Cornelia Ann Stilson

22 May 1836–28 June 1865 (Age 29)
New Brighton, Beaver, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life Summary of Cornelia Ann

When Cornelia Ann Stilson was born on 22 May 1836, in New Brighton, Beaver, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, William B. Stilson, was 35 and her mother, Susannah Young, was 40. She married James Arthur McKnight on 7 March 1854, in Davis, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1839 and Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1870. She died on 28 June 1865, in Kingston, Fresno, California, United States, at the age of 29.

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James Arthur McKnight
Cornelia Ann Stilson
Marriage: 7 March 1854
James Arthur MacKnight
Fanny Young McKnight
Willard Henderson MacKnight
Susan Rebecca MacKnight

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    7 March 1854Davis, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place
    Age 3
    By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.
    1839 · Nauvoo is Settled
    Age 3
    After the Saints had been chased out of Missouri they moved to a swampy area located next to the Mississippi River. Here they settled and named the place Nauvoo which translates into the city beautiful.
    1845 · Oh My Father
    Age 9
    "In October 1845, the newspaper Times and Seasons published a poem written by Eliza R. Snow entitled ""My Father in Heaven."" It has become the well known hymn, ""Oh My Father."" The song is only one in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hymnbook that referrs to a Heavenly Mother."

    Name Meaning

    Variant of Stillson .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (21)

    • Cornelia McKnight in household of James McKnight, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Cornelia Stilson in entry for Harrison Asbury and Fannie Carrick, "Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950"
    • Cornelia Stilson in entry for James A. Mcknight, "Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927"

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