1937 Family Genealogy Document
Thomas Harrison McKnight Sr.
Containing family names of:
McKnight, Hutchinson, Lancaster, Sprott, Bothwell, Singleton, Giles
Transcribed by Thomas Harrison McKnight III
grandson of Thomas Harrison McKnight Sr.
on 12/29/1996 in Margate, Florida.
We are not absolutely sure this document was by Thomas Harrison McKnight Sr.
We believe this was written in 1937 due to a comment on the age of a Bible in that year.
This document is currently in the possesion of myself, T.H.Mc.III.
Francis Harrison McKnight
born: July 22, 1814
died: Nov. 5, 1880
Family came from near Edinburgh, Scotland,
but born in N.C. then moved to Sumter
(Note: We now know Francis H. McKnight was born in Bolivar, Tennessee)
Married: Mar. 6. 1844 to Susan Ann Hutcherson
Born: July, 1, 1822 in Orange Co., Va.
Died: July 1, 1889
Children: (only ones know)
William Thomas McKnight
Born June 17, 1846 at Mt. Hebron, Alabama
Died: Sept. 28, 1922 in Memphis, Tennessee
Married:July 19, 1871 at Gaston, Ala. to
Margaret Jane Sprott
born: May 2, 1848
died: June 22, 1919
Children: Thomas Harrison
The early McKnights came to this country from Edinburgh, Scotland and settled, its is thought in N.C. Which one started this line is not known by us but it is believed to be the father of Francis Harrison McKnight. (Note: From 1921 Tenn. Civil War Veterans questionaire, we now know Francis Harrison McKnight was born in Boliver, Tennessee) It is thought that Francis was born near Edinburgh but if so, then he journeyed to this country with his parents at an early age to N.C., where it is believed he spent his youth. There he married Susan Hutcherson, after which they moved into Tennessee, then on down to Sumter County, Ala., where he became a planter of consequence. His son, William Thomas, was born at Mt. Hebron and joined the Confederate army at 17. He served throughout the war with General Forrest as a member of Armistead's Cavalry, Company H. Several years after the war, he married Margaret Sprott and lived at Clinton, Miss. Then he moved to Livingston, Alabama, where he lived for 23 years. In 1892 he moved to Memphis, Tennessee for five years, after which he moved back to York, Ala where he continued general merchandising. After the death of his wife he lived with one of his sons and died in Memphis in 1922.
I have no other definite information on the McKnight family, but wish I did. I do have additional data on the Macnaughton clan in Scotland from which we are certain to have originated but nothing authenticated beyond Francis Harrison McKnight and his arrival in this country.
On the following page (over) is the remaining data on collateral families, which, of course, you will want.
(((Page two, on back of page one)))
(I have never been sure that this name shoud be spelled "er" rather than "in")
(Note: Proper spelling is Hutchinson, with IN and not ER, based on 1840 Sumter County Census)
William (or Archie?) married Sallie Read Wharton?
Children: Archie Lucretia Patsy
Thomas Mollie Betsy Rice
Mordecai Susan Ann Sallie
Nancy Ann (1780-1857)
Washington born Dec. 12, 1816 in Orange Co. Virginia
married on Dec. 12, 1816 to Elizabeth Lancaster.
( I have a copy of their marriage bond)
children: Susan Ann is the only name I have here.
She was born July 1, 1822 &
died July1 1, 1899
From the 92 year old family Bible (this was in 1937) in the possession of Mrs. Wm. Haguewood (Sudie Giles), we learn the following:
1. when each of Washington Hutcherson's daughters married, he gave them a Bible, a clock, a chest of draweres, and a family of negros.
2. (re-iteration of above data)
Susan Ann Hutcherson was born near Fredericksburg, Virginia. She came with her parents in a colony of 100 white people and their servants to Mt. Hebron, Ala., where they arrived in Sept., 1837. Frances Harrison McKnight rode a horse along side the wagon in the same company and seven years later married her.
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