Nancy Knight

26 March 1793–11 December 1885 (Age 92)
Herkimer, New York, United States

The Life of Nancy

When Nancy Knight was born on 26 March 1793, in Herkimer, New York, United States, her father, Joseph Knight, was 25 and her mother, Martha Spalding, was 24. She married Silas Palmer on 29 October 1811, in Angelica, Angelica, Allegany, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Holland, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States in 1860. She died on 11 December 1885, in Dent Judicial Township, San Joaquin, California, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Five Corners, San Joaquin, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Silas Palmer
Nancy Knight
Marriage: 29 October 1811
William Palmer
Harriet Palmer
Edward Palmer
Delia Palmer
Charles Palmer
Stephen Palmer
Joseph Palmer
Emily Palmer
John Palmer
Maranda Palmer
LeRoy Palmer
Andrew Jackson Palmer

Spouse and Children

29 October 1811
Angelica, Angelica, Allegany, New York, United States


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World Events (8)

1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

Age 1

The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.
1797 · Albany is Named Capital of New York

Age 4

Albany became the capital of New York in 1797. Albany is the oldest continuous settlement of the original 13 colonies.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 26

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

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)

  • Nancy Palmer in household of Silas Palmer, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Miss Knight in entry for Delia Thorton, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Miss Knight in entry for Delia Thorton, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"

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