George Mattison Knight

9 September 1875–28 September 1949 (Age 74)
Franklin, Illinois, United States

The Life of George Mattison

When George Mattison Knight was born on 9 September 1875, in Franklin, Illinois, United States, his father, Joshua Lester Knight, was 44 and his mother, Missouri Melvina Boyd, was 34. He married Dicey Ann Henson on 8 January 1907. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Bois Brule Township, Perry, Missouri, United States in 1880. He died on 28 September 1949, in Mill Spring, Wayne, Missouri, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Mill Spring, Wayne, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

George Mattison Knight
Dicey Ann Henson
Marriage: 8 January 1907
Barnard Edward Knight
John Franklin Knight
Leone Catherine Knight
Melvin Randall Knight
Calvin Benjamin Knight
Alva Aline Knight
Norma Inez Knight
Nina Marie Knight
Opal Nadine Knight

Spouse and Children

8 January 1907


    Barnard Edward Knight


    John Franklin Knight


    Leone Catherine Knight




+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Joshua Lester Knight


    Missouri Melvina Boyd




    Randle L. Knight


    James Sherman Knight


    Martha Elizabeth Knight


    Charles Edgar Knight


    John Knight


+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1876 · The First Worlds Fair in the U.S.

Age 1

The First official World's Fair, was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. 37 Countries provided venues for all to see.
1877 · The First Workers Strike

Age 2

The country was in great economic distress in mid-1877, which caused many workers of the Railroad to come together and began the first national strike in the United States. Crowds gathered in Chicago in extreme number to be a part of the strike which was later named the Great Railroad Strike. Shortly after the strike began, the battle was fought between the authorities and many of the strikers. The conflict escalated to violence and quickly each side turned bloody.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 21

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

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.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • George Miller in household of Isac Miller, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Mat G Knight, "United States Census, 1930"
  • George M Knight, "United States Census, 1920"

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