James Henry KNIGHT & Cynthia ROWELL

Amanda Cedelle KNIGHT & William Rogers DIXON

Submitted by Descendants:  Charles Nicolas, Gunner Julian, Myra Marie, Sharon Baker ADERMAN; Victoria Lynne A Sarah Ann HARRISON der Sarah Ann HARRISON man LANGSTON; Erin Taylor, Steven F., and Suellen Baker PAIT; Payton Lane and Tina Pait PELLITTERI

James Henry Knight, son of Jonathan and Elizabeth, was born in 1817 in Wayne County, Georgia.  On 13 October 1836 at the age of nineteen, he married Cynthia Rowell.  Cynthia was born about 1818 in Lowndes County. Georgia, but her family subsequently moved to Jefferson County, Florida, where they resided from 1835 to 1839.  The Rowell’s were charter members of the Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church in Lowndes County.

The first four of James’s and Cynthia’s fourteen children were born in Lowndes County, Georgia, and the remaining children were born in Florida.  Also having the “wandering spirit’ family trait, James appeared in Duval County in 1850, New River County in 1860, and in 1873 at the age of 56, he made a final move to the Bay Lake area of Sumter County, which later became Empire Primitive Baptist Church which was built on property he owned.  H died in 1888 and the heirs deeded the property to the Church on 30 July 1889.  Both James and Cynthia, who died in 1891, were buried in the Empire Church Cemetery.

Amanda Cedelle Knight and William Rogers Dixon were married in Bushnell, Sumter County, on 20 April 1876. Amanda was a daughter of James and Cynthia and was born in Bradford County in 1858.  William had been born in Marianna, Florida, in 1853.  William received 39.9 acres of land in Lake County which remained in the family until 1949.

James Henry KNIGHT & Cynthia ROWELL were first established as Florida Pioneers in 1987

Amanda Cedelle KNIGHT & William Rogers DIXON were first established as Florida Pioneers in 1987