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Joseph Knight Sr. and family were one one of the earliest converts to the LDS/Mormon church after it was organized April 6, 1830. The Knights knew Joseph Smith Jr. ever since 1826 when Smith was hired to work on their farm. There Smith met his future wife Emma Hale across the border to Pennsylvania. The Knights housed the newly married couple for a time. Smith told the Knights of his vision of God and Jesus Christ and of the gold plates. Their home was used for a time during the translation process and also housed the first official branch of the church. Also, the house was where the first official miracle of the church after its organzation took place. The Knights stayed with the church, trekked to the Salt Lake Valley and descendants continue in membership. The house was recently preserved and open to tours, after calling beforehand.


  • Joseph Knight Sr. Home as it looks after its restoration completed September 2015
  • undated sketch of Joseph Knight Sr.
  • List of members of the Colesville LDS Branch
  • Home as it looked before restoration started. 2005.
  • Sign at home detailing history of the home
  • Grave of Joseph Knight Sr. in Mt. Pisgah, Iowa

*From Mormon Historic Sites:

"Joseph Knight, Sr. became acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. in 1826 when Joseph worked for him on the Knight farm. When Joseph and Oliver were translating the Book of Mormon, Joseph Knight, Sr. brought supplies to help sustain the translation.

Colesville was the location of the first branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Knight family were key members of the branch. Hyrum Smith served as the first branch president, followed by Newel Knight, Joseph Knight, Sr.’s son

The Knight farm was the location of the first miracle that occurred in the Church after its organization. Newel Knight, who had become well-acquainted with the Prophet, after choosing not to pray at one of the meetings was seized upon by an evil spirit. The Prophet was called to cast it out.1 The farm was also the location of the Prophet being arrested for the first time on June 28, 1830 following the organization of the Church. He was charged with “being a disorderly person by preaching the Book of Mormon, and setting the country in an uproar.”2 Joseph was put on trial, but acquitted of the charges against him.3

The Knights moved to Ohio when the Lord commanded the Saints to gather to the Kirtland region along with the other members of the Colesville branch. The members of the branch stayed together throughout the move to Ohio and then later on to Missouri and were known as the Colesville Branch.4 Joseph Knight, Sr. remained a faithful member of the Church and supporter of the Prophet Joseph Smith. He died in 1847 at Mt. Pisgah, Iowa after the Saints’ expulsion from Nauvoo."

1 Joseph Smith, History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 vols., introduction and notes by B. H. Roberts (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1932-1951), 1: 82-83. 2 B. H. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6 vols. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1930), 1: 205. 3 Ibid, 1:207. 4 Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 1-4 vols., ed. Daniel H. Ludlow (New York: Macmillan, 1992), 289. Leonard J. Arrington and Davis Bitton, Saints Without Halos: The Human Side of Mormon History, 1981. William G. Hartley, “The Knight Family: Ever Faithful to the Prophet,” Ensign, January 1989, 43. William G. Hartley, ‘They Are My Friends’: A History of the Joseph Knight Family 1825-1850, Provo, UT: Grandin Book, 1986. Dean C. Jessee , “Joseph Knight’s Recollections of Early Mormon History,” BYU Studies, 1976. Larry C. Porter, “The Joseph Knight Family,” Ensign, October 1978, 39.