William Anderson Knight
William Anderson Knight, forefather of the large and influential Knight family of Wiregrass Georgia, was among the earliest settlers of Lowndes County, GA and the first to settle at Grand Bay near the present day town of Ray City, GA. He and his wife, Sarah Cone Knight, were constituting members of the primitive baptist Union Church which became the mother church of all the primitive baptist congregations in this section of Georgia. He served as a state senator in the Georgia Assembly, and was the father of General Levi J. Knight. William Anderson Knight died December 8, 1859, the settlement of his estate extending into the years of the Civil War.
Allen Jones, husband of Keziah Knight and son-in-law of William A. Knight, secured a judgement against lands owned by Dr. John W. Turner to satisfy debts owed to the estate.
Savannah Daily Morning News
December 6, 1862
Berrien Sheriff’s Sale
Will be sold, before the Court House door, in Nashville, Berrien county, on the first TUESDAY in January, within the legal hours of sale, the following property, to wit: Lots of Land No. 517, 496 and 497, in the Tenth District of said Berrien county, levied on as the property of John W. Turner, to satisfy a fi. fa. issued from the Superior Court of Clinch county, in favor of Allen Jones, who sues for the use of himself and the heirs of William A Knight, deceased. This November 12, 1862.
nov 17 JOHN M. FUTCH, Sheriff
The land lots referenced in the legal advertisement were of 490 acres each. Dr. Turner’s property was seized during the Civil War while he was serving as a private with the Berrien Light Infantry, Company I, 50th Georgia Regiment. At the time of the seizure, Turner was in Virginia in a hospital with smallpox.
- Reverend William A. Knight at old Troupville, GA
- Knights Come to Lowndes County, GA
- Old Union Primitive Baptist Church, also known as Burnt Church
- Levi J. Knight ~ Settling Lowndes County 1827-1836