Anne Knight

about 1736–11 April 1823
Sulhamstead Abbots, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Anne

When Anne Knight was born about 1736, in Sulhamstead Abbots, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom, her father, John Knight, was 31 and her mother, Ann Lacey, was 28. She married Richard Chamberlain on 24 June 1757, in Sulhamstead Abbots, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She was buried in Chaceley, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom.

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Richard Chamberlain
Anne Knight
Marriage: 24 June 1757
James Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
Anne Chamberlain
Jenny Chamberlain
Elizabeth Chamberlain
Lucy Chamberlain

Spouse and Children

24 June 1757
Sulhamstead Abbots, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    John Knight


    Ann Lacey




World Events (3)

1801 · The Act of Union

Age 65

The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.
1808 · The British West Africa Squadron

Age 72

The British West Africa Squadron was formed in 1808 to suppress illegal slave trading on the African coastline. The British West Africa Squadron had freed approximately 150,000 people by 1865.

Age 79

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

Name Meaning

1 English: status name from Middle English knyghte ‘knight’, Old English cniht ‘boy’, ‘youth’, ‘serving lad’. This word was used as a personal name before the Norman Conquest, and the surname may in part reflect a survival of this. It is also possible that in a few cases it represents a survival of the Old English sense into Middle English, as an occupational name for a domestic servant. In most cases, however, it clearly comes from the more exalted sense that the word achieved in the Middle Ages. In the feudal system introduced by the Normans the word was applied at first to a tenant bound to serve his lord as a mounted soldier. Hence it came to denote a man of some substance, since maintaining horses and armor was an expensive business. As feudal obligations became increasingly converted to monetary payments, the term lost its precise significance and came to denote an honorable estate conferred by the king on men of noble birth who had served him well. Knights in this last sense normally belonged to ancient noble families with distinguished family names of their own, so that the surname is more likely to have been applied to a servant in a knightly house or to someone who had played the part of a knight in a pageant or won the title in some contest of skill.2 Irish: part translation of Gaelic Mac an Ridire ‘son of the rider or knight’. See also McKnight .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Anne Knight in entry for William Chandler, "England Marriages, 1538–1973 "
  • Ann in entry for Hosannah Chandler, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Ann Knight, "England Marriages, 1538–1973"

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