ROBERT VERNON KNIGHT

ROBERT VERNON KNIGHT, whose farm property is situated not far from Tarboro, has spent the greater part of his life in Edgecombe County, where he was born August 23, 1893.  His father, Louis Barlow Knight, was born in Jamesville, Martin County, North Carolina, and there acquired his education.  But when sixteen years of age he joined the Confederate troops for service in the Civil War and after his military experience he engaged in farming on the land now occupied by his son Robert, there having 287 acres which he devoted to general farming and the raising of livestock.  He was always interested in matters of citizenship, gave his support to the Democratic party and served as a member of its local executive board.  He was also at one time a member of the school board and filled the position of county commissioner.  He held membership in the Primitive Baptist church and also belonged to the Farmers Alliance.  He married Fannie Braswell, who was born in Edgecombe County, July 30, 1860, and acquired a public school education here.  Her religious faith was that of the Episcopalian church and she belonged to the United Daughters of the Confederacy.  Mr. and Mrs. Louis B. Knight had a family of three children: Louis Braswell, who is a captain in the United States Army, stationed in Wyoming; Robert Vernon, whose name introduces this record; and Eliza, the wife of E. N. Elliott, of Edenton, North Carolina.

Robert V. Knight supplemented his public school education by study in the Frank Wilkinson school of Tarboro and next attended the North Carolina State College at Raleigh as a member of the class of 1915, being accorded the Bachelor of Science degree at his graduation.  On completing his studies he secured a position with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and the United States Government, remaining in Raleigh until 1917.  He then returned to Edgecombe County and began farming the old homestead property, specializing in the raising of hogs, sheep and cattle.  In addition to his livestock interests he cultivates 750 acres of land, which he has made very productive through his modern and progressive methods.  Mr. Knight is a member of the board of directors of the North Carolina Crop Improvement Association and of the board of directors of North Carolina Peanut Stabilization Cooperative.

On the 11th of June, 1925, Mr. Knight was married to Miss Ruth Dedmon, a daughter of Robert S. and Alice (Richards) Dedmon, of Chase City, Virginia.  Mrs. Knight was born in that city, July 14, 1900, and completed her education at the State Teachers College in Farmville, Virginia, after which she engaged in teaching school in Tarboro.  She belongs to the Parent-Teacher Association and is interested in all that makes for intellectual progress.  By her marriage she has become the mother of one son, Robert Vernon Jr., who was born October 27, 1929, and is now in school.

Mr. Knight has served on the school board and he has always given his political support to the Democratic party and is a member of Edgecombe County Democratic Executive Association.  He has membership in the Episcopal church and in the Masonic fraternity, in which he has taken the York Rite degrees and has also attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite, while with the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine he has crossed the sands of the desert.

Transcription from the book, North Carolina, the Old North State and the New, volume IV, written by Archibald Henderson, published in 1941, pages 243-244, found on the website, Hathitrust Digital Library (http://www.hathitrust.org), accessed 12 February 2021.  Photograph from the North Carolina State University yearbook, The Agromeck, published in 1915, found on the website, NC State University Libraries (https://www.lib.ncsu.edu), accessed 12 February 2021.

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