Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday,  December 24, 1998
Hazel M. Knight, 73, Shelbyville, died Wednesday at Major Hospital.
Born March 18, 1925, in Brown County, d/o  Charles W. and Laura E. (Rowlett) Purtlebaugh.  On Sept. 22, 1943, married  William R. Knight, and he survives.
Employed at TWR Cinch Co., Shelbyville, from 1949 to 1959 and at KCL Corp. from 1963 to 1987, when she retired.
Life member of Local 1043 at KCL Corp. 
Member of the Flat Rock Christian Church.
Survivors include three sons, Charles R. Knight, Hartford, Conn., Terry J. Knight, Shelbyville, and  Gary D. Knight, Indianapolis; four daughters,  Brenda J. Day,  Linda S. Conover  and  Kathy D. Knight, all of Shelbyville, and  Debbie E. Tracy, Morristown; four brothers,  Glenn Purtlebaugh,  Alvin Purtlebaugh,  Dwight Purtlebaugh  and  Aaron Purtlebaugh, all of Shelbyville; six sisters, Ruth Gaines,  Norma Sosbe,  Mildred Sosbe and  Mary Come, all of Shelbyville, Betty Skidmore, North Carolina, and  Janet Purtlebaugh, Fortville; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Franklin  Democrat
Friday, September 1, 1899
Volume XL, Number 8
Page 1, column 3
          Miss Rose Knight  of Shelby County died Sunday of typhoid fever. The funeral services were held Tuesday at Second Mt. Pleasant, conducted by Rev. P. O. Duncan.

Friday, September 1, 1899
Volume XL, Number 8
Page 6, column 1
          Miss Knight,  who was buried here Tuesday, was the third one of the Knight family to die in less than a year.
Contributed by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry

The  Shelby  Republican
Tuesday, August 29, 1899
Page 3
          Rosa E., daughter of  Mrs. Jane Knight,  died at her residence in West Hendricks township at 1:15 a.m., Sunday, August 27th, of typhoid fever, age 17 years.  She will be buried at Second Mt. Pleasant cemetery.  Services at the church at 2:30, Rev. Dan ... [the article continues].
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Franklin  Democrat
Friday, March 3, 1899
Volume XXXIX, Number 34
Page 1, column 1
          Wm. J. Knight  died Saturday night at his home in Shelby county, age forty-three years.  Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at Second Mt. Pleasant, conducted by Rev. P. O. Duncan.

Page 3, column 1
          Jeff Knight  was buried here on Tuesday, funeral services being conducted by Rev. Duncan.
Notes:  The Indiana WPA Death Index, 1882-1920, referencing Book H-21, page 54, records that J. Knight, a 47 year old white male, died 26 Feb 1899 in Shelby County.  Date of birth, about 1852.  Date of death, 26 Feb 1899 Shelby County Indiana.
Contributed by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry

Knight, Mrs. Kittie (of Shelbyville) / Death by suicide. N. 1-12-1885 p2 c5.
From the Indianapolis Newspapers Database, 1848-1991

The  Daily  Republican
Monday, January 12, 1885
Page 4, column 2
          Mrs. Catherine Knight, who resided on North Pike street, was found dead in her bed about 8 o'clock on Sunday morning. She was quite an old lady, and had been sick for some two weeks prior to her death.  Mrs. Knight is the mother of the wife of  Leander Fox, in Marion township, a highly respected citizen in that locality.  She was one of Shelbyville's peculiar characters, and claimed to possess a supernatural power whereby she was enabled to relate the past and foretell things in the future.  During her life she was visited by many persons throughout the county, and especially young girls, who wanted their future lives revealed to them or "their fortunes told."  Of course the old lady always had a beautiful picture to show them, and something nice that was in store for them in the near future.  Not long ago Mrs. Knight received some $1,500 in back pension, most of which she invested in her late home.  The funeral services will take place on Tuesday morning at her residence at 9 o'clock, under the direction of Mr. Sanford Morris.  She will be buried at the Blue River Church in Union Township.
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday January 15, 1885
Page 3 column 4
          About eight o'clock Sunday morning the dead body of  Mrs. Catherine Knight, the "Fortune Teller," was discovered lying on the floor of her room at her home on the corner of Walker and Pike streets by a neighbor.  The body was lying on the floor with the throat on the edge of a wooden box sitting behind the door.  Mrs. Knight has been dangerously ill with a low form of fever for about two weeks, and it is supposed that she got up in the night and falling on the box was unable to help herself and died from strangulation.  Mrs. Knight was the widow of  Elijah Knight, who died some ten or twelve years ago, and who served in the late war as a private in the 51st regiment from this State.  Some two years ago Mrs. Knight received a pension as a soldier's widow, and $1000 back pay, with which was due her husband.  With a portion of this money she purchased the house where she lived, and the rest, said to be $500, is deposited in the First National Bank here.  She leaves two children, Mrs. Ensley, who lived in part of the same house, and  Mrs. Leander Fox, of Marion township.  The Coroner held an inquest that day, and the verdict was in accordance with the above facts.

          I, Miles Griffey, Coroner of Shelby county, Indiana, do find that  Mrs. Catherine Knight  came to her death by strangulation caused by falling upon a box, with her throat resting on the sharp edge of said box, and remaining in said position until found.
Miles Griffey, Coroner                            
Shelbyville, Indiana, January 12, 1885    
Contributed by Barb Huff

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