By Yvette Taylor Stewart
Obedient Night (b. 1804 North Carolina, d. Dec. 25, 1883
Co., GA) was
widowed with four children when
this family migrated to Georgia from North Carolina in 1835.
sources show this last name spelled
as Night and later changed spelling to Knight. Research
date has not proven her maiden name
or the name of her husband.
However, because of naming
trends in those days, there is possibly
some connection to a Sampson Knight family found in
Rockingham Co., NC in the late 1700’s.
The family settled in the Rockdale
area of Newton County.
In 1841, Obedient Night
documented in the Newton County
Public School Lists as having two children in the Smyrna
House in Rockdale District.
During that year, she taught
children in the Newton County Rockdale
District and was paid five cents
a day for 216 days making a total of $10.80.
Obedient and her
children joined Smryna Presbyterian
Church, Conyers, GA in 1843[
She is buried in Old Conyers
Cemetery in downtown Conyers, Rockdale Co., GA.
The known children of Obedient
Sampson D. Night (b. Jan.
12, 1823 North Carolina; d. Aug. 5, 1898 Conyers, Rockdale
GA) m. (1) Susannah Hollingsworth
(b. Oct. 23, 1825, Laurens Co., SC; d. 1892 Conyers, Rockdale
GA) in Newton County, GA Sep. 18,
1843. Susannah was the daughter of Moses Hollingsworth and
She is buried in the Old
Conyers Cemetery in Conyers, GA.
family migrated to the Smyrna area
of Newton (now Rockdale) Co. area in the 1820s and
were among the founding members
of Smryna Presbyterian Church and Smyrna School in the Rockdale
Sampson and Susannah had
one child, Mary Jane Night (b. Sep. 4, 1844, d. date unknown)
m. Hugh L. White (b. Mar. 18, 1838,
d. Feb. 11, 1912).
Sampson Night was well known in
Conyers and an active member of the community
and the Presbyterian Church in Conyers.
He m. (2) Annie Davidson
July 4, 1894, Rockdale Co., GA.[
He is buried with his mother and other family members at the
Old Conyers Cemetery in Conyers, GA [
(II) William Jackson “Jack” (K)Night
(b. Dec. 20, 1828 North
Carolina; d. Nov. 2, 1910
McDonough, Henry Co., GA) m. Martha
Hollingsworth (b. Mar. 18, 1831Laurens Co., SC;
d. Dec. 31,
1922 McDonough, Henry Co., GA) in
Dekalb Co., GA Oct. 5, 1848.
Martha was the daughter
and Rebecca Bailey Hollingsworth.
William J. Knight served with Company
B 18th Georgia Regiment C.S.A during the Civil War.
He was shot on his left hand and
all fingers had to be amputated.[
He and his family lived in the
Conyers area until c.1879 when they
moved to Henry County.
He purchased a home and
District 11 Lot # 6 & 7 from
Notley Warren and Rachel Selfridge Maddox.
This location today is
at Hwy. 155 North and Knight Dr.
The Knight family farmed
cotton on this land.
William Jack Knight was
blind for the last eighteen
years of his life.[
Jack and Martha Knight are
buried, along with other family
members, in the family cemetery located on the property.
William “Jack” and Martha Hollingsworth
Knight had the following children:
(1) Emily J. Knight (b. Jan. 21,
1850 Newton Co., GA; d. Apr. 1, 1889) m. T.J. Henderson
Newton Co., GA Sep. 2, 1869. She
is buried at Knight Family Cemetery in McDonough, Henry
(2) Amanda “Mandy” Fanny Knight
(b. Feb. 11, 1854 Newton Co., GA; d. May 3, 1928) m.
Samuel Tyre Orr.
They are buried in Knight
Family Cemetery, McDonough, GA.
(3) Martha M.
(b. July 17, 1856 Newton
Co., GA; d. Dec. 4, 1940 Atlanta, Fulton
Co., GA) m. William M. Taylor in
Rockdale Co., GA
Feb. 20, 1873. They are
buried in Knight Family
Cemetery, McDonough, GA.
(See Taylor family information
written by Yvette Taylor Stewart).
(4) Wesley Dowell Knight (b. June
15, 1859 Newton Co., GA; d. June 29, 1943) m. Susan
Augustus Elliott in Henry Co., GA
Jan. 3, 1885.
Buried at Knight Family
Cemetery, McDonough, Henry
Co., GA (see Knight - First Families
of Henry County, GA vol.1 page 399).
(5) Joel Jefferson Knight (b. Nov.
11, 1861, Newton Co., GA; d. May 6., 1944
Henry Co., GA) m. Mary Watts “Mollie”
Elliott in Henry Co., GA 1884.
Both buried at Timberridge
Presbyterian Church cemetery. (see
Thomas Stocks Elliott - First Families of Henry County,
GA vol. 1
page 222).(6) Nealey Ann Knight
(b. May 18, 1865, Newton County, GA; d. March 26, 1938 McDonough,
Henry Co., GA) m. Seaborn H. Cathy
in Henry County, GA Dec. 27, 1887. They are buried in Knight
Family Cemetery, McDonough, Henry
Co., GA). (see Cathy - First Families of Henry County, GA
(7) William Henry Knight (b. June
30, 1867; d. June 17, 1892).
He is buried in Knight
Cemetery McDonough, Henry Co., GA.
(8) Rebecca Ophelia Knight (b. Nov.
30, 1869 Newton County, GA; d. Feb. 25, 1948
McDonough, Henry Co., GA) m. William
R. Steele in Henry Co, GA Nov. 3, 1887. (see William Pair
First Families of Henry County, GA vol. 1 page 532).
Malinda Teracy Night
(b. Dec. 13, 1830 North Carolina; d. Nov. 4, 1907) m. George
ollingsworth (b. Nov. 12, 1829;
d. Feb. 4, 1903) in Newton Co., GA July 18, 1849. George
was the son
of Aaron and Ruth Rogers Hollingsworth.
Both are buried at Smyrna
Presbyterian Church in Conyers,
Rockdale Co., GA.
(IV) Jane Night
(b. Feb. 10, 1833 North Carolina;
d. Sep. 14, 1907) m. Joseph Hollingsworth (b.
Aug. 10, 1834; d. date unknown).
Joseph was the son of Aaron and Ruth Rogers Hollingsworth
[i] ]Newton County
Public School Lists compiled by John I. Bruno.
[i] ]Church Session Record Books
of Smyrna Presbyterian Church, Conyers, GA.
Newton County Census
[i] ] Rockdale County, GA marriage
[i] ] Old Conyers Cemetery, Conyers,
[i] ] Military service record
of W.J. Knight
and Widow’s Pension
for Martha Knight of Henry Co.,
GA (microfilmed records
at GA State Archives)
[i] ] Obituary ~ Henry County
Weekly newspaper dated Nov. 18, 1910.
[i] ]Knight Family Cemetery tombstones
transcribed by Yvette Taylor Stewart, Aug. 1999.
[i] ]First Families of Henry County,
GA vol. 1, Copyright 1993.
 Additional research by Howard T. Knight
~ Knight family researcher & descendant.
County Family Biographies Index
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