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Knight Wamsley
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Birth: Oct. 23, 1863
Death: Apr. 22, 1941

Salida Mail 22 & 24 Apr 1941, good obit.
"Said to be first White boy born in Colorado"
Noted from Cemetery Transcription

Knight Wamsley was the 4th child and 3rd son of Thomas Jr. Lockhart "Lock" Wamsley and Mary Jane Search Wamsley. The first son, Eliphelet, was born in Ohio. Knight's parents joined Colorado's boomers, traveling from Indiana to Colorado by ox team in 1859. Knight's obituary gives his birth year as 1859, but family records give it as 1863. An older brother, Richardson, was born Sept 25, 1859, and died at age eight. According to Knight's obituary in The Mountain Mail, Salida, CO, "In 1882 he drove overland to Montana. On the trip he killed 576 buffaloes. He sold the hides for $3 each and 45,000 lbs. of buffalo meat at 12 cents a pound." In 1883 Knight's mother, Mary Jane Wamsley, and 7 siblings moved to Spearfish, SD, traveling by wagon.

Knight lived in Montana and Nebraska and returned to South Park in 1888 and lived there and in Chaffee county until his death.

The Fairplay Flume, Aug 1, 1913, p. 1, "Knight Wamsley on another bronc, bucked into and out of town on Monday."

According to the Salida Mountain Mail he gave a complete history of his life to Thomas A. Nevens. (A search of microfilm of Thomas Nevens' manuscripts in the Denver Archives Jun 2012 drew a blank, but a very kind lady in Salida provided copy.)


The obituary said he had no survivors. He may not have had descendants, but siblings, Hattie Wamsley Bickerdyke, Search Wamsley, and Bodanot Wamsley, did survive him.

Source for Knight's birth date is a letter from Boda Wamsley to his daughter, Edith.

A 2012 search for Knight's grave revealed no headstone, only metal county markers, names illegible.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas Lockhart Wamsley (1832 - 1905)
  Mary Jane Search Wamsley (1838 - 1932)
 
 Siblings:
  Knight Wamsley (1863 - 1941)
  Hattie Wamsley Bickerdyke (1865 - 1951)*
  Mack Wamsley (1868 - 1890)*
  Celia Wamsley South (1872 - 1923)*
  Bodanot Wamsley (1875 - 1952)*
  Hiram Wamsley (1878 - 1953)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Fairview Cemetery
Salida
Chaffee County
Colorado, USA
Plot: Sec. J, Row 9, G15
 
Maintained by: Della Goss
Originally Created by: Mick
Record added: Oct 30, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43700321
Knight Wamsley
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