Willis Knight Plantation

OVERVIEW

Location: Edgecombe County, North Carolina
Date Constructed/ Founded: not determined
Associated Surnames: Knight
Historical Notes: none
Associated Pages: Frederick D. Little Plantation (Edgecombe Co., NC), Kinchen Mayo Plantation (Lavaca Co., TX)


ASSOCIATED ENSLAVED PERSONS

1800: 1 slave [1800 United States Federal Census, Edgecombe Co., NC, Willis Knight]

1820: 13 slaves – 4 boys, under age 14 (b.1807-1820); 1 male, age 14 – 25 (b.1795-1806); 3 men, age 26 – 44 (b.1776-1794); 1 man, age 45 and over (b.bef.1776); 1 girl, under age 14 (b.1741-1784); 2 females, age 14 – 25 (b.1831-1840); 1 woman, age 26 – 44 (b.1817-1830) [1820 United States Federal Census, Edgecombe Co., NC, Willis Knight]

1824Ann (23 years old), Mary (3 – 4 years old) ($425) [Deed: John Manning of Pitt Co. to Willis Knight of Edgecombe Co.]

1830: 16 slaves – 2 boys, under age 10 (b.1821-1830); 4 males, age 10 – 23 (b.1807-1820); 1 man, age 24 – 35 (b.1795-1806); 2 men, age 36 – 54 (b.1775-1794); 1 man, age 55 – 99 (b.1731-1774); 1 girl, under age 10 (b.1821-1830); 4 females, age 10 – 23 (b.1807-1820); 1 woman, age 55 – 99 (b.1731-1774) [1830 United States Federal Census, Edgecombe Co., NC, Willis Knight]

1840: 18 slaves – 2 boys, under age 10 (b.1831-1840); 2 males, age 10 – 23 (b.1817-1830); 1 man, age 24 – 35 (b.1805-1816); 2 men, age 36 – 55 (b.1785-1804); 2 men, age 55 – 100 (b.1740-1784); 3 girls, under age 10 (b.1831-1840); 1 female, age 10 – 23 (b.1817-1830); 2 women, age 24 – 35 (b.1805-1816); 2 women, age 36 – 55 (b.1785-1804); 1 woman, age 55 – 100 (b.1740-1784) [1840 United States Federal Census, Edgecombe Co., NC, Willis Knight]

1845: To Polly Knight (wife) – Anna (woman), George (boy); to William Knight (son) – Drew (boy, age 8 or 10); to Nancy Mayo (daughter, in Mississippi) – Carry and child Betty (already received), Cherry and three children Aaron, Celia, and James; to Harriet Little (daughter) – Sandy (boy), Mary (girl), and Joshua (man) (already in possession) [Will of Willis Knight, 1845]

1846: Sold to Jordan Knight – Alfred (boy, $1100), Barbry (260), Simon (1550); sold to William F. Knight – Anny (130), Suda and 3 children (803); sold to John Knight – Barry (man, 391), Lewis (601); hired to V.J. Lawrence – Barry (man, 57); sold to M. Nelson – George (646); sold to John Williams – Isaac (537); sold to F.D. Little – T-ss- (girl, 370) [Estate sale, Willis Knight, 1846]

ASSOCIATED FREE PERSONS

Knight family: Willis Knight (b.1775-d.1846) – owner; Sarah “Polly” Foxhall Knight (b.?-d.?) – wife (m.?); William F. Knight (b.?-d.?) – son; Jordan Knight (b.1807-d.?) – son; John Knight (b.1815-d.?) – son

Little family: Frederick D. Little (b.1813-d.1855) – owner of Frederick D. Little Plantation (Edgecombe Co., NC); Harriet Knight Little (b.1813-d.?) – wife, dau. of W. and S.F. Knight

Mayo family: Kinchen Mayo (b.1805-d.?) – owner of Kinchen Mayo Plantation (Lavaca Co., TX); Nancy Knight Mayo (b.1790-d.?) – wife, dau. of W. and S.F. Knight


RESEARCH LEADS AND RECORDS

  • None listed yet

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

  • None noted yet

REFERENCES

  • Edgecombe Co. Deed Book 18, page159, 11 Mar 1824
  • Edgecombe Co. Original Wills, 1750-1945, CR.027.801.18
  • Edgecombe Co. Records of Estate N.C. 1st vol., p. 441-445 + 670-671
  • Rootsweb World Connect: Veron-Lamendola (Sarah Foxhall, ID: I7276). https://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=0434

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