Samuel R. Knight

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Samuel R. Knight

Birthplace: Independence, Jackson, Missouri
Death: Died in Bunkerville, Clark, Nevada
Place of Burial: Santa Clara, Washington, Utah
Immediate Family:

Son of Newel Knight and Lydia Knight
Husband of Caroline Christina Knight
Father of Lenora Hafen; Sally Romania Knight and Lydia Eva Knight
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, UT, USA
September 16, 1867
Age 34
Santa Clara, Washington, Utah
September 17, 1868
Age 35
February 11, 1910
Age 77
Bunkerville, Clark, Nevada
February 13, 1910
Age 77
Santa Clara, Washington, Utah