John Knight

St Minver, Cornwall, England

The Life of John

When John Knight was born in 1781, in St Minver, Cornwall, England, his father, Henry Knight, was 35 and his mother, Jennifer Mitre, was 32. He married Mary Miller on 31 December 1803, in St Minver, Cornwall, England. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in St Minver, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom in 1851.

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Family Time Line

John Knight
Mary Miller
Marriage: 31 December 1803
Thomas Knight
Jenny Knight
William Knight
Henry Knight
John Knight
Richard Knight

Spouse and Children


    Mary Miller


31 December 1803
St Minver, Cornwall, England


    Thomas Knight


    Jenny Knight


    William Knight


    Henry Knight


    John Knight


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Henry Knight


    Jennifer Mitre




    Mary Knight




    Jenifer Knight


World Events (8)

1787 · English Convicts Sail to Australia

Age 6

The first fleet of convicts sailed from England to Australia on May 13, 1787. By 1868, over 150,000 felons had been exiled to New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia.
1789 · The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Age 8

"Former slave Olaudah Equiano settled in London and published his autobiography titled ""The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano."" Equiano learned to read and write and converted to Christianity. His autobiography is one of the oldest published works by an African-American writer."

Age 34

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

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)

  • John Knight, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
  • John Knight in entry for Richard Knight and Elizabeth Phillips, "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010"
  • John Knight, "England Marriages, 1538–1973 "

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