An American Family History

Knight Family


The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia borders Maryland and Virginia. The first European settlers started arriving about 1730.


Thomas Knight, Jr. was born about 1687.

He married Sarah Plumly (Plumlee) on October 26 1711 at the Abington Monthly Meeting. Sarah was the daughter of William Plumly (Plumlee) and Elizabeth Thompson.

On September 26, 1732, Thomas Knight was dropped from the Gwynedd Monthly Meeting rolls. At this meeting, Sarah Knight produced a certificate for herself and for her children-Johnathan, Soloman, Abel, and Thomas.

Thomas died in 1746.

After he died, Sarah moved to Philadelphia until 1751, at which time they went back to Buckingham, Pennsylvania.



The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

Able Knight was born about 1715 in Byberry, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. His parents were Thomas Knight and Sarah Plumly (Plumlee).

He married Rachel Head. Rachel was the daughter of Thomas Head, according to the minutes of the Abington Monthly Meeting. Abel "married out of unity" in May, 1740 Abel later condemned the marriage. His condemnation was acknowledged and accepted. 

Samuel Knight (1740),
Thomas Knight (1742, married Elizabeth Pitts),
Able Knight (1745, died young),
Solomon Knight (1746, married Sarah Simpson),
Sarah Knight (1749, married William Lomax),
Jonathan Knight (1752),
Able Knight, Jr. (1754, married Ann Smith), and
Ann Knight (1756, married Isaac Jones).

In 1742 they were in a part of Frederick County, Virginia that is now Berkeley County, West Virginia. They were members of the Hopewell Monthly Meeting.

In July, 1742 Abel was granted a certificate of removal to Orange County, Virginia.

In 1744, Abel received a grant of 485 acres on the north fork of Deep River.

In 1752, they moved to what is now Guilford County, North Carolina, where they were members of the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting and later the New Garden Monthly Meeting.

In 1755, 1762, and 1766 Abel was on the tax lists in Rowan County, North Carolina.

Rachel's death was recorded on November 13, 1803 at New Garden Monthly Meeting in Guilford County.

Abel made his will in 1804 and it was was probated in May, 1804.

Guilford County, North Carolina was organized in 1771 from parts of Rowan and Orange Counties.



from An Annotated Digest of Will Book A Guilford County, North Carolina

9th month 1804,
recorded May Court 1810
Abel Knight

Son: Abel Knight 125 acres of land lying in the SW corner of my tract, the sd. Land not to come to farther that the brink of hill above the Great Road for complement.

Eldest Son: Thomas Knight the plantation of which I now live and all reminder part of land

& my will is also that I shall have the house I now dwell in & I appoint my son Thomas Knight ?to support me with what is needful during life?

Son: Jonathan Knight: $60 in lew of land.

Seal: Abel Knight
Exrs: grandson, Abel Knight son of Thomas Knight &
William Hunt son of William Hunt Deceased.
Wits. Joel Hiatt, Andrew Knight (Jurat)

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