Ralph Gardner Knight

9 October 1883–1954 (Age 70)
Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Ralph Gardner

When Ralph Gardner Knight was born on 9 October 1883, in Massachusetts, United States, his father, Edwin Forrest Knight, was 31 and his mother, Lucinda Frances Wood, was 20. He had at least 1 son with Jean Rebecca Graham. He lived in Randolph, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States in 1920 and Election District I, Denver, Colorado, United States in 1940. He died in 1954, at the age of 71, and was buried in Denver, Colorado, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ralph Gardner Knight
1883–1954
Jean Rebecca Graham
1889–1984
Ralph Thompson Knight
1920–2011

Spouse and Children

children

(1)

Parents and Siblings

    Edwin Forrest Knight

    Male1852–1924Male

    Lucinda Frances Wood

    Female1863–1934Female

siblings

(5)

    Edith Forest Knight

    Female1879–1962Female

    Ernest Knight

    Male1881–1942Male

    Male1883–1954Male

    Knight

    Female1883–Female

    Female1887–1946Female

World Events (8)

1886

Age 3

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1890 · Gold is Discovered

Age 7

In 1890, Robert Miller Womack discovers a rich gold deposit along Cripple Creek, near the western slope of Pikes Peak. This would become the richest gold strike in the Rocky Mountin area.
1902 · So Much Farm Land

Age 19

A law that funded many irrigation and agricultural projects in the western states.

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)

  • Ralph Knight, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ralph G Knight, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ralph G Knight in household of E Forrest Knight, "United States Census, 1900"

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