Lee County Biography


EDWARD B. KNIGHT, Jr., has made himself a thorough master of his calling as a farmer, conducts his farming interests in a systematic and business like way, and his farm on sections and 22, South Dixon Township, compares favorably with other fine farms in its vicinity. In him we have a representative of the vigorous New England stock that has done such conspicuous service in reclaiming the Western wilds. His ancestors were among the colonists of Massachusetts and Connecticut, and the city of Worcester, in the old Bay State, is his birthplace, December 21,1800, being the date of his birth.

Our subject's father, who bears the same name as himself, was born in Worcester County, Mass., and is a son of John Knight, who was also a native of that State, and for many years was a prominent citizen of Worcester, where he held a position as secretary and clerk of a railway company, and he died in that city at an advanced age. Edward B. Knight, Sr., grew up in the city of Worcester, where he was given good educational advantages. He was married in Woodstock, Conn., to Miss Mary A. Stone, who is a native of that State, of which her parents were life-long residents,and she also traces her ancestry back to some of the old Colonial families of New England. After the birth of their only two children—our, subject and his sister, Clara J., widow of Joseph B. Peacock, now residing at Dixon — Mr. and Mrs. Knight came to this county from their old home in Worcester in 1854, and after a short residence in Amboy Township, located in the township of South Dixon. Later they removed to Dixon, where they are still living an active life, and are well known and honored for their sterling merits. They are members in high standing of the Presbyterian Church, and their names are associated with all who are an influence for good in their community.

The first five years of the life of our subject were spent in his native city, and in its public schools he laid the foundation of a practical education. After the familv came to this county he acquired that knowledge of farming and that true interest in agriculture that led him to adopt it for his life-work. In 1884 he bought the farm in South Dixon Township upon which he has since lived. It lias an area of one hundred and thirty acres of soil that is very fertile, and produces abundantly all the crops that are commonly raised in this climate, besides affording pasturage for a goodly amount of stock, and its improve­ments are first-class.

To the lady who presides over his home, for­merly Miss Emma B. Woodruff, Mr. Knight was married in this township. Mrs. Knight was born in Grant County, Wis., January 18, 1855, and is a daughter of E. J. and Adaline (Doty) Woodruff, who are highly respected residents of Dixon. Mr. Woodruff is a native of New York, born of Massa­chusetts parentage, and is a lineal . descendant of Pilgrims of the "Mayflower." Me and his wife were married in Wisconsin, whence they came to Illinois in 1865. They lived in Lee County until 1883, and then spent a few years in South Dakota. Returning to this county they have since made their home in Dixon, where they are serenely pass­ing their old age. Mr. Woodruff is a farmer. He holds to the Republican party in politics, as does his son-in-law, of whom we write.

The pleasant home circle of our subject and his wife has not been exempt from the sorrows that falls to the lot of all, as death has taken from them two of their children, Frank L., and Georgia L. Three children still gladden their household by their presence — Lucy E., Laura E., and Olive A.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892

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