Jr., is believed to be buried in a cemetery in Bulloch County located where Lane Road runs into
old River Road. Take a left turn. The old cemetery is on the right
side of the road adjacent to the first house; on the right side of the house.
There are no visible signs of any graves. The person who once owned the
property cleared the grave site and threw away the old wooden grave markers. A
house was built on the property, and the grave site is part of their yard. This
information was obtained from Horace E. Knight of Bulloch County, Georgia, descendent of Charles Knights brother, Frances Alexander. Horace said that he
tried to buy the grave yard from the person who cleared the gravesite, so that
he could save the graves, but they would not sell it to him. He kept one of the
old wooden markers and put it in the church grave yard that his family is
buried in. We saw the old marker. It is at the Lanes Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery near Stilson, Ga., Bulloch County.
4. Charles - All Georgia researchers agree that Joseph
Knight had a son named Charles, but they knew nothing about him. Property
records and marriage records are vital information for tracing ancestors; and
because Charles left Bulloch County, Georgia as a young man, without owning land
and before he was married, he left few clues to trace him. Charles was born in
1785 in Virginia, left Bulloch County about 1810, moved to Washington Parish,
LA, and married Susannah Williams 17 Jan 1822, in Washington Parish. Susannah's
mother Penelope Richardson and her father William Williams were also from Bulloch County, Georgia.
5. Francis Alexander (Alex) (born about. 1787 which at the time was called
Effingham Co., Ga. -married in 1822 - died in 1852 in Bulloch Co., GA.) married
Sarah "Salety" Lowther
(b. 1799 - d. 1859). She was the
daughter of John Lowther and Mary Hagin.
P. 403 (Common School
Fund), giving parents and children, with dates of birth: ALEXANDER KNIGHT AND
SANDY: James M. Aug. 31, 1823; Thomas, Nov. 22, 1824; Charles, March 29, 1825
or 26; Green H., May 9, 1830; Alexander, April 22, 1832; Alfred, Feb. 22, 1834;
Catherine, Feb. 5, 1838 or 39.
P. 379: Received of CHARLES
KNIGHT, my guardian, $1,755.24, being my part of the estate of my father
ALEXANDER KNIGHT, except my portions of the lands. Signed: ALFRED KNGIHT.
Alex and Sarah's children
were: James Monroe, Thomas, Charles, Green H., Alexander, Alfred, and Salety Catherine.
The 1850 Census in Bulloch County lists Alexander Knight, 63 or 65 -
6th Subdiv. p. 253 K523
for soundex; w. Sarah, 51; son Thomas 24 or 29; son
George 17; son Alexander 17 (not legible); unable to read this entry; dtr Rebecca, 12.
In the 1860 Census, Bulloch
County, Frances Alexander's son Alfred is listed as 26, Farmer, Millray PO, Real Estate $4,260, w. America, 18; listed as a Lodger is Alfred's brother
Charles Knight, 34, Farmer, personal property $6,280.
P. 360: Nov.
Commissioners return. At the division of
the Negro property belonging to the estate of ALEXANDER KNIGHT, deceased, the
following heirs drew numbers, to wit: Green H. Knight, James M. Knight,
Alexander Knight, Alfred Knight, Thomas Knight, Charles Knight, S.C. Knight, Seleta Knight. Signed as Commissioners: R.A. Lane, Allen Rawls, Haskel
Simmons, *JOSEPH KNIGHT, JR., John Lee. (Joseph, Jr. was the brother of
Alexander and the son of Joseph Knight, father of Charles Knight of Washington
James Monroe (b. 31 Aug
1823, Bulloch Co., GA, married Jane Butler 20 May 1853, in Wilkinson Co., GA.
Died August 11, 1892 in Wilkinson Co., GA, Red Level Cemetery.
Thomas (born Nov.
22, 1824 -
died Feb. 7, 1871) married Rebecca Wilson 10
The marriage was performed by William Williams. Rebecca was born Nov.
She died March 3, 1880. Thomas and Rebecca are buried in Knight Cemetery.
The 1860 census in Bulloch
County lists Thomas Knight, 35, farmer b. GA p. 847, Real Estate $1000; w.
Sarah (middle name Rebecca). She is
listed as a widow on the 1880 census.
She died March 3, 1880.
son Andrew, 5; son James, 3; dtr Sarah, 1. Two
doors down: Edward, 29. No other information about him. (Thomas Knight's brother Alfred Knight and his wife America Wilson Knight had a son named Edward.)
Their children were John
A., Andrew Jackson buried in Knight Cemetery, James H. buried in Knight Cemetery, Sarah U (Or V), William R. buried
Cemetery, Frances Ophlia
buried in Lanes Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, T. F. buried in Knight Cemetery, and Horace E. is buried in Lanes Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Thomas and Rebecca's son
Horace E. Knight was born Sept 29, 1868. He died Dec.
He married Susie G. Knight (born May 20, 1884 - died Feb. 4, 1976). They are both buried in Lanes Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery near Stilson, Ga. (Bulloch County).
*Lane's Primitive Baptist Church began in 1805 near the Ogeechee River on land donated by Richard Lane. In the 1880s, when the population
shifted away from the river, services were discontinued. In 1884 a committee
from Upper Black Creek Church helped reorganize Lane's Church. W.
J. Strickland donated the land near Stilson for the
new church. Spirit of the People.
The 1870 census shows
Thomas as age 45, Rebecca age 40, John A. age 17, Andrew J. age 15, James H.
age 13, Sarah V.(orU) age 11, William R. age 9,
Frances O. age 4, and Horace E. age 1. (T. F. was born in
1870, probably after the Census was taken.) Thomas' occupation was
Thomas was only 45 or 46
years old when he died. After his death,
his brother Charles married Thomas' wife Sarah Rebecca. Charles is buried in the same cemetery as
Thomas and Rebecca, 3 sons and a grandson.
The 1880 Bulloch Co. Census
499/269/269 p. 71 shows Sarah "Rebecca" is married to Thomas' brother Charles
Knight after Thomas' death. She married
him April 21, 1875 in Bulloch County, Georgia.
Rebecca died March 3, 1880, and in the 1880 Census, Charles is
married and living with Rebecca and her children. Charles
died Feb. 18, 1887.
Knight, Charles 54,
Rheumatism; wife Sarah R. (Rebecca) 52; Andrew J. 25; James H. 22; Sarah L. 21;
William R 19; Frances O 14; Horris E. 11; Thomas F 9.
They are buried in Knight Cemetery. The cemetery is located right off Old River Road near Leefield, GA (Bulloch Co.), on Shearouse Landing (Shearouse
Landing use to be called Knights Landing). It is located in a field next to a
country road, fenced in, with a field on three sides. There are only eight
graves in the cemetery: Alexander's son, Thomas; Rebecca; Thomas' brother,
Charles; three of Thomas and Rebecca's sons: James H., T. F., William R., and
Andrew Jackson. Another grave is for Forest Knight. Forest Knight was born May 29, 1872, after Thomas died. On the 1910 Census in Briar Patch, Bulloch County, GA, there is a Forest Knight age 37, Ed Knight age 38, and Claude Knight age 48 living with mother "Amersea" Knight age 69. Her name was probably America. America Wilson married Charles and Thomas' brother Alfred. Her son Forest is probably the one buried in the cemetery along with Thomas and Rebecca Wilson Knight and their children and Thomas' brother Charles Knight.
Thomas Knight's marker
reads: (This was the son of Charles Knight's brother, Alex.)
Nov 22, 1824
Feb. 7, 1871
Thomas Knight's wife
Rebecca's marker reads:
Nov. 1, 1829
Mar. 3, 1880
Mother thou hast from
To the regions far above
We to thou direct this
by our love.
Thomas' brother, Charles'
marker reads: (This was the son of Charles Knight's brother, Alex.)
Our Uncle Charles Knight
Nov. 15, 1826
Feb. 18, 1887
May he find joy in
the life everlasting.
Thomas and Rebecca's son
James' marker reads:
April 30, 1857
May 5, 1891
Another son of Thomas and
Rebecca's marker reads:
June 30, 1870
Oct 17, 1902
Thomas and Rebecca's son
William's marker reads:
Jan 10, 1861
July 3, 1906
Thomas and Rebecca's son
Andrew Jackson's marker reads:
August 15, 1854
June 28, 1909
Forest Knight's marker
May 29, 1872
March 25, 1915
NOTE: Information about
this cemetery was obtained from Horace E. Knight of Brooklet, GA (Bulloch County) a descendant of Thomas Knight (son
of Frances Alexander) through his son Horace E.
Charles born November
died February 18, 1887, buried in Knight Cemetery along with his brother Thomas. After
the death of his brother in 1871, Charles married Thomas' wife Sarah Rebecca on
April 21, 1875.
Green H. born 9
May 1830, married America Cone.
William Alexander born 20
Apr 1832, married Margaret R. (Mikell) Rawls 7 April 1858. He died in 1867 in Bulloch County, Georgia.
Alford born 22
married 13 or 15 Jan 1860, America Wilson (pg. 56 Book 19 A and C Marriages
1857-67, 1867-68). Alford died in 1870
The 1860 Census 847/471/474
p. 51, in Bullock County lists his birth year as 1834; farmer, Value of real
estate $4,260; personal $8,270, Millray P.O., Census
taken July 14, 1860. Alford Knight 26,
farmer, wife America, 18; Charles, 34 farmer. Census has Charles, 34, (Charles is the son
of Francis Alexander and the brother of Alford.
Charles married his brother Thomas' wife
Rebecca Wilson). Charles had personal
property $6,280; farmer.
Salety Catherine born 5
married 13 Dec 1856, James W. Moore. The ceremony was
performed by Peter Cone, pg 227, Book 19, A and C
marriages 1857-67 - 1867-68.
Joseph and Jerusha Knight's children continued:
6. Thomas Knight (born in 1790 in Effingham, now Bulloch Co., GA - died in
1853 in Bulloch Co., GA) He married married (2)
Frances Mikell 25 Sep 1817 Ref. Bk. 2-A. p.13; 1850
Census P 253 Fm 258 - Bulloch Co., GA. The marriage was performed by John
In the 1850 Bulloch Co.
Census 253R/251/258/ p. 29: Knight, Thomas, 60, Farmer $3,000, born GA; w.
Frances, 50; Edward 17; Sophany 15; Frances 12.
James Cones family lived
next door to Thomas and Frances in the 1850 Census.
P. 365: 16 March 1851. Inventory and appraisement of the estate of THOMAS KNIGHT, SR.
P. 365: 15 Dec. 1853.
Certification of appraisal and valuation of the goods, chatetels
of THOMAS KNIGHT, SR., deceased. Signed A. Rawls, CHARLES KNIGHT (son of Frances
Alexander Knight - buried in the old Knight Cemetery on Shearouse Landing Road) R.A. Lane, A.J. Wilson, Augustus Lanier, JP.
Thomas' brother Joseph
Knight and an E. Knight were the administrators:
15 Dec 1853. A list of sale of estate of THOMAS KNIGHT, SR. Signed:
JOSEPH KNIGHT AND E. KNIGHT, Admrs. (E. Knight was
probably Thomas' son Edward Knight.) In
the 1860 Census Edward, 29 years old, is living 2 doors down from his first
cousin, Francis Alexander Knight's son, Thomas Knight and his wife Rebecca and
Thomas Knight and Frances Mikell's children were William (born Jan.
Margaret (born Oct. 30, 1825), Allen (born Jan 11, 1829 or 30);
Thomas Edward (born March 30, 1831); Sophany
P. (Born Feb 5, 1833 or 35) married Peter C. Shuffield
24 Oct 1855; and Frances (born Dec. 26, 1839).
The 1880 census lists Thomas Knight and his wife Francis Mikell's son Thomas Edward as 49 years old, occupation farmer, wife America Knight, 39 years old and keeping house, a son Charles age 18 at school, a son Claudius age 16 at school, a daughter Florence 14 years old at school, a son Horris age 7, a daughter Velarer age 3, a daughter Aarelia age 2, and also living with them was America's mother Mary Wilson age 72.
Thomas Knight bought land
next to his brother Frances Alexander on April 29, 1829.
This had to be the Thomas Knight, brother to Frances Alexander, and not
Frances Alexander's son Thomas because Frances Alexander Knight's son Thomas
was not born until Nov. 22, 1824.
Record Book 5, p. 6: James
Rawls to THOMAS KNIGHT "from pure motives," a parcel of land granted and sold
to KNIGHT on April 6, 1829, beginning at a pine tree at the corner of Peter
Cone's property, when the dividing line was run between ALEXANDER and THOMAS
KNIGHT, in the ede of that little brance
on the lower or south side, thence to a stake corner in the field on the
dividing line that runs to the swamp. Wit: ALEXANDER KNIGHT, A. Rawls, Rec. April
*NOTE: Information about
the children of Frances Alexander and Thomas was found on the Common School
Fund list: Records in Office of Probate Judge, Bullock Co., Ga. representing bills submitted by
individual teachers to the County Commissioners or Treasurer, and listing
"scholars" whom they taught. The state paid three months tuition for
"poor" students. This does not mean that Alex and Thomas Knight's
children were covered. The teachers would list "all" of their
students. It was later decided which students were covered.
Thomas and Frances- daughter, Frances Knight (born 25
died 28 June 1896, buried in Lee Cemetery, Bulloch
Co., GA) married James Madison Lee 7 March 1872. The marriage was performed by J.R.
Miller (pg. 44 Book 19 a and C marriages
1857-67-1867-68). Frances and James' son Thomas Franklin Lee (born 30
died 22 April 1932, b. Lee Cemetery), Daughter Lela Lee (b Sept
13, 1877 -
d July 10, 1882, buried Lee Cemetery) and a son Rufus Lee (born March
15, 1875 -
died August 4, 1878, buried Lee Cemetery).
By the 1820 Census of
Bulloch Co., GA, only Alex (Francis Alexander), Joseph, and Thomas are still
living in Bulloch Co., GA. Charles, Robert and William Knight are not listed on
1820 Census in Bulloch Co.
It is not known when
Charles' father Joseph died. He died prior to a copy of an agreement dated Jan.
31, 1823, Bulloch Co., Ga. between Alexander Knight and Thomas Knight of same
County, "heirs of Joseph Knight...our father." Their mother Jerusha Knight's estate was administered by Alexander
Knight in 1828.
ALEXANDER KNIGHT and THOMAS
KNIGHT, for 150 dollars, binds Alexander Knight as
administrator of the estate of JERUSHA KNIGHT. Rec Jan.
26 Jan. 1828 Inventory and apprisement of estate of
Alexander Knight, admir. by Issac Richerdson, William Lee and
William (Choctaw Bill)
Williams and Penelope Richardson also lived in Bulloch Co., GA. There were many
Williams in Bulloch County. Many of them remained there all of
their lives. I have not been able to determine which Williams was the father of
William Williams. A James Williams was granted land in Effingham County which became Bullock County in 1796. He would have lived near
the Knights and Richardsons. He was born in 1757 in North Carolina, the son of David Williams. He
married in 1777 to Elizabeth Callaway, born in 1759 in North Carolina. He served in the Revolutionary War
in both North Carolina and Georgia and was in the Battle of Kettle
Creek. He died in 1817 in Bulloch County. A Frederick Williams also lived in
Bulloch County. He was born in 1751 in North Carolina, the son of James Williams and Mary
Wallace Williams. He was a private in the Georgia Militia. He died in 1821 in Bulloch County. It is not known if he married. It
is very unlikely that either brothers Seth or Samuel
Williams was the father of "Choctaw Bill". Seth married Elizabeth
Godfrey in 1790, and Samuel married Delilah Nevill in
1784. Neither men would have been old enough to have a
granddaughter Susannah Williams, wife of Charles Knight. These accounts of the
Williams' families were taken from records of the DAR and published in Spirit
of a People.
In late 1790, John Crawford
and Philip Mathews, Burke Circuit preachers, met with John Hodges, his sons,
and, most likely, members of the neighboring Mizell and Williams families to
create a Methodist Society that would shortly become Union Church, Bulloch County's oldest Methodist Church. It was started in the home of
Joshua Hodges, Sr. which was located on the western side of the Ogeechee River in what would later become Bulloch County. However, many of the Williams
families in Bulloch County remained Baptist.
Mizell of Bulloch County maried Susannah Carter in
1797. She was
the daughter of Matthew Carter. Griffin was the son of William Mizell.
Mizell, Jr. of Bulloch Cty. married
Polly Love in 1802.
Benjamin Richardson of Bulloch County married Nancy Hendrix in 1802. They
moved to Washington Parish, Louisiana. He was the son of Benjamin
Richardson and Sarah Mizell Richardson. He was the brother of Penelope. Information on Some Georgia Pioneers - Maddox.
Benjamin, John (married
Fannie Richardson 5-10-1800 in Bulloch Co., GA) and Widow Richardson are
listed on the 1820 Census in Washington Parish, LA.
The soil in Georgia was very poor and Georgia weather was either flood or
drought, and it was either too hot or too cold. There were very freightening thunderstorms. Living was a struggle in the Georgia backcountry. Many of the westward-bound
pioneers were eager to sell their property at any price. Spirit
of a People.
Among those who left
Bulloch County were "Choctaw Bill" Williams who traveled from Georgia
to Louisiana trading with the Choctaw Indians in Washington Parish, LA, his
family settled around Covington; Charles Knight (Charles was unmarried, a
brother is believed to have moved to Miss., so he might have also traveled with
him) settling in Pine, the Mizells (John and David
Mizell are listed on the 1820 Census in Washington Parish, LA) and the Richardsons (Widow Richardson, Benjamin and John are listed
on the 1820 Census in Washington Parish. They all moved to the Florida Parishes
around 1810, however, it is unclear if they came at the same time. Penelope (b.
1775 GA. d. 1841) and William Williams (d. abt 1825)
are buried in the Richardson Cemetery.
Baptist was the dominant
religion in Bulloch County, Georgia. It is evident by the lives of
Charles and Susan Knight and their family, that Charles brought his deeply
rooted Baptist beliefs of Bulloch County with him to Washington Parish, LA.
The first Baptist church in the state of Louisiana was established near Franklinton, LA in 1812 on the Bogue Chitto River.
Charles died April
Charles and Susannah Knight are buried in the Enon Baptist Church Cemetery in Enon, LA. Many of the Knight family are
buried in Enon Baptist Church. Knight's
are still attending this old country church, and the Baptist religion is still
prevalent among the Knight family.
It is believed that Charles
Knight of Washington Parish had five brothers. One of the brothers is believed
to have moved to Mississippi. (144485-Washington Parish Library-Franklinton,LA-Family History of the William Penn Knight Family).
The brother who lived in Mississippi was probably either William or
Richard. Joseph, Alex and Thomas remained in Bullock County for the rest of their lives.
The following history of
the Cone Family was taken from excerpts from Men of Mark in Georgia by
Bernard Suttles, 1905, Contributed by Nell Campbell:
The Cone Family
For one hundred and thirty
years the Cone family has been contributing in each generation splendid
citizens and soldiers to the service of Georgia and Florida. Previous works of history and
biography have dealt with this family in a very meager way, as will appear from
William Cone, the Elder.
Daniel Cone, who settled at
Haddam, Conn., in 1662, was the American
progenitor. One of his descendants moved south and located on the Pee Dee River in North Carolina. Here in 1745 was born William
Cone, the Revolutionary soldier, who is generally believed to have been a son
of William, though this is not altogether certain, as his father's name may
have been Aaron. Previous to the Revolution, William Cone married Keziah Barber, moved to Georgia, and was among the pioneer settlers
of Bulloch County. He was an ardent patriot and
during the Revolution saw service in McLean's regiment and under Gen. Francis Marion. This Capt.
William Cone was a terror to the Tories, as several incidents will show. When
the notorious Tory, McGirth, and his followers were
terrorizing that part of the State, it was learned that one Cargill harbored
the Tories and gave them information about the Whigs. Cargill was advised that
it meant death if he was again found in company with McGirth.
not long after, when William Cone was hunting deer on
the Ogeechee he saw them together in the woods. He shot Cargill,
but McGirth escaped, and the next day when they went
to bury the dead man it was found that the wolves had almost devoured his body.
At another time the Tories
fell on an unsuspecting settlement, stole the settlers' horses, and carried
away everything possible. Headed by Captain Cone, the settlers pursued them
down into what is now Tatnall County. Finding after a shower of rain
that they were close on their heels, they sent forward one of their number to
reconnoiter. The approach of this man became known to the Tories through one of
the stolen horses, and one of their number, starting
out to learn the cause of their confusion, was shot dead by the scout, who was
concealed behind a log. This was the signal for an attack, and the patriots
rushed forward, drove the Tories into the Ohoopee River and recovered their stolen goods.
It is said that this raid broke the power of the Tories in that community.
At the close of the
Revolution, Captain Cone returned to the pursuits of peace near Ivanhoe, and in
1796 was foreman of the first grand jury raised in Bulloch county.
He died in 1815, about seventy years of age. It is a tradition in the Cone
family that three brothers of Capt. William Cone fell in battle during the
Revolutionary War, William being the sole survivor of the four brothers. He
reared three sons and nine daughters. Of his sons, Aaron Cone was the only one
who remained in Bulloch County, and he was the father of six sons
and six daughters.
Gen. Peter Cone was the
eldest child of Aaron Cone and grandson of Capt. William Cone. His father,
Aaron Cone, was born October 31, 1766, before the family left North Carolina. In 1788 he married Susan Marlow,
and Peter Cone was born at Ivanhoe, Bulloch County on August 6,
father was a wealthy man, owned large landed estates with many slaves, and
carried on extensive planting operations. he was much
esteemed in Bulloch county, a member of the Baptist church, and died at
Ivanhoe, Bulloch county on June 6, 1835, being then nearly sixty-nine years
old. When the War of 1812 began, inheriting the family trait, Peter Cone
enlisted, became a captain, and was stationed at Fort Sunbury. In 1818 he served under General
Andrew Jackson in this Florida campaign. At the outbreak of the
Civil War, Peter Cone was the senior major-general of the militia of the State
of Georgia. Early in the thirties he became a member
of the General Assembly and remained in that body continuously for thirty
years. It is said that this is the longest continuous service by one man in the
history of Georgia. he was a
most influential man in his section of Georgia, and absolutely dominated Bulloch County for thirty years. A notable
character in his day, he was held in much esteem by the public men of that time
and lived until the year 1866. He never married.
William Cone, the Younger
When the break-up occurred
in the family of Capt. William Cone, the elder, after the Revolutionary War,
Aaron remained in Bulloch County. Joseph moved to Thomas County, and William, junior, moved to Camden County. William, Jr. was a very notable
man. He represent Camden county for
twenty three years in the Georgia legislature. He was born in 1777,
and when the War of 1812 broke out was a man of thirty-five, in the prime of
life. He inherited the reckless courage of the Cone family and became a captain
in that war. It is related that in his infancy a body of Tories and British
came to his father's house seeking the elder Cone, cut open a feather bed upon
which the baby was resting, and poured baby and feathers out together, and the
little fellow was nearly suffocated before he was rescued. His military career
in fighting the British, Indians and Spaniards was even more notable than that
of his father. In the War of 1812 he served under General Newnan on the St.
Mary's and St. John's Rivers. He was a participant in a campaign
against the Alachua Indians, engaging in a hand-to-hand fight with an Indian at
Alligator, killing his antagonist with clubbed musket after he had exhausted
his ammunition. Returning form this expedition, they had to live on horse meat
for quite a time. He took part in the defeat of the British naval expedition on
St Mary's river, and in the operations against St. Augustine so incurred the hostility of the
Spanish that they offered a reward of ten thousand dollars for his head. One of
the brilliant exploits of that war was his defeat of the British on the St.
Mary's in 1815. Twenty-three barges loaded with British soldiers ascended the
river for the purpose of burning Major Clarke's mill. The enemy intended to
land at a place called Camp Pinckney and march
to Clarke's mill on the Spanish creed some three miles distant. Captain Cone
with twenty-eight men was concealed in the palmettoes
which lined the river banks, and his men being expert riflemen, opened fire on
the barges. The bargers replied with cannon and
small-arms fire, which was ineffective. For several miles Captain Cone's men
took advantage of every turn of the river and and at
every shot brought down a man. Finally the British unable longer to stand the
fire, retraced their course to St. Mary's. Upon their arrival at St. Mary's
they reported one hundred and eighty men killed and as many wounded. Some time
after the war Captain William Cone settled in Florida and as late as 1842 represented Columbia county in
the Florida State Senate. He died at Benton, Columbia County, Fla., on August 24,
was buried at Prospect church cemetery in Hamilton county. He
was eighty years old at the time of his death. He had married Sarah Haddock, in
Camden county, Ga., about 1815.
William Burrows Cone
Judge Wm. B. Cone was a
grandson of the fiery old Tory-hating captain, through the son who moved to Southwest Georgia [Joseph]. His mother was a Wadsworth. The family settled in Dooly county in 1832, and the father dying soon after, the lad
became the mainstay of his mother, who had the children to rear. In 1835, then
just a man, he married Elizabeth Mobley and settled down to farming. In a few
years he became one of the leading men of this county, which he represented in
the legislature in 1847 and 1850, and there met his kinsmen, Judge Francis Cone
and General Peter Cone. Returning home from the general Assembly, he was
elected Judge of the Inferior Court of Dooly county,
which position he held continuously until the close of the Civil war. After the
War he lived in retirement at his handsome country home until his death in
1877, leaving the reputation of an horrible, capable
man a a pure patriot.
The Later Generations
William Cone, the younger,
left a family of sons who made a remarkable military record. His oldest son,
B.N. Cone was captain of a company during the Indian wars in Florida, a daring and reckless officer.
Another son, Capt. William H.[William Haddock] Cone,
served as captain during the Seminole war in 1857 and made the most important
campaign and capture of Indians during that war. later
he served as captain of a cavalry company in the Confederate army. Another son,
Peter Cone [Simon Peter], was lieutenant in the Indian war and served as first
lieutenant in the Confederate army. The fourth son, J.B. Cone [James Barnard
Cone], was considered the most powerful man physically in the State of Florida. He served in the Indian war of
1857 and was lieutenant of cavalry in the Confederate army. The fifth and
youngest son, C.F. Cone [Charles F.], served as lieutenant in the Indian war of
1857 and was captain of a cavalry company in the Confederate army. D.N. Cone
[Daniel Newsome], a son of Capt. B.N. Cone and a grandson of Capt. William
Cone, served the entire four years as a member of the Confederate army, and his
son, Hutch I. Cone, entered the United States navy and has shown such brilliant
qualities that he has risen by rapid steps to be chief of the Bureau of
Engineering, with the rank of rear-admiral. F. P. Cone, now a member of the
Florida State senate, is another grandson of William Cone, Jr. T. J. Cone, now
a prominent citizen of Florida, is a descendant of the old Revolutionary
captain through the son who moved to Southwest Georgia, being grandson of Judge
Wm B. Cone.
Going back to Georgia, we find that Gen. Peter Cone had a
brother James. Col. J. S. Cone [Joseph Smith Cone], son of James and nephew of
Peter, entered the Confederate army in 1861 as a lieutenant, later promoted to
captain, and for distinguished bravery in the battle of Chickamauga was, on the recommendation of Gen.
John C. Breckinridge, promoted to major. At John's Island, Colonel Cone was the leader of the
assault; he commanded the fort at Secessionville in
the fall of 1864, and in the battle of Honey Hill was badly wounded an promoted to lieutenant-colonel. His name appears on the Chickmauga monument, and Camp 1227, United Confederate
Veterans, bears his name. from 1870 to 1875, Colonel
Cone, following in the footsteps of this distinguished uncle, served his
district in the State senate of Georgia. Depressed by the death of his
devoted wife and business losses, he with drew from public life, and has since
lived a retired life in Bulloch county. His old regiment, the Forty-seventh
Georgia, bore the brunt of many a hard struggle. When sent to the relief of Vicksburg, it mustered 1,100 men. Later on,
when sent to Charleston, Colonel Cone, then in command
reported 150 muskets.
The record above given
shows that this family has been represented numerously in all the struggles of
our country from the Revolutionary War down, and that in times of peace it has
had many strong members of the various legislative bodies. The family record is
indeed a remarkable one and worthy of preservation in our annals for the great
qualities shown--bravery, patriotism, good business capacity, sound legislative
judgment, and unfailing loyalty to country. --Men of Mark in Georgia by Bernard Suttles,
William Cone came to North Carolina to South Carolina and then to Georgia. He was born about 1745 and died in
1822. The latter part of the war he fought Tories in this section of Ga. He lived in what is now Bulloch County and died in Ivanhoe. Hs grave is
east of Joe Cone's field in a thickly wooded section between the Old River Road and the Ogeechee River. It is identified by a marker
erected by the DAR. He was married to Kesiah Barber. Story of Bulloch County Pub. by Bulloch
Co. Historical Society, 1973.
The Civil War in Bulloch County was generally a time of fear and
hiding for civilians. Yankee soldiers coming through the area killed live
stock, stole their food, and destroyed what they could not carry off. Of the
750 white men of Bulloch County at the time, 600 entered the miliary service of the Confederate States of America. It is doubtful that any county
paid a higher price to the Confederacy. The U.S. Census of 1870, four years
after the war ended, show less than 10 percent of the population of Bulloch County was made up of white men between
the ages of 22 and 40. T.Y. Aiken from Bulloch County was in the 47th Regiment
of the Georgia Infantry. He won the honor of being the ugliest soldier in the
Confederacy from a soldier in the 60th Regiment. The commanding
officer was the final judge. Spirit of a People.
Ivonhoe in Bulloch County, Georgia no longer exists. All that is left
is an old abandoned house and some fields. It was located at 32- 17; N
81 28 39; W, Elevation 94 feet; GA-119 CONN. near
GA-119, Ivanhoe, Bulloch County, Georgia. A right turn onto GA-119, a few
feet ahead, will take you to the bridge that separates
Bulloch and Effingham Co.
Land Records - Bulloch County, Georgia
Richardson Land Indentures
Pictures of Bulloch County, Georgia
Thomas J. Knight Family - Bulloch County, Georgia
Captain Jonathan Knight Family - Bulloch County Georgia to Florida