Person:Jane McKnight (3)

Jane McKnight
b.ABT 1650 Scotland
  1. Jane McKnight1645 -
m. bef 1677
  1. John Walker, IIabt 1677 - 1734
  2. Alexander Walker1682 -
Facts and Events
Name Jane McKnight
Gender Female
Birth? ABT 1650 Scotland
Marriage bef 1677 Scotlandto John Walker, I
Alt Marriage Wigtown, Wigtownshire, Scotland to John Walker, I

The 1684 parish census of Wigtonshire identifies a John McKnight living in Torhouskie north of Wigton. His wife's last name may have been Margaret, as a person listed immediately after him is shown as "Margaret McKnight". Margaret, however, is probably not his wife, but a daughter as at this time in Scotland the wife typically retained her maiden name after marriage; persons in the household bearing the same surname are probably children of the head of household. The convention of a wife adopting her husband's surname began somewhat later than this. Also, while families seem to have been grouped together in the Parish Rolls separate households are not specifically identified. Margaret McKnight, for example, might have been the head of a separate household from that of John McKnight. The "Rutherford Bible" cited by White 1902, and apparently passed down through the family of Katherine Rutherford=John Walker II, son of John Walker I=Jane McKnight, bears the signature of John McKnight on its title page. John could plausibly the John McKnight of the 1684 Parish Roll, but we do not have any direct indication that he was the father of Jane McKnight, or was the John McKnight whose name appears in the Rutherford Bilble. While its plausible to list John McKnight the father of Jane McKnight=John Walker I, this is conjectural, rather than a proven relationship. Q 16:45, 18 March 2014 (UTC)