Knight Barry Title, Inc.
WHAT WE DO
We issue title insurance and provide title related services to consumers, lenders, lawyers, developers, builders, and real estate professionals.
We protect sensitive documents and information from real estate closings.
We disburse closing funds safely, securely and soundly.
We support all of our local communities
WHERE IT ALL STARTED
The story begins in April of 1836 when the pioneering Albert G. Knight arrived in the Racine, Wisconsin area. On December 29th of that year, the area became known as Racine County. Albert soon became the County Clerk, the County Treasurer and in 1854 formed a company dealing with title abstracts (now known as Knight Barry Title). Albert’s company was responsible for storing the original plats of Racine in a brick vault in his office, next to the Courthouse. When the Courthouse burned down January 24, 1861, Knight’s records were used to restore the courts records.
In 1902, Albert’s son, John W. Knight, and a friend, Erastus C. Peck, formed the company Knight & Peck Abstract Company, which soon became known as J.W. Knight Abstract Company.
Meanwhile in 1915, Joseph J. Patrick bought a 1/2 interest in the Barry Abstract Company from John P. Barry, who was president of the company and served as the County’s Register of Deeds. Patrick became the company’s secretary-treasurer. He soon became the County Clerk, Treasurer, Assessor and Under Sheriff.
Then in 1918, the J.W. Knight Abstract Company and the Barry Abstract Company merged to form the Knight Barry Abstract Company. Joseph J. Patrick then acquired full ownership and in the 1950’s sold the company to his children Glenn J. Patrick, Wallace E. Patrick and Gladys Patrick Foldy.
In 1979, Jeffrey B. Green, a younger lawyer from Milwaukee moved to Racine and acquired the company from the Patrick and Foldy families and later renamed it Knight Barry Title, Inc. In 1996 Jeff’s stepson Craig Haskins joined the company and has aggressively expanded the company into one of the largest title agencies in the US with offices in several states with hundreds of employees.