Ellen C "Nellie" Knight

Female28 November 1895–4 January 1986

Brief Life History of Ellen C "Nellie"

When Ellen C "Nellie" Knight was born on 28 November 1895, in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, William Knight, was 42 and her mother, Katherine A "Kate" Donahue, was 37. She had at least 2 sons with John Nathaniel "Jack" McClain. She lived in Depew, Creek, Oklahoma, United States in 1910 and Bow, Cypress, Alberta, Canada in 1926. She died on 4 January 1986, in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Queens Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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John Nathaniel "Jack" McClain
Ellen C "Nellie" Knight
Neil John McClain
Walter Elmer McClain

Sources (5)

  • Nellie McClain in household of John McClain, "Canada, Prairie Provinces Census, 1926"
  • Ellen Knight, "Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950"
  • Ellen C Knight McClain, "Find A Grave Index"

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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

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.


Age 3

Historical Parent Boundaries: 1898 – 1900 Haiwaii Annexation. 1900 - 1907 Oahu County. Hawaii Territory 1907 – Present: Hololulu County. County and City consolidated.

1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 24

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.

Name Meaning

English: status or occupational name from Middle English knight ‘retainer, attendant’ (Old English cniht ‘boy, youth, lad)’. The specialized feudal sense ‘a high-ranking tenant bound to serve his lord as a mounted soldier’ is not known to have ever given rise to the surname, although it is not out of the question that it may occasionally have been used as a nickname, perhaps for someone who played the part of an armed knight in a local pageant.

Irish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac an Ridire ‘son of the knight’. See also McKnight .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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