They had been invited to go to the dedication of a monument that had been erected at the Joseph Knight Sr. home in Colesville, NY, and invited us to go with them. We were very excited to go.
We visited the site where the Aaronic Priesthood was restored on the banks of the Susquehanna River.
A monument commemorating the restoration has been erected near the road that runs by the river. It was produced by Avard Fairbanks.
This tree (what is left of it) is very old--it may have been there when Joseph and Oliver were baptized in the river. This was a very beautiful, sacred place. We felt very privileged to be there with the Bullochs.We also stopped at the cemetery where Joseph and Emma's first child was buried. The original headstone is the dark stone enclosed in the newer, marble headstone.
Joseph Knight operated a farm,a grist-mill, and a carding machine where Joseph Smith worked as a laborer. During the translation of the plates, he furnished food and the paper upon which the original copy of the Book of Mormon was written.
A quote from the book, "Our Heritage" which we use when we study Church history: "Joseph Knight Sr. is also an example of those who willingly made sacrifices in the sale of their properties in order to join the Prophet in Ohio. His simple notice in the Broome Republican says much about his commitment to the gospel: “The farm lately occupied by Joseph Knight, situate in the town of Colesville, near the Colesville Bridge—bounded on one side by the Susquehanna River, and containing about one hundred and forty two acres. On said Farm are two Dwelling Houses, a good Barn, and a fine Orchard. The terms of sale will be liberal.”
The inside of the Knight home is a work in progress. Below is a "Nanny Bench" from the period. It is actually a rocker and the mother lays the baby behind the bars you can see on the front of the bench while she sits on one end or the other and snaps beans, pods peas, knits, etc. while the baby sleeps. Pretty good idea, huh?
Above are some beams in the ceiling, we think they may have been original.
And this is the basement. The pipes and wires are add-ons, as well as the electricity. The stones on the left are part of the original basement/foundation. The cement blocks are very new, replacing the wall that gave way and had to be replaced.
This was our last stop. As you can see, the house of Squire Tarbell where Joseph and Emma were married is long gone and a high school athletic field has been built on the ground. This sign was erected by the New York State Education Department and they didn't do their research very well, as you can see by the spelling of Emma's name. But we are glad they acknowledge the importance of the site.