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Rev William Sims Knight
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Birth: Aug. 17, 1837
Coshocton County
Ohio, USA
Death: Nov. 15, 1905
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

h/o Anna Margaretta Mack

Birth: in Newcastle, Coshocton county, Ohio (headstone has 1839 as birth year)

A Presbyterian high school and junior college had reportedly been started in Carthage, Friday night, 17 September 1886, with Reverend William Sims KNIGHT (1837OH-1905MO) who also served as minister of the First Presbyterian church (started 1867), from 1875 until 1893, with Rev Thomas H Allen created Center Presbyterian church near Fidelity in 1877, was college president 1886-1887 (starting 1893 he served as president of 1827 created Lindenwood College for Women, Saint Charles, Missouri, later returning to Carthage), and 1899 till sudden death November 1905, after opening his morning mail, then Mrs W S (Anna) KNIGHT, 1905-1906, then son, David Mack KNIGHT, 1906-1908 (later at Park College), --- school first held in an addition at church building on Grant north of Seventh Street, until 1 January 1887, then to the Carthage Collegiate Institute (1887-1908) which had built their imposing, $36,000, three & a half story brick structure in 1400 block of south Main street, reportedly constructed by George Brown WOOD (1852VA-1941MO), younger brother to my paternal great grandmother, Sarah E (Wood) BOGGESS (1835VA-1918MO), --- after the city closed Lyon Street for school use (where Mark Twain grade school was built in 1917 which I attended 1932 through 1940).

The Rev W S KNIGHT united my maternal grandparents, Dr W W FLORA & Maude WALLICK in 1892 and Edwin HOUGH's paternal grandmother, "Nellie" HOUGH to Joseph F Boyd in 1904.

Census: 1880, age 40 in Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with wife & three of four kids.

Samuel E Wetzel was "Marshall of the Day" when the corner stone was set for The Carthage Colligate Institute. (See Livingston's Vol I of his Jasper county history, pages 236-241), where Mayor Sennet gave the opening speech.for building to be built.

Census: 1900, age 60 in Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with wife & three of five kids plus a nephew.

Death: after opening morning mail at his desk in Carthage Collegiate Institute, Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri

Obituary: contributed by the First Presbyterian church archive, Carthage, Missouri June 2008.

   November 15, 1905



Stricken With Paralysis at Noon and

   Died Couple of Hours Later.


Fell From Chair While Opening His Mail - - Was President of Carthage Collegiate Institute and One of the Oldest and Best Known Ministers in Southwest Missouri.


    Dr W S Knight, president of the Carthage Collegiate Institute, ex-pastor of First Presbyterian church and one of the oldest Carthage residents, was stricken with apoplexy about noon today and died two hours later without regaining consciousness.

    When Mack Knight, his son, entered his father's office in the college building at about 12:30 o'clock to call him to dinner Dr Knight was found unconscious on the floor. Aid was hastily summond and Dr L E Whitney called, who after examination pronounced the doctor to be suffering from a stroke of apoplexy.

    After attempting for nearly two hours to resuscitate the patient Dr Whitney pronounced the case hopeless and about 2:30 o'clock life left the body.

    Dr Knight had evidently been stricken while sitting at his desk opening his mail. From his appearance there was no suffering. He lay as he had fallen. A bruise on his forehead indicates that he pitched forward heavily. No one heard him fall.

    The news will come as a great shock to the hundreds of friends and acquaintances of the family. So far as any one knew Dr Knight was in perfect health and had been all his life a healthy and vigorous man. His age was about 68 years.

    It may be truly said of Dr Knight that he was a man beloved by all. His kindly disposition was proverbial. Many a person in trouble and sorrow has found help and strength in his tenderness and sympathy. He was an able minister and one of the best loved pastors Carthage ever had. As head of the college he carried well the responsibilities of that institution and was steering its course successfully. Carthage lost a good man and citizen, good in every sense of the word.

    The Rev William Sims Knight, D D , was born in Newcastle, Ohio, August 17, 1837. After attending the public schools he took preparatory work at Martinsburg and Millwood academies and entered Washington college, Penn. A college history of him says: "He could study. and sing and write poetry, and play the fiddle and tell a good story, and laugh to beat the band." He was a favorite with all.

    He was a tutor in his senior year, contest debater in 1862, poet laureate of his class and a second honor member in class standing. In 1864 he entered Western Theological seminary and was licensed to preach in 1864 at presbytery of Richland. In April 1865, he was ordained a minister and installed pastor of Presbyterian church at Carthage, Ill, where he preached until 1870, when he was called to the Presbyterian church at Augusta, Ill. In 1875 he became pastor of the First Presbyterian church in Carthage, Missouri.

    He was one of the chief organizer of the Carthage Collegiate Institute and has been active in his work for that institution ever since.

    In 1887 he received the degree of doctor of divinity from Washington and Jefferson college. In 1893 he resigned at Carthage to accept the presidency at Lindenwood college for young ladies at St Charles, Mo.

    He remained there five years and for a time preached for congregation of Clifton Heights church at St Louis. In January 1900, he was called back to Carthage to assume the presidency of the Carthage Collegiate Institute which he had so materially assisted in founding. He remained in this postion until his death and died fully occupied with plans and purposes for its future.

    On Augut 17, 1871, he was untied in marriage to Miss Anna Mack, at Carthage, Ill., who survies him. Five children were born to them, of which two daughters and one son are living. Miss Augusta is in charge of the Art department of the Carthage Collegiate Institute, Miss Ella is a teacher in the public schools at Pueblo, Colo, and Mack is at Carthage.

Many other newspaper articles appeared regarding the town's response to the sudden death of their beloved citizen, Dr Knight, to wit:

"Hundreds Flocked to the Funeral of Dr W S Knight"

"Probably never before was there a death in Carthage which cast such a general feeling of gloom over the city..."

"Probably never before at a Carthage funeral was there such a display of beautiful flowers."

"The board of trustees of the college acted as honorary pall bearers. They are: M G McGregor, R J Ciafin, Dr W B Post, Robert T Stickney, Samuel McReynolds, J W Ground, W J Sewall, Roy A Hockensmith, J H Irwin, H L Shannon, H W Campbell, A B McConnel of Joplin, Dr J F Sheperd of Webb City, Rev B M Shive of Joplin."

Father: George Knight (1810-1892)
Mother: Keziah Jane Boggs (1815-1891)

Marriage: Anna Margaretta Mack b: 27 JAN 1854 Carthage, Hancock county, Illinois
Married: 17 AUG 1871 in Hancock county, Illionis

Known Children

Augusta Henriette Knight b: AUG 1872 in Augusta township, Hancock county, Illinois

George Mack Knight b: 1875 in Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri

Ella Knight b: AUG 1877 in Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri

David Mack Knight b: 3 SEP 1879 in Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri(ah)

May Knight b: 17 JUN 1883 in Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri
Family links: 
  Anna Margaretta Mack Knight (1854 - 1924)*
  Augusta Henriette Knight (1872 - 1931)*
  George Mack Knight (1875 - 1878)*
  Ella Bartlett Knight (1877 - 1939)*
  David Mack Knight (1879 - 1972)*
  Infant May Knight (1883 - 1883)*
*Calculated relationship


Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: B 28 , L 32
Created by: Bill
Record added: Nov 15, 2010
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Rev William Sims Knight
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~ united my maternal grandparents August 1892 ~
- Bill
 Added: Dec. 19, 2011
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