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Ezekiel Knight

Male - 1689


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Ezekiel Knight was born in in of Wells, York, Maine; died in 1689 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 1687

    Notes:

    According to The Wentworth Genealogy (citation details below), the will of Ezekiel Knight "gave to his wife Mary all his estate for life; at her death, two thirds were to go to son Ezekiel Knight, jr., and one third to daughter Elizabeth Wentworth, of Cocheco." Evidently there were exactly two and only two Elizabeth Wentworths in Cocheco at the time, thus establishing that Ezekiel Knight was the father of either the wife of Elder William Wentworth or of the wife of his son Ezekiel. We show him as the former, but either way he's a direct ancestor of TNH.

    "He was Commissioner for the town of Wells 1654, 1662, 1663; on the grand jury 29 June 1654; one of seventy-one petitioners to Oliver Cromwell, 12 August 1656, that they remain under the Massachusetts government in 1663, was one of the Associate Justices, and when the authority of the King's Commissioners ended (which continued from 1665 to 1668), he was immediately re-chosen. [...] In 1661, 1 July, it was 'Ordered by this Court that,' while Wells was without a minister, 'Ezekiel Knight and William Hammond shall duly attend the place of public meeting on the Lord's day, and they improve their best abilities in Speaking out of the Word of God, Praying, Singing of Psalms and reading some good Orthodox Sermons.'" [The Wentworth Genealogy]

    "Of Puritan inclination, he gained great prominence on the ascension of Massachusetts [over Maine]." [Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, citation details below.]

    Family/Spouse: Ann. Ann died after 1655. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Elizabeth Knight was born about 1626; died after 1678.

Generation: 2