Will of Jonathan Knight, Senior
Recorded in Will book 7. p. 80.
Granville County, North Carolina
In the name of God amen, I Jonathan Knight Senior of the State of N. Carolina &
County of Granville, being in a ---(bad or loe?) state of health though of a Sound mind and
memory doth make and ordain this my last will and Testement in manner
and form following to wit.
First: I lend unto my loving wife Judath Knight all the land the East side of the road
bound as follows beginning at a white oak on the bank of the Tareriver above the
bridge running South with the road as it now stands to where the line crosses
the east to middle Creek thence down the sd creek to the mouth thence up
the river to the first beginning, also three negroes to wit., Jim, Nell & Peter
and one mare caled (sic) Bedford, also all my household & kitchen furniture together with
my stock of hoggs, cows & plantation utencils(sic) during her natural life, and after
the death of my wife, I give unto my daughter Sarah W. Roffe all the ------(Estate?)
lent my wife except the negroe boy Peter to her & her heirs & assigns forever.
Item: I give unto my son John Knight all the land lying on the left side of the ----(road?) -----(where?)
now lives bounded as follows, to wit. beginning at a white oak on the bank of the tar river
above the bridge, running up the -------(meanders?) of said river to Nailings corner thence ----
with Nailings line to the main road, thence North with the road as it now stands
to the first beginning to him his heirs & assigns forever.
Item: I give unto my grandson Jonathan Knight son of John Knight all the ---(land?)
lying on the East side of middle creek bound by Thos. Person's line & Tarr river &
sd creek to him his heirs & assigns forever.
Item: I give unto my son Woodson Knight two hundred & fifty nine acres
of land whereon my said son now lives in Mecklingburg County Virginia and
one negroe man Jacob to him his heirs & assigns forever.
Item: I give unto my son William Knight five shillings besides what --(I?)
have allready (sic) given him to him his heirs & assigns forever.
Item: My will & desire is that after my death that all my estate not
given away in this my last will & testement be sold at the descression (sic) of
my executors hereafter named & the money arising therefrom after paying
my just debts be equally divided between Elizabeth Amis, Rachel Dejarnet,
Judath Amis, Polly Amis, Jonathan Knight & John Knight to them their
heirs & assigns forever.
Item: My will & desire is that after the death of my wife the negroe
boy Peter, lent my wife be sold at the descression (sic) of my Exrs (sic) & the (money?)
arising therefrom to be equally divided between Elizabeth Amis, Rachel
Dejarnet, Judath Amis, Polly Amis, Jonathan Knight & John Knight to (them?)
their heirs & assigns forever.
Item: I do hereby appoint Jonathan Knight and William Amis Exrs. (sic) (of?)
this my last will & testement & do revoke all other wills heretofore made
by me in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed
my seal the 24th day of October 1807.
Jona'th Knight (seal)
State of N. Carolina
Granville County November Court -- -- 1809
The foregoing last will & testement of Jonathan Knight Senr. was duly (proven?)
in open court by the oaths of Wm. Walker & James Richards two of the subscribing
witnesses to the same & ordered to be recorded. At the same time William Amis
named as Executor of said Will refused to qualify --- --- (as such?) wherefore
Jonathan Knight also named as Executor came into court & qualified (as?)
(can't read clerks signature)
Jonathan Knight, Sr. b. ca 1721 Virginia d. bef Nov. 1809 Granville County, NC. was the son of John Knight and Elizabeth Woodson of Lunenburg County Virginia. Jonathan married Judith Woodson February 24, 1757, Goochland Parish, Goochland County, Virginia. Their son John Knight b. ca 1760 Granville Co., NC. above mentioned in his will married Martha Montague March 29, 1788, in Oxford, Granville co., NC.
We are unsure of the year John Knight moved from Grandville Co, NC to Tennessee, but he was a resident of Jackson County, TN, when he purchased 188 acres of land in Smith County Tennessee, on the North side of the Cumberland River, from Ellis B. Beasley on November 17, 1815. John paid $600.00 for this land on Defeated Creek that bordered the land of Miles West, John Reeves & Jonathan Beasley.
The Deed was witnessed by Miles West & Shadrack Moore. Recorded in Smith County Deed Book E. page 351.
Shortly after Martha's death, John Knight made a deed of gift to his children for this same 188 acres of land on Defeated Creek, and 7 slaves, in December of 1838.
On February 1, 1839 the heirs of John Knight divided the land and the 7 slaves that were gifted to them by their father. The heirs were Thomas Latane Knight, William Montague Knight, Henry M. Knight, Ellis E. Knight, Caty (Catherine Knight) - Ramsey (husband unknown), Charlotte Knight - Smith (wife of Daniel Smith) and (Martha) "Patsy" West (Wife of Robert West) Recorded in Smith County Deed book P, pages 119 through 121.
Martha Montague was b. ca 1758 VA and died September 09, 1838, Smith Co. TN. John Knight October 19, 1843, Smith Co. TN.