William Knight (c.1601 - 1656) MP

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Birthplace: Possibly, Binfield, Berkshire, England
Death: Died in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
Occupation: Mason
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About William Knight

William Knight

  • Birth: May 10 1613 - England / ALT: Birth: circa 1601 Binfield, Berkshire, England / 1596, Chelmsford, Co. Essex, England
  • Death: Mar 5 1655/6 - Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
  • parents: John Knight ?
  • Married: Emma, Elizabeth widow Ballard

William came to Lynn, MA c1640, perhaps earlier, with his four children born in England. His first wife is not mentioned. He settled at Lynn; was in Ipswich in 1641; and preaching at New meadows in 1643. About 1644 he married Elizabeth Ballard, widow of William Ballard of Lynn. The Ballards came over on the ship "James" 13 Jul 1635, when Elizabeth gave her age as 26 with children Hester age 2 and Jo[hn] age 1. [Cooper, Helen C., "A Compendium for Knight Families of New England in the 1600s" Kelowna, BC, 1993. ISBN 0-9693689-4-1. Note: Some of her information seems inconsistent see my notes in [brackets]. Ms. Cooper did not list her sources for the above information]

Born Eng., died Lynn or Salem, Mass., March 5, 1655/6. We learn something of his background from a deposition of a Martha Williams of Salem (Hist. Coll. Essex Inst., Vol. 2, p. 102, quoted in NE, Vol. 53):

'William Knight was a mason, and a deacon of a dissenting congregation in England; that he came over with one Hathorne and others for the enjoyment of the liberty of his conscience; that he had a house plastered on the outside with plaster of Pelis and estate in lands in England; also the liberty of killing deer and rabbits in a certain park there'. Savage discounting other statements as to his family as untrustworthy, says he had four children, only by a first wife unnamed." 378

"Comment on the Will: [of father William Knight] William names five children in his will, but does not say how many children he actually had. He names Ane and her children, John, Francis, Hanna, and eldest son, Jacob, and then refers to "The rest of my Estate I will to be equaly divided amongst my four children which I had by my last wife, Elizabeth."

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  1. The Great Migration, Anderson, Robert Charles & George F. Sanborn, Melinde Lutz Sanborn, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 1999), p. 148.

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  1. Descendants of Thomas Wellman of Lynn, Massachusetts. By Joshua Wyman Wellman, George Walter Chamberlain, Arthur Holbrook Wellman. Page 20.
  2. Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America: With a Brief History of ...By Henry Whittemore. Page 309.
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William Knight of Lynn's Timeline

1601
1601
Binfield, Berkshire, England
1622
1622
Age 21
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK
1627
1627
Age 26
England
1627
Age 26
England
1640
1640
Age 39
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
1642
1642
Age 41
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
1656
March 5, 1656
Age 55
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts