Sarah Knight

6 March 1774–20 March 1857 (Age 83)
Edgecomb, Lincoln, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life Summary of Sarah

When Sarah Knight was born on 6 March 1774, in Edgecomb, Lincoln, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, John Knight, was 30 and her mother, Sarah Dunton, was 24. She married William Fowle on 29 November 1790, in Edgecomb, Lincoln, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She died on 20 March 1857, in Whitefield, Lincoln, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Whitefield, Lincoln, Massachusetts, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Fowle
1766–1826
Sarah Knight
1774–1857
Marriage: 29 November 1790
Elizabeth Fowles
1774–
Sarah Fowles
1786–

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World Events (7)

1776
Age 2
Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King
Age 2
"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.
Age 26
While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

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.

Possible Related Names

Nytes
Knights
McKnight
Rider
Ritter

Sources (7)

  • Sarah Fowles, "Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980"
  • Sarah in entry for Eliz. Fowles, "England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000"
  • Sarah in entry for Elizabeth Fowles, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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