James Cornelius Knight Sr., 1835-1890, seated in the center, and his wife Mary "Polly" Wassom Knight,
1832-1901, on his left, are shown with four of their six children. Seated on the left is Wiley A. Knight.
Standing from the left: Samantha Knight, Sarah Knight and Lydia Ann Knight.
There were two other children: James Cornelius Knight Jr. and Sidney Knight.
James Cornelius Knight was the son of Wiley Knight and Nancy Clinton Knight who came to TN from Orange Co.,
NC around 1838. His wife was the d/o Andrew Wassom and Hester Wassom. He served in the Confederate
Army during the Civil War. Two of his brothers served along with him. His brother, Samuel,
was captured and died in prison, brother William's final destiny is unknown.
James' regiment surrendered in Atlanta, May 6, 1865. Courtesy of Lila Ligon, 2200 Sharon Ave., Cookeville, TN.
Mary "Polly" Wassom Knight
b. 25 January 1832, TN
d. 13 December 1901, TN
Husband: James Kornelius Knight
Father: Andrew Wassom
Mother: Hester Erwin
Polly and James are the parents of Lydia Ann Knight who md
Marcus "Mark" Matthew Paul, s/o John Paul & Mary Jane Mathis.
Buried: Wassom Cemetery, Putnam Co., TN
See Chapter 13
and the Thomas Gladney Paul Family Sheet
Polly and James Knight's tombstones at Wassom Cemetery