Levi J. Knight, first settler of the Ray City, GA area, has been a popular subject of this blog.
- Levi J. Knight and Lowndes First Superior Court
- Berrien Skirmishes, the Battle of Brushy Creek, and the Indian Maiden
- Levi J. Knight’s Military Heritage
- General Levi J. Knight ~ Railroad Tycoon
- General Knight’s Railroad Rolls Into Civil War
- L.E. Lastinger and Captain Knight’s Berrien Minutemen
- Levi J. Knight and the Confederate Payroll Fraud
- Levi J. Knight ~ Next Generation
Levi J. Knight fought in the Indian War of 1836-1839 and served as Captain of the Lowndes Militia. After the resignation of Major General Ezekiel Wimberly, Knight was elected Major General of the 6th Division of Georgia Militia on December 4, 1840. In that same election, John McPherson Berrien was elected to the U.S. Senate., a position he held until 1850.
Milledgeville Recorder, Dec. 8, 1840, pg 3
Levi J. Knight of Lowndes county, was elected, on Friday last, Major General of the sixth Division G.M., in place of Gen. E. Wimberly, resigned.
Columbus Enquirer, Dec. 9, 1840 — page 2
MILLEDGEVILLE, Dec. 5th, 1840.
Messrs Editors: On yesterday at 12 o’clock, the following elections transpired.
For. U.S. Senator, 6 years, 4th March next.
John McPherson Berrien, 153, elec.
M. Hall McAlister 117
Major General 6th Division G.M. in the place of E. Wimberly, resigned:
Knight of Lowndes, 198
Slappey of Twiggs, 58
Following the election, Knight received an official commission as Major General, by order of the Governor.
Knight, Levi J
Milledgeville 11th Dec 1840
That the Secretary of State prepare a
Commission for Levi J Knight elected a
Major General of the 6th Division
Georgia Militia on the 4th instant,
By the Governor
J. V. Harris
S. E. D.
For ten years Levi J. Knight served in the militia as Major General. In the 1850 Census of Lowndes County, GA he owned real estate valued at $5000. His occupation was listed as farming. The census enumerates Levi J. Knight (47) with the following in his household: Ann D. (48), William W. (21), John (18), Mary A. (14), Levi A. (12), Jonathan D. (10), Keziah A. (7), and also Elizabeth Clements, age 80, blind, born in Ireland. Sons William and John assisted with farming. The General’s neighbors were Hardeman Sirmans, and William Patton, who was Justice of the Peace.
In 1850 Levi J. Knight resigned his commission as Major General of the 6th Division of the Georgia Militia, an office he held since 1840, tendering his resignation in a letter to Governor George W. Towns.
Troupville September 16th 1850
To his Excellency
George W Towns Sir
You will please
accept this as my resignation of
the office of Major General of the
Sixth Division Georgia Militia. I am
Respectfully your obedient
and humble Servant
Levi J. Knight
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