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Newton Knight (November 10, 1829 – February 16, 1922) was an American farmer, soldier and Southern Unionist in Mississippi, best known as the leader of the Knight Company, a band of Confederate army deserters who resisted the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Newton Knight was the son of Albert Knight (1799 - 1864) and Masan Knight , and the grandson of John "Jackie" Knight (1773–1861), one of Jones County's largest slaveholders. Newt's father, Albert, however, did not own slaves, and neither did Newt.
Many articles have that after 1875 his marriage with Serina ended and he married Rachel , who according to Wikipedia, was a former slave of Newton Knight's grandfather. BUT if he did marry her the date would have to be after 1880 in the 1880 census Rachel is living next to Newt and Serena, and in early 1800's. Rachel is said to have gone to Utah for a time with no mention of Newton." also According to a former Slave of Newton's grandfather (Martha Wheeler) Newt and Rachel never married but "she was known as his women" Newton gave Rachel and her children a house next to him and Serena (who did finally leave her husband, by 1910 census they are living separately) Newton had several children with Rachel during time he was also having children with his wife, and after Rachel's death it is said (Victoria Bynum in her book Free State of Jones) to also have fathered at least two children with Rachel's daughter George Ann the children he had with Rachel are: 
Newton also fathered some children of George Ann Knight (Rachel's daughter) one who I could find source for is:
In 1861 Newton enlisted in the Confederate Army but a few months later was allowed to go home due to his father's illness.
In May 1862 Newton again enlisted into Company F of the Seventh Battalion . In November 1862 Newton went AWOL.
In May 1863 he was arrested for refusing to go back into the Confederate army . sometime after this (Oct 1863, according to Wikipedia) Newton formed and was elected captain of the Knight Company (which according to MS History was made up of about 125 men from Jones, Jasper, Covington, and Smith counties)
The Knight Company protected the area from Confederates. Newton and his men are credited with trying to create a free state, the "Free State of Jones" in the area around Jones County, Mississippi.
After the war Newton served the US Army as a commissioner in charge of distributing food to those in need in Jones County and he was also said to have led a raid that saved some slave children still being held in a nearby county.  .
"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4L8-Y9Q : accessed 11 May 2016), Albert Knight, Jones county, Jones, Mississippi, United States; citing family 85, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
 "United States Census, 1860," , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6GD-8KX : accessed 9 August 2015), Newton Knight, , Jasper, Mississippi, United States; from "1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population," database, Fold3.com (http://www.fold3.com : n.d.); citing p. 156, household ID 1019, NARA microfilm publication M653 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 803,583.
 "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF38-V2B : accessed 9 August 2015), Serena C Knight in household of Newton Knight, Mississippi, United States; citing p. 12, family 86, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,231.
1860 and 1870 United States Census for Rachel Knight Beat 4 Southwest Jasper found on Family Search https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF38-VL7 : and https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4GX-SCR
."United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865," , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F9NZ-V31 : accessed 9 August 2015), Newton Knight, Private, Company F, 7th Battalion, Mississippi Infantry, Confederate; citing NARA microfilm publication M232 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 22; FHL microfilm 821,859.
    Mississippi History now, Newton Knight and the Legend of the Free State of Jones by James R. Kelly Jr. ( history instructor for Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississipp) http://mshistory.k12.ms.us/articles/309/newton-knight-and-the-legend-of-the-free-state-of-jones
   Yuonne Bivins on the History of Rachel Knight found at Renegade South History of Unconventional Southerners https://renegadesouth.wordpress.com/2009/09/11/part-2-yvonne-bivins-on-the-history-of-rachel-knight/ a
"Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSBY-GVC : accessed 13 August 2015), George Ann Knight in entry for Leslie Robertson, 20 Feb 1944; citing certificate number 9181, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,137,703.
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