-Kindly submtitted by Phyllis Curry – 2012-May
Giles Knight b Bristol, Gloucestshire, England (m 1-Elizabeth Williams
2-Elizabeth Payne ) d 7/13/1707 (Quaker month 9) in Chizelborow, Middle
District, Gloucestshire. ( b May9 1614 in Lingfield, Surrey England.
His parents were: Edward Knight and Alice Dimery, b 1588 in Lingfield.
They had 5 sons & 1 daughter:
Abel b 1651 in the Bristol area. He arrived with Wm. Penn & later
moved to Va. first & then to NC . He is buried in Edgecombe County, NC
Benjamin b ------ moved to Bensalem Township, Pa.(m Hannah)
The ancestor of the Pennsylvania Knights.
John b-------- (m unknown ). He was the ancestor of the New England Knights
Giles b 1653 d 1726 (m Mary English dau of Joseph English in 1679 She died 1732. they were married in Rodborough, England & came
to America 1680’s on the Society (some records state on the Welcome)
Giles & Mary settled in Byberry, Pa & had 12 children some dieing in infancy. Bye names following (Giles seems to be the first of his family to
join the Quaker movement probably when he married Mary English ). He
was a weaver and inherited a coat of arms from an ancestor.
Joseph Knight (1680-1762) m Abigail Antill (1682-1764). They had 2 children Giles 2nd (1719-1799) m Eliz. James-10 children; 2nd wife
Phoebe Thomas –six children.
Mary Knight (1681-1794) Giles Knight (1681-1682). Thomas Knight
1685-1774) Mary Knight 1686—Martha Knight (1695-1716), Daniel Knight (1697-1782)
. Thomas b 1662 in Nailsworth, Eng. (m 1Dorothea Bond She
Died 1685. 2-Eliz. Browne in June 12,1686. He died 1748. He was the
son of the first marriage.
Ann Christened on 1/6/1660 in Rodborough, Gloucestshire, Eng.
(m Samuel Dark who came on the ship with them on 4/17/1683. She
died on 8/13/1683).
Sources of information:
1. Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa.
2. History of Bucks County: Battle p 690 ;704
3. Bucks County Historical Society; Vol 1
Abel Knight, arrived in Maryland Sept 1 1682, aboard the “Welcome.”
She was 100 tons. Captained by Rob’t Greenway & carried 100
passengers. He married & moved first to Va.& then to NC. sp unknown
John: b 1684 (m Hannah Babcock in 1718). He was born inEdge-
combe, NC & died in1788.
William: b 1886 in Nansemond Co.,Va (m Martha). His will written
3/12/1751 in Barte County NC
John: b1705-1707 in either Edgcombe, Co. NC or Nansemonde Co.
Va. (m Isabel Gaston). She was born in Nansemonde, Va., & died
10/10/1769 in Edgecombe Co., NC. (May have been Gascoine)
John b 1750 in Edgecombe Co.,NC (m Frances Fannie Newsom b
ca 1753 in Edgecombe & died ca 1840 in Wayne Co., Ga.
John Knight served in the Revolutionary War.
Moses: b 1736 (m Charity Carter Benton, widow, 22/9/1761). He
Died 14/6/1781. She was born ca 1740, the dau of Kindred Carter.
Buried Edgecombe County,NC.
James : b 1738 (m Priscilla Carter)
Robert died 1761
John Knight RS b 1750 (m Frances Newsom ) She is buried in Union Primitive Baptist Church cemetery, Berrien Co., Ga. She was born ca 1753 & died ca 1840 in Wayne County,Ga.
Records in Effingham (now Bullock County ) Deed book A pg 19)
Their children are:
Mary b1770 (m 1-Miles Hunter RS He died1797 –in MacIntosh
Ga -2 John Stewart in 1798 )
Jesse b 1776
William Anderson b 16/2/1778 (m Sarah Cone dau of Hon. Wm
Cone RS She was born 16/10/1780 in SC & died on 28/11/1859
James: b 1780
Jonathon:b 1781 in Cheraw Dist, SC (m Elizabeth b 1787 in Ga
Abraham: b 1789 (m Sarah Tucker dau of James & Jemima
Jan 17 ---- died 1867) She was born in 1796 in Ga.
Samuel: b Nov 1793 in Effingham C (Hahira) Ga.d May 3 187 9
(m Mary Roberts dau of Richard & Tabitha Sanderlin or
Sandlin They were buried at Knights Station near Plant City Fl
John: b 1794 (m Martha Webb)
Thomas: b 1785 (m Frances)
Samuel Knight: b Nov.1793 d May 3 1879 m Mary Roberts
Moved with son Joel & his family to Charlotte Harbour in
1868. His son Jesse & his family settled west of the Myakka
River. He is buried in Knights Station near Plant City.
Fatima b 18/2/1811 (m Enoch Collins on 9/3/1827 )
Moses b 25/2/1813 Wayne County (m Cinderella Knight
Aaron b26/2/1815 (m Jane Varn dau of Frederick on 9/30/1840
& Sarah Hiers (see Jesse file) The Hiers and the Varn families
were born in Pfalzgrafenweiler, Wurtemberg, Germany.
Jesse b18/8/1817 d 10/4/1911 in Nokomis (m Caroline
Rebecca Varn daughter of Frederick Varn on 10/1/1840 in
Hamilton County (Knights Station) Frederick Varn was born
12/6/1778 in Orangeburg District SC. His father was John
Varn, born in Germany & his mother was Anna Nancy Baker
born in SC. Caroline Rebecca’s mother was Sara Hiers dau of
Jacob Hiers of Columbia ,SC (1750–1806) & Kathren Howard
Thomas: b 3/1/1820. d
Joel: b 24/2/1823.(m Virginia Mitchell on29/3/1848)
Moved to Charlotte Harbor where he established a cattle
Frances b9/5/1825 d 11/12/1896 ( m1- John Zipperer
He was born in 1824 & died in 1844-2- Jacob Summerlin
b 13/2/1845 He was known as a cattle baron. He founded
& named Orlando Fl & Bartow Fl which was formerly
named Blount. Several institutions named for him since
he founded them. Frances (Fannie) was a sister of Jesse &
Joel Knight. She had one son by her first spouse. Jacob had
been married before and had sons from his first wife. He
was born in Alachua County . He amassed a great fortune
in the cattle business and used it to help the various com-
Elizabeth: b 1 /3/1827 (m Elhannon McCall on 2/5/1842.
Son of Robt McCall
Mary: b 3/6/1827. ( m George Hambleton on 2/10/1849.
Martha: b 10/3/1832 (m Dr Sam Todd son of Rev. EL
Todd on 25/12/1849
Jesse : b 18/aug/1817 (m Caroline Varn born Nov 27 1825 ) she was
Dau of Frederick Varn b 1788 d 1867 & Sarah Hiers & grand-
daughter ofJohn Varn b in Germany & wife Anna Baker
They married in SC 1782. (see above)
Their children were:
Sarah Jane b 1842 in Hamilton County Fl(m Shadrack (Shade)
Hancock, son of Durham.
Mariah Ann b Aug 15 1843 (M 1-Milton W Johnson 2-WB
Aaron Washington b 1845 in Hamilton Co d 1/1/1864
Amos b1845 never married
Mary Louise b 1847 d 1/11/1863 never married
William Samuel b 4/4/1849 (m Martha Ann Collins )
They returned to Plant City area
Levi Jonathon (Jaunt) b 1851 (m Alice Parker dau of James S
Jesse J b 1852 ( m Mollie Mary Hill Wrede on 27/Dec/1862 )
James Z b 1854 in Hamilton Co (m Jane Isobel Wilder )
Frances Victoria b 1855 (m Charles Oliver Curry son of
John & Mary Kemp ) John was b Jan 1 1885 on Green
Turtle Key & d Nov/29/1882 d Manatee & buried in
Pioneer cemetery. Mary Kemp was born 12/12/1814 on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. She is the daughter of
Samuel Ward Kemp & d 9/5/1885 in Manatee.
Martha Eliz b 1858 (m Charles Le Count Lowe b 2/11/1857
in Key West) She was known as “Aunt Mat” in the area of
Nokomis & served as midwife for several years.
Frances Fletcher Lowe b Nokomis Fl (m Arthur
Britton Edwards 6/22/1900 She died @ age 85
Annie Victoria Lowe b 2/22/1885 in Nokomis d 7/9/1971
m (1) Homer Bear son of Andrew Jackson Bear & Anna
Brannon Bear. They had Benjamin (Ben) who was adopt-
ed by Walter Dunn ( aunt & uncle) & raised as a son.
(2) Behrens ? Clarence (CL) was born & adopted by Mac
Ringo.CL’s children were Bucky & “Sissy”.
(3) Albert McKinley Ringo b10/20/1891 d 1967 Venice
Their children were:
Francis (Fran) Ringo
Herbert (Buddy Ringo
Clarence (CL) Ringo
Mary Macatee Ringo
Fred Lee (Sugar Man)Ringo m Evelyn Wilson & their
children are Kenneth Ringo & James Albert (Jimi)
Ringo. d 1996 in Sarasota.
Kenny m Sandra Simmons Bundy.Their children:
Alisa Ringo Bowers b
Lee Ann Ringo
Frances Fletcher b (m Arthur Briton (AB)
Edwards 6/22/1900 ). Mr. Edwards came to Nokomis area
in 1893 & remained there for 10 years. He lived with the
Curry family for some time. After marrying, the couple
lived where Bay Shore Acres is now. They moved to
Sarasota where he went into real estate. He showed Mrs
Potter Palmer various properties when she arrived in
1910. He was mayor of Sarasota for several years.
Mary Alice (m Arnot Wilson b 1/20/1882 son of Augustus
M Wilson & Caledonia Crum. Arnot was stationmaster in
Caroline Rebecca b1860 (m Alfred F Wrede) father of
Molly Blackburn (Mrs Albert) & Hattie
(Mrs Geo Williams) Caroline was born
in Knights station.
Frederick R b 1861 d 1943 never married
Florence Virginia b 1863 (m John Harvey Hill ) ancester
of Jesse Knight Hill spouse Ruby.
Ella Alice b 1865 (m 1-TL Sawyer 2-Darwin O Curry
Milton Albert b 1867 -d 1890 never married
Jesse the father served in Indian Wars in his section in N Florida a a private
Under Capt Sam E Swilley in 2nd Reg. Florida Militia from June16-Dec 1837 & under Capt David Bryan in Lounds Co. in1838 & under Lt. Stephen Whitfield’s detachment of Ga. militia at old Fort Gilmer, now in
Clinch Co. on the Suwannee River.
Following his marriage, he lived in Hamilton Co. near Frederick Varn’s home, near Plant City, his wife’s father.
In 1868 he moved his family to Manatee Co. ( now Sarasota Co.) to
Horse & Chaise –now Nokomis. He founded the local Methodist Church (1903-1904) built east of the Pioneer Cemetery in Nokomis.He also
donated the land & founded the first school where his wife taught. His home
was on the south side of Shakett Creek near the old trestle.
Note: The name Knight apparently was derived from the word “cniht”
Meaning “ one who held land for service (military} to King or lord”
Knights have been prominent in Bristol,Gloucestershire,England
since the 14th century. Sir. John Knight (1612-1683) was mayor of
Bristol & was knighted by Charles II on Sept. 5,1663. He was noted
for his persecution of Quakers & Catholics. Not known if he was an
ancestor. Various Knights of Bristol have been described in ‘The
Dictionary of National Biography.” Vol.XI, page 255, by George
There was a William Knight b 1538 recorded in Bristol, Gloucester,
England m Ursula Herpert.
Researched by Phyllis Curry