Jonathan Stamper Knight

24 December 1838–11 April 1931 (Age 92)
Greencastle, Greencastle Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States

The Life of Jonathan Stamper

When Jonathan Stamper Knight was born on 24 December 1838, in Greencastle, Greencastle Township, Putnam, Indiana, United States, his father, John H. Knight, was 36 and his mother, Miranda Switzer, was 20. He married Margaret Henderson on 9 January 1870. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. He lived in Mount Pleasant Township, Bates, Missouri, United States in 1900 and Wilson, Adair, Missouri, United States in 1930. He died on 11 April 1931, in Monroe, Iowa, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Albia, Monroe, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Jonathan Stamper Knight
Margaret Henderson
Marriage: 9 January 1870
Minnie Olive Knight
Nora May Knight
Nina Almedia Knight

Spouse and Children

9 January 1870


Parents and Siblings

    John H. Knight


    Miranda Switzer





    William H. Knight


    Thomas H. Knight


    Sarah Knight


    Josephine Knight


+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1841 · Indiana Nears Bankruptcy

Age 3

The State of Indiana was near bankruptcy in 1841 due to the inability to repay interest incurred for the Massive Internal Improvement Act. The state liquidated much of its public works. Many of the projects were handed over to the state’s creditors as a way to reduce debt. Only two of the eight proposed infrastructure projects were completed by the creditors.

Age 8

Iowa is the 29th state.

Age 25

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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)

  • Johnathan Knight in household of Miranda Hammer, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Jonathan S Knight in household of William E Byerly, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Jonathan S Knight, "United States Census, 1900"

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