McKnight-Smith, of Roanoke, Ala; McKissick- Foster of Spartanburg, South Caroline.
To approach the family from a number of prospective, and points of view. I desire to research the expanding development of the family that I came out of. I want to go back as far as I can, to experience both the links and the the broken links of my family.
Joseph L. Mcknight 1
3217 Forest Brook Road
Lynchburg, Va 24501
Joseph Lee McKnight - Of Spartanburg, South Carolina
Updated February 1, 2003
Althought I was born in Spartanburg, South Caroline, I grew up in Roanoke, Alabama. I had two brothers, Webster Hunter McKnight 3rd, and Baron Dexter McKnight, and one sister Cynthia Maureen McKnight. We grew up with Joyce Spencer McKnight. We have always considered her as our sister. Although she is a member of our family, I was never told how it fit. I knew Joyce's mother, but I personally never knew her father. Be that as it may we are still family, and that it more important than anything else.
In the area of Spartanburg, S.C., The McKissicks, Fosters, Atchisons, and McKnights are that basic family names that I am aware of and begin with. In the area of Roanoke, Ala, the family names of McKnights, Smiths, Wrights, and Reeds. As members of the family grow up and marry, the family tree grows larger and larger. This is good. May God bless each union. And even when the union end in divorce, the family has never the less, been blessed by that union as children are born and relationships formed.
As the family grows and expand, it become even more important to maintain contact with family members. It should never effect our lives in a negative way, rather it should help us realize how rich we are as individuals and as a family, particularly when we realize the great and deverse resourses we have within the family.
There are many things that go on that can tend to divide and cause ill feelings among individuals. When we center in on the spiritual nature and reality of our lives, as life a force, we will see and learn a lesson that most of us experience from time to time in our lives, that is the fact of forgiving those who offend you, whether real or imagined.
Love and forgiveness should begin and develop with the individual and the family. There are things that are said or done that cannot be taken back once it has been done. However, there is nothing that cannot be forgiven, and even it it cannot be forgotten, it can be added to our life experiences that make us a better person. This is something that must be the responsiblity of the individual person. We must not require it of other as much as giving it even if it not given to you. We can rest in the fact that giving love is indeed like sowing a seed in good ground, if it is done in sincerity, honestly, it will come back to you sooner or later.
And most important is the truth that the love and forgiveness that you ahave given to someone,thou it may not come back to you from the one that you directly gave it to, it will come to you when you most need it. There are times when a friend or love one may have passed on before you got the chance to give the love you wanted to express or give to them; do not dispire,
for you can give it in their name to someone that you meet alone this present lifes journey who need it.
What we learn and experience in our family, those things that are as, Norberto R. Keppe refer to as "good", truth", and "beauty". This is basically difine within the context of that which respect other life's right to life liberty and the pursuit of "growth and survival", some times referred to as the " pursuit of happiness."