06-Elijah McKnight
Birth: 22 Feb 1839, Wash Co, IN?
Death: 3 Jul 1863, Gettysburg, Adams Co, PA
Burial: Gettysburg National Cemetery- age 24
Military: Union Army: 4th Sgt, Co F, 27th IN Vol Infantry15
Mother: Jane A Garriott

     CIVIL WAR DRAFT REGISTRATION RECORDS, 1863-1865: 16 Jacob McKnight registered for the draft. He was 22, unmarried, from Wash Co, IN.

    MILITARY:16 Elijah enlisted on 7 Aug 1861 in Co, F, 27th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, joining at Bloomington, IN, mustering in on 1 Sep 1861 at Indianapolis, IN. He was described as 22 years old, 6'-2" high, light complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, and by occupation a farmer. He was captured at Bardstown [KY?] by Gen. Morgan, and paroled-- all between 20 Dec 1862 and 10 Jan 1863. He was shot, "The [musket] ball passing through his head, resulting in his death at Gettysburg, PA," on 3 Jul 1863. He was 4th Serg't at the time of his death and was discharged on 17 Sep 1963, Antietam, MD. Cousin of John McKnight Bloss, Joshua C Tatlock, Robert McKnight Tatlock of Company F.

    PENSION:16 Jane McKnight, Elijah's mother, a resident of Creston, Union Co, IA, applied for pension benefits [claim 310.113]. She claimed she was dependent in part on her sons support, that the father [her husband] had died and she had three children under 16 years old [David, Sarah, and Isaac] at home at the time of Elijah's death. She received $8 per month from 19 Mar 1886 [certificate 234.729], payable at Des Moines (IA) Agency.

     1885 AFFIDAVIT:16 On _ Jul 1885, Jane McKnight 72, a resident of Creston, Union Co, IA, stated that she lived in Franklin Twp, Wash Co, IN in 1863, and moved to Union Co, IA in 1866, and that her children are Samuel 50 w/ family; Nanny 48 w/ family; Jacob 46 w/ family; William 42 dead; Jane 40 w/ family; James 38 dead; Robert 36 w/ family; John 34; Daniel 32 w/ family; Richard 30 w/ family; and Isaac 27 w/ family. None of the children were legally bound to support her since the death of Elijah. (note: Rachel, Margaret, and Sarah not mentioned) She had never remarried since the death of her husband 11 years past. She further stated she had 5 sons in the war:
     Samuel McKnight;
     Jacob McKnight, was wounded in the head while in action;
     Elijah McKnight, killed in action at the Battle of Gettysburg;
     James McKnight, wounded in action and of which wound he died in 1867; and
     Robert McKnight, also wounded in action.


     1885 AFFIDAVIT:16 On _ Jul 1885, E J McNaught 32 and RA Dillow 34, both of Union Co, IA stated that they had been acquainted with Jane McKnight, mother of Elijah, for the past 28 years. They further stated that Elijah was never married and left neither widow or children and that the family looked to him for support.
     1886 AFFIDAVIT:16 On 22 Jun 1886, Jane McKnight 72, a resident of Banner, Trego Co, KS, stated that she was the mother of Elijah McKnight, deceased. Her deceased husband died 6 Apr 1875, and that he had no employers in the year since 1863, or at any time up to his death, he being unable to perform manual labor after 1859, in consequence of his diseases.  That his age at his son's death was 56 years, he had a 100 acre farm in Wash Co, IN, the products of which did not more than meet the expenses of cultivation, and insufficient to support the family of six.
     She claimed her three sons in the volunteer army sent home money to support the family. They also received the $100 enlistment bounty and money from the sale of Elijah's span of mules left there. The two brothers were James R McKnight, Co B, 16th Regiment, IN Infantry, died 16 Feb 1867 from the effects of a wound received in the service, and Robert M McKnight, same company and regiment, is now a resident of Union Co, IA, and receives a pension for wounds received while on duty.
     She said her husband never abandoned her but was unable to support her.
     1887 AFFIDAVIT:16 On 10 Mar 1887, Isaac Bloss 69, and EP Huston 59, residents of Hayes Township, Clay Co, KS, claimed that all the income from Elijah's father on the farm, from all sources, did not exceed $250 in 1863. They knew William McKnight each year since then and his income has never exceeded that year.



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