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William Knight

Also Known As: "Had 4 children with Eliza"
Birthplace: Possibly, Binfield, Berkshire, England
Death: Died in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of father of William Knight, of Lynn and mother of William Knight, of Lynn
Husband of Emma Lee Knight and Elizabeth Breed
Father of John Knight; Ann Richards; Francis Knight; Johanna Gage; Elizabeth Knight and 3 others

Occupation: Mason
Managed by: Kimberly Ann Coppenrath
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About William Knight, of Lynn

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: 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."



  1. The Great Migration, Anderson, Robert Charles & George F. Sanborn, Melinde Lutz Sanborn, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 1999), p. 148.
  2. Descendants of Thomas Wellman of Lynn, Massachusetts. By Joshua Wyman Wellman, George Walter Chamberlain, Arthur Holbrook Wellman. Page 20.
  3. Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America: With a Brief History of ...By Henry Whittemore. Page 309.
  4. 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.

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William Knight, of Lynn's Timeline

Binfield, Berkshire, England
Age 22
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK
Age 24
Age 26
Age 28
Age 41
Lynn, Essex County, MA, USA
Age 42
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
March 5, 1656
Age 56
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts