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Dr. Joseph Pembrook Knight



Dr. Norval Pembrook Knight

September 29, 1869 - May 10, 1956

Dr. Knight, son of Edward Mortimer Knight (1830 - 1924) and Mary L. Few Knight (1835 - 1904) was born in Monmouth, Warren Co., Illinois and died in Pinellas County, Florida. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton, Benton County, Iowa.

1870 Census - Illinois, Warren County, Monmouth City
Edward Knight, age 40, b Virginia, Carpenter
Mary L. Knight, age 34, born Ohio, Keeping House
Elwood Knight, age 6, born Ohio
Jessie Knight, age 5, born Ohio
Wellington Knight, age 3, born Illinois
Norvill Knight, age 8/12, born Illinois

1880 Census - Illinois - Marion County - City of Salem
Edward M. Knight, age 50, born Maryland, Carpenter
Mary E. Knight, age 44, born Ohio
Elwood Knight, age 16, born Ohio
Jessie R. Knight, age 14, born Ohio
Wellington Knight, age 12, born Illinois
Norville Kninght, age 11, born Illinois
Arthur C. Knight, age 8, born Illinois

1900 Census - Iowa - Van Buren County, Farmington Township
Norval P. Knight, age 30, born Sept 1869, boarder, Dentist

On May 29, 1901 in Van Buren County, Iowa, he first married Georgia Winifred Duckworth Knight (December 1, 1871 Floris, Davis County, Iowa - August 14, 1922, Vinton, Benton Co., Iowa) daughter of Dee Duckworth and Susan Hunter Duckworth.

They moved to Collegeport and Dr. Knight purchased Lot 41 in Block 2 of the Ace of Clubs Ranch from the Burton D. Hurd Land Company.

Collegeport Building Notes
Dr. N. P. Knight is building himself a fine residence on his tract adjoining town. --Houston Post, August 9, 1909

1910 Census - Matagorda County, Collegeport
Norval Knight, age 40, married once, 8 years, b IL, Fruit Farmer
Georgia Knight, age 38, married once, 8 years, b IA, no children
William Knight, age 8, adopted son, b IA

Mrs. N. P. (Georgia D.) Knight was a charter member of the Collegeport Woman's Club which was organized May 19, 1910.

Election Officials Chosen
BAY CITY, Tex., July 12--For the election to be held July 22 the following have been appointed presiding officers of the various precincts: Collegeport, Dr. N. P. Knight.--San Antonio Express, July 13, 1911

Dr. and Mrs. Knight were members of the First Church of Collegeport - Federated. Church records indicated they had moved by October 27, 1913


Dr. N. P. Knight of Vinton and W. L. Knight of St. Paul, Minn., visited their father and sister at the home of the latter, Mrs. I. L. Moore, quite recently.--The Daily Gate City, Keokuk, Iowa, February 17, 1915


Mrs. I. L. Moore is at Vinton, a guest of her brother Dr. N. P. Knight.--The Daily Gate City, Keokuk, Iowa, August 26, 1915


Mrs. I. L. Moore departed Thursday to visit her brother Dr. N. P. Knight at Vinton.--The Daily Gate City, Keokuk, Iowa, August 22, 1916

Dr. N. P. Knight was a member of the Vinton Masonic Lodge, No. 62, Vinton, Iowa, in 1918.

On May 24, 1918, Dr. Knight traveled from New York City to France during WWI for duty with the A. E. F. in connection work with the Y. M. C. A. He was described as being 48 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, medium forehead, blue eyes, large nose, medium mouth, medium chin, black hair sprinkled with gray, fair complexion and oval face.

Included with the passport was a document from the National War Work Council of the Young Men's Christian Associations of the United States.
Date: May 20, 1918

This is to certify that Norval Pembrook Knight has been appointed a secretary of the National War Work Council of the United States for service with the troops of the American Expeditionary Force in France. We hereby endorse his application for a passport to visit France and Great Britain. He is enlisting for the duration of the war.

Very respectfully yours,
A. A. El__sole?
Department of Citizenship, Department of State, Washington, D. C.

Enters Y. M. C. A. War Work

Farmington, May 29.--Dr. N. P. Knight and wife of Vinton visited over Sunday at the Dr. C. L. Paisley home. Dr. Knight was invited to talk to the Congregational Sunday School Sunday morning about the Y. M. C. A. war work as he has enlisted as assistant secretary for this work. He expects to report in New York, June 3, for duty and from there expects to go to France. He and his wife left Tuesday for Salem to visit his father, E. M. Knight. Ottumwa Semi-Weekly Courier, Ottumwa, Iowa, May 31, 1918

Dr, N. P. Knight, formerly of Farmington, recently received his discharge from the army, his rank being lieutenant, and he and his wife have been visiting with relatives here and at Keosauqua. He will soon resume his practice at Vinton.--The Daily Gate City, Keokuk, Iowa, September 12, 1919

1920 Census - Iowa, Benton County, Vinton Ward 3
Norval P. Knight, age 50, born IL, Dentist
Georgia D. Knight, age 48, born IA

Georgia died in 1922 and Dr. Knight had married second, Katherine Adelia Ball (July 7, 1870 - February 19, 1956) by April 1,1930.

1930 Census - Iowa - Benton County, Vinton
Norval P. Knight, age 60, born Iowa, married first at age 32, Dentist
Katherine A. Knight, age 59, born Iowa, married first at age 29

1940 Census - Florida, Pinellas County, Clearwater, Clearwater Beach Trailer Camp
Norwood Knight, age 70, b Illinois, Retired
Katherine Knight, age 69, b Illinois
Lived in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California in 1935

Evergreen Cemetery
Vinton, Benton County, Iowa


Norval Knight


Georgia Knight


Katharine Knight


Evergreen Cemetery photos courtesy of Colette Harrison

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