Britton, George, Elias & Jane Harriet Knight-Alachua County, Florida
Well 10 years later...
Jayne, we are distant relatives!
I am related to Jeptha Knight, here's some info that I have gathered:
First your ancestor:
"Britton Knight, the uncle of Loyd Dillon's future wife, Jane Harriet Knight, had died intestate. John J. Knight applied to the court to be named Administrator of Britton's Estate. On 3 March 1842, Fleming Bates and Loyd E. Dillon signed as "Securities" on the administrator's bond."
Then there's this:
"It is known that the three sons moved on to Alachua County, Florida in the 1830's. Elias appears on the Lowndes County, Georgia tax roll in Capt. Caswell's District defaulters list in 1838.
Britton and/or Elias Knight apparently were married, to whom is not know for certain. We know that one of them had a son, Jeptha Knight. In 1858 George Knight left his estate to the children of Jeptha Knight. George names Jeptha as his nephew. George apparently never married.
In the 1850 Alachua County, Florida census George is with Jeptha. His family is as follows:
Jeptha Knight, born about 1819, married Eliza, maiden name unknown. Eliza was born about 1819 as well. Their children were listed as:
1. David Levy Knight b. abt 1845
2. George Montgomery Knight b. abt 1846
3. Thomas Jasper Knight b. abt 1847
4. Magaret Francis Knight b. 1850
5. Julia Eliza Knight
6. Lemuel Layfett Knight"
"We know from land survey records that the Knights were in Georgia in 1790. It was about 1792-1793 that both Zachariah Knight and Chloe's brother, Nathan Smart, were granted headrights in Georgia. Zachariah was granted 250 acres in Liberty County in about 1792. However, according to survey records they were in Liberty County by December of 1790. On December 8th and 9th, respectively, Nathan Smart and Zachariah Knight had 200 acres surveyed each.
[Petition for Headrights. Judge of Probate Court, Liberty Co., Ga.; Index to Headright & Bounty Grants of Georgia 1756-1909, Georgia Genealogical Reprints; Liberty Co., Ga. Land Grants]
In Leah Townsend's book "South Carolina Baptists 1670-1805," Zachariah Knight is listed as a messenger to the association in 1786 and 1792. Also, listed were John Knight, believed to have married Chloe's sister Rebecca, and Thomas Knight. Another messenger to the association was James Sweat. Sweat was an executor to Zachariah's will along with Nathan Smart.
Not much is known about the three sons. In the 1803 Liberty County Land Lottery Britton Knight had 2 draws. Chloe, a widow with children also had 2 draws. In 1816 200 acres were surveyed in Liberty County for Elias Knight. Elias appears on the Liberty County tax rolls in 1812 and 18115. Britton and George also appear on the tax rolls in 1815. Chloe Knight is on the Liberty County tax rolls for 1800, 1830 and 1835, the two later years her return was handled by Asa Warnell."
*I am not the author of the above statements*
Anyway, I don't know if any of this helps you but I hope so. Since I just found this info, I have not yet begun to trace your ancestor but if I find anything I will let you know.
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