|Birth: ||Apr. 6, 1774|
|Death: ||Aug. 7, 1831|
Polly Peck Knight
Polly Peck Knight (Joseph Knight Sr.'s wife). It said that Joseph Smith spoke at her funeral. The lesson manual said "The Saints from Colesville, New York, were among the first Church members to settle in Missouri. they had made the arduous journey from New York to Kirtland, Ohio, but had lived in Ohio only a short time before being commanded to travel to Missouri.
Polly Knight, a member of the Colesville branch, traveled to the land of Zion, only to die there a week later.
Although she had been failing in health she was determined to hold on. Her son wrote: "She quietly fell asleep in death, rejoicing in the new and everlasting covenant of the gospel and praising God that she had lived to see the land of Zion. . . Brother Joseph Smith attended the funeral of my mother and addressed us in a very able and consoling manner." (page 184)
-Teachings of the Presidents of the Church, Prophet Joseph Smith, page 184
On the 4th, all attended a conference at the home of Joshua Lewis, 9 one of the Missouri converts to the church, near what is now 35th and the Paseo in Kansas City.
All the way west, Polly Knight, wife of Joseph Knight, Sr., who had mothered young Joseph Smith in the old days at Colesville, had been steadily failing. It was her one great wish to live to see the "land of Zion." Now less than a month after she had arrived with all her family, she passed away. Joseph Smith delayed his departure until after her funeral. Hers was the first death in the church in the land of Zion. Tradition is silent upon the place of her burial.
On the day of Sister Knight's funeral, August 7, 1831, directions were given for keeping the Sabbath Day, for to the New England bred elders a town without a church, and a community where Sunday was just another day represented a barbarous condition. In every small village in New England little white churches lifted a spire heavenward, and the Sabbath Day was most religiously unprofaned.
-The Story of the Church - The Church Moves West
Polly Peck Knight died on on August 7, 1831, shortly after the "Colesville Branch" arrived in Jackson County, Missouri. The Colesville Saints numbered 62 when they arrived in Independence on July 25, 1831. They stopped a short time at Joshua Lewis's house in what became the Whitmer Settlement, where they participated in the dedication of Zion. There they buried Newel's mother, Polly, the wife of Joseph Knight Sr.
The Lewis family lived in a log house at or near what is now 1709 E. 35th Street, Kansas City, MO. (LMF 38; ReSM 308). To travel to the Lewis family house area from Topping Avenue near the Rockwell Ferry site, go west four blocks to Van Brunt Boulevard, south one mile to 35lth Street, and west two miles on 35th Street to the site near Highland Avenue. (LaMar C. Berrett, Sacred Places, Missouri; A Comprehensive Guide to Early LDS Historical Sites, p,94-95, 109)
This last info compliments of Cynthia Barber
Parents: Captain Joseph Peck and Elizabeth Reed Peck.
Joseph Knight (1772 - 1847)
Newel Knight (1800 - 1847)*
Anna Knight DeMill (1804 - 1878)*
Joseph Knight (1808 - 1866)*
Polly Knight Stringham (1811 - 1844)*
Elizabeth (Betsy) Knight Johnson (1817 - 1883)*
Created by: Rhonda
Record added: Aug 14, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29028871
Added: Dec. 1, 2012
Everlasting honor to Polly Peck Knight. My 5th great grandmother, who heeded the call to Zion. Thank you.|
Kim Gifford Reichmann
Added: Nov. 3, 2011
celebrating my ma's ma's pa's pa's ma! polly: newel, jesse, jennie, jessie & me thank ye! joseph later recalled those days from 1826 forward 'with unspeakable joy!'|
Added: Aug. 6, 2011
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