Peter Knight (c.1587 - c.1674)

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Birthplace: London, Middlesex, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Isle of Wight, Virginia
Managed by: Patricia Ann Wells
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About Peter Knight

Peter Knight appears on land grants in several counties of the early Virginia colony beginning in 1638. He patented 150 acres of land in Basse’s Choice plantation in 1640, and 255 acres in 1643. Peter sold the tract to John Bland, an eminent London Merchant.

Peter Knight was a Jamestown merchant and a member of the House of Burgesses in 1657-58, assembled March 13th, representing Northumberland; 1659-60, assembled March 13th, representing Gloucester; and 1684, assembled April 16th, representing Northumberland; and 1685, session begun November 2, 1685, representing Northumberland.

In 1619, the House of Burgesses became the first legislature in America. This group and the governor met together to create laws for the colony. Usually, the most prominent people were elected to serve in this office.

In 1774, Lord Dunmore dissolved the House of Burgesses, but delegates met together secretly. They established the First Continental Congress. In 1775, the Second Continental Congress met in Richmond. Virginia’s George Washington was chosen as head of the Continental Army. The following year Virginia adopted its first constitution.

Peter Knight was also a Captain in the Indian Wars. Matthew Bradford, who immigrated to Virginia in 1652, was listed as a servant to Peter Knight of Gloucester County.

(Bradford Family History published by the American Genealogical Institute in 1978 by Heritage Press). Debora Come was headright of Peter Knight, Northumberland Co., in 1654 (Early Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666, by George Cabell Greer, Clerk, Virginia State Land Office, 1912).

Peter (b. 1587) married Genevieve Basse (born 9 Oct 1624, about 10 minutes after her twin sister Anne London, in Middlesex, England). Genevieve was the daughter of Nathaniel and Mary Basse. Peter and Genevieve married 11 June 1640. Peter and Genevieve had the following children: Leonard, Joseph, Edward, John, William, Guy and Peter.

Peter Knight’s son, William was the father of John Knight (b. 1680/90-d. 18 Feb 1762, probate date) at Sussex County, Virginia and married Elizabeth Jordan.

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Peter Knight was a Jamestown merchant and a member of the House of Burgesses in 1657-58, assembled March 13th, representing Northumberland; 1659-60, assembled March 13th, representing Gloucester; and 1684, assembled April 16th, representing Northumberland; and 1685, session begun November 2, 1685, representing Northumberland.

Peter Knight was also a Captain in the Indian Wars. Matthew Bradford, who immigrated to Virginia in 1652, was listed as a servant to Peter Knight of Gloucester County.

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Peter Knight's Timeline

1587
1587
London, Middlesex, United Kingdom
1640
June 11, 1640
Age 53
Virginia, United States
1674
1674
Age 87
Isle of Wight, Virginia
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