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  • Name Anna Knight  [3
    Born 5 Mar 1804  Halifax, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Christened Marlboro, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Name Annie 
    Died 23 Jul 1878  Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Jul 1878  Manti Cemetery, Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Anna Knight DeMille grave marker
    Person ID I227141  Full Tree | Bingham, Timmins, Frint
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2014 

    Father Joseph Knight, Sr.
              b. 3 Nov 1772, Oakham, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 3 Feb 1847, Mount Pisgah, Thayer, Union, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Polly Peck
              b. 6 Apr 1774, Guilford, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Aug 1831, Kaw Township, Independence, Jackson, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 18 Jan 1795  Windham, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F87747  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Husband Freeborn DeMille
              b. 3 Mar 1795, Plattekill, Ulster, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 23 Jan 1881, Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 11 Mar 1819  Colesville, Broome, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. Mariah DeMille
              b. 12 May 1820, Colesville, Broome, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 25 Mar 1889, Sterling, Sanpete, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     2. Orpha DeMille
              b. 24 Dec 1822, Colesville, Broome, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 29 Oct 1846  (Age 23 years)
     3. Lora Ann DeMille
              b. 2 Jun 1828, Colesville, Broome, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Apr 1870, Springdale, Washington, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     4. Oliver DeMille
              b. 30 Mar 1830, Colesville, Broome, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 8 Jul 1908, Rockville, Washington, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +5. Adelia DeMill
              b. 29 Sep 1832, Kaw Township, Independence, Jackson, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 20 Dec 1917, Monroe, Sevier, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     6. Elias DeMille
              b. 12 Jan 1838, Far West, Caldwell, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 22 Jul 1905, Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     7. Lovinia Esther DeMille
              b. 13 May 1843, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 13 Mar 1880, Shunesburg, Washington, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F68307  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Mar 1804 - Halifax, Windham, Vermont, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - - Marlboro, Windham, Vermont, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Mar 1819 - Colesville, Broome, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Mariah DeMille - 12 May 1820 - Colesville, Broome, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Orpha DeMille - 24 Dec 1822 - Colesville, Broome, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Lora Ann DeMille - 2 Jun 1828 - Colesville, Broome, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Oliver DeMille - 30 Mar 1830 - Colesville, Broome, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Adelia DeMill - 29 Sep 1832 - Kaw Township, Independence, Jackson, Missouri, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Elias DeMille - 12 Jan 1838 - Far West, Caldwell, Missouri, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Lovinia Esther DeMille - 13 May 1843 - Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Jul 1878 - Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Jul 1878 - Manti Cemetery, Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Anna Knight
    Anna Knight
    Freeborn & Anna

    Headstones
    Manti Cemetery

  • Notes 
    • Endowment reconfirmed and all blessings ratified on 20 Oct 1967.

      Attended Organizing Meeting of the LDS Church 6 Apr 1830
      ***
      Obituary
      At Manti, July 22, 1878, of old age, Anna, wife of Freeborn DeMille.
      Deceased was born March 5, 1804, in the state of Vermont; baptized, together with her husband, in 1830, by Hyrum Smith, and confirmed by the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr.
      Sister DeMille and her husband passed through all the persecutions to which the Saints have been subjected. Her entire life was a testimony of the truth. She and Brother DeMille were the oldest members of the church.
      Deseret News, August 7, 1878


      ***
      Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Vol. 1 A to F; Daughters of Utah Pioneers; Page 801

      ANNA KNIGHT DEMILL

      BIRTHDATE: 5 Mar 1804; Marlboro, Windham, Vermont
      DEATH: 22 Jul 1878; Manti, Sanpete Co., Utah
      PARENTS: Joseph Knight, Sr.; Polly Peck
      PIONEER: 5 Nov 1850; Lorenzo Snow Wagon Train
      SPOUSE: Freeborn DeMill
      MARRIED: 11 Mar 1819
      DEATH SP: 23 Jan 1881; Manti, Sanpete Co., Utah

      CHILDREN:
      Marian, 12 May 1820
      Orpha, 24 Dec 1822
      Lora Ann, 2 Jun 1828
      Oliver, 30 Mar 1830
      Adelia, 29 Sep 1832
      Elias, 12 Jan 1838
      Lovina Esther, 13 May 1843

         Anna was an early member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was baptized by Oliver Cowdry on June 28, 1830, the same day as Emma Smith.
         She married Freeborn DeMill and they were friends of the Prophet Joseph Smith when he worked for and lived with her parents.  The family supported him through all the early church persecution.
         She and Freeborn moved along with other church members to Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and then to Utah.  They all suffered starvation and extremely cold weather as they were driven by mobs from place to place.
         Her husband worked for the Knights in their mills and suffered an accident that left him crippled.  This put an extra burden on Anna to help make a living for their seven children.  When they were driven from Nauvoo, they went as far as Mt. Pisgah and remained there for four years.
         They came across the Plains with the Lorenzo Snow Wagon Company and arrived in Salt Lake Valley on November 5, 1850.
         Two months later, Brigham Young sent the family to settle in Manti, Sanpete County, Utah so Anna helped in the settlement of this new community.  Her children lived close by and were always an asset to them.
         They all endured many hardships such as famine, pestilence, Indian Wars, and the many disadvantages of pioneer life.  They made their humble contributions toward the construction of the Manti Temple.  Anna had a strong testimony of the gospel and instilled this in her children who stayed faithful to the church.
         Anna lived to be seventy-eight years old.  She is buried among the pines in the Manti Cemetery close to the temple that she loved.
      ***

      HISTORY OF ANNA KNIGHT AND FREEBORN DE MILL
      By Elva Carol Musig Christian

         “Joseph Knight, Sr., was born in Massachusetts in 1772 and came to Colesville, New York, via Vermont.  He and his wife, Polly Peck, had seven children.  The oldest son was Nahum, then came Esther, Newel, Anna, Joseph, Jr., little Polly, and Elizabeth.  The previous moves of the
         family  denoted a seeking, not a restlessness, for once they found their farm site on the east
         side of the Susquehanna, opposite the growing village of Nineveh, they stayed for nineteen
         years - long enough to fill and enjoy their gray frame house, grown an apple orchard to
         maturity, build a barn, and profit from their thrifty management of both a grist and carding
         mill.  The carding mill’s raceways and dam trenches are still visible under the heavy brush
         near the outlet to Pickerel Pond.
         “Newel, the second son, described his father as ‘not rich yet (he) possessed enough of this
         world’s goods to secure to himself and family the necessaries and comforts of life.����� The
         children were ‘raised in a genteel and respectable manner,’ with a good ‘common school
         education.’”1

         Anna was born during the time they were living in Vermont.  She came into the world on March 5, 1804, in Marlborough, Windham County, Vermont.  They had moved to New York State by the time her sister Polly was born seven years later.
         On 11 March 1819 Anna married Freeborn DeMill in Colesville, New York, where they were living by then.  Freeborn was born 3 March 1795 in Platskill, Ulster County, New York, a son of Garret DeMill and Magdalena (Delana) Emigh.
         In October 1825 a young man came to Colesville to work for Josiah Stowell, Joseph Knight’s partner.  The Knights became friends with him (including Anna and Freeborn) and this friendship completely changed the remainder of their lives.  The young man was Joseph Smith, Jr.  He soon found that the Knights and DeMills were true friends so he secretly told them of the marvelous, sacred manifestations he had received.  The Holy Ghost must have touched their hearts because they believed what he told them.
         Other people in Colesville, however, heard of Joseph Smith from those near Palmyra who hated him.  Antagonism grew toward him and those who believed him.  I am sure it was very disappointing to have friends and neighbors turn against them, yet they were thrilled to find the true word of God.  They did much to help Joseph Smith through two court trials and persecution in that area.  They also helped him financially.  A number of people were convinced of the truthfulness of the Gospel and soon after the Church was organized a branch was formed in Colesville.  Anna, Freeborn, and her parents and brothers and sisters were among the first members of the Church.  Freeborn was the only one of his parent’s family to join.
         By this time Freeborn and Anna had four small children: Mariah (my great-grandmother) born 12 May 1820, Orpha 24 December 1822, Lora Ann 2 June 1828, and Oliver (named after Oliver Cowdery) born 30 March 1830.
         In December 1830 the Lord instructed Joseph Smith to move the headquarters of the church to Kirtland, Ohio.2  Soon afterwards the faithful members of the Colesville Branch (about sixty in number) sold their homes, farms and businesses as best they could, and moved to Thompson, Ohio, just sixteen miles northeast of Kirtland.  Anna’s brother Newel led this group.3  Joseph Smith, under the Lord’s direction was instructing some to go on to Jackson County, Missouri, where Zion was to be built.  The Colesville Branch, still under Newel’s direction, soon were on their way to fill this command. (D&C 54:8)

         “they arrived in Independence on 25 July 1831 and helped the Prophet ‘lay the
         First log as a foundation for Zion in Kaw Township, twelve miles west of
         Independence,’ on 2 August 1831.  Newel notes that the first log ‘was carried
         by twelve men in honor of the twelve tribes of Israel.’ At least five of those
         twelve were Colesville Saints and members of the Knight family: Joseph
         Knight, Sr., Aaron Culver, Hezekiah Peck, Ezekial Peck, and Freeborn
         DeMill.  Newel Knight stood with a small group clustered around the Prophet
         the next day when he dedicated the temple site in Independence.
         “Mother Knight had been seriously ill on her journey to Jackson County, but
         refused to give in to her sickness, even though Newel, deeply concerned,
         bought lumber to have on hand for her coffin while they traveled.  But ‘her
         greatest desire,’ he says, ‘was to set her feet upon the land of Zion and to have
         her body interred in that land…The Lord gave her the desire of her heart.’
         “She was the first Latter-day Saint to die in Missouri, and the Prophet
         preached her funeral sermon on August 7.  Father Knight’s record contains a
         poignant notation: ‘She was buried in the woods a spot chosen out by our
         selves.  I was along by where she was buried a few days after and found the
         hogs had began to root where she was buried.  I being very unwell but I
         took my ax the next day and went and bilt a pen round it.  It was the last I
         done for her’
         “She was the first to die but not the last”4
        
         Others followed, including Anna’s sister Esther and her Uncle Aaron Culver.
         Newel (Anna’s brother) noted in his journal that frontier life was ?œnew and strange…yet we took hold with cheerful hearts, and a determination to do our best! Conferences with the Prophet Joseph left them feeling ‘renewed in spirit.’ Meetings were well attended, the hearts of the Saints were united, and peace and happiness abounded.’”5
         But soon their peace and joy were shattered.  Although the Saints were kind, law-abiding people (all land was legally purchased, not just taken) the original Missouri settlers soon turned against them.  Satan raged in their hearts and they united together, determined to drive out the Mormons.
         Amidst this growing hostility Anna gave birth to another baby, Adelia, 29 September 1832, in Jackson County.
         Persecution grew worse until in the winter of 1833 they had to leave their homes and many belongings and flee into other counties to the north.  Freeborn and Anna went to Caldwell County for it is recorded that their son Elias was born there 12 January 1838.
         Joseph Smith and many of the Saints were still living in Kirtland but letters to the Missouri group from their beloved Prophet helped to encourage and strengthen them.  Finally he and more Saints came to Missouri but persecution grew even worse.  Instead of the government helping the besieged Mormons the Governor of Missouri, L. W. Boggs issued “The Extermination Order” stating in part, “The Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the state…”6  Their beloved prophet was seized and imprisoned in the jail at Liberty where his life was in constant danger.  Freeborn and Anna and their children escaped with many others to Illinois.  They must have settled at Quincy because it was there on the 22 April 1841 that their oldest daughter Mariah was married to Daniel Buckley Funk.  They probably later moved into Nauvoo because that is where their seventh and last child was born.  They named her Lovina Esther.
         The Prophet, finally out of jail, was Mayor of Nauvoo as well as leader of the Church.  The temple was started.  Nauvoo was becoming a beautiful city.
         How saddened they must have been when word came that Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum had been brutally murdered at Carthage June 27, 1844!  Would this bitter persecution ever cease?
         The DeMills and Knights supported Brigham Young and the Twelve Apostles as the leaders of the Church.  They were probably in attendance at the meeting when the mantle of Joseph Smith fell upon Brigham Young.  Newel’s journal states that he was and what a faith-promoting experience it was, also their son Oliver.
         Work continued to progress on the Temple there in Nauvoo.  I imagine they did all they could to help it along.  How thrilled they must have been when in December (one account says the 20th, another the 25th) 1845 they received their endowments.  One month later, January 27, 1846, they were sealed to each other for all eternity.
         But mobs were still molesting the Saints dreadfully so once more they had to leave their home and travel onward.
         Their son Oliver’s history in DeMille Family History and Genealogy, p. 132 states: “He passed through all the persecutions of the Church at Nauvoo and moved with his parents to Winter Quarters, thence to Mt. Pisgah where they resided until their exodus to the Rocky mountains in the year 1849-1850.” (Anna’s father, Joseph Knight died while at Mt. Pisgah.)  It also states that Freeborn DeMill was a cripple by this time.  Oliver was 18, the oldest son, and he “drove an ox team all the way to Manti, Utah, in Sanpete County where they made their home in the valleys of the Rocky mountains, here again enduring many hardships and privations: famine, pestilence, Indian wars, the disadvantages of pioneer life, building roads and ditches, clearing land, building log and rock houses, fencing farms, etc.”
         They were devout members of the Restored Church.  They faithfully followed their leaders and raised their children to be industrious, God-fearing people.

         “They lived to enjoy the fruits of their labors in the peaceful land of Zion, seeing
         Nearly all of their children and many of their grandchildren, honorably married.”7

         Anna died the 22 of July 1878 in Manti.  Aunt Marie Musig Barton wrote of her:
         “I do not know much about Anna Knight except what my mother told me, and
         the records others have left.  I heard mother (Emerett Funk Musig) tell of how
         Freeborn would talk to her about his little Annie, as he called her.
         One day mother was looking at Anna’s picture and remarked what a beautiful
         woman she was, and Freeborn said, “There was no one more beautiful than
         my little Annie.’ Since I have read considerable about her folks, it is no
         wonder that she was a wonderful woman.”8

         Two and one half years after Anna’s death, on January 23, 1881, her dear husband joined her on the “Other Side.”  Their earthly bodies lie at rest in the Manti City Cemetery in the shadow of the beautiful Manti Temple.  A tall yellowish, native stone, headstone marks her resting place; a flat, granite one on his.  Their spirits have gone on to reap the reward they have won.
      _________
      1 Larry Porter, The Joseph Knight Family, THE ENSIGN, October 1978, p. 39
      2 D&C 37, also B. H. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Vol. 1, p. 240
      3 Ibid, p. 250
      4 L. Porter, op cit., p.43
      5  Ibid, p. 43
      6 Roberts, op cit., p. 479
      7 Issa M. R. Teeples Stapley, DeMille Family History and Genealogy, p. 36
      8 Marie Musig Barton, History of Anna Knight [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2244] Theda Laws or Irene Louise Potter, Personal Genealogical Research, Compiled.

    2. [S1535] Personal knowledge of Clark Timmins, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]\..

    3. [S2891] Personal knowledge of Marla Kirby, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]\..


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