The following children survived their mother (Margaret Prigmore Knight) Thomas, John, James, Joseph, William, Sophia Hill, Ann Wilson, all were living in Edgar Co., Ill in 1843 when their mother died. Margaret Taylor was living in the state of Missouri.
22 Dec., 1789 Washington Co., North Carolina, Marriages film 046419 John Knight to Rebeckah Rhodes attest by Thomas Gourley Bond issued 22Dec.,1789 to John Knight and Elisha Bellemey.
State of Illinois Edgar County
On this Twenty seventh day of September 1832 personally appeared in open court being a court of record to wit The Circuit court in and for the said Countyfo Edgar James Knight senr a resident of the county of Edgar and state of Illinois aforesaid aged 82 years the 20th of August last who being duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the provision made by the act fo Congress passed June 7th 1832. He states that he was born in the County of Philadelphia, Abingdon township in the state of Pennsylvania on the 20th of August 1750, this his age is given from the register in his fathers family Bible. That about the first of July 1775 he enlisted in the service for twelve months in the county of Bedford & state fo Pennsylvania under Robert Cluggage captain in Magraws batallion in the Pennsylvania regiment of riflemen commanded by Colonel Thomson in a few days was marched to Carlisle in Cumberland County in the said last named state, thence to Reading in Burks county in said state , thence to Easton in said state , then to headquarters at Cambridge in the state of Massachusetts where he arrived about the last of August or first of September and continued there till the 13th of March following they marched to the city of New York and after some weeks marched to Long Island and there got my discharge for my full term of 12 months service as aforesaid which discharge is lost. That in about two weeks he again enlisted as a marine with Captain Shaw for 12 months and entered on board the Frigate Randolph of 32 guns commanded by Captain Nicholas Biddle , William Barnes 1st Lieutenant, Thomas Douglas 2nd Lieutenant, & Joshua Fannin 3rd lieutenant and lay at Mud Island below Philidelphia until the 5th of February 1777 when said Frigate put to sea on a crusing voyage,being about six weeks out put into Charleston in the state of South Carolina and while here his said second term of 12 months enlistment expired, but the Captain would not give him a discharge saying we must take another cruise and try and do something and there we lay until in August in which time our main mast was twice struck by lightening & twice repaired and the last time a conductor was placed leading from the mast head into the water, sometime in August aforesaid set sail for another cruise and in 3 or 4 days fell in with a British ship of 20 guns ditto of 12 guns two brigs and a sloop of 8 guns all belonging to the British with which vessels we had an engagement and captured four of them the sloop escaping, we brought them into Charleston one brig was discovered to belong to the French and was given up to them the other three and cargo was sold under the prise law the proceeds of which sales ammounts to L658:15 to each private or soldier. The Randolph lay in Charleston until the 15th of December following when this affiant got his discharge which is lost and in a few days started home to Bedford County in the state of Pennsylvania where he arrived sometime in the month of march in 1778. after 2 or 3 weeks he again enlisted for 9 months under Thomas Cluggaga Captain in Major Robert Cluggage's batallion marched to Licking Springs valley where we built a fort called the Lead Mine fort & continued in service ther till his said 9 months service expired . He then continued in service as a volunteer for 12 months longer and server the whole of this last mentioned volunteer service and left the service in the year 1779 and then was discharged which said discharges with those for preceeding terms of enlistment he has lost. He states that he continued to live a single life and resident of Bedford County in the state of Pennsylvania till October 1788 when he moved to Green County state of Tennessee and there got married and lived 3 or 4 years when he moved to Knox county in said state after 2or 3 years he moved to Blount county in said state and lived there almost 19 years when he moved to Washington County in the state of Indiana and finally after 2 or 3 years he moved to Edgar County inthe state of Illonois wher he now residesnad has for the last 13 or 14 years. That he has no doccumentry evidence , that he knows of no person whose testimony he can present who can testify to his service. He states that Daniel Rhodes, Labourer and William James Mayo clergyman in the Methodist Episcopal church are persons to whom he is known and who can testify to his veracity and their belief of his services as a soldier in the revolution. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or an annuity except the present, and he declares that his name is not on the pension roll of nay agency in any state.
James Knight senr.
State of Illinois Edgar County
Personally appeared in the Edgar circuit court on the 27th day of September 1832 Daniel Rhodes who being duly sworn according to the law in open court Desposeth and saith that he this deponent enlisted into the service or continental establishment inthe month of July 1775 in Colonel Thomsons Regiment in McGraws batallion and in captain Robert Cluggage company which said company met at Carlisle in the state of Pennsylvania where he first saw James Knight the aforesaid applicant who also belonged to the same company with whom he there formed an aquaintence and continued to serve with him in continental establishment until the full end of said twelve months term of enlistment , where where we were in service at the declaration of independence on the 4th July 1776 and in a few days after we were lawfully discharged from service on Long Island in the state of New York sworn to & subscribed the day and year above written
In order to obtain th benefit of the Act of Congress of the 7th July 1838 entitled "an act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows"
State of Illinois Edgar County on this seventh day of June in the year if our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty one , personally appeared before the county comissioners court in and for the county and state aforesaid Margaret Knight a resident of the county of Edgar and state of Illinois aged eighty two years who first being duly sworn according to law doth on her oath make the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 7 1838, entitled "an act granting certain widows" that she is the widow of James Knight to wit, who was a private in the army and marine in the navy of the revolution and to whom a certificate of pension was issued on the 3rd day of July 1833 number 13354 and for a detail of the services of said James Knight senr she refers to the original application of said Knight on file in the proper department . She furthur declares that she was married to the said James Knight senr. on the fifth(5) day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred ninety (1790) that her husband the aforesaid James Knight senr., died on the twenty third day of Frbruary in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight , that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service butthe marriage took place previous to the first of January seventeen hundred and ninety four at the time above ststed she has not enter married since the death of her said husband but still continues his widow.
sworn and subscribed on the day and year above mentioned in open court to fore the undersigned a clerk of the said court. R. N. Dickerson clk.