Abby Knight

1810–
Rhode Island, United States

The Life of Abby

When Abby Knight was born in 1810, in Rhode Island, United States, her father, Oliver Knight, was 48 and her mother, Sarah Wescott, was 40. She had at least 2 sons and 3 daughters with John Knight.

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Family Time Line

John Knight
1802–1871
Abby Knight
1810–
William Henry Knight
1834–1836
Lucinda Knight
1836–1836
Mary E. Knight
1837–1920
Abby S. Knight
1839–1841
Alvah Holley Knight
1846–1847

Spouse and Children

children

(5)

    William Henry Knight

    Male1834–1836Male

    Lucinda Knight

    Female1836–1836Female

    Mary E. Knight

    Female1837–1920Female

    Abby S. Knight

    Female1839–1841Female

    Alvah Holley Knight

    Male1846–1847Male

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(10)

+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1811 · USS Revenge

Age 1

On January 9, 1811, the USS Revenge hits a reef off of Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The load the ship is carrying is handed off to other ships and the USS Revenge is tied down by tow ropes. It brakes free from the ropes and later sinks. In 2011 divers find what are believed to be the remains of the ship.
1812

Age 2

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1841 · Dorr Rebellion

Age 31

The Dorr Rebellion, led by Thomas Wilson Dorr, took place from 1841 until 1842. During the Rebellion, the middle-class residents of Rhode Island attempted to force broader democracy to the state legislation.

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 (1)

  • Abby Knight in household of John Knight, "United States Census, 1850"

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