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[Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia, October 2012]

During a recent JPG Meet-Up in Richmond, Virginia, we spent some time in Richmond’s iconic Hollywood Cemetery.

Hollywood Cemetery is the final resting place of two American presidents: John Tyler and James Monroe.

It is also the final resting place of the Confederate president, Jefferson Davis (photo, at left).

I turned to Mary Brown (a JPG member) and said that I thought some of my “Knight” ancestors were buried in Hollywood Cemetery, but I wasn't sure. Moments later, Mary called out and said that she had found a “Knight Family” grave. I walked over and recognized a name on the tombstone: “Emmett Carter Knight.”

In 1864, Emmett Carter Knight was a 16-year-old cadet at the Virginia Military Institute when the Corps of Cadets was ordered to march 80 miles north to New Market, Virginia, to support the Confederate Army. The VMI cadets reached New Market in four days and were immediately sent into battle. Of the 257 cadets that entered the fray, ten were killed and 48 were wounded. Emmett Carter Knight survived the battle, returned to school, and resigned. Making his way to Richmond, he enlisted in the famous “Richmond Artillery” for the balance of the War.

Emmett Carter Knight and I are 1st cousins three times (that is, three generations) removed. How is that calculated?

My great-great grandfather, John Hughes Knight, Jr. had a brother, William Carter Knight. Those two men each had a son: John Thornton Knight (my great-grandfather) and Emmett Carter Knight, respectively. Those sons were 1st cousins because their fathers were brothers. Now, counting down from my great-grandfather, you go through my grandfather (once removed), my father (twice removed), and me. That makes Emmett Carter Knight my 1st cousin, three times removed. (Got it? I hope so. You will be quizzed on this material.)

The charge of the “New Market Cadets” is immortalized in a “heroic” painting that hangs in VMI’s “Jackson Memorial Hall.” As a graduate of VMI, I am proud of VMI’s role in the American Civil War, and I am proud of my distant cousin’s participation in the Battle of New Market. The cadets were only boys, but they performed their duty.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

39 responses

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (9 Nov 2012):

    What a wonderful find! It must be so fascinating to be able to trace your ancestry like that, and know the history of so many relatives! I see that 20 seconds into the video, someone got their walking papers!! Could you please send the Cliff Notes version --I really need to study for the quiz!! A wonderful collage, as always, and of course the narrative you provide is interesting as well as informative!! (I think I spotted you in the clip.....blue coat, white hat, right????)

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (9 Nov 2012):

    What a story, what a pedigree!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (9 Nov 2012):

    I can imagine the excitement of a locating a genealogy gem like this.. so beautifully presented in this collage and narrative!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (9 Nov 2012):

    Such a fantastic history! You must be related to just about everyone, Dick. It is wonderful that you can trace your roots so far back.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (9 Nov 2012):

    A wonderful find for you Richard! Enjoyed the narrative and photo.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (9 Nov 2012):


  • John Linton

    John Linton said (9 Nov 2012):

    I was in Hollywood taking photos of Smith Granite monuments...What a wonderful cemetery...and what wonderful photos...

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (9 Nov 2012):

    we still need to go Presidio Cemetery! You are a great historian Dix.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (9 Nov 2012):

    This is a wonderful story and the fact that you are so knowledgable in family history is both astounding and serendipitous that you found this! Wonderful collage as always.

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (9 Nov 2012):

    Wow, I didn't know you found it!!! More family history...... hope you have made a LOT of notes. How else will we know anything about them!!!!!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (9 Nov 2012):

    Very nicely done! Interesting narrative and image..

  • diana a

    diana a gave props (9 Nov 2012):

    so cool!!! lol @ susan!!!

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (9 Nov 2012):

    great work

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey gave props (10 Nov 2012):

    A wonderful find and excellent narritive to go with your photos. Great work. I think I may have discovered some of my distant Pollard relatives there also.

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (10 Nov 2012):

    Your heritage does you proud.......wonderful to be able to trace back that far. My great grandparents and grandparents were immigrants.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (11 Nov 2012):

    What a thrill this must have been for you to be there! A fantastic collage!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (11 Nov 2012):

    How thrilling for you to find your ancestors in the Hollywood Cemetery and know such history on them! Wonderful collage and narrative on your ancestors!

  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski (Deleted) gave props (11 Nov 2012):

    Great story, well done.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (11 Nov 2012):

    A fantastic capture and story of a great find, you must be very excited!!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (11 Nov 2012):

    This is a very excellent capture, today we have "Remembrance Day " here as well in Canada. Your family history is so interesting, thanks for sharing

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (11 Nov 2012):

    Oh I love geneology....and yours is fascinating!! Isn't this wonderful to be able to pass down the generations...and you will always know where you came from. So glad you found them Rich.
    'Thornton'...... funny, but it's a name in our family as well.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (11 Nov 2012):

    cool collage..... love the family history .......

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (12 Nov 2012):

    Yours is really a great family of fighters and heroes are always new great interpreters

  • Aloha Montgomery

    Aloha Montgomery gave props (13 Nov 2012):

    What a rich family history ... how great to discover your ancestors and know the stories of your roots.

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (13 Nov 2012):

    This is great Richard!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (15 Nov 2012):

    What an exciting find, my friend. You certainly have a rich family history and one to be proud of.

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (16 Nov 2012):

    this is fantastic !!!!! soooo interesting

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (25 Nov 2012):

    I so do love Richmond

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (28 Nov 2012):

    A southern family tree with forks? Now how could that be. LOL!! A terrific narrative and a proud family history.

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (15 Dec 2012):

    Very nice find and photo comp. Thanks so much for the relationship lesson too, I always wonderd about that removed business.

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (1 Jan 2013):

    Happy 2013!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (6 Jan 2013):

    What an experience and wonderful bit of history..

  • John Linton

    John Linton said (16 Jan 2013):

    Here's hoping there will be more uploads as Sir Richard Rock On through 2013...

  • Bruce Wendler

    Bruce Wendler gave props (21 Jan 2013):

    Proud heritage

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner said (22 Jan 2013):

    Ok old friend please don't quiz me on the math of removed family and relatives
    That said I have no problem following a most interesting and well told story.
    Great stuff !!!!
    All the best to you and the family.

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (22 Jan 2013):

    Wonderful history, please keep it up.

  • dawn duffield

    dawn duffield gave props (6 May 2013):

    Wonderful tribute to you family who has moved on, Dick!

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