Retired hardware merchant; Alexis, Spring Grove Township; bom in Crawford County, Penn.. June 26, 1835 , in his busy and useful life has exemplified those traits of character which are known factors in the careers of successful men. His par ents were James and Lucinda ( Adams ) McKnight. the former a native of Crawford County, Penn., the latter a native of Virginia . In 1866 James McKnight came to Illinois and bought a farm north of Monmouth, where he and his wife lived out their days. David S. McKnight was engaged in farming in Spring Grove Township from 1860 to 1863. He was married, December 23, 1862 , at Galesburg , Ill. , to. Emma McLaughlin, and after that event removed to Ford County , Ill. where he engaged in farming until 1867, when he removed to Piper City , where he became a general merchant.
In 1871 he engaged in the hardware trade at Alexis, and was thus employed for twenty-three years, until he retired from active business on account of poor health. Some four years after his retirement his sons bought the business which he had established and which they have since conducted successfully.
Mrs. McKnight was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1837, a daughter of Joseph and Alice McLaughlin, the former of Scotch, the latter of Welsh parentage, both born in the United States, and both of whom died when their daughter was yet young. Mrs. McKnight has borne her husband six children, named as follows: William A., Maggie A., Thomas Harvey, Elizabeth P., Clyde, and one who died in infancy. Maggie A. is deceased.
William A., who is postmaster, undertaker and stationery merchant at Alexis, is interested with his brother, T. H., in the hardware business. Thomas Harvey married Maggie Moore, and they have a son named Dean McKnight. Mr. McKnight is a self-made man, who was educated in the public schools and whose course has been marked by industry, integrity and perseverance. He is a member of the United Presbyterian Church and, in polities, is a Republican.
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