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John Richard KNIGHT 12220 - Christian Co.

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John Richard KNIGHT 12220 - Christian Co.

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Surnames: Knight, Hall
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County of Christian, Kentucky. Historical and Biographical. Edited by William Henry Perrin. Illustrated. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., Chicago and Louisville. 1884. Union Schoolhouse Precinct.

JOHN RICHARD KNIGHT is a native of old England, and was born in Dudley, Staffordshire, in July, 1843. He is the eldest of five children born to Joseph and Mary Ann Knight (nee Hall). Joseph was an iron-master, and had been brought up to the business by his father, John Knight, who was manager of the iron works at Dudley. He and his wife came to America and first stopped in Maryland, where he worked some time in the Mount Savage Iron Works, and while there assisted to make the first “T” rail made in the United States. He afterward worked at Cincinnati, Ettawa, Ga., Cumberland Iron Works, etc. He then bought a farm at Indian Mound, Tenn., where the family resided some years, his wife having died at Ettawa, Ga. After the battle of Fort Donnelson he went to St. Louis, and from there to Louisville, and became Superintendent of the Louisville Iron Works, which position he held until his death in 1873. John R., the subject, attended school at Cartersville, Ga., Marysville, Tenn., and Rose Military School near Clarksville, Tenn. He entered the iron business at Ettawa, Ga., and went with his father to St. Louis and Louisville, and afterward engaged in the same business in Ironton, Ohio, Sharon, Penn., and Chattanooga, Tenn. His last work in iron was at the Hillman Rolling Mill, Lyon County, Ky. He was married, January 28, 1866, to Miss Maggie E. Palmer. They settled at Indian Mound, having inherited the farm from his father, and resided there eight years. He then sold out and purchased his present farm in this county. Mr. and Mrs. Night have had seven children born to them, six of whom are living.

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