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Joseph Knight, Sr
Birth: Nov. 3, 1772
Oakham
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Feb. 3, 1847
Pisgah
Harrison County
Iowa, USA

Along with his second wife, and thirteen children, he established a sawmill in Colesville, Ny. In late 1826, Joseph Smith became a hired hand, doing farm work and at the sawmill. Young Smith told the Knight family he had seen a vision of God the Father and the Son six years earlier near Palmyra, N.Y. He also told them about the Gold Plates he was preparing to receive.
The Knights were impressed with Young Joseph's story. Mr. Knight was also instrumental in Joseph Smith's courtship with Emma Hale. "I paid him the money and furnished him with a horse and cutter [sled] to go and see his girl." The Prophet even used Knight's wagon to retrieve the plates.
By early 1828, Joseph and Emma Smith had moved to Emma's father's property, about 30 miles from the Knights. Smith found it impossible to both earn a living and translate the plates. The Smiths asked Mr. Knight for help. The Knight's were not wealthy, but Father Knight gave the Prophet as much as he could, and gave them money to buy paper for the translation. When The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized, one-third of the 60 people in attendance were Knight relatives. There are even seven revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants mentioning the Knights and their role in the Church.
Between 1831 and 1846, the Knight clan helped to pioneer 10 Church settlements in Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and Nebraska. Joseph Knight Sr. headed west with the Church in 1846, but died in Iowa Feb. 3, 1847, before reaching Utah. He was 74.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Benjamin Knight (1744 - 1801)
 
 Spouse:
  Polly Peck Knight (1774 - 1831)*
 
 Children:
  Newel Knight (1800 - 1847)*
  Anna Knight DeMill (1804 - 1878)*
  Joseph Knight (1808 - 1866)*
  Polly Knight Stringham (1811 - 1844)*
  Elizabeth (Betsy) Knight Johnson (1817 - 1883)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Pisgah Cemetery
Thayer
Union County
Iowa, USA
 
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Record added: Jul 05, 2002
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