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This collection contains correspondence, deeds, certificates, plats, fieldnotes, contracts, power of attorney papers, leases, and other papers related to land grants, titles, and claims in the settlement of Little Rock, Arkansas, and surrounding areas. John E. Knight collected documents about the settlement of Little Rock, Arkansas. The majority of these papers are from William Russell to Chester Ashley, pertaining to pre-emption claims in and around Little Rock. Other material concerns the 1819-1822 dispute related to the New Madrid Certificate and pre-emption claims of James Bryant, Stephen F. Austin, and William M. O'Hara.

Biographical/Historical Note

John E. Knight was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, in 1816. In 1843, he married Hannah Donnellin New York, and came to Little Rock, Arkansas, that same year. Knight was editor of the Arkansas Democrat from 1846 to 1850. He was also associated with the Arkansas Gazette. He had one daughter, Elizabeth Knight, who married James S. Pollock, a banker in Little Rock. Knight died in Little rock, Arkansas, on October 28, 1901, and was buried in Mount Holly Cemetery. Elizabeth Knight Pollock died in 1910.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas Post; Arkansas Territory; Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.); Missouri; District of Columbia





Resource Type



John E. Knight papers, MS.000136


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

John E. Knight papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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