Once a Knight is Enough

Knight Genealogy

by Laura Knight


Capt. Peter Knight signed an Oath of Allegiance to Cromwell's Commonwealth of England. I think it is useful to inspect the list of his neighbors who also signed. I have rendered the name spellings to modern forms in several cases. Obviously, quite a few people that we know were in Northumberland County at the time, are not on this list. See the transcriber's note at the bottom.


Oaths of Allegiance, Northumberland County, 1652


Those whose names are published doe promise and Ingage and saludt to be true and faithful to the Commonwealth of England as it is now established without King or house of Lordes. [April ye 11th 1652].


John Mottrom
Thomas Speke
John Trussell
Willis Yeardley (Yeardly)
Watkins Broadhurst
Nicholas Morris
Richard Flynt
Peter Knight
Jacob Coutanceau
Henry [illeg]
Hugh Lee
George Colclough
John Haynie
John Gaskins
John Dennis
John Mottrom (Jr?)
John Graham (Grayham)
Thomas Hale (Hales)
William Thomas
Richard Budd
Simon Arnard Sen
S[illeg.] William
Matthew Rhoden
William Vincent
Isaac Weaver
John Waddy
Thomas Kingwell
Richard Holden
Abraham Byram
John Hayward
Thomas Gaskins
George Hale
Ralph Horsly
William Medcalfe

Philip Carpenter
Thomas Brewer
Thomas Prickett
John Powell
William Presley
Robert Smith
[illeg] Cox Esq
Walter Weekes
Richard Hubball
William Spicer
Thomas Bales (Bailes)
David Spiller
Henry Hurst
James MacGregor
John Essex
William Allenson
Cornelius Robinson
Roger Palin (Pallen)
Webone Bishop
John Bennett
Henry Cartwright
Peter Presley
John Eyres (Airs)
Henry Toppin
Thomas Hale (Haile)
John Kent
Thomas Coggin
William Reynolds
John Bales (Bailes)
William Cornish
Richard Clare
Moses Wardsell [?]

Edward Henley (Hanley?)
Thomas Keen
Thomas Broughton
John Cross
William Warder
John Hanley (Henley?)
Edward Hudson
Henry Barnes
James Willis
Thomas Sheapard
Henry Mosley
Robert Newman
Richard Walker
Charles Ashton
John Ingram (Ingerom)
John Finch
Thomas Witsford
John Bradshawe
Luke Dyne
David [?] Claughton
Samuell Smyths
William Cocke
Nathan Hickman
Robart Bradshawe
Humphry Fulford (ffulford)
John Holloway
John Rosier
John Walford
Andrew Munroe
Daniel Lisson
John Dew
Lewes Gilman


Note: The above signatures were certified and signed by the clerk, but both the three lines of text and his name are difficult to read. ed. These signatures were first transcribed independently, to the best of the ability of this researcher. Some names were then confirmed from a listing in Nugent, Cavaliers and Pioneers as having owned land, or named as a headright by landowners of Northumberland County at that time. Some names have been confirmed with the listing in Fleet, Northumbria Collectanea, 1645-1720. Several of the names of persons who signed were not found in Fleet's listing. Some names remain indecipherable, or perhaps misread. VLHD. Northumberland County Deeds and Orders, 1650-1652. pp.60 [-60a]. From TIDEWATER VIRGINIA FAMILIES: A Magazine of History and Genealogy, Volume 3, Number 4, pp 243-244


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