Delbert Knight

7 April 1880–13 August 1881 (Age 1)
Sand Hill, Scotland, Missouri, United States

The Life of Delbert

When Delbert Knight was born on 7 April 1880, in Sand Hill, Scotland, Missouri, United States, his father, Adelbert Francis Knight, was 29 and his mother, Lucinda Rounsavell, was 21. He died on 13 August 1881, in his hometown, at the age of 1, and was buried in Sand Hill, Scotland, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

Adelbert Francis Knight
1850–1929
Lucinda Rounsavell
1858–1939
Cyrus Elmer Knight
1873–1914
Delbert Knight
1880–1881
Knight
1882–1882
Carl Erie Knight
1884–1966
Ora Oma Ethel Knight
1888–1964
Burl Dexter Knight
1898–1977

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World Events (1)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 1

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.

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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  • Adelbert L Knight in household of A F Knight, "United States Census, 1880"

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