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Joseph Knight, Sr.

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Oakham, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Death: February 3, 1847 (74)
Mount Pisgah, Harrison, Iowa, USA
Place of Burial: Mount Pisgah, Harrison, Iowa, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin Knight, Sr and Hannah Knight
Husband of Phebe Knight and Mary Knight
Father of Nahum Knight; Esther Stringham; Newel Knight; Anna DeMille; Joseph Knight, Jr. and 4 others
Brother of Mary (Molly) Knight; Betty (Betsey) Elizabeth Knight; Benjamin Knight, Jr; Joel Knight; Sarah Knight and 4 others
Half brother of Joseph Murray; Thomas Murray; James Murray; Morgan Murray and Sarah Murray

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About Joseph Knight, Sr.

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"...Joseph Knight, Sr. (November 26, 1772 – February 2, 1847) was a close associate of Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, and provided significant material support to Smith's translation and publication of the Book of Mormon.

Knight was born in Oakham, Massachusetts. In 1795 he married Polly Peck. By 1800 they were living in Vermont. They moved to Colesville, New York in 1808..."



"...Knight, Joseph, Sr. Son of Benjamin and Hannah Knight. Born 26 November 1772 at Oakham, Worcester County, Massachusetts. Married Polly Peck by 1796. Seven children: Nahum, Esther, Newel, Anna, Joseph, Polly, and Elizabeth. Moved to Bainbridge, New York, 1809. Two years later moved to Colesville, Broome County, New York; remained for nineteen years. Owned farm, gristmill, and carding machine. Baptized 29 June 1830. Family formed nucleus of small branch of Church in Colesville. Moved to Kirtland, Ohio, 1831. Left Ohio for Jackson County, Missouri, June 1831. Resided in Jackson, Clay, and Caldwell counties in Missouri. Located in Nauvoo 1839. Received house and lot donated by high council of Nauvoo. Ordained priest 18 March 1841. Received endowment in Nauvoo Temple 13 December 1845; sealed to dead wife, Polly, 2 February 1846. Sealed to Phebe Crosby (born 1800 in New York) 2 February 1846. Died 3 February 1847 at Mt. Pisgah, Harrison County, Iowa, during Mormon exodus from Illinois..."


Biographical Summary:

Along with his second wife, and thirteen children, he established a sawmill in Colesville, New York. In late 1826, Joseph Smith Jr. 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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Joseph Knight, Sr.'s Timeline

November 3, 1772
Oakham, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
July 2, 1796
Age 23
Marlboro, Windham County, Vermont, United States
July 2, 1796
Age 23
Marlboro, Windham, Vermont
April 25, 1798
Age 25
Marlboro, Windham County, Vermont, United States
September 13, 1800
Age 27
Marlboro, Windham, Vermont, United States
March 5, 1804
Age 31
Halifax, Windham County, Vermont, United States
June 21, 1808
Age 35
United States
March 7, 1811
Age 38
Halifax, Windham, Vermont, United States
July 22, 1817
Age 44
Colesville, Broom, NY