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Captain Jonathan Knight

Also Known As: "Sheriff Knight"
Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Cheraw Dist., Chesterfield, South Carolina, United States
Death: February 17, 1852 (71)
Clay, Florida, United States
Place of Burial: Middleburg, Clay, Florida, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of R.S. John Knight, III and Rachel Francis Knight
Husband of Elizabeth Hannah Knight
Father of William L. Knight; Mary Roberts; Jonathan Knight; Elizabeth Hannah Knight; James Henry Knight and 5 others
Brother of Mary A. Stewart; Rev. William Anderson Knight; Abraham Knight; Joseph T. Knight, Sr.; Samuel Knight (EGH60) and 7 others

Managed by: Raymond Isaac Booth, III
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About Capt. Jonathan Knight

"Jonathan (b.1781, Cheraw Dist., SC, married Elizabeth _ born 1787, Ga., d. 1860, Clay Co., Fla. Jonathan died 1860, Clay Co., Fla."

Jonathan Knight 1781-1852 Oath Of Office Signature.

Based on photograph, downloaded from:

as well as narrative contained at that site, Jonathan Knight was a substantial landowner and slave owner in Georgia. He also served as a captain in the Georgia Militia during the War of 1812 and, later, as a Justice of the Inferior Court in Georgia.


Jonathan Knight came to Florida with his father John Knight circa 1803. He and his father first owned land on Amelia Island, Florida. Around 1810 he was elected Sheriff of Wayne County, Georgia. He later served as a Justice of the Peace for Wayne County, Georgia. He served in the War of 1812 as a Captain in the 74th battalion, Georgia Militia. He also served in the Indian War of 1840 from Lowndes County, Georgia. Prior to this he served as a Justice of the Interior Court for Lowndes County Georgia in 1826.

Prior to Florida becoming a state in 1845, Jonathan Knight moved his family, thirteen slaves, horses, cattle to land he bought near Middleburg, Florida which at the time was in Duval County, but is now located in Clay County, Florida. He and his wife are buried at the Fowler Cemetery, located at Middleburg, Florida. Their graves are marked.


Jonathan Knight was born in 1781 in Cheraw District, S. C., a son of John Knight, R. S. He came with his parents to Effingham County, Georgia, during the latter part of the Revolutionary War, where he grew up and lived for some years. His wife, Elizabeth, was born in this state in 1787, but so far her maiden name cannot be learned. Neither is a full list of their children available. Among their children were:

William b. 1806, m. Mary

Mary b. 1808, m. Lewis Roberts, Dec. 15, 1825.

Jonathan b. 1811, m. (wife unknown).

James H. b. 1817, m. Cynthia -.

Thomas S. T. b. 1820, m. Barbara King, dau. of Willis.

Sarah b. 1824, m. Lewis L. McCall, son of Robert.

Matthew Albritton b. 1826, m. Mary E. Pace, Apr. 14, 1853. Died Clay County, Fla.

Nancy b. 1827, m. Henry L. Wester.

Elizabeth H. b. 1829, m. Hiram Prescott, Jan. 28, 1851.

Jonathan Knight and his first-cousin, William A. Knight (Vol. I), were among the first settlers of Wayne County after its creation, moving there From Effingham County. He appears to have lived there until about 1816 when he and his family moved back to Effingham County. Then after a few years' residence in his old home-county, they returned to~ Wayne County accompanied by his father. He lived there until 1825 when they removed to Lowndes County and settled on lot 88, 16th district of present Echols County, which lot is traversed by the Alapaha River. After about twenty years' residence there, Mr. and Mrs. Knight and most of their children

moved to Duval County, Florida, and settled in the portion later cut into Clay County. There he died about 1860.

He granted 200 acres of land in Wayne County in 1810, and also owned other lands there. The deed records of Irwin County show he bought said lot 88, 16th district, Feb. 23, 1821, and at that time he lived in Effingham County (Deed book A, page 19, Irwin County). The same year, Jan. 1, 1821, his father, John Knight, made a deed to him to lands in Effingham County, identifying him in the deed as his son. A deed is on record in Effingham County from Jonathan Knight joined by his wife, Elizabeth, dated June 28, 1817, to Martha Spiers, all parties resident of Effingham at the time (Deed Book L, page 9).Mr. Knight served as Sheriff of Wayne County, 1810-12. He was commissioned the same year (1810) as a captain in the Wayne County militia, and again commissioned Nov. 12, 1813, and as such commanded a detachment of Wayne County militia that rendered service in the War of 1812. He again served as a captain in the Indian Wars in this section, commanding a company of Lowndes County militia in 1840. Capt. Knight served as a Justice of the Peace, 28th district Wayne County, 1815-1816, and as Tax-collector of Wayne, 1821-1822. He was commissioned Justice of Peace in the 334th district of Wayne, Jan. 4, 1825, but moved the same year to Lowndes County, where in the first election for county officers he was elected a Justice of the Inferior Court, serving 1826-1829.Capt. Knight was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. His wife was received by letter Dec. 7, 1822, into High Bluff Church in present Brantley County, from a church in Effingham County. Shortly after, March 9, 1823, he came into the church on a profession of faith and was baptized. Then on Nov. 8, 1823, they were dismissed by letter to join in organizing Kettle Creek Baptist Church in Ware County which it seems, was near where they lived. And on Oct. 1, 1825, they entered into the constituting of Union Baptist Church located on the west banks of the Alapaha River in what was then Lowndes, now Lanier, County, coming by letter from Kettle Creek Church. Then on July 18, 1827, he and his wife were dismissed by letter from Union Church to unite in constituting Friendship Church located near the present town of Hahira, Lowndes County. He was ordained a deacon by Friendship Church a few years later, also serving as church clerk. His subsequent church membership has not been traced.

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Capt. Jonathan Knight's Timeline

February 14, 1781
Cheraw Dist., Chesterfield, South Carolina, United States
Age 24
Wayne, Georgia, United States
Age 26
Age 27
Wayne, Georgia, United States
Age 33
Wayne, Georgia, United States
Age 35
Effingham or Wayne, Georgia, United States
March 10, 1820
Age 39
Wayne, Georgia, United States
Age 42
Effingham, Georgia, United States
October 20, 1826
Age 45
Lowndes, Georgia, United States