The Joseph Knight Sr. Farmhouse History, Dedication, and Updates
June 2, 2012, Nineveh NY.
On a beautiful Saturday morning, as the rain clouds cleared over a farm along the Susquehanna, 30 people gathered at the original property and house of Joseph Knight Sr. for an Open House and Dedication of a newly erected monument and the 10-acre property which surrounds it. The monument which features the prophet Joseph, his brother Hyrum Smith, the first president of the Colesville Branch, and a plaque with a quote from Newel Knight regarding their time spent sharing the gospel, was built to honor the Colesville Branch and the always-faithful extended Knight family, the founding members of the first branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The owners, the Colesville Branch Restoration Group, include three families dedicated to the memories of the early saints: the “Glens” of Provo, and the “Mechams” and “Painters” of Tempe, Arizona. They were hopeful to have Joseph Knight descendants at the special occasion. Following a successful effort to find relatives who lived close enough to travel to the Open House, eight
Knight descendants were excited, honored and grateful to be witnesses of the event. Some were from nearby towns and others from the Washington DC area. Other attendees included local members, neighborhood friends, and the local Utica New York Mission President and his wife. The thoughts expressed in the meeting and dedication were special and focused on the faithfulness of the early saints and the continued building up of Zion both regionally and along family lines through honoring the sacrifices of our ancestors.
New Facebook Link Created
The Knight Family Organization web site is now linked to a new facebook group page created by Knight
descendant Natalie Johnson. We hope this site and link will interest younger Knights in their marvelous Knight heritage.
Go to facebook and search for Joseph Knight Sr. and Polly Knight Family Page or click:
Joseph Knight Sr. Cane Presented to LDS Church
Jim Knight (left) is thanked by Elder Jensen of the Seventy (right)
A walking cane, given as a symbol of friendship from the
Prophet Joseph Smith to Joseph Knight Sr., is now in the possession
of the Church History Department, an historic donation
from descendants of Joseph Knight Sr., one of the early faithful
members of the LDS Church.
The donation was made in a May 29, 2009 presentation
at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, at which Elder
Marlin K. Jensen of the Seventy, Church Historian and
Recorder, received the cane from Jim Knight of Arizona, a
spokesman for the Knight family descendants gathered for
the presentation. Nearly 100 Knight descendants were in
"This cane is a memorial of friendship, of mutual faith, that Joseph Smith and the Joseph Knight family
share," Jim Knight said. "Our family often talks about what transpired when Joseph Smith presented the cane
to Joseph Knight Sr. Joseph Smith spotted his dear friend, Joseph Knight,
hobbling down a Nauvoo street.
Father Knight, in his 70s, had been the Prophet's friend for almost 20 years. Joseph stepped up to him, put
his arm around him, pressed his elderly friend's gnarled fingers onto the top of the cane and said, “Brother
Knight, you need this cane more than I do.” The Prophet told
Father Knight to keep the cane as long as he lived and to pass
it on to Knight descendants with the first name of Joseph.
The cane has passed in turn to five succeeding generations
of Joseph Knights. "Now, it's my generation's responsibility to
ensure that the cane is safely preserved for the Knight family
descendants and the Church members to enjoy," stressed Jim
Knight, son of Joseph Adair Knight, who was the last “Joseph”
Knight to hold the cane.
Pictured: Joseph Robert, Joseph Adair, Joseph
Byron and Joseph Knight with cane.
Elder Jensen, in receiving the cane, said, "This speaks
volumes about the history of our Church and is a direct link, if
you will, between your Joseph Knight Sr., who I think can be
called one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the Church, and you as
descendants of that wonderful man and all of us as members of
the Church today. We can feel this connection in a very tangible
way because of your generosity in parting with this cane."
Click to See Church News Article on Cane Donation