Saturday, March 10, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ KNIGHT of Charlestown and Topsfield, Massachusetts

I have written a previous “Surname Saturday” post about a John Knight (1601 – 1674) of Charlestown, Massachusetts at this link:   

I don’t think there is any kinship between John Knight and the subject of this new blog post, Philip Knight, my 10th great grandfather, who is recorded as living in Charlestown before removing to Topsfield, Massachusetts.   He is recorded in Charlestown as a cooper, and he kept the ferry in 1651.  His wife was Margery, and they had five children. She joined the church on 7 (3) 1650 in Charlestown.  He died before 1668/9 when his wife remarried to Thomas Bateman of Concord.

In Essex County Quarterly Court Files, Volume 13, Leaf 121 it lists the children and their ages as Jonathan, age 26; Phillip, age 23; Rebeca, age 17; Eliza, age 13; and Mary, age 11.  I descend from Philip Knight, Jr. (1646 – 1724), my 9th great grandfather, who married Margaret Wilkins.  They had nine children, and the living children were all baptized on the same day in Topsfield, on 24 May 1691.   He was described as a husbandman (farmer) in deeds and court records.

His daughter, Elizabeth Knight (1677 – 1752) is my 8th great grandmother.  She married Samuel Towne in 1696 and had four children. 

For more information on KNIGHT:
The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown, by Thomas Bellows Wyman, 1879, Volume II, page 590.
Genealogical Guide to Early Settlers of America, by Henry Whittemore, 1898, page 309.
Topsfield Historical Collections, Volume 25, page 107
Salem Quarterly Court Records
The Family of Bray Wilkins, Patriarch of Will’s Hill, of Salem, by William C. Hill, 1943


My KNIGHT lineage:

Generation 1:  Philip Knight, born about 1614 probably in England, died 1668 in Charlestown, Massachusetts; married about 1641 to Margery Unknown.  Six children. Margery remarried to Thomas Bateman.

Generation 2:  Philip Knight, born about 1646, died after 1724; married about 1668 in Topsfield to Margaret Wilkin, daughter of Bray Wilkins and Hannah Way.  She was baptized on 10 February 1648/9 in Dorchester, Massachusetts and died after 1710.  Nine children.

Generation 3:  Elizabeth Knight, born 25 January 1677 in Topsfield, died 17 May 1752 in Topsfield; married on 20 October 1696 in Topsfield to Samuel Towne, son of Edmund Towne and Mary Browning.  He was born 11 February 1673 in Topsfield, and died 1714 probably in Topsfield.  Four children. Elizabeth remarried to Elisha Perkins.

Generation 4:  Rebecca Towne m. Stephen Johnson
Generation 5:  Ruth Johnson m. Richard Cree
Generation 6:  Stephen Cree m. Hannah Smith
Generation 7:  Sarah Cree m. James Phillips
Generation 8:  Hannah Phillips m. Thomas Russell Lewis
Generation 9:  Hannah Eliza Lewis m. Abijah Franklin Hitchings
Generation 10:  Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 11:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ KNIGHT of Charlestown and Topsfield, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 10, 2018, (  accessed [access date]). 

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