Rhoda Futch Knight

News item in the previous post referred to S.J. Knight’s attendance at the funeral of Mrs. George Washington Knight.  Census data and family records show that  George W. Knight was the uncle of  Sullivan Jordan Knight, so Mrs. Geo. W. Knight  was S. J. Knight’s aunt.  Her maiden name was Rhoda Futch, she was a daughter of John Malcom Futch and  Phoebe Mathis. The Valdosta Daily Times provided the following obituary:

Valdosta Daily Times  Jan 6, 1909
Mrs. Knight Dead
Prominent and Aged Lady Dies in Berrien County

     Milltown, Ga.,  Jan 5 — Mrs. Rhoda Knight died at her home in Ray’s Mill district on Monday morning shortly after one o’clock from a choking in her breast.

Mrs. Knight was as well as usual until Sunday morning when the pain came in her breast. Dr. Talley was sent for and remained at her bedside until she died, doing every thing possible to relieve her.

    Mrs. Knight was sixty-three years of age, and was a devout member of the Primitive Baptist church at Empire. Before her marriage to Mr. Knight she was Miss Rhoda Futch, and leaves the following sisters: Mrs. Polly Webb, Mrs. Bettie Green, Mrs. Margarette Swindle, and Mrs. Rachel Allen.  She leaves a husband besides the following children: Mrs. Nancy Sirmans, Mrs. Phoebe Rowan, Mrs. Fannie Rowan, Mrs. Cora Cook, Mrs. Miza Watson and Messrs. L.J., D.A, and P.T. Knight.

Grave of Rhoda Futch Knight, Empire Church Cemetery, Lanier County, GA

Grave of Rhoda Futch Knight, Empire Church Cemetery, Lanier County, GA

Children of Rhoda Futch  and George Washington Knight:

  1. Nancy Elizabeth Knight 1866 – 1938
  2. Phoebe America Knight 1868 – 1953; married James Henry Rowan June 17, 1886
  3. Lucius John Knight 1871 – 1933
  4. Orville A. Knight 1874 – 1950
  5. Perry Thomas Knight 1877 – 1955
  6. Fannie A. Knight 1879 – 1941
  7. Cora Malissa Knight 1882 – 1941
  8. Mary Luannie Knight 1885 – 1887
  9. Miza Ellen Knight 1887 – 1945

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Ray City Home of Aaron Anderson Knight

Ray City Home of Aaron Anderson KnightPrimitive Baptist minister Elder Aaron A. Knight lived in Ray City, GA  in this house. Originally on the west side of Park Street about four lots south of Main Street, the house has since been moved about 1/4 mile further south on Park Street to the end of Ice Castle Lane, at the edge of Cat Creek.

New Ramah Primitive Baptist Church ~ Additional Views

New Ramah Church

Aaron Anderson Knight (1857 – 1925)


Ray City History
Current Reseach Subject: Aaron Anderson Knight (1857 – 1925)

A.A. Knight, Pleasant Cemetery, New Lois, near Ray City, GA

Aaron Anderson Knight

was a Primitive Baptist minister in Berrien County, Georgia.  He was born April 13, the day after Easter, 1857,  the son of John W. Knight.

On October 28, 1877 Aaron A. Knight married Mattie Martha Parrish.  She was born May 20, 1860,  in Lowndes County, Georgia. Her parents were the Reverend Ansel Parrish and Molcy Knight.

Elder Aaron Knight lived in Ray City, GA  in a house on the west side of Park Street about four lots south of Main Street.  This house has since been moved further out Park Street to the end of Ice Castle Lane.

Levi J. Knight’s Military Heritage

Detail of A.J. Johnson’s 1863 Map of Georgia and Alabama, showing locations of the Knight community, Nashville, Milltown, and Troupville, Ga

From A.J. Johnson’s  1863 Map of Georgia and Alabama,  it is plain to see that the renown of General Levi J. Knight first put the location of Ray City, GA on the map – indicated simply as “Knight” (See Knight Community) .

The family of Levi J. Knight had a long tradition of civil and military service. On his mother’s side, his grandfather, William Cone,  was a Baptist pastor and Revolutionary soldier who served as a captain  in McLean’s Regiment of Georgia Troops, under General Francis Marion.  William Cone served as a major in the 1st Battalion of the Richmond County Militia.

“When the notorious Tory, McGirth, and his followers were terrorizing that region of the state now known as Bulloch county, it was learned that one Cargill harbored Tories and gave them information about Whigs. Cargill was advised that it meant death if he was again found in company with McGirth. Not long after, when William Cone was hunting deer on the Ogeechee, he saw them together in the woods. He shot Cargill, but McGirth escaped and the next day when they went to bury the dead man it was found that the wolves had almost devoured his body.   

Daniel McGirth made more than one narrow escape. Illustration from Stories of Georgia, by Joel Chandler Harris.

Daniel McGirth made more than one narrow escape. Illustration from Stories of Georgia, by Joel Chandler Harris.

Another time the Tories fell on an unsuspecting settlement, stole the settler’s horses and carried away everything possible. Headed by Captain Cone, the settlers pursued them down into what is now Tatnall County, Georgia, Finding after a shower of rain that they were close on their heels, they sent forward one of their number to reconnoiter. The approach of this became known to the Tories through one of the stolen horses, and on of their number, starting out to learn the cause of their confusion, was shot dead by the scout, who was concealed behind a log. This was the signal for an attack, and the Patriots rushed forward, drove the Tories into the Ohoopee River and recovered their stolen goods. It is said that this raid broke the power of the Tories in that community.”

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Primitive Baptists at Ray City

A recent document discovery at Ray City Community Library, Ray City, GA was the minutes of the 1962 Union Primitive Baptist Association.

The settlers of the Wiregrass in Lowndes and Berrien county, Georgia were predominantly of the Primitive Baptist faith.  Union Church (aka Burnt Church) on the Alapaha River served the families of early settlers like William A. Knight and his son Levi J. Knight. Primitive Baptist churches became a part of many communities. In 1913, the Knight descendants built New Ramah Primitive Baptist church at Ray City.

Just a few of the Ray City People who were Primitive Baptists:
Cassie Lee Hall, Arrin Horn Guthrie, Effie Shaw Clements, Alfred F. Fender, Minnie Clements Sirmans, Aden Boyd, Elizabeth Skinner Register.

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