Ronald Eugene Knight

5 January 1935–12 May 2012 (Age 77)
Gilmer, Upshur, Texas, United States

The Life of Ronald Eugene

When Ronald Eugene Knight was born on 5 January 1935, in Gilmer, Upshur, Texas, United States, his father, Jewel Jackson Knight, was 26 and his mother, Alva Lindsey, was 18. He married Shirley Jean Harmon on 6 November 1954, in Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona, United States. He lived in Justice Precinct 2, Yoakum, Texas, United States in 1940 and Show Low, Navajo, Arizona, United States in 2009. He died on 12 May 2012, in Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ronald Eugene Knight
1935–2012
Shirley Jean Harmon
1935–2018
Marriage: 6 November 1954

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
6 November 1954
Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona, United States

Parents and Siblings

siblings

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World Events (8)

1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 2

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
1953 · The Better Community Council is Organized to Fight Discrimination

Age 18

The Better Community Council was organized in May 1953 to fight against racial discrimination. The council was involved in speaking out about injustices such as segregated bathrooms, public swimming pools, and public restaurants. The council also lobbied local businesses to sign non-discrimination policies.
1956 · The Federal Aid Highway Act

Age 21

With the construction of 41,000 miles of the Interstate Highway System, the Federal Aid Highway Act made way for the largest public works project in American history at that time. One of the purposes was to provide military access to places in case of an attack.

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)

  • Ronald Eugene Knight, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • Ronald Eugene Knight in household of Jervel Jackson Knight, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • Ronald Knight in household of Jewel J Knight, "United States Census, 1940"

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