Biography of Theodore W. Knight
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


One of the leading citizens of Swanton, Fulton county, is the gentleman whose name here appears. He is a descendant of an honored pioneer family and was born in Huron county, Ohio, July 4, 1846.

Wesley Knight, father of our subject, was born in Burlington, Vermont, June 10, 1808, and followed farming during the earlier part of his life. He came west with relatives, his father having died some years before, and settled at Bellevue, Ohio, when that now beautiful town consisted of but four log houses. This was his home until 1853, when he came to Fulton county and located about a half mile south of Swanton, at a place known as Centerville. This was on the old plank road, and for twenty five years he kept a tavern here. The advent of the railroad spoiled the old plank road for business, and while he closed his tavern he continued to live there until the death of his wife, when he removed to Swanton and made his home with our subject until his death in 1894. Politically he was a Republican until about ten years before he died, when he became a Prohibitionist. He was always very temperate in his habits, never having drank or used tobacco in his life. For over sixty years he was a faithful and consistent member of the Methodist Church. His wife was Miss Louisa Bassett, who was born in Cortland county, New York, January 5, 1809, and died March 25, 1890. Their children were: Wilhelmina, widow of Charles Hilton; Julia, who died when nineteen years of age; and Theodore W. The father had three brothers, Ira and Rufus (now deceased), who lived near Battle Creek, Michigan, and Lyman, who went west and was never heard from afterward.

Theodore W. Knight was educated in the common schools and the seminary at Maumee. After leaving school he taught for sixteen or seventeen years, and under the administration of President Hayes was appointed postmaster at Swanton, fulfilling his duties to the satisfaction of all concerned. He then engaged in the grocery business, which he still continues with great success. As may be inferred from the above, he is a stanch Republican; he has served as treasurer of Swan Creek township for six years, and as a member of the village council for several terms.

On September 11, 1873 Mr. Knight was united in marriage with Miss Augusta Sikes, who was born in Dorset, Vermont, July 29, 1847. Two children have gladdened their home: Earl Roscoe, born October 2, 1879, and Norman W., born March 11, 1883, died February 8, 1897. Mr. Knight is a member of the Methodist Church, and is perfectly temperate in his habits. Fraternally he is a member of the I. O. O. F. at Swanton, and of the Encampment at Delta. Quiet and unassuming in manner, his genial courtesy has won him many friends, whose respect is retained by his honorable, upright life.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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