Thomas F KNIGHT was born 13 December 1925 in Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. He married Emily L KNIBBS 12 April 1947 in Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. He died 10 March 2002 in Deland, Volusia County, Florida, USA. Emily L KNIBBS, daughter of Leon Wesley KNIBBS and Edna M GLEASON , was born 01 February 1929 in Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. She died 02 January 2005 in Unionville, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA.


Children of Thomas F KNIGHT and Emily L KNIBBS are:
1. Linda K KNIGHT, b. 31 January 1949
2. Thomas F III KNIGHT, b. Private
3. William M KNIGHT, b. 08 June 1954
4. Barry E KNIGHT, b. Private

Marriage Notes for Thomas F KNIGHT\Emily L KNIBBS:

From the Farmington Valley Herald, January 23th , 1947:
Mr. and Mrs. Leon W. Knibbs have announced the engagement of their daughter Emily L. Knibbs, to Thomas F. Knight, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Knight of Lowell, Mass.

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From the Lowell Sun, 31 March, 1947:
Couple Feted at Testimonial.
LOWELL—Feted Saturday evening at a double testimonial in Odd Fellows hall on Bridge street by about 150 friends and relatives, were Miss Emily Knibbs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Knibbs of Unionville, Conn., and Thomas Knight, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Knight of 69 West Third street.
The couple was presented a purse, and the btide-to-be received a corsage matching the seasonal blooms which were used as dec-orations. Songs were sung by Martin Kilbride and Madeline (Boland) Brown, and general dancing was enjoyed after the dinner.
Arrangements for the affair were under the direction of Mrs. Knight, mother of the future bridegroom: Mrs. Joseph Knight, Mrs. George Bray, and Mrs. William Costello. They will be married at a 2 o'clock ceremony Saturday; April 12, in St. Mary's church, Unionville.

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From the Farmington Valley Herald, April 17th , 1947:
MISS EMILY KNIBBS IS MARRIED TO THOMAS KNIGHT
Miss Emily L. Knibbs, daughter of Mr and Mrs Leon W Knibbs of West District and Thomas F. Knight, son of Mr and Mrs. Thomas Knight of Lowell, Mass. were married Saturday afternoon in St. Mary's Rectory by Rev. John T. Connor. Miss Caroline Knibbs, sister of the bride, and Joseph Dunlavey, uncle of the groom, were the attendants. A reception for the immediate families was held after the ceremony at the home of the bride's parents. Following a wedding trip to New York City, the couple will make their home in West District.

Other Marriages/Unions for Thomas F KNIGHT:
See Thomas F KNIGHT & Eleanor UNKNOWN


Notes for Thomas F KNIGHT:

In 1930, Thomas was living with his parents at Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts:
Thomas F Knight Head Mar 28 Massachusetts
Isabelle Knight Wife Mar 26 Massachusetts
Thomas F Knight Son 4 Massachusetts
William Dunleavy Brother-in-Law 14 Massachusetts
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In 1940, the family were living at Ward 9, Lowell, Lowell City, Middlesex, Massachusetts:
Thomas Knight Head Mar 36 Weaver Cotton Mill Massachusetts
Isabella Knight Wife Mar 35 Massachusetts
Thomas Knight Jnr Son 13 Massachusetts
Donald Knight Son 6 Massachusetts
Gerald Knight Son 2 Massachusetts
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On 30 March, 1944, Thomas enlisted in the US Army at Ft Devens, Massachusetts,for the duration of WWII.
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Tom Knight Sr. owns the cars raced by his son Billy. Car #98 is sponsored by Knight Building Supply, Knight Sidling Co., and Tunzis Service Centre. While son Billy constructs his own motors, Tom Jr. is busy building modifieds with the help of Billy Lepper, Smitty, Pat Bozzulo, Paul Marci, his brother Barry and his father, Tom Sr.
Tom Sr.'s son Bill maintains that his Dad is the key to his new profession saying "His faith and financial backing have long been a source of support and encouragement to the whole #98 crew."
Tommy Jr. deserves most credit for any good showings. Billy also said that "if it weren't for Tommy's efforts and determination the car never would make it to the track."
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KNIGHT, THOMAS F.
Published on March 20, 2002.
KNIGHT, Thomas F.
Thomas F. Knight, 76, formerly of Unionville, husband of Eleanor Knight, died peacefully Sunday, (March 10, 2002) at the Sterling House in Deland, FL, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Lowell, MA, December 13, 1925, son of the late Thomas F. and Isabelle (Dunlavey) Knight. Prior to retiring, Tom was the owner and operator of Knight Building Supply in Plainville. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a longtime devoted member of the K of C Uncas Council #32 where he served as past Grand Knight and was a Fourth Degree member. He was an avid golfer and fisherman and was a member of Chippanee Golf Club in Bristol and Southridge Golf Club in Deland, FL. He was an auto enthusiast and was the former owner of Knight Racing Team. Besides his wife, he is survived by his four loving children, Linda K. Smith of Unionville, Thomas F. Knight, III of Jacksonville, FL, William M. and Joanne M. Knight of Unionville, and Barry E. Knight of Unionville; his former wife, Emily Knibbs Knight of Deland, FL; his brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Elsie Knight of Westford, MA; nine beloved grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Gerald Knight. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 23

Sources for Thomas F KNIGHT:

  1. Hartford Courant Newspaper Archives,
  2. US Social Security Death Index,
  3. Obituary,

Notes for Emily L KNIBBS:

Published in the Hartford Courant from 1/3/2005 - 1/4/2005.

Emily L. (Knibbs) Knight
KNIGHT, Emily L. (Knibbs) Knight, 75, of Unionville, went home to her Lord on Sunday, (January 2, 2005) surrounded by her loving family. Born in Hartford, February 1, 1929, daughter of the late Leon W. and Edna (Gleason) Knibbs, Emily resided in Unionville until 1984 when she retired to Florida with her late husband Thomas F. Knight. Prior to retiring, Emily was employed by Paneloc Corp., but will always be remembered for being a loving homemaker and devoted mother, the job she loved the most. Get out of the way if a NASCAR race was on, as Emily was one of its most devoted fans, especially if Bill Elliott was racing. She also enjoyed Orlando Magic Basketball and Tennis. Throughout her entire life, Emily was a gentle, nurturing, caring woman. She was a true lady. She is survived by her daughter Linda K. Smith of Unionville; her sons, Thomas F. Knight III and Lois Sayward of Jacksonville, FL, William M. Knight and his wife Joanne of Unionville, and Barry E. Knight and Jill Jarrett of Farmington. She also leaves nine adored grandchildren, Amy and husband John, Billy, Michael and wife Katie, Heater, Geoffrey, Bobby, Allison, Krista, Jessica and five beloved great grandchildren, Haillie, Eamon, Gracie, Thomas and Quinlan and several neices and nephews and devoted friends. She was predeceased by her dear sister Carolyn Byrne. The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude and deepest appreciation to the wonderful Doctors and Nurses in the ICU at the UCONN Health Center. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday, Jan. 4, from 5-8 p.m. Funeral procession from the Ahern Funeral Home will be Wednesday at 9 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of Saint Mary Star of the Sea, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Development Fund at UCONN Health Center, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, 06030 for the benefit of the Intensive Care Unit.

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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Emily.

Sources for Emily L KNIBBS:

  1. 1930 Census for Waterbury, CT,
  2. Hartford Courant Newspaper Archives,
  3. Obituary,

Notes for Linda K KNIGHT:

From the Farmington Valley Herald, February 3rd , 1949:
A daughter was born on Monday at St. Francis Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Knight. The chid is the grand daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Knibbs of West District, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Knight of Lowell, Mass.

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Linda married a man named Smith.
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From The Hartford Courant, Aprril 28, 2019:
Linda Smith, 70, of Unionville, passed away peacefully on April 25th, 2019, with her loving family by her side." She was born to the late Thomas F. and Emily (Knibbs) Knight, January 31st, 1949, in Hartford, CT. Linda was a lifelong resident of Unionville and graduated from Farmington High School in 1967 before beginning her career as a paralegal. Linda is survived by two children: Amy Martin and her husband Chris of Middletown and Michael Smith and his wife Katie, of Bondurant, IA. She is also survived by five beloved grandchildren; Haillie, Eamon, Grainne, Thomas and Quinlan, her two brothers, Thomas Knight and Lois Sayward of Jacksonville, FL and Barry Knight and Charlene Rogers of Burlington and seven nieces and nephews, whom she adored, Heather, Geoff, Krista, Jessica, William, Robert and Alison. Linda was predeceased by her brother William Knight of Unionville. Linda loved her job as a paralegal at Steinberg & Cathcart, where she worked for 20 years. Her greatest pride and joy was her family, who she loved to spoil. She was an avid reader, a skilled knitter and never missed an episode of Law & Order. Linda grew up in a racing family and enjoyed attending the races at Riverside and was a NASCAR fan throughout her life. She was a social butterfly with a large circle of friends that she enjoyed spending her time with. Linda was a caring, compassionate and generous woman who was loved by many and a mother to all. The Family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude and deepest appreciation to the wonderful Doctors, Nurses and Staff in the ICU and 8-7 at St. Francis Hospital. A wake will be held on Monday, April 29th, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main St., Rt. 4 Unionville. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at 10:30 AM in the Ahern Funeral Home immediately followed by graveside service and burial at the St. Mary's Cemetery on Huckleberry Hill Rd in Avon. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to The Sunshine Kids Foundation, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite #2-210, Hartford, CT. 06106. Please reference "In Memory of Linda Smith" on the donation.

Sources for Linda K KNIGHT:

  1. Hartford Courant Newspaper Archives,
  2. Newspaper Article,
  3. Obituary,

Notes for Thomas F III KNIGHT:


Notes for William M KNIGHT:

Also known as: Billy

Billy married a girl named Joanne Muszynski, and they had three children: William J., Robert and Allison.
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From the Hartford Courant, 7 Jun, 2011, Tom Ormsby's Speedway Line Report, and the web pages of the leading motorsports broadcaster, Real Racin' USA:
Former New England Modified Driver Billy Knight Passes At 56.
William M. Knight, 56, of Unionville, beloved husband of Joanne (Muszynski) Knight, passed away peacefully Sunday, (June 5, 2011). Born in Hartford, June 8, 1954, son of the late Thomas and Emily (Knibbs) Knight, he was a lifelong resident of Unionville. Bill was a Heavy Equipment Operator and Mechanic for WW Manchester Construction in Bristol, Stamm Construction in Newington, and most recently Troy's Trailer Sales in Farmington. He was a member of the Tunxis Hose Co. #1 in Unionville for over 20 years, having served as Chief of the department and was active with the muster team. He was a member of Uncas Council #32 K of C in Unionville. In his younger years, Bill ran the Modified Series at Riverside Park, MA, Stafford Motor Speedway and Plainville Speedway with car #98. Bill was an avid fisherman, enjoyed New York trips to Lake Ontario, and was a longtime NASCAR fan. Billy was heavily involved with the Farmington Valley Antique Tractor Club in Farmington where he leveled the track and was instrumental with the sled at the pulls. Besides his wife, he is survived by his three children, William Knight, Robert Knight and Allison Knight, all of Unionville, his granddaughter, Dakota Misluck, his sister, Linda Smith of Unionville and two brothers, Thomas Knight of Jacksonville, FL and Barry Knight of Burlington, several neices, nephews and cousins.

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William served for 20 years in the Tunxis Hose Company No.1, the Volunteer Fire Department of Unionville, Hartford County, Connecticut, where he served for some time as Chief. He is remembered by the organisation on it's web site:
Tunxis Hose Co # 1 regrets to announce the passing of Past Chief William Knight
Bill was a past veteran member of the Tunxis Hose Co. #1 with 21 dedicated years of service,
where he had served as Chief of Tunxis Hose from 2000-2002.
William M Knight

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The Farminton Patch featured a glowing obituary for Bill, by Kaitlin Glanzer on 8 June, 2011::
William Knight, 56, was a past Tunxis Hose fire chief, Knights of Columbus member and fishing enthusiast.
A jokester. A fisherman. A racecar driver. A dad. A very proud grandfather and a husband of almost 38 years. Those are some of the things that can be said of William Knight, who passed away Sunday after a determined battle with pancreatic cancer.
Billy Knight, 56, grew up in Unionville, worked in construction all his life and loved his community. Friends say he spent his life doing what he loved and pouring out all he had on Unionville, the fire service and his family.
“Billy made a huge contribution to the fire service in Farmington,” said Jeff Hogan, assistant fire chief for Farmington Volunteer Fire Department. “He always wore his heart on his sleeve and had the best interests of the fire service and the town in mind. His loss was a huge loss to the town.”
Knight was a member of Tunxis Hose Co. #1 for more than 20 years. He worked his way up and served as fire chief for two years.
Paul Marci grew up with Knight and served alongside him at Tunxis Hose.
“He liked to fool around, whether it’s telling a joke or just saying something funny. He had a lot of friends over the years that he met through racing and everything,” Marci said.
Knight had so many friends that a pasta supper held at the Knights of Columbus to help with his medical bills brought out more than 450 people just by word of mouth.
“He was the most heart loving guy that you would ever know,” said his son, Billy. “He would give the shirt off his back for anyone and he was a great third base coach.”
Allison Knight explained that her dad would help with her brother’s baseball games and occasionally play when the team was short players.
Ball games are just one of the many places Knight will be remembered. Behind the wheel of an antique fire truck, a 1935 maxim the Tunxis Hose muster team used in competitions, is another. Knight was the team’s captain.
“His passion was the muster team,” said Jeff Hawkes, who knew Knight from the fire service and Unionville's Knights of Columbus. “We used to run in a league with fire departments from all over … even after we stopped running, he continued going to Mass. to watch the other teams compete.”
Knight got along well with any vehicle and in his younger years was found behind the wheel at Stafford Motor Speedway, driving the Knight Racing Team car in the Modified Series.
Fishing was another passion of Knight’s.
“He could fish seven days a week, 24 hours a day,” Hawkes said. “He always went once a year to Ontario with his brother and a couple of guys but he was just as happy to sit down on the Farmington River with his poles and fish for hours, then throw them back in.”
“We had a boat and we used to always go up to Twin Lakes. His goal was to get us off the tube when we would go tubing,” Alli Knight recalled.
When Knight was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two years ago, he refused to let that stop him.
“He got diagnosed with cancer two years ago and he absolutely fought right to the last day,” Hawkes said. “Whatever the doctors told him to do, he’d do double. He prolonged his life many months by just absolutely fighting."

Part of the reason for Knight’s determination was his adoration of his granddaughter, Dakota.
“He loved his granddaughter Dakota — she’s 9 months today — he looked forward to seeing her every day,” Alli said Tuesday of her first baby. “He said that was what kept him going; that was his medicine.”
Though friends — and he had hundreds of friends — describe him as big-hearted and generous, he wasn’t afraid to call things like he saw them.
“He was one of the most down-to-earth, straight-forward people you’d ever meet,” Hawkes said. “He’d give you his opinion and you knew it might not be what you wanted to hear.”
Still, Alli said, “he lived his life with no regrets and that’s for sure.”

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Billy KNIGHT #98
(Click to enlarge) Billy Knight started racing at Riverside Park Speedway in 1973 in his familiar #98. Billy was the top Sportsman finisher on many occasions picking up the 340 c.i. Bonus Money. Billy also raced at other New England Tracks, including, Plainville Stadium, Stafford and Thompson Speedways. The early part of his racing career is well defined within an article contained in the New England Speedway Scene - Friday, November 12, 1976.


Sources for William M KNIGHT:

  1. Hartford Courant Newspaper Archives,

Notes for Barry E KNIGHT:

  • Birth: Private.