Once a Knight is Enough

Knight Genealogy

by Laura Knight

Welcome to fellow Knight Family (and related/allied families) Researchers. This website has been created to be a repository for all the Knight family records I have compiled over many years in my effort to sort out the tangled knots of relationships of my Colonial Ancestry. The records have been collected from wherever I could find them, mostly from books that compile genealogical sources, but also, in many instances, from reading and abstracting photographic images of records held in various libraries and collections in the US and England. See the Introduction for details on this and to understand what I was doing and why and how to read the compilation of records.

At the beginning of this process, well over 20 years ago, I held certain ideas about the various Knight families that gradually, over time, began to change as the records were collected and sorted. Various serious problems with the standard, accepted genealogies presented themselves in confrontation with the actual records, and now and then I wrote a number of commentaries on the records in attempts to solve the issues. I will post those here, also, as separate articles. I strongly urge the Knight Family researcher to read them so that you, too, won't fall into the errors that past researchers have committed due to lack of actual sources!

I've spent many thousands of dollars on acquiring the records that are on this site, (or will be as I get them organized and posted). It struck me that one of the reasons that many Knight Family researchers were making so many errors that I could see in online family trees, was because of the lack of easy availability of the hard facts. That is why I decided to just share the work I had done openly and freely; and I only ask that those of you who may have additional records that I don't have here, please let me know so that I can add them for other Knight Researchers. And if you find errors, please write and let me know giving the exact location of the mistake so that I can easily find and correct it. (That is, the URL of the page, and how many paragraphs down, or something similar.)

These records are by no means EXHAUSTIVE, but they are COMPREHENSIVE, and I will continue adding to them as I find new things and as time permits. I will indicate here which pages have been revised or updated, and when, so if you check back here, you can easily see what you may need to re-check!

That's enough introduction to the site itself. And since I don't want to clutter this index with a lot of words, I urge you strongly to read the several articles posted here to fully acquaint yourself with the background and the main stumbling blocks before diving directly into the raw records themselves. I know you are anxious to just find the evidence for your people, but so many errors are floating around in cyberspace already, it is a good idea to be cautious! Also, it is advisable to read all the records so as not to make unfounded assumptions about a connection you may find if you only read one batch (I've sure done that!) There is a definite history of the Knight family apparent in the records from the very beginnings and it is really kind of cool to get this overarching impression of what kind of people we are!

It goes without saying that the materials I have compiled are freely available to be copied and utilized as needed. But please attach to any record the correct citation as a courtesy to others! You can get full citation info from the Bibliography!


Introduction - Updated 2019 Feb 2

DNA and Genealogy

The First Knight?

Pity the Poor Immigrant

Chesapeake Bay
Chronology of Exploration and Settlement

Visitation Pedigrees and Some Other Knight Records

Knights of St Bride's Fleet Street

Knights of St Bride's Fleet Street Part 2:
Thomas Knight, Scrivener, Recusant

Knights of St Bride's Fleet Street Part 3:
Arthur Knight, Haberdasher

Christopher Alleyn, Knight is NOT a Knight!


Looking for Capt. Peter Knight

Jerome Hawley and James Hawley
Added 2019 Feb 27

A Tale of Two Peters -
Major Additions: 2019 Feb 27

A Tale of Two Peters Part II
Added 2019 Mar 1

Oaths of Allegiance to Cromwell Northumberland VA 1652
- Added 2019 Feb 2

Surry County Virginia Tithables Lists 1668 - 1703 Selected
Highlighting Knights

- Added 2019 Mar 1

1704 Virginia Rent Rolls Selected Lists Highlighting any Knights Found
- Added 2019 Mar 1

Knights of Surry/Sussex County and Some Related/Associated Families: Raw Records
Added 2019 Mar 5

John Knight of Sussex County VA
Added 2019 Mar 10

Interpreting Headrights in Colonial-Virginia Patents:
Uses and Abuses

Added 2019 Mar 11

Some Emigrants to Virginia Extracted from Stanard
- Added 2019 Feb 2

Knight Raw Records 1166 - 1549 - Updated 2019 Jan 18

Knight Raw Records 1550 - 1599 - Updated 2019 Jan 18

Knight Raw Records 1600 - 1619 - Added 2019 Jan 28

Knight Raw Records 1620 - 1629 - Added 2019 Jan 29

Knight Raw Records 1630 - 1639 - Added 2019 Feb 2

Sources Bibliography - Added 2019 Jan 29 (Will be updated soon)