Evening Star, July 15, 1910
Capt. Knight Dead
Passes Away at Age Eighty, After Long Illness
Funeral Next Monday
Was employee of Coast and Geodetic Survey Many Years
Officer During Civil War
Came to Washington in His Early Youth and Took Active Interest
Capt. Henry M. Knight, 80 years old, and one
of the oldest employees of the coast and geodetic survey, died
at 1:30 o'clock this morning at the residence of his son-in-law,
Edward A. Muir, 1439 Girard street. For many weeks he has been
rapidly failing in health, the infirmities of old age being
aggravated by the extreme heat of the early summer. Death was
due primarily to senile debility.
The funeral will be held Monday, services at
the house being under the immediate direction of the Masons
and G.A.R. Rev. Arthur Spooner and Rev. Dr. J.J. Muir will be
in charge, and burial will be in the Congressional Cemetery.
Born in Philadelphia
Capt. Henry M. Knight was born in Philadelphia,
May 21, 1830, and received his early education in the public
schools of that city. In 1844 his father received an appointment
as engraver in the coast and geodetic survey, and young Knight
was one of the members of the family coming to this city at
that time. Three years later he received an appointment on his
own account as apprentice in the same office with his father.
In 1851 and 1852 he was an assistant in the
Engineer Corps of the survey and as such assisted in establishing
the boundary between this country and Mexico. On his return
to Washington, young Knight took an active part in the organization
of a political club known as the "Wideawakes," and
became its captain. This company acted as escort to Lincoln
at his inauguration.
At the opening of the civil war, and in answer
to the President's call for 75,000 volunteers to serve three
months, Capt. Knight organized a company of 10 men and within
twenty-four hours after the issuance of the call received his
commission as captain. This company enlisted to serve only in
the District of Columbia, but upon the request of Secretary
of War Cameron, Capt. Knight led his men to join Pattersons'
army in the Valley of Virginia.
The company was mustered out at the end of its
three months, but Capt. Knight served during most of the remainder
of the war. He was captain of Company A of the 1st District
Regiment, and on several occasions served as major of his regiment.
In the City Council
After the war and when politics reigned in the
District, Capt. Knight took an active interest in municipal
affairs. At one time he represented the seventh ward as a common
councilman. After the change in the form of the District government
he again entered the coast and geodetic survey, his new appointment
dating from 1870, and he served continuously in the service
until last April, when he became too feeble to longer follow
the daily routine at the office.
Capt. Knight was married December 3, 1857, to
Virginia Foulkrod of Philadelphia. Mrs. Knight died ten years
ago, but nine children of the couple are surviving. They are
Mrs. M.F. Thompson, Mrs. Charles W. Holes, Mrs. Ella K. Ellis,
Mrs. Edward A. Muir and Mrs. G.P. Ritter of Washington; Mrs.
William R. Smucker of Littlestown, Pa.; Mrs. Delevan W. Gee
of Steamboat Springs, Col.; H.T. Knight of Riverdale, Md., and
Dr. Carlisle P. Knight of Buffalo, N.Y.
Capt. Knight was one of the oldest Masons in
the District, having been a member of Washington Centennial
Lodge, No. 14, from October 14, 1857. On The fiftieth anniversary
of his membership his lodge presented to him a life membership
certificate. Capt. Knight also was a member of Potomac Post,
No. 11, G.A.R.
Evening Star, July 17, 1910
Funeral of Capt. Knight
Masonic Bodies to Have Charge of Services Tomorrow
The funeral of Capt. Henry M. Knight, veteran
member of the coast and geodetic survey, whose death occurred
Friday, will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from
the residence of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Edward
A. Muir, 1439 Girard street northwest. Services at the house
will be under the direction of the Masonic bodies of which Capt.
Knight was a member, and there will be a large delegation present
of his comrades from the G.A.R.
Rev. Arthur Spooner and Rev. J.J. Muir will
be in charge of the services. Interment will be in Congressional
Evening Star, July 18, 1910
Capt. Knight Buried
G.A.R. Members and Masons Assist at Services
The funeral of Capt. Henry M. Knight, veteran
employee of the coast and geodetic survey, and a prominent member
of the G.A.R. and of the Masonic fraternity, took place at 2:30
o'clock this afternoon from the family home, 1439 Girard street
northwest. Rev. Arthur Spooner and Rev. Dr. J.J. Muir were in
charge. The ritual of the G.A.R. was ready by a delegation from
Potomac Post, No. 11, in charge of Capt. Tyler Powell, and the
Masonic service was under the direction of Grand Master Henry
F. Woodward of Centennial Lodge, of which Capt. Knight was a
member for more than a half century. Miss Blanche Muir Dalgleish,
soloist from the choir of the Washington Heights Presbyterian
Church, sang the hymns. Burial was in Congressional Cemetery.
William MacKenzie and William H. Davis, representing
the coast and geodetic survey, were honorary pallbearers. The
active pallbearers were Dr. Millard F. Thompson, Dr. Henry C.
Thompson, Dr. Frederick F. Ritter, F.H. Peabody, B.T. Trueworthy
and J.T. Parks.