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Vinson Knight

March 14, 1804–July 31, 1842

Born at Norwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts; son of Rispah (Rizpah) Lee and Rudolphus Knight. Married Martha McBride, 1826. Baptized, 1834. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio, by June 1835. Lived at Adam-ondi-Ahman, Daviess County, Missouri; appointed acting bishop, 1838. Appointed bishop at Commerce (later Nauvoo), Hancock County, Illinois, May 1839; appointed bishop of Lower Ward at Commerce, October 1839. Appointed presiding bishop of the church, January 19, 1841. Died at Nauvoo. 1 (See Document 1.2, first mentioned here)


  1. [1] See “People of the Time,” database, The Joseph Smith Papers (, accessed Apr. 2014), Vinson Knight. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (, accessed Jan. 4, 2016), Vinson Knight LCRS-2QF .