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Richard Knight

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Richard Knight
Born in Romsey, Hampshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died in Newbury, Essex, Massachusettsmap
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Richard Knight was baptized at Romsey, Hampshire, on 14 Jan 1602/3, son of William and Elizabeth (Carter) Knight [Phoebe Tilton Ancestry 235-237].[1]

He married by 1626 Agnes ____ (some say Coffley);[2] she died at Newbury on 22 Mar 1678/9.

He sailed with his brother John, and several other Romsey families on the ship James [Drake's Founders 56], from Southampton on on April 5 and arrived in Boston on June 3rd.

They were both listed as tailors of Romsey, County. He was made a freeman of MA Bay on 25 March 1636 and that year he was elected one of the selectmen of Newbury and again in 1662. Much of his service to the town was in laying out lots, roads and grants, from 1638, when he first became lot-layer, until as late as 1675 when he was still acting in that capacity. His only jury service was in 1647 when he was on a trial jury, but that year he was appointed by the General Court to be a commissioner to end small causes, a local justice. He was engaged in dividing common lands in 1651 and in the division of Plum island in 1656. He was a deacon of the church for many years. He was educated enough to be able to make copies of town records for court purposes.

In 1663 Richard and his friend Hugh March sat down for a game of cards at Knight's home. This was an offense against Massachusetts morality and informed upon, the two were presented at the quarterly court, one of the two witnesses against them being Bathsua, wife of his nephew John Knight. In King Philip's war he supplied a dragoon horse for thirteen weeks, bridles, a horse to Dedham, Ipswich and Salisbury, a gun and two horses.

Richard made his will 17 August 1681 and it was proved 25 September 1683 and inventoried 13 Aug 1683. [3]

  • to my grandchild John Keley... his mother Sarah Keley and his father John Keley... his brother Jonathan Keley... his sister Rebeccka Keley
  • my grandchild Richard Keley... his brother Abiel Keley... his sister Sarah Keley
  • my son-in-law Jenry Jaquic and Ann his wife
  • my grandchildren Anthony Mosse & Joseph Mosse; unto Elizabeth Mosse
  • my daughter Summerby [who] married Abiel Summerby.. my daughter Rebeccka Summerby
  • my daughter Sarah Keley and her husband John Keley executors


  1. stillborn child, bur Romsey, Hampshire, 17 Jun 1626
  2. Richard, bp 21 Jun 1627; bur there 15 Jul 1627
  3. William, bp 7 Dec 1628; poss. child by that name bur there 10 Jan 1629/30
  4. Anne, bp 5 May 1631; m Newbury 8 Oct 1648 Henry Jacques
  5. Richard, bp 18 Oct 1633; no further record
  6. Elizabeth b abt 1640; m Newbury 8 May 1660 Anthony Morse
  7. Rebecca Knight, b Newbury 3 Mar 1642/3? m there 13 Nov 1661 Abiel Somerby
  8. Sarah Knight b Newbury 23 Feb 1647/8? m. there 20 May 1663 John Kelley


  1. Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume IV, I-L, Boston, MA: NEHGR (2005), pp 212-214
  2. New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011) Vol. II, pl 906. KNIGHT, Richard (1603-1683) & Agnes [COFFLEY?] (-1679); by 1632; Newbury.
  3. Anderson, p 213, citing Essex County Probate Records 304:20-23

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