Charles French Knight

2 February 1872–24 September 1913 (Age 41)
Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Charles French

When Charles French Knight was born on 2 February 1872, in Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States, his father, James Henry Harrison Knight, was 28 and his mother, Nancy Isabella Simmons, was 29. He died on 24 September 1913, in his hometown, at the age of 41, and was buried in Ennis, Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Henry Harrison Knight
1843–1925
Nancy Isabella Simmons
1842–1918
Delia Jane Knight
1867–1868
Charles French Knight
1872–1913
Mary Luro Knight
1874–1895
James William Knight
1876–1964
Nancy Isabell Knight
1878–1946
Margaret Ann Knight
1879–1914
Richard Harrison Knight
1882–1942
Mattie Ellen Knight
1885–1893

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World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 3

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1875 · A New Civil Rights Act

Age 3

During the response to civil rights violations to African Americans, the bill was passed giving African Americans equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation, and to prohibit exclusion from jury duty. While many in the public opposed this law, the African Americans greatly favored it.
1886

Age 14

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

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)

  • Charles Knight in household of James H Knight, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Charles Knight in household of J H Knight, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Charley Knight, "Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965"

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