William Matthew Knight, Jr.

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About William Matthew Knight, Jr.

From The Cecil Whig:

  • ****Saturday, September 1, 1883*****

Death of a Prominent Citizen.

On last Wednesday morning Mr. William Knight, one of Cecil's most respected and influential citizens, breathed his last at his home in Sassafras Neck. He had been in declining health for some time, but had only been confined to the house for a little over a week. He suffered from a complication of diseases incident upon advanced age. The news of his death, which was altogether unexpected, cast a gloom over a large portion of this community, as very few even knew that he was ill and those who did had no idea that his illness was of a serious nature. He was sixty-nine years of age. Deceased was the father of ex-State Senator William M. Knight. For many years he took an active and influential part in the business and politics of the county and his name stands second to none for honesty and integrity in both connections. In politics he was a life-long and staunch Democrat. He never held political office. At the time of his death he was president of the Board of Vestrymen of St. Stephen's Church in Sassafras Neck. His father was William Knight and his remains lay buried in the burial ground attached to the Roman Catholic Church of St. Francis Xavier near Warwick. He (the father) was a member of the State Legislature a number of times. Deceased was married three times. He first married a Miss Ringgold, of Kent county; his second wife was Miss Arabell Veazy, daughter of Thomas B. Veazy, of Kent county, and after her decease he married Mrs. Potter, widow of Col. Potter, deceased, the father of Mr. W. F. Potter, of Sassafras. He leaves six children surviving him, Wm. M., the only child of his first wife, and five daughters of his second marriage, viz: Kate, the wife of Mr. Robert Barton, of Winchester, Va.; Charlotte, the wife of Wm. Ward, of Sassafras Neck; Annie, the wife of Duncan Veazy, Esq., of Baltimore, member of the last Legislature; Julia, the wife of Mr. Harrison, of Winchester, Va. and Nellie, widow of the late Henry Wirt, of this town. His third marriage was without issue. Mr. Knight leaves a large landed estate. His funeral took place yesterday afternoon at one o'clock, the remains being interred in the burial ground connected with St. Stephen's Church. A large concourse of friends from all quarters were in attendance. A number attended from this town.

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William Matthew Knight, Jr.'s Timeline

1814
June 13, 1814
1837
February 20, 1837
Age 22
1845
March 22, 1845
Age 30
Cecil, Maryland, United States
1846
September 21, 1846
Age 32
Cecil, Maryland, United States
1848
February 12, 1848
Age 33
Cecil, Maryland, United States
1850
July 6, 1850
Age 36
Cecil, Maryland, United States
1852
August 23, 1852
Age 38
Cecil, Maryland, United States
1854
November 30, 1854
Age 40
Earlesville, Cecil, Maryland, United States