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Samuel R. Knight

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Independence, Jackson, Missouri
Death: February 11, 1910 (77)
Bunkerville, Clark, Nevada (pneumonia)
Place of Burial: Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Newel Knight and Lydia Knight
Husband of Laura Melvina Knight and Karen Kirstine Hermansdatter Beck
Father of Laura Melvina Bunker; Edith Lavica Wittwer; Delma Tobler; Inez Leavitt; Carlos Knight and 4 others
Brother of Sally Palmer; James Philander Knight; Joseph Ether Knight; Newel Knight; Lydia Young and 4 others
Half brother of Eli Knight; Samuel Bailey; Rosanna Bailey; Edwin Bailey and Artimesia Dalton

Occupation: Farmer
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About Samuel R. Knight

Knight, Samuel (1832–1910), Private, Company H, Second Platoon, Fort Clara. Samuel Knight was living at the Hamblin ranch at Mountain Meadows during the late summer of 1857. He received orders from Cedar City to recruit Indians near Washington and Santa Clara for an anticipated attack on the emigrants “at the junction of the Santa Clara and Magotsu.” Knight returned to Mountain Meadows on Monday with fellow Indian missionary, Dudley Leavitt. On the day of the massacre, Knight drove one of the lead wagons that carried the wounded emigrants and the young children. Although John D.Lee said that Knight helped to kill the wounded in the wagons, Knight claimed that he had to use all of his strength to calm his horses who were startled from the gunshots. This claim was supported by Nephi Johnson who testified that he saw Samuel Knight “on the ground holding his horses” until the killing was over.

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Samuel R. Knight's Timeline

October 14, 1832
Independence, Jackson, Missouri
February 8, 1862
Age 29
Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah, United States
September 16, 1867
Age 34
Santa Clara, Washington, Utah
September 17, 1868
Age 35
April 3, 1879
Age 46
Sanat Clara, Washington, Utah, United States
July 27, 1881
Age 48
Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah, United States
November 18, 1887
Age 55
Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah, United States
December 18, 1889
Age 57
Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah Territory, United States