Biographical Sketch of Thomas Rogers Knight

The subject of this sketch was born in November 1845, in the Cherokee Nation, oldest son of Joshua Knight and Mary A. Rogers. Thomas was sent to Attleberry Academy, Pennsylvania, in 1852, and there remained three years, after which he went to Neosho and Newtonia, Mo., where he remained until 1858. Returning home he went to the Baptist Mission School, and there studied until the outbreak of the war, when he joined the Confederate army and served until the close. On his return home he embarked in stock-raising and agriculture, and carried on the business until 1884, when he moved to Vinita and was appointed on the United States Indian police force. In 1888 he became a United States deputy-marshal, but resigned in the fall of 1890. He is still, however, on the Indian police force, being first lieutenant of that body. In April 1870, he married Miss Rachel Sixkiller, sister of the celebrated Sam Sixkiller. By this marriage he has six children, Victoria, Josiah S., Morris F., Thomas H., Fannie and May. Mr. Knight is five feet ten inches in height and weighs 165 pounds. He is a fine-looking, intelligent man, and well educated. As an officer he has few equals, being brave, energetic and efficient. Officer Knight is secretary of the Masonic Lodge at Vinita, where he has a nice home, and is owner of a small herd of cattle.


Indian Territory,

O'Beirne, Harry F. and Edward S. The Indian Territory: Its Chiefs, Legislators, and Leading Men. St. Louis. 1898.

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