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William Knott, Sr.

Death: May 06, 1665 (25-34)
Surry, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of James Knott, of Nansemond, Gent. and Elinor Knott
Husband of Mary Carpenter
Father of Sarah Hunt; William Knott, Jr.; Mary Wapple; Anne Avery and Elizabeth Bently
Brother of Elizabeth Thomas; Bernard Knott; Nathaniel Knott; Mary Knott and Francis Knott

Managed by: John Lawrence Dooley, Jr
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About William Knott, Sr.

Willam Knott was underage in 1651.


William, son of James Knott and Elinor.

Following is James will, in which, however, he does not mention all his sons.

Liber No. 1, folio 51, Annapolis Wills; James Knott of Nansemond, in Virginia: will dated September 4, 1651, proved May 13, 1635.

Witness: George White, Devises:-

  • To my threes sonnes Bernard Knott, Nathaniel Knott and William Knott, four cowes (mentions Bernard as his eldest son and stipulates that the "cowes" shall be kept together until he comes to the full age of 20 years);
  • to my dau. Mary 6 cowes to be delivered by 25th of Dec. next, also a negro man to dau. Mary to be delivered her in Oct. 1654;
  • to son BernardKnott 600 acres of land, "plantation whereon I lnow live, with reversion to his other children;"
  • to sons Nathaniel & William Knott 600 acres of land, equally divided between them, "being the upper part of this division now in my possession, with reversion in case of death of either;"
  • "I give to my sister E. M. Colins, Anna Young or any of her chidren 2 cowes that shall come here to demand them:
  • I give to my dau. Elizabeth Thomas, one cowe;"
  • balance ofestate divided into five parts, viz.: "one part to my wife & four parts to my four children, Bernard, Nathaniel, William and Mary Knott;
  • my loving friend John Ascumb to be over-seers of this my last will and testament."

The lands of James Knott in St. Mary's County were conveyed to his son Francis, who conveyed some of them whild living, and devised them in his will, proved in St. Mary's County, May 14, 1705, in his old age (Liber B No. 2, folio 500, Annapolis Wills).


  1. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Unknown-421404 cites
    1. John Frederick Dorman, Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5, 3 volumes (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2005), Two: 422-423.
    2. Application for Membership, 8074, Jamestowne Society. Connie Moss. [This approved membership application proves the descent of Sarah Knott Hunt from Jamestowne ancestor James Knott, through her father William Knott.]
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William Knott, Sr.'s Timeline

Surry, Virginia, United States
May 6, 1665
Age 30
Surry, Virginia