Lucius Simmons and Annie Knight Wedding Photo

Original of Simmons and Knight marriage.

Wedding Simmons and Knight retouched

Lucius Simmons (29 Dec 1883 – 9 Sep 1963) and Annie Knight Simmons (22 Feb 1888 – 1 Sept 1961), wedding photo, November 17 1904

I am guessing the man beside Lucius may be his brother Dewitt.

They were said to have been married at the home of Annie’s parents, Marion Thomas “Isaac” Knight and Frances “Fannie” Breland, in Franklinton, Washington Parish, Louisiana.

Fannie Breland Knight Photo

Fannie (Breland) Knight, 9 May 1871 – 24 Sept 1907, wife of Marion Isaac Knight.


Original photo (almost)

This photo already had some color in it. Was faded and grainy. I upped contrast, tried to bring out the features a bit. She looks like she may have been isolated or clipped out of another photo to create this portrait.

Marion Thomas “Isaac” Knight and Frances “Fannie” Breland

Image of Marion Isaac Knight from the collection of Jeff Hennesy. Photoshopped it a touch.

Marion (Marian) Isaac KNIGHT was born 25 Aug 1866 to William KNIGHT and Martha (Mary E.) NOBLE/NOBLES. He died 25 Dec. 1947.

Marion married Frances A. “Fannie” BRELAND, daughter of Elijah BRELAND and Mariah BROWN. She was born 9 May 1871 (given as from Pine, LA) and died 24 Sept. 1907.

Fannie is buried at the Nobles Cemetery at Pine.

Ethel (Simmons) HENNESY described Marion, her mother’s father, as a “full-blooded Irishman.” Which isn’t so. His grandfather, Charles KNIGHT, was born in Virginia in 1785.

Marion Knight was wealthy and disapproved of his daughter, Annie, marrying Lucius SIMMONS, who was poor. He left Annie out of his will.

Marion’s name in the Fowler/Simmons Genealogy is spelled Marion. Often it is also given as Marian.

Marion was a Mason, member of Pine Lodge No. 264, F&AM. I have a very, very poor xerox of a photo which reads, “Pine Lodge No. 264, F&AM, has quite a history–as is indicated in this old photograph which was taken July 27th 1900. The heirs of Monroe Knight donated the original photograph to the lodge. From left are James “Jockey Jim” Knight, Plummer Knight, Dr. Warner, Ira Pope, Monroe Knight, D.E. Branch, P.E. “Rev. Pink” Toney, Rev. Tom Bennett, Marian Knight, Layton Schilling, Meride Breland, James “Peg Jim” Knight, W.E. Alford, Archie Whittington, and Curtis “Boy” Miley.” So we have four Knights and a Breland in the photo.

I have some notes from Jean Kearns (granddaughter of Annie) that state that while 4 children survived there were others who were killed by typhoid.

Marion and Frances had:

  • Annie Clarinda b. 22 Feb. 1888 at Sheridan LA, married Lucius SIMMONS in 1904.
  • William E. “Bill” b. 1889 Oct 17, d. 1954 Feb 3 (buried at Nobles Cemetery at Pine, Washington Parish, Louisiana) married Mima Letchworth
  • J. C. (see C. J. below, buried at NOBLES cemetery) b. 1891 Dec 10, b. 1907 Sep 18
  • Wilbur. SSDI shows Wilbur as born 22 Oct. 1893 and dying Jan. 1970. Married Zula Hennesy
  • Albert M. b. 1895 Dec 4, d. 1896 Sep 4 (buried at Nobles Cemetery at Pine, Washington Parish, Louisiana)
  • Mary b. 1896 Jan at Washington Parish, Louisiana
  • Bertha b. 1898 June at Washington Parish, Louisiana

NOBLES cemetery shows a C. J. KNIGHT, son of M. T. and F. A. KNIGHT, b. 10 Dec. 1891, died 18 Sept. 1907.

NOBLES cemetery also shows Albert M., Son of M. T. & F. A. KNIGHT, b. 4 Dec. 1895 and died 4 Sept. 1896.

Frances’ tombstone at the NOBLES cemetery shows her as wife of M. T. KNIGHT, May 9, 1871 – Sept. 24 1907.

Marion’s second wife was Leah CORKERN. A Franklinton LA newspaper article, August 19th 1926, mentions a Mrs. Marion KNIGHT, daughter of Rev. C. T. CORKERN.

Monday, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. C. J. Gayer, Rev. C.T. Corkern died at the age of 65 years, 11 months, and 21 days.

He married 1st, Mollie Magee, sister of W.L. Magee. He later married Mrs. May Voyles, widow of Rev. Claude Voyles of Shreveport. The following children survive him, Mrs. Marion Knight, C.J. Gayer, and 1 son, John Corkern, all of Franklinton; Mrs. Iddo Crain of Hammond; Miss Annette Corkern of Magnolia; Mrs. W.M. Edwards, Texas; and Rev. W.A. Corkern of Kerns, Texas. Funeral services were held at the Ellis cemetery.

This would be Leah Lenora CORKERN, daughter of Charles Thomas CORKERN and Mary Jane MAGEE. She was b. 31 Jan 1884 in Washington Parish, LA, d. 11 July 1959, Washington Parish, LA. She is buried at the Ellis Cemetery. She and “Marion T.” are given as having married 11 Nov. 1908 in Washington Parish, LA.

Jack Kearns writes, “She was a wonderful Christian lady. She was blind, but could do just about anything in the house.”

A posted photo shows Marion, Leah, Annie, William E. Sr., Wilbur Warren and Lela Maye KNIGHT.

The ELLIS Cemetery shows:

Leah L. KNIGHT – Jan 31, 1884 – July 11 1959
Marion T. KNIGHT – August 25 1866 – Dec. 25, 1947 – Masonic Emblem
Lela Maye KNIGHT – Aug. 19, 1909 (was living in 1963 when this was recorded)
W. E. (Bill) KNIGHT Sr. – Oct. 17 1889 – Feb. 3, 1954 – Mason
W. E. (Bill) KNIGHT, Jr. – June 2, 1924 – July 11, 1963.

The following are land transactions involving Marion T. Knight found at

1908 – M. T. Knight from succession of Francis A. Knight, 297.60 acres, bk. 13, pg. 374
1908 – Anna C. Knight from Marion T. Knight, 42.33 acres, bk. 13, pg. 528
1908 – Wm. E. Knight from Marion T. Knight, 42.57 acres, bk. 13, pg. 528
1909 – Chas. C. Knight from Marion T. Knight, 1 acres, bk. 15, pg. 179
1911 – Wilbur W. Knight from M. T. Knight, 42.03 acres, bk. 18, pg 744
1919 – M. T. Knight from Lampton Realty Co., Sq. 260 & 289, Franklinton, bk. 33, pg 49
1919 – Marion T. Knight from W. W. Babington et al, N ½ of N ½ of NW 1`/4, Sec. 16-2-12, bk 33, pg 382
1920 – M. T. Knight from Lampton Realty Co., Sq. 261, Franklinton, bk 33, pg 519
1927 – M. T. Knight from Rosa Amacker, 60 acres, bk 48, pg 400
1930 – M. T. Knight from John E. Burris, 1760 acres, bk 57, pg 244
1931 – M. T. Knight from (By shff.) John Yassich, Movables & 55 acres Hr. 45-2-10, bk 58, pg 284
1931 – M. T. Knight, Sqs. 260, 261, 289, Franklinton, bk 58, pg 581
1932 – M. T. Knight from Dennis Watson, NE ¼ of SE ¼ Sec. 192-2-11, bk 60, pg 1
1932 – M. T. Knight from Wilber W. Knight, 3 acres, bk 60, pg 79
1932 – R. D. Knight from M. T. Knight, 3 acres, bk 60, pg 80
1934 – M. T. Knight from Sam Wood, E ½ Lot 2 Sq. 317 Franklinton, bk 64, pg 597
1935 – Marion T. Knight from M. M. Magee, Lot 6, Sq. 316, Franklinton, bk bk 68, pg 617

Census information thus far located:


11/12 SIMMONS Jesse own 33 b. LA father b. MS mother b. LA merchant at grocery store
Margie 30 b. LA father b. MO mother b. LA
Jesse W. son 8 b. LA
Clarence son 6
Thurmond son 5
Youx son 1 and 61/12
12/13 HENNESY Marion own 48 b. LA parents b. LA farmer
Maud 45
Curtis 17
Levy 15
Kirby 12
? son 10
Wanda daughter 6
HOOPER Mary servant 36 single unable to read or write b. LA parents b. unk
13/14 KNIGHT Marion L. own 53 b. LA father b. LA mother b. NC farmer
Leah wife 35 b. LA parents b. LA
Mary Jane daughter 10

1930 Louisiana, Washington Parish, Police Jury Ward 3
(The image, at, is very fuzzy)
222/222 KNIGHT, Wilbur Owns home, 33, married at 18 b. LA parents b. LA, Farmer, general farm
Ethel 27, married at 25
Leon 14 Son
Mildred 12 Daughter
Dorothy Daughter (age illegible)
Marion Father 66 married at 45
Lenora stepmother 46 married at 25
223/223 KNIGHT William owns home 40 md at 18, Farmer, General Farm
Mina 40, md at 18
illegible 20
Muddie? Son 18
Wilma Daughter 16
Willie Son 14
Lillie Daughter 12
Maline? Daughter 10
illegible Daughter 7
illegible Son 6
illegble Son 4 and some months
illegible Son 1 and some months
Year: 1930; Census Place: Police Jury Ward 3, Washington, Louisiana; Roll: T626_824; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 5; Image: 0703.

Elijah Breland and Mariah Brown

Elijah BRELAND was born 29 March 1830 at Pike CO., MS to John Robertson BRELAND and Luraney RODGERS.

Elijah married Mariah BROWN, b. 8 Jan 1828 MS and died 20 June 1905 Washington Parish, LA.

Both are buried at the Nobles Cemetery, tombstones bearing birth and death dates. They read BREELAND.

Elijah and Mariah had at least 7 children:

  • Franklin b. 1855 Dec 6 at Washington Parish, Louisiana, died 1938 Sept 21 in Washington Parish, Louisiana, married married Sarah KNIGHTb. 1855 Jan 28 at Washington Parish, Louisiana, died 1935 Feb 13 at Washington Parish, Louisiana
  • Daniel Leroy b. 9 June 1858 at Pine, Washington Parish, LA., died 18 Jan 1939, is buried at the Nobles Cemetery at Pine. Married Emily Crain b. 1864 Sept 1 at Pine, Washington Parish, Louisiana, died 1929 March 24 at Washington Parish, Louisiana.
  • Meredith (Merida) b. 29 Jan 1860 at Washington Parish LA., d.. 6 Nov 1906, Washington Parish, LA, is buried at the Nobles Cemetery. He married Selina CRAIN b. 1861 Oct 16, Washington Parish, Louisiana, died 1953 Dec 16 at Washington Parish, Louisiana.
  • Elisha b. c. 1863 Washington Parish, Louisiana
  • Warren W. b. 1867 Oct 29 Louisiana, died 1950 Feb 19 at Washington Parish, Louisiana, married Martha Bessie “Betsy” James
  • Lorena (Lou) b. 1868 Nov 12 Louisiana, died 1955 June 30 Louisiana, married Henry Dennis Crain b. 1864 Dec 26 Louisiana, died 1956 July 6 Louisiana
  • Frances Ann “Fannie” b. 9 May 1871, Pine, LA., died 1907 Sept 24, married Marian Issac KNIGHT b. 1866 Aug 25 Louisiana, died 1947 Dec 25.

I have thus far located the family on the following censuses:

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Ward 8, Washington, Louisiana; Roll M653_426; Page: 827; Image: 362; Family History Library Film: 803426.
438/429 Elijah BRELAND 37 farmer 00 $700 b. MS
Moriah 31 unable to read or write
Franklin 4 (or 7 illegible) b. LA
Leroy 2
Catherine BROWN 17 b. MA

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Ward 6, Washington, Louisiana; Roll M593_535; Page: 249B; Image: 78; Family History Library Film: 552034.
GERALD William and Family
POPE Alexander ? and Elizabeth and family
WHITE Martin and Caroline and family
11/11 BREELAND Elijah 40 farmer personal: $300 b. MS
Mora 42 b. MS
Franklin 14 b. LA
Leroy 12 b. LA
Meride? 10 b. MS
Lisha 6 b. LA
Warren 5 b. LA
Lorena 1 b. LA
BROWN Bella 30 f. farm laborer b. MS
12/12 Francis BICKHAM and family etc.

1880 Washington Parish Wards 3 and 4
pg. 190
34/34 CRAIN William and Nancy and family
BRANCH Levey laborer
35/35 CRAIN John and Babe
36/36 TILLIS John and Frances and family
37/37 BREELAND Elijah 50 farmer b. MS father b. SC mother b. GA
Mariah 52 b. MS father b. OH mother b. GA
Marida 20 son b. MS
Elisha 15 b. LA
Warren 12
Lurany 11
Frances 7 daughter
38/38 FITCHGARD William and Cassander and family
39/39 POPE ? and sister Elizabeth
MCQUAID Tea L. nephew
BRANCH Rebecca
40/40 BREELAND Leroy 21 farmer b. LA father b. MS mother b. GA
Emily 17 b. LA parents b. LA
pg. 190B
56/56 KNIGHT James 21 farmer b. LA father b. LA mother b. MS Caniniger? 17 b. MS parents b. MS
57/57 BRELAND Franklin 24 farmer b. MS father b. LA mother b. MS
Sarah 20 b. LA father b. LA mother b. MS
Lewis 2 b. LA
Silus 11/12
28/28 KNIGHT Martha 45 wd. farmer b. MS parents b. MS
George 17 b. LA father b. LA mother b. MS
Monroe 15
Marion 13
Jane A. 11
Charley 9
Angiline 3
POUNDS Elizabeth 25 boarder school teacher b. LA parents b. MS
NOBLES Amanda 40 sister b. MS parents b. MS
pg. 191
79/79 CRAIN John and Melviney
80/80 TULLOS? Nancy
81/81 CRAIN Wilson and Martha
82.82 SEAL William and Angeline
83/83 SEAL Andrew 60 b. GA father b. GA and mother b.SC and Elizabeth
84/84 KENEDY Kenney? K. 73 farmer b. MS father b. TN mother b. MS
Nancy 52 b. MS parents b. MS
James B. 22 b. MS
Jefferson Davis 18
Meloday Elizabeth 14 niece b. LA parents b. MS
85/85 KENEDY ? G. 23 farmer b. MS parents b. MS
Josephine 19 b. MS
Kenny E. 3 b. LA
John L. 11/12
? John 14 brother-in-law b. MS parents b. MS