FAMILY OF HENRY MOSES KIGHT AND AMY LOUISE NORMAN
(BACK ROW-GOLDEN FOREST, CHARLOTTE RUTH, MALCOLM BENJAMIN & MONNIE lOUISE KIGHT )
(MIDDLE ROW-WORTHY FARMER & VIRGINIA FAYE KIGHT)
(fRONT ROW-HENRY MOSES KIGHT, AMY RUTH KIGHT, W. ANNIE (REILLY) KIGHT, LOUIS ALBERT McWHIRTER, MAUDE (KIGHT) McWHIRTER, HENRY HARPER KIGHT, MARY ELISE (STEWART) KIGHT, AMY LOUISE (NORMAN) KIGHT & NAOMI KIGHT (WITH CAT)
HENRY MOSES KIGHT was born April 30, 1856 in White Pine, Calhoun County, West Virginia, and died January 25, 1939 in Long Beach, California. He married AMY LOUISE NORMAN October 28, 1877 in Normantown or Glenville, Gilmer County, W. Virginia in Amy Louise's parent's home, daughter of ELIJAH NORMAN and EDITH HACKER. She was born March 21, 1861 in Normantown, Gilmer County, West Virginia, and died July 30, 1954 in Long Beach, California.
Notes for HENRY MOSES KIGHT:
TAKEN FROM A BIOGRAPHY WRITTEN IN THE BOOK A COLLECTION OF MEMORIES, THE HISTORY OF ARMSTRONG COUNTY 1875-1965, BY THE ARMSTRONG COUNTY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
Immediately after the marriage of Henry Moses Kight and Amy Louise Norman in Normantown, West Virginia, in October 1877, they moved to Van Alstyne, Grayson County, Texas, to make their home. In Grayson County, Henry Moses established and operated a general store.
In 1888, Henry Moses moved to the Panhandle of Texas. He filed on and bought eleven sections of beautiful open grass country northeast of Claude in Carson County. He brought with him 200 brood mares and stallions, which were of the Morgan and Blackhawk bloodlines. There was not a fence between the ranch and Groom or White Deer or Panhandle. The country was wide open. In dry weather, the horses watered at Horseshoe Lake northwest of Groom, Texas.
Mr. Kight did not move his family out to Claude until after 1890 when they came via way of train with the immigrant cars. There were three long drift fences, which went across the railroad tracks and had gates, which the engineer opened, and the conductor would close after the train had gone through. There were good improvements on the ranch, but the Kights always lived in Claude through the winter months because of school. They spent the summers on the ranch. The Rock Island Railroad crossed their land and the railroad crew made their camp at the Kight headquarters. Henry Moses and his brother, Charles Oliver, established a mercantile store in Claude in 1890. Henry's sons managed the ranch with hired help while their father and his brother operated the store.
In 1914, Henry Moses decided to retire. His land was sold or leased and one son Malcomb, bought his father and his uncle's store. Henry and Amy moved with the younger children moved to Long Beach, California. During his time in California, Henry bought and sold real estate, at one time owning all or a part of Signal Hill in Long Beach. One to two years after the sale of Signal Hill, oil was discovered. Henry and Amy remained in Long Beach until death came."
H.M.'s grandson tells me that in addition to his other endeavors, Henry Moses was also a traveling salesman-returning to the Grayson County area to peddle his wares.
According to a history written in the book TEXAS PANHANDLE FOREFATHERS published by the Amarillo Genealogical Society in 1983, Henry Moses was also an innovative farmer introducing millet, milo, maize, gip corn, Mexican beans and kaffir corn into the Texas Panhandle region after a wheat crop failure in 1894.
TAKEN FROM INFORMATION SENT TO ME BY KIGHT RESEARCHERS IN WESTERNPORT, MARYLAND.
"When Henry was a young boy, he helped clear his father's land of native timber. Later, he taught penmanship in the State Normal School. Of his wedding, the following is written: 'On October 28, 1877, at the home of the bride's parents, Elijah Greene and Edith Ann (Hacker) Norman, a wedding ceremony was performed in the presence of members of both families. This wedding united in Holy Bonds of Matrimony the eldest daughter, Amy Louise (Norman) and the second son of Emanuel Miller and Charlotte (Ayers) Kight, Henry Moses Kight.
Following a sumptuous wedding breakfast, the bride and groom departed, by carriage for Smithville, and the home of Uncle Major Ayers and Aunt Mary Ayers, where they spent their wedding night. The next morning, they left from Ellenboro, West Virginia railroad station, by train, for South Texas, to establish their new home.' Amy was born 3/21/1861 in Normantown, West Virginia a town name for her father's family.
Henry M. Kight gave the crossroads vicinity, where he first settled in Texas (1877), the name of Elmont. He started a country store there and extended the courtesy to his customers to have Mail pigeon-holded there, by him. Thus, he established a Post Office. His first land was plowed with the aid of a rented mule (Grayson County, Texas).
The family moved from South Texas to the panhandle town of Claude, Texas, in August of 1889 to escape a fever epidemic. They went by train, via the immigrant cars. There were three long drift fences, which went across the railroad tracks. These had gates, which the engineer opened, and the conductor would close after the train had gone through.
H.M. Kight filed on and bought 11 sections of beautiful open grass country northeast of Claude; most of the land lay in Carson County. He brought with him 200 brood mares and stallions, which were of the Morgan and Blackhawk bloodlines. There wasn't a fence between the ranch and Groom or Deer or Panhandle, Texas. The Rock Island Railroad crossed their land and the railroad crew made their camp at the Kight headquarters. During the wheat crop failure of 1894, Mr. Kight introduced millet, milo, maize, gip-corn (gypsum), and Mexican beans, all previously not grown in the panhandle of Texas.
Though there many good improvements on the ranch, the Kights always lived in Claude through the winter months, and spent summers on the ranch. This was so the children could go to school. H.M. Kight and his brother, Charles, established a mercantile store in Claude in 1890. Henry's sons managed the ranch with hired help while he and Charles operated the store.
In 1913, Henry decided to retire and move to California for the health of his daughter Monnie Louise. He sold and leased his land; also selling at auction 624 horses and mules. His son Malcomb, buying out his interest in the store, Henry took the younger children and settled in Long Beach, California. Here he built a house in which he lived until moving to Orange, Orange Co, CA. in 1934.
Henry loved political discussion, but never entered in to politics. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Orange. His hobby was woodcraft, and he was never idle. After the age of 70, Henry studied corrective diet and gained much knowledge on health. He was truly a beautiful example of his preachments at the age of 82. Henry enjoyed excellent health until the day before he passed away with a heart attack at the age of 83, in his home in Orange. He was buried at Long Beach, California.
Henry and Amy took many trips back to West Virginia during their life together. He was dearly loved by all who knew him and did countless kind deeds, of which he never spoke. Amy Louise died of a stroke on July 30, 1954 and is buried in Long Beach, California."
FROM STEWART-KIGHT FAMILY BIBLE
FROM A BLANK PAGE IN THE BIBLE:
H.M. and Amy came to Texas Nov. 20, 1877, near Van Alstyne. Went into merchandise business at Elmont June 5, 188? Left Elmont (near Van Alstyne) for Claude, Texas. Arrived there August 5th 1890. Was in business there till October 1912, then moved to Long Beach, Cal. September 1913. Harp & Mall bought business.
H.M. Kight & Amy Louise Norman were married Oct. 28, 1877, Gilmer Co. W. Va. Arrived in Texas Nov. 2 - 77. Lived in Grayson Co. till Aug. 1890. Moved to Pandhandle Aug. 5, 1890. Commenced bus. at Elmont June 3, 1883 - H.M. Kight named the town of Elmont. Went in business in Claude 1890. Moved to Calif. 1913. Back to Fort Worth Aug. 1916. Back to Calif. by way of Auston? July 1918. Bt. home in Long Beach July 18, 1919.
H.M. now at Harp's Claude? 10-15-1919. Harp has Amy Louise Kight, Monnie Louise "Berkeley" Campbell. Ruth Kight sent Faye Kight Gibson, Naomi J. Kight, Norman Kight, Garland Gibson, Louise Gibson, Lillian Gibson, Hazel Gibson all in Long Beach 10-15-1919. Farm Kight Annie Reilly, Amy Ruth Kight in Los Angeles 10-1919.
Garland Gibson son of Will & Faye Kight Gibson died Aug. 10th 1920 Long Beach California as a result of an accident riding a surf board in the ocean near Grandfather H.M. Kight's home.
H.M. and Amy Louise built home in Mira Mar in Long Beach, Calif. in 1920, May 6.
THE STEWART-KIGHT BIBLE: HOLMAN'S EDITION, THE HOLY BIBLE CONTAINING THE AUTHORIZED EDITION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, A.D. 1611, AND THE REVISED VERSION OF A.D. 1881, ARRANGED IN PARALLEL COLUMNS; WITH COMPLETE CONCORDANCE, EMBRACING EVERY PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE IN THE LARGEST EDITIONS, APOCRYPHA AND PSALMS. PHILADELPHIA; A.J. HOLMAN & CO. 1900
|William Perry Stewart - Dec 1st 1845||William Perry Stewart to Leah Margaret Covert Dec. 28 1871||George Raymond Stewart Oct 26 1878|
|Leah Margaret Stewart - Sept 9 1849||Gideon Christopher Clark to Sarah Margaret Stewart Apr. 17 1901||Edith Jane Stewart Sept. 9 1880|
|CHILDREN'S BIRTHS||Henry Harper Kight to Mary Elsie Stewart Oct 29, 1902||William Perry Stewart Nov. 20 1881|
|Edith Jane Stewart Nov. 10 1872||Henry Harper Kight June 2 1912 to Estella Ragsdale born Mar 27, 1887-Collinsville, Texas||Evert Edward Stewart Feb. 27 1882 (Drowned)|
|Evert Edward Stewart Jan. 26 1874||Leah Margaret Kight Sept 17, 1932 Casper Wyom. Brodie Russell Southerlan||Leah Margaret Stewart Mar. 7 1890|
|Sarah Margaret Stewart Feb 17 1876||Harper Marion Kight June 25, 1930 Houston Dorothy Robson||Rhoda Louise Kight April 28 1910|
|George Raymond Stewart Apr. 13 1878||Mary Edith Kight Dalhart, Tx Rufus McDonald 2nd Al Marsh||Mary Elsie Stewart Kight Feb. 27 1911|
Mary Elsie Stewart July 16 1881
|Mary Elizabeth Brown Tues. Dec. 8th 1936 Carl Lee Kight||
son of Estella & HH Kight-Baby Moulder Kight (Twin to Wm) June 28 1920
|Henry Harper Kight Feb. 17 1881||June Sinclair-San Francisco, Ca to Richard Thomas Kight June 2d 1927 on 22nd anniversary of HH & Estella||Estella Ragsdale Kight Sept 26, 1945|
Leah Margaret Kight Oct. 26 1904
|Henry Huffman Kight married at Morton Tex May 26th 1944 Cliett Sudduth||
Eugene Ralph Kight - Sept 1967
|Harper Marion Kight March 20 1908||Dr. Harper Marion Kight, D.D.S. Sept. 11, 1975|
|Rhoda Louise Kight Sept 23 1909||Henry Harper Kight - June 20, 1974|
|Mary Edith Kight Febry 15 1911|
|Richard Thomas Kight Oct. 18 1913|
|Carl Lee Kight August 10 1915|
|Henry Huffman Kight June 13 1917|
|William Mall & (Moulder) Kight (Twins) June 28 1920|
|Eugene Ralph Kight June 14 1923|
CONTINUED ON MEMORANDUM
June 28th 1920. Twin boys, William Mall & Moulder were born at Collinsville, Grayson Co., Texas at mothers home to Estella Ragsdale Kight & HH Kight. baby Moulder died at birth.
Estella Ragsdale Kight 2d wife of HH Kight was born March 27th 1887 at Collinsville, Grayson County, Texas. Came to Claude Texas Jan 1st 1912. married H.H. Kight June 2d 1912.
H.M. Kight graduated from Tex Dental College Houston. Practiced in Houston
Richard T. Kight graduated from Kelley Field Texas Oct. 12, 1935. Sent from there to Hamilton Field California. Made Captain Air Corps April 1942.
ON BLANK PAGE OF BIBLE
Henry Moses Kight born April 30th 1856. Calhoun Co. West Va
Amy Louise Norman born March 21th 1861. Gilmer Co.. West Va
Married Oct. 28th 1877 at Glenville Gilmer Co. West Va
Dads grandfather Henry Kight
Father E.M. Kight-England born Feb 24 1822 died Oct. 24, 1896 Claude Tex
Dadís grandmother Mary Paugh (NOTE: this is in error; Henry T. Kightís wife was Sarah Sharpless)
Mother Charlotte Ayers Kight born 5-11-1825 (people from Holland) died 1881 Mugg Graveyard, Grayson Co. Texas
Mother & Dad H.M. Kight's family
Worthy Farmer, son, born Nov. 25th 1878
Henry Harper, son, born Feb. 17th 1881
Maude, daughter, Apr. 7 1882
Malcolm Benjamin Feb. 1st 1884
Virginia/Jennie Faye June 5th 1886(Twins)
Jonie Ray June 5th 1886 (Twins)
Monnie Lousie May 29 1889
Golden Forest Nov 27 1890 died Nov. 22 1908
Charlotte Ruth May 6 1893
Hazel Edith Jan 11 1898 died Feb. 27 1899
MH Kight born 184_ died Dec 11-22-7:30 am
Sarah E. born Nov 14, 1847 died 3-11-
Huffman A. Kight
Chas O. Kight
Notes for AMY LOUISE NORMAN:
Amy's grandson told me Amy was the kind of person who would tell you something only once (and I guess she expected you to remember it). She might tell the same thing to another person, but never to the same person twice.
CHILDREN OF HENRY MOSES KIGHT AND AMY LOUISE NORMAN
Worthy Farmer Kight
Henry Harper (Harp) Kight
Malcomb Benjamin Kight (Mal)
Virginia Faye Kight
John Ray Kight - born 5 June 1886 Grayson County, Texas; died 15 July 1886 Grayson County, Texas
Monnie Louise Kight
Golden Forest Kight - born 27 November 1890 Armstrong County, Texas; died of a gunshot blast 22 November 1908 Armstrong County, Texas
Charlotte Ruth Kight
Hazel Edith Kight - born 11 January 1898 Armstrong County, Texas; died 27 February 1899 Armstrong County, Texas
© L.L. Kight 2002