The Samuel Knight Santa Clara History Museum is now open to the
public (and of great interest to Knight descendants), Saturday and Tuesday
from 11 AM to 4 PM. The museum is located in the basement of
the Santa Clara Town Hall, Santa Clara, Utah.
The museum displays artifacts, photos, memorabilia
and depictions of early Knight ancestors to the Dixie area.
The project was spearheaded and funded by Charlie Clayton to
honor his Knight ancestors Josephine Barbara Baumann Knight
and Samuel Knight.
He also donated a $1500 bronze plaque at the Santa Clara
Heritage Square to her name, among other plaques
to the Cotton Mission Chapter.
Reservations for groups and families may be made by calling
435-879-5297. Leave a contact name and number. They are in
need of volunteers to host at the museum.
Joseph Sr. and Polly Peck Knight descendants met
for two days of reunion activities in St. George, Utah,
June 8 and 9. Every two years, Knights exchange family
histories, celebrate a rich ancestral heritage, and
explore their common roots. This year’s reunion was
the largest in attendance and in the number of special
events and activities.
Preparations were well planned and executed
including a delicious Friday Dutch Oven dinner for over 330 persons. For a good
number of Knight relatives, it was their first Knight reunion. More younger families
attended than in past reunions. All were excited to mingle and share memories.
James Knight and Dilworth Lyman created a spectacular
giant pedigree wall chart of all Joseph Knight’s children
posted in the cultural hall where Knights met for events.
Two special events highlighted this year’s reunion.
After the Friday dinner, nearly 400 Knights met in the
historic St. George Tabernacle for a fireside with Elder
Bruce C. and sister Marie Hafen, president and matron of
the St. George LDS Temple. Both are descendants of Joseph Sr. and Polly
Peck Knight.Their combined address featured the
theme: “Keep your covenants and your covenants will
keep you.”The Hafens wove many spiritual stories of
early Knight family experiences to demonstrate how the
grace of the Lord can be manifested in our own lives, even experiencing similar miracles and answers to
prayers. Obedience to the commandments of God provides
access to God’s mercies—for God always keeps
On a beautiful Saturday morning, Lydia Knight’s
new headstone, located in the St. George cemetery, was
re-dedicated on the exact date of her 200th birthday!
Lydia crossed the Great Plains with seven children as a
single mother after her husband Newel Knight died in
Nebraska in 1847. Her life has been chronicled in several books, articles, and
magazines. Lydia’s motto was, “God Rules!” Special thanks to James Knight, the late Mavon Herring,
and Branton Campbell, who gave an inspiring dedicatory prayer.
Held Friday afternoon, the histories of Joseph Knight
Sr., Joseph Knight Jr., Polly Knight, Samuel Knight and
Joseph Knight’s children were reviewed in a series of workshop
classes, and included other family history instruction
presented by missionaries from the St. George LDS Family
Marla Kirby headed up the service project. Children and youth were treated to
special activities for both days. Knights enjoyed a reader’s theatre, before
Saturday’s lunch, from Vickie Lasswell.
A short business meeting culminated the Saturday
agenda. Gordon Knight presented a lifetime recognition
award to Darrell Knight for his many contributions to the
Joseph Knight family, including organizing the Knight
Family Organization in 1988; assisting with researching and
publishing two Knight family history books, working
closely with the author Bill Hartley; and initiating many
historical projects, such as the current effort to publish
Newel Knight’s personal journal next year.
Saturday afternoon and evening were left open for family tours, shopping, and swimming.
A large volume of Knight DVDs were purchased, along with pre-ordered T-shirts,
which enable the funding of future Knight events and contributing to special
projects, such as the restoration of the Joseph Knight Sr. original farmhouse
at Colesville, New York.
Carolyn Lyman of Highland, Utah chaired the reunion and
supervised an army of volunteers. Her drive and organizing
abilities were seen throughout the entire event. All Knights owe
her special appreciation for more than a year’s effort to put on
Other committee members included James Knight, Edi Ulloa,
Darrell Knight, Ferrel Knight, and Gordon Knight. Edi Ulloa was
not able to attend this year’s reunion, but her work over many years in keeping
a database of reunion and website registrations ensured a successful event. Special
thanks to Kristine Hatch for managing the huge job of keeping us well fed; to
Natalie Johnson for orchestrating the promotion and advertising; and to LuAnn
Abbott and Jennie Murdock, who organized the classes.
And sincere thanks to everyone for attending. It was a joy to meet so many marvelous
descendants. In the end, all the effort to bring Joseph Knight families closer together is a
direct fulfillment of Joseph Smith’s blessing to Joseph Knight Sr., that his name would never
be forgotten among the righteous of the earth and his posterity.
Plan to attend the 2014 Reunion. Have an interest to work on the organizing committee? Simply send us an email at:
Meet every two years (even years).
Each branch (children of Joseph & Polly Knight) take turns acting as chairpersons of the reunion.
Hold each meeting near the home of the chairpersons for efficiency.
Establish no formal dues, by-laws, constitution, elected officers to avoid being required reporting as a "non-profit" organization to the State. Funds will come from voluntary donations for souvenirs, artifacts, histories, etc. offered at the reunions. A steering committee comprised of representatives of the branches of the original family will assist the chairpersons in staging each reunion. These committee members should have Email address so they can communicate with each other.
Accept the mission of educating relatives
of our heritage, buidling testimonies in the youth, and fullfil the stated desire
of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr., when he wrote on 22 Jan 1842; "Behold he (Joseph
Knight Sr.) is a righteous man...and it shall be said of him, by the sons of
Zion, while there is one of them remaining, that this was a faithful man in Israel;
therefore his name shall never be forgotten." For those planning well ahead,
reunions should be staged in the years of 2008, 2010 etc., with the help of volunteers
from descendents of Newel, Anna, Joseph Jr., Esther, Elizabeth and Polly, and