James R. Knight
|About James R. Knight|
James R. Knight was born on June 27, 1838 in Houston County, Georgia and died on October 7, 1911 in Randolph County, Georgia. He lived to be 73 years old.
James R. Knight
6/27/1838 - 10/7/1911
He married Mary Ann Elizabeth ______ Knight (5/15/1841-7/14/1916)on May 10th 1863.
He also had children with Martha Ann Rigsby
- Minnie B. (1872)
- Edith Francis (5/12/1874 -11/6/1928)-married George Morris
- Ernest William (10/17/1876 -4/30/1944) -married Fannie Mott
- Estella (1879)
- Marcus (1870)
|Census||1/1/1850 ||District 4 GA (Randolph County) ||11 yrs old |
| # 124 -Jas Knight (age 41),
Mary Knight (41),
Jno T. Knight (20),
Sarah Knight (18),
Thos Knight (17),
Mary Knight (14),
Jas R. Knight (13). All born in GA |
|Census||1/1/1860 ||GA (Randolph County) ||21 yrs old |
|502 - Chana Knight (age 58 - SC),
Mary Knight (22),
James Knight (21),
George W Knight (15),
James E Knight (3)|
O R. Knight (38), Nancy (21) and John F. (5)
|Military||5/16/1862 ||GA (Randolph County) ||23 yrs old |
|Name: James Knight-Birth Date: June 27, 1836, Enlistment Date: May 16,1862, Side Served: Confederacy, State Served: Georgia, Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on May 16, 1862 at the age of 26. Enlisted in Company H, 55th Infantry Regiment Georgia on May 17, 1862. |
|Marriage||5/10/1863 ||GA (Randolph County) ||24 yrs old |
|James R. Knight married Mary Ann Elizabeth Knight on May 10th 1863 |
|Census||8/1/1870 ||Subdivision 146 GA (Randolph County) ||32 yrs old |
|Listed as family #784: James Knight (age 30), Mary Ann Kinght (age 25), Martha Rigsby (age 24) and Alice Rigsby (age 3). James is a chair maker and his wife, Mary Ann, is keeping house. Martha is a domestic servant. James estimates the value of his real estate to be $300 and personal property $200. All were born in GA. James cannot write and Mary Ann and Martha cannot read or write.|
Other members of the Knight family live near James and his family. They are reported on the census as:
#785 - Chancy Knight (age 61 SC)
#786 - Oliver B. Knight (age 41 GA), Nancy (32 GA), John T. (14 GA),Elizabeth (16 GA), John F. Gilder (16 GA)farm worker. Oliver is a chair maker.
#778 - Salathiel Knight (age 67 SC)
Jane Knight (29 NC), Marion (19 GA), Lucius (12 GA), Martha (21 GA) , Isadora R. (9mos GA).
|Census||6/17/1880 ||District 998 GA (Randolph County) ||42 yrs old |
Listed as family #72: James Knight (white male, age 40), Mary A. (wife, age 38), Minnie B., (daughter, age 8), Edith (daughter, age 6), William E. (son, age 4), and Estella (daughter, age 1). James is employed as a chair maker. Martha Rigsby (boarder, age 36), Alice (daughter, age 13), Marke B. (son, age 10). Martha and her children are keeping house.|
Listed as family #71: Oliver B. Knight (white male, age 51) and Nancy A. (wife, age 44). Oliver is employed as a chair maker.
Listed as family #74: Mollie Williams (white male, age 30),
Lou Ella Williams (daughter, age 7), and Mineva Rigsby (boarder, age
28). Mineva appears to be a laborer working for the Williams.
|Military||1/1/1906 ||GA (Randolph County) ||67 yrs old |
|Name: James R. Knight,
Approx. Application Year: 1906,
Application Type: Indigent Soldier,
Archive Collection Name:
Pension Applications of Confederate Soldiers and Widows,
Archive Collection #: GCP-394
|Census||4/28/1910 ||Militia District 998 GA (Randolph County) ||71 yrs old |
|Recorded as family #226: James E. Rigsby (age 32),
Samantha Rigsby (age 21),
Carlon Rigsby (age 5),
Essie Rigsby (age 2), and
James R Knight (father, age 73). James Knight is a widow. James and Samantha have been married 6 years and they have two childern. All were born in GA.
|Military||10/7/1911 ||GA (Randolph County) ||73 yrs old |
|Name: James Knight,
Enlistment Date: May 16,1862,
Side Served: Confederacy,
State Served: Georgia,
Birth Date: June 27, 1836,
Death Date: Oct.7, 1911,
Death Place: Randolph County, Georgia,
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on May 16, 1862 at the age of 26.
Enlisted in Company H, 55th Infantry Regiment Georgia on May 17, 1862. |
|Graveyard/Tombstone||10/8/1911 ||Friendship Cemetery GA (Randolph County) ||73 yrs old |
|Pvt James R. Knight -
Friendship Cemetery,Shellman, Randolph Co. GA
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||Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
||Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
||Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
||Taylor County formed.
||Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
||Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
||Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
||Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
||Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
||Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
||Oconee County formed.
||Crisp, Grady, Jenkins, Tift, Davis, Stephens, Toombs, Turner, and Ben Hill Counties formed.
||Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
||The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
||The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
||The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
||Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
||Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
||Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
||Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
||Edison invents the electric light bulb.
||The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
||Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
||First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
||The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
||Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
||First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
||The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
||Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
||The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
||The triode vacuum tube is invented
||Electrons are discovered by Thomson
||Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
||NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
||NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
||NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
||NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
||NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
||Oregon Trail is established
||Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
||Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
||Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
||May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
||Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
||American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
||An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
||Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
||The National League of Baseball is founded
||The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
||Boy Scout and Girl Scout Organizations are introduced in America and the concept of a "week end" meaning time off from regular work begins to take root. The British Empire covers 1/5th of the world land area.
||The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
Born about 1844 and died on January 12, 1938
|The Children of James R. Knight|
23 years old
|Alice Virgina Rigsby|
Born in Randolph, Georgia on January 5, 1867 and died in Calhoun County, Georgia on November 10, 1913. She was 46 years old.
Her parents were James Knight and Martha Rigsby....
|Marcus Roland Rigsby|
Born somewhere in Georgia on June 8, 1870 and died in Terrell Co., Georgia on August 4, 1953. He was about 83 years old.
He married Louisa V. Belcher.
Leon M. Rigsby (1893)
Lelia G. Rigsby
Clifford G. Rigsby (1897- 1960)
Roland J. Rigsby (1899 - 9/15/1965)
|James Edward Rigsby|
Born in Calhoun County, Georgia on July 4, 1887 and died in Muscogee County, Georgia on January 27, 1968. He was about 80 years old.
He was called Jim. He married Samantha and they had two children Carlton Leon (7/14/1904) and Essie Lou (8/28/1907-1996).
He later married Evalee A. Howard.
Their children were: