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Nathan Knight (1817-1866)
Politician and farmer, of Hampton Twp., Bay Co., MI

Death of. (Added Nov., 2008.)

Michigan Historical Collections, Michigan Historical Society, 1887


Hon. Nathan Knight, one of the old pioneers of the township of Hampton, Bay county, Michigan, died at the homestead December 30, 1886. Mr Knight was born in Otisfield, Maine, July 14, 1817. His father came to Michigan in 1826, and settled in the township of Avon, Oakland county, and was followed by his son, Nathan, in June 1829. Nathan was educated at Austinburg Institute, Ohio. He afterwards taught school and clerked for ten years.

He came to the township of Hampton, Bay county, in 1856, and commenced farming. He was a representative in the state legislature from Bay county for two terms, 1877 to 1880 inclusive. He held the office of justice of the peace for ten years, and school commissioner. He also held the office of supervisor of the township of Hampton for twelve consecutive years. He was married Oct. 12, 1850, to Miss Harriet Stevens, of Avon, Oakland county, Mich. He had three children, but only one, a son, survives him.

Mr. Knight was a man universally respected by all classes of people, and especially by the old pioneers. He was a member of this Society for a number of years.

1888 Political Bio. (Added Aug., 2008)

Early History of Michigan - Political Biographies (1888)


Representative from Bay county in 1877-79, was born at Otisfleld, near Portland, Maine, July 14, 1817. His father removed to Michigan in 1826 and settled at Avon, Oakland county. He finished his educational studies at Austinburg institute, Ohio. He taught school two terms, and came to Bay City in 1854. He was supervisor of Hampton for many consecutive years. His principal business is farming. In politics a Democrat.

Related Notes & Pages

Hampton Township
1916 Plat Map

Related Pages
Knight, Birdsey (son)
People Referenced
Knight, Nathan (subject)
Stevens, Harriet (wife)
Subjects Referenced

Avon, Oakland Co., MI
Austinburg Inst., OH
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Hampton Twp., Bay Co.
Otisfield, ME
Portland, ME
Internet References
Source: [FamilySearch.org]
  • 1880 U.S. Census: Nathan and wife, Harriet (B. Vermont), living in Hampton Twp., children: Guy (b. 1863) and Barbary (b. 1863).
  • MI Deaths: 28 Dec. 1886, Nathan Knight, farmer, son of Ebenezer and Sallie Knight.
    Michigan Death Records
  • Guy Knight, died 9 May 1881, son of Nathan & Harriet Knight.
  • WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.