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Newel Knight

Born: Sep 13, 1800

Death: Jan 11, 1847

Birthplace: Marlboro

Nationality: United States

Newel Knight

Date of Birth : Sep 13, 1800
Date of Death : Jan 11, 1847
Birth Place : Marlboro

Newel Knight was a close friend of Joseph Smith, Jr. and one of the first branch presidents in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Born at Marlboro, Vermont, Knight was the son of Joseph Knight, Sr. and Polly Peck. When Newel was about eight years old his family moved to Colesville, New York. He married Sally Colburn on the June 7, 1825. Knight was baptized into the Church of Christ in May 1830. Prior to this, Joseph Smith cast an evil spirit out from Knight, which is considered by some to be the first miracle performed in the history of the Latter-day Saint movement. Shortly after this Knight had a vision of heaven. With the baptism of Knight's parents, siblings, and aunts and uncles in July 1830, the Colesville Branch of the church was organized with Knight as its presiding authority. He continued to preside over this branch through its relocation to Ohio and then to Jackson County, Missouri. When the second high council of the church was organized in Missouri in 1834, Knight was appointed a member of it. He would serve on three more high councils. In September 1834 Knight's wife Sally died.


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