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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 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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