Silas Dexter Knight

24 January 1832–29 August 1877 (Age 45)
Oakham, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Silas Dexter

When Silas Dexter Knight was born on 24 January 1832, in Oakham, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Silas Knight, was 49 and his mother, Abiah E. Richmond, was 43. He married Margaret A. Passage on 24 January 1866. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Missouri, United States in 1870. He died on 29 August 1877, in Virginia City, Storey, Nevada, United States, at the age of 45.

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Family Time Line

Silas Dexter Knight
1832–1877
Margaret A. Passage
1840–
Marriage: 24 January 1866
Edward P. Knight
1867–
Elizabeth Knight
1870–

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
24 January 1866
children

(2)

    Edward P. Knight

    Male1867–Male

    Elizabeth Knight

    Female1870–Female

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(12)

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World Events (8)

1834 · Zion's Camp

Age 2

Joseph Smith, Jr. and a group of 200 volunteers departed Kirkland, Ohio, to aid scattered Latter-day Saints. The group known as Zion's Camp arrived to the Fishing River on June 19. A mob had gathered to attack and disjoin the group. A storm swept through the area and the river rose over 30 feet, which caused the mob to scatter.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 4

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1846

Age 14

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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)

  • Silas D Knight in household of Jas C Fairbanks, "Massachusetts State Census, 1855"
  • Silas D Knight in household of Silas Knight, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Silas D Knight, "United States Census, 1870"

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