Descendants of John Knight



Generation No. 1


        1.  John1 Knight was born 1747, and died April 10, 1841.  He married (1) Unknown ?.    He married (2) Betsy Douglas.  She was born 1760, and died 1810.


Notes for John Knight:

Laurens County Advertiser--June 10, 1981---Revolutionary War Soldier is Honored

        Nestled in a small country cemetery on a hilltop near Ware Shoals, Revolutionary War Soldier John Knight lies buried.

        Between summer showers Sunday, a marker for Knight's grave in Medlock Cemetery was dedicated by Knight descendants and members of the Sullivan-Dunklin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution  [DAR].

        Following the presentation of colors by a South Carolina National Guard unit and the reading of Knight's biography, the grave marker was unvieled by Knight descendant Cynthia Finethy. A wreath and flag were placed on the grave of Knight descendants Sharon Beckham and Troy Beach.

        The maker was dedicated by Mrs. Ernest McDaniel, vice-regent of the Sullivan-Dunklin Chapter of the DAR, and accepted by Mrs. J. Carlton Vaughn, regent of the South Carolina DAR. Also present at the dedicationceremony was Mrs. John V. Buffinton, a past state regent of the Virgnia DAR.

        Knight was born in 1747 and died at his daughter's home in Laurens County around 1841, according to biographical information compiled by Mrs. Charles S. Schneider, a Knight descendant. No one is certain where Knight was born.

        Prior to the Revolutionary War, Knight was assigned 150 acres of bounty land in Granville County [now part of Laurens County] by the King of England. Medlock Cemetery, where Knight is buried, stands on part of that 150-acre grant. He was also given 300 acres in Craven County on the south side of the PeeDee River, Mrs. Schneider's research shows.

        According to documents, Knight enlisted in Kershaw Districtm South Carolina and served serveral tours of duty in the war under Captains John Weathers and Benjamin Hale and uner Colonels Taylor and Washington.  He also claimed to have served under Generals Sumter, Marion and Greene.

        Knight fought at the battles of Warshaw, Hanging Hook, Camden, Kings Mountain, Rugley's Mills and Eutaw Springs, research indicates. Knight was stabbed in the breast with a bayonet at the battle of Eutaw Springs.

        Knight was a pensioner of South Carolina, but his pension was cut under 1834 legislation which dropped all Revolutionary War soldiers from the state roll.

        The first marked grave in Medlock Cemetery belongs to Knight's stepson, William Rutledge, who died in 1822.  The land at that time was owned by Knight, who sold it to James Medlock in 1832Mrs. Schneider said.

        Also buried at Medlock Cemetery are Knight's daughter, Delilah Knight Puckett, and her husband, William Smith Puckett. Knight's son, John, Jr. is also buried in the cemetery, Mrs. Schneider said.




From "The Root and Some of The Branches of THE PUCKETT FAMILY TREE"  by Christine South Gee


John Knight Revolutionary War Soldier and some of his Descendants


John Knight, Revolutionary War Soldier and father of Delilah Knight Puckett, enlised in the service from Kershaw District.  He married Betsy Rutledge, a widow.  John Knight was born 1747.  The 1840 Census gives his age as 90-100.  Betsy Rutledge is said to have been born in 1760, William Rutledge, her only son by her first marriage, gives his birth date as 1780, tombstone in Medlock Cemetery in Laurens County.  Who Betsy Rutledge was before her first marriage we are not sure, but she may have been a Douglas.  Whether or not John Knight was born in South Carolina we are not sure.  He had a long, service record in the Revolutionary War.


John Knight and Betsy were not married until after the REvolutionary War.  It would appear that they were living in Chester County when their daughter Delilah and William Smith Puckett were married. Delilah states on her pension claim for her husbands service in the War of 1812 that they were married in Chester District in 1813.  Still there is a John Knight listed in Abbeville County Census for 1790 that would appear to be out John Kngith.  Be that as it may, his son jJohn Knight was living in Chester until about 1820 when he appears in the Laurens Census.


Betsy Rutledge Knight died about 1810.  Some time afterwards we know that John Knight married again for we find in Book A, p. 50, Laurens County, deeds the following: John Knight, Sr. deeds to his rpresent wife's daughter, Emila Donald, 47 A of land lying on the waters of Reedy River, plus household furniture and farm animals.  March 24, 1834.  Who this second wife was we do not know.  He lived his last days in the home of his daughter, Delilah, and her husband, William Smith Puckett.


The only record we have of John Knight's children we get from the two wills left by William Rutledge and the administration of his estate, all being on file in Probate Judges Office In Laurens, SC.  William Rutledge died March 12, 1822.  Will was probated in Laruens County, June 4, 1822.  A will written in 1815 mentions John Knight, his dear brother, and his sisters, Fanny, Betsy, Jenny, Delilah and deceased sisters, Polly and Nancy.  In the petition of John Knight, Jr. for papers of administration he states that William Rutledge left no relatives of the full blood.  The relatives listed above were half brothers and sisters. 


John Knight, the Revolutionary soldier, born 1747, died April 10, 1841 and is buried on the place that formerly belonged to his son, John Knight, Jr., and is still owned by his descendants, I believe.  The place is on the Highway between Greenwood and Greenville, near Princeton.  The following is a record of his Revolutionary Service from the National Archives.


Affidavit on file in Pension Office [Now National Archives]    Claim No. 6026  John Knight

State of South Carolina Laurens District   In Common Pleas


On the 17th day of April personally appeared in the open court before his Honor B. J. Earle, one of the judges of the Court of Common Pleas now sitting, John Knight, aged 90 years, a resident of Laurens District, South Carolina, who being sworn in due form of law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of an Act of Congress passed the 7th day of June 1832, that he entered the sevice of the United States under the following officers and served by him as states:


1st Tour

That he entered first for six months under Captain Weathers as a draugtsman in Kershaw District [South Carolina], who was under the command in General Sumter and rendezvoused near Camden [South Carolina], Marched thence to Four Holes, thence to Orangeburg, where they joined Col. Taylor and from thence to Edisto where he was stationed the balance of the six months, and was discharged by General Sumter in writing, but discharge has been lost or mislaid.


2nd Tour

He enlisted for eighteen months at Camden under General Clewford [the pension officials think this has reference to General Buford, as the records fail to show that there was a General Blewford in the service.  J. Brodus Knight, who copied this record in Washington] he thinks, marched thence to Stone and was stationed there for the remainder of the eighteen months and was discharged and said discharge was in writing and has been lost.


3rd Tour

He enlisted at Stone for eigteen months, was stationed there the whole term, liking tree months and he was carried from thence to Charleston across an area of the sea and was thence marched to Camden under the same command, thence to the Waxhaw settlement in South arolina where they met the British and were defeated and immediately afterwards they were disbanded and he went home without a discharge of any sort further than a mere agreement among themselves to go home.


4th Tour

That he enlisted under General Sumter in the Waxhaw Settlements [South Carolina], in what year he does not know, for eighteen months, rendezvoused at Camden, was marched thence to Eutaw Springs, where he fought the British and wounded in the breast with a bayonet, the Britist first left the battlefield, but returned and the Americans retreated and deponent was carried off on a wagon to Hillsborough, North Carolina, to the hospital, where he remained six months when his term of service expired and he was discharged in writing by General Sumter or by a Capt. Weathers by Sumter's orders, but his discharge has been lost.


5th Tour

He enlisted under General Francis Marion in Kershaw District, South Carolina, and rendezvoused in said district and was thence marched to the lower part of the state, ther term of his enlistment was for eighteen months and he served the whole tour under Marion and was discharged by Marion in the Waxhaw Settlements.  His discharge was in writing but has been lost.


6th Tour

He enlisted under Colonel Washington in Kershaw District, South Carolina, for eighteen months and was thence marched to Rugely's Fort and took said fort with two pine logs put on wheels in imitation of cannon, consisting of five hundred prisoners, amongst them were several British officers whose names he has forgotten, but that he and his party took prisoners to Hillsborough, NC where they were left under guard and deponent and his party returned to South Carolina and was discharged by Colonel Washington in Kershaw District, South Carolina, but the discharge was lost.


7th Tour

He enlisted under General Green in Kershaw District, South Carolina for eighteen months, was thence marched to Camden and the British evacuated that place and went to Charleston and General Green and his army, amongst whom was the deponent, pusued the British to Charleston and there remained at what was called the Governor's gate until peace was made and was thence discharged which was lost.


I do hereby relinquish every claim to a pension or annuity except the present, and declare that my name is not on the pension roll of any agency in any state.


Sworn to and subscribed this day aforsaid in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven.                                  John Knight


Sworn to in open court               18 April, 1837        Signed:John Garlington, Clk.

We, Hendrick Arnold, a clergyman residing in the State and District of Laurens, and A. C. Jones, residing in the same, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with John Knight, who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration; that we believe him to be ninety years f age; that he is reputed and well believed in the neighborhood where he resides, to be a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.                         H. T. Arnold

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid,   Signed  A. C. Jones



Sworn to in open court               18 April, 1837        Signed:John Garlington, Clk.

And the said court do hereby delcare the opinion, after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary soldier and served as he states and the court further certifies that it appeared to them that H. T. Arnold, who has signed the same as a resident of Laurens and that A. C. Jones, who has signed the same is a resident in the District of Laurens and is a credible person and that their statemtn is entitled to credit.          signed         B. J. Earle


I, John Garlington, hereby certify that the above contains the original proceedings of the said court in the matter of the application of John Knight for a pension.


In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office this 18th day of April, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven.

        Signed        John Garlinton, Clerk of Laurens Dist.


As is shown by the records, the House of Representative of South Carolina, passed an act granting John Knight a pension on Dec. 1, 1832.


The same act passed the Senate of South Carolina on Dec. 6, 1832.


The clerk of the House of Representatives on April 1st, 1851 certified that the papers on file in his office at that time showed the above facts.  He also certifies that the said papers give a list of the property owned by the said John Knight.  Benjamin Hart was then clerk of the House of Representatives.


On some of the papers on file in the Pension Office I find the number 34036, but do not know to what it refers, unless itis to the claim of John Knight on file in Columbia.


[The above research was done by J. Brodus Knight while he was living in Washington as private secretary to Senator Benjamin R. Tillman.  This was furnished by Mrs. Broadus Knight.]


More About John Knight:

Burial: April 1841, Medlock, Puckett, Knight Cemetery; Ware Shoals, Laurens County, South Carolina


Children of John Knight and Betsy Douglas are:

+      2                 i.               Delilah2 Knight, born 1794; died February 11, 1876.

+      3                ii.               John Knight, Jr., born March 04, 1795; died March 14, 1875.

        4               iii.               Fanny Knight.

        5               iv.               Betsy Knight.

        6                v.               Jenny Knight.

        7               vi.               Polly Knight.

                8                vii.                Nancy Knight.



Generation No. 2