James William Knight

7 January 1876–5 August 1964 (Age 88)
Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States

The Life of James William

When James William Knight was born on 7 January 1876, in Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States, his father, James Henry Harrison Knight, was 32 and his mother, Nancy Isabella Simmons, was 33. He married Zella Ball in 1915, in Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Skilesville, Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States for about 10 years and Magisterial District 2, Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States in 1940. He died on 5 August 1964, in Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Union Chapel, Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States.

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James William Knight
Zella Ball
Marriage: 1915
Carmen Mae Knight
Henry Franklin Knight
Albert Claud Knight

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Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States


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Age 2

Historical Boundaries - 1878: Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 5

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 24

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

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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  • William Knight in household of J. H Knight, "United States Census, 1880"
  • James W Knight, "United States Census, 1910"
  • James W Knight, "United States Census, 1930"

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