Re: Charner Hopson Knight
Dera Mrs. Garr,
Thank you for your comments on my posting for Charner Hopson Knight. I believe that you have confused Charner Hopson Knight with another Charner Knight who was born in South Carolina and died in Georgia during the Civil War. My GGgrandfather, Charner Hopson Knight was born in Stokes County, NC on January 11, 1810 as attested by his tombstone in the cemeteryby the old Rock Creek Church in Jefferson County, AL.
Many of the things in your posting agree with my data. My Charner was married in North Carolina and had a son named Tom, who he brought to Alabama with him. I do not know his first wife's name. At one time I thought it was Sara Davis but I no longer think that. He did marry Tabitha Evaline Franklin and, later, Caroline Carrington. These facts are attested by the census and by old church records. He did have the children you listed, except I do not believe that Abner Knight was his son. Nancy Knight was my great grandmother. In a small history titled "Toadvine in It's Heyday", a handwritten list of the family of Charner Hopson Knight is shown. It does not include Abner Knight. I believe the listing to be true because it was compiled by several of Charner's children, including Nancy. I don't believe that my grandmother would have left one of her brothers out of the list.
My source for Charner's connection to Coleman Knight is an extensive genaeology of this branch of the Knight's given to me by a woman who is the niece of an elderly woman who lived in Bessemer, Jefferson County, AL. Although I do not have all of the sources used by the group of ladies who compiled the genaeology, I believe it to be correct.
According to my data, Nancy Knight, wife of Coleman Knight was born in 1760. I have not seen Ken Knight's research, but I believe that my Charner's tombstone is the definitive source for his birth date. I have checked the land records and find a listing for Charner Knight getting land in Walker County, AL. His home in Walker County is just a few miles from his burial place in Jefferson County.
It is easy to see how the two Charner Knights have been confused. Here you have two men with the same name, born in adjoining states within a year of each other. In Jefferson County, Alabama there a number of researchers who are convinced, as you are, that Abner Knight is a son of Charner Knight because that would provide a tie in to the Knight genaeology that I mentioned earlier. I do not believe that he is a son of Charner Hopson Knight and my belief rests on the list of Charner H. Knights family in "Toadvine and It's Heyday".
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