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Joseph Knight (abt. 1624 - 1687)

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Joseph Knight
Born about in Romsey, Southampton, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married before in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Joseph Knight was born about 1624 in Romsey, Southampton, England.[citation needed]
"Joseph, sen., was originally of Watertown. He sold his house there, Dec. 10, 1649;[1] and soon after, with his wife, Hanah, removed to Woburn. He was made freeman 1652 [or 1653], was taxed in Woburn, 1666; and was numbered among those who had right in the common lands of Woburn, 1668."[2]

Marriage and Children

Married: Hannah Unknown, before 10 December 1649. [3] On this date, he sold his house in Watertown with Hannah his wife, and removed to Woburn. [4] She is sometimes said to be Hannah Lamb, or Hannah Russell - neither of these names are proven (see errors below).
Children of Joseph and Hannah Knight: [5] [2]
(1) Sarah b. March 8, 1651
(2) Samuel, b. Sept 8, 1652 & died Dec 26, 1653
(3) Hannah b. Mar 25, 1654
(4) John b. Jan 16, 1665/6
(5) Elizabeth b. April 7, 1658, m. Thomas Kinne Sr., 23 May 1677, Concord, MA
(6) Mary b. June 6, 1660 died April 10, 1661
(7) Dinah b. July 4, 1661 m. John Morse of Watertown 1686
(8) Samuel (again) b. Mar 18, 1663
(9) Mary b. Dec 12, 1672; died March 1, 1673
(10) Joseph b. Dec 12, 1673
(11) Edward b. Aug 31, 1677
(12) Isaac b. Feb 24, 1679/80; died Mar 4, 1679/80
(13) James b. April 22, 1681 & died the next day.


Died: Joseph Knight, Sr. died 13 August 1687 in Woburn, Massachusetts.
"Knight, Joseph, Sen., s. of ----, Aug. 13, 1687." [6]
His wife Hannah died 13 January 1694/5 in Woborn.
"Hannah, relict of Joseph Knight, se., died 13 Jan. 1694-5." [7] [2]

Common Errors to Avoid

Wife's LNAB: His wife Hannah is commonly found on the internet as possibly being Hannah Lamb, the daughter of Edward Lamb born 10 December 1633 in Watertown. [8] No evidence has been found to support this identification. Anderson, in his Great Migration profile of Edward Lamb, states that no further record has been found regarding Hannah Lamb besides her birth record. [9] It is not an impossibility that this is true, just apparently not proven and without evidence. It should be noted that the Watertown lands of Edward Lamb and John Knight were immediately adjacent to each other. [10]
Holman, in her Stevens Ancestry, calls her Hannah [Russell?]. [11] The basis of calling her possibly Russell is not known.


Footnotes and citations:
  1. NOTE: this is the date most often given as his marriage to Hannah Lamb.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Sewell. History of Woburn, p. 623-624.
  3. Torrey's Marriages, v. 2, p. 907
  4. Woolsen, p. 58
  5. Woburn Vital Records, part I: Births, p. 145-146.
  6. Woburn Vital Records, part II Deaths p. 108
  7. Woburn Vital Records, part II Deaths p. 108
  8. Watertown Records: Births and deaths and marriages, p. 3
  9. Anderson. Great Migration Begins vol. 2, p. 1151
  10. Watertown Records: Lands, Grants and Posessions, p. 94.
  11. Holman. Stevens Ancestry, vol. 1 p. 232
Source list:
  • Sewall, Samuel. The History of Woburn, Middlesex County, Mass., from the grant of its territory to Charlestown, in 1640, to the year 1860 (BVoston, 1868):623-624. LINK
  • Watertown, Watertown Records: Comprising the first and second books of town proceedings with the lands grants and possessions, also the proprietors' book and the first book and supplement of births and deaths and marriages. (Watertown: Historical Society of Watertown, 1894):3. LINK
  • Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, vol. 2 G - O, (Boston: NEHGS, 1995):1151. (paid) LINK
  • Holman, Mary Lovering. Ancestry of Colonel John Harrington Stevens and his wife Frances Helen Miller, (1948):232.
  • Woolson, Lula May. The Woolson-Fenno Ancestry and Allied Lines, with Biographical Sketches. (Springfield, VT, 1907):58. LINK
  • Woburn, Johnson, Edward Francis ed. Woburn Records of Births, Deaths, and Marriages from 1640 to 1873, part I: Births. (Woburn, 1890): 145-146. LINK
  • Woburn, Johnson, Edward Francis ed. Woburn Records of Births, Deaths, and Marriages from 1640 to 1873, part II: Deaths. (Woburn, 1890): 108. LINK

Acknowledgements and Contributors:
  • WikiTree profile Knight-1291 created through the import of Scoullar Family Tree dec07.ged on Jul 10, 2011 by Rhonda Scoullar. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Rhonda and others.
  • WikiTree profile Knight-1220 created through the import of WALKER2Large.ged on Jun 9, 2011 by Amanda Walker. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Amanda and others.
  • WikiTree profile Knight-2528 created through the import of my family 10.ged on Aug 1, 2012 by Lydia Vierson. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Lydia and others.

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