Fred G Knight

May 1870–1953 (Age 82)
McDonough, Illinois, United States

The Life of Fred G

When Fred G Knight was born in May 1870, in McDonough, Illinois, United States, his father, John Knight, was 39 and his mother, Eliza Storey, was 38. He married Lillie May Hickman about 1890, in McDonough, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Scotland Township, McDonough, Illinois, United States for about 30 years and Macomb, McDonough, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. He died in 1953, in McDonough, Illinois, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Macomb, McDonough, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Fred G Knight
Lillie May Hickman
Marriage: about 1890
Charles Ephalet Knight

Spouse and Children

about 1890
McDonough, Illinois, United States


    Charles Ephalet Knight


Parents and Siblings

    John Knight


    Eliza Storey




    Helena Ellen Knight


    Charles Knight


    Louisa Knight


    Mary Etta Knight


    William Knight


+7 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.
1872 · The First National Park

Age 2

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
1892 · The Chicago Canal

Age 22

The Chicago River Canal was built as a sewage treatment scheme to help the city's drinking water not to get contaminated. While the Canal was being constructed the Chicago River's flow was reversed so it could be treated before draining back out into Lake Michigan.

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)

  • Fred Knight, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Fred Knight, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Fred S Knight, "United States Census, 1910"

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