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Dea. Richard KNIGHT

Male Bef 1603 - 1683  (> 80 years)


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  • Name Richard KNIGHT 
    Title Dea. 
    Born Bef 14 Jan 1603  Romsey, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 14 Jan 1603  Romsey, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Tailor 
    Will 17 Aug 1681  Newbury, Essex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 4 Aug 1683  Newbury, Essex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 13 Aug 1683  Newbury, Essex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Source: R.C. Karnes . The compiler has not personally verified the information from this source.

      (2) Leonard, Lewis Keeler, Seven Hundred Ancestors, 1975, p. 73:

      John Knight and Richard Knight, tailors of Romsey, Hampshire, England, were brought to the Massachusetts Colony by the James of London, a ship of 300 tons. It sailed from Southampton on April 5, 1635 and arrived on June 3rd with passengers and cattle. John and Richard Knight, whose parents were probably William and Joan Hill Knight, settled in Newbury, Mass. Richard married Agnes Coffley. They had four daughters and he died Aug. 4, 1683 without male heirs. . . .

      (3) Holman, Mary Lovering, Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury, Concord, NH: Rumford Press, 1938, pp. 169-171:

      RICHARD KNIGHT, ESQ., the younger of two brothers, born, according to various depositions, in 1602, died in Newbury, Mass., 4 Aug. 1683. He married about 1638, AGNES COFFLEY who died in Newbury, 29 Mar. 1679.

      Richard and John Knight came to Newbury in 1635. The early list of passengers in Drake's Founders of New England, reads:-

      "Southon. A List of names of suche Passengrs as shipt themselues at the towne of Hampton, in the James of London of iijc tonnes William Coopr mr vrs New-England, in and aboute the vt of Aprill, 1635" . . .

      ["]John Knight [&] Richard Knight of Romsey taylers. . . .

      "The total number of these men, youthes, and boyes are liii p'sons besids the wives and children of Dyvers of these"

      Evidently the wives and children were not listed on this boat.

      Richard Knight was one of the important men in Newbury, beginning his labors soon after his arrival since he was a "lot-layer" in 1638. In 1680 he was still a lot layer. He was appointed administrator with William Gerrish, Richard Lowle, Nicholas Noyes, and John Saunders on the estate of Mr. John Lowle (Lowell) late of Newbury, deceased, in 1647, serving on a jury also in that year. He proved the will of Gyles Badger, 28 Sept. 1647. In 1647 he was one of three commissioners, the others being, Henry Short and Mr. Carlton, to decide a case in court. "The Towne yelds that the tytle of castle hill to be tryd & concluded by Court & Jury." He served the town as a Commissioner to end small causes for a long time. He wrote a good hand as evidenced by many extant autographs in the Court records.

      On 30 Sept. 1673, Richard Knight, aged about seventy years, and John Knight, Sr. [his nephew], aged about fifty, deposed in Court. In 1675, he again deposed, aged about seventy three, in 1677, aged about seventy-five, and on 29 Mar. 1678, Richard Knight, aged seventy-eight, lot layer, again testified in court.

      Richard's elder brother John died in Newbury, 5 May 1670. Evidently there was some dispute about his property for the following paper is found in the files. "Thomas Halle Sr., aged about sixty seven years, Elissabeth Knight aged about seventeen years, Richard Knight, aged about sixty nine years and Nicklas Noiss, aged about fifty five years" deposed concerning John and Nathaniel Ingersoll receiving a deed of gift of the land at Frost fish river from John & Ann Knight, and promising never to molest the said John Knight or any of his children, etc., 27 Sept 1671.

      "The last will and Testament of Richard Knight of Newberry, this 17th of August 1681

      ["]I Richard Knight of Newberry being now in health while my memory is good and know not how Suddainly I may leave this world, and being desirous to set my outward estate yt God hath given me in order according to my mind do therefore ordain & make my last will and testament as followeth

      ["]First . . . I commit my Soul to God yt gave it & my body unto ye earth. . . .

      ["]Secondly I give and bequesth unto my grandchild John Keley my lot at ye old Towne Joyning unto Josep Elsly his upland & ye oxcomon & five acres of Marsh meadow. . . . And likewise five acres of Marshland at Plum Island Joyning unto my daughter Rebecca sumerby's Land She had of me. . . . All that Land unto ye sd John Keley . . . after his mother Sarah Keley and his father John Keley decease. But if my Grandchild Jno Keley die without any child Surviveing of his body lawfully begotten then ye whole both upland and meadow to return unto his Brother Jonathan Keley & his heires forevr. But if John Keley do live to enjoy it he shall pay unto his brother Jonathan ten pounds in Merchantable corn or cattle under 7 year old And If Jonathan come to enjoy it he shall pay unto his sister Rebecke Keley ten pounds in like pay.

      ["]Thirdly I give unto my Grandchild Richard Keley my house & housing & barns and orchard and all ye Rest of my Land . . . with his brother John . . . After his mother Sarah Keley and his father John Keley decease. And if Richard Keley die without a child of his body lawfully begotten the ye whole housing barne and orchard & all ye land beforementioned for Richard to return unto his brother Abiel Keley. . . . And if Richard do live to enjoy it he shall pay unto Abiel Keley twenty pounds in merchantable corn or cattle or if Abiel Keley do enjoy it he shall pay his Sister Sarah Keley twenty pounds.

      ["]Fourthly. Concerning my son in law Henry Jaquis and Ann his wife five pounds. . . .

      ["]Fifthly. I give unto my grandchildren Anthony Mosse & Joseph Mosse ten punds apeice: and unto Elizabeth Mosse twenty pounds. . . .

      ["]Sixthly. Beside ye meadow & cattle I gave unto my daughter sumerby when She married Abiel sumerby I do now engage my executrs to pay unto my daughter Rebeccha sumerby Sixty pounds that I then promised. . . .

      ["]Seventhly. I do make my daughter Sarah Keley & her husband John Keley my executors and to enjoy all my housing and all my land both upland & meadow wth all my commonage & Priviledges & (illegible) belonging to my land and all my flock of cattle & horse kine and sheep and Swine and goods during their Lives. . . .

      ["]Likewise I do desire my two Loving ffriends Mr Nicholas Nois and Robert Long to be my overSeers."

      Witnessed by Nicholas Noyes, who proved the will, 25 Sept. 1683, and Robert Long. The Inventory taken, 13 Aug. 1683, amounted to ??759 13s. (Essex Co., Probate.)

      Children, born in Newbury, Mass.:

      i. ANN, b. about 1639; m. 8 Oct. 1648, HENRY JAQUIS.

      ii. ELIZABETH, b. about 1641; m. 8 May 1660, ANTHONY MORSE.

      iii. REBECCA, b. 7 Mar. 1643; m. 13 Nov. 1661, ABIEL SOMERBY.

      iv. SARAH, b. 23 Feb. 1648; m. JOHN KELLEY.
    Person ID I15768  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 15 Oct 2017 

    Father William KNIGHT,   b. Bef 12 May 1568, Stoke Prior, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 20 Aug 1622, Romsey, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 54 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth CARTER,   b. 12 Nov 1568, Romsey, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 18 May 1625, Romsey, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 56 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 11 Nov 1588  Romsey, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7079  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Agnes COFFLEY,   b. Abt 1611, Romsey, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1679, Newbury, Essex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Last Modified 15 Oct 2017 21:10:14 
    Family ID F7083  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart