Gracia Knight

31 May 1871–2 December 1896 (Age 25)
Shelby, Macomb, Michigan, United States

The Life of Gracia

When Gracia Knight was born on 31 May 1871, in Shelby, Macomb, Michigan, United States, her father, Philip Atwood Knight, was 42 and her mother, Clarissa Amelia Ewell, was 40. She died on 2 December 1896, in Shelby, Macomb, Michigan, United States, at the age of 25, and was buried in Utica Cemetery, Shelby, Macomb, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Philip Atwood Knight
1828–1905
Clarissa Amelia Ewell
1831–1899
Herbert Knight
1857–1861
Edmund Ewell Knight
1860–1952
Lois Atwood Knight
1862–1899
Seth Wells Knight
1863–1910
Eva Maude Knight
1866–1878
Phillip Bruce Knight
1868–1905
Gracia Knight
1871–1896
Fanny Knight
1872–1874
Luther Ewall Knight
1874–1913
Agnes Adella Knight
1876–1950

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World Events (7)

1872 · The First National Park

Age 1

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
1872 · The Amnesty Act

Age 1

A federal law which reversed most of the penalties on former Confederate soldiers by the Fourteenth Amendment. The Act affected over 150,000 troops that were a part of the Civil War.
1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 8

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.

Name Meaning

1 English: status name from Middle English knyghte ‘knight’, Old English cniht ‘boy’, ‘youth’, ‘serving lad’. This word was used as a personal name before the Norman Conquest, and the surname may in part reflect a survival of this. It is also possible that in a few cases it represents a survival of the Old English sense into Middle English, as an occupational name for a domestic servant. In most cases, however, it clearly comes from the more exalted sense that the word achieved in the Middle Ages. In the feudal system introduced by the Normans the word was applied at first to a tenant bound to serve his lord as a mounted soldier. Hence it came to denote a man of some substance, since maintaining horses and armor was an expensive business. As feudal obligations became increasingly converted to monetary payments, the term lost its precise significance and came to denote an honorable estate conferred by the king on men of noble birth who had served him well. Knights in this last sense normally belonged to ancient noble families with distinguished family names of their own, so that the surname is more likely to have been applied to a servant in a knightly house or to someone who had played the part of a knight in a pageant or won the title in some contest of skill.2 Irish: part translation of Gaelic Mac an Ridire ‘son of the rider or knight’. See also McKnight .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Gracie Knight in household of Philip A Knight, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Grace Wright, "Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917"
  • Grace Knight, "Michigan Births, 1867-1902"

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