Walter Howard Knight, a son of William Washington Knight (1829 – 1863) and Mary E Carroll (1839 – 1906), is the only identified individual in the photo above. He was born November 28, 1859 in Berrien Co., GA and died June 13, 1934. Walter Howard Knight is buried at Beaver Dam Cemetery, Ray City, GA.
BEAVER DAM BAPTIST CHURCH
In 1874 when Mercer Association missionary Reverend J. D. Evans came to Ray’s Mill, GA Thomas M. Ray was deeply moved by the Baptist’s message. Thomas M. Ray must have attended the church meetings in the old log school house and the big revivals that were held in May and July, 1874, for he became instrumental in the formation of a Baptist Church at Ray’s Mill. On September 20, 1874 a small group of followers met with Reverend J. D. Evans at the home of Thomas and Mary Ray to organize the Beaver Dam church. Thomas M. Ray. and David J. McGee were elected to represent the new church to the Mercer Baptist Association and were sent as messengers to the Valdosta Church. The Reverend J. D. Evans wrote a petitionary letter which they carried to the association. In November 1874 Thomas M. Ray was appointed to a church building committee along with James M. Baskin and David J. McGee. He served on the committed that selected and procured the site for the construction of the church building. He continued to serve on the building committee until his death.
The original wooden church building at Beaver Dam was constructed by W.A. Bridges and James M. Baskin (see Baskin Family Helped Found Ray City Baptist Church). Construction began in January of 1875. Baskin and Bridges hand hewed the timbers to frame the church. Sawn lumber were purchased but had to be dressed by hand. The building was finished with windows and siding. The pulpit, table and pews were all built on site. J.M. Baskin made the doors himself.
- Knight Family Outing
- Knight Sisters of Ray City
- Family of Lester Griffin
- Baskin Family Helped Found Ray City Baptist Church
- James Madison Baskin Settled at Beaver Dam Creek.