Allen Franklin Knight

11 July 1916–9 August 1964 (Age 48)
Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Territory, United States

The Life of Allen Franklin

When Allen Franklin Knight was born on 11 July 1916, in Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Territory, United States, his father, Allen Franklin Knight, was 24 and his mother, Alice Kelly Laird, was 22. He married Mary Helena Marette on 15 September 1941, in Whatcom, Washington, United States. He lived in King, Washington, United States in 1920. He registered for military service in 1943. He died on 9 August 1964, in Santa Clara, California, United States, at the age of 48, and was buried in Greenacres Memorial Park, Ferndale, Whatcom, Washington, United States.

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Allen Franklin Knight
Mary Helena Marette
Marriage: 15 September 1941

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15 September 1941
Whatcom, Washington, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1917 · Fort Lewis is Established

Age 1

Fort Lewis military base was established in 1917, in Tacoma, Washington. It was named after Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It used to be one of the largest and most modern military reservations in the US. In February 2010, it merged with McChord Air Force Base. 

Age 13

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.

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)

  • Allen Knight, Jr in household of Allen F Knight, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Allen F Knight in household of Allen F Knight, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Allen Frank Knight, "Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965"

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