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Joseph Godber Knighton (1851-1895)
1896 Obituary 
JOSEPH GODBER KNIGHTON, born on the 14th June, 1851, was the son of Mr. William Knighton, of Staveley.
After serving articles to the late Mr. Charles Markham, he was appointed in 1873 Assistant Manager, under that gentleman, of the foundries, blast furnaces, and engineering department of the Staveley Coal and Iron Company.
In 1887 he became Foundry Manager, which position he held until his death at Barrow Hill, near Chesterfield, on the 5th of August, 1895. Mr. Knighton’s charge of these important works, which he held first under Mr. Markham, and subsequently under Mr. George Bond, the recently deceased General Manager, was fulfilled with energy and zeal, and in him the workmen of the district have lost a good friend. For twenty years he served as a lieutenant in the local Volunteer corps. He was also a Freemason and an able musician, playing the violin with great skill.
Mr. Knighton was elected an Associate Member on the 7th April, 1891.