Charlott Maria Knight

1825–28 March 1878 (Age 53)
Yarcombe, Devon, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Charlott Maria

When Charlott Maria Knight was born in 1825, her father, James Knight, was 42 and her mother, Susanna Tratt, was 40. She married John Rice Barfett on 7 August 1850, in Bideford, Devon, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Yarcombe, Devon, England, United Kingdom in 1841. She died on 28 March 1878, in Newcastle, Durham, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 53.

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John Rice Barfett
Charlott Maria Knight
Marriage: 7 August 1850
Sarah Barfett
Ellen Barfett
Louisa Barfett
Charles Barfett
Robert James Barfett
William Barfett
Fredrick Barfett
James Barfett
Fanny Barfett
Ada Barfett
George R. Barfett
Joseph C Barfett

Spouse and Children

7 August 1850
Bideford, Devon, England, United Kingdom


+7 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    James Knight


    Susanna Tratt




World Events (7)


Age 5

Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).
1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

Age 8

The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.

Age 18

Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

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)

  • Charlotte Knight in household of James Knight, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • Charlotte Maude Knight in entry for Fanny Mcmurtry, "Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947"
  • Charlotte Knight in entry for Joseph C Barfett, "Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947"

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