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JAMES P. KNIGHT, a general farmer and stock-raiser of Bloomington Township, resides on the old Knight homestead on section 19, where he has forty-five acres of land, most of which is in a good state of cultivation. He was born in Jackson County, Mo., Aug. 9, 1845, where he spent his earlier years, aside from some time spent in Madison County, Ky. His father came North in 1863, accompanied by his family, on account of troubles incident to the breaking out of the Rebellion.

James P. was then nearly eighteen years of age. He was the only son and the second of three children born to his parents. He remained with his parents until 1864, and then resolved to become a soldier of the Union army. He was not yet of age, but succeeded in gaining admission to the ranks, becoming a member of Co. G, 146th Ill. Vol. Inf. [ed., 146th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry], under Capt. Williams. This regiment was not called upon for active service, it being near the close of the war, but was detailed to provost duty. After a service of eleven months our subject received his honorable discharge. He then returned home to his father's farm, where he has since been engaged in agricultural pursuits.

Mr. Knight was married on the 10th of November, 1870, in Blue Mound Township, to Miss Mildred G. Stagner, the daughter of Rev. John S. and Julia A. (Golden) Stagner. Her parents were natives of Madison County, Ky., and coming to Illinois after their marriage settled in Blue Mound Township, where the father is yet living with his second wife. The mother of Mrs. K. departed this life Nov. 10, 1872.

Mrs. King was the third child of a family of ten, all of whom lived to mature years. She was born in Blue Mound Township, this county, June 21, 1853, and educated in the public schools, remaining under the parental roof until her marriage with our subject. Of this union there were born five children, all living Mary, Florence, Loa A., George W. and Aldena. Our subject and his wife are members of the Christian Church, and in politics Mr. King affiliates with the Republican party.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 423. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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