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James R. Knight 

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1801 - 1860

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1806 - 1885
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James R. Knight
6/27/1838 - 10/7/1911
James R. Knight was born on June 27, 1838 in Houston County, Georgia and died on October 7, 1911 in Randolph County, Georgia. He lived to be 73 years old.

He married Mary Ann Elizabeth Knight (5/15/1841-7/14/1916)on May 10th 1863. She was the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Knight
Their children:
  1. Minnie B. (1872)
  2. Edith Francis (5/12/1874 -11/6/1928)-married George Morris
  3. Ernest William (10/17/1876 -4/30/1944) -married Fannie Mott
  4. Estella (1879)
He also had children with Martha Ann Rigsby
  1. Alice(1867)
  2. Marcus (1870)
  3. James(1887)
Census1/1/1850 District 4 GA (Randolph County) 11 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our James Knight.  # 124 -Jas Knight (age 41), Mary Knight (41), Jno T. Knight (20), Sarah Knight (18), Thos Knight (17), Mary Knight (14), Jas R. Knight (13). All born in GA 
Census1/1/1860 GA (Randolph County) 21 yrs old 
502 - Chana Knight (age 58 - SC), Mary Knight (22), James Knight (21), George W Knight (15), James E Knight (3)

O R. Knight (38), Nancy (21) and John F. (5) 
Military5/16/1862 GA (Randolph County) 23 yrs old 
Name: James Knight-Birth Date: June 27, 1836, Enlistment Date: May 16,1862, Side Served: Confederacy, State Served: Georgia, Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on May 16, 1862 at the age of 26. Enlisted in Company H, 55th Infantry Regiment Georgia on May 17, 1862.  
Marriage5/10/1863 GA (Randolph County) 24 yrs old 
James R. Knight married Mary Ann Elizabeth Knight on May 10th 1863 
Census8/1/1870 Subdivision 146 GA (Randolph County) 32 yrs old 
Listed as family #784: James Knight (age 30), Mary Ann Knight (age 25), Martha Rigsby (age 24) and Alice Rigsby (age 3), Mark Rolen Rigsby(1 mon-born in June). James is a chair maker and his wife, Mary Ann, is keeping house. Martha is a domestic servant. James estimates the value of his real estate to be $300 and personal property $200. All were born in GA. James cannot write and Mary Ann and Martha cannot read or write.
Other members of the Knight family live near James and his family. They are reported on the census as:
#785 - Chancy Knight (age 61 SC)
#786 - Oliver B. Knight (age 41 GA), Nancy (32 GA), John T. (14 GA),Elizabeth (16 GA), John F. Gilder (16 GA)farm worker. Oliver is a chair maker.
#778 - Salathiel Knight (age 67 SC) Jane Knight (29 NC), Marion (19 GA), Lucius (12 GA), Martha (21 GA) , Isadora R. (9mos GA). 
Census8/13/1870 subdivision 146 GA (Randolph County) 32 yrs old 
Line 35 - James Knight - Acres of tilled land: 8 wooded land:42 farm value:200, vale of farm equipment:5, horse:1, milk cow:1, other cattle:2,swine:7,value of all livestock 200, wadges:50
Line 36 -Oliver Knight - Acres of tilled land:12 wooded land: 38, farm value:250, Livestock 5, total wadge:35,vale of farm equipment: 1, milk cows:3, other cattle:2, Swine:6, value of all livestock:250, wadges: 50  
Census6/17/1880 District 998 GA (Randolph County) 42 yrs old 
Listed as family #72: James Knight (white male, age 40), Mary A. (wife, age 38), Minnie B., (daughter, age 8), Edith (daughter, age 6), William E. (son, age 4), and Estella (daughter, age 1). James is employed as a chair maker. Martha Rigsby (boarder, age 36), Alice (daughter, age 13), Marke B. (son, age 10). Martha and her children are keeping house.

Listed as family #71: Oliver B. Knight (white male, age 51) and Nancy A. (wife, age 44). Oliver is employed as a chair maker.

Listed as family #74: Mollie Williams (white male, age 30), Lou Ella Williams (daughter, age 7), and Mineva Rigsby (boarder, age 28). Mineva appears to be a laborer working for the Williams.  
Other1/1/1882 District 998 GA (Randolph County) 43 yrs old 
line 2 - Marion F. Knight - total acres of land 101 1/4. Value of land $400
line 6 - Oliver B. Knight- total acres of land 50. Value of land $150
James R. Knight- total acres of land 50. Value of land $150
John T. Knight - total acres of land 50. Value of land $150. 
Military1/1/1906 GA (Randolph County) 67 yrs old 
Name: James R. Knight, County: Randolph, Approx. Application Year: 1906, Application Type: Indigent Soldier, Archive Collection Name: Pension Applications of Confederate Soldiers and Widows, Archive Collection #: GCP-394  
Census4/28/1910 Militia District 998 GA (Randolph County) 71 yrs old 
Recorded as family #226: James E. Rigsby (age 32), Samantha Rigsby (age 21), Carlon Rigsby (age 5), Essie Rigsby (age 2), and James R Knight (father, age 73). James Knight is a widow. James and Samantha have been married 6 years and they have two childern. All were born in GA.  
Military10/7/1911 GA (Randolph County) 73 yrs old 
Name: James Knight, Enlistment Date: May 16,1862, Side Served: Confederacy, State Served: Georgia, Birth Date: June 27, 1836, Death Date: Oct.7, 1911, Death Place: Randolph County, Georgia, Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on May 16, 1862 at the age of 26. Enlisted in Company H, 55th Infantry Regiment Georgia on May 17, 1862. 
Graveyard/Tombstone10/8/1911 Friendship Cemetery GA (Randolph County) 73 yrs old 
Pvt James R. Knight - 6/27/ 1838 10/7/ 1911
Friendship Cemetery,Shellman, Randolph Co. GA  

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9 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
12 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
13 1851 Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
14 1852 Taylor County formed.
15 1853 Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
16 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
18 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
19 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
20 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
32 1870 Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
37 1875 Oconee County formed.
67 1905 Crisp, Grady, Jenkins, Tift, Davis, Stephens, Toombs, Turner, and Ben Hill Counties formed.
1 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
6 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
15 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
18 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
21 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
27 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
31 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
39 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
41 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
51 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
57 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
59 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
62 1900 The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
62 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
63 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
64 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
65 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
66 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
68 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
68 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
68 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
23 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
24 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
44 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
47 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
70 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
2 1840 Oregon Trail is established
4 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
17 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
22 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
24 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
25 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
27 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
30 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
37 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
38 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
71 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
72 1910 Boy Scout and Girl Scout Organizations are introduced in America and the concept of a "week end" meaning time off from regular work begins to take root. The British Empire covers 1/5th of the world land area.
71 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe

Martha Rigsby
Born about 1844 and died about 1911
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The Children of James R. Knight

33 years old
Alice Virgina Rigsby
Born in Randolph, Georgia on January 5, 1867 and died in Calhoun County, Georgia on November 10, 1913. She was 46 years old.

Her parents were James Knight and Martha Rigsby....
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Marcus Roland Rigsby
Born somewhere in Georgia on June 8, 1870 and died in Terrell Co., Georgia on August 4, 1953. He was about 83 years old.

He married Louisa V. Belcher.

Leon M. Rigsby (1893)
Lelia G. Rigsby
Clifford G. Rigsby (1897- 1960)
Roland J. Rigsby (1899 - 9/15/1965)
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James Edward Rigsby
Born in Calhoun County, Georgia on July 4, 1887 and died in Muscogee County, Georgia on January 27, 1968. He was 80 years old.

He was called Jim. He owned and operated a Grocery Store in Fountain Bridge, GA. He ran a Grist Mill and made he made wooden chairs and rocking chairs, he also played the fiddle. He married Samantha L...
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