1930: Spadra, Johnson, Arkansas; Roll79; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 26; Image: 1184.0.
John Mcknight, 31, Ark, Miss, Miss
Flora Mcknight, 24, Ark, Ark, Ark
Rufus Mcknight, 8, Ark, Ark, Ark
Okal Mcknight, 5, Ark, Ark, Ark
He was 22 at first marriage, she 15. He is a coal miner.
1920: Horsehead, Johnson, Arkansas; RollT625_68; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 63; Image: 254.
Aleck J Self, 34, head
Ophelia E Self, 35, wife, Ark, Miss, Miss
Talmage Self, 11
Dexter B Self, 8
Raymond F Self, 6
Lonzo R Self, 4
James H Self 2
John H Mcknight, 20, Bro-in-Law, Ark, Miss, Miss
Initial is right, same county and same 3 BP's as 1930; I'd bet this is him, and now we have a sister. Note that Ophelia is also born Ark to parents b. Mississippi.
This is in the California Death Index. If he is yours, you've got his mother's maiden name.
Name: John H McKnight
Social Security #: 432-03-3310
Birth Date: 28 Mar 1900
Death Date: 18 Nov 1964
Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Kimball
1900: Kentucky, Newton, Arkansas; RollT623_70; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 92.
Henry Mcknight, 35, June 1864, Miss, Miss, Ala, Farmer
Mary E Mcknight, 33, Jan 1866, Miss, Miss, Miss
Olilla E Mcknight, 14, Ark, Miss, Miss
Jesse Mcknight, 10, Ark, Miss, Miss
Robert W Mcknight, 8, Ark, Miss, Miss
Viola Mcknight, 5, Ark, Miss, Miss
Zina A Mcknight, 4, Ark, Miss, Miss
Johnie Mcknight, 1, Mar 1899, Ark, Miss, Miss
That looks like him; "Olilla" is probably Ophelia. If so, here they are in 1910:
1910: Van Buren, Newton, Arkansas; RollT624_59; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 100; Image: 200.
Henry F McKnight, 44, Widowed
Jessie McKnight, 19
Wesley McKnight, 18
Viola McKnight, 15
Zemly McKnight, 13
Johnsie McKnight, 9
Gertie McKnight, 7
Russel McKnight, 5
Martha Buttler, 68, Mother-in-Law
A lady named Gayla has a well-researched entry for Henry on RWWC. This link may work:
if not, go to
McKnight, Joseph Henry R
b. 1866 in MS
d. 1946 in AR
Your grandmother's SSN application would almost certainly tell you Flora's maiden name, if it is worth $27 to you. Go to
click on "Advanced", look her up, click on "SS-5", print the form, add a check and send it in. You should get it in 6 - 8 weeks.