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Abel Knight

Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: Jenkintown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: between September 1804 and May 1810 (85-99)
New Garden, Guilford County, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: New Garden, Guilford County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Knight, Jr. and Sarah Knight
Husband of Rachel Knight
Father of Samuel Knight; Abel Knight; Solomon Moman Knight; Sarah Lomax; Jonathan Knight and 2 others
Brother of Elizabeth Carey; Esther Knight; Sarah Knight; Solomon Knight; Rebecca Vickers and 4 others

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About Abel Knight

After the death of Thomas Jr. in 1746, his wife Sarah moved to Philadelphia until 1751, at which time they went back to Buckingham, Pa. On 26 September 1732 Thomas Knight was dropped from the Gwynedd Monthly Meeting rolls. At this meeting, Sarah Knight produced a certificate for herself and for her children Johnathan, Soloman, Abel, and Thomas. These four brothers were living in Buckingham, Pennsylvania in 1733. They also had three or four sisters.

According to the minutes of the Abingdon Monthly Meeting (and/or the Buckingham MM). Abel Knight "married out of unity" (to a non-Quaker) in May 1740. His brother Solomon was chastised for being at a "disorderly wedding". Abel later condemned the marriage. His condemnation was acknowledged and later accepted.

In 1742 Abel and his wife Rachel, and his brother Solomon were in Frederick County, Virginia, where they were members of the Hopewell Monthly Meeting. In July 1742 Abel and Soloman were granted certificates of removal to Orange County, Virginia. Brother Johanathan was granted a removal certificate to Haddonfield Monthly Meeting (New Jersey) in 1746.

In 1744 Abel Knight, a planter of Rowan County, North Carolina received grant of 485 acres on the north fork of Deep River from the Earl of Granville. (This is also dated 6 August 1759.)

In 1752 Abel and Rachel moved with their five children to what is now Guilford County, North Carolina, where they were members of the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting and later the New Garden Monthly Meeting. The latter was apparently a very strict group. In North Carolina, the couple had three more children. In 1759 Abel Knight received a land grant from Lord Granville.

In 1755, 1762, and 1766 he appears on tax lists in Rowan County, North Carolina. In 1761, 1764, 1765, 1769, and 1790 he appears in Quaker records in Guilford County, North Carolina.

He was probably not the the Abel Knight who appears on the 1790 census in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and the 1800 census at Plumstead, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Instead, he was the Able Knight, Sr. who appears on the 1800 census at Salisbury, Guilford County, North Carolina.

Rachel's death was recorded 12 November 1803 at New Garden Monthly Meeting in Guilford County. She was buried at New Garden Friends Cemetery near Greensboro, North Carolina. He made his will 9th mo. 1804. It was probated May Term 1804. There was a lengthy biography of Abel written about 1840. Many of their descendants moved to southern Indiana and contributed to Quaker communities there.

Will of Abel Knight

An Annotated Digest of Will Book A Guilford County, North Carolina, 177-May A:0213 pp: 210/211 9th month 1804, recorded May Ct. 1810 Abel Knight Son: Abel Knight 125 acres of land lying in the SW corner of my tract, the sd. Land not to come to farther that the brink of hill above the Great Road for complement. Eldest Son: Thomas Knight the plantation of which I now live and all reminder part of land & my will is also that I shall have the house I now dwell in & I appoint my son Thomas Knight ?to support me with what is needful during life? Son: Jonathan Knight: $60 in lew of land. Seal: Abel Knight Exrs: grandson, Abel Knight son of Thomas Knight & William Hunt son of William Hunt Deceased. Wits. Joel Hiatt, Andrew Knight (Jurat)


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Abel Knight's Timeline

Jenkintown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States
November 1, 1740
Age 25
Bucks County,Pennsylvania
August 9, 1742
Age 27
Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina, USA
January 27, 1745
Age 30
Greensboro,Guilford County,North Carolina
June 5, 1746
Age 31
Frederick County, Virginia
August 28, 1749
Age 34
Bladen County, North Carolina, United States
April 20, 1752
Age 37
Greensboro,Guilford County,North Carolina
January 20, 1756
Age 41
Greensboro,Guilford County,North Carolina
September 1804
Age 89
New Garden, Guilford County, North Carolina, United States