Joseph Knight Sr.

Joseph Knight Sr.

Oakham, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 3 Feb 1847 (aged 74)
Union County, Iowa, USA
Burial Thayer, Union County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 6575988 · View Source
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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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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Knight Sr. (3 Nov 1772–3 Feb 1847), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6575988, citing Mount Pisgah Cemetery, Thayer, Union County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by John J (contributor 46505431) .