Charles William Knight

1925–1975 (Age 50)
North Carolina, United States

The Life Summary of Charles William

When Charles William Knight was born in 1925, in North Carolina, United States, his father, Charles Hazel Knight, was 32 and his mother, Faith Atwood Hawks, was 23. He married Rosa Gray Simpson on 23 June 1973, in Danville, Virginia, United States. He lived in Winston-Salem, Forsyth, North Carolina, United States for about 10 years. He died on 30 January 1975, in Salem, Alamance, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 50, and was buried in Forsyth Memorial Park, Winston-Salem, Forsyth, North Carolina, United States.

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Charles William Knight
Rosa Gray Simpson
Marriage: 23 June 1973

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  • Marriage
    23 June 1973Danville, Virginia, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 2
    Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
    Age 4
    13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.
    Age 16
    Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

    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 (8)

    • William C Knight in household of Chas H Knight, "United States Census, 1940"
    • Charles W Knight in household of Charles H Knight, "United States Census, 1930"
    • Charles William Knight, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "

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