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FIRST GENERATION

Mr. Woodman, Jo. Woodbridge, Henry Short, Jo. Knight, Richard Browne were chosen by the towne to the publick affairs of the towne one whole quarter & till new be chosen." April 14, 1638: "The men to appoynt the place and maner of the pound (for Swyne and other cattel) are Mr. Edward Rawson, Henry Short, Jno. Knight, and Richard Knight." April 19, 1638: "At a generall towne meeting April 19, 1638, John Knight & James Browne were chosen Constables for one whole year & till new be chosen." June 1, 1638: "It is ordered that John Knight shall have eight acres of upland on the west side of the little river in consideration of the seven acres and a halfe be parted from." July 6, 1638: "It Is ordered that there shall be but five men deputed to the publick managing of the towne's business for this quarter next ensuing. Mr. Woodman, Mr. Rawson, Abraham Toppan, Richard Browne & John Knight were chosen for one whole quarter and till new be chosen." August 25, 1638: "There is likewise six acres of salt marish granted to John Knight next to John Remmington." September 14, 1653, the land of "John Knight Sen." is mentioned on town records. September 25, 1661: "The three and twentyeth iott figure 23 for John Knight Sen his freehold. Layd out for John Knight Sen. four akers of Marish Land In Plumb Iland," etc. 1668 (recorded after December 21, 1668): The Towne Rate to pay the Towne debts as followeth To John Knight, Jun. Ils To John Knight Sen. IL 4s.

A mould for casting buttons of lead or pewter, said to have been brought from England by John Knight, was taken from Newbury to Falmouth, Me. by his great grandson, Enoch Knight, who also was a tailor. It Is said to be still in existence and in the possession of one of the Knight families In Maine.

The will of John Knight, dated 5 May 1670, was proven 23 June 1670. He gave to his " beloved wife 11 pounds per year for her maintenance while she lived, and the privilege of dwelling in the end of the house and the use of any of his goods that she might have need of while she lived." He gave 40 pounds for the use of his daughter Sarah Bartlett, the same to go to her children after her death. He gave 80 pounds to his daughter Marie Downer and her husband Joseph, and 20 pounds to each of his grandchildren Joseph and Marie Downer. He gave land to each of his daughters, and the remainder of his estate to his son John Knight.

The entire will is listed below:

"This 5 of May 16701 John Knight of Newbury Sen. being oftened pained in my body and know not how sudenly I may be desolued and leaue this world and being desirous while my memoree is good to setl my outward Estat acording to my desir and therfor do hear make my Last will and Testament as followeth first I Comitte my soule to God that gaue it: and my body to the Earth to be buried to Rest vntill the Resurecion by my Saviour Jesus Christ Itm: I give unto my beloued wiffe Eleven pounds a yeare for hir maintainanc while she liueth and that she my dwell in one End of my house while she liueth and to use anie of my goods what she hath need of for hir selfe in the house. Itm: I giue and apoint fourtie pounds after my wifs deseace and In Convenient time as my ouerseers Judg best for my daughtr Sarah bartlets vse while she liueth: (and) with hir husband John Bartlet and after hir decease the fourtie pounds to be made good vnto the Child or Children of hir body surviving to Injoy: If she haue none then the fortie pounds to Return vnto

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