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MILITARY: Vermont Pensioners, 1835 February 12, 2004 11:00 AM Information: County: Grand Isle Co. Name: John Knight Rank: Private Annual Allowance: 33 88 Sums Received: - Description of service: Vermont militia When placed on the pension roll: August 13, 1833 Commencement of pension: March 4, 1831 Age: 80 Laws under which inscribed, increased or reduced OR Remarks.: -
Source Information: United States Senate. Report from the Secretary of War, in Obedience to Resolutions of the Senate of the 5th and 30th of June, 1834, and the 3d of March, 1835, In Relation to the Pension Establishment of the United States. [Vermont Section], Washington, D.C.: Duff Green, 1835.
The following information came from the DAR lookup site at http://www.dar.org/natsociety KNIGHT, John Birth: CT 10 Feb 1754 Service: VT Rank: Pvt Death: VT 23 Apr 1833 Patriot Pensioned: Yes Widow Pensioned: No Children Pensioned: No Heirs Pensioned: No Spouse: (1) Abigail Town
Present the Hon. Joel Allen, Judge on this 8th day of October A.D. 1832.
Personally appeared in open court before the Hon. The Probate Court for the District of Grand Isle now sitting John Knight a resident of North Hero in the County of Grand Isle and State of Vermont aged seventy eight years the 10th day of February 1832. Who, being first duly sworn according to law both on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated. That he entered the service of the United States at Bennington in Vermont in the winter of 1776 at the request of General Philip Schuyler of Albany, the purpose of which expedition was to disarm Sir John Johnston. We went in sleighs about in six in a sleigh. We went from Bennington to Albany at which place General Schuyler joined in and we proceeded to Schenectady from there on up the Mohawk River about twenty miles to a place I do not recollect and stayed all night in a dutch barn from there to Johnstown, A capitulation was made and Sir John Johnson paraded his men and grounded their arms and we took them up and brought them to Albany and turned them in the public store-soon after returned home to Bennington the whole length of this service was three or four weeks had no written discharge have no documenting evidence and know of no person living whose testimony he can procure who can testify to this term of service. His next service was in the summer of 1776 after Arnold's defeat on Lake Champlain, there was an alarm at Bennington in which I turned out under command of Capt. Robinson we started for Ticonderoga but did not proceed further than Mount Independence before we heard that the British Fleet had returned to Canada and our service was about 10 days, have not discharge or documents to prove this service and know of no person living whose testimony can be provided who can testify to this service. His next service was in the spring of 1777 he volunteered under the command of Lieutenant Gideon Spencer of Bennington went to Saratoga barracks when Col. Van ? commanded from there to Joseph's Patent then back to Saratoga barracks and returned home. The object of this expedition was to hunt up and rout the refugees and Torries who were secreted in that section of the country awaiting the arrival of Burgoyne. This term of service was about three or four weeks have no written discharge no documentary evidence and know of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service. His next service was in the ?..part of the summer of 1777-he volunteered under the command of Capt. Robinson and went to Manchester in Vermont in the Militia service. Our service at this place was scouting for Tories who were supplying the British Army then at Ticonderoga under General Burgoyne with cattle. This service was about two or three weeks that he enlisted in the ranging service in Capt. Ebenezer Allen's Company of the State Troops of Vermont or (New Hampshire grants) line 1st Lieutenant Isaai Clark and 2nd Lieutenant our Pier in Col. Samuel Herrick's regiment of rangery about the first of July 1777 our service was principally scouting in small parties and ranging the woods for Indians and Tories. I was in the battle of Bennington through the whole of the action that he was one of the party Capt. Allen who attacked a British breastwork with two pieces of cannon that then killed three gunnery at one fire that they retreated and mounted the breastwork and turned their own….upon them and killed Col. Baum and Fester heading the Tories that after this battle our service was as before scouting and ranging the woods until about the 1st of February following at which time there was no service of that kind wanted and we returned home to Bennington having served constantly from the first of July 1777 to the 1st of February 1778 he understood that the enlistment was for one year but did not serve the term out there being no service for him. That he had no written discharge no documentary evidence and know of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to this term of service except that of Enos Wood herewith transmitted. That after he left the ranging service he went to building stone houses at Bennington under commissary under commissioner Joseph Farnsworth and continued in that service two or three months and was by said Farnsworth in continental money. That from that time under the year 1781, he was always ready and held himself as minute man for any call of his country as he was a carpenter and a cooper had no other business but the employment of the Army either building barracks Stone houses and making barracks for the community except that he was occasionally employed in keeping garrisons the term of which service he does not recollect. That he was in numerous Scouts not before mentioned which it is impossible for him to tell the term he served. I was born in the town of Norwich now Lisbon in the State of Connecticut on the 10th day of February 1754 I lived in the town of Middletown in Vermont and in 1784 I removed to North Hero in Vermont where I have lived ever since. I lived in the Town of Bennington in the state of Vermont when first called into the service of the United States. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension in an annuity except the precent and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency of any state.
[b] John Knight
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year
Joel Allen, Judge
BIOGRAPHY: Ruth (Knight) Anderson family records Guy L Knight Family Records Austin Genealogy of RI
My grandmother, Marion Noris Knight Craig, started researching the knight family in the 30's and my father picked up after her death as I did after his death. Although born near Montreal, Canada we moved to NJ and then to North Hero, VT where my father tried for many years to connect our Knight line to the North hero Knight Line. Although I'm sure there is a connection, mine dead-ends in Marlboro, VT with a Royal Knight. A couple of interesting notes concerning your request:
There is an Island off the east side of North Hero ( by the way, North Hero is one of two Islands in the middle of Lake Champlain named for the two Hero's of the revolution Ethan and Ebenezer Allen. Anyway, The Island is Knight's Island named by/for John Knight (1754) and off the north end of that island is Damy's Island named for the 2nd female child born in North Hero, Diedamia Knight. There are still several Knights in North Hero as well as Hazen's
I hope that you can make sense of and use the above information. If I can be of further assistance, Please don't hesitate to e-mail me directly
The value of land a year after the organization of the town may be inferred from the following transaction at the town meeting held March 16, 1790:
"Voted to give John Knight and Nathan Hazen two dollars for 1/2 acre of land for a burying-ground." This purchase constituted the first cemetery in town.
March 4, 1793, Nathan Hutchins, jr., John Martin, Elijah Knowlton, and Enos Wood were chosen to divide the town into school districts. The first school was taught in John Knight's barn by Lois Hazen. A frame building was erected for school purposes about 1803.
Thomas Hatch of Barnstable & Some of His Descendants The Descent of Alice Gertrude Hatch and Her Husband Charles Lathrop Pack, form Thomas Hatch and Allied Families By Charles Lathrop Pack The Society of Colonial Wars in The State of New Jersey Newark New Jersey 1930 Page 145
Alexander Gordon located directly opposite on Grand Isle, where he established the ferry known as Gordon's Ferry (called at some time Ladd's Ferry) and opened in 1790 an inn near by. The ferry from Grand Isle to North Hero was operated by Alexander Gordon and John Knight whose dwellings were on opposite sides of the crossing until the death of the former in 1802, after which Philo Berry succeeded Mr. Gordon, and Knight and Berry were the proprietors. Scows and small boats were the carrier, the town authorities fixing the charges, a single man paying six cents; horses and cattle were ferried for nine cents and sheep for three cents each. Alexander Gordon had conveyed to John Knight of North Hero and Elijah Hyde of Middle Hero by sale or lease certain property rights, November 14, 1800, and about this time Philo Berry was a man of growing prominence. He was the youngest brother of Mrs. Dimmis (Berry) Hatch, born April 4, 1774, and was therefore not far from twenty-eight at the time of Alexander Gordon's death, when he and Mrs. Polly Gordon were appointed administrators of her husband's estate.
The Descendants of William Towne, who came to America on or about 1630 and settled in Salam, Mass. Compiled by Edwin Eugene Towne. Newtonville, Mass. Published by the Author. 1901 - Page 44
The Towne Family Memorial A. N. Towne, Esq., San Francisco, Cal. By Edwin Hubbard, Chicago, Ill. Chicago, Fergus Printing Company 1880 Page 50
LAND: Thomas Hatch of Barnstable & Some of His Descendants The Descent of Alice Gertrude Hatch and Her Husband Charles Lathrop Pack, form Thomas Hatch and Allied Families By Charles Lathrop Pack The Society of Colonial Wars in The State of New Jersey Newark New Jersey 1930 Page 147 8 July 1807
On the same date John Knight of North Hero and Elijah Hyde of Middle Hero for $400 deeded to Ephraim Beardsley of Kent, Litchfield County, Connecticut, their right in the undivided one-half of the same First Division lots.
(Grand Isle, Vermont, Deeds, I, 310)
3 March 1808
The deed of conveyance to Ebenezer Hatch was from John Knight and Elijah Hyde:
For $1800 received of Ebenezer Hatch of Ferrisburg, Addison Co., a tract of land in Middle Hero First Division lots, drawn to the original rights of Thos. Tolman, Samuel Herrick and John Wood, being the same Alexander Gordon occupied in his life time on the north end of South Island and now occupied by Ephraim Beardsley. To have and to hold, one equal half being still undivided (except a store that Simeon Robinson Junr. Erected) together with half of all buildings thereto belonging only what is excepted.
BURIAL: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Patriot Grave Search KNIGHT, John Private VT South End Cem North Hero, Grand Isle County, VT 1754 - 1833 Grave Registry form. National Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Town, Abigail