Margaret Knight

31 August 1671–17 May 1751 (Age 79)
Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Margaret

When Margaret Knight was born on 31 August 1671, in Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Phillip Knight Sr., was 68 and her mother, Margery Cooper, was 47. She married Francis Elliott on 28 March 1710, in Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. She lived in Massachusetts, United States for about 1 years. She died on 17 May 1751, in Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, at the age of 79.

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Francis Elliott
1661–1777
Margaret Knight
1671–1751
Marriage: 28 March 1710

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MARRIAGE
28 March 1710
Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, United States

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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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  • Margaret Knight, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Margaritt Knight, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Margaret Knight, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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