Robert KNIGHT living in York ME 1640, born circa 1585 Shepton Mallet Somerset ENG, died 1655 Boston, mason or merchant; will probated Boston, had brother Francis of Pemaquid
Spouse: Margaret Grimley born circa 1587 married November 24, 1608 (2) Anne Cromwell wife of Thomas, married 1652 to Knight, she married 3 John Joyliffe
Children: Richard, weaver,
born before 1619 died
after 1676 of Boston; Joanna/Joan born circa 1625 married Rowland Young
circa 1648; Margaret born circa 1622 died 30(3)1658 married John Redman a
blacksmith of Dover who married 2) Sabina widow of Wm Marston; Daniel
servant to Thomas Gorges
Joan/Joanne KNIGHT born circa 1625 at Cambridge MA, died circa 1698 York ME; prob. of estate 6/20/1698
Spouse: Rowland YOUNG married circa 1648 at York ME
Children: Robert born 1658 York, escaped shipwreck when bound from York to Piscataqua, killed by Indians when travelling to Kittery 8/22/1690, married pre 7/4/1676 York Mary Sayward daughter of Henry and Mary (Peasley) Sayward; she married (2) by 10/1691 Richard Bray Jr., shoemaker, son of Richard and Rebecca Bray; Rowland, Jr. born 1648-9, was conveyed land by parents 8/25/1685; Richard born 1653 resided Cape Porpus died circa 1673 married Margery (Baston/Batson) Kendall daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Batson, she married (3) 5/9/1683 Robert Elliot of Portsmouth, carpenter; Samuel born circa 1662 killed 1691/2 in the Candlemas Day massacre married circa 1680 Elizabeth Masterson daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Cogswell) Masterson; William born 1663 York, glazier, married Mary Wormwood; Job born circa 1664 York, fisherman, married post 10/1691 Sarah (Austin) Preble daughter of Matthew Austin, weaver, widow of Joseph Preble; Job was allowed £71 for bringing up Preble children 1/6/1712-13; Mary born circa 1653 died 6/3/1723 York ME married between 1673-8 Jeremiah Moulton, Esq., he married (2) post 1723, widow Alice (Chadbourne) Donnell; Lydia born circa 1672 died 4/3/1757married pre 5/12/1698 Thomas Haynes born 5/27/1670 Salisbury MA & (2) post 4/1757 Samuel Bragdon
Gen. Dictionary ME & NH pg 404-5: Robert Knight, York, mason +-71 in 1658, +-86 in 1671, bot Robert Blaisdell's house and lands in 1642 and had town grants in 1648 and 1658. Took O A 1652; Tr j 1647 1650, 1653, 1655, 1656, 1664; Gr j 1647, 1650-1, 1653, 1657, 1666, 1668; Selectm 1653-6, 1658-9, 1661, 1663, 1667. Lists 24, 73, 275, 276, 277, 392a, 393b. He may have exch lands with Mr. Edward Rishworth, for in 1653 John Pearce bot of E R a ho and fenced field "up the river of York which farm was ould Robert Knight's" while in the same yr R K deeded to Thos Marston of Hampton a ho and lot "formerly Robert Marston's now mine" and 36 a of marsh and upland granted Mr. Rishworth by the town of Hampton and in 1666-7 he deeded 7 a in Hampt bot of Rishworth to his gr son John Redman jr. His w not names testified in a ct case in 1650. In 1668 Dr. Clapham sued him for care and medicine expended on his gr son, Rowland Young's boy "which boy in time of his lameness R K took as his own," but withdrew the suit with costs to the deft. In 1673 he deeded land to his gr son Rowland Young jr. Will June-24 Aug 1676, was exec in Boston where he was liv with his son. Ch: Richard, Boston, weaver. Sued by John Bursley in 1643, John Heard and William Pester in 1644, in York co cts. His w was an heir of Matthew Giles of Smuttynose, as was the w of Matthew Williams. Having acq the Williams share, R K, then of Boston, weaver, and John Redman, Giles' partner, sold the Smuttynose fishing plant in 1667. Later history not untangled from several Richard Knights of Boston. Joan m ab 1648 Rowland Young. Conv her fa's homestead to her s Rowland in 1685. Margaret m John Redman of Hampton, d 30 May 1658. In 1671 her husb conv to Henry Sayward 50 a gr by Thoms Gorges Esq to Margaret Knight, late w of sd Redman.
Pioneers Maine Rivers pg 144: KNIGHT, Robert, born 1596; came to York by way of Pemaquid 1633; planter at Mill Creek on the west side, but later lived on the east side of York River; died in Boston 1676; children Daniel and Margaret (Redman), servants of Thomas Gorges, 1640-3, Joanna (Young) and Richard of Boston.
Gen Dictionary of NE, Savage, pg 35-40: Robert, Kittery 1647, rem to York d 1676, his will of 6/23 prob 8/24 of that year ment s. Richard living in Boston.
Gen Reg of 1st Settlers of NE: KNIGHT, ROBERT, Kittery 1652.
Pioneers of ME & NH: KNIGHT, Robert, Mr., merchant, York, before 1643, [see testimony and letter in MA Arch 38 B 48-55] Took oath of allegiance to MA govt 11/22/1652. Had letter of credit from Wrath Bathorne to his brother, Mr. Roger Bathorne, dated at Malago 4/9.1647 for his occasions in New England or Newfoundland. [A.] He deposed 12/7/1658 age about 71 years and again 7/6/1671 age 86 as to what he heard Mr. Tho. Gorges say before he "went for England," -- which is known to have been in 1643. [York De. I.] Gave land to his grandson John Redman, Jr. 2/18/1666. His daughter Joanna m Rowland Young; he gave land to grandson R. Y. Jr. 8/12/1673, deed witnessed by the boy's sister Mary, who desposed as Mary Mowlton 6/24/1678. He died between 6/23, the date of his will, and 8/24/1676, when it was proved; beq his "small estate" to his son Richard Knight, living in Boston. [Me. Wills, 56, and York De. III.].
Genealogical Dictionary of New England 349: Knight, ROBERT, York, mason, approximately 71 in 1658, approximately 86 in 1671, bot Robert Blaisdell's house and lands in 1642 and had town grants in 1648 and 1658. Took O. A. 1652; Tr. j. 1647, 1650, 1653, 1655, 1656, 1664; Gr. j. 1647, 1650-1, 1653, 1657, 1666, 1668; Selectm. 1653-6, 1658-9, 1661, 1663, 1667. Lists 24, 73, 275, 276, 277, 392a, 393b. He may have exch. lands with Mr. Edward Rishworth, for in 1653 John Pearce bot of E. R. a ho. and fenced field 'up the river of York which farm was ould Robert Knight's', while in the same yr. R. K. deeded to Thos. Marston of Hampton a ho. and lot 'formerly Robert Marston's now mine' and 35 a. of marsh and upland granted Mr. Rishworth by the town of Hampton, and in 1666-7 he deeded 7 a. in Hampt., bot of Rishworth, to his gr. son John Redman jr. His w., not named, testified in a ct. case in 1650. In 1668 Dr. Clapham sued him for care and medicine expended on his gr. son, Rowland Young's boy, 'which boy in time of his lameness R. K. took as his own', but withdrew the suit with costs to the deft. In 1673 he deeded land to his gr. son Rowland Young jr. Will 23 June--24 Aug. 1676, was exec. in Boston where he was liv. with his son. Ch: Richard, Boston, weaver. Sued by John Bursley in 1643, John Heard and William Pester in 1644, in York co. cts. His w. was an heir of Matthew Giles of Smuttynose, as was the w. of Matthew Williams. Having acq. the Williams share, R. K., then of Boston, weaver, and John Redman, Giles' partner, sold the Smuttynose fishing plant in 1667. Later history not untangled from several Richard Knights of Boston. Joan, m. ab. 1648 Rowland Young. Conv. her fa.'s homestead to her s. Rowland in 1685. Margaret, m. John Redman of Hampton; d. 30 May 1658. In 1671 her husb. conv. to Henry Sayward 50 a. gr. by Thos. Gorges Esq. to Margaret Knight, late w. of sd. Redman.
History of York:The last Will and Testament of Robert Knight of Yorke/ Concerning the small estate left by the providence of god unto me, I doe bequeath & dispose of as followeth/ Imprs:fie Acres of Marsh bounded west and by south, on the one side, West & by North on the other side, upland butting on the on Thomas Beeson & soe back unto the swampe untill it come to a parcel of land of Mr. Samll Mauericks, with an house and barn on the syd Land, of Robert Knights, also two cows & a bull all wch as above expressed, also whatsoever else shall be found to mee belonging, on or in the sayd house land or barne, I do whooley & for ever bequeath, unto my son Richd Knight liuveing in Boston, and to his Assignes for ever/ In witness of all which as above written, I have here unto set my hand & seale this 23d day of June 1676--The marke of Robert X Knight (Locus)(Sigilli) Owned & Delivered in the Presence of: Nicholas Willmott/his marke X John Tucker William Bartholomew
Topographical pg 55: KNIGHT, Robert; Bristol Gloucestershire; Boston MA; Ref Pope.
History of Boston: 23 (10) 48. I Raph woory of Charlestowne doe acknowledge to have recd of Mr Robert Knight of Bristoll mercht now in Boston the summe of seventeene pounds one shilling & six pence being attached by him in my hands & is for so much due to mee from his brother ffrancis Knight of Pemaquid as may appeare under his hand I say Received as above written this 18th of Decemb 1646 & ffrancis Knight bill shalbe dd unto Robert Knight for the use of his brother ffrancis Knight in six or eight after this Date & for truth I doe scale & firme to this Sealed & dd in the presence of John Owin, Richard Russell, John Vellacot. This is a true Copie of the like writeing presented to me by ffrancis Knight 23 (10) 1648. p me Raph Woory & a seale
??ROBERT KNIGHT of Wayford in Crewkerne Somerset Gent. Will dated Dec 18 1606 proved July 17 1607-08 Hudleston. To be buried at Crewkerne. My son Robert Knight. My lands &c in Nash East Coker &c. My son John Knight. My daughter Elizabeth, daughter of James Northover. My cousin John Northover. My son John Knight Exor. My brother in law Gyles Dawbeney of Wayford Esqr Overseer. JOSEPH LANGTON of Bristol Merchant. Will dated May 18 1604 proved June 21 16094 by Thomas Langton [129 Box]. My sister Elisabeth wife of Sir William Canne Bar, my sister Joanna wife of John Knight of Bristol esqr ,my sister Mary Swimmer widow, my sister Frances wife of Edward Bath of Bristol Merchant, & my brother Robert Langton of Bristol One Guinea each. Residue of my real & personal estate to my brother Thomas Langton Exor.
Maine wills: 1640-1760 By Maine Historical Society: Registry of Deeds 3 37: The last Will & Testament of Robert Knight of Yorke. Concerning the small Estate left by the prouidence of god vnto mee I doe bequeath & dispose of as followeth / Inprs fiue Acres of Marsh bounded West & by South on the one side West & by North on the other side vpland butting on the Land of Thomas Beeson & soe backe vnto the swampe vntill It come to a Prcell of Land of Mr Sauill Mauericks with an house & barne on the sayd Land, of Robert Knights, alsoe two Cows & a bull all wch as aboue expressed alsoe wtsoeuer else shall be found to mee belonging on or in the sayd house land or barne I do whoolely & for euer bequeath vnto my sonn Richd Knight liueing in Boston & to his Assignes for euer In witness of all which as aboue written I haue here vnto sett my hand & seale this 23d day of June 1676. The mark of Robert Knight (Locus Sigilli) Owned and delivered in the presence of Nicholas Willmott / his markeX John Tucker / William Bartholmew / Sworn to by the attesting witness 24 Aug 1676; recorded 28 Feby 1678.
York Deeds Vol II Pg 150: Transfer Margaret Knight's Lot to John Headman
York Deeds Volume II, Fol. 4 and 5: At a court held at York for ye province of Maine June 12 1666: Robert Knight and John Allcocke do attest upon their oaths, that James Mills is the lawful son and heir of Robert Mills deceased, who lately sold a certain small parcel of meadow unto James Grant of York, which formerly was the marsh of his father, Robert Mills (his Mark). Taken upon oath in court this 16 day of July 1666. Edw. Rishworth, Justice of the peace A true copy of these oaths as taken in court this 20th June 1666 transcribed out of ye original and herewith compared Edw. Rishworth, Recorder.
Collections of the Maine Historical Society, Volume 9; pp 380-382: To the Honored, the General Court now assembled at Boston, the humble petition of the inhabitants of the town of York, sheweth that whereas there was certain complaints exhibited against us, the inhabitants of the said town, at the last sitting of the General Court, by Mr. Edward Godfrey [10/30/1654], declaring, as if we had unjustly detained several of his lands, and impropriations from him; for the rectifying whereof, this Honored Court taking cognoscente, so far as to confiscate certain gentlemen with the consent of parties herein concerned, to hear and determine such matters of difference as were betwixt us. Accordingly a hearing was attended by the Commissioners, a return of their resolutions since their departure under their hands have been transmitted to us [4/20/1655], although dissatisfactory, for these reasons; First, because it confirms to Mr. Godfrey such general unknown grants, and consequently rights, as at present cannot be known to us, in certainty, although hereafter more may be known there into our prejudice. Secondly, because it is not commensurate with the minds of the Commissioners themselves only declared to us in justification of our dealings with Mr. Godfrey, which their return absolutely denies. Thirdly, instead of excluding all other pleas (Mr. Godfrey’s only excepted) which the Commission seemed principally to aim me at, hath by casting us as the injurious, rather opened a wider door for all others to come in as sharers in the like rights, whose grounds are equally valid with Mr. Godfrey’s. Fourthly, respecting [illegible] the charges given, the town in general . . . the Commissioners . . . [illegible] . . . wrong . . . they could peace to Mr. Godfrey: How then? . . . [illegible] . . . must be censures to satisfy any whom these persons have not wronged, we leave to the wisdom of this Court to Judge. Our Humble request therefore to this Honored Court is that they would be pleased to take into consideration, how little safety may follow the confirming of unknown grants, how great prejudice must redowne[?] to the well-being of a town where considerable quantities of land are disposed of to particular persons in convenient places for the settling thereof; and how fair either in reason or justice, persons can be engaged to any charge towards such, whom they have not wronged: for judgment whereof, we submissively attend the just pleasure of this Court, with whom we leave our cause, for whose guidance and direction herein, as in all matters of greater weight, humbly taking our leaves, we pray unto the Everlasting Counselor to assist and council. Robert Knight was one of signers.
US & International Marriage Records1560 - 1900: Robert Knight, male, born Eng 1585 Spouse: Margaret Grimley born 1587 married 1608
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