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On his father's farm in Westmoreland county Robert McKnight grew to manhood's estate, and when twenty years of age he came to Mercer county [PA], married and began farming in Pymatuning township. He followed general agricultural pursuits and was never in debt, always having paid cash for his purchases.
During James K. Polk's administration Mr. McKnight, voted with the Democratic party, but later became a Republican, and during the war of 1812 he was a valiant soldier. He never cared for the honors or emoluments of public office, but was a quiet, industrious man, honored and esteemed wherever known. Both he and his wife died on the old homestead in Pymatuning township, he having been laid to rest at the good old age of more than eighty years, the father of eight children, five sons and three daughters.
Biography of his son, James McKnight