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Samuel Lee KNIGHT

Male 1802 - 1879  (76 years)

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  • Name Samuel Lee KNIGHT 
    Born 19 Apr 1802  Norwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Mar 1879  Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Portrait and Biographical Record of Kankakee County, Illinois
Lake City Publishing Co. Chicago
1892 - Page 695
Samuel L. Knight was numbered among the honored pioneers of Kankakee County and was one of the prominent citizens of the county seat, where he located in an early day. He was a native of Massachusetts, his birth having occurred in Norwich on the 19th of April, 1802. His boyhood days were quietly passed, and on attaining his majority he embarked in business for himself, taking up the occupation of farming, which he followed in Cattaraugus County, N.Y., being thus employed for several years.
On the 14th of April, 1829, Mr. Knight was united in marriage with Miss Lucena L. Parker, and unto them were born three children,  two sons and a daughter: Camden, Solon, and Helen, who is the wife of George V. Huling. After his marriage Mr. Knight engaged in mercantile business, which he continued in the east for a number of years. At length he determined to try his fortune on the prairies of the West, and in the summer of 1843 emigrated to Illinois, locating in Plainfield, Will County, where he spent about two years. In 1845 he removed to Joliet, where he engaged in various kinds of business during a period of six years. In 1851, he became resident of Kankakee County, settling in Bourbonnais Grove. After Kankakee had been chosen as the county seat he removed to this city in July, 1853, embarking in the lumbering business in connection with his son Solon, who remained for the great part of that summer in Chicago buying lumber, which he shipped to his father at this place.
Mr. Knight was prominently connected with the early history of this community, and was the first Postmaster here, the name of the office then being Clarksville. It is said that the mails were so small at that time that he could and did frequently deliver them in a dinner pail. He was honored with a number of public office of trust and responsibility,  the duties of which were ever faithfully and promptly performed. In 1857 he was elected President of the Board of Trustees, and at different times served in the offices of Trustee, Town Supervisor,   City Clerk, etc. He continued in business as a dealer in Lumber, stone, and lime, and led an active and useful life. Indolence and idleness were utterly foreign to his nature. On the contrary energy, enterprise and perseverance were numbered among his chief characteristics. His honorable, upright dealings won him universal confidence and the esteem of all with whom he was brought in contact. He was a public spirited and progressive citizen and took and active interest in all that pertained to the welfare of the community, in the upbuilding of which he bore so prominent a part. His death occurred at his home in Kankakee on the 15th of March, 1879, and was mourned by a large circle of friends and acquaintances, who ever held him in the highest regard.
    Person ID I1885  Ronald Allen Snowden Family Tree
    Last Modified 12 Feb 2009 

    Father Rudolphus KNIGHT,   b. 4 Dec 1768, Norwich, Hampshire County, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1809  (Age 40 years) 
    Mother Rizpah LEE,   b. 11 Oct 1774, Conway, Franklin County, Massachussets, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1851  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 6 Dec 1800  [1
    _UID A755137333EC4665841F2A9FA6164DE4A585 
    Family ID F1421  Group Sheet

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    1. [S73] Lee A. and Dorothy M. (Smith) Wise Family, Lee Wise.