Once a Knight is Enough

Knight Genealogy

by Laura Knight

1850 Federal Census


Census Records from Images provided by USA National Archives and Records Administration. Washington D.C. extracted by myself from images on ancestry.com

I've extracted what limited information was available from each source and households (HH) are separated by double asterisks thus: ** and the name of the Head of Household (HH) on the record is in bold for ease of finding. I've gone over this several times, trying to catch all errors, but I can't guarantee that there are none; I just do my best at any moment. Also, as noted elsewhere, for ease of search/finding, I've most often converted names to the modern spelling and have frequently included how the name appears in the record and/or how the transcriber rendered it: (text: Knite, trans: Kite). Also note that I have excluded Northern State Knights. If someone else wants to collect the Northern Knights and arrange them as I have so I don't have to do any extra work, I'll be very happy to include them and give credit where it is due.

At this point, the censuses are getting much longer and it has become impossible for one person to comb through the records with the thoroughness I would like; I do have a life outside of genealogy. Obviously, I focus more intensely on those areas where I know VA Knights moved to, but still, the population is growing fast and I can't guarantee exhaustive coverage though I am doing my best. In some of the newly settled areas, the censuses are still mercifully short and in some cases, I covered the entire sheet. When that is the case, I put the word "ENTIRE" at the end of the list. In this census, I haven't done Pennsylvania as I have been doing up to this point and the whole census, in general, has not been scoped out as thoroughly as earlier ones. I'll get it done and added eventually. I think there is enough here to keep a few people busy; it's very long as it is.

This is the first census that lists every household member by name, age, and where born. It's not 100% accurate, as is sometimes shown, but it's a darn good start. In my opinion, it should be illegal to mess with the effort to obtain pure demographic information in a census.



127 Record Returns

1850 – FL Alachua Div 14 – Federal Census -  **  Jeptha Knight, 31, farmer, GA; Eliza Knight, 31, GA; Levi Knight, 5, FL; George Knight, 4, FL; Thomas J. Knight, 3, FL; Margaret F. Knight, 4 mo, FL; George Knight, 50, GAWilson Bates, 55, farmer, VA; George M Bates, 22, farmer, GA; Mary S. Bates, 10; FL. ** David Mizell,  42, farmer, GA; Mary Mizell, 46, GA; Joshua Mizll, 20, laborer, FL; David Mizell JR, 16, FL; Nancy Mizell, 13, FL; John R. Mizell, 11, FL; Morgan Mizell, 9 FL; Thomas Mizell, 8, FL; Mary Mizell, 6, FL; Sarah Mizell, 4, FL. ** Enoch Collins, 42, farmer, GA; Elizabeth Collins, 30, SC; William Collins, 19, laborer, GA; John Collins, 18, GA; Samuel Collins, 16, GA; Hardy Collins, 15, GA; Enoch Collins JR, 13, GA; Mary E. Collins, 12, GA; Sarah J. Collins, 10; James N. Collins, 8, GA; Jesse Collins, 7, GA; Daniel J. Collins, 4, FL; Perry Collins, 1, FL.  (Enoch’s first wife was Fatima Knight, his second, Elizabeth Guthrie.)  ** Joseph Mizell, 46, farmer, GA; Martha Mizell, 48, GA; Sarah A. Mizell, 19, FL; Enoch E. Mizell, 9, FL, Samuel Casten, 47, teacher, SC. ** Clatus Sherhouse, 26, farmer, SC; Mary Sherhouse, 22, GA; Israel E. Sherhouse, 7 mo; Sarah Grantham, 14, GA. ** Hope H. Colson, 30, farmer, GA; Martha A. Colson, 30, GA; Paul Colson, 9, GA; Mary E. Colson, 8, GA; Matilda E. Colson, 6, GA. ** Thomas Colson, 25, farmer, GA; Penelope Colson, 23, GA. **  Abraham Mott, 48, farmer, GA; Ann E. Mott, 30, SC; Benjamin Mott, 19, farmer, FL; Matthew Mott, 8, FL; Jane Mott, 6, FL; Catherine Mott, 3, FL; Frances Mott, 3 mo, FL.  ** James Bevill, 38, farmer, GA; Jane E. Bevill, 41, GA; John M. Bevill, 15, GA; James W. Bevill, 14, GA; Martha A. Bevill, 12, GA; Sarah F. Bevill, 11, GA; Mary J. Bevill, 8, GA; Jane E. Bevill, 1, GA. ** Hope Mott, 30, farmer, GA; Elizabeth Mott, 21, FL; Laura Mott, 5, FL; Abraham Mott, 2, FL; Hope E. Mott, 1, FL.  ** Paul B. Colson, 51, minister, GA; Rachel W. Colson, 49, GA; Clarissa Colson, 26, GA; Thomas W. Colson, 17, GA; William Colson, 13, GA.  **  William C. Mott, 35, farmer, GA; Sarah Mott, 30, FL; William W. Mott, 7, FL; Robert B. Mott, 4, FL; Hellen M. Mott, 3, FL; Marion Mott, 2, M, FL; Andrew M. Mott, 2 mo, FL.  **  Sarah Colson, 32, GA; Abraham Colson, 13, FL; William H. Colson, 9, FL; Georgian A. Colson, 7, FL; Jonah Colson, 4, FL; Rachel Colson, 3, FL.  **  James Cason, 50,  of GA family, Elisha Carter, 42, of FL family, John Cason, 24, of GA family, Ransom Cason, 25, of GA family,   **  William Colson, 53, farmer, GA; Matilda Colson, 50, GA; James Colson, 27, farmer, GA; Elizabeth Colson, 23, FL; Teresa Colson, 22, FL; Matilda Colson, 20, FL; Paul Colson, 19, FL; Malinda Colson, 17, FL; William Colson, 16, FL; Bernard Colson, 14, GA; Simeon D. Colson, 13, FL; Virginia Colson, 11, FL; Louisa Colson, 10, GA; Phillip Colson, 8, GA; Sarah Colson, 5, GA; Elizabeth Colson, 77, GA.  ** ENTIRE

1850 – FL Benton Annuttaliga Settlement – Federal Census -  **  Elias James Knight, 39, farmer, GA; Azilepha Knight, 30, NC; Mary Ann R. Knight, 8, FL; Sara J. Knight, 7, FL; Margaret S. Knight, 1, FL. ENTIRE.

1850 – FL Benton Buddys Lake Settlement – Federal Census -  **  Luke Moore, 39, ferry keeper, SC; Betsy Knight, 26, SC; Amelia Knight, 8, SC; Stephen Knight, 6, SC; Betsy Backston, 73, SC.  **  Laniers and Moodys  **  Enoch E. Mizell, 43, farmer, GA; Minerva Mizell 32, GA; George Mizell, 4, FL; David Mizell, 1, FL.  **  Morgan Mizell, 30, farmer, GA; May F. Mizell, 21, GA; Sarah A. C. Mizell, 7 months, FL; William McDonald, 19, laborer, KY.  **  Joshua Mizell, 34, farmer, GA; Elizabeth Mizell, 36, GA; Osighas Mizell, 7, FL; Julia C. Mizell, 6, FL; Jane Mizell, 4, FL; Josuah Mizell JR, 1, FL; John Greenleaf, 23, laborer, VA.  **  Augustus Mizell, 32, laborer, MS; __ Munling, 32, Dr. of Med., MS.  **  John Tucker, 65, Baptist Preacher, GA; Mary Tucker, 60, SC; Pleasant T. Tucker, 26, farmer, GA; Jesse H. Tucker, farmer, GA; Amanda M. Tucker, 15, FL; Julia C. Tucker, 13, FL.  **  Elijah A. Tucker, 24, farmer GA; Hannah M. Tucker, 22, GA; Isabella C. Tucker, 3, FL; Franklin S. Tucker, 1, FL. ENTIRE

1850 – FL Columbia – Federal Census -  **  Elisha Walker, 34, farmer, GA; Caroline Walker, 17, FL; Drusilla Walker, 6, FL; Elias Walker, 4, FL; Elias Knight, 60, Prim. Bapt. clergyman, FL  **  Redding R. Blount, 25, farmer, GA; Jane Blount, 26, SC; Benjamin Blound, FL; John Blount, 1, FL; Martha A. Knight, 7, FL.  **  Redding Blount SR, 59, farmer, SC, next HH.  **  Britton Knight (Brittain), 25, farmer, FL; Caroline Tompkins, 30, GA; Maria J. Tompkins, 19, FL; Florida A. Tompkins, 7, FL; Giles Tompkins, 16, FL.

1850 – FL Columbia Alligator – Federal Census -  **  Joseph J. Knight, 35, farmer, GA; Emily E. Knight, 23, GA; Maria E. Knight, 6, FL; Matthew M. Knight, 4, FL; Julia C. Knight, 1, FL; Henry F. Knight, 19, laborer, FL.  **  Arthur J. T. Knight (Night), 24, Merchant, GA; Harriet Knight, 23, GA; Louisa Knight, 2 mo., FL.  ENTIRE.

1850 – FL Duval Black Creek – Federal Census -  **  Jonathan Knight, 69, farmer, SC; Elizabeth Knight, 63, GA. (This Jonathan b. 1781)  **  Henry Hiers, 35, carpenter, Germany; Louisa Hiers, 24, Germany; William H. Hiers, 2, FL; Frederica H. Hiers, 1, FL.  **  Isaac Varn, 70, farmer, SC; Sarah Cone, 12, FL.  **  John Summerlin, 29, farmer, FL; Marietta Summerlin, 21, FL; Edward C. Summerlin, 3, FL; Jacob Summerlin, 1, FL, John Huston, 45, laborer, FL.  **  George C. Tippins, 22, farmer, GA; Sarah A. Tippins, 21, GA; Caroline Tippins, 4, FL; Mary Tippins, 2, FL.  **  William W. Johnson, 21, laborer, GA; Elizabeth Johnson, 21, GA; William L. Knight, 21, laborer, GA; Susan Bardin, 4, FL; Mary J. Johnson, 2 mo., FL.  **  Isaac Varn JR, 49, farmer, SC; Louisa Varn, 30, GA; Andrew L. Varn, 11, FL; Jane Varn, 9, FL; Isaac Varn, 8, FL; David Varn, 6, FL; Henry Varn, 4, FL; John Varn, 3, FL; Jacob Varn, 2, FL.  **  Also includes: Brodnax of GA, Fleming of GA, Peacock of GA.  ENTIRE

1850 – FL Duval Clay Hill – Federal Census -  **  James H. Knight, 33, farmer, GA; Sintha (Cynthia?) Knight, 33, GA; James R. Knight, 12, GA; Elizabeth M. Knight, 10, GA; William H. Knight, 8, GA; Matthew V. Knight, 6, GA; Cullen T. Knight, 4, FL; Jonathan L. Knight, 4, FL, John W. Knight, 3, FL; David M. Knight, 1, FL.  **  William Knight, 44, farmer, FL; Mary Knight, 42, GA; Elizabeth H. Knight, 20, GA; Daniel B. Knight, 17, GA; Mary M. Knight, 16, GA, Nancytun E. Knight, 12, GA; Rhoda C. Knight, 10, FL; Susan A. Knight, 7, FL, James J. Knight, 1, FL; Hannah Burney (pos Burnett), 74, NC.   ** Moses Prescott, 70, farmer, SC; Susannah Presott, 45, SC; Riley Prescott, 21, laborer, GA; Hiram Prescott, 23, laborer, GA; Lupina Prescott, 14, GA; Matthew A. Knight, 23, merchant, GA. ENTIRE.

1850 – FL Hamilton Dist 1, 2 & 3 – Federal Census -  **  Samuel Knight, 31, farmer, GA; Mary E. Knight, 27, GA; Mary E. J. Knight, 12, FL; Sarah E. Knight, 10, FL Eliza Knight, 8, FL; Martha Knight, 5, GA; Nancy Knight, , FL.  **  Elhannon W. McCall, 30, farmer, GA; Elizabeth McCall, 23, GA; Thomas J. McCall, 4, KY; Jesse S. McCall, 3 GA; Aaron G. McCall, 6 mo, FL. (Elizabeth McCall was dau of Rev. Samuel Knight & Mary Nancy Roberts Knight)  **  Abraham Knight, 24, farmer, GA; Mary Knight, 18, GA  **  Thomas Knight, 30, farmer, GA; Sarah M. Knight, 27, GA; John Knight, 7, FL; Sarah A. Knight, 5, FL; Mary Knight, 4, FL; Jonathan Knight, 2, FL; Jonathan Knight, 15, farmer, FL; Howell Tuten, 20, laborer, SC. (Redden J. Tuten, 38, fam, next HH.)  **  Albion W. Knight, 28, physician, ME; Carolina Knight, 24, GA; Mary Demers, 38, GA; Martha Demers, 26, GA.  ENTIRE.

1850 – FL Hillsborough Fort Brook Tampa Bay – Federal Census -  **  Dennis Knight, 43, blacksmith, PA; Sarah Knight, 36, GA; Mary Knight, 16; TN; George W. Knight, 8, IL. (p. 8)  **  Andrew J. Snider, 42, laborer, PA; Catherine Snider, 26, FL; A. J. Snider, 3, FL.  **  Dennis Knight, 40, blacksmith, Ireland (p. 1). ENTIRE.  Note: Dennis Knight apparently listed at his home and at his place of work by two different census takers. The wife apparently gave the information from home, Dennis gave it from work. So, he is likely from Ireland.

1850 – FL Hillsborough Simmons Hammock Settlement Div 19 – Federal Census -  **  Samuel Knight, 58, Minister, GA (b. 1792); Mary Knight, 58, SC.  **  Joel Knight, 25, blacksmith, GA; Virginia Knight, 20, AL; Thomas S. Knight, 6, FL; John M. Morris, 25, farmer, AL; Daniel Plurdy, 50, teacher, CT.  ** Jesse Knight, 33, farmer, GA; Rebecca C. Knight, 24, SC; Sarah J. Knight, 8, FL; Maria A. Knight, 7, FL; Mary L. Knight, 3, FL; Aaron W. Knight, FL.  [Here, the census taker has made an error by carrying over the last listed child of Jesse Knight and putting him into the Itchpossassa Settlement list at the top of the page: William S. Knight, age 1, b. FL. The Simmons Hammock settlement list goes from  dwelling house 107, family number 108 to Itchpossassa dwelling house 108, family 109]: ** Frederic Varn, 62, planter, SC; Sarah Varn, 48, SC; Samuel Varn, 27, SC; William B. Varn, 17, SC; Josiah Varn, 15, GA, Sarah Varn, 11, GA; Frances T. Varn, 9, FL; Frederic N. Varn, 2, FL.  **  Dwelling 114, family 115, is Jacob Summerlin, 26, Planter, FL; Frances Summerlin, 23, GA w/additional family. Frances Summerlin’s maiden name was Knight.  **  Levi Pearce (Pierce), 44, farmer, GA; Mary J. Pearce, 32, GA; John M. Pearce, 16, student, GA; James G. Pearce, 14, FL William H. Pearce, 12, FL; Thomas Cook Pearce, 10, FL; Paton L. Pearce, 8, FL; Ann E. Pearce, 6, FL, Levi D. Pearce, 4, FL; Steven I. Pearce, 6 mo, FL; Elizabeth Hooker, 79, GA; Ann Wicks, 15, SC.  **  John Pearce (Pearse), 37, farmer, GA; Mary Pearce, 35, GA; Elizabeth Pearce, 12, FL, Sarah Jane Pearce, 9, FL; Nancy C. Pearce, 7, FL; Mary Cazia Pearce, 3 mo, FL;  **  E. B. Sparkman, 31, planter, GA; Sarah Ann Sparkman, 28, GA; Cornelia A. Tippins, 14, GA.  ENTIRE  **   (See: http://genealogytrails.com/fla/hillsborough/records/1850federal.html)  **  Note: The Varns were in-laws to Jesse Knight. They must have all moved together about 1842.  Itchpossassa Settlement is now Plant City.

1850 – FL Holmes Div 3 – Federal Census -  **  William Albritton, 27, farmer, GA; Anna Albritton, 60, GA; Nancy Albritton, 33, GA; Polly Ann Albritton, 23, GA; Mitton J. Albritton, 19, farmer, GA.  **  John C. Knight, 25, farmer, GA; Nancy Knight, 55, GA; Eleanor Knight (Ellenner), 21, GA; Thomas Knight, 20, laborer, GA; William Knight, 16, GA; Daniel Knight, 14, GA; William McCaskill, 3, FL.  **  Robert Knight, 56, farmer, NC; Mary Knight, 54, GA; Rebecca Knight, 19, GA; Robert Knight, 17, laborer, GA; Frances Knight, 14, GA; Jane Bartlett, 26, GA; Robert Bartlett, 9, AL; Mary Bartlett, 7, AL; Rebecca Bartlett, 2, AL.  **  Spier Knight, 33, farmer, GA; Julia Knight, 28, GA; Robert J. Knight, 5, AL; Sarah J. Kinight, 3, AL; John C. Knight, 6 mo, FL.  ** Micajah Meadows, 35, farmer, SC; Mary Meadows, 20, AL; Amber Meadows, 16, AL; Elvira Meadows, 14, AL; John Meadows, 12, AL; Jefferson Meadows, 10, AL; Micajah Meadows, 9, AL; Eliza Meadows, 3, FL; Harriet Maloy, 23, AL.  **  James Young, 24, merchant, Scotland. ENTIRE.

1850 – FL Leon Div 8 – Federal Census -  **  Spotswood S. Knight, 31, merchant, VA. L. H. Knight, 33, trader, VA; V. E. McLendon, 18, clerk, GA; Milford Bull, 18, clerk, FL.

1850 – FL Marion Dist 4 – Federal Census -  **  John Knight (Night), 35, farmer, SC; Elizabeth Knight, 30, SC; Amelia Knight, 8, SC; Stephen Knight, 6, SC.  **  No other Knights.  ENTIRE.

1850 – FL Monroe Key West – Federal Census -  **  Peter T. Knight, 35, mariner, England. Elizabeth Knight, 19, Germany, Francis Knight, 1, FL.

1850 – FL Santa Rosa Div 2 – Federal Census -  **  William Knight, 26, laborer, AL. ** Alice (Ales) C. Knight, 24, AL; Angeline Knight, 5, AL. (William and Alice were listed numerous pages apart, but it is possible William was listed at his job, because that list included numerous unrelated men, while Alice was listed from home, so they may be related.)


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