Maria Antonieta Poblete (or Poblette) was the first wife of Owen Adrian Knight, of Ray City, GA. They were married on September 5, 1917 in El Paso, Texas while Owen Adrian Knight was in the Army. Maria Antonieta Poblete was born in Mexico and grew up with the Mormon Colonies in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Owen Adrian Knight, known as “Adrian”, was born and raised in Ray’s Mill, GA (now Ray City), the eighth child of Walter Howard Knight and Jimmie Gardener Gullette.
Maria and Adrian had two children, Owen Adrian, Jr., born April, 1918, and Ralph H., born May 31, 1919. Ralph was named after his uncle killed in the Otranto disaster in October, 1918. (See Ralph Knight ~ Ray City Soldier ~ WWI)
Following the end of WWI, apparently just before the birth of his second son, Adrian Knight left Texas for parts unknown. Maria Antonieta came to Ray City with her two young children to live with Adrian’s parents. In Adrian’s absence, “Toni,” as she was then known, lived with the Knight family. She attended college in Valdosta and worked as an art teacher at the Ray City School. After about four years of waiting for Adrian’s return, the abandoned and heartbroken Toni returned to Mexico with her two sons. She was divorced from Adrian Knight and later married Desmond Mangum.
Betty Williams has published a poignant biography of Maria Antonieta Poblete that weaves a narrative of her life in Mexico, Texas and Georgia, and world events involving the Mexican Revolution, the Mormon Church, and WWI. The eBook is available from Amazon.com
Williams, Betty (2011). World War, Revolution and Religion.
The unlikely conjunction of a world war, a revolution and a religion may have given us a glimpse into the connecting principle of the Universe. Such a conjunction in the first decades of the 20th Century of WWI, the Mexican Revolution and the Mormon Church in Mexico brought about the meeting of Maria Antonieta Poblete and Owen Adrian Knight in the summer of 1917.
A love story is the result of that unlikely conjunction, but in order to tell the story, I must include the history that brought these people together in time and space. The story was set in motion by a revolution and a religion and tragically, for all three of the people eventually involved by love of Maria, interrupted by a World War.
- An old tintype of Walter Howard Knight
- Effie Guthrie and the Knight Brothers of Ray City, GA
- Ralph Knight ~ Ray City Soldier ~ WWI
- Artistry of Maria Antoniette Poblete Knight
- Men at Beaver Dam Baptist Church
- Knight Family Outing
- Burial of the Otranto Victims
- Ralph Knight ~ Otranto Disaster
- Oct 12, 1918 ~ 372 U.S. Soldiers Lost in Sinking of Otranto
- Effie Knight and the 1926 Ford Coupe Installment Plan