In her latest book, self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Marilyn R. Hill-Sutton, gives an eye-opening glimpse into the complex, often contradictory story of Major John Knight Jr. and those around him-a world where the gray areas crowd out black and white.
In 1886, Major John Knight Jr. summoned five witnesses to his deathbed. There, he did something extraordinary: He bequeathed his former slaves his estate. What followed is a story of courage, love, epic legal battles, and one remarkable turnabout: only years after being in bondage, Knight’s former slaves and their descendants entered the plantation house as masters of their domain-and their future.
Marilyn R. Hill-Sutton’s new historical biography/autobiography, a seven year undertaking, is a story of courage and incredible inner strength. Her successful venture is a testament that anyone can trace their ancestry. She delves deep into the psyche of every day people in an era and time when black-white relationships were taboo, while providing a revelation that we, as a people, are more one than many. She surreptitiously explores commonalities that bridge real and/or perceived barriers that divide us—barriers often attributed to national origin, ethnicity, class, and socio-economic factors. Finally, she examines the intent of the heart and the intrinsic bonds of family—only to uncover that the heart and family are indeed unifying forces.
The Knight Family Legacy: One Family’s Story is perfect for Civil War buffs, Slavery Historians, Social Historians, Cultural Historians, Genealogists and Family History enthusiasts, and anyone with a genuine love for history and the implicit, although complex, and, often contradictory, human interactions of a foregone era.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marilyn R. Hill-Sutton is the wife of Joseph Sutton, a Knight family descendant. After a career in the insurance and healthcare industries, she embarked on a journey to research and document the stories that have been passed down by ancestors through word-of-mouth for more than a century. Her love for history, and her husband’s family legacy, was the driving force behind the quest to trace the family’s trajectory from the scourge of slavery through their many immeasurable triumphs.
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6 thoughts on “Self-Publishing Book Spotlight: The Knight Family Legacy by Marilyn R. Hill-Sutton”
I haven’t read the book, but i’m very interested in purchasing one as soon as it can be mailed out to me. I’m very excited!!! My GrandFather was a Sutton, Willie Lee Sutton, son of Carl Sutton, Nephew of Rebecca Sutton GAtes of Woodbury GA. Mrs.Hill- Sutton, I’m looking forward to hearing from you!!!!!
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This book was a great read and very informative. The information provided in this historical document should be mentioned in school textbooks. A true depiction of history should be told, and this book should be in the lead for reading.
Thank you for your positive feedback. So glad you enjoyed my book!
Marilyn R. Hill-Sutton, Author
The Knight Family Legacy: One Family’s Story
The book is very well written and documented. Out of the shadows of the past comes a fresh new look at the post war south and the factual account of a community of ex-slaves and slave holders and their legal interactions. It is an excellent resource book for Pike/ Meriwether County Historians. I highly recommend reading this book
THE KNIGHT FAMILY LEGACY should be required reading for every college student in America. It’s a part of American history that most of us were totally unaware of. The research that went into this story, the documents that show the history of this family, and the love story of the plantation owner and the slave let us see the journey of an American family whose roots are in slavery. The book is well written, amazingly researched, and will bring to light what American slaves dealt with during their lives. You will be absolutely amazed!