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Kearnes, Hamilton Henry (1817-1893), farmer, blacksmith, wheelwright, millwright; born in Brown County, Ohio. Married Charlotte White, 1840. Resided for a time in Iowa, where his father was a trapper. Emigrated to Utah in 1850 and settled at Springville, Utah County. Helped build the iron works at Cedar City, Utah. Returned to Springville in 1857, where he served as captain of the police. In 1860 moved to Gunnison, Sanpete County, Utah, where he was appointed bishop. Died at Gunnison. [PJSv2]

Keeler, Joseph (1787-1868), born at Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Married Olive Brite, 1811. Joined the Latter-day Saints, and lived in Kirtland, Ohio for a time, but evidently left the Church around 1835. Living in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana, in 1850. Died in Marshall County, Iowa. [PJSv2]

Ketting, Jos., carried a letter from McLellin to his wife in Apr. 1836. [McLellin]

Keys (Keyes) was a Campbellite who banded with other denominations’ preachers to oppose McLellin in Crittenden, Grant County, Kentucky, May and June 1836. Possibly William or John Keys. [McLellin]

Kilbourne, David W. (1803-1876), lawyer, land speculator, railroad executive; born at Marlboro, Hartford County, Connecticut. Married Harriet Rice in Albany, New York, 1827. Became a commission merchant in New York City, but a disastrous fire ruined his business. Moved west in 1836, dividing his time between Peoria, Illinois, and Fort Des Moines, Iowa. Represented the New York Land Company, engaged in the purchase and settlement of land in the Half-breed Tract in Iowa. When Fort Des Moines was abandoned in 1837, he platted the town of Montrose, established a general store, and became postmaster. Moved to Fort Madison, Iowa, 1843. Admitted to the Iowa bar, 1848. Moved to Keokuk, Iowa, in 1852 and became mayor of the town in 1855. Helped found the Des Moines Valley Railroad in 1854 and became the company’s financial agent in 1857, and president in 1868. He resigned in 1873 and died in New York City. [PJSv2]

Kilbourne, Edward (1813-1878), land speculator; born at Marlboro, Hartford County, Connecticut. Brother of David W. Kilbourne. With his brother, opened the first general store in Montrose, Lee County, Iowa, 1839. Living at Keokuk, Iowa, by 1850, where his land holdings were valued at $35,000. Co-founder of the Keokuk Gas-light and Coke Company, 1855. Died at Keokuk. [PJSv2]

Kimball, Heber C. (1801-1868), blacksmith, potter. Born at Sheldon, Franklin County, Vermont. Married Vilate Murray, 1822. Converted to Mormonism, 1832 at Mendon, New York. Participant in march of Zion’s Camp, 1834. Member of the Council of the Twelve, 1835-47. Missionary to England, 1837-38, 1839-41. Elected to Nauvoo city council, 1841. Arrived in Salt Lake Valley with Mormon pioneers, 1847. Counselor to Brigham Young in the First Presidency, 1847-68. Died at Salt Lake City. [PJSv1]

Kimball, Heber Chase (1801-1868), blacksmith, potter; born at Sheldon, Franklin County, Vermont. Married Vilate Murray, 1822. Converted to Mormonism, 1832 at Mendon, New York. Participant in march of Zion’s Camp, 1834. Member of the Council of the Twelve, 1835-47. Missionary to England, 1837-1838, 1839-1841. Elected to Nauvoo city council, 1841. Arrived in Salt Lake Valley with Mormon pioneers, 1847. Counselor to Brigham Young in the First Presidency, 1847-1868. Died at Salt Lake City. [PJSv2]

Kimball, Heber Chase (1801-68), was born on June 14, 1801, in Sheldon, Vermont, to Solomon Farnham Kimball and Ann(a) Spaulding. Married Vilate Murray on Nov. 22, 1822, and they had ten children. Was baptized on Apr. 15, 1832. Was ordained an elder in 1832. Presided at a conference of the Twelve in Geneseo, New York. Marched with Zion’s Camp. Attended Sidney Rigdon and McLellin’s grammar school, 1834-35. Was ordained one of the original Twelve Apostles on Feb. 14, 1835. Served missions to Canada and the eastern states. Served as head of the first mission to England in 1837, which he returned to in 1840. Arrived in Salt Lake in 1847. Served as Brigham Young’s first counselor. Became active in Utah government. Helped lay and consecrate the southeast cornerstone of the Salt Lake Temple. [McLellin]

Kimball, Heber Chase. Son of Solomon Kimball and Anna Spaulding. Born 14 June 1801 at Sheldon, Franklin County, Vermont. Moved with family to West Bloomfield, Ontario County, New York, 1811. Learned blacksmithing from father. Learned potter’s trade from brother Charles about 1820-22. Moved to Mendon, New York, by 1822. Married Vilate Murray November 1822. Ten children: Judith M., William H., Helen Mar, Roswell H., Heber P., David P., Charles S., Brigham W., Solomon F., and Murray G. Initiated into Masonry in Victor, New York, 1823. Baptized April 1832 by Alpheus Gifford; ordained elder shortly thereafter. Traveled to Kirtland, Ohio, to see Joseph Smith October-November 1832. Moved to Kirtland in fall of 1833. Member of Zion’s Camp 1834. Left Missouri for Kirtland 20 June 1834. Arrived in Kirtland 26 July 1834. Established pottery in Kirtland area August 1834. Attended School of Prophets in winter of 1834-35. Ordained apostle 14 February 1835. Mission to eastern states in summer of 1835. Returned to Kirtland 25 September 1835. Attended dedication of Kirtland Temple March 1836. Left Kirtland on mission to upstate New York and Vermont 10 May 1836. Returned to Kirtland 2 October 1836. Charter member of and owned stock in Kirtland Safety Society January 1837. Appointed to preach in England 4 June 1837. Left Kirtland 13 June 1837. Arrived in Liverpool 20 July 1837. Returned to Kirtland 22 May 1838. With companions baptized nearly fifteen hundred. Moved to Missouri 1838. Arrived in Far West 25 June 1838. Expelled from Missouri 1839. Located temporarily in Quincy, Illinois, 1839. Moved to Nauvoo in summer of 1839. Left for mission to England September 1839. Arrived in England 6 April 1840. Returned to Nauvoo 1 July 1841. Elected member of Nauvoo City Council 23 October 1841. Received endowment 4 May 1842. Mission in Illinois September-November 1842. Married Sarah Noon 1842. Three children: Adelbert Henry, Sarah H., and Heber. Mission to eastern states July-October 1843. Member of Council of Fifty 11 March 1844. Mission to East May 1844 to campaign for Joseph Smith as President of United States. Returned to Nauvoo 6 August 1844. Assisted in preparing Saints to leave Nauvoo 1845. Married Sarah Ann Whitney 1846. Seven children: David, David O., David Heber, Newel W., Horace H., Maria, and Joshua. Married Lucy Walker 1846. Nine children: Rachael S., John H., Willard H., Lydia H., Anna S., Eliza, Washington, Franklin H., and Joshua H. Married Prescinda Huntington 1846. Two children: Prescinda C. and Joseph. Left Nauvoo 1846. Located in Winter Quarters until 1847. Married Clarrisa Cutler about 1846. One child: Abram A. Married Emily Cutler about 1846. One child: Isaac A. Married Mary Ellen Abel. One child: Peter. Married Ruth Reese. Three children: Susannah R., Jacob R., and Enoch H. Married Christeen Golden. Four children: Cornelia C., Jonathan Golden, Elias Smith, and Mary M. Married Anna Gheen. Five children: Samuel H., Daniel H., Andrew H., Alice, and Sarah. Married Amanda Green. Four children: William G., Albert H., Jeremiah, and Moroni. Married Harriet Sanders. Three children: Harriet, Hyrum, and Eugene. Married Ellen Sanders. Five children: Samuel, Joseph, Augusta, Jedediah, and Rosalia. Married Frances Swan. One child: Frances. Married Martha Knight. One child: Son. Married Mary Smithies. Five children: Melvina, James, Wilford, Lorenzo, and Abbie. In all sixty-five children. Arrived in Salt Lake Valley 24 July 1847. Returned to Winter Quarters 31 October 1847. Sustained as member of First Presidency 27 December 1847. Member of First Presidency 1847-68. Left for Salt Lake Valley May 1848. Arrived in Salt Lake Valley September 1848. Elected lieutenant-governor of provisional State of Deseret 1849. Until death served faithfully in First Presidency. Assisted in organizing wards, stakes, missions, and colonies and preached throughout Church. Died 22 June 1868 in Salt Lake City, Utah. [Cook]

Kimball, Hiram S. (1806-1863), merchant; born at West Fairlee, Orange County, Vermont. Cousin of Heber C. Kimball. Residing at Commerce, Hancock County, Illinois prior to the arrival of the Latter-day Saints in 1839. Married Sarah Melissa Granger at Kirtland, Ohio, in 1840, but settled at Nauvoo, Illinois, where he was a well-to-do land owner and merchant. Elected alderman at Nauvoo, 1841, and was associate justice of the municipal court. Converted to Mormonism in 1843. Helped defend Nauvoo against mob attack in 1846. Arrived in Salt Lake Valley, 1852. Called to help settle Las Vegas, 1856. Awarded contract to deliver mail between Salt Lake City and Independence, Missouri, 1856, but the contract was cancelled prior to the dispatch of Johnston’s Army to Utah in 1857. Called on a mission to the Sandwich Islands in 1863, but was killed when the ship’s boiler exploded enroute. [PJSv2]

Kimball, Sarah Ann Whitney Smith. See Whitney, Sarah Ann

Kimball, Spencer Woolley. Son of Andrew Kimball and Olive Woolley. Born 28 March 1895 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. Baptized 28 March 1903. Received endowment 16 October 1914. Mission to central states 20 October 1914-14 December1916. Married Camilla Eyring 16 November1917. Sealed to wife, Camilla, 7 June 1918. Children: Spencer LeVan, Olive Beth, Andrew Eyring, and Edward Lawrence. President of Mount Graham Stake (Arizona) 1938-43. Ordained apostle 7 October 1943. President of Quorum of Twelve Apostles 7 July 1972-20 December 1973. President of Church 30 December 1973. [Cook]

Kimball, Susanna (1767-1859), mother of Newel K. Whitney, was born at Mendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts. Married Samuel Whitney, 1792. Joined the Latter-day Saints, 1835. Died at Kirtland, Ohio. [PJSv1]

Kimbrough, Mary Elizabeth. See Goff, Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough

King, Austin A. (1802-1870), governor of Missouri, 1848-52. Born in Sullivan County, Tennessee. In 1830, he moved to Missouri, where he practised law at Columbia. In 1837, upon his appointment to a circuit judgeship by Governor Lilburn Boggs, he moved to Richmond, Ray County. Between 1837 and 1848 he served as judge of Missouri’s fifth judicial circuit, consisting of the counties of Clinton, Ray, Caldwell, Clay, Platte, and Buchanan. In November 1838 he presided at the preliminary hearing of Joseph Smith and other Mormon leaders at Richmond. Represented Missouri as a Union Democrat in the U.S. Congress, 1862-64. Had a successful law practice in St. Louis prior to his death. [PJSv1]

King, Austin Augustus (1801-1870), governor of Missouri, 1848-52. Born in Sullivan County, Tennessee. Moved to Missouri in 1830, where he practiced law at Columbia. Elected to the state legislature. In 1837, upon his appointment to a circuit judgeship by Governor Lilburn Boggs, he moved to Richmond, Ray County. Between 1837 and 1848 he served as judge of Missouri’s fifth judicial circuit, consisting of the counties of Clinton, Ray, Caldwell, Clay, Platte, and Buchanan. In November 1838 he presided at the preliminary hearing of Joseph Smith and other Mormons at Richmond. Represented Missouri as a Union Democrat in the U.S. Congress, 1862-1864. Had a successful law practice in St. Louis before his death. [PJSv2]

King, Thomas C. (1810-1854), merchant; born in Virginia. Living in Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, 1835. Elected Adams County constable, 1835, and coroner, 1836. Served on the Quincy fire department and was junior warden in Bodley Lodge No. 1 of freemasons. Died at Quincy. [PJSv2]

Kingsbury, Horace (1748-1853), born in 1798 in Litchfield, Connecticut. Married Diantha Stiles in 1826. Moved to Painesville, Ohio, in 1827. Hosted McLellin and John Boynton there in Nov. 1834. Wrote a letter proclaiming the integrity of Joseph Smith and Oliver Granger to the Prophet’s debtors. Jeweler and silversmith. Became mayor of Painesville in 1848. Died on Mar. 12, 1853, in Painesville, Ohio. [McLellin]

Kingsbury, Horace (1798-1853), jeweler, silversmith; born in New Hampshire. Married Diantha Stiles, 1826. In 1827 he moved to Painesville, Ohio, where he died. Mayor of Painesville, 1848. [PJSv1]

Kingsbury, Horace (1798-1853), jeweler, silversmith; born in New Hampshire. Married Diantha Stiles, 1826. In 1827 moved to Painesville, Ohio, where he died. Mayor of Painesville, 1848. [PJSv2]

Kingsbury, Joseph (1812-1898), born at Enfield, Hartford County, Connecticut. Converted to Mormonism in Kirtland, Ohio, 1832. Married Caroline Whitney, daughter of Newell K. Whitney, 1836. Clerk in Newel K. Whitney store at Kirtland. Appointed to the Kirtland high council, 1835, and Iowa high council, 1841. Among Saints expelled from Missouri, 1838. Clerk in Joseph Smith’s Nauvoo store. Arrived in Salt Lake Valley, 1847. Bishop of Salt Lake City 2nd Ward, 1851-1852. Appointed superintendent of the Church Tithing Office, 1867. Ordained a patriarch, 1883. Died at Salt Lake City. [PJSv1]

Kingsbury, Joseph (1812-1898), born at Enfield, Hartford County, Connecticut. Converted to Mormonism in Kirtland, Ohio, 1832. Married Caroline Whitney, daughter of Newell K. Whitney, 1836. Clerk in Newel K. Whitney store at Kirtland. Appointed to the Kirtland high council, 1835, and Iowa high council, 1841. Among saints expelled from Missouri, 1838. Clerk in Joseph Smith’s Nauvoo store. Arrived in Salt Lake Valley, 1847. Bishop of Salt Lake City 2nd Ward, 1851-1852. Appointed superintendent of the Church Tithing Office, 1867. Was ordained a patriarch, 1883. Died at Salt Lake City. [PJSv2]

Kingsley, Sarah Marrietta. See Cleveland, Sarah Marrietta Kingsley

Knight, Esther. See Stringham, Esther Knight

Knight, Joseph, Jr. (1808-1866), miller, farmer, wheelwright; youngest son of Joseph Knight, Sr. Born at Halifax, Windham County, Vermont. Family moved to Chenango County, New York, the year he was born. Worked with Joseph Smith on his father’s farm in Broome County, New York. In 1829 transported Joseph and Oliver Cowdery from Harmony, Pennsylvania, to Fayette, New York, where work on the Book of Mormon was completed. Moved to Ohio and on to Missouri in 1831. Married Betsy Covert, 1832. Built the first mill used by the Church in Jackson County, Missouri; also the printing office. Among those driven from Jackson County, 1833. Later lived at Lima, Nauvoo, and Laharpe, Illinois. Bishop at Winter Quarters during Mormon exodus West. Arrived in Utah, 1851. Missionary to Moqui Indians, 1862. Died in Salt Lake City. [PJSv2]

Knight, Joseph, Jr. (1808-1866), miller, farmer, wheelwright; youngest son of Joseph Knight, Sr. Born at Halifax, Windham County, Vermont. Family moved to Chenango County, New York, the year he was born. Worked with Joseph Smith on his father’s farm in Broome County, New York. Transported Joseph and Oliver Cowdery from Harmony, Pennsylvania to Fayette, New York, in 1829, where work on the Book of Mormon was completed. Moved to Ohio and on to Missouri in 1831. Married Betsy Covert, 1832. Built the first mill used by the Church in Jackson County, Missouri; also the printing office. Among those driven from Jackson County, 1833. Later lived at Lima, Nauvoo, and Laharpe, Illinois. Bishop at Winter Quarters during Mormon exodus west. Arrived in Utah, 1851. Missionary to Moqui Indians, 1862. Died in Salt Lake City. [PJSv1]

Knight, Joseph, Sr. (1772-1847), born at Oakham, Worcester County, Massachusetts. Married Polly Peck about 1795. Moved to Bainbridge, Chenango County, New York, in 1808 and two years later to Colesville, Broome County, New York, where he resided nineteen years. Owned a farm, gristmill, and carding machines, and, according to his son, "was not rich, yet possessed enough of this world’s goods to secure himself and family the necessities and comforts of life." When Joseph Smith obtained the Book of Mormon plates in 1827, Knight was visiting the Smith home in Manchester, New York, and Joseph Smith used Knight’s horse and buggy as a means of conveyance on that occasion. Among the first converts to Mormonism, his family formed the nucleus of a small branch of the Church at Colesville. Helped pioneer the Mormon settlement at Independence, Missouri, in 1831. Died at Mt. Pisgah, Iowa, during the Mormon exodus from Illinois. [PJSv2]

Knight, Joseph, Sr. (1772-1847), born at Oakham, Worcester County, Massachusetts. Married Polly Peck about 1795. Moved to Bainbridge, Chenango County, New York, in 1808 and two years later, to Colesville, Broome County, New York, where he remained nineteen years. Owned a farm, gristmill, and carding machines, and, according to his son, "was not rich, yet possessed enough of this world’s goods to secure himself and family the necessities and comforts of life." When Joseph Smith obtained the Book of Mormon plates in 1827, Knight was visiting the Smith home in Manchester, New York, and Joseph used Knight’s horse and buggy as a means of conveyance on that occasion. Among the first converts to Mormonism, his family formed the nucleus of a small branch of the Church at Colesville. Helped pioneer the Mormon settlement at Independence, Missouri, in 1831. Died at Mt. Pisgah, Iowa, during the Mormon exodus from Illinois. [PJSv1]

Knight, Joseph, Sr. Son of Benjamin and Hannah Knight. Born 26 November 1772 at Oakham, Worcester County, Massachusetts. Married Polly Peck by 1796. Seven children: Nahum, Esther, Newel, Anna, Joseph, Polly, and Elizabeth. Moved to Bainbridge, New York, 1809. Two years later moved to Colesville, Broome County, New York; remained for nineteen years. Owned farm, gristmill, and carding machine. Baptized 29 June 1830. Family formed nucleus of small branch of Church in Colesville. Moved to Kirtland, Ohio, 1831. Left Ohio for Jackson County, Missouri, June 1831. Resided in Jackson, Clay, and Caldwell counties in Missouri. Located in Nauvoo 1839. Received house and lot donated by high council of Nauvoo. Ordained priest 18 March 1841. Received endowment in Nauvoo Temple 13 December 1845; sealed to dead wife, Polly, 2 February 1846. Sealed to Phebe Crosby (born 1800 in New York) 2 February 1846. Died 3 February 1847 at Mt. Pisgah, Harrison County, Iowa, during Mormon exodus from Illinois. [Cook]

Knight, Lydia Goldthwaite Bailey (1812-1884), born at Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. Married Calvin Bailey in 1828 but was deserted by her husband three years later. Converted to Mormonism by Joseph Smith while proselyting in Canada in 1833. After returning to her parents in New York in 1834 and being derided for her religion, she moved to Kirtland, Ohio, in 1835. While working for Hyrum Smith, she met and married Newel Knight, who was boarding at the Smith home. Moved to Missouri in 1836, and Illinois, 1839. Left Nauvoo with the Mormon exodus in 1846. Because of the death of her husband, she did not arrive in Salt Lake Valley until 1850. Resided successively at Salt Lake City, Provo, Payson, Santa Clara, and St. George, where she died. [PJSv2] see also Goldthwaite, Lydia

Knight, Newel (1800-1847), miller. Born at Marlborough, Windham County, Vermont. Living at Colesville, New York, when converted by Joseph Smith. Moved to Ohio, then Missouri, in 1831. Among those expelled from Jackson County, Missouri, 1833. Member of Clay County high council, 1834; Far West high council, 1836; and Nauvoo high council, 1839-1845. His first wife, Sally Coburn, died in Missouri in September 1834. Returning to Ohio, he worked on the Kirtland Temple and boarded at the Hyrum Smith home, where he met Lydia Bailey. Died during the Mormon exodus from Nauvoo to Salt Lake Valley. [PJSv1]

Knight, Newel (1800-1847), miller; born at Marlborough, Windham County, Vermont. Living at Colesville, New York, when converted by Joseph Smith. Moved to Ohio, then Missouri in 1831. Among those expelled from Jackson County, Missouri, 1833. Member of Clay County high council, 1834; Far West high council, 1836; and Nauvoo high council, 1839-1845. His first wife, Sally Coburn, died in Missouri in September 1834. Returning to Ohio, he worked on the Kirtland Temple and boarded at the Hyrum Smith home, where he met Lydia Bailey. Died during the Mormon exodus from Nauvoo to the Salt Lake Valley. [PJSv2]

Knight, Newel (1800-1847), was born on Sept. 13, 1800, in Marlboro, Vermont, to Joseph Knight and Polly Peck. Married Sally Colburn on June 7, 1825, and they had one child. Baptized by David Whitmer in May 1830. Was ordained a priest on Sept. 26, 1830, an elder before June 1831, and a high priest before July 3, 1832. Helped ease McLellin’s mind concerning Mormonism after his conversion. Sally died on Sept. 15, 1834. Married Lydia Goldthwaite on Nov. 24, 1835, and they had seven children. Participated in the Kirtland Temple dedication. Was the subject of this dispensation’s first miracle when he was relieved of evil spirits by Joseph Smith. Served a mission to western New York. Died in Nebraska on Jan. 11, 1847. [McLellin]

Knight, Newel. Son of Joseph Knight and Polly Peck. Born 13 September 1800 at Marlborough, Windham County, Vermont. Moved with family to Bainbridge, New York, about 1809. Located with family in Colesville, New York, 1811. Married Sally Coburn (born 1804 in New York) 7 June 1825. Three known children: infant, Samuel, and Eli. Baptized May 1830 by David Whitmer. Ordained priest 26 September 1830. Located in Thompson, Ohio, May 1831. Ordained elder before June 1831. Led Colesville Branch to Jackson County, Missouri, June-July 1831. Ordained high priest before 3 July 1832. Settled in Clay County, Missouri, after Saints expelled from Jackson County 1833. On 23 June 1834 appointed to receive "endowment" in Kirtland. Appointed member of Clay County high council 7 July 1834. Wife, Sally, died 15 September 1834. Arrived in Kirtland in spring of 1835. Married Lydia Goldthwaite (born 1812 in Massachusetts) 24 November 1835. Seven children: Sally, James, Joseph, Newel, Lydia, Jesse, and Hyrum. Participated in dedication of Kirtland Temple March 1836. Left Kirtland for Clay County, Missouri, 7 April 1836; arrived 6 May. Appointed member of high council in Far West, Missouri. Moved to Nauvoo 1839. Member of Nauvoo high council 1839-45. Received endowment 13 December 1845 in Nauvoo Temple. Left Nauvoo with Saints 1846. Died 11 January 1847 in Knox County, Nebraska. [Cook]

Knight, Polly (1811-1844), born at Bainbridge, Chenango County, New York. Traveled with her family and other Colesville saints to Jackson County, Missouri, 1831. Married William Stringham after the death of his first wife, her sister, Esther. Died at Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois. [PJSv1]

Knight, Polly Peck (1774-1831), sister of Hezekiah Peck. Born at Guilford, Windham County, Vermont. Married Joseph Knight, Sr., about 1795. Died in Jackson County, Missouri. [PJSv1]

Knight, Sally Colburn (1804-1834), born at Guilford, Chenango County, New York. Married Newel Knight, 1825. Died at Turnham’s Landing, Clay County, Missouri. [PJSv1]

Knight, Vinson (1804-1842) born at Chester, Washington County, New York. Married Martha McBride, 1826. Owned a farm at Perrysburg, New York, when converted in 1834. Appointed counselor to Bishop Newel K. Whitney in Kirtland, 1836. Church land agent, 1839. Appointed bishop of Nauvoo Lower Ward, 1839, and Presiding Bishop of the Church, 1841. Elected to Nauvoo city council, 1841. Died at Nauvoo. [PJSv1]

Knight, Vinson (1804-1842), born at Chester, Washington County, New York. Married Martha McBride, 1826. Owned a farm at Perrysburg, New York, when converted, 1834. Appointed counselor to Bishop Newel K. Whitney in Kirtland, Ohio, 1836. Church land agent, 1839. Appointed bishop of Nauvoo Lower Ward, 1839, and presiding bishop of the Church, 1841. Elected to Nauvoo city council, 1841. Died at Nauvoo. [PJSv2]

Knight, Vinson. Son of Rudolphus Knight and Rizpah Lee. Born 14 March 1804 in Chester, Washington County, New York. Married Martha McBride (born 1805 in New York) 14 March 1826. Six known children: Almyra, Rizpah, Adaline, James V., Martha, and Rudolphus E. Residing in Perrysburg, New York, at time of conversion 1834. Moved to Kirtland by 1835. Owned home and property in Kirtland. Druggist. Ordained elder 2 January 1836. Ordained high priest and counselor to Bishop Newel K. Whitney 13 January 1836. Charter member of and owned stock in Kirtland Safety Society January 1837. Participated in dedication of Kirtland Temple. Traveled to Far West, Missouri, with Joseph Smith September-December 1837. Moved to Missouri in summer of 1838. Located in Daviess County. Appointed acting bishop pro tem of Adam-Ondi-Ahman Stake 28 June 1838. Expelled from Missouri 1839. Located temporarily in Quincy, Illinois, 1839. As church land agent, assisted in purchasing thousands of acres of land in Lee County, Iowa, May-June 1839. Appointed to assume full title of bishop 4 May 1839. Appointed bishop of Lower Ward in Nauvoo 6 October 1839. Designated by revelation 19 January 1841 as Presiding Bishop of Church. Elected to Nauvoo City Council 1 February 1841. Initiated into Masonry 9 April 1842. Took plural wife before death. Possibly received endowment before death. Died in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, 31 July 1842. [Cook]