MEDIA: U0572 - Anna Knight DeMille w/o Freeborn DeMille Belnap Family Organization
U573 - Freeborn DeMille & Wife Anna Knight Belnap Family Organization
U1741 - Anna Knight De Mille w/o Freeborn De Mille - FAG Memorial# 18921488
OBITUARY: At Manti, July 22, 1878, of old age, Anna, wife of Freeborn DeMille. Deceased was born March 5, 1804, in the state of Vermont; baptized, together with her husband, in 1830, by Hyrum Smith, and confirmed by the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. Sister DeMille and her husband passed through all the persecutions to which the Saints have been subjected. Her entire life was a testimony of the truth. She and Brother DeMille were the oldest members of the church.
Deseret News, August 7, 1878
BIOGRAPHY: Anna Knight DeMille
Contributed By SimkinsFrancine1 · 4 March 2013
Anna Knight DeMille
Anna Knight was born March 5, 1804, the fourth child of Joseph and Polly Peck Knight, in Halifax, Windham County, Vermont. Brigham Young was born three years earlier, ten miles to the west, and Joseph Smith was born one and one half years after her, seventy miles north. All three families moved to New York, independently of each other, between 1819 and 1828. The Knights eventually settled in Colesville, New York. Anna married Freeborn DeMille on March 11, 1819 and settled close to her parents, Joseph and Polly, as did her brothers Newel and Nahum and their wives and her sister, Esther and her husband. Other extended members of the Knight and Peck families also lived close by. “The Knight family’s employment of Joseph Smith in late 1826 came six years after Joseph Smith’s First vision, one year before he obtained the golden plates, and three and a half years before he organized the church. Joseph and the several Knights became friends, even before Joseph ever met Oliver Cowdery or the Whitmer family. Joseph’s stay with the Knights ended before mid January 1827 when he and Emma eloped. The newlyweds then moved to Joseph’s parental home in Palmyra. By then some of the Knights had taken a keen interest in his religious experiences and, like him, looked forward to the day when he would obtain the ancient gold plates. (Stand by my Servant Joseph by William g. Hartley, p. 21). Of the Knight and Peck family network, twelve family units embraced Mormonism in 1830 and 1831. Anna was baptized by Oliver Cowdery June 28, 1830 in Colesville, New York, on the same day as Emma Smith and several others of the Knight family. They had planned the baptism for the day before, but a mob had gathered the night previous and destroyed the dam that had been erected for the baptism. The dam was repaired and they proceeded with the baptism the following day, even though there had been threats of violence made if anyone attempted to be baptized. Those who were baptized were to be confirmed at a meeting that night, but hostile men interfered, and Joseph Smith was arrested on a warrant charging him with disorderly conduct. Because the Knight’s neighbors were so upset and contentious, the confirmations were not held until almost two months later. Freeborn DeMille was not baptized until September. When the Saints moved to Ohio in April of 1831, Anna and Freeborn sold their property and moved with their Children, Mariah, Orpha, Lora Ann and Oliver, along with several other of the Knight families. They were assigned to settle together away from Kirtland, in Thompson, twenty-five miles to the northeast, on land owned by a convert named Leman Copley. He had offered more than seven hundred acres for them to build homes and develop farms, which they immediately set about to do. They were called upon to consecrate their properties and to practice a communal living system. After a conference in June, Copley turned against the faith and was excommunicated. He took back his land, leaving about 100 Mormons evicted. They were instructed by revelation to move onto Missouri, “unto the borders of the Lamanites.” They settled in Jackson county, Missouri. Anna’s mother, Polly Peck Knight, passed away there in August of 1831.
Contributed By DaveAnderson · 4 April 2014
59.0 ANNIE KNIGHT DE MILL Born: March 5, 1804, Halifaz, Windam, VT Married: March 11, 1819, Freeborn DeMille Died: July 22/23, 1878, Manti, Sanpete, Utah Children: Mariah, Orpha, Lora Ann, Oliver, Adelia, Ellias, Lovina Ester, Unknown source. Annie Knight was born March 5, 1804 in Marlboro, Windhan County, Vermont. She was seven years old when the family moved to Clolesville, Broome County, New York. Here she met and later married Freeborn DeMill on March 11, 1819, when she was just 15 years old. Her husband was just past his 24th birthday. The made their home in Colesville. Annie Knight joined the church one year after it was founded. They (Freeborn and Annie Knight DeMill) lived neighbors to Joseph Smith. The family went through the persecutions and lived in Jackson Co, Kirtland and Nauvoo. Freeborn helped build the Kirtland and Nauvoo temples. In the spring of 1850 the parents, two sons and two daughters started for Utah and reached Manti late in the fall. They took up a piece of land and farmed and worked with the church, til death. The family endured all privations incident to pioneer life, during the grasshopper plague they saw many days when greens was all they had to eat. Indian troubles were among the difficulties here too.