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Joseph Knight, Sr.

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  • Name Joseph Knight  [3
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 3 Nov 1772  Oakham, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Feb 1847  Mount Pisgah, Thayer, Union, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Feb 1847  Mount Pisgah, Thayer, Union, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Headstones Submit Headstone Photo Submit Headstone Photo 
    Person ID I227762  Full Tree | Bingham, Timmins, Frint
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2014 

    Father Benjamin Knight
              b. 26 Dec 1744, Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 4 Jul 1801, Marlboro, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Sarah Crouch
              b. 1746, Oakham, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 4 Oct 1822, Marlboro, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1771  Oakham, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6
    Family ID F87656  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife 1 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
    Children 
    +1. Nahum Knight
              b. 2 Jul 1796, Marlboro, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 Aug 1858  (Age 62 years)
    +2. Esther Knight
              b. 25 Apr 1798, Marlboro, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1833, Kaw Township, Independence, Jackson, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Newel Knight
              b. 13 Sep 1800, Marlboro, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 11 Jan 1847, Fort Niobrara, Knox, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
    +4. Anna Knight
              b. 5 Mar 1804, Halifax, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 23 Jul 1878, Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +5. Joseph Knight, Jr.
              b. 21 Jun 1808, Halifax, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 3 Nov 1866, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    +6. Polly Knight
              b. 7 Mar 1811, Halifax, Windham, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 28 Apr 1844, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
    +7. Elizabeth Knight
              b. 22 Jul 1817, Colesville, Broome, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 10 Sep 1883, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F87747  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife 2 Phebe Crosby
              b. 21 Mar 1800, Unadilla, Otsego, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Bef 6 May 1849, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Married 1833  Liberty, Clay, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ether Knight
              b. 14 Jun 1834, Liberty, Clay, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Charles Colson Knight
              b. 3 Nov 1836, Far West, Caldwell, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 13 Aug 1839  (Age 2 years)
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F84423  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Nov 1772 - Oakham, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Jan 1795 - Windham, Windham, Vermont, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Nahum Knight - 2 Jul 1796 - Marlboro, Windham, Vermont, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Esther Knight - 25 Apr 1798 - Marlboro, Windham, Vermont, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Newel Knight - 13 Sep 1800 - Marlboro, Windham, Vermont, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Anna Knight - 5 Mar 1804 - Halifax, Windham, Vermont, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Joseph Knight, Jr. - 21 Jun 1808 - Halifax, Windham, Vermont, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Polly Knight - 7 Mar 1811 - Halifax, Windham, Vermont, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Elizabeth Knight - 22 Jul 1817 - Colesville, Broome, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Ether Knight - 14 Jun 1834 - Liberty, Clay, Missouri, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Charles Colson Knight - 3 Nov 1836 - Far West, Caldwell, Missouri, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Feb 1847 - Mount Pisgah, Thayer, Union, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Feb 1847 - Mount Pisgah, Thayer, Union, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1833 - Liberty, Clay, Missouri, United States Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Joseph Knight Farm - Color
    Knight Farm B&W
    Map showing Joseph Knight's farm
    Joseph Knight Sr. home
    Joseph Knight Home
    Joseph Knights home
    Universalist Church where Joseph Knight and his family went to church
    Cane owned by Joseph Smith
    Cane of Joseph Smith
    Joseph Smith's Cane
    Joseph Smith's Cane
    Map of Knight homes in Nauvoo
    Roke Manor in Romsey England

    Documents
    The Knight Family - A Journey in Faith

    Headstones
    Marker showing Joseph Knight Home
    Article on building Knight Markers in Nauvoo
    Article on building Knight Markers in Nauvoo pg. 2
    Joseph Knight Sr. Mount Pisgah Memorial Monument
    Mt. Pisgah Cemetery Plaque

    Histories
    Joseph Knight & Polly Peck
    Family Biography
    Family Biography
    Family Biography
    Reminiscences

    Census
    1820 Census for Joseph Knight
    1830 Census for Joseph Knight
    1840 Census for Joseph Knight

    Heraldry and Misc.
    Joseph Senior's Farm
    Knight Family Crest

  • Notes 
    • Father - Benjamin   Mother - Hannah

      Joseph Knight farm site is in Colesville Township, 16.7 miles northeast of Binghamton, New York.  It is on the east side of the Susquehanna River, opposite Nineveh and .4 miles south of the bridge at Nineveh on county road 29.  His home no longer stands.

      Close friend to Joseph Smith

      Baptized by Oliver Cowdery

      Attended Organizing Meeting of the LDS Church 6 Apr 1830

      By Daryl James [http://home.earthlink.net/~jameshistory/j_knight.html]
           "Joseph Knight Sr. was born November 1772 at Oakham, Worcester, Massachusetts, the eldest of nine children.  His family moved to Windham County, Vermont around 1780 when he was 8, and he remained there about 35 years.

      Joseph married Polly Peck around 1796 when he was 23 and she was 21.  Together they had seven children.  After Polly died in 1831, Joseph married Phoebe Crosby and had six more children.  Joseph and Polly moved to Colesville, N.Y., around 1815 and established a gristmill.  In late 1826, Joseph Smith became a hired hand for Joseph Knight Sr. in Colesville.

      Young Joseph did farm work and probably helped at the Knights' sawmill.  In November 1826 Joseph Smith told the Knight family he had seen a vision of God the Father and the Son six years earlier near Palmyra, N.Y. -- 115 miles northwest of Colesville.  He also told them about the Gold Plates he was preparing to receive.

      The Knights were impressed with young Joseph's story and later became instrumental in the rise of the Church.  Joseph Knight Sr. was also instrumental in Joseph Smith's courtship with Emma Hale.  "I paid him the money and furnished him with a horse and cutter (sled) to go and see his girl," writes Joseph Knight Sr.  (Joseph and Emma married shortly after this in 1827).

      "When the time came for Jospeh Smith to obtain the plates" writes William G. Hartley, "Father Knight traveled to the Smith home, where the Prophet used his wagon to retrieve the plates.  Late that night, after Joseph Smith had returned from his mission, he said to Brother Knight, 'It is ten times better than I expected.'  According to Father Knight, the Prophet described the plates, though he seemed 'to think more of the glasses or urim and thummim than he did of the plates.'"

      By early 1828, Joseph and Emma Smith had moved to Emma's father's property, about 30 miles from the Knights.  Joseph Smith found it impossible to both earn a living and translate the plates.  The Smiths asked Joseph Knight Sr. for help.  Although the Knights were "not in easy circumstances," Father Knight gave the Prophet as much as he could.  A few days later, Father Knight visited the couple and gave them money to buy paper for the translation.  "Father and I often went to see him and carry him something to live upon." writes Joseph Knight Jr.

      Years later joseph Smith praised Father Knight for these supplies.  "They enabled us to continue the work when otherwise we must have relinquished it for a season." he said.  In May 1829, Joseph Knight Sr. desired to know what he should do regarding the divine work then unfolding.  The Prophet inquired of the Lord and received a revelation instructing Father Knight to 'seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion' (D&C 12:6).  This was the first of seven revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants mentioning the Knights.  On the day 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' was organized, one-third of the 60 people in attendance were Knight relatives.  Joseph Knight Sr., his wife, and many others were baptized June 28, 1830, in Colesville; however, Joseph Smith was arrested before these people could be confirmed.  Joseph Knight Sr. acquired a lawyer to defend Joseph Smith at his trial and had him freed.

      Between 1831 and 1846, the Knight clan helped to pioneer 10 Church settlments in Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and Nebraska.  In January 1842, Joseph Smith listed in the 'Book of the Law of the Lord' the names of the 'faithful few' who had stood by him through his trials.  Joseph Knight Sr. was among those listed.  "For 15 years he has been faithful and true, and even-handed and exemplary, and virtuous and kind, never deviating to the right or to the left." writes Joseph Smith.

      Joseph Knight Sr. headed west with the Church in 1846, but died in Iowa Feb. 3, 1847, before reaching Utah.  He was 74."


      Note: Several Knights & Pecks joined the "Great Migration" of Puritans and Pilgrims who reached New England in 1635 - 1638.  Joseph Knight's Puritan ancestor was Englishman John Knight, Sr., who arrived in Boston Bay in 1635 and who lived in Sudbury, Woburn, Watertown before settling in Charlestown, Massachusetts.  The line from immigrant John to Joseph Knight, Sr., included: John and Mary Bridge Knight; Samuel and Rachel Chase Knight, Samuel and Anna Eames Knight, Benjamin and Sarah Crouch Knight.

      Joseph married Polly Peck about 1795.  Her ancestors came from Pilgrim immigrants who also immigrated in 1638 to help settle in the original Plymouth Colony.  Her line includes, Nicholas and Rebekah Bosworth Peck; Hezekiah and Deborah Cooper Peck, Hezekiah, Jr., and Capt. Joseph and Elizabeth Read Peck, her parents.

      They raised a large family of strong independent and courageous children: Nahum, Esther, Newel, Anna, Joseph Jr., Polly, and Elizabeth.  Joseph Sr., would later marry Phoebe Crosby Peck and add Ether and Charles C. to his family.  This family migrated through western Massachusetts into Vermont and later to Western New York.  There they congregated around Colesville in Broome County where they were introduced to Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Almost the entire family found spiritual roots and joined the Church.  They later left their beautiful New York estate and followed the Prophet Joseph Smith to Ohio, Missouri and Illinois as persecution pushed them ever westward.  In Nauvoo, Illinois they thought they found a home, but were forced to leave in 1846 and joined the great migration more than 1000 miles to Utah.  Father Knight and Newel perished on the plains, but those who survived were the patriarchs of a vast army of descendants who dotted the western states and who now cover the earth.

      http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~colby/colbyfam/d331.html
           Joseph, one of the earliest members of the Church, was an American by birth, though the exact place and date of birth is not known. He was well advanced in years when the work of the Lord in these last days began to come forth. From the journal of his son, Newel Knight, it is learned that Joseph Knight, senior, married Polly Peck; that he moved into the State of New York in 1809, and settled on the Susquehanna river, near the Great Bend, in the township of Bainbridge, Chenango county. Two years later he moved to Colesville, Broome county, New York, where he remained nineteen years. "My father," says Newel Knight in his journal, "owned a farm, a grist mill and carding machine. He was not rich, yet he possessed enough of this word's goods to secure to himself and family, not only the necessities, but also the comforts of life. his family, consisting of my mother, three sons, and four daughters, he reared in a genteel and respectable manner and gave his children a good common school education. My father was a sober, honest man, generally respected and beloved by his neighbors and acquaintances. He did not belong to any religious sect, but was a believer in the Universalian doctrine." The business in which Joseph Knight, senior, engaged made it necessary at times for him to hire men, and the Prophet Joseph was occasionally employed by him. To the Knight family, who were greatly attached to him, the young Prophet revelated many of the things God had revealed respecting the Book of Mormon, then as yet to come forth. So far at least was the elder Knight taken into the Prophet's confidence that he purposely so arranged his affairs as to be at the Smith family residence near Manchester, at the time the plates of the Book of Mormon were given into Joseph's possession. Mr. Knight had driven to the Smith residence with a horse and carriage, and in this conveyance, according to the statement of both Lucy Smith, mother of the Prophet (see Lucy Smith's History of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Chapter 23), and Joseph Knight, senior, Joseph in company with his wife Emma drove away very early--before daylight--on the morning of September 22nd, 1827--it is presumed, of course, the Prophet drove to the hill Cumorah and there received from Moroni the plates of the Book of Mormon, etc. Mr. Knight remained at the Smith residence at Manchester, several days and was there the day Joseph brought home the plates, and in company with Joseph Smith, senior, and Mr. Stoal--who was also present at the Smith residence in company with Mr. Knight--went in search of those men who had assailed the Prophet while on his way home with the plates, but they did not find them. Joseph Smith in his history of August 22, 1842, refers to Joseph Knight in the following endearing terms: "I am now recording in the Book of the Law of the Lord, of such as have stood by me every hour of peril, for these fifteen long years past--say, for instance, my aged and beloved brother, Joseph Knight, senior, who was among the number of the first to administer to my necessities, while I was laboring in the commencement of the bringing forth of the work of the Lord and of laying the foundation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For fifteen years he has been faithful and true, and even-handed, and exemplary, and virtuous, and kind, never deviating to the right hand or to the left. Behold he is a righteous man; may God Almighty lengthen out the old man's days; and may his trembling, tortured and broken body be renewed and the vigor of health turn upon him, if it can be Thy will, consistently, O God' and it shall be said of him by the sons of Zion, while there is one of them remaining, that this man was a faithful man in Israel, therefore his name shall never be forgotten. There are his sons, Newel Knight and Joseph Knight, junior, whose names I record in the Book of the Law of the Lord with unspeakable delight, for they are my friends." Joseph was a member of the Nauvoo, Illinois Third Ward.

      Time Line;
      1809 moves to Bainbridge, New York
      1811 moves to Pickerel Pond, immediately east of Nineveh, Colesville township, Broome county
      1826 on Josiah Stowel's recommendation, hires Joseph Smith Jr. to work on the farm.
      1827 Sep 22, Joseph borrows his horse and buggy to go to Hill Cumorah to obtain the plates.
      1829 provides supplies for Joseph and Oliver while they translate the Book of Mormon
      1829 June 28 Joseph Knight and his family are baptized, Joseph Smith Hr. is arrestedd before they
                          can be confirmed.  Joseph Knight hires an attorney for him and the prophet is freed.
      1830 October the Colesville branch is organized with Hyrum Smith as president and the Knight family
                          as the core set of believers.
      1831 Jan-Feb moves to Kirtland, Ohio, with Polly and a daughter, probably Elizabeth.
      1831  May rejoins the Colesville Branch when they settle on Leman Copley's property at Thompson,
                          16 miles northeast of Kirtland.
      1831 June Copley changes his mind about consecrating his land.  Joesph and the branch moves to
                          Kaw township, Jackson county, Missouri.
      1833 mvoes to Clay county.
      1836 moves to Caldwell county
      1839 mvoes to Nauvoo.  Receives house and lot donated by Nauvoo high council.
      1845 Dec 13, receives endowment.

      !1. Archives copies-hus, wife and some child. by descend. 2. Births:-His vit
      rcds Oakham (825.084 &974.43/02/M24) Wife-nil, for #1 & #2, VR of Vt.F #6859.
      pt.153; #5-Early Ch (979.2/B2ug V.126); His, #3, #7-Nau GTem End Reg: His
      parentage-NauBapt for D (183.376. pt26) 3. Biog Encyclop V.2p 772-28-death of wife; 4. 1830 Census Clay Co. Mo. 5. 1840 Census, Hancock Co. Ill; 6. Early Ch file for #3 His.
      Hst  Bur  Buried Mount Pisgah,Harrison,IA [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]\..

    4. [S2947] Genealogical History of Oakham Families.

    5. [S30] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index(R)  (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002), downloaded 23 OCT 2007.

    6. [S2892] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [LDS]., "International Genealogical Index." Digital images.  ( FamilySearch . http://www.familysearch.org), (http://www.familysearch.org)..


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