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  • ID: I20
  • Name: Richard KNIGHT
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 14 JAN 1603 in Romsey, Wiltshire, Hants, England
  • Christening: 14 JAN 1603 St. Mary & Ethelfri, Romsey, Hampshire, England
  • Death: 4 AUG 1683 in Providence County, Rhode Island
  • Reference Number: 1024
  • _FSFTID: L71S-SVK
  • _UID: CD61D2D65A4CE04AB016B169592EFC010AE3
  • Note:
    BIOGRAPHY: Richard Knight C:1603/1605-1680- The earliest record found of this person is on 4 Aug 1640 when he agreed with the town of Hampton to keep a mill at the landing and was granted 100 acres, "History of Hampton,N.H.",Pope. An assumption has been made that Richard came from Norfolk,England because of this record as most Hampton settlers came from Norfolk County,England. However, in the book McCormick-Hamilton-Day Ancestral Lines, Compiled for Elizabeth Day McCormick & Robert Hall McCormick III, privately printed, 1957 it suggest Richard came from Kent County, England.

    14 Sep 1640, Richard contracted to build the meeting house at Hampton.

    29 Jan 1640/1641, He was to make a gate for the pound.

    Dec 1641, He was a defendant in a suit brought by Stephen Kent.

    1645, A warrent was issued for the arrest of Richard Knight of Hampton.


    9 Sep 1645, Joseph Armetage was ordered by the Court to hold all goods in his hands of "Richard Knigfit late of Hampton,now of Rhode Island",Essex Quarterly Court Files, Vol. 1,pg. 88.


    Dec 1646, He had a suit in the Newport, Rhode Island Court against William Jeffray (Aquidneck Quarterly Court Files)


    1648-1649-Keeper of the prison.

    1648/49/50/53/54/57/58 - General Sergeant.

    The Early Records of the Town of Providence
    Volume XV
    BEING THE PROVIDENCE TOWN PAPERS
    Vol. 1 1639 - April 1682 NOS. 01 - 0367
    Printed 1899 - Page 27
    A Copy of the Warrent for Hugh Bewit
    You are herby required, In the name & power of the State of England to attach the body of Heugh Bewit, & to bring him before me, to answer to such things as shallbe layd to his Charge as you will answer the Contrary at yr will, warwicke the 23 of ffebruary anno 1649.
    To Richard Knight, Gen. Serjeant
    To the Cunstable of providence Jno: Smyth president
    these deliner

    The Early Records of the Town of Providence
    Volume XV
    BEING THE PROVIDENCE TOWN PAPERS
    Vol. 1 1639 - April 1682 NOS. 01 - 0367
    Printed 1899 - Page 28
    To Rich. Knight Gen. Sergeant, for the Colony of Providence Plantations, greeting.
    These are in the name of the honored State of England, to require & charge you to arrest the body of Nicholos Power Constable of Providence, & take sufficiant Bale for his personal appearance at the next Colony Court of tryall to be held for this Colony at Newport in may next to answer for his contempt of the Presidents Warrant thereo fayle you not, at ye will,
    Given at the Office this 17th of November 1649
    me Philip Shearman
    Gene: Recorder


    The Early Records of the Town of Providence
    Volume XV
    BEING THE PROVIDENCE TOWN PAPERS
    Vol. 1 1639 - April 1682 NOS. 01 - 0367
    Printed 1899 - Page 28

    (Recto)
    Providence the 25, of the 12th. 1649. (called)
    fforasmuch as there is brought into this Town by the Gen. Serjeant, Certain Warrents as the termes them, directed for Hugh Bewit & Nicholas Powers, & some other of like nature. The Town being orderly called & met thereupon. We find by the letter of the Lawes Gen: unto wch we are ingaged, that they are not legally stated. We therfore the Deputies of the Town aforesaid, & on the foresaid Townes behalfe We forbid the said Rich. Knight Gen. Serjeant to execute the said Warrents, according to the contents theof, as he will answere it; yet we not denying any execution of any Legall Gen: Warrent, that shall in Order, according to the letter of or Gen. Lawes, be brought into this Town to be executed.

    Gleanings from Newport Court Files
    1659 - 1783
    Jane Fletcher Fiske

    1710, September: John Knight now resident in Providence?eldest son, and heir of John Knight late of Norwich in ye Collony of Connecticut decesd: grandson and heir of Richard Knight of Newportdecesd vs. Peter Wells, Job Babcock, William Tanner, Isaac Shelden, Joseph Car[pen]ter, Peter Crandall, Samuel Hopkins & Gersham Cotterell yeomen all of Kingstowne?in a plea of partition, damage L800 as per summons dated 15 July 1710. In their plea, by attorney N. Blagrove, the defendants stated that they held no land in common undivided with the plaintiff?what land they hold is in fee simple, having received their title from Henery Hall, surviving joint tenant of [torn] Knight. David Knight and West Clark upon their engagement say that Richard Knight of Newport decd about 31 years agoe.

    The Early Knights of Rhode Island
    By G. Andrews Moriarty, A.M., LL.B., F.S.A., of Bristol, R.I.

    The early history of the Knight Family, which became prominent in Providence in the last century, is somewhat obscure, and the account given in Austin's "Dictionary" is not entirely satifactory. Therefore it is the purpose of the contributor of this article to present a brief history of the early generations of the family.
    The founder of the family in New England was Richard Knight, who was at Newport as early as December 1646. Austin knew nothing earlier than this about him; but there are references to him in the Essex Quarterly Court files at Salem, Mass., that show that prior to his arrival in Rhode Island he had lived at Hampton, N.H., where he had a mill.

    1. Richard (1) Knight, of Hampton, N.H., and Newport, R.I., was living in 1680, but died before 27 Oct. of that year. He married first in England, ________; and secondly, about 1647, Sarah Rogers, daughter of James and Mary Rogers of Newport, R.I., who was living at East Greenwich 24 Feb. 1684/5, when she served on a jury of women with respect to the condition of a young women.
    Richard Knight probably came to Hampton, N.H. from co. Norfolk, England, as most of the earliest inhabitants of Hampton came from that part of England.
    On 4 Aug. 1640 and agreement was made between the town of Hampton and Richard Knight regarding his building and keeping a mill at the landing there, and 100 acres were granted to him. On 14 Sept. 1640 he contracted to build a meeting house. On 29 Jan. 1640/1 it was voted that instead of working on the Common Richard Knight was to make a gate for the pound. He was the defendant in a suit brought by Stephen Kent in December 1641. On 9 July 1645 a warrant for his arrest was issued to the constables of Boston, Mass., on account of certain thieving activities of his, and on 9 Sept. 1645 Joseph Armetage was ordered by the Court to hold all the goods in his hands of Richard Knight "late of Hampton, now of Rhode Island." (Essex Quarterly Court Files, vol. 1, p. 88 and History of Hampton.) In Rhode Island he was a house carpenter by trade, and the the items given above show that he practiced the same trade at Hampton. He probably fled to Rhode Island at some time between 9 July and 9 Sept. 1645, to escape punishment for his misdeeds. This experience seems to have had a salutary effect on him, for thenceforth his life in Rhode Island was, so far as is known, entirely decorous. In February 1646 [? 1645/6] Goodman Knight conveyed his house, mill, and 100 acres at Hampton to Christopher Lawson of Boston, Mass. In December 1646 he brought suit at Newport against William Jeffery (Acquidneck Quarterly Court Files, printed). On 16 Jan. 1647/8 land at Newport was conveyed to him by James Rogers, whose daughter Sarah he married about this time. On 8 Feb. 1648/9 he agreed with his wife Sarah not to sell the 40 acres of land bought of James Rogers and Robert Griffin, but entailed it upon her and his eldest son by her, who was to have it at the age of twenty years. If he should have no son, then the land was to go to their eldest daughter, at the age of sixteen years. Moreover, his son in Old England was to have no part in it. (Rhode Island Colonial Deeds, edited by Chaplin, vol. 1, p. 6.) From 1648/9 he kept the prison in Newport. He was general sergeant in 1648, 1649, 1650, 1653, 1654, 1657, and 1658. His name occurs on the roll of freeman at Newport in 1655. He was sent to summon the Warwick sachem Pomham before the Court on 17 Mar. 1655/6. He sold land at Newport on 22 Dec. 1656 and 5 Dec. 1658. In the latter year he was "Water Bailey." On 19 Jan. 1663/4 he made, in partnership with Henry Hall, the great purchase of lands at Chippachog, in Westerly and Kingston, from the Indians, which was afterwards known as the Hall and Knight purchase. He appears to have rendered service to the Colony in Philip's War, for on 31 Oct. 1677 he was one of the grantees of the East Greenwich lands, for service in that war. Each grantee received 100 acres. On 11 Dec. 1679 he, together with his wife and his eldest son, John, sold land. He was alive as late as 1680, when he was taxed 7s., but by 27 Oct. 1680 he was dead, as on that date his widow petitioned for a confirmation of the lands in East Greenwich that he had settled upon her, and this was allowed.

    Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. Volume II
    Knight
    Richard Knight , immigrant ancestor, was a carpenter by trade and lived at Newport, Rhode Island . He was keeper of the prison in 1648-49 and general sergeant in 1648-49-50-53-54-57-58 . He was admitted a freeman in 1655 . In 1663 he bought lands in Narragansett , and in 1677 he and forty-seven others were granted one hundred acres each in a plantation to be called East Greenwich , but never lived there. He died in 1680 . He married Sarah , daughter of James and Mary Rogers . Children: John , Jonathan , David , mentioned below.

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    The Benjamin Families from Columbia County, New York
    Compiled by R. M. Benjamin
    Published by Pantagraph Ptg. & Sta. Co.
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    John Pember
    The History of the Pember Family in America
    By Celeste Pember Hazen
    1939 - Page 155


    May 1649 - Civil&Military List of Rhode Island 1647-1800, General Sarjent, Richard Knight, To have leave to sell a little wine or strong water to some natives in theare sickness. Mr. Roger Williams.

    The Early Records of the Town of Providence
    Volume XV
    BEING THE PROVIDENCE TOWN PAPERS
    Vol. 1 1639 - April 1682 NOS. 01 - 0367
    Printed 1899 - Page 66
    To ye Deputie for ye towne of providence By vertue of a warrent Received from mr Nicho: Easton by ye presedents order, These are to Require you in ye name of ye keepers of ye liberties of England. by authoritie of parlement. to provide for ye General asemblie & ye Court of tryalls (which is adjourned till ye 12th of this present month & to be held at Portsmouth) accordinge as ye law in ye Case provides hereof you are not to faile.
    Richard Knight
    Gnarall Sargnt
    Newport June ye ferst 1653


    3.7 Aug 1653 - Ipswich Court Records for 28 May 1654, there is recorded a petition to the General Assembly at Portsmouth(RI), 17 Aug 1653,"Members present: Richard Knight, General Sergeant."

    1655 - Richard Knight was made a Freeman of the colony, which,in Rhode Island, did not imply that he was a church member, but that he was worth, at least $200.00. This was the last year of the presidency of Roger Williams, "but not the last of the unfortunate bickering disorder of the colony where fanaticism not only expressed itself in religon, but in politics and society; and no scheme was so wild as to find adherents in this confused medley."

    17 Mar 1655 - Richard Knight and two other were sent by warrent for the Sachem Pomham, to require him to come before the court.


    1658 - Water Bailey


    The Early Records of the Town of Providence
    Volume XV
    BEING THE PRIVIDENCE TOWN PAPERS
    Vol. 1 1639 - April 1682 NOS. 01 - 0367
    Printed 1899 - Page 198
    newport this 12th of November 1679
    Loving frind mr fild: after my serves remembred to you this ar to lette you undearsand that I [] that your towne shold macke mee waitte so longe for so small asom of mony which have bin so longe dwe as this have bin to mee and aftear my longe forbarance thay have broken too generall Cortte ordares to my great damage now tharfor I desiear you that it may bee sent to mee spedly and uppon the resait I shall send [ ] but if you send it not I pray writte mee whoo is your tresor for I prefor to send the genarall Sargant spedly so intviting your Ansor by mr hart I rest youres to Command in what is Just.
    Richard Knight



    May 1649 - Civil&Military List of Rhode Island 1647-1800, General Sarjent, Richard Knight, To have leave to sell a little wine or strong water to some natives in theare sickness. Mr. Roger Williams.



    3.7 Aug 1653 - Ipswich Court Records for 28 May 1654, there is recorded a petition to the General Assembly at Portsmouth(RI), 17 Aug 1653,"Members present: Richard Knight, General Sergeant."

    1655 - Richard Knight was made a Freeman of the colony, which,in Rhode Island, did not imply that he was a church member, but that he was worth, at least $200.00. This was the last year of the presidency of Roger Williams, "but not the last of the unfortunate bickering disorder of the colony where fanaticism not only expressed itself in religon, but in politics and society; and no scheme was so wild as to find adherents in this confused medley."

    17 Mar 1655 - Richard Knight and two other were sent by warrent for the Sachem Pomham, to require him to come before the court.


    1658 - Water Bailey


    The Early Records of the Town of Providence
    Volume XV
    BEING THE PRIVIDENCE TOWN PAPERS
    Vol. 1 1639 - April 1682 NOS. 01 - 0367
    Printed 1899 - Page 198
    newport this 12th of November 1679
    Loving frind mr fild: after my serves remembred to you this ar to lette you undearsand that I [] that your towne shold macke mee waitte so longe for so small asom of mony which have bin so longe dwe as this have bin to mee and aftear my longe forbarance thay have broken too generall Cortte ordares to my great damage now tharfor I desiear you that it may bee sent to mee spedly and uppon the resait I shall send [ ] but if you send it not I pray writte mee whoo is your tresor for I prefor to send the genarall Sargant spedly so intviting your Ansor by mr hart I rest youres to Command in what is Just.
    Richard Knight



    3.7 Aug 1653 - Ipswich Court Records for 28 May 1654, there is recorded a petition to the General Assembly at Portsmouth(RI), 17 Aug 1653,"Members present: Richard Knight, General Sergeant."

    LAND: 1645, Adjoining to the house, twelve acres and half of upland at Gauges wigwam and ten acres of meddow adjoining to the same, and fourty acres of upland in the west field adjoing to William Hayward's land on the east and William Fifield on the west, and this was by an absolute deed of Sale dated the 5 (3) 1645.
    (Signed) Richard Knight
    Witness: William Walderne,An Jenks,Recorded in Suffolk Deeds,Bk. 1 page 68.


    Feb 1646, Richard sold his house and mill in Hampton to Chrostopher Lawson of Boston and left for Rhode Island.


    Newport Historical Magazine
    Volume 1, 1880-1.
    Published by The Newport Historical Publishing Co.
    128 Thames Street
    Newport, R.I.
    No. 1 - July, 1881. - Vol.2 - Page 5
    Rhode Island Colonial Land Evidence
    Deed. James Rogers to Richard Knight. - James Rogers conveys to Richard Knight, for valuable considerations, forty acres of land, bounded W. by. the highway on the east side of the mill; N. by Joshua Coggeshall's land; S. by William Jeoffrey's; E. by the highway to the common. Also another parcel containing two acres, on the west side of the said mill highway, bounded N. and W. by land of James Rogers; S. by land of William Jeoffrey's; E. by the aforesaid highway. Both parcels being ?the proper inheritance of James Rogers, of Newport, in Rhode Island, in the Province of Providence, in New England.? Signed in the presence of Wm. Dyre. Recorded Sept. 5, 1671, by John Sanford, Gen. Recorder. Deed dated Jan. 16, 1648. William Jeoffrey obliges himself to make and maintain forever the fence between himself and Richard Knight. Vol.1, p. 1.

    Ref. Rhode Island Land Evidences, Vol. 1. 1648-1696, Originally Published, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence,Rhode Island 1921, page 6. Page 5 is a land Evidence Record for the sale of land with James Rogers and Richard Knight. Page 6 & 7 is land evidence of the Henry Hall & Richard Knight purchase from the Indian Chief Coigamaquoant of the Narragansetts. There are also land transactions between Richard Knight & George Kendrick, and Richard Knight & Lawrence Turner mentioned in this book.


    Newport Historical Magazine
    Volume 1, 1880-1.
    Published by The Newport Historical Publishing Co.
    128 Thames Street
    Newport, R.I.
    No. 1 - July, 1881. - Vol.2 - Page 116
    Rhode Island Colonial Land Evidence
    Deed. Richard Knight to George Kenrich. Richard Knight, of Newport, conveys to George Kenrich, of Providence, 12 acres of land in-----, bounded N. by land of James Weeden. E. by the highway to the common. S. by land of Lawrence Turner. W. by land of sd Richard Knight. The said Geo. Kenrich to 'heave out two rods, next to James Weeden, for a highway?, only for the use of sd Richard Knight, and sd Geo. Kenrich to pay sd Richard Knight 20 shillings and acre in merchantable peage at the rate of eight to a penny of or four of black, or ?equivalent.? Sd George to make and forever maintain the fence against sd Richard Knight, and Lawrence Turner and himself; dated Dec. 22, 1656. Signed by Richard Knight and witnessed by Will Jefferay & Obadiah Holme. Recorded May 28, 1673. [Vol. 1, p. 31]

    5 Dec 1658 - He sold Lawrence Turner 4 acres. Ref. RI Land Evidences, page 6.

    22 May 1662 - Land recorded of Lawrence Turner and Tobias Saunders, both of Newport, land in Newport adjacent to land of Lawrence that he purchased of Richard Knight, together with a dwelling...acc. to law made 22 May 1662 ratified 29 May 1673. RI Families, GBR, Vol. 2 page 261.


    1663 - He bought lands in Narragansett with Henry Hall.

    22 Dec 1656 - He sold George Kenwick (Kenrick)? of Providence 12 acres in merchantable peage at rate of eight to a penny of flour of white or of black, or equivalent.

    Newport Historical Magazine
    Volume 1, 1880-1.
    Published by The Newport Historical Publishing Co.
    128 Thames Street
    Newport, R.I.
    No. 1 - July, 1881. - Vol.2 - Page 116
    Rhode Island Colonial Land Evidence
    Deed. Richard Knight, of Newport, for a certain sum of money, conveys to Lawrence Turner of Newport, four acres of land, bounded, W. by the land of Richard Knight and to begin at a dead tree, next the land of said Lawrence Turner, at the south-west corner, and so to range to a living tree on the north-west corner, and from thence, down to the highway, as the fence runs. Sd fence to be maintained forever by sd Lawrence Turner. Date, Dec. 5, 1658. Witness, Will Jefferay and Richard Bulgar. [Vol. 1, p. 30.]


    19 Jan 1664 - Ref. Rhode Island Historical Society. "Abstracts from Vol,. 1 of RI Land Evidences in the State Archives,"pg 3"Narrangansetts in the Colony of Rhod-Island...have for...Tenn pounds in peage Eight the peny in hand by me the aforesaid Cogamaquoant Received from Richard Knight & Henry Hall both of the Towne of Newport wherwith I the sayd Cogamaqucant doe discharg unto the said Richard Knight & Henry Halls ther heires...a certain percell of Land Scittuate and Lyinge in the aforesaid Narraganse-tts Cuntry neere or adjoininge unto the Land Formerly Sould by me unto Mr. John Porter and Mr Samll Wilbore &c pettacomscutt and is by Esteemation two Miles Square be it more or less being butted and bounded as Followeth Vizt. on the Eastside from a place called in Indian Qumatumpick, southward to a place called chippachuat and soe westerly to a place called Quowachauck and from thence northward to place called Winatompick and so to extand from thence upon a straight line unto the the first boundry to be Houlden of our Royall Soverraigne Lord Charles the Second not Capett nor by Knights service but in comon Soccage after the manner of East Greenwich iii the County of Kent...Further I the said Cogamoquant doe..bind myself in the sum of Bond of Five Hundred pounds starl of good and lawful mony of England or to the vallew therothat the land mentioned in this deed is good reall and firme Estate unto the said Richard Knight and Henry Halls and thit the said land is deere and free from all intailments deeds of sale leases mortgages and all other alienation of what nature or kinds whatsoever...and to deere and remove or cause to be removed at or before the first of march next after the date hereof Every Indian or Indians Inhabiting there on and not to suffer or the future any Indian to dwell or plant upon the aforesaid Tract. this ninteeth day of January and in the yeare of our lord god one Thousand Six hundred Sixty and fower...in pressence of John Archer,The marke of Alse Archer,Richard Bulgar,The marke of Cogamagooant,The marke of Wotomer,an Indian,Cobsounk,his mark,an Indian.

    Collections of the Rhode Island Historical Society
    Vol. III.
    Providence: Marshall, Brown and Company MDCCCXXXV
    Page 70
    Jan. 19, 1664. Coginaquant's deed to Richard Knight and Henry Halls, of about two square mile, which they named Westerly Manor. (L.E. 1, 2, 405.) It joined the Pettiquamscut purchase, and was bounded on the East side from a place called Quamatucumpic-Southward to a place called Chippachuack-thence Westerly to a place called Quowachauk-thence North to a place called Winatompic-and from thence a strait line to the first bounds. This purchase was afterwards confirmed by the Assembly, in 1708. Its bounds as finally settled, appear to have been Usquepaug river on the West-Pettiquamscut purchase on the East, and on the North, a tract of land which Lang, Boss, Wickam and others, purchased of the State's Committee, May 17, 1710

    Collections of the Rhode Island Historical Society
    Vol. III.
    Providence: Marshall, Brown and Company MDCCCXXXV
    Page 111
    In October, 1708, (at Providence,) this committee made a Report, (see App.) which was received and confirmed as being mad according to the true intent of the Act of October 30, 1672.
    The Assembly confirmed the Deed of Coginaquand to Knight and Halls, provided it should not interfere with the Pettaquamscut purchas, or former grants.


    31 Oct 1667 - He was one of forty-eight who were granted 100 acres each in a plantation called East Greenwich. This name of the new town,together with the reference in the deed of Coganaquoant,arouses suspicion that Richard Knight, and perhaps others of the settlers, were familiar with the county of Kent,England, and possibly had come from that county.


    Commissioner to end small causes at Weymouth, 2 June 1641 [MBCR 1:329].
    Tied for third place in voting for Assistant from Newport to Rhode Island General Court, 7 May 1659 [RICR 1:408]. Deputy from Newport, October 1664 [RICR 2:61]. Committee to set rates for Newport, 13 May 1667 [RICR 2:197]. Rhode Island jury, foreman, 29 August 1653 [EQC 1:314].
    ESTATE: "W[illia]m Jeffryes, gent.," was a patentee of Agamenticus [York] on 2 December 1631 (and on 2 March 1631/2) [York Hist 1:86-88]. On November 1641 he received his division of lands at York, in partnership with Samuel Maverick, Elias Maverick and Hugh [sic] Bursley [York Hist 1:135].
    "Mr. William Jefferey" held land in Newport as early as 16 January 1648[/9], when he was named as an abutter to lands being sold by James Rogers to Richard Knight, and on 6 June 1650 "William Jefferey" promised to "make the fence that hath been in controversy betwixt Richard Knight and myself" [RILE 1:5]. On 22 March 1653/4 "William Jefferays" sold to Lawrence Turner and Tobias Saunders a parcel of land measuring sixty-seven rods by fifty-six rods, "being the eastern part of the lands of William Jefferays of Newport" [RILE 1:28].


    11 Dec 1679 - With his wife Sarah Rogers, and his eldest son, John, he sold land to Francis Brimley and Francis Smith.



    31 Oct 1667 - He was one of forty-eight who were granted 100 acres each in a plantation called East Greenwich. This name of the new town,together with the reference in the deed of Coganaquoant,arouses suspicion that Richard Knight, and perhaps others of the settlers, were familiar with the county of Kent,England, and possibly had come from that county.


    Commissioner to end small causes at Weymouth, 2 June 1641 [MBCR 1:329].
    Tied for third place in voting for Assistant from Newport to Rhode Island General Court, 7 May 1659 [RICR 1:408]. Deputy from Newport, October 1664 [RICR 2:61]. Committee to set rates for Newport, 13 May 1667 [RICR 2:197]. Rhode Island jury, foreman, 29 August 1653 [EQC 1:314].
    ESTATE: "W[illia]m Jeffryes, gent.," was a patentee of Agamenticus [York] on 2 December 1631 (and on 2 March 1631/2) [York Hist 1:86-88]. On November 1641 he received his division of lands at York, in partnership with Samuel Maverick, Elias Maverick and Hugh [sic] Bursley [York Hist 1:135].
    "Mr. William Jefferey" held land in Newport as early as 16 January 1648[/9], when he was named as an abutter to lands being sold by James Rogers to Richard Knight, and on 6 June 1650 "William Jefferey" promised to "make the fence that hath been in controversy betwixt Richard Knight and myself" [RILE 1:5]. On 22 March 1653/4 "William Jefferays" sold to Lawrence Turner and Tobias Saunders a parcel of land measuring sixty-seven rods by fifty-six rods, "being the eastern part of the lands of William Jefferays of Newport" [RILE 1:28].


    11 Dec 1679 - With his wife Sarah Rogers, and his eldest son, John, he sold land to Francis Brimley and Francis Smith.



    31 Oct 1667 - He was one of forty-eight who were granted 100 acres each in a plantation called East Greenwich. This name of the new town,together with the reference in the deed of Coganaquoant,arouses suspicion that Richard Knight, and perhaps others of the settlers, were familiar with the county of Kent,England, and possibly had come from that county.


    Commissioner to end small causes at Weymouth, 2 June 1641 [MBCR 1:329].
    Tied for third place in voting for Assistant from Newport to Rhode Island General Court, 7 May 1659 [RICR 1:408]. Deputy from Newport, October 1664 [RICR 2:61]. Committee to set rates for Newport, 13 May 1667 [RICR 2:197]. Rhode Island jury, foreman, 29 August 1653 [EQC 1:314].
    ESTATE: "W[illia]m Jeffryes, gent.," was a patentee of Agamenticus [York] on 2 December 1631 (and on 2 March 1631/2) [York Hist 1:86-88]. On November 1641 he received his division of lands at York, in partnership with Samuel Maverick, Elias Maverick and Hugh [sic] Bursley [York Hist 1:135].
    "Mr. William Jefferey" held land in Newport as early as 16 January 1648[/9], when he was named as an abutter to lands being sold by James Rogers to Richard Knight, and on 6 June 1650 "William Jefferey" promised to "make the fence that hath been in controversy betwixt Richard Knight and myself" [RILE 1:5]. On 22 March 1653/4 "William Jefferays" sold to Lawrence Turner and Tobias Saunders a parcel of land measuring sixty-seven rods by fifty-six rods, "being the eastern part of the lands of William Jefferays of Newport" [RILE 1:28].


    11 Dec 1679 - With his wife Sarah Rogers, and his eldest son, John, he sold land to Francis Brimley and Francis Smith.

    TAXES: 1680 - Taxed 7 shillings. Last record of Richard.

    DEATH: Will of Richard Knight, Feb 1648:
    Newport the 8th day of February 1648 . . . I Richard Knight of Newport doe inverce and ingage to my wife Sarah Knight that I will not sell . . . any of the Tract of Land latly bought of James Rogers and Robert Griffin but doe. . . Intaile it upon her and my heires forever, but Especialy to her and my Eldist: sonn if any and in case wee have no sonn to my Eldist daughter to be my and her proper he ire after my death and if a sonn he shall have it at The age of oile and Twenty yeares if I have left my beinge in this life, and if noe sonn then the Eldist daughter shall have it at Sixteene yeares of age provided alwaies that the thirds of the Land and the best and convenientest roome in the house is to be my wifes, duringe her life, and then to returne to the heire . . . But if there be more then one Sonn the daughters are noe heires soe long as any of the male be liveinge, but if noe sonn or sonns or if the sonn or sonns die with Ishue, then the Eldist daughter then livinge shall be the Right heire, But this is more Largely declared that if the Eldist sonn dye without Ishue the next shall enjoy it, But if the first have children whether sonns or daughters and alsoe the rest that are herein appointed to be heires, And this have I done the day and yeare above written, to avoyd strife because my sonn in ole England shall have nothing to doe herein nor have any Right to any Land of mine in New-England. In testimony hereof I put to my hand this day and yeare aforesaid.

    Signed in the presence off John Downeing (his X marke) Robert Spink X his mark Richard Knight


    DEATH: Ref. Homer T. Knight."Richard was probably buried in his back yard, perhaps with a wooden marker. This was the practice in Newport in those days. In the middle of the nineteeth centry many of these private cemeteries were moved to central locations in Newport, but since most of Richards's kin had moved elsewhere, the site of his burial had been lost."

    MILITARY: He appears to have rendered military service to the colony in King Philip's War, for on October 31,1677, he was one of the grantees of the East Greenwich Lands, for service in that war. Each grantee received 100 acres.

    Register of the Society of Colonial Wars in
    the District of Columbia
    Washington City
    1905 - Page 47
    Richard Knight (1603 - 1683) of Rhode Island; Keeper of Prison, 1648-49; General-Sergeant; 1648-53; served in King Philip's War under Captain William Turner.
  • Change Date: 4 MAY 2014 at 20:49:53




    Marriage 1 Sarah ROGERS b: 1625 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
    • Married: 16 JAN 1648 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island
    Children
    1. Has Children John KNIGHT b: 1649 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island
    2. Has Children Jonathan KNIGHT b: 1653 in Coventry, Kent, Rhode Island
    3. Has Children David KNIGHT b: 1656 in Woodstock, Windham, Connecticut
    4. Has Children Richard KNIGHT b: 1658 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island
    5. Has No Children Priscilla KNIGHT b: 1662 in Providence County, Rhode Island
    6. Has No Children Rebecca KNIGHT b: 1665 in Rhode Island

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