When Abigail Knight was born on 15 April 1697, in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Benjamin Knight, was 28 and her mother, Abigail Jaques, was 24. She married Jonathan Pearson on 24 January 1722, in Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. She died on 14 October 1774, in Newbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, at the age of 77.
English: status or occupational name from Middle English knight ‘retainer, attendant’ (Old English cniht ‘boy, youth, lad)’. The specialized feudal sense ‘a high-ranking tenant bound to serve his lord as a mounted soldier’ is not known to have ever given rise to the surname, although it is not out of the question that it may occasionally have been used as a nickname, perhaps for someone who played the part of an armed knight in a local pageant.
Irish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac an Ridire ‘son of the knight’. See also McKnight .
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