The Commission of Major General Levi J. Knight

 Levi J. Knight, first settler of  the Ray City, GA area, has been a central subject of this blog.

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.

Announcement of the election of Levi J. Knight to Major General of the Militia, Milledgeville Recorder, Dec 8, 1840.

Announcement of the election of Levi J. Knight to Major General of the Militia, Milledgeville Recorder, Dec 8, 1840.

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.

Election of Major General Levi J. Knight, Columbus Enquirer, Dec. 9, 1840.

Election of Major General Levi J. Knight, Columbus Enquirer, Dec. 9, 1840.

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
Scattering, 6
Blank 2

 Major General 6th Division G.M. in the place of E. Wimberly, resigned:

Knight of Lowndes, 198
Slappey of Twiggs, 58
Blank, 9

  Following the election, Knight received an official commission as Major General, by order of the Governor. 

Executive order commissioning Levi J. Knight as Major General of the Georgia Militia, Dec 11, 1840.

Executive order commissioning Levi J. Knight as Major General of the Georgia Militia, Dec 11, 1840.

Knight, Levi J

Executive Department
Milledgeville 11th Dec 1840

Ordered
     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 his son-in-law, 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.

1850 Resignation of Major General Levi J. Knight

1850 Resignation of Major General Levi J. Knight

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

Appling, Clinch, Iwin, Laurens
Lowndes, Pulaski, Telfair, Twiggs
and  Wlkinsins, Ware & Wilkinsin

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