Newel Knight was born 13 September 1800 in Marlboro, Windham County, Vermont, United States to Joseph Knight (1772-1847) and Polly Peck (1774-1831) and died 11 January 1847 Fort Neobrara, Nebraska, United States of unspecified causes.


Newel Knight (September 13, 1800 – January 11, 1847) was a close friend of Joseph Smith, Jr. and one of the first branch presidents in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Born at Marlboro, Vermont, Knight was the son of Joseph Knight, Sr. and Polly Peck. When Newel was about eight years old his family moved to Colesville, New York. He married Sally Colburn on the June 7, 1825.

Knight was baptized into the Church of Christ (Latter Day Saints) in May 1830. Prior to this, Joseph Smith cast an evil spirit out from Knight, which is considered by some to be the first miracle performed in the history of the Latter-day Saint movement. Shortly after this Knight had a vision of heaven.

With the baptism of Knights' parents, siblings, and aunts and uncles in July 1830, the Colesville Branch of the church was organized with Knight as its presiding authority. He continued to preside over this branch through its relocation to Ohio and then to Jackson County, Missouri.

When the second high council of the church was organized in Missouri in 1834, Knight was appointed a member of it. He would serve on three more high councils.

In September 1834 Knights' wife Sally died after giving birth to a baby boy, Eli, who also died the same day at Gallatin Township, Clay County, Missouri Territory. On the November 24, 1834 Knight married Lydia Goldthwaite Bailey at Kirtland, Ohio. This was the first marriage performed by Joseph Smith.

In both Missouri and later at Nauvoo, Illinois, Knight constructed mills. In 1846–1847, Knight was involved with George Miller in the Ponca Encampment. Knight died at what is today Knox County, Nebraska.

Among his nine children was Jesse Knight.

Family of Newel Knight & Sally Colburn[]

  1. Stillborn Knight - About 1826 in Colesville, Broome County, New York
  2. Samuel Knight (1832-1910) - md Susan Nanney
  3. Eli Knight - Born 13-Sep-1834 and died 15-Sep-1834 in Gallatin Township, Clay County, Missouri Territory. His mother died the same day.

Family of Newel Knight & Lydia Goldthwaite[]

  1. Sally Knight (1836-1916) - md Zemira Palmer, a Mormon Battalion Veteran
  2. James Philander Knight (1838-1909) -
  3. Joseph Ether Knight (1840-1878) - md Elizabeth S Jones
  4. Newel Knight (1842-1907) -
  5. Lydia Knight (1844-1905) - md John Ray Young
  6. Jesse Knight (1845-1921) - md Amanda McEwan
  7. Esther Knight (1847-1882) - ???
  8. Jane Knight (1847-1882) - ???
  9. Hyrum Helaman Knight (1847-1880) -


Offspring of Newel Knight and Sally Colburn (1804-1834)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Stillborn Knight (1826)
Samuel Knight (1832-1910) 14 October 1832 Kaw, Jackson, Missouri 11 February 1910 Bunkerville, Clark County, Nevada Karen Kirstine Hermandsdatter Bech (1831-1870) Laura Melvina Leavitt (1851-1922) Karen Kirstine Hermandsdatter Bech (1831-1870) Laura Melvina Leavitt (1851-1922) Susan Charlotte Nanney (1843-1919)
Eli Knight (1834)

Offspring of Newel Knight and Lydia Goldthwaite (1812-1884)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Sally Knight (1836-1916) 1 December 1836 Gallatin, Daviess County, Missouri, United States 1 October 1916 Orderville, Kane County, Utah, United States Zemira Palmer (1831-1880)
James Philander Knight (1838-1909)
Joseph Ether Knight (1840-1878) 18 October 1840 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States 28 June 1878 Sunset, Yavapai County, Arizona, United States Jane Lucinda Judd (1849-1918)
Newel Knight (1842-1907)
Lydia Knight (1844-1905) 6 June 1844 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States 8 May 1905 Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico John Ray Young (1837-1931)
Jesse Knight (1845-1821)
Esther Knight (1847-1882)
Jane Knight (1847-1882)
Hyrum Helaman Knight (1847-1880)


  • Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History, p. 628.
  • Black, Susan Easton. Who's Who in the Doctrine and Covenants. (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1997) p. 168-171.