Zilpah Knight

1815–1856 (Age 41)
Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, England

The Life of Zilpah

When Zilpah Knight was born about 1815, in Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom, her father, William Knight, was 29 and her mother, Charlotte Fountain, was 26. She married Jesse Gadsden on 25 December 1848, in Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, England. She died in 1856, in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, England, at the age of 41.

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Jesse Gadsden
Zilpah Knight
Marriage: 25 December 1848

Spouse and Children

25 December 1848
Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, England

Parents and Siblings






    Thomas Knight


    Phoebe Knight


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World Events (6)


Age 0

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

Age 8

Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.

Age 15

Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).

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)

  • Zilpah Gadsden in household of Jesse Gadsden, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
  • Zilpah Knight in household of William Knight, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • Zilpah Knight, "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005"

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