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About William Knight, of Lynn
- 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: unknown
- 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."
- The Great Migration, Anderson, Robert Charles & George F. Sanborn, Melinde Lutz Sanborn, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 1999), p. 148.
- Descendants of Thomas Wellman of Lynn, Massachusetts. By Joshua Wyman Wellman, George Walter Chamberlain, Arthur Holbrook Wellman. Page 20.
- Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America: With a Brief History of ...By Henry Whittemore. Page 309.
- New England Marriages Prior to 1700. By Clarence Almon Torrey, Elizabeth Petty Bentley. Page 38. "Knight, William (-1655/6) & 1/wf [?Emma POTTER]; b. 1638, b 1635?; Salem/Lynn. Knight, William (-1655/6) & 2/wf Elizabeth ]?LEE) BALLARD/BULLARD], w. William, m/3 Allen BREAD; aft 1639; Salem"
"Will of William Knight of Lynn Written 2 Dec 1653 (published in Probate Records of Essex County, 1:213; EQCR, 1:394) . . .to my daughter Hannah forty shillings one year after my decease . . . [Text of will and inventory to be entered}"
"Johanna (or Hannah), b. abt. 1628; m. Bef. 1648, Thomas Gage of Yarmouth. On 8 July 1657, Thomas gage of Yarmouth, acquitted Allen Bread Sr. and his wife Eliz. wid. of Wm. Knight from legacy of 49 sh. given ?my wife at her father?s death? (Essex Deeds, 2:52). Children, b. at Yarmouth (surname Gage): 1. John. 2. William. 3. Henry, all three killed by Indians, 26 Mar 1676. 4. Thomas, b. 1656; d. 1707; m. (1) Sarah ___; m. (2) Elizabeth (Northend) Mighill, dau. of Ezekiel Northend & widow of Ezekiel Mighill. 5. Benjamin, d. 1708, d. 1708. 6. Moses. b. 1668; d. 1748; m. Sarah Dodge (Tibbets, Typescript, page 5)." http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=barbpretz&id=I406
__________________ William KNIGHT. Born abt 1601 in Binfield, Berkshire, England. William died in Lynn, Essex, MA on 5 Jan 1655, he was 54.
Name: William KNIGHT Sex: M Birth: ABT 1600 1 Death: 5 Mar 1655/6 in Lynn, MA 2 3 4 Note: 2 5 5 6 7 8 9 10 2 9 11 2 5 12 13 13 14 12 12 13 5 12 5 15 16 16 16 16 17 18 19 20 21
"Knight, an official name, the knight, a man-at-arms, a military follower, from Anglo-Saxon ?cniht?, a servant."
He was also said to have died 5 Jan 1655.
He was also said to have married, first, Emma Potter, who was the mother of Johanna.
"Knight, William (-1655/6) & 1/wf [?Emma POTTER]; b. 1638, b 1635?; Salem/Lynn Knight, William (-1655/6) & 2/wf Elizabeth ]?LEE) BALLARD/BULLARD], w. William, m/3 Allen BREAD; aft 1639; Salem"
William Knight was from Berkshire County, England. He appeared in 1637 in Salem, MA and bought land in Lynn, MA in 1638.
". . . William Knight, from Berkshire Co, England. Knight appeared in 1637 in Salem, MA and bought land in Lynn, MA, 1638.
"We are informed [Deposition in perpetuam of Martha Williams. Historical Collections of the Essex Institute, vol. ii., p. 102] that this ?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.? "
"From an old Notarial Record Book in Clerk of Courts? Office, Salem. Beverly, January, 1742-3. Martha Williams of Beverly in the county of Essex in new England widow aged about eighty-five years, Testifieth and saith that she was very well acquainted with John Knight late of said Beverly, mason, and that she heard him say that his Father William Knight was a mason and a Deacon of a Dissenting Congregation in England, and that he came over with one Hathorne and others for the Enjoyment of the Liberty of his Conscience and died at Lynn in New England, and that said William had a House plaistered on the outside with plaister of Pelis and an Estate in Lands in England also the Liberty of Killing Deer and Rabbitts in a certain Park there, and that he the sd John was born in England, came over into New England with his Father, went into England again in the Time of the civil wars Listed himself . . . He also saith that he [John] went again to England about anno 1772 to get the estate which his Father left there, (as he said) where she heard he married again and died. . . . her Martha Williams mark Essex, ss. Beverly, January 17, 1742-3. Then Martha Williams made oath to the truth of the within Deposition to which she has put her mark and the same is taken to by in perpetuam rei memoriam. Jurat Coram, Benjamin Lynde, Junr. Ichabod Plaisted, Jus. of Peace. Quorum unus."
"William Knight, Founder 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."
He must have died before 1655 because "In 1655, there was recorded in the Registry of Deeds at Salem, Lib. 2, fol. 52, a release from Thomas Gaige, in which he acknowledges payment and releases his mother-in-law Elizabeth Knight and her second husband, Allen Breed, from a legacy of forty shillings given to his wife, Joanna, in the will of her father, William Knight."
"The first wife of Nicholas Potter was EMMA. As he was called brother by William Knight, it is possible that she was Emma Knight."
"Wiliam married 2nd, Elizabeth who, says Farmer, quoting Lewis, bore him Ann, Hannah, Daniel and Elizabeth, but Savage says the records are too scant to be reliable. The widow married 2nd, March 28, 1656 a week or two after William?s death, Allen Breed of Lynn, Mass., one of the grantees in deed from the Indians of Southampton, L.I., but apparently did not live there."
"Appeared in Salem, MA in 1637; bought land in Lynn, MA in 1638; place of birth. ?Salem, 1636; Lynn, juryman, propr., 1638, frm. May 2 1638. Constable in 1641 (Es. Court rec.). According to the testimony of widow Martha Williams he was a mason and a deacon of a dissenting congregation in England; that he came to N.E. with one Hathorne and others for liberty of conscience, leaving estates in Eng.; that his son John rt. to Eng. in the time of the civil wars. John Porter testified to the same (Es. Court files; Es. Inst. Coll II, 102.); ?Will dated 2 dec. 1653, prob. 28 (4) 1655. Wife Elizabeth, sons John and Francis, dau. Anne and her ch., dau. Hannah, and John and Nathaniel Ballard. After legacies are paid to these the residue goes to the 4 ch. he had by last wife Elizabeth; eldest son Jacob to have double portion. ?Our brother Nicholas Potter? one of the overseers. The widow m. 2, Allen Breed; the dau. Joane m. Thomas Gage of Yarmouth. receipts in 1657. John Farrington and John and Nathaniel Ballard, as sons-in-law, and Mary K., as dau. also receipted for their portion. (Es. Deeds II, 52.)? (,p. 274). Marriage date and place for Elizabeth lee (a). Children were Jacob, who died in 1695; Ann; Francis; Hannah; Daniel? Elizabeth; Mary."
"Estate of Robert Andrews of Ipswich ?the first of March 1643 . . . Witness: William Knight, John Whipple, Thomas Scot and Joseph Metcalfe. Proved 26:1:1644. Ipswich Deeds, vol. 1, leaf 6."
"Deacon William Knight William Knight was the son of William & Joan (Hill) Knight of England. William and his wife Elizabeth lived at Salem and Lynn, MA. He was a deacon of the dissenting church congregation in the parish of Moultsham in Chelmsford, Essex, England. He owned an estate and had the right to kill deer and rabbits in a certain park there. He had a sister, Emma, who married in England, Nicholas Potter, later [Nicholas?] came to Lynn with two children, Robert and & Elizabeth. [Nicholas seems to have been a brother-in-law to William, possibly brother to William's first wife. If not, then husband of his sister. Ms. Cooper also questioned some of this information when she wrote, "Torrey lists William with wife Emma Potter. William's Will lists 'our brother, Nicholas Potter'." Did William have both a wife named Emma Potter with a brother Nicholas and a sister, Emma, whom married a Nicholas Potter?] 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] CONFLICT: Ms. Cooper felt that William was the son of William Knight and Elizabeth, the widow of Rev. Thomas Stoughton. After going over the information provided, my conclusion is that he was not the son of William Knight and Elizabeth Stoughton. William (who married Elizabeth Stoughton) died in 1696 and was born c1616 (admitted to the university "adm. pens. of Emanuel") 31 Jan 1626. The birth and death dates make it impossible for him to have been the father of William Knight (c1596/1605-1654). In order from him to have been William's father, he would have to have been at least 110 years old when he died in 1696. My calculations indicate they were contemporaries, born within 10 years of each other. [See TAG 33:108-110.] Another confusing source connecting this family to William Knight and Elizabeth Stoughton is from TAG 29:200. "Israel Stoughton made a trip to England on personal business in 1643, accompanied by his 'half-brother' William Knight, who had in the meantime graduated at Queens College, Cambridge, England, entered the ministry, emigrated to New England and was at the time pastor of the Church in Topsfield, [Essex,] MA." It is my conclusion that both of these Williams were from Essex county in England and probably related somehow, but not as father and son. Kaye Hooley 1/2004 EMIGRATION: Unknown. He was in Lynn in 1640, perhaps earlier. A William Knight age 30 was a passenger on the Falcon bound from London to Barbados 3 Apr 1635] also there was a William Knight age 13 [unlikely] who traveled with Thomas Knight age 21 from London to St. Christophers in the Matthew of London 17 May 1635. See The Ships List by Thomas Langford <http://www.primenet.com/~langford/ships/shiplist.htm>. See also Hotton's "Original Lists of Persons of Quality," London, 1874, reprinted New York, 1931. William Knight on List of Freemen 2 May 1638 [NEHGR 3:96] I have two, undocumented sources that names William's first wife as Martha Williams, not Emma Potter. However, the date of her birth is too early and the date of her death is too late. "
"Savage, James, Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, (4 vols) (Boston, 1860-62, reprint Baltimore, GPC, 1965, reprint Ancestry.com), Vol 3:40, Brigham Young University, Harold B. Lee Library, Provo, UT 84602, LOC F 3 . S2 1965. William Knight, Salem, a mason, had grant of land 1637, yet seems rather to belong to Lynn, freeman 2 May 1638, had John, Ann, Francis, Hannah, all by second wife Elizabeth, Jacob, Daniel, Elizabeth and Mary, and died 5 Mar. 1656. From Lewis was this account deriv. by Farmer; yet there is evidence that he had John and Francis, Joanna, and Mary only, all brot. from Eng. and that the sons both went home, and there Francis died without issue; but John after serving the parliam. cause in the civil war, obtained possession of estate in Eng. that was his father's married and died in that country. His will, of 2 Dec. 1653, provides for division of estate among the children of both wives each named and to eldest son Jacob double portion. The inv. was returned when the will was probated 28 June 1655."
"2 Dec 1653 I william knight in this my last will and testyment do giue my wife Elizebeth the thirds of all my Estate and further that she shall Injoy my dwellinghows So long as she liueth likwys I giu to my son John knight forety shillings to be payd tow years after my deceas Itte I giu to my dafter Ane won shilling and to her children fiu shillings a pease to be payd tow years After my deceas. Itt I giue to || my sone || francis knight fiue shillings when he shall lawfully demand it. Itt I giue to my dafter hanna forty shillings won year after my deceas Itt I giue to John ballard forty shillings tow years After my deceas or when my wif pleases Itt I giu to nathanyell ballard forty shillings tow years After my deceas: All and Euery of theas leggacys to be truly payd The rest of my Estat I will to be Equily diuided amonkst my fowr children wich I had by my last wife Elizabeth "only I giue to my Eldest Son Jacob a dubbell parcion to be payd in my hows and homelott Adjoyning to my dwelling hows and medow in Rumly march If this amounts to more then his dubbell portion then it to be payd back to my last childre Equilly diuided likwys If the Sayd hows and land due not amount to a dubbell porttion the[n] it is to be made oup: I further will if any of theas my last children dye before thay come to age: then ther porttions to return to thos that shall suruiue Equaly to be deuided amonkst them This I will that If my wife maryes then my childrens porttions to be taken from hurs and to be at the ouerseers disposing: I make my wife elizabeth my lawfull Excekter to Administer on this my last will [and] Testyment I likwys make our brother nicklis potter and Gorg keasur and John witt: to be the ouersears of this my last will. to wich I Sett my hand dat the 2 of december 1653 William C. Knight (his mark) Wit: John Fuller (autograph)" ,
"Potter made oath before Rob. Bridges 27:4: 1655 [27 Apr 1655?] and Fuller on 28:4: 1655 [28 Apr 1655?], before Elias Stillman, clerk. [Essex Co. Quarterly Court Files, vol. 3, leaf 12 "
"Comment on the Will: 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." Ane and her children received a lesser share than Hannah, Jacob and John who each received forty shillings and Francis received five shillings. By this I concluded that Ane/Anne and Francis were children by his first wife. The Will of Daniel Knight [see Daniel Knight] is more proof that the four children of Elizabeth were Jacob, Daniel, Elizabeth and Mary and that not only were Ane and Francis children of his first wife, so was John. "
Inventory of the estate of William Knight, deceased, taken 22:1:654-5, by John Fuller (autograph) and Phillip Kyrtland (autograph): "Dwelling house,barn and fivten Ackrs of plow land, 46li; six akers of medow in Rumly march, 10li; five akers of medow in the town march, 15li; two working oxen, 14li; thre Cows, 13li; one heaffor in calf, 4li, 1s.; 2 year ould Stear, 3li, one yerling, 1li. 15s., 8li.15s.; one weaning Calfe, 15s.; 2 Ewes with 2 Ewe Lambs, 4li. 10s.; 2 Ewes with 2 Rame lambs, 4li.; 2 Ewes, 3li. 10s.; 1 wether Shep, 2 years ould, 1li.; three 3 year ould wetthers, 2li.5s.; one Rame, 15s.; two swyn, 2li.; one fether bede and pillows and bolster and coverlids, 4li.; two flock beds with other furnyture belonging to them, 2li. 10s.; five pare of sheets, 4li.; 8 napkins and a tabell cloth, 13s.; one pillow beare, 2s.; 4 kuchins, 8s.; 2 bede steeds, 18s.; ould chests and a truncke, 10s.; thre brase potts, 1li. 9s.; thre bras kettells, 17s.; one warming pane, 5s.; 4 pewttor dishes, 1li.; 3 wine measurs, 5s. 6d.; 2 wine cups, 2 dram cups, two beare cups, 5s.; severall peases of small pewttor, 5s 6d.; one Iron pott, one Iron mortter and pestill, 9s.; 2 pare of andyrons, fier shovell and tongs, 8s. 6d.; 2 pare of pott hangers, 3s.; 1 fryinge pane and Iron candellstick, 2s. 6d.; stolls, chears and a tabell, 11si.; beare barrils, tubes, churn, coberd dewtraft, 18s.; thre spininge whealls, a pare of woll cards, 8s.; 2 muskitts and kurbyn, 1li.; two swords, 5s.; two crosscut saws, one narrow axe, a frow and a lathing hamer, a littell hammer, 8s 6d.; 2 spitts, 2s.; thre sifes, 3s.; the man's wearing apparrell, 3li. 8s. 6d.; carts, plows, yoks and Iron works belonging to them, 2li. 12s.; in mony, 2s. 6d.; a ladder and ould Iron, 5s.; total, 154 li. 15s. Due from brother Deken, 6s.; look, 11s.; heed, 9s.; Mikell cambell, 1s.; Joseph Armitag, 5s.; Hugh Aley, 6s.; town, 1s. 6d.; diman, 4s.; Pharrer, 1s.; William Curtis, 6s.; a scote man, 6s.; brother kesar, 2s. 4d.; ____ & his Sonn, 12s.; another scotman, 12s. 4d.; total, 9li. 3s." ( &). ",
"Or wife Elizabeth was mother of Johanna. Took the oath of freeman 2 May 1638; received 60 acres of land in the first distribution in 1638 in Lynn, MA; "At the court meeting of 29 June 1652 he was licensed to retail strong waters."."
"The following marriages, births, and deaths, are taken from the Essex Court Records, now in the custody of the city clerk of Salem. . . . Knight, William d. 5 March, 1656."
"William Knight to Thomas Farrington - (1:19) William Knight of Lynn . . . sold to Thomas Farrington of Lynn, for 27 pounds, 13 shillings, 4 pence, 200 acres of land with the meadow thereto belonging, lying on the S by Adam Hawks? land and on the W of the river that parts the Lynn Village from the town, also 8 acres of meadow lying near the lands of George Smith, and 5 acres of meadow in Rumney Marsh as by a writing dated the 17th of the 4th month 1650. Recorded: the 7th of the 12th month 1650."
"John and Elizabeth Knowles to John Fuller and Mathew Farrington - (2:302) On 11 Nov 1658 . . . W by lands of Thomas Cobbit on the south, & salt marsh of William Knight and Nicholas Potter on the north . . . "
"John Poole to Allen Breed - (2:327) On 20 February 1653 . . . and 3 acres of meadow in the town marsh between lands of William Knight on teh S and the creek leading to the sea on the N . . . "
"Nicholas Potter to son Robert Potter - (4:547) . . . N by land formerly William Knight?s now in possession of Robert Potter . . . "
"Knight, William, Salem, a mason, gr. of ld. 1637, yet seems rather to belong to Lynn, freem. 2 May 1638, had John, Ann, Francis, Hannah, all by sec. w. Eliz. Jacob, Daniel, Eliz, and Mary, and d. 5 Mar. 1656. From Lewis was this acco. deriv. by Farmer; yet there is evid, that he had John and Francis, Joanna, and Mary only, all brot. from Eng. and that the s. both went home, and there Francis d. without issue; but John aft. serv. the parliam. cause in the civil war, obt. possessn. of est. in Eng. that was his f.?s m and d. in that country. His will, of 2 Dec. 1653, provides for div. of est. among the ch. of both ws. eac. name. and to eldest s. Jacob doub. portion. The inv. was ret. when the will was pro. 28 June 1655."
"Knight, William. Slater; adm. inhabitant 1637. Estate. - To buy of Thomas Minard, 4 acres by Newton line, 5 acres Mystic side, 4 acres beyond Menotomy river, 1637."
"xiiijo Aprilis 1635 Thesis vner-written names are to be transported to the Barbadoes imbarqued in the Faulcon de London, THO: IRISH Mr p Certificate from the Minister of the pish of their conformity to the orders of the Church of England. The Men have taken the oaths of Allegeance & Supremacie. . . Wm Knight . . . . . .Yeres: 30 . . . . "
"The William Knight of Lynn, Mass., who died 5 March 1656, will dated 1653 [New England Hist. and Gen. Register, 5:253; 6:346] was not of course the brother-in-law of Israel Stoughton who died in England in 1696." [Author tries to clarify the relationships between the Stoughton and Knight families]
Ralph Stoughton also tries to clarify Stoughton/Knight relationships.
Change Date: 3 SEP 2012
Marriage 1 ?
Has No Children John KNIGHT Has Children Johanna KNIGHT b: ABT 1627 in Rowley, Essex Co, MA
Marriage 2 Elizabeth b: ABT 1607
Married: BEF MAY 1639 11
Has No Children Daniel KNIGHT
Type: Periodical Author: Charles S. Tibbetts Title: William Knight of Lynn Periodical: Essex Genealogist Date: April, 1998 Date: 29 APR 2010 Type: Book Author: Frank Alfred Randall Periodical: Randall and Allied Families Publication: Chicago: Raveret-Weber Printing Company, 1943 Type: Book Author: Robert Croll Stevens Periodical: Ancestry of the Children of Robert Croll Stevens and Jeane Eleanor (Knauss) Stevens Publication: Pittsford, NY: self-published, 1991 Type: Book Author: Sidney Perley Periodical: The History of Salem, Massachusetts Publication: Salem, MA: Self-published, 1924 Type: Web Site Author: Asa K. Gage (firstname.lastname@example.org) Title: William Knight of Lynn, MA - early 1600?s URL: http://searches2.rootsweb.com/th/read/KNIGHT-TIMES/1996-11/0847859035 Date: Accessed 20 Sept 2008 Type: Book Author: Clarence Almon Torrey Periodical: New England Marriages Prior to 1700 Publication: (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc., 1985) Type: Book Author: Clyde V. Gage Periodical: Thomas Gage of Yarmouth, Mass. and his Descendants Publication: (Worcester, NY: privately printed, no date listed) Type: Web Site Author: John A. Gage Title: Thomas Gage of Yarmouth, Harwich, Mass. URL: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~agick/Gage/thomas_gage_yarmouth_biography.html Date: Accessed 18 Jan 2004 Type: Periodical Author: Arthur E. Gage Title: The New England Ancestry of Lyman J. Gage Periodical: New England Historical & Genealogical Register Date: (April, 1899) Type: Periodical Title: Miscellanea From an Old Notarial Record Book in Clerk of Courts? Office, Salem Periodical: Historical Collections of the Essex Institute Date: Salem: Henry Whipple & Son, 1860 Type: Book Author: Louis Effingham de Forest Periodical: Our Colonial and Continental Ancestors: The Ancestry of Mr. and Mrs. Louis William Dommerich Publication: New York: The de Forest Publishing Company, 1930 Type: Book Periodical: The Probate Records of Essex County Massachusetts Publication: Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1916 Type: E-Mail Message Author: Gary Turner (HatchFamilyHistory@gmail.com Title: Family Group Records (Wiliam Knight and Emma Potter and Elizabeth Lee Date: 28 Sept 2008 Location: On file with Barbara Fleming Type: Web Site Author: Laurel Taffe Carr Title: Re: Elizabeth Ballard Knight Breed - Lynn URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/breed/messages/359.html Date: Accessed 20 Sept 2008 Type: Periodical Author: Joseph B. Felt Title: Genealogical Items Relative to Lynn, Mass. Periodical: New England Historical & Genealogical Register Date: April, 1851 Type: Book Author: Essex Society of Genealogists, Inc. Periodical: Essex County Deeds 1639-1678 Publication: Heritage Books, 2003 Type: Book Author: James Savage Periodical: Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Publication: Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1860, reprinted in 1986) Type: Book Author: Thomas Bellows Wyman Periodical: The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown, Massachusetts 1629-1818 Publication: Somersworth: New England History Press, 1982 - Reprint from Boston: D. Clapp & Son, 1879 Type: Book Author: John Camden Hotten Periodical: The Original Lists of Persons of Quality Publication: New York: G.A. Baker & Co., Inc., 1931 Type: Periodical Author: Genevieve Tylee Kiepura Title: Stoughton-Knight Data Periodical: The American Genealogist Date: April, 1957 Type: Periodical Author: Ralph M. Stoughton Title: The Stoughton Families Periodical: The American Genealogist Date: October, 1953
William Knight Origin
William hailed from Binfield, Berkshire, England. He was born in about 1601. Immigration
William was first recorded at Salem in 1636, Charlestown in 1637, and was made Freeman in 1638. His Freeman status implies church membership, but according to the NEHGR, it is unknown. According to court testimony at Lynn in, William was "a deacon of a dissenting congregation in England" (Es. Court files; Es. Inst. Coll II, 102.) Family
William married twice.
He married by 1638, as his 1st, to Emma Unknown. He married by about 1640, as his 2nd, to Elizabeth (Unknown) Ballard, widow of William Ballard. Elizabeth brought three young children with her to their marriage: Hester Ballard b ca 1633, John Ballard b ca 1634, Nathaniel Ballard b ca 1636. After William's death, Elizabeth married, as her 3rd, to Allen Bread.
Children of William Knight and Emma (Unknown):
John Knight returned to England during the English Civil War Anne/Anna Knight Francis Knight Johanna Knight; mar Thomas Gage of Yarmouth
Children of William Knight and Elizabeth (Unknown) Ballard:
Jacob Knight b c. 1641, d 1695 Daniel Knight Elizabeth Knight mar John Farrington Mary Knight
Salem and Lynn
William was found living in Salem in 1636, and by 1638 he had removed to Lynn, Massachusetts. At Lynn, he was chosen as Constable in 1641. His occupation was variously identified as: slater, mason, husbandman, juryman, proprietor, and in Lynn, "At the court meeting of 29 June 1652 he was licensed to retail strong waters." Court Testimony
According to the testimony of widow Martha WILLIAMS he was a mason and a deacon of a dissenting congregation in England; that he came to N.E. with one Hathorne and others for liberty of conscience, leaving estates in Eng.; that his son John ret. to Eng. in the time of the civil wars. John PORTER testified to the same (Es. Court files; Es. Inst. Coll II, 102.)
Last Will and Testament
"Will dated 2 Dec. 1653, prob. 28 (4) 1655. wife Elizabeth, sons John and Francis, dau. Anne and her ch., dau. Hannah, and John and Nathaniel BALLARD. After legacies are paid to these the residue goes to the 4 ch. he had by last wife Elizabeth; eldest son Jacob to have double portion. 'Our brother Nicholas POTTER' one of the overseers.
The widow m. 2, Allen BREED; the dau. Joane m. Thomas GAGE of Yarmouth. receipts in 1657. John FARRINGTON and John and Nathaniel BALLARD, as sons-in-law, and Mary K., as dau. also receipted for their portions. (Es. Deeds II, 52.)" (, p. 274). Death and Legacy
William died "5: 1: 1655" (March 5, 1655) at Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. Sources
↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Crandall, Ralph J., (1977) "Charlestown's Inhabitants." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: NEHGS AmericanAncestors (Vol 131, Page 128) ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Gage, Asa K., "KNIGHT-TIMES-L: William Knight of Lynn, MA - early 1600's" Archives, Rootsweb: Caution - lacking sources - no evidence for wives' maiden names. ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Anderson, Robert C., (1999) "William Ballard," Featured name. Great Migration 1634-1635, A-B. Boston: NEHGS, AmericanAncestors (Vol A-B, Pages 148-150).
Name William Knight Gender Male Birth 1600 Marriage by 1622 to Residence? by 1637 Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Marriage ABT 1640 to Elizabeth Death? 5 Mar 1655 Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
The were several men named William Knight in early new England. William Knight of Lynn arrived by 1637 according to Robert Charles Anderson. Although earlier research by Sidney Perley that he had first joined the church in Marblehead on 2 Jan 1636 before removing to Lynn in 1637. William1 Knight of Lynn is occasionally conflated with Rev William1 Knight of Ipswich. ▼References
↑ Charles S Tibbets, William Knight of Lynn, in The Essex Genealogist (Massachusetts). (Lynnfield, Massachusetts: Essex Society of Genealogists), 18:72 Available at AmericanAncestors.org, 1998.
Charles S Tibbets updated the genealogy of William Knight in 1998 in TEG 18:72. William1 Knight was born about 1600 and died in Lynn 5:1m:1655. He married first in England a wife whose name is unknown who was mother to his first four children: John, Ann, Francis, Johanna. He married second at Lynn widow Elizabeth Ballard born 1609. She had previously been the wife of William Ballard and after the death of William Knight she married third to at Lynn 28:1m:1656 Allen1 Breed. William1 Knight of Lynn and his second wife Elizabeth had four children including Mary, Elizabeth, Jacob and Daniel. The author reviews each child in turn. Their daughter Elizabeth born abt. 1644/5; married about 1661 JOHN FARRINGTON. He was born 1624 and died in Lynn, 2 May 1666, son of Edmond and Elizabeth (Newhall) Farrington. After he died Elizabeth (Knight) Farrington married Mark Graves on 14 Nov 1667 in at Andover, Mass. He had 9 children with his previous wife (citing earlier research of Kenneth Vance Graves, Samuel Graves ... of Lynn p 13). The author proves the identity of these people in several ways. He shows that in 1661 John Farrington discharged “my father & Mother, Allen & Elizabeth Breed, the sum of the legacy bequeathed to my wife, acc. to the will of her late dec'd father Wm. Knight" [citing Essex Deeds. 2:53]. The author also shows that in 1666, Elizabeth Breed, aged about 59, deposed that “at the making of the match between John Farrington and my daughter Elizabeth, now a widow, I asked Matthew Farrington If he would not give his brother John the other half of their father's estate at the death of himself and his wife, and he said he would" [citing EQC Records 7:199 and the Farrington Family In TEG, Vol. 17]. The author lists their children and spouses. The author also shows that the mother Elizabeth and her first husband William Ballard had son’s John Ballard and Nathaniel Ballard and that William Knight’s (her second husband) will bequests to “John Ballard forty shillings two years after my decease or when my wife pleases; to Nathaniel Ballard forty shillings two years after my decease. The rest of my estate I will to be equally divided among my four children which I had by my last wife Elizabeth…” (including Elizabeth above). ↑ Marica Lindber Wiswall, William Ballard of Lynn, in The Essex Genealogist (Massachusetts). (Lynnfield, Massachusetts: Essex Society of Genealogists), 16:71 Available on AmericanAncestors.org, 1996.
Sidney Perley first looked at this family in 1902 in the Essex Antiquarian 6:39-40 and revied it in his History of Salem 1:417 in 1924. Charles Frederic Farlow compiled a Ballard Genealogy in 1911 which contained many errors. Louis deForest revised it in Dommerih Anc 45-47. In 1996 Marica Lindber Wiswall, William Ballard of Lynn. Her account was reviewed by the Great Migration Begins 1:15 and it was revised further in 1998 by Charles S Tibbets, William Knight of Lynn in The Essex Genealogist 18:72. However, Marica Lindber Wiswall's work is still insightful and focuses on William1 Knight of Lynn's wife's first husband William Ballard. William Ballard, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), [2:1:148 link to Ancestry.com http://interactive.ancestry.com/2496/42521_b158312-00243?pid=3090], 1999.
William Ballard married Elizabeth By about 1633. Elizabeth and William Ballard of Lynn had Hester, John and Nathaniel. She married (2) in 1640 or soon after William Knight (in his will of 2 December 1653 William Knight refers to "my four children which I had by my last wife Elizabeth," and makes bequests to "John Ballard" and "Nathaniel Ballard" [EPR 1:213; EQC 1:394]) She married third to and Allen Breed. He refers to Marica Lindber Wiswall, William Ballard of Lynn in The Essex Genealogist (1996) 16:71. Note the follow on article published by Charles S Tibbets on William Knight of Lynn had not been published yet. ↑ Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Directory: Immigrants to New England, 1620–1640 (Boston, Massachusetts. New England Historic and Genealogical Society. 2015) p 199 [Origin] Unknown; [Arrival] 1637; [First residence] Lynn [citing MBCR 1:374; EQC 1:17, 2:270; Lechford 153; EPR 1:213-14; EIHC 2:102-3; TEG 18:71-74 ↑ Sidney Perley, The History of Salem, Massachusetts(Salem, MA: 1924) 1:417 link to page 1:417
The Genealogical Magazine https://books.google.com/books?id=4y9CAQAAMAAJ 1896 William Knight of Lynn  hath sold unto Lynn Thomas Erington of Lynn, for £27. 13. 4, 200 acres, with the meadow thereto belonging lying on the south by ... The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 53, 1899 https://books.google.com/books?isbn=0788409174 New England Historic Genealogical, New England Historic Genealogical Society Staff - 2015 - History He married Johanna Knight* (before 1648), a daughter of William Knight of Salem and Lynn. We are informedt that this " William Knight was a mason, and a ... Descendants of Thomas Wellman of Lynn, Massachusetts https://books.google.com/books?id=uIlYAAAAMAAJ Joshua Wyman Wellman, George Walter Chamberlain, Arthur Holbrook Wellman - 1918 William Knight and his family were still residing at Lynn, as were presumably Thomas ... John Knight and his young wife upon landing at Salem would, quite likely, ... well have been born between 1646 and 1658, 22 WELLMAN GENEALOGY. Genealogical and Family History of Northern New York: A Record of ... https://books.google.com/books?id=-O0pAQAAMAAJ William Richard Cutter - 1910 - Clinton County (N.Y.) March 28, 1656, he married (second) Elizabeth, daughter of William Knight, of Lynn. Children: 1. Allen, see below. 2. Timothy, born in England in 1628. 3.
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