Gladys Audra Knight

12 February 1911–11 October 1987 (Age 76)
Meridian, Lauderdale, Mississippi, United States

The Life of Gladys Audra

When Gladys Audra Knight was born on 12 February 1911, her father, Eugene Wesley Knight, was 35 and her mother, Annie M. Pierce, was 31. She married Glenn Arden Moore on 7 September 1937, in Young, Texas, United States. She lived in Graham, Young, Texas, United States in 1935 and Cranston, Providence, Rhode Island, United States in 1940. She died on 11 October 1987, in Meridian, Lauderdale, Mississippi, United States, at the age of 76.

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Glenn Arden Moore
Gladys Audra Knight
Marriage: 7 September 1937

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7 September 1937
Young, Texas, United States

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1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 1

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

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Historical Boundaries - 1930: Union, Arkansas, United States

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The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

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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  • Audra Moore in household of Glenn A Moore, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Gladys M Knight in household of Eugene W Knight, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Gladys Knight in household of Eugene W Knight, "Rhode Island State Census, 1925"

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