Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Richard KNIGHT (c1719-1757)

and Mary MATTHEW (1723-1816)


Mary Matthew was my 5x Great Grandmother.  (Click here to see her place in my pedigree chart.)  She married my 5x Great Grandfather Thomas Hoadley in 1761/2 as her second husband.  (They have their own page.)  Mary first married Richard Knight on 27 September 1747 at the parish church of St. Bartholomew in Albourne, Sussex.

Richard Knight's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me, although according to the IGI he may have been born about 1719.  He was buried on 24 August 1757 in Twineham, Sussex

Mary Matthew was baptised on 11 December 1723 in Twineham, Sussex.  She was the daughter of James Matthew (1682-1754) and Mary Woolven (1687-?).  She died aged 92 years and was buried on 4 April 1816 in Woodmancote, Sussex.


Richard Knight and Mary Matthew had 4 known children:

  1. Richard Knight was baptised on 7 July 1751 in Twineham.  He may have married Charity Virgo on 25 August 1776 in Twineham.  She was born in 1755 in Twineham and was the daughter of George Virgo (1709-1780) and Mary Simmonds (c1720-1787).  But, Richard would seem to have had a younger brother also named Richard, from his mother's second marriage.

  2. Francis Knight was born on 7 June 1753 and baptised on 23 June 1753 in Henfield.

  3. John Knight was baptised on 21 March 1754 in Twineham.  He married Ann Gearing in 1779.  (They have their own page.)

  4. Thomas Knight was baptised on 20 February 1757 in Twineham.  He may have been a witness to the 1788 marriage of his half brother Richard Hoadley.

    Thomas may have first married Sarah Taylor by banns on 19 August 1783 in Henfield.  At the time he was described as a bachelor and sojourner whilst she was a spinster.  The witnesses to the marriage were William Vinall and William Vinall, senior.

    According to the IGI he married Mary Ede on 11 April 1787 in Hurstpierpoint, which also states he died 12 January 1842 in Hurstpierpoint.  Mary was baptised on 15 February 1758 in Cuckfield, Sussex and was the daughter of Joseph Ede and Sarah.  She was buried on 5 November 1845 in Hurstpierpoint (IGI data).  The IGI also records the couple had 8 known children:

    1. Mary Knight was baptised on 24 January 1788 in Hurstpierpoint and buried there on 14 April 1789.

    2. Martha Knight was baptised on 12 June 1789 in Hurstpierpoint

    3. Mary Knight was baptised on 21 February 1790 in Hurstpierpoint.

    4. Thomas Knight was baptised on 12 September 1791 in Hurstpierpoint.

    5. James Knight was baptised on 21 June 1793 in Hurstpierpoint.  He was buried on 24 February 1831.

    6. William Knight was baptised on 22 February 1795 in Hurstpierpoint  He was buried on 1 February 1831.

    7. Martha Knight was baptised on 15 January 1797 in Hurstpierpoint.

    8. Frances Knight was born and baptised on 29 July 1798 in Hurstpierpoint.



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