Once a Knight is Enough

Knight Genealogy

by Laura Knight

Knight Records 1680 - 1689

See Knight Records 1166-1549 for key.


1680 – VA Stafford – Admin - List of public officers -  Col. George Mason, Mr. James Ashton, Capt. Robert Massey, Mr. Mathew Thompson, Maj. Andrew Gilson, Mr. Malachi Peale, Dr. William Banks, Mr. Anthony Buckner, Mr. Edward Thomason, Mr. Martin Scarlett, Mr. Vincent Young. (King 1961, p. 175)

Note: There were two individuals I know of in Stafford County, of the next generation after this group, who were named Scarlett: Scarlett Fletcher and Scarlett Anderson. I think that they were probably named after this Mr. Martin Scarlett either because he was admired, or because there was intermarriage.

Refer back to record entry 1649 May 19 where we find John Knight Gent in England engaged in legal affairs with Edward Moore, Benjamin Scarlett Gent, a Parker, a Palmer, Smiths, Winwoods, a Benjamin Culpeper, etc.  A later record entry, 1658 Jan 13, will of Israel Knight, mentions an uncle, John Scarlett of Sarum, sadler as well as relatives named Young, West and Coleman. It seems pretty certain that there was something like a “good ole boy” network in existence there in England, and then later, in Virginia.

Martin Scarlett was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses in Williamsburg from 1680 to 1695, and was also a justice of Stafford County. In the late 1600s Scarlett acquired Burbage’s Neck, which came to be called Deep Hole Plantation (part of the Burbage Grant of 1653).

Recall that Peter Knight of Gloucester patented land 1638 Nov 18 that was "due by assignment from Thomas Burbage". We also read in the Admiralty Court records that Peter Knight of Gloucester, as the factor of Joseph Saunders, apparently cut a deal for Burbage.

Elizabeth Harper, gr. granddaughter of Martin Scarlett via Robert Harper of PA, married John Knight, son of William Knight and Jane Butler Knight of Stafford County. This William was a grandson of Capt. Peter via Leonard Knight who moved first to Lancaster, then to Stafford. 

There also appears to have been a Scarlet Anderson, possible brother of Rachel Anderson who married John Knight of Georgia. He does not appear to be related to the Scarletts as far as I can tell. Nevertheless, the association is suggestive of network connexions.

1680 Jan 7 – UK Wiltshire Codford St Mary – Bur – Christopher Knight – s/o John Knight and Honor. (London Met Arch)

1680 – Jan 20 – UK London St Botolph – Will – Thomas Knight, Cit & Girdler – To mother, Eleanor Knight (Ellinor), 1 shilling “and no more”; to brother William Knight, 1 shilling “and no more”; to “any other relation that may come to lay claim to any part or pars of my estate, the sum of one shilling and no more”; all the rest of estate, houses, goods, chattels, to wife Sara Knight and she to be executrix. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 365: North, Quire Numbers 1-47 (1681))

1680 – Jan 21 - VA Northumberland – George Knight – Court: Richard Cox's Comm of Admn of Knight's Estate: Upon the Petition of Richard Cox a Commission of Administration is granted him of the Estate of Mr. George Knight, deceased, he giveing caution according to Law; Bond Richard Cox, Mr. Thomas Matthew and Richard Flint (Flynte) doe oblige themselves in the penall sum of tenn thousand pounds of tobacco and caske that Richard Cox will duly administer of the Estate of Mr. George Knight, deced., and exhibite an Inventory thereof to the Court; Appraysers Ordered that William [ ? Beuffaw], Thomas Adams and William Dawson apprayse the Estate of Mr. George Knight, deced., they being first sworne according to Law. (NC 1677-1679 Order Book, p. 54)

Note: Now we learn that the husband of Capt. Peter's daughter has died not long after the incident of her being "beate and abused" was brought to our attention. Did he die because he fought a duel or engaged in some violence with the man who abused his wife? This is beginning to sound like a major tragedy in this young woman's life. In any event, the estate must have been worth a bit to have such a high bond posted by the administrators.

Regarding the Richard Flint (Flynte) named as overseer of the estate, refer to the comments on the 1657 Mar 30 record.

1680 – Jan 27 – UK London St Bride - Will – John Knight, Esq – This is a poor image; says toward the beginning, “principall chirurgeon to his Majestie… (Charles II)… to be buryed … with as little ceremony as may be in the parish Church of St Brides in Fleet Street in London…”; to the daughters of my sister Francis Bodham at present unmarried, to each of them, 300 pounds; to Thomas Ward, son of my sister, Catherine Ward, 300 pounds to be paid to him half a year after the expiration of his apprenticeship; to the sons of sister Elizabeth Francis, viz Edward and Thomas, 300 pounds to be divided between them; to each of my sisters, viz Rebecka Blackamore, Elizabeth Francis, Francis Bodham, and Sarah Mangridge, 100 pounds apiece; to Susan King, my late wife’s sister, an annuity of 6 pounds per annum during her natural life;  to Rose Whale, Elizabeth Whale, and Mary Whale, daughters of my late wife’s sister, Anne Whale, 50 pounds apiece; to nephew Arthur Blackamore, son of my eldest sister Rebecka Blackamore, 5 shillings;  to Mary Goodwin and Sarah Blackamore, daughters of the said Rebecka, 10 pounds; to Mary Goodwyn, daughter of the previously mentioned Mary Goodwyn, 20 pounds; discussion of monies owed to him; mention of late brother, William Knight, his wife Elizabeth Knight, and their two children, arrangement for annuity to said widow of brother; to good friend Joshua Drayner, Apothecary, 30 pounds; to good old friend John Sayers, Esq … master Cooke 50 pounds; to my good friend Mrs. Sayers, wife of John Sayers, a ruby ring set with diamonds which was my wife’s, and also my traveling chariot; to John Sayers, Edward Sayers and Joseph Sayers, sons of John Sayers, 5 pounds apiece; to my loving brother (in-law?), Sir Burnrowth Goines (or squire) of Westbury in the county of Gloucester, Knight, silver basin and ewer; to friend Robert Heyton, traveling plate; to servant Elizabeth Brown, 200 pounds and all the furniture of my purple chamber (!) provided she be living with me, a servant, at the day of my decease; to my brother (in-law) John Mangridge, my biggest silver __ and ___; to sister Elizabeth Francis, my blue bed with the furniture of the blue and yellow chamber at Newhall; to my sister Francis Bodham, my own bed together with the furniture of my chamber I lie in at Albemarle house; to my servants John Franklin and Christopher Todd, all my books of phisick and chirugery and all my instruments to be equally divided, and to each of them 10 pounds; to the said Christopher Todd, the whole furniture and equipment standing in his lodging in Durham yard; to Mr. James Davies of Whitehall the two rings which I always wore upon my fingers; to my man Shepard, 40 shillings if he is my servant at the day of my death; to my good friend Samuel Pepys, 8 (or 18) volumes of Gotfried (followed by several names which might be individual authors or titles, in Latin); to the library of the College of Gonville and Caius in Cambridge, to W___ Society… my written originals all my manuscripts of … and the rest is in Latin, though it appears to discuss the texts being given; to my most noble friends, the right honorable Henry Earl Clarenden and his brother the right honorable Lawrence Hyde Esq, … the sum of 50 pounds to buy them rings…___  my daughter Fanny being of age and signing and sealing my testament of agreement between her husband and myself; to the two sons of my sister Elizabeth Francis and the son of my sister Francis Bodham, viz Edward and Thomas Francis and Edward Bodham, all the remainder of my estate to be equally divided amongst them share and share alike; friend John Sayer and brother (in-law) Edward Bodham, executors. Codicil: to the College of Gonville at Cambridge, all my manuscripts of Heraldry, being about 50 folios… 2 volumes of the Baronagi of which are by myself added most of the arms describing the masters and fellows of the said college they are arresting men with these essential documents that they would let the town of Ipswich have theirs & they now have …. I do also give to the said library of Gonville and Caius, Godwyns Catalogue of Bishop Whirt are in the margins inserted the arms of most of the Bishops and these faithfully obtained from tombs, stone work, glass windows Seats and esscutial ornaments… I give to the town of Ipswich the Monstrum Angelorum in 3 volumes… etc.  (This codicil is fascinating and I would like to see the entire will gone over by a MS professional and properly transcribed for historical reasons.)  (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 364: Bath, Quire Numbers 124-185 (1680))

Note: Henry Hyde, 2nd Earl of Clarendon, was brother-in-law of King James II. He was the eldest son of Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, and his second wife, Frances Aylesbury. He was thus a brother of Anne Hyde, and maternal uncle to both Queen Mary II and Queen Anne. Both he and his brother Laurence Hyde were brought up partly at Antwerp and Breda, by their mother. Clarendon before 1660 made use of Henry as copyist, decipherer, and confidential secretary, in his correspondence with distant royalists.  In 1680, the influence of his brother-in-law James, Duke of York made him a privy councillor. Around the same time he was named keeper of Denmark House and treasurer and receiver-general of the queen's revenues. At this time, and often, he had money troubles. The friendship of the Duke of York led to his inclusion with his brother Lawrence in the group whom the Commons early in January 1681 told the king were persons inclined to popery. Clarendon County, South Carolina and Hyde County, North Carolina are named after him.

So it seems that the son of Thomas Knight, Scrivener of London, did rather well for himself!  And what is up with the servant getting 200 pounds and the furnishings of a “purple chamber”??

1680 – Jan 28 – UK Wiltshire Codford St Mary – Bur – John Knight, Carpenter. (London Met Arch)

1680 – Apr 6 – UK London St Andrew Holborn – Will – David Knight, Brewer – To wife Katherine, all land, tenements, in the county of Hertfordshire, etc for her natural life; after her decease, to son, who is newborn and just a few days old and not baptized yet; if son and all other children die, property to go to brother Thomas Knight and sister Mary Spufford, Elizabeth Freeman and Frances Knight; to wife Katherine, one third part of all goods and chattels and also jewells, rings, and household stuff; goods etc in brewhouse and trade excepted; to wife Katherine, 2000 pounds, “her third part of estate”; to three children, viz son lately born, 2 daughters Rose and Katherine, the 2/3rd part of estate to be divided between them; to father-in-law, Richard Harford, 20 pounds; to brother Thomas Knight and his children, 50 pounds; to sister Elizabeth Freeman and her child, 30 pounds; to the wife of John Dermy, 5 pounds; to John Dermy, 5 pounds; to their daughter Johanna, 40 shillings;  to sister ___ Sherman and her daughter, Alice, all the money owed by Sherman’s husband to testator;  to cousins David Thorne, John and Abraham Faldo, 20 shillings apiece to buy rings; to Aunt ___ 5 pounds; to Aunt Faldo and her mother, 5 pounds; to Michael Knight and his sister, Elizabeth, 10 pounds and 2 pieces of plate; to Michael and Ann, children of ___, 40 shillings; to Thomas Hawdon and John Hinds, 20 pounds apiece; to Thomas Taylor, 50 shillings; to Margaret Hughes, 20 shillings; to all servants, 20 shillings apiece; to the poor of the parish of St Andrew Holborn, 6 pounds; to the poor of the parish of Lawton in Bedfordshire, 5 pounds; to 2 godchildren, 20 shillings apiece; to landlord, George Jaques and wife, 20 shillings to buy rings; to friend William Melmoth, 20 pounds, to Roger Reeve, 10 pounds; to Bartholomew Hunt, saddle gelding (gives the horse’s name but can’t make it out); residue of estate to “my three children” which includes the as-yet unnamed son, to be equally divided; wife Katherine to be executor; friends Rober Reeve and William Melmoth to be overseers; requests Thomas Hawkins and John Hind to assist wife in managing estate. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 362: Bath, Quire Numbers 1-59 (1680)) 

1680 - Apr 20 – VA Charles City - Admin - Hugh Lee - Land patent for 400 acs. On the Black Water called Rownam, in Bristol Parish.  Etc. (Nugent II, p. 207)

Note: Despite the long association, I have been unable to find a direct connection between the Knights and Lees. This Hugh was the son of Hancock by his 3rd wife, Mary Kimball.

1680 – Jun 23 – UK London St Giles Cripplegate – Will – Thomas Knight, Cit. & Freemason – To daughter (“dear child”) Sarah, 2500 pounds at age 21 or day of marriage;  wife, Sarah, to live on interest from this money as long as she lives and/or remains a widow; to daughter, lands and tenements includes business with stonesmiths near Old Bailey, all income derived from this; if daughter Sarah dies, 1000 pounds to go to sister, Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Parish of Stepney (?);  unclear what happens to rest; further property discussed (image is very bad) and house and all in it to wife Sarah as long as she is a widow; wife to be executrix; discussion of sums Thomas lent to the company of Masons. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers,1674-1687, Piece 363: Bath, Quire Numbers 60-123 (1680))

1680 – Jun 25 – UK Buckinghamshire Otney – Will – William Knight, Butcher – To wife Sibyl, lands and funds to support her and children until they are 21; sons, William Knight, Phillip Knight, Robert Knight, Jacob Knight, Thomas Knight; daughter Mary Knight; Ralph Williamson, John Barry, Edward Jolly and John Odell to be executors. This is a long and detailed will with descriptions of lands and neighbors, and extended family, but it is almost impossible to make out because the image on ancestry.com is so poor. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 363: Bath, Quire Numbers 60-123 (1680))

1680 - Jul 10 – VA James City – Admin - Thomas Warberton, SR – Land patent for 430 acs…. beg. At the mouth of a small slash of Pagan Cr. Sw; including 40 acs. Purchased of John Knight, dec’d;  Formerly granted & now new surveyed, &c. (Nugent II, p. 211)

1680 – UK Hythe Kent – Bur - Elizabeth Knight Beane -  Monumental inscription in the Chancel of the church at Hythe: On a Neat Monument, on The North Wall, with this Coat. [On a Lozenge: ¼ly: 1&4). Or, a chevn. az. a border sa. bezanty (BEAN). 2&3), Az. a chevn. arg. betw. 3 martlets or (KNIGHT)]. M.S. To The Memory of Mrs Elisabeth BEANE Wife of Robinson Beane of Hythe, Gent, and Mrs Anne Beane Their only Daughter. both buried in One Tomb near unto this Place. A Pious Matron, and a Virgin both,/Of Age ye Glory, and ye Flow’r of Youth./Where Beauty did in full Perfection shine,/And ev’ry Grace and Virtue was divine./Upon One Fatal Thread hung both their Lives,/And, in her Fate, The Mother’s Death contrives./One Branch, ye beauteous Branch dissolved away,/The fruitfull Stock dropt in a Year & Day./One was their Life; here in One Tomb, they lye,/The Mother, Daughter, and Posterity.

Underneath, On a flat Stone, with ye Above Coat. Here lie ye Bodies of The truly virtuous and pious Elisabeth BEANE, Daughter of John KNIGHT, Gent. Wife to Robinson Beane of Hythe, Gent. And Anne Beane, sole Daughter and Heiress of the Said Robinson & Elisabeth, who departed this Life 12 Jan 1679/80. Aged 22. The Mother, with much Sorrow surviving, a Year after, was buried in ye same Tomb, on ye 22d. of Jan. 1680/1. An. Aetatis 58.  (Monumental Inscriptions  Noted by Rev Bryan Faussett, 1757, transcribed by Christine Pantrey)

1681 – Jan 9 – UK Warwickshire Bedworth – Will – John Knight, Mariner – “Belonging to His Majestie’s ship Hampshire and bound … against the Moors”;  entire estate to brother, Anthony Knight; “I have left John Eady my trustee to look after my said brother… whatever charges the said John Eady shall be at in the sending my said brother home to my mother in Bedworth in the County of Warwick… shall be repaid”. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will, Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 369: Cottle, Quire Numbers 1-54 (1682))

1681 - Apr 23 – VA Isle of Wight – Admin - Major Thoma Taberer – Land patent for 400 acs., Up. Par. Of Is. of W. Co., & commonly called Bassetts Choice (Basses Choice), neer mouth of Pagan Cr.,  p. 71. 150 acs. Granted Mr. Peter Knight in 1640 who sold to Mr. John Bland, merchant of London, & by Mr. Giles Bland, his sonn & Atty., conveyed to sd. Taberer 4 Dec. 1675, together with confirmation of the sale & a relinquishment of dower by Mrs. Sar. Bland, wife & Genl. Atty. Of sd. John, 6 Oct 1679;… (Nugent II, p. 217)

1681 – May 6 – UK Kent Cowden – Will – Richard Knight the Younger, Gent – To the poor of the parish of Cowden, 5 pounds to be distributed by Thomas Dorkman, Minister, and kindsmand, Robert James of Cowden; to the poor of the parish of East Grinstead, Sussex, 4 pounds, to be distributed by John Sowell, Minister, and brother-in-law, Jeremy Johnson of East Grinstead, Gent; to the poor of the parish of Hartfield, Sussex, 40 shillings to be distributed by Maynard Shaw, Minister; to the poor of the parish of Lingfield, Surrey, 30 shillings to be distributed by John Nicholson, minister; to every one of the mentioned ministers and to brother-in-law, Jeremy Johnson and his wife, Alice, 10 shillings to buy rings; to Thomas Dorkman, minister, 5 pounds to preach funeral sermon; to godson, Richard Knight, “which I have put out as an apprentice to Jarvis Thorpe of East Grinstead, 50 pounds at 21; to Bridget, the wife of Thomas Carr of Cowden, 40 shillings; to kinswoman Margaret, wife of William Harris of Sussex, 5 pounds; to kinswoman Johanna, wife of William Baugham of London, Tailor, 3 pounds; to friends Robert Burgess of Cowdon, Butcher and to my manservant, 3 pounds apiece; to each and every one of other servants, “Men, maids and boys,” 40 shillings;  to all godchildren, 10 shillings apiece;  to father-in-law Jeremy Johnson the elder, Gent, to brother in law, Henry Johnson, Gent, to uncle Richard Knight the Elder, Gent, and Richard Knight, Gent, to kinswoman Margaret Titchbourn, Widow, to kinsman John Titchbourn, Gent, to Uncle Knight’s 3 daughters, Elizabeth, Ann and Bridget, to John Bridgland, Gent, my cousin Anne’s husband, to each and every one of them, 20 shillings to buy them rings; to friend Edward Daniel and his son, Robert Daniel, 40 shillings; to all servants of cousin Robert James, 10 shillings apiece; to wife Sarah, beds, linens, furniture (long list); to wife Sarah, long list of silver items with initials “RKM”, “RT”, “RK”, “RKS” and coats of arms engraved, also pewter items, bible marked with “TA”; to wife Sarah, 300 pounds; to daughter Sarah, silver plate not already bequeathed and all boxes and trunks at age 21; wife and daughter to receive “suitable” mourning clothes paid for out of estate; to executor and his 3 children, 100 pounds for mourning; to kinsman Robert James, all iron and stock belonging to the furnace and forge occupied by testator and Robert James; residue of estate to Robert James and he to be executor; owes 600 pounds to Robert Seyliard of Eatonbridge, Kent; to daughter Sarah, lands and tenements in Cowden; other lands to daughter, and annuity of 16 pounds from rents; after wife’s decease, the lands/house where testator lives; long description of lands etc, to go to daughter; then, if wife is pregnant when testator dies and produces a son, then everything that was to go to daughter will go to son (!) but son will have to pay to daughter 1000 pounds at the age of 21 or day of marriage plus an annuity of 25 pounds; if wife produces another female child, daughter Sarah has to pay her 1000 pounds and 25 pound annuity, and gets to keep everything else; appoints Robert James to be daughter’s guardian unti age 21 but child to be brought up by wife; details follow about accounting for rents and payments to the estate.  (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 366: North, Quire Numbers 48-94 (1681))

1681 – May 16 – UK Isle of Wight Newport – Will – Joseph Knight, Tailor – All lands, tenements, all goods, chattels, money, plate, etc, to John Bankes of St Clement Danes in Middlesex, Tailor to be sold so as to repay to him all the monies owed to him by testator, and remainder to go to brother John Knight and sister Mary Knight, to be equally divided between them; John Bankes, sole executor. Signed with his mark; Wit: Sarah Chandler (mark), Elizabeth Taylor (mark). (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 366: North, Quire Numbers 48-94 (1681))

1681 – Jun 7 – UK Hertfordshire St Stephen – Will – William Knight, Gent – To be buried in the parish church of St Clement Danes (Westminster), around the font, by my children; to wife Anne and sons-in-law, Richard Walford and John Farnswell (?), lands and tenements, part rented to 3 named tailors; assignee for something is William Knight; (first half of this will is a very poor image); lengthy discussion of lands and property management;  to the church of St Clement Danes, 5 pounds; to the poor of the parish of St Clement Danes, 5 pounds; daughter Elizabeth, wife of Richard Walford, 200 pounds; granddaughter, Anne Walford, 50 pounds; grandson William Walford, 30 pounds; to John, Abraham, Elizabeth, Mary and Richard Walford, 10 pounds apiece; to daughter Mary Farnswell, 100 pounds; to granddaughter Anne Farnswell, 50 pounds; to Mary, James, and Jane Farnswell, 10 pounds apiece; to daughter Joane, wife of Thomas Richards, 100 pounds; to granddaughter Anne Richards, 30 pounds; so William Knight, lands, tenements, income, etc (he is apparently the main heir); to wife, lands and tenements in the county of Hertfordshire; if son dies without issue, everything to be divided equally among daughters, Elizabeth, Mary and Joane; 10 pounds apiece to 3 sons-in-law to buy mourning clothes;  several cousins to get 20 shillings for mourning rings; wife to be sole executrix. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 366: North, Quire Numbers 48-94 (1681))

1681 - Aug 1 VA Henrico – Admin - Jane Tucker Pleasants – Formerly wife and executrix of Samuel Tucker, dec’d, for 15,000 lbs tobacco, to Martin Elam, two tracts in Bermuda Hundred, both given me by my husband Samuel Tucker in his will, vizt; that purchased by him of Gilbert Elam whereon we lived, 40 acres, and that purchased by him of Anthony Patram, Dec’d, and Rebecca, his wife, one of the heirs of Reginald Evans, dec’d, 23 acres.  29 Nov 1680 Wit: Edward Thomas, Math. (M) Mocke, Signed: Jane Pleasants Rec: 1 Aug 1681.

Followed by : I, John Woodson, Jr. as marrying the orphan of Samuel Tucker, assign my right in above tract to Martin Elam  20 Aug 1681 Wit: Robert (O) Easly, Hugh Davis, Signed John Woodson, JR, Rec: 20 Aug 1681 

Followed by : I, John Woodson, JR. as marrying orphan of Samuel Tucker, dec’d vizt., Mary Tucker, have released to John Pleasants as guardian of said Mary, all claim to above land.  15 Dec 1680, Wit: Zacheus Ellis, Robt. (O) Easly, Signed John Woodson, Jr.  Rec: 20 Aug 1681. (Weisiger 1996, pp. 12-13)

1681 – Aug 2 – UK London St Giles Cripplegate – Will – Richard Knight, Armorer – To wife Elizabeth, 100 pounds; to wife, benefit of all lands and tenements in West Ham, Essex,  and an annuity of 26 pounds a year for her natural life; if she is not satisfied with this and attempts to sue the estate, the legacy is to be revoked; after the death of said wife, entire estate to go to son, Peter Knight and his heirs; to brother Thomas Knight, 50 pounds and forgiveness of all sums owed testator; also to brother, Thomas, clothing an 6 pounds to buy mourning clothes for him and his wife; to niece Abigail Hutchins, wife of John Hutchins, 20 pounds and also 5 pounds for mourning; to grandson, Richard Knight, 100 pounds to be paid to his father, Peter Knight, until he shall be 21; to Thomas Freeman and wife, 10 pounds to make them mourning clothes; to the poor pensioners of the Company of Armorers, 10 pounds to be distributed in 50 shilling lots on St Thomas Day for four years after my decease; to the poor of St Giles parish, 22 pounds and 10 shillings to be distributed as follows: 50 shillings on the day of funeral, then 5 pounds a year for 4 years, in 5 shilling amounts; residue of estate to son Peter Knight with said son and wife to be joint executors; warning to wife again to not attempt to get more or all will be revoked and will go to son, Peter. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 367: North, Quire Numbers 95-141 (1681))

1681 – Aug 10 – UK Berkshire Shrivenham – Will – Jeffrey Knight, Clothworker – To daughter Jane Knight, 34 pounds and daughter must pay to “my now wife Anne Knight” 3 pounds and 10 shillings a year during wife’s natural life; to son (in-law?) John Pantin and wife, 20 pounds; to all grandchildren, 1 shilling apiece; to son Jeffrey Knight, 20 shillings; to daughter Anne Eyres (Aires), 20 shillings; to daughter Priscilla Royly, 20 shillings; to wife, Anne, for her life, all household goods; after her decease, to go to children, then lists household items and what goes to who, beds, pots and pans, blankets, etc; residue of estate to daughter Jane after wife’s decease. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 367: North, Quire Numbers 95-141 (1681))

1681 – Aug 25 – UK London – Will – Margaret Knight, Spinster – To brother, Robert Knight of London, Merchant, 10 pounds; to Mary Knight, his wife, 10 pounds; to brother, Robert Knight of London, 100 pounds “with the interest thereof due to me upon bond from Peake (or Luke) Burt of Waltham in the county of Kent, Gent”; to George Carter, brother(in-law) of Crandell in Kent, 5 pounds; to Katherine, his wife, 5 pounds; to George and Thomas Carter, sons of George and Katherine Carter, 5 pounds apiece;  to Katherine Carter and Phebe Carter, daughters of George and Katherine Carter, 5 pounds apiece;  residue to sisters Dorothy and Phebe Knight who are joint executrixes. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 367: North, Quire Numbers 95-141 (1681))

1681 – Aug 25 – UK London – Will – Dorothy Knight, Spinster – To brother, Robert Knight of London, 10 pounds; to sister Mary Knight, his wife, 10 pounds; to brother George Carter and Katherine his wife, each of them 10 pounds; to George, Katherine, Thomas and Phebe Carter, the children of George and Katherine, to each of them 5 pounds; to uncle and aunt Legalt, 10 shillings each; to their children, each, 5 shillings; “to the poor among friends”, 10 pounds, 5 of which to “friends” in London, and 5 among “friends” in Kent; to friend Rebatta Trebers of London, widow, 25 shilling piece of gold; to Mary Booth of London, widow, one 10 shilling piece of gold; to my cousin Deborah Guntherson of London, milliner, and to her mother and sister Dorothy, 10 shillings; to brother Robert Knight, 100 pounds; residue of estate to sister Phebe Knight and she to be executrix.  Wit: John Marsh, Deborah Guntherson, Robert Knight. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 367: North, Quire Numbers 95-141 (1681))

1681 - Sep 14 VA Lancaster – Mar - John Palmer and Anne Knight -  Knight, a svt. to Maj. Edward Dale swore that Palmer had fathered her illeg. child. (Headley 2001, p. 272)

Note: Just because they were "servants" does not mean that they were poor people pulled in off the streets of London. In this case, we note the most interesting juxtaposition of the names Palmer and Knight, knowing already that Knights and Palmers were connected via interactions in Northumberland county. Sons and daughters were regularly apprenticed out as "servants" - this had been going on in England for a very long time - and even Capt. Peter Knight's daughter, Mary, apparently learned the trade of weaving as we will see further on. It's not likely she learned it from her father.

Recall also that John Palmer was one of the "servants" at Capt. Peter Knight's place during the Summar Adams affair and gave testimony. In the testimony of Mary Pallas, we learn that Capt. Peter bought 3 barrels of "corne" from a John Palmer, who was apparently a neighbor planter and probably father of John Palmer the "servant".
Edward Palmer was a headright of Adam Thoroughgood 1635 Jun 24 and patented his own land 1658 Jun 4 in Northumberland County. We also note that in 1653, William Claiborne claimed "both Kent and Palmer Islands" so Palmers may have been there prior to Northumberland VA. Again, it was Edward Palmer who used "Guy Knight" as a headright in 1658. One wonders if "Guy" is not a transcription error and is really "George" using the abbreviation of the time: Geo?

Finally, there were quite a few Knight-Palmer connections in England.

1681 - Sep 28 – VA Henrico – Admin - Mr. Robert Woodson, Mr. John Woodson, Mr. Thomas East, Mr. Robert Clarke & Mr. William Porter – Land patent for 531 A., 1 R., 4 P., Henrico Co., S. side of the White Oake Sw., in Verina Par., Adj. Mr. Thomas Cocke; Madam Bland; … (Nugent II, p. 223)  Note: The grant is to Robert Woodson and his son, John Woodson, not a brother. This will be clarified in the record 1694 Jan 1.

1681 - Sep 28 VA Rappahannock – Admin - Mr. Thomas Watkins – Land patent for 420 acs upon a br. Of Piancketanck Riv… etc. (Nugent II, p. 224)

1681 – Nov 15 – UK Warwickshire Wootton Wawen – Will – John Knight, Gent – “I John Knight of Barrells… whereas I stand seized in fee of my manor house or Capital Messuage called Barrells and the … grounds thereunto belonging… and also of other lands and tenements in Ullenhall… by virtue of a fine levied in 1650 by Humphry Grassingham and myself unto Robert Adams and Richard Holme… Now I do, by this last will and testament, give and devise my said Mannor capital Messuage ” etc. in Bearley and Debenhall “now in the tenure of Edward Pratchett” to eldest son, William Knight for the term of 4 score years; then, estate to go to son Edmund Knight and brother Robert Knight (this part is rather confusing and seems to lend the place to Edmund and Robert for the 40 years and then to go to sons of William Knight from one to the next in default of heirs of any; in default of heirs of William, estate to go to son Edmund and in default of his heirs, to brother Robert and his heirs; in default of his heirs, it should “descend to the right heirs of me, John Knight…”; also gives to son William his two “fee farm rents” and all his free land “in the tenure of Carrington”; William is also to have “all my Copihold lands and tenements within the said Manor, but upon this special trust” which is to pay all debts and to also pay to his brother, Edmund, 500 pounds for which money he has made a “conditional surrender” of part of the said Copyhold lands which are “now in the hands of Richard Holmes, Gent”; to son Edmund, lands in Henley, Warwickshire when he turns 21; Edmund to give compensation to sister-in-law Mary Rawlins, daughter of testator’s late father-in-law, Edmund Rawlins since this land comes to Edmund Knight from the will of Edmund Rawlins; to Edmund Knight, silver handled sword and belt, other silver and gold items, furniture, bed, bedding, sheets, pillows, tablecloths, linen napkins, platters and plates, etc; to daughter ___ Martin, 20 gold guineas and 5 pounds to her husband; to brother Robert Knight, 5 pounds; to cousins John Knight, Thomas Knight, Elizabeth Knight, Sarah Knight, 10 shillings apiece to buy them mourning rings; to sister-in-law Mary Rawlins, 20 shillings to buy a ring; to kinswoman Elizabeth Rogers, a 10 shilling piece of gold and 2 shilling pieces of silver of King Edwards coin; to every servant, 5 shillings; to the poor of Ullenhall, Henley-in-Arden and Rowington, 50 shillings annually to be paid out of the Close in Ullenhall, funds in the hands of George Fulwood, Gent, trustee; further details on management of charity; residual legatee, son William Knight, who is to be executor; son-in-law William Martin to be assistant to executor; states he wrote the will with his own hand; codicil gives additional 100 pounds to son Edmund; adds an annuity of 30 shillings to an Elizabeth Heatts “for her care and diligence in my service”; Wit: Devereaux Wilson, William Martin, John Morris, Mary Smart. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 368: North, Quire Numbers 142-189 (1681))  See the Visitation of Warwickshire 1682 (Harl. Soc.), 81.) 

Note Re: Ullenhall: A small estate here belonging to the Abbey of Bordesley was described in 1535 as 'the manor of Ulnall Henley with Denseyes Yende', valued at £3 13s. 5½d. including 'perquisites of the court there'. After the Dissolution it was granted as 'the grange of Ownall' to Clement Throckmorton,  and any manorial rights were presumably lost.

Barrells is in the parish of Ullenhall which was made a separate parish from Wootton Wawen in 1861. Above the east window in the parish church of St Mary there is a moulded stone panel with an achievement of arms of Knight of Barrells. It would be nice to have an image of this if anyone could get it.

Barrells Hall stands in a beautifully wooded park. It is first mentioned in 1681, when it was among the possessions of John Knight.  In 1730 Robert Knight purchased 'the manor and estate' from Raleigh Knight.  In 1769 Robert Knight, then Earl of Catherlough, was still holding it, and it passed at his death in 1772 to his natural son Robert Knight, after which it descended with the manor of Ullenhall.


In the parish church of St Peter at Wootton Wawen, there are six 18th century monuments to relatives of Robert Knight, Earl of Catherlough, and one of 1676 to William Somerville, and another to Robert Somerville 1705. There are some 20 floor slabs of the 17th and 18th century, the earliest to Mary wife of John Whittel of Bearley 1603; others to members of the Carington, Somerville, Knight, and other families, including that to William Somerville, the poet, 1742.

Pinley Priory, also called Pinley Abbey, was a Cistercian nunnery in the parish of Rowington in Warwickshire, England. It was founded in the early 12th century and dissolved in 1536. The site of the priory is now occupied by the lands and buildings of Pinley Abbey Farm, and only traces now survive of the original priory buildings. The present Pinley Abbey Farmhouse, dates from the mid 15th century with later alterations. It incorporates part of a wall believed to have been part of an earlier monastic building, that also extends beyond it. To the north-west there is a cottage, originally 14th century but also later altered, that was probably once the priory guest house.

1681 – Nov 28 – UK Surrey Southwark – Will – John Knight the Younger, Shipwright – “Late of Moorfield in the County of Kent”; all lands and tenements in the occupation of Humphry Bannister, another occupied by Timothy Hills, another occupied by Charles Norwood,  in Croyden, Surrey, another occupied by Henry Cox, and Thomas Dale, in Mersham, Surrey, left to John Knight the Younger by his father, John Knight the Elder, to wife, Mary Knight, during her life and after her death, the the “right heirs of me, Johne the Younger”, according to the will of his father; wife to be executrix. (No mention of children.) (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 368: North, Quire Numbers 142-189 (1681))

1681 – Dec 31 – UK Middlesex Stepney – Will / POA – Emanuel Knight, Mariner – Appoints his father, Robert Knight of Stepney, his attorney, sole legatee and executor. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 368: North, Quire Numbers 142-189 (1681))

1681 – UK Gloucestershire Bristol – Chancery – Knight vs Knight - Plaintiffs: John Knight. Defendants: Mary Knight, widow, Joseph Knight and others. Subject: property in St Augustine, Bristol, Gloucestershire. Document type: Bill, answer. (National Archives, Kew England, Ref: C 5/512/46)

1682 - Apr 20 VA New Kent – Admin - Robert Hughes – Land patent for 855 acs on N. side of the N. br. Of Chickahominy Riv… Trans. Of 18 pers. Incl: Rees Hughs JR, Elizabeth Hughes, James Hambleton, John Anderson. … (Nugent II, p. 229)
Note: A Sarah Hambleton is said to have married Richard Ferris and their daughter married Robert Woodson. This might be a nephew or cousin of Sarah’s. Also of interest is the Hughes-Walton-Woodson-Knight connexion.

1682 - Apr 20 VA Lower Norfolk – Admin - Mr. Evan Jones – Land patent for 600 acs. called Hoskins’ Island… Trans. of 12 pers. incl. Jonathan Farmer, Richd. Farmer, Thomas Thorogood. (Nugent II, p. 233)  Same day, county and page:  John Legatt – Land patent for 400 acs. in Knott’s Island… trans. of 8 pers: incl. Richard Gardner, Joan Williams, Miles Gray, Robert Wright, Elizabeth Johnson, Jonathan Knight, Jonathan MacMurray (Mackmarry), Richard Davy.

Note: Now, the usual scribal convention of the time would abbreviate "John" with "Jno." and "Jonathan" with "Jon." or "Jona." I can't decide if the latter is what is meant in the three cases above, which were all written “Jon.” or the scribe was simply dyslexic. Was "Jonathan" suddenly a popular name? The "Jonathan" was clear in the 1679 Oct 1 patent of Mathew Kemp, where he "imported" Jonathan Knight. It was the same county, so might suggest that Jonathan Knight and his various friends are making the rounds of those in need of headrights. If so, it might be an important clue because the Farmers show up in Lunenburg along with the John Knight there who had sons named John and Jonathan. And we've already tracked a few of the Farmer family and often in relation to Knights and Woodsons! The earliest appearance was with Peter Knight of Gloucester 1652 Jul 16; then, John Hinman 1655 Oct 3; then Cadwallader Jones 1677 Dec 29; Thomas Farmer shows up as tithable in Surry 1678, 1679; and now this. All very suggestive.

1682 – May 5 – UK Kent Cowden – Will – Richard Knight, Gent – The will begins with listing properties and their appurtenances in Lingfield Surrey, and Cowden, Kent, and then says that all must be divided into 2 parts; ½ of everything to John Bridgleand of Maresfield, and Anne his wife, daughter of testator, and their heirs forever etc. plus 10 pounds; the other half goes to Bridget Knight, youngest daughter; failure of heirs on either side, and the other heir gets all; brother Robert Knight to have life estate at the place where he is living, but the property ultimately goes to the daughters; daughter Bridget is not to marry without the approval of her sister and brother-in-law and other relations; to granddaughter, Sarah Bridgeland, 5 pounds; to brother, Robert Knight, 5 pounds; John Bridgeland and Bridget Knight to be executor and executrix.  (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 370: Cottle, Quire Numbers 55-110 (1682))

1682 – May 19 – UK Isle of Wight – Ox Alum – Richard Knight – s/o Thomas Knight of Isle of Wight, gent. St Edmund Hall, matric. 19 May 1682, aged 17. (Oxford University Alumni 1500-1886, pp. 861-863)

1682 – Jun 14 – UK Somerset Broomfield – Will – James Knight, Yeoman – Estate: Priors Down in Broomfield; to grandson Richard Dibble, son of Richard, 5 acres out of estate called Stirtlepath at age 21; if he die, to go to his brother, Nicholas Dibble; to Richard Dibble, grandson, 20 pounds; to grandchild Anne Dibble, daughter of Richard, out of the same estate, 20 pounds; to grandchild Elizabeth Knight, daughter of son John Knight, deceased, all my estate at Combwich; if she dies, estate to go to sister, Margaret; out of estate called Ham, at Broomfield, 40 pounds apiece to children of Richard Dibble, John, Richard, Agnes, James, and Nicholas; or 8 pounds apiece to them yearly for 5 years; if any die, share to be divided among survivors; to other grandchildren, the children of Francis Alvord alias Griffin of Stogumber Somerset, Yeoman, namely Francis, Agnes, John, James, Alice and William, 30 pounds, or 5 pounds apiece to each of them; if any of them die, share to be divided among survivors; to grandchildren Elizabeth knigh, Hannah Knight, and Margaret Knight, 20 pounds apiece; estate of Priors Down to go to Thomas Diblle; executor to have full use of estate until all legacies are paid; estate of Ham to go to grandson James Knight, son of aforementioned John Knight, deceased; daughter-in-law Margaret Knight, widow of John Knight, to have the use of home tenement of East Leigh and all the benefit thereof for the maintenance of her children during her widowhood; Margaret Knight to pay to daughter of testator, Rebecca, wife of Francis Alvord alias Griffin, 100 pounds out of the estate; daughter-in-law Margaret to help, guide and assist the executor in paying the legacies; to daughter Joane Dibble, wife of Richard Dibble, 5 pounds; to Rebecca Alvord alias Griffin, 40 shillings; to John Taylor, former servant, 5 pounds; if any of the legatees are unhappy with the will and create differences etc, their legacy is void; to servants Hugh Kerby, John Burge, Hugh Joanes, Christopher Widner, 2 shillings 6 pence; grandson John Knight to be executor and residuary legatee; friends Jeffrey Towill of Broomfield, Anthony Levy of Oatehurst, Yeomen, to be overseers and to receive 40 shillings apiece; signed with his mark. Codicil: if daughter-in-law Margaret remarries, she must pay to her children, Elizabeth, Hannah and John, 20 pounds apiece. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 370: Cottle, Quire Numbers 55-110 (1682))

1682 - Sep 22 – VA James City – Admin - Thomas Bowry – Land patent for 120 acs. James City Co., S. side of Chickahominy Riv. For trans. Of 3 pers: William Hawley (Hawly), John Wilby and, presumably, himself. (Nugent II, p. 242)

1682 – Oct 7 – UK Middlesex St Giles – Will – Mary Knight, Spinster – To brothers John Knight, Joseph Knight and Peter Knight, 20 pounds each; to brother Richard Knight’s children, 20 pounds to be divided between them when they are 21; to Phillip Harris, 10 pounds; to Sarah Eavanell, wife of Edward Eavannell, Coachman and Anne Harris and Phillip Harris, each of them 20 shilling to buy them a ring; To Elizabeth Daubens and her daughter, Hannah Daubens, 10 shillings apiece; to Margaret Cooper and Grace Bennett, 10 shillings apiece; to Mary Silwood of Berkshire, Spinster, my wearing clothes both wool and linen; then, “all the goods that my father left me at Thorneborough in Berkeshire with a chest, to John Knight the younger at Thorneborough”; to the poor of Thorneborough, 20 shillings; to the poor of Chatworth, 20 shillings; residue of estate to brother-in-law Richard Silwood of Peasemoore in Berkshire who is to be executor. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 371: Cottle, Quire Numbers 111-163 (1682))

1682 – Oct 25 – UK London – Will – Nathaniel Knight, Cit & Draper – To father, William Knight, 50 pounds; to brother, William Knight and Anne, his wife and Anne their daughter, 20 pounds apiece; to uncle Nathaniel Hobart, 40 pounds; to Anne, his wife, and to Mary and Anne, their daughters, 10 pounds apiece to buy mourning; to cousin, John Arnold, 10 pounds; to friend James Coe, 6 pounds; to friend Charles Fox, my watch; to all my kindred and friends named here, mourning rings: Nicholas Carrington, William Hawes, Walter Hawes, James Cole and wife Elizabeth, Henry Eden and mother, Elizabeth Eden, Andrew Eny, Charles Fox, George Aldsorth (Aylesworth?),  Edward Bannister and wife and maid, Mary, Roger Burroughs, Joseph Listead, John Sano, cousin Thomas Yale, Will Synth, John Young, William Young, James Sargeant; residue of estate to sister Elizabeth Knight who is to be executrix. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 371: Cottle, Quire Numbers 111-163 (1682))

1682 - Nov 20 VA Nansemond – Admin - Col John Lear – Land patent for 900 acs., in Up. Par. Of Nanzemond; at Plumpton Park alias Orapeak; p. 196. … Trans. Of 18 pers: And. Beech (?), 4 times; Thomas Andrews, Jonathan Griffin, Jonathan Freeman, Thomas Harding, Addam Rable, Luke Neale, Tomsin Tarner (or Tanner), Mary Price, Samuel Clarke, Walter Noak, Jonathan Wharton, Phillip Powell, Michael Thomas, James Knight. (Nugent II, p. 246)
Note: This James Knight was almost certainly the son of Capt. Peter Knight and grandson of James Hawley. The Samuel Clarke is probably son of the same Samuel Clarke declared to be the heir of Peter Knight, Merchant, in 1674, probably by virtue of marrying his daughter or widow. See p. 147 and 246 of vol. 2 of Nugent.   John Lear’s will was probated at a court for Nansemond 12 Dec 1695. The extract is in Weisiger, 1998, p. 194 and is an interesting document on its own.

1682 – Dec 1 – UK Dorsetshire Loders – Ox Alum - Henry Knight – Son of John Knightof Loders, Dorset, paup. Wadham Coll., matric. 1 Dec 1682, aged 19; B.A. 1686, M.A. 1689, rector of West Knighton, Dorset, 1690; licenced 28 Mar 1693, to marry Mary, daughter of Arthur Hearne, rector of Blagdon, Somerset; canon of Hereford 1695; brother of John Knight 1671, and Philip Knight 1674. See Foster’s Index Eccl. & London Marriage Licences, ed. Foster. (Oxford University Alumni 1500-1886, p. 861)

1683 - Feb 1 VA Henrico – Admin - Robert Clark - of Varina Parish, Henrico Co., cooper, to Robert Woodson of same, planter, for 2600 lbs tobacco, 161 acres on south side of White Oak Swamp, in same parish, being part of a grant to Robert Woodson, John Woodson, Thomas East, the above Robert Clark, and William Porter, 28 Sept. 1681.  Wit: Thomas Cocke, Jr. Nicholas Bulligton… Anne, wife of Robert Clark, relinquished her dower right. (Weisiger 1996, p. 24)

1683 – Mar 10 – UK London Aldgate – Will – Sarah Knight, Widow – To be buried in St Helen’s church privately and invite “not body”; to Elizabeth Tutor, late wife of my son John Ayng (deceased), 1 shilling and no more; “when my executor shall receive the money that is due to me from the Hamburrow Company… then my executor shall pay…. my son Thomas Senrold, 300 pounds”; to son George Ayng 300 pounds out of the said money due to me; to my son Thomas Senrold and Sarah his wife, 5 pounds to buy rings; “if a thousand pounds is received from the said Hamburrow Company which is due to me” then, to 5 grandchildren, 20 pounds apiece; residue of estate to son George Ayng who is to be executor. Wit: Margaret Jessup, Mary Marshall, Booth Chadorton. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 375: Hare, Quire Numbers 1-47 (1684))

1683 - May 29 VA New Kent – Admin - Timothy Carter (Tymothy)– Land patent for 700 acs on N. side of Mattopany River… by Richardson’s line… granted 1 June 1678, now resurveyed. (Nugent II, p. 264)

1683 – Sep 6 – UK Middlesex St Paul Shadwell – Will / POA – John Knight, Seaman – Makes friend John Sharly, Seaman, attorney, sole legatee and executor. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 374: Drax, Quire Numbers 102-156 (1683))

1683 – Sep 8 – UK Somerset Kingston – Will – Robert Knight, Tanner – “Whereas I have made a surrender of all my Taunton ___ Land unto my son John Knight in trust and upon condition of performance of my last will and testament, now my will is that as soon as my son George Knight shall accomplish the age of 21, that son John shall surrender to George” description of part of the land mentioned; to son, Richard Knight, that son John will surrender to him a portion of said lands; to daughter Joane, 100 pounds; to daughter Elizabeth, 100 pounds; to daughter Sarah, 100 pounds; to son Thomas Knight, 50 pounds and portion of lands before mentioned; to son Thomas, chattel lease in Beaconfield (?); payment to Thomas of legacy left to him by Uncle James Bult; to daughter Elizabeth, feather bed that was her mother’s with accoutrements; to daughters Joane and Sarah, household items; residue of estate to sons George and Richard with son John executor and he to get 10 pounds. Wit: Thomas Compton, George Musgrave, Thomas Cornish. ( Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 374: Drax, Quire Numbers 102-156 (1683))

1683 - Sep 20 – VA New Kent – Admin - Sarah Allen – Land patent for 700 acs., New Kent Co., S. side of York River… 500 acs. For trans of 10 pers. Incl: Thomas Knight, Francis Cole… (Nugent II, p. 268)

1683 - Sep – VA New Kent – Mr. John Lewis, JR – Land patent for 250 acs., New Kent Co. … Granted to Charles Hawley 7 Apr. 1674 & which he dyed seized of; escheated by inquisition under William Leigh, Depty. Esch’r., 25 July 1681, & now granted by order, &c. (Nugent II, p. 268) Note: See patent of Capt. Hugh Campbell below which claims Charles Hawley as Headright.

1683 – Oct 26 – UK Middlesex St Giles in the Fields – Will – Richard Knight, Victualler – To siblings, brothers Francis Knight, Thomas Knight, sisters Joan Knight, Mary Shoares, widow of Thomas Shoares, 1 shilling each; residue of estate to wife, Frances Knight who is to be executrix. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 374: Drax, Quire Numbers 102-156 (1683))

1684 – Jan 9 – UK Wiltshire Salisbury St Martin – Bap – Christopher Knight – s/o Christopher Knight and Ann. (Wiltshire Council)

1684 - Mar 5 VA Old Rappahannock – Will - John Motlin - Sons: William, Henry and John; Elizabeth Richardson; David Stern and James Trent executors; son-in-law John Spicer; Knight Richardson; Richard Mathews; Nathaniel Allen; Elizabeth Knight; Wit: Nathaniel Allen, Martin Middleton, Knight Richardson. (Crozier 1909, p. 217))

1684 – Apr 18 – UK Kent Woolwich – Will – John Knight, Sawyer – To granddaughter, Alice Young, 10 pounds at marriage or when 21; if she dies before, money to be divided between sons William and Francis; to sister Joane, 3 pounds; to niece, Mary Stakes (Stokes?), 20 shillings; to cousin Hannah Barnes, all household goods; to sons William Knight and Francis Knight, 10 pounds apiece and they to be executors; signed with his mark. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 375: Hare, Quire Numbers 1-47 (1684))

1684 - Apr 20 VA Surry – Admin - Mr. Thomas Jordan – Land patent for 235 acs …about ¾ of a mi. from Capt. Corker, in Clayes’ Br; adj. Capt. Potter; & Lucy Corker (Luce). (Nugent II, p. 277)

1684 - Apr 20 VA Surry – Admin - Richard Jordan, JR – Land patent for, 260 acs.  On NE side of John Checokuck Sw… etc. (Nugent II, p. 277)

1684 – May 6 – UK Norfolk Norwich – Will – John Knight, Gent – “Aged and infirm…” to the poor, 40 shillings; to Dorothy Bennaton, Widow, sister, 40 shillings; to wife Jane, house and lands where I now live and all other lands and tenements in the parish of St Clement  except otherwise bequeathed for her natural life, and after her decease to Sarah Knight and Jane Knight, daughters; to son Richard Knight, lands and tenements I hold by lease under the Mayor, Sheriffs, Citizens and Commonality of the City of Norwich, on the condition that he employ the lease rents and profits for the maintenance of my daughter Mary for her natural life apart from the meddling of her husband; to son Richard, 100 pounds owed to me from Christopher Gray, my tenant and 50 more pounds on trust that my said son Richard shall pay the interest he shall make on the said money to daughter Mary for her separate use and to no other, and on the death of said daughter, that the said 150 pounds will be paid to her children, equally divided; to wife Jane, for her natural life, lands and tenements in Banningham or elsewhere in Norfolk, and after her decease, to son Richard; to daughter Elizabeth, wife of Roger Street, 150 pounds, money due to me from the executors of sons John Knight and Benjamin Knight, and money due to me from son Thomas; to daughter Sarah Knight, 150 pounds due to me from Mr. Thomas Safir, an obligation in writing, and interest therof; to daughter Jane Knight, that she shall have to her use the 150 pounds owing to her from a mortgage from her brother Richard; to my 4 daughters, Mary, Jane, Sarah and Elizabeth, moneys owed to me by the will of John Knight, my late son, deceased, out of the estate of the said John Knight in the Barbados or elsewhereand the money and estate owed to my by the will of my late son Benjamin Knight, deceased, out of the estate of the said Benjamin Knight in the Barbados or elsewhere; to brother (in-law?) Mr. Robert Allen, 20 shillings; to the wife of son Richard, 20 shillings to buy her a ring; to my sister Allen, wife of Robert Allen, 20 shillings to buy her a ring; to my son (in-law) Streete, 20 shillings to buy him a ring; wife Jane and daughter Jane to be joint executrixes and wife residuary legatee. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 376: Hare, Quire Numbers 48-97 (1684))

1684 - Oct 1 VA Henrico – Will - John Woodson, SR -  To son Robert, servant boy Ellis and Indian girl Judea; 60 acres adjoining my cozen John Woodson, and 100 acres on north side of Bayleys Creek 
* For the rest of the estate: wife to have her third, Robert to have his third, and rest of the estate to be divided as follows: Of the last 1/3 of my estate: ½ goes to my son’s 2 children Jane and Samuel, and the other ½ goest to my brother Robert Woodson’s four younget children: Robert Woodson JR, Richard Woodson, Joseph Woodson and Benjamin Woodson
* To my cozen John Woodson, the small parcel of land where his dwelling standeth. 
* To my son John Woodson, 1 hogshead of tobacco and he to be my Executor and to have all my land unbequeathed.  Dated 26 Aug 1684, Wit: John Mackmioll, George Steward, Thomas Charles.  * Probated 1684 Oct 1. (Weisiger 1998, pp. 12-13)

Note: "Cozen" meant not only cousin, but also nephew or uncle. John Sr apparently had two sons: John JR and Robert. His brother, Robert had "four youngest children" meaning that he had more, but they are not mentioned. One might assume that he had had five children including "cozen", John Woodson, and that would be a logical assumption, but it could also be an elderly uncle who needed a place to live because it certainly does not come across as a younger person.   We know from the 1681 Aug 1 record that John Woodson JR married Mary Tucker, orphan of Samuel Tucker and Jane and Samuel must be their children (Jane named after grandmother Jane Tucker Pleasants).

1684 – Oct 4 – UK Warwickshire Rowington – Admin – William Knight - Manor of Rowington. View of Frankpledge with Court Baron of Robert Vyner knt. and bart. held 4 October 26 Charles II [1684] before William Knight esq. steward. Copy of court roll recording the surrender outside the court on 3 December [1683] by George Ferrers of Knoll esq. through John Field clerk and John Shakespeare yeoman customary tenants of the said manor, and the admittance of the said George Ferrers, for the term of his life, and of Elizabeth his wife and his heirs by the said Elizabeth for ever to a messuage then inherited by John Knight called the White House, a close called the Home close, two closes on the north side of Rowington between the said messuage and a gate called Lyons gate known as Cookes close and Withifords close, and also land lying next to Rowington coppice called Little Parke coppice with all appurtenances then in the occupation of the said John Knight. The said George, Elizabeth and their heirs to hold the same according to the custom of the manor rendering a heriot of the best beast and an entry fine of 7s.  Signed: William Knight, steward.  Endorsed:  1. [In the same hand]  Mr Geo: Ferrers his copy.  (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Ref: DR 3/498)  

Note: In Rowington, “the parish church of ST. LAWRENCE is of more than average interest both for its architectural detail and the abnormal development of its plan. … On the north wall of the 16th-century aisle is a scrap of early-17th-century panelling, parts of pews reset, (fn. 75) six panels in width and three tiers in height. In the top tier are three shields of arms of the family of Knight and their alliances, the western carved and the other two with painted charges.  (Dugd. 795. The shields are illustrated in colours in Records of Rowington, i.) SOURCE. The Ferrers family owned Baddesley Clinton manor in the 16th/17th centuries. They were Roman Catholic recusants. It would be nice to have images of the Knight family shields in the church.

1684 - Oct 21 VA Lower Norfolk – Admin - Cason Moore – Land patent for 50 acs, Lynhaven Parish, neare the Cyprus Sw., and adj. His land called Bear Quarter… (Nugent II, p. 284)  Note: The Casons have apparently intermarried with the Moores.

1684 – Nov 25 – UK Surrey Southwark – Will – William Knight, Soapmaker – To nephew, William Knight, 20 shillings; to niece C__ Knight, 20 shillings; to wife’s sister, Alice __, 20 shillings; all the rest to wife, Mary Knight and she to be executrix. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 378: Hare, Quire Numbers 141-180 (1684))

1684 – Nov 28 – UK Gloucester Southmead Gloucester – Will – John Knight, Esq – “I, John Knight of Southmeade, in the parish of Westbury- upon-Trym… “ Appoints John Kent of the Devizes in Wiltshire, Esq, Thomas Knight, Esq, brother, and William Downing of Bristol, Merchant, executors in trust and guardians to son, John Knight until he is 21; to each of the executors, 3 pieces of gold; appoints wife Martha and John Jacob, her father, John and Thomas Jacob, her brothers, to be guardians to son Jacob Knight; to each of these latter guardians, 5 pieces of gold; to the poor of the parish, 10 pounds to be invested and the profits paid out yearly; to wife, Martha, all plate, household furnishings and implements, coach, pair of mares, harness and 50 pounds upon condition that she deliver to the executors, one obligation given before the marriage, “wherein I stand bound to her father for the sum of 400 pounds”, 200 pounds of which to be at her disposal; to son John, all books, chest of drawers, pistols, swords, belt, pieces of plate, silver basin, 2 silver tankards,  items engraved “with my coat of arms”, salt cellar, porringers; “to my dear Mother, the Lady Knight, 20 pounds; to sisters, Mrs. Martha Creswicke, Mrs. Mary Chamberlain, Mrs. Anne Jackson, and Mrs. Elizabeth Kent, 5 pounds apiece and to their respective husbands, a piece of gold; to 2 godsons, John Creswick and Thomas Kent, 2 gold guineas apiece; to son-in-law Giles Hungerford, my sorrel nag; to my 3 maiden sisters, Abigail Knight, Joane Knight and Sarah Knight, 50 pounds apiece; to servants, Katherine Jenkins, Susanna Thompson, Stephen Worrott, 40 shillings apiece; to son John Knight, lands and tenements with all appurtenances, lying in the parish of St Thomas and St Mary within the city of Bristol, one of which is in the possession of John Whithurst, Grocer, another in the possession of John Wilkins, soapmaker (?) in the right of his wife, and the other in the possession of Nicholas Taylor, Carpenter; also to son, John Knight, lands and tenements in Portbuy, Somerset which consists of several houses and holdings in the possession of John King, Thomas Hill, Richard Jenkins, and John Bees; if son John dies or has no heirs, lands etc to go to son Jacob Knight; if no heirs from Jacob, to pass to brother Thomas Knight and his heirs; additional land purchases mentioned, to go to son John, then Jacob, then brother, etc.; “whereas by a deed of settlement I made upon my marriage with my first wife, land and tenements in Broadstreet, Bristol, called “The White Lyon”, other properties, rents, tenements in Bristol etc, are all conveyed by the said deed to my son, John Knight, after my decease; lands and tenements on Temple streed in the city of Bristol wherein my father, Sir John Knight lately dwelled, is in the same manner conveyed after the deaths of my father and mother, to son John Knight; in default of heirs by son John, to go to Jacob, then to brother, Thomas, etc; another deed of settlement at marriage with current wife, Martha, the manor of Southmead, and lands and tenements in Stoke Bishop in Westbury-upon-Trym, Gloucestershire, will be conveyed, after deaths of testator and wife, Martha, to son Jacob Knight, in default of heirs, to son John and in default of heirs, to brother Thomas; 1000 pounds to wife to cover bond given at time of marriage, this money to be used to purchase lands for son, Jacob; discusses yet another deed received when married firs wife, Mary, to go to son, John Knight; to mother-in-law Mrs. Martha Jacob, and Mrs Anne Johnson, 5 pounds apiece; to brother-in-law Roger Jacob and sisters-in-law Anne Jacob and Elizabeth Jacob, 2 gold guineas each; to wife Martha, all jewells and rings that were hers before her marriage; charge to sons John and Jacob to be dutiful and obedient to their mother; residue of estate to two sons to be divided equally. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 378: Hare, Quire Numbers 141-180 (1684))  Note: Southmead was a manor of the parish of Westbury on Trym. The manor house, mentioned in a document of 1319, was near the south end of what is now Southmead Road. Most of the estate of 313 acres (1.27 km2) was sold in the late 19th century.

1684 – UK Leicestershire Narborough – Chancery – Knight vs Knight - Plaintiffs: Richard Knight.  Defendants: William Knight, Benjamin Knight, Susannah Knight his wife and Henry Knight.  Subject: property in Narborough, Leicestershire.  Document type: bill, two answers.  (National Archives, Kew England, Ref: C 6/250/53)

1685 – VA Northumberland – Admin – Peter Knight & Christopher Neale - Burgesses from the County Levy.  (William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 3. (Jan., 1896), pp. 179-180.)

1685 - William Knight, English buccaneer known for joining privateering expeditions against the Spanish colony of Peru in 1685-1686.

1685 – Feb 22 – UK London St Sepulchre – Will – George Knight, Cit & Carpenter -  To son-in-law Henry Wright and daughter Elizabeth, his now wife, property (tenement) in Bishopsgate Street in London; to same, tenement in the Old Bailey “known by the name or signe of the Serpent” now in the tenure or occupation of Thomas Crosson, Apothecary; to grandson George Willon, son of John Willon of Highgate, Gent, by his late wife, “my daughter”, other freeholds and tenements in Bishopsgate Street, now occupied by William Holdon, Glazier; an annuity to John Willon of 8 pounds for his natural life; annuity to grandson, George Willon of 8 pounds; to granddaughters Parnell Willon and Katherine Willon, daughters of the said John Willon by my said daughter Parnell, properties, tenements in London; annuities for granddaughters arranged; to granddaughters, Parnell and Katherine, 40 pounds apiece; more estate, lands, chattels, etc, to grandsons James and John Willon;  discussion of estate management, bequests to servants; residue of estate to Henry Wright and Elizabeth Wright, who are to be executors. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 382: Lloyd, Quire Numbers 1-45 (1686))

1685 – Apr 14 – UK Hampshire Kingsclere – Will – Nicholas Knight – Wife, Hannah to be executrix; to each of 3 children, 150 pounds; to child wife is carrying, 150 pounds; residue of estate to wife. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 379: Cann, Quire Numbers 1-51 (1685)) (See will of relict, Hannah Knight)

1685 – Apr 16 – UK Hampshire Kingsclere – Nunc Will – Hannah Knight, Widow – Relict of Nicholas Knight the elder; ‘declared her intentions in the presence of Peter Knight the Elder, father of the said Nicholas Knight the elder, Mary Hasker, John Read, Margaret May and Anne Merriman; speaking to Peter Knight, her father-in-law, she said: “father, my husband is lately dead and I don’t know how soon I may go out of the world too and have nobody to take care of your son’s children. For I leave and give all my estate whatsoever to you for I have no friend in the world that I can trust but you. I give my own son (moaning and speaking of John Knight her only son by the said Nicholas Knight) my wedding ring, and my husband’s first wife’s wedding ring to my husbands son Peter, and my other two small rings to my said husband’s son, Nicholas and the ring now on my finger I give to you and pray let my children be all __ and let my own son have as much as either of my husband’s sons”; and having so spoken the same, then the said Hannah said this: “pray bear witness this is my will”; and presently, after she speaking the same, she delivered the keys to the said Peter Knight SR, and at the declaring thereof, she was in bed and sick of the smallpox whereof she died 3 or 4 days afterward’;  ‘she had then one only son, namely the said John Knight, and two sons-in-law, namely Peter Knight JR and Nicholas Knight, sons of the said Nicholas Knight SR, her dead husband, by a former wife and not more …and that the said Hannah, as these deponents apprehended and do verily believe, spoke and declared the same words with a mind and intention that the said” three sons were to share the estate equally.  Wit: Peter Knight (mark), Mary Hasker (mark), John Read (Mark), Margaret May (mark), Anne Merriman (mark). (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 379: Cann, Quire Numbers 1-51 (1685))

1685 – Jul 13 – UK London – Will – Sarah Knight, Widow – To be “buried at Sanderstead, Surrey, in the same vault and as near to my late husband, Thomas Knight, who lies there interred as may be convenient”; other than what has already been settled by deed, to daughter Sarah Knight, land and tenements and all benefits of same, lying in the parish of St Giles Cripplegate, bequeathed to testatrix by husband, Thomas Knight; to brother Richard Collard (?) and wife, annuity of five pounds a year, profits of houses in St Giles, London; to brother Richard Oakland, release from debts owed to testatrix; to brother John Wood and Margaret his wife, profits from lands, tenements; to Richard Collard and his wife, and to John Wood and his wife, 3 pounds for mourning, 6 pounds in all; to the children of late sister Jane Griffin, deceased, 5 pounds apiece; to cousin Thomas Chapman, son of sister Margaret Wood, 5 pound; to kinsman Capt Richard Zolnyndy (?), Sword Cutler, 40 pounds; to cousin Richard Pendaris, Gent, 30 pounds; to kinswoman Sarah Corbett, 10 pounds; the image/document begins to deteriorate seriously at this point; it appears to leave another bequest or two to relations, then to discuss the daughter with detailed instructions to executors, then: friend, Mr. John Thompson freemason, 30 pounds; to someone in Surrey, 40 shillings for the buying of black cloth to do something with; then, the rest of goods and chattels to daughter, Sarah Knight, Richard Blayney, Richard Pendarris, and John Thompson to be executors and each of them to receive 5 pounds apiece for mourning. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 380: Cann, Quire Numbers 52-107 (1685))

1685 Jul 16 VA Northumberland – Admin - Peter Knight - Deposition: William Basouth alias Woodamore was servant to Mr. Peter Knight. (Fleet, NC, p. 643)

1685 – Jul 20 – UK Northamptonshire – Camb Alum – Thomas Knight - Adm. sizar at EMMANUEL, July 20, 1685. Of Northamptonshire. Matric. 1685; B.A. 1689-90; M.A. 1697. Ord. priest (London) June 11, 1693.

1685 – Nov 26 – UK Suffolk Sudbury – Will – Adam Knights Cordwainer – “According to the marriage contract between me and my dear wife and Mr. Joseph Williamson…” to wife, 90 pounds plus as much of estate, lands, tenements, etc, to the value of 9 score pounds, for life, in trust, “for the heirs of our two bodies between us and their heirs forever”; in default of heirs, estate to be sold and money divided between the children of brothers John Knights, Henry Knights and brother-in-law John Heath, and sister Margaret ___, Widow; to kinswoman Anne Heath, 3 pounds at age 21; all household goods and personal estate to be appraised and divided equally among my wife and children of brothers and sisters; in the event wife has issue, all household goods and personal estate to her; friends Abraham Hayward and George Pentloe, executors and to receive 5 pounds “desiring them to be careful of my wife.” Wit: William Burkit, Elizabeth Hayward, Sarah Coleman; Mary Cork (mark). (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1674-1687, Piece 381: Cann, Quire Numbers 108-165 (1685))

1686 – Mar 14 – UK Kent Goudhurst – Bap – Arthur Knight – s/o John Knight & Elizabeth.

1686 – Mar 28 – UK Buckinghamshire Sherington – Admin – John Knight, Butcher – Marriage Settlement:  (i) Richard Knight of Sherington, butcher, (ii) John Knight of Sherington, butcher, his eldest son. (iii) John Sharpe of Clifton Reynes, yeoman, George Carey, senior, of Olney, scrivener, Alice Sharpe, eldest daughter of John Sharpe. Forthcoming marriage between John Knight and Alice Sharpe.  (i) to stand seized of Gouyles Meadow Close (6a.) to use of heirs of John Knight and Alice Sharpe.  (Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies, Ref: D-C/1/33)

1686 - Apr 27 VA Nansemond - Admin - Michael Thomas & James Knight - Land patent for 450 acs.. Up. Par. Of Nansamond Co: at mouth of a br. Of Orapeake Sw…. Trans of 9 pers: Thomas Conroe, Cock Cromwell, William Mandor. (Nugent II, p. 297)   Note: This appears to be close to the land patented by Col. Lear in 1682. As I have already proposed, this is most likely James, son of Peter Knight; the time fit is too coincidental for it to be otherwise considering the time of the marriage of Capt. Peter to Anne Hawley; James would be probably exactly 21 at the time this patent was filed, and out to make his mark and get his own land.
Nansemond County Records were destroyed by fires in 1734, 1779, and 1866, so finding anything at all is a matter of luck. Also, Nansemond was right next to Isle of Wight County which blended over into Surry/Sussex county which had formerly been James City County.

1686 – Apr 30 – UK Berkshire Ruscomb – Ox Alum – Walter Knight – s/o Nathan of Ruscomb, Berks, arm. Exeter Coll, matric 30 April 1686, aged 16; student of Lincoln’s Inn 1687, licenced 9 July 1692, to marry Naomi, daughter of Letitia Blagrave, widow of St Giles-in-the-Fields, Middlesex, spinster. See Foster’s Inns of Court Reg. & London Marriage Licences, ed. Foster. (Oxford University Alumni 1500-1886, pp. 861-863)

1686 Nov 20 VA Henrico – Admin - Thomas Wells - of Bristol Parish, Henrico Co., to Robert Clark and Anne his wife and Samuel Clark, for love & affection to my said sister Anne and Samuel her son, 100 acres, part of the plantation where I dwell, called Northampton” in Bristol Parish, bounded by Halfway Swamp, Edward Stratton, Sr., Richard Holms, The Clarks to enjoy it for life, and then to their son Samuel.  Wit: Thomas Chamberlayne, Richard (RH) Holmes, John (JO) Wood, Ran. Edwin.  Signed: Thomas (mark) Wells Rec: 1 Dec 1686. (Weisiger 1996, p. 36)

1686 – Dec 1 – UK Dorsetshire Loders – Ox Alum – Henry Knight – Son of John Knight of Loders, Dorset, paup. Wadham Coll., matric. 1 Dec 1682, aged 19; B.A. 1686, M.A. 1689, rector of West Knighton Dorset, 1690; licensed 28 Mar 1693, to marry Mary, daughter of Arthur Hearne, rector of Blagdon, Somerset; Canon of Hereford 1695; brother of John 1671, and Phillip 1674.  See Foster’s Index Eccl. & London Marriage Licences, e. Foster. (Oxford University Alumni 1500-1886, p. 861)

1686 – UK Middlesex Marylebone – Chancery – Girle vs Knight etc - Plaintiffs: Elizabeth Girle, widow, Peter Knight, Hester Knight his wife, John Scudamore, Martha Scudamore his wife and John Purdue.  Defendants: Philip Harman, Samuel Thayre, Thomas Allam, Elizabeth Allam his wife.  Subject: personal estate of Joseph Girle, Marylebone, Middlesex.  Document type: bill, answer and schedule. (National Archives, Kew England, Ref: C 10/224/38)

1687 - Mar 20VA Henrico – Admin - Richard Ferris - Sells land on White Oak Swamp to James Hambleton. Wit: Andrew Oswald, Edward Mosby, John Woodson. Bond from Ferris to Hambleton that Ferris’s wife will never claim her dower right in above land, witnessed by James Cocke and all. Clerke. (Weisiger 1996, p. 51)

1687 - Apr 20 – VA Lower Norfolk Admin Peter Cartwright - Land patent for 358 acs. on E. side of the S. br. Of Eliz. Rive…Trans. Of 7 pers. incl: Peter Knight, Edward Hawley (Hayly), John James. (Nugent II, p. 309)

Note: If these young men were following the usual practice of accumulating funds and favors to obtain their own land, then this Peter Knight was most likely a son of Capt. Peter Knight, and this Edward Hawley, his cousin, both grandsons of James Hawley; it's just too coincidental to find such names together. Based on the date of his appearance as a headright, he is younger than James Knight who has already made his move into Nansemond County, right next door to Lower Norfolk County. A ball-park estimate for the date of this Peter’s birth would be 1667-9, following the birth of Leonard, who gave an affidavit as to his age.

The question is: what happened to this Peter? He is not mentioned in the will (1702) of Capt. Peter Knight. If he was a son, he must have either pre-deceased Capt. Peter or been so estranged that his name was damnatio memoriae. That is not likely; if Capt. Peter Knight wished to protect his estate from claims by a disinherited son, he would need to make provisions for that in his will, and there are none. Thus, if this is his son - highly likely - then the most probable thing is that he died not long after this record was made because he never shows up again. There were also no grandchildren mentioned in the will, so if he was a son of Capt. Peter, he likely did not have children either.

A son of Capt. Peter Knight who died as a young man would explain the mystery (to me) of why he apparently did not have a son named Peter mentioned in his will when, all things considered, (he was a Peter named after a Peter, after all), he most certainly should have had a son named Peter.

In any event, it seems highly likely that Capt. Peter Knight had sons named James, Leonard and Peter and Peter must have pre-deceased his father.

1687 - Oct 21 – VA Henrico – Admin - Mr. Robert Woodson, Mr. Richard Ferris (Ferres), Mr. Giles Carter, William Ferris & Roger Cummins – Land patent for 1780 acs.., Verina Par: N. side of James Riv., at the White Oak Swamp… Trans. Of 36 pers. (Nugent II, p. 314)

1687 - Oct 21 – VA Henrico – Admin - Mr. Robt. Woodson, Senr., Mr. John Woodson, Senr., William Lewis & Thomas Charles – Land patent for 470 acs…. Verina Par; on N. side of James Riv… on W. br. Of the Deep Run; by Richard Ferris’ line… Trans. Of 10 pers. Names include Rice Jones and Rebecca Davis. (Nugent II, p. 314)

1687 - Oct 24 VA Westmoreland – Info - Nicholas Spencer -  Informs fellow members of the governor's Council, as well as Governor Francis Howard, baron Howard of Effingham, of a suspected slave conspiracy in Westmoreland County. Effingham creates an oyer and terminer court, with Spencer, Richard Lee II, and Isaac Allerton to serve as judges. The trial's results are unknown.

1688 – Jan 6 – UK Suffolk Saxmundham – Will – Thomas Knights, Woolendraper – To son Phillip Knights, all lands, tenements, etc, in Friston, Haselwood and Buplot, Suffolk, and all the lands in the occupation of Anthony Holding; to son Thomas Knights, all lands and tenements in Benhall, Sternfield Snape and Reishall, Suffolk; also to son Thomas Knights, lands and tenements in Saxmundham in my own occupation, and the occupation of Mark Blackmore, William Cooper, John Boone, William Turner and the shop in the occupation of Robert Bernard and the meadow in the occupation of Thomas Coleman, on the condition that he pay my mother Elizabeth Potts (Pots) 12 pounds yearly during her natural life as I am to pay it by the request of my father’s will and in full satisfaction thereof.  to son John Knights, lands and tenements in Saxmundham now in the occupation of Thomas Helwise and Thomas Bishop on the condition that John Knights pays to his sister, Elizabeth Baldry, 5 pounds a year for her natural life; if John Knights defaults in paying this 5 pounds per year to his sister, the lands to go to said Elizabeth Baldry; “I do give her full power to distraine upon the said lands and premises for her said legacy of 5 pounds per year”; at the death of the said Elizabeth Baldry, son John Knights is to pay to her children 100 pounds to be divided equally among them, however many shall be living; to son Daniel Knights, lands and tenements in Evansford (Cransford?); to son Thomas Knights, all my shop of wares and all my bills, bonds, writings, books, debts, owing to me, and all my personal estate and all my household stuff, and all the rest of my goods on condition that he pay to Robert Knights, 40 shillings a year for his natural life;  but if Robert Knights shall come and trouble his brother Thomas Knights or any of his family, then I give the said Robert Knights only 5 shillings a year for the term of his natural life;  to daughter, Mary Thoroughgood, 20 shillings; to daughter Elizabeth Baldry, 20 shillings; to Jane Dunston, daughter of William Dunston, of Bramfield Suffolk, Gent, all lands and tenements belonging to the Manor of Knodishall lying in Knodishall Suffolk; to grandchild John Baldry, son of John Baldry, Tanner, all lands and tenements lying in Halsworth and belonging to the Manor of Hallsworth on condition that he shall pay to Jeremiah Baldry, Elizabeth Baldry, Mary Baldry, 10 pounds apiece; to wife, she can take her choice of 3 or 4 rooms in the dwelling house where I now live, and the use of the pump and the yard and orchards as long as she lives; to wife Elizabeth, 10 pounds to be paid by son Thomas Knights and wife and son Thomas to be executors. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1688-1696, Piece 394: Ent, Quire Numbers 1-46 (1689))

1688 – Jan 26 – UK London – Will – Woodward Knight – To brother, John Knight of Northampton, Gent, 20 pounds; to friend, Mr. Edward Wood of London, 40 pounds; to sister, Martha Hilders (?) 20 pounds; to sister Sarah Knight 20 pounds; to sister Letitia Blentow (Blenton?) 3 children, 20 pounds apiece; to brother William Knight’s 2 children, 20 pounds apiece; to sister Martha Hilder’s child, 20 pounds; to Richard Knight and Stewart Knight, sons of brother Richard Knight, deceased, 60 pounds apiece; uncle Thomas Woodward to manage the monies given to nieces and nephews until each is 18; interest on the said money to go to mother, Isabell Knight, Widow; residue of estate to mother, brother John Knight executor. Wit: Richard Burdon SR, Richard Burdon JR, Melchisedeck Frittew (?).(Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1688-1696, Piece 394: Ent, Quire Numbers 1-46 (1689))

1688 – Mar 1 – UK Gloucestershire Bristol – Will – Ursula Knight, Widow – Makes her nephew, William Player of Grays Inn, Esq, sister Dionis Ivie, Widow, and nephew Thomas Oldfield of Bristol, Gent, executors; executors to receive 5 pounds apiece; then follows a long legal document regarding a lease of her Manor of Southbrent in Somerset to John Rotherham of Grays Inn, Esq, now Sir John Rotherham, William Ivie, Esq deceased, Dionis Ivie, then his wife, and William Meredith of Bristoll, Gent; the manor apparently included cottages, lands, tenements, meadows, pastures, arable ground, which was leased for 80 years, the income of which was to come to George Knight, one of the Aldermen of Bristol, deceased, and now she asks that it be sold forthwith;  to brother, John Fitzherbert Esq, 2 damask tablecloths and 5 pounds to buy mourning; to said brother, sister Ivie, sister Farmer and sister Meredith and to nephew William Player and his wife, mourning rings 16 shillings apiece; rings to be given to all nieces and nephews who attend her funeral: nephew Prichard and wife, nephew Tanner and wife, Nephew Oldfield and wife, nephew William Meredith and nieces Anne Fitzherbert, Mary Fitzherbert, Mary Player, Mary Kemys, Anne Millet; to sister Ivie, luxury household items; to sister Meredith, clothing; to nephew Andrew Fitzherbert, 150 pounds; to niece Mary Fitzherbert, 150 pounds and best yellow petticoat and mantle; to niece Martha Witherden, mourning ring; to niece Mrs. Mary Pritchard 5 pounds, to her daughter, grand-niece and goddaughter, Elizabeth Pritchard, 15 pounds to be put to interest and paid to her at 21 or day of marriage; to grand niece and goddaughter Alice Oldfield, 10 pounds, same conditions; to grandniece Martha Witherden, 10 pounds; to grandniece Florence Hayward, 20 pounds; to Florence, 6 of my bigger silver spoons; to nieces Anne Willett and Mary Kemys, 20 pounds apiece; 5 pounds for the use and benefit of kinswoman Mary, the wife of John Smith, Cooper and her children and that her said husband shall not intermeddle therewith; to goddaughter Dinah Wilson, daughter of Mr. John Porter, deceased, a mourning ring; I stand bound to my niece Martha Witherden in eight hundred pounds, 4 hundred pounds to be paid to her if she shall survive me or be married before my death. to nephews and niece Fitzherbert, 50 pounds apiece; to niece Martha Witherden, my portrait that she gave me; to servan Margaret Pool, 40 shillings; to nephew William Meredith, 10 pounds; executors to sell and dispose of all other my estate, chattels, real and personal, goods, household stuff, money, pay my debts and legacies, the reside to be divided and distributed to any of my relations that sister Ivie and nephew Oldfield think fit; to Hester Smith, daughter of kinswoman Mary Smith, 5 pounds at 21 or marriage; signed with the mark of Ursula Knight. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1688-1696, Piece 394: Ent, Quire Numbers 1-46 (1689)) Note: According to the research of Bev Brokenshire, George Knight was Ursulas's father-in-law. Her husband was William Knight, son of said George and Anne Deyos Knight. Ursula's maiden name was Fitzherbert. Her parent's were Humphrey Fitzherbert and Ursula Waring Fitzherbert.

1688 - Apr 2 VA Henrico – Will - John Lewis - Probate granted to William Lewis, on oath of Anne Tye and John Mackmioll, the witnesses.  Capt. William Randolph, Capt. Thomas Cocke, and Mr. John Pleasants to appraise the estate.  (Weisiger, 1998, p. 26)

1688 - Apr 23 VA Henrico – Admin – John Woodson SR - Verina Parish, Land patent for 1850 acs… Trans. Of 37 pers:” including; Joseph Hughes, John Taylor (Tayler), Martha Tayler, Jane Coz , John Cook, Robert Jones, John Cole. (Foley 1983, p. 29)

1688 – May 6 – UK Worcestershire Bewdley – Will – John Knight, Chandler – He has a house, gardens, etc, leased to him by John Barnaby Esq, son of Sir John Barnaby, gives the lease to wife, Joane, until son Richard comes of age; to daughter Elizabeth, 3 score pounds (60) and household items; to daughter Anne, 3 score pounds and household items; to daughter Susanna, 40 pounds; to daughter Mary, 40 pounds; wife Joane to be executrix and residuary legatee for her life; brothers Richard Knight and Thomas Knight to be overseers and to receive a gold guinea each for their pains; Wit: Thomas Knight, Thomas Hunt, Susanna Hunt, James Gilbert. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1688-1696, Piece 391: Exton, Quire Numbers 45-86 (1688)) 

1688 – Jul 10 – UK Somerset Bromfield – Ox Alum – James Knight – Son of John Knight of Bromfield, Somerset, pleb. Wadham Coll., matric 10 Jul 1688, aged 17; B.A. 1692, M.A. by diploma 20 Apr 1737, vicar of Ninehead, Somerset, 1700-20, of Wembdon 1721-57, and of Henstridge 1737-57, canon 1720, and precentor of Wells 1734; died 6 Feb., 1757, aged 86. See Foster’s Index Eccl. (Oxford University Alumni 1500-1886, p. 861)

1688 – Aug 26 –UK Shropshire Whitchurch – Will – Thomas Knight, Clothier – To daughter Mary Knight, dwelling house; to daughter Eleanor Knight, a lease; to brother Richard Knight, 10 pounds and all clothing and all the goods which were his mother’s;  remainder to be divided into 3 parts, 1 part to go to daughters Mary and Eleanor, 1 part to daughter Elizabeth, 1 part to son Thomas; brother-in-law George Lambden executor. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1688-1696, Piece 392: Exton, Quire Numbers 87-130 (1688))

1688 – Oct 20 VA Surry – Admin - Richard Jordan – Land patent for 200 acs. Bet. Cypress Sw. & Johnchounk Sw; adj. Richard Jordan, JR;…(Nugent III, p. 329)

1688 Nov 8 VA Henrico – Admin - John Clark - Of Henrico Co. to Henry Farmer of same for 10 lbs (money), part of tract where I live, purchased of Mr. Martin Ealam 1 Aug 1674, bounded by Proctors Creek, Jacks Bottom and said Clark, 100 acres.  Wit: Joseph Tanner, Tho. Jefferson, Henry Hatcher. (Weisiger 1996, p 55)

1689 - Feb 1 VA Henrico – Admin - John Woodson, SR. - of Henrico Co. Sells land for 2000 lbs tobacco, “paid by my father Robert Woodson, Sr., for use of my brother Robert Woodson”, land on south side of Chickahominy Swamp, bounded by the swamp, 160 acres. (Weisiger 1996, p. 107)

1689 – Feb 6 – UK London St Dunstan’s – Mar – John Knight & Hannah Fiennes – License for John Knight of Staplegrove, Somerset, to marry Hannah Fiennes, dau of John Fiennes, Esq. (See Oxford entry)

1689 - Mar- 30 VA Henrico – Admin - John Woodson Sr - Sells 400 acres to William Randolph, Gent, being part of 1800 acres bounded by Chickahominy River, Boar Swamp.  Wit: John Mackmiell, James Cocke and Judith, wife of John, relinquishes her dower right. Another sale, same day, next page, to Benjamin Hatcher, part of same parcel, Judith Woodson relinquishes her rights.  (Weisiger 1996, p. 49)

1689 – May 3 – UK Berkshire Greenham – Ox Alum – Robert Knight – s/o Roger Knight of Greenham, Berks, arm. Corpus Christi Coll., matric. 3 May 1689, aged 16; bar.-at-law, Lincoln’s Inn, 1700. See Foster’s Judges and Barristers. (Oxford University Alumni 1500-1886, pp. 861-863)

1689 – May 12 – UK Dublin – Admin – John Spier (Speer) Esq – Attainted by James II: An Act for the Attainder of divers Protestants in Ireland was introduced in the Irish Parliament, Dublin 12 May 1689. This act repealed the acts of settlement and all grants, patents and certificates as applied to the persons named.  They were all protestants named by Members of Parliament.  The Act was immediately passed three times and then locked away so that any Protestants might not see it until the expiry date (November) by which time any appleas had to be made.  In consequence, the property and goods of the persons named were seized for King James II.  Some 2,441 persons were named and all declared “traitors, and adjudged to suffer the pains of death and forfeiture, without hope of any pardon, after the first day of November then ensuing.”  To make sure, James also approved another Act which prevented the English Parliament from rescinding the Irish legislation. The Siege of Derry took place in 1689 when the citizens of the town refused to allow entry to the armies of King James.  They were then besieged for 105 days.  Eventually, James II was defeated by William of Orange at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.   (Extracted from the Annals of Derry, by Robert Simpson, Londonderry, Hempton, 1847, Reprinted North West Books, Limavady, 1987.)

1689 - Jun 1 VA Henrico – Admin - Robert Woodson, Sr. -  Of Henrico Co., for love & affection to my daughter Sarah, wife of Edward Moseby, 100 acres on south side of White Oak Swamp, purchased of Robert Clark, adjoining Thomas East, Sr. Wit: John Mackmiell, Tho. Charles. * Same day, next page: Robert Woodson, Sr. for 20 days carpenters work, to Edward Moseby, 50 acres, next to the 100 acres given by me this day to Sarah, wife of said Edward.  Wit: John Mackmiell, Thomas Charles. (Weisiger 1996, p. 52)

1689 - Jun 1 VA Henrico – Admin - Richard Ferris - Acknowledges receipt from James Hambleton of 900 lbs for 100 acres sold to him 1 Jun 1689.  Wit: John Woodson, Sr.  Rec 1 Oct 1698. (Weisiger 1996, p. 106)

1689 - Jun 10 VA Surry – Admin - Tithables list - Selected:  ** Sunken Marsh: George Nicholson, Henry Hillingsworth, Stephen Coleman, Edward Greene, John Barton, John Roberts, Richard Washington, Richard Green, Peter Bagley, Robert Nicholson, Edward Taylor, William Knott, Robert Cartwright, David Phillips, Thomas Cotton, Walter Cotton, Hugh Bagley, Abraham Evans, George Jordan, George Hughes, James Watkins, Richard Bullock, John Morgan, Roger Williams SR & JR, David Andrews, Arthur Jordan, River Jordan, James Jordan, Sion Hill, Robert Hill, Thomas Ironmonger, John Ironmonger, Samuel Alsobrook, Thomas Waller, Jonas Bennett, Edward Batley, Robert Andrews, Thomas Andrews JR, Thomas Flood, Walter Flood, William Rose, Nathaniel Roberts, Nicholas Meriwether, Edward Grantham, Francis Clements, William Gray, Lawrence Mizell, Luke Mizell, John Greene, Francis Regan, Daniel Regan, John Watkins, Richard Jordan SR & JR, John Clements, George Williams, John Phillips JR, Thomas Davis & Jane Bell, John Phillips SR; ** Lawnes Creek Parish: William Newsom SR & JR, Robert Crawford, John Kindred, Widow Monk for Robert Hunicutt & William Bennett, John Clarke, Richard Morris, William Hancock, John Hancock, John Collins, Robert Lancaster, John Clarke; ** Black Water precinct: Anthony Evans, John Coker, John Gray, Arthur Davis, Robert Savage, Charles Savage, Charles Bass.  

1689 – Nov 9 – UK Hampshire Brading – Will – Thomas Knight, Gent – Isle of Wight; to the poor of the parish, 10 pounds; to daughter Anne Knight, the income of 40 pounds a year from property in the parish; also to daughter Anne, 500 pounds; daughter not to marry without approval of her brother, Richard Knight, and overseers of will, if she does, her legacy is void; if she marries an approved person, she gets 600 pounds more; to daughter Jane Knight, annuity of 30 pounds a year from property in the parish; to daughter Jane, 500 pounds;  she also must marry approved person in which case she gets 500 pounds more;  to daughter Elizabeth, annuity of 24 pounds; also to daughter Elizabeth, 500 pounds; same terms regarding marriage as offered to her sisters, with additional sum of 400 pounds; sister Jane Combes, Widow, to have her board and lodging with testator’s son for her natural life plus 10 pounds a year; to son Richard Knight, all the lands, tenements, chattels, household goods, silver, plate, bedding, hangins, pewter, furnitureetc; son Richard to be executor, but if he is under 21 at time of his father’s death, overseers will “have the tuition of his person”; Thomas Burry, Jowhn Bowler, Gent, to be overseers. (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, PROB 11: Will Registers, 1688-1696, Piece 397: Ent, Quire Numbers 139-189 (1689))

1689 - Dec 2 VA Henrico – Will – John Lewis - Accounts of estate of John Lewis, dec’d, divided into three parts, and have given to the relict (now wife to Samuel Trottman) One third, to William Lewis (son and exec.) one third, to Sarah Lewis, daughter of the de’d, one third is to be held in possession of her guardian William Lewis.  Signed: Thomas Cocke, William Randolph. (Weisiger, 1998,  p. 33)

1689 – UK Hampshire Kingsclere – Chancery – Knight vs Knight - Plaintiffs: William Knight.  Defendants: Martha Knight and John Knight.  Subject: property in Kingsclere, Hampshire.  Document type: bill and answer. (National Archives, Kew England, Ref: C 8/517/37)



(A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 3, Barlichway Hundred. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1945. https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/warks/vol3/pp196-205#p59)



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