Joseph W. Knight
Citrus County Pioneer






Mr. J. W. Knight was born at Brooksville, the county seat of Hernando County, on the 23rd of August 1855; was married on the 22 of July, 1883 and his family consists now of himself, wife and six children, four girls and two boys.

In 1884, a year after his marriage, he located at what is now Floral City and as he was the very first settler there, he has the honor of being the oldest citizen of that now thriving little town. Born a Floridian, he has lived a Floridian and has never wandered away from his native hearth with the intention of making a home for himself elsewhere. He has a great faith in Florida and has a love for this, his native country which he has proven in many practical ways.

Viewed in a religious light he is found zealots in the faith to which he belongs, the Methodist, and in this he has fulfilled every office to which a layman can aspire.

He is also a prominent Mason, having ascended the masonic ladder by the York Rites, to the degree of Knight Templar.

In municipal affairs he has served as justice of the peace during two years, after which he resigned. He was a member of the school board four years and was chiefly instrumental in securing free school books in the county’s schools.

Mr. Knight is a true, honest, enterprising citizen and is well thought of in political, business, religious circles.

He was elected in 1904 to represent Citrus County in the Legislature and has certainly made a model representative, representing his county with honor and dignity. He was placed on some of the most important committees during the session and never failed to “talk out in meetin" whenever the the occasion required it.

Joe Knight is an all-round good man, and has the confidence of the people of the county.

Note: In 1920 Joe was listed as the clerk of the circuit court for Citrus County.

 Source: Crystal River News...1905; Ancestry

Transcribed, Formatted and Submitted by  Linda Flowers

Addendum: I received an email informing me that Mr. Knight was not the first settler in Floral City. I transcribed this profile from the newspaper as it was written in 1905. Mr. John Paul Formy-Duval is the first settler of record.


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