Artistry of Maria Antoniette Poblete Knight

 As told in previous posts, 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 serving in the Army at Ft. Bliss, El Paso TX during World War I.  (See Ray City Love Story Told by Betty M. Williams)

Marie Antoinette Poblette Knight, novelty postcard, 1917, El Paso, TX

Maria Antonietta Poblette, novelty postcard, 1917, El Paso, TX taken just days after her marriage to Owen Adrian Knight.

 In 1919 just before being discharged from the Army, Adrian Knight apparently told his wife that his unit was shipping out to France. Then he disappeared for parts unknown.

 When his parents,  Walter and Jimmie Knight, learned of Adrian’s abandonment of Maria Antonietta and his two young sons they sent her money to travel from her home in Mexico to Ray City, GA.  In Adrian’s absence, “Toni,” as she was known to the Knights, lived with the Knight family.   In the summer of 1922, she attended college at Georgia State Womans College, now known as Valdosta State University. In those days, married women were only allowed to attend during the summer session.

While in Georgia, Maria worked as an art teacher at the Ray City School. Family members say, “She was artistic in many ways, her voice was beautiful and she played the piano by ear as well as by reading music.”

After about four years of waiting for Adrian’s return, the abandoned and heartbroken  Maria returned to Mexico with her two sons.  She was divorced from Adrian Knight and later married Desmond Mangum.

Painting by Marie Antoinette Poblette

Painting by Marie Antoinette Poblette


  1. Xywhit said,

    October 2, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Wow! This is my wife’s great grandmother! We were just sitting around talking about this photo and decided to Google it. Never thought we’d actually find it though! Thank you for posting this!

  2. Dinah G griffin said,

    March 24, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Effie Guthrie Knight was sister of my grandmother Martha Ida Guthrie King. Aunt Effie married Adrian Knight after her husband, Adrian’s brother died. Effie`s love for Adrian persisted, even though he was gone away for long periods of time. I met Adrian at the old hotel Effie bought. I remember it was huge rambling wooden Victorian.

  3. Dinah Gail Griffin said,

    March 24, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Effie Guthrie Knight was one of eight siblings. Her older sister, Arlie Guthrie and her husband had a grocery store in Ray city. I believe Effie or Arlie had a millenary shop in Ray City until the great depression.

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