Mary Ann Knight

14 June 1744–1837 (Age 92)
Overwharton Parish, Stafford, Virginia, United States

The Life of Mary Ann

Mary Ann Knight was born on 14 June 1744, in Overwharton Parish, Stafford, Virginia, United States. She died in 1837, in North Carolina, United States, at the age of 93.

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Zachry Knight
1740–
Mary Ann Knight
1744–1837

Spouse and Children

    Zachry Knight

    Male1740–Male

    Female1744–1837Female

World Events (3)

1758 · Mount Vernon

Age 14

Mount Vernon Plantation was the home of George Washington. It started off as 2,000 acres and was later expanded to 8,000 acres. The house itself started off as a six room building then got extended to twenty-one rooms.
1776

Age 32

North Carolina is the 12th state.
1780 · Richmond Becomes the Capital

Age 36

On April 18, 1780 Richmond became the capital of Virginia. It was the temporary capital from 1780-1788.

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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  • Mary Ann Knight, "Virginia, Births and Christenings, 1853-1917"

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