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Richard Knight (1603 - 1683)

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Richard Knight
Born in Romsey, Hampshire, Englandmap
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Died in Newbury, Essex, Massachusettsmap
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Richard Knight migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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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

According to the Great Migration Vol 4, page 321, Richard Knight was baptized at Romsey, Hampshire on 14 January 1602/3, son of William and Elizabeth (Carter) Knight [Phoeby Tilton Anc 235-37]. He died in Newbury August 4 1683

Richard Knight migrated in 1635 in the James (on or about April 1635, "John Knight [and] Ricard Knight of Romsey, tailors," were included in the passenger list of the James, about to sail from Southampton for New England [Drake's Founders 56].

He was admitted to Newbury church prior to 25 May 1636 implied by freeanship. In the 671 Newbury church dispute between Rev. Thomas Parker and Edward Woodman, Richard Knight sided with parker [EQC 4:350-67]

He was married to Agnes _____ by 1626. She died in Newbury on 22 March 1678/9

They had 8 children:

i. Child Knight (stillborn), buried Romsey, Hampshire, 17 June 1626
ii. Richard Knight, baptized Romsey, Hampshire 21 Jun 1627, buried there 15 July 1627.
iii. William Knight, baptized Romsey, Hampshire 7 December 1628; likely the child of that name buried there 10 January 1629/30
iv. Anne Knight, baptized Romsey, Hampshire 5 May 1631; m. Newbury 8 October 1648 Henry Jaques [Phoebe Tilton Anc 227-31]
v. Richard Knight, baptized Romsey Hampshire, 18 October 1633; Anderson has no further records
vi. Elizabeth Knight born about 1640, married in Newbury 8 May 1660 to Anthony Morse.
vii. Rebecca Knight born in Newbury 3 March 1642, married Abiel Somerby on November 13 1661
vii. Sarah Knight, b. 23 Feb 1647 in Newbury, married in Newbury 20 May 1663 to John Kelley

In his will, dated 17 August 1681 and proved 25 September 1683.

"Richard Knight of Newberry" bequeathed to "my grandchild John Keley my lot at the old town ... & five acres of marsh meadow ... and likewisefive acres of marsh land at Plum Island... after his mother Sarah Keley and his father John Keley decease, but if my grandchild John Keley die without any child..., and then the whole both upland and meadow to return unto his brother Jonathan Keley... and if Jonathan come to enjoy it he shall pay unto his sister Rebeccka Keley ten pounds"; to "my grandchild Richard Keley my house & housing & barn & orchard and all the rest of my land both upland and meadow & pasture & commonage with his brother John... after his mother Sarah Keley and his father John Keley decease, and if Richard Keley die without a child surviving... then the whole... to return unto his borther Abiel Keley, and if Richard Keley do live to enjoy it he shall pay unto Abiel Keley twenty pounds..., or if Abiel Keley do enjoy it he shall pay his sister Sarah Keley twenty pounds"; "concerning my son-in-law Henry Jaquic and Ann his wife five pounds,; to "my grandchildren Anthony Mosse and Joseph Mosse ten pounds apiece and unto Elizabeth Mosse twenty pounds"; "beside the meadow & cattle I gave unto my daughter Summerby when she married Abiel Summerby do now engage my executors to pay unto my daughter Rebeccka Summerby sixty pounds"; "my daughter Sarah Keley & her husband John Keley" to be executors; "my loving friends Mr. Nicholas Noyce and Robert Long to by my overseers" [EPR 304:20-22]
The "inventory of the estate of Deacon Richard Knight of Newberry taken & appraised this 13th of August, who deceased August 3rd 1683," was untotalled; the real estate totaled £600: "housing, orchards, upland & meadow with the freehold," £600


  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

See also:

  • Seven Hundred Ancestors, pg 50
  • William Goodwin Davis, Ancestry of Phoebe Tilton, (1947), pp 235-240
  • Martin E. Hollick, New Englanders In the 1600s: A Guide To Genealogical Research Published Between 1980 and 2005 (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historical Genealogical Society, 2006) p. 127. [KNIGHT, RICHARD, b. 1602/3, d. Newbury, Mass., 4 August 1683. GM2 IV:212-14; MBT #930.]
  • The Great Migration Vol 4 Anderson, Robert Charles. e Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volumes 1-6. Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.
  • The Family and Ancestry of Richard Knight as prepared by Walter Goodwin Davis in 1947

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On 11 Nov 2017 at 22:13 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

I added PGM needs merge clean-up to get attention of PGM volunteers. bio has duplicate information from previous merge.

On 5 Jun 2016 at 20:09 GMT Hayward Houghton II wrote:

Knight-133 and Knight-3679 appear to represent the same person because: Same dates and locations, same wife (Agnes Coffley) although

Anderson refers to her as Agnes Unknown

On 27 Oct 2015 at 13:51 GMT Audrey (Di Lorenzo) Neva wrote:

Knight-4695 and Knight-133 are not ready to be merged because: birth and death dates are not the same.Also place of death is different.

On 22 Oct 2015 at 21:19 GMT Laura (Marland) Harlow wrote:

Knight-4695 and Knight-133 appear to represent the same person because: Same father

On 22 Oct 2015 at 21:03 GMT Laura (Marland) Harlow wrote:

Knight-1884 and Knight-133 appear to represent the same person because: Same member of the Great Migration

On 22 Oct 2015 at 20:44 GMT Laura (Marland) Harlow wrote:

Per the Great Migration by Robert Charles Anderson 2005, Robert Knight is the son of William and Elizabeth Carter Knight, so is NOT the son of Walter Knight and Elizabeth Gunne.

Richard is 19 degrees from SJ Baty, 18 degrees from Orville Redenbacher and 16 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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