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All historical Information, including the Coat Of Arms,  was taken from the Knights Family of GA Website

Website is constructed and maintained by Susie M. Johnson, Historian of the Knights' Family
 

Daddy Jim was bought into the "New World" at Ridge Mountain, North Carolina by way of a slave ship.  He was purchased in Charleston, South Carolina by Seaborn Augustus Jones, the owner of the Millhaven Plantation. His name was James Blackswamp, because he was reared in a swamp.  At the time of purchase, the new owners changed his name to James Knights - with the "s" on the end.  (During the taking of the census records, with many of our ancestors being unable to read and write, there occurred the error of the "s" being omitted from the end of our family name.  This has resulted in the duality of the spelling that we witness throughout our family today. )  He became affectionately known to our family as 'Daddy Jim.'  

Daddy Jim was brought to Millhaven Plantation along with Frank Cooper who became his best friend. Daddy Jim had no siblings.  Frank Cooper had four brothers.  One of which is the father of Cashius Reddick.  Frank Cooper was placed on the Burke County portion of the Millhaven Plantation while Daddy Jim was placed on the portion of the plantation in Screven County.  Their offsprings frequently married each other.  The Millhaven Plantation is the largest one-piece plantation in existence in the southeast.  Daddy Jim was installed as the butler.

Daddy Jim married Minda, the cook for the Millhaven Plantation. To this union six children were born.  They were Titus 'July' Knights, Sarah Knights Cooper, Benjamin Knights, Frye Knights , Minda Knights Roberts, and Molly Knights Lovett.  Daddy Jim had two more children.  They were Peter Prescott, his oldest son and Julia Knights Bryant, his youngest daughter.

Upon the emancipation of the slaves, it was mandated that all freed slaves receive forty acres and a mule.  Daddy Jim was one of the few to receive this bequest.  He was instrumental in organizing the freed slaves to vote. (Yes, this is a privilege, which we possessed before the advent of Jim Crow Laws.) Daddy Jim took a great interest in the uplifting of his people.  He gave one acre of the land he was given along with an acre of land given by B. M. Lovett and founded the Lovett Hill St. James Baptist Church and School in 1876 to strengthen through both spiritual and scholarly knowledge.  Lovett Hill still thrives to this day and it still sits on the original piece of land given by Daddy Jim.  It is one of the oldest African-American churches still in existence. Many of the descendents of Benjamin Knights and Molly Knights Lovett attend the church to this day.

We have often been regaled by the stories of how old Daddy Jim became.  We dismissed them as fiction.  His longevity is not only legendary, but is true.  He lived to be 145 years old.  Unbelievable?  One of his granddaughters, Fannie Knights Herrington Williams, passed away in 1996 at the illustrious age of 111 years old.  Furthermore, Daddy Jim is interred at the Old Slave Cemetery on Millhaven Plantation. His grave is marked by a pristine marble gravestone that is indelibly marked with the following inscription: "JAS KNIGHT, 1772 -1917."

Millhaven, Georgia has since been incorporated as a subdivision of Sylvania (Screven County), GA.  Sylvania, GA rests on the Georgia-South Carolina Border and is the actual midpoint between Augusta, Georgia and Savannah, Georgia. Through verbal histories passed down by our ancestors, research of the existing Georgia State Archives Records, and existing private papers of Seaborn Augustus Jones and Edward Trippe (E.T.) Comber - the plantation owners during Daddy Jim's time - we have successfully documented our lineage for eight generations thus far. This site is dedicated to providing family information to the descendants of Daddy Jim.  We are making great strides in carrying forth the legacy left by our forefather - the continuing advancement of our family.  We invite you to explore our rich heritage..  To date, there are 29 great grandchildren of Daddy Jim still alive.  They are:
 

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Annie Lee Knights Kent, granddaughter of Frye Knights
Rosa Lee Murray (Lyndon), granddaughter of Frye Knights
Saul Cooper, Jr., grandson of Sarah Knights Cooper
Eula Dean Cooper, granddaughter of Sarah Knights Cooper
Lucy Cooper Workman, granddaughter of Sarah Knights Cooper
Pearlie Mae Roberts Moses, granddaughter of Minda Knights Roberts
Annie Nolia Lovett Rainey, granddaughter of Molly Knights Lovett

 

Aaron Herrington, grandson of Benjamin Knights
Agnes Knights, granddaughter of Benjamin Knights
Ida Mae Knights, granddaughter of Benjamin Knights
Lloyd Knights, grandson of Benjamin Knights
Bennie Lee Cooper, granddaughter of Benjamin Knights 
Moses Baker, grandson of Benjamin Knights
Aarie Moses Patrick, granddaughter of Benjamin Knights
Mary Moses Shubert, granddaughter of Benjamin Knights
Ida Lee Ellison Smith, granddaughter of Benjamin Knights
Josie Reedy Stewart, granddaughter of Benjamin Knights
Willie Mae Knights Williams, granddaughter of Benjamin Knights

 

 

Rev. George Dixon, grandson of Titus Knights
Weader Mae Knights Davis, granddaughter of Titus Knights
Pendi Knights Dock, granddaughter of Titus Knights
Constance Knights, granddaughter of Titus Knights
Viola Knights, granddaughter of Titus Knights
Willie Mae Knights, granddaughter of Titus Knights
Ruth Knights Lovett, granddaughter of Titus Knights
Bertha Mae Knights McMoore, granddaughter of Titus Knights
Daisy Jones Ward, granddaughter of Titus Knights
Blossom Bargeron Striggers, granddaughter of Titus Knights

Each element of our coat of arms has significance to our knowledge of Daddy Jim, our heritage, and the values that have been passed down by our family through the generations.


The colors:
The purple signifies royal majesty, sovereignty, and justice.  Gold signifies generosity and elevation of the mind.

The Crest:  A knight on horseback represents the soul guiding the body; man's journey through life.

 
The Shield Elements:

  • The Arm Encased in Armor represents leadership.
  • The Church representing religion, faith, and community; flanked by the Crosslet Fitchee Cross representing unshakeable faith along with the scroll representing academia and scholarly achievement to signify Lovett Hill St. James Baptist Church and School which Daddy Jim helped to organized.
  • The Probiscides (elephant tusks) represents longevity, strength, royalty, dignity, patience, wisdom, happiness,
    and good blessings.
  • The Chains with the Cuffs represents that Daddy Jim bore the chains of obligation and has obliged us by the services he has done and is coupled with the Cup that represents the office of the king's butler and the Wren that represents freedom signifying Daddy Jim's time in slavery as the butler to his owners.  Although his body bore the chains of slavery, his mind was always free. Freedom of his body ultimately followed.
  • The dove overlaying all quadrants in the center represents the covering we have      
    of the Holy Spirit.

The Supporters: The Lions represent our dauntless courage

The Wreath: The wreath is composed of the Acacia Branches representing eternal and affectionate remembrance; the Laurel Leaves representing peace and triumph; the Mulberries representing liberality, felicity, and peace; The Pomegranate Fruit representing fertility and abundance; the Pink Rose representing hope and joy; and the White Rose
representing love and faith.

Our Motto: We are the nation of the Knights' clan.  We have multiplied greatly through the centuries down to the seventh generation, but our roots are anchored in the first footsteps of one - James Blackswamp Knights.

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