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Rachel Knight (Hare)

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: November 12, 1803 (78-86)
New Garden, Guilford County, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: New Garden, Guilford County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Wife of Abel Knight
Mother of Samuel Knight; Abel Knight; Solomon Moman Knight; Sarah Lomax; Jonathan Knight and 2 others

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About Rachel Knight

Her name is reported as Rachel Hare, but researchers have guessed she might have been Rachel Herr, Rachel Hair, Rachel Head, or Rachel Hood.

Family tradition says she was Creek or perhaps Cherokee (Canavan (1997)). Her great granddaughter Elizabeth Sweet was listed on the 1850 census as a race other than white. Rachel is the only one of Elizabeth's ancestors who could account for Elizabeth having been mixed race.

In 1740 her husband Abel Knight was dis-fellowshipped by the Quakers because he "married out of unity" (to a non-Quaker). She later joined and he was re-admitted.

Guesses about her parents include:

  1. George Hare (c1696-1768/9), of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
  2. Samuel Hair or Hare (c1700-1782), of Berkeley County, (West) Virginia. She named her oldest son Samuel.
  3. Thomas Hare (c1596-?).
  4. Thomas Hoed, Head or Hood (c1690-c1780), of Berkeley County, (West) Virginia.
  5. The 1835 Cherokee Census of Tennessee, although much later, shows James Hare at Ooltewah, Tennessee, with a household of three half-bloods, one of whom could read English. There was also the household of Quatie Hare, wife of Chief John Ross, at Red Clay in McMinn County, Tennessee, with two full-bloods and four half-bloods, three of whom could read English.


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Rachel Knight's Timeline

Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
November 1, 1740
Age 19
Bucks County,Pennsylvania
August 9, 1742
Age 21
Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina, USA
January 27, 1745
Age 24
Greensboro,Guilford County,North Carolina
June 5, 1746
Age 25
Frederick County, Virginia
August 28, 1749
Age 28
Bladen County, North Carolina, United States
April 20, 1752
Age 31
Greensboro,Guilford County,North Carolina
January 20, 1756
Age 35
Greensboro,Guilford County,North Carolina
November 12, 1803
Age 82
New Garden, Guilford County, North Carolina, United States