James Harvey Knight

Male20 July 1869–5 April 1959

Brief Life History of James Harvey

When James Harvey Knight was born on 20 July 1869, in Lamar, Walla Walla, Washington, United States, his father, Robert Richardson Knight, was 23 and his mother, Martha Ellen Harris, was 19. He married Annette R. Watson on 3 March 1867, in Union, Oregon, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Summerville, Union, Oregon, United States in 1880 and Elgin, Union, Oregon, United States for about 10 years. He died on 5 April 1959, in Walla Walla, Walla Walla, Washington, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Milton-Freewater, Umatilla, Oregon, United States.

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James Harvey Knight
Annette R. Watson
Ora B. Knight

Sources (6)

  • James H Knight, "United States Census, 1920"
  • James Harvey Knight, "Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960"
  • James Dorman in entry for Martin Knight and Ethel Knight, "Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008"

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World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 1

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.


Age 16

Historical Boundaries - 1885: Union, Oregon, United States

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 27

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

English: status or occupational name from Middle English knight ‘retainer, attendant’ (Old English cniht ‘boy, youth, lad)’. The specialized feudal sense ‘a high-ranking tenant bound to serve his lord as a mounted soldier’ is not known to have ever given rise to the surname, although it is not out of the question that it may occasionally have been used as a nickname, perhaps for someone who played the part of an armed knight in a local pageant.

Irish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac an Ridire ‘son of the knight’. See also McKnight .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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