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McKnight or McKnitt family of Manokin Hundred, Somerset County, Maryland

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  • Jane McKnitt (c.1656 - c.1730)
  • Abigail McKnitt (1667 - 1714)
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  • John McKnitt, I (1642 - 1708)
  • John McKnitt, III (c.1660 - 1714)
    : (PW: I tried to clean up the spelling but there are many spelling errors and lots of duplication, though there is good info from a variety of sources). Pa Geneal Mag: "John McKnitt maternal grandfa...
  • Katherine McKnitt or McKnight (c.1689 - 1734)
    Katherine was the 2nd wife of Jean Sr. He married her in 1711 after the death of his first wife Mary who was Katherine's sister.

A group of families immigrated to Somerset County, Maryland, in the late 17th Century. John McKNITT (aka McKnight) had a plantation named "Glasgow" in the Manokin neigborhood near Pocomoke on a tract of land called "The Strand." Jean BREVARD was a Huguenot who had escaped to Northern Ireland and immigrated with members of the ALEXANDER, WALLACE, and McKNITT families on the ship "Welcome." Brevard married Katherine McKnight; see related Brevard Family project

All of these families were active members of the Presbyterian community in the Manokin area. Several members of these families moved to the Elk River Area of Cecil County, Maryland. The McKnitt home in Cecil County was also called "Glasgow" and adjoined Samuel Alexander's properties called "Sligo" and "Bullens Range" and a tract called "High Spaniola." Their descendents went on to Rowan County, later Iredell County, in North Carolina and were very active in the Revolutionary war. (adapted from Jean Capps, 1997, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~passages/Brevard.html)