Ara Minnie Knight

7 September 1882–July 1969 (Age 86)
Westmoreland County, Virginia

The Life of Ara Minnie

When Ara Minnie Knight was born on 7 September 1882, her father, Willis Jay Knight, was 27 and her mother, Susan Belding, was 24. She married Charles Hugh McNeil on 15 October 1902, in Westmoreland, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Colonial Beach, Westmoreland, Virginia, United States in 1935 and Lee Magisterial District, Fauquier, Virginia, United States in 1940. She died in July 1969, in Leonardtown, St. Mary's, Maryland, United States, at the age of 86.

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Charles Hugh McNeil
Ara Minnie Knight
Marriage: 15 October 1902
William Knight Mcneil
Ara Minnie Mcneil
Nellie Louella McNeil
Hugh Mcneil
Leslie Mcneil
Naomi Mcneil
Stanley Mcneil

Spouse and Children

    Charles Hugh McNeil



15 October 1902
Westmoreland, Virginia, United States


    William Knight Mcneil


    Ara Minnie Mcneil


    Nellie Louella McNeil


    Hugh Mcneil


    Leslie Mcneil


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings


    Susan Belding




+2 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 4

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1887 · Monotype Type-Casting Machine

Age 5

June 7, 1887, Tolbert Lanston patented his Monotype machine. It typed individual characters instead of lines like the Linotype machine.
1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 24

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

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)

  • Ara M Mc Neill in household of Charles H Mc Neill, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ara Mcneil in household of Charles H Mcneil, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ara M Mcneil in household of Charles H Mcneil, "United States Census, 1940"

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