James Knights

#13904, b. 1810, d. 29 June 1883

Individual's Timeline

Birth1810James Knights
Marriage29 September 1829James Knights1
Marriage of Daughter25 June 1851Eliza Knights2,3
Marriage of Son21 December 1857James Knights
Marriage of Son1 April 1865Henry Knights
Marriage of Son11 June 1865Samuel Knights4
Marriage of Daughter20 December 1868Charlotte Knights5,6
Death24 November 1882Elizabeth Knights7
Death29 June 1883James Knights2,8

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: James was a ship's rigger, a mariner and a seaman.

Census details

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: Possibly born 13th Sep 1806, christened in Yarmouth. Father William KNIGHTS and mother Elizabeth BECKETT. This is the only James KNIGHTS in Free Reg in Yarmouth anywhere near the right date. Maxie, a fellow researcher who contacted me via rootschat believes the same and has theories regarding earlier ancestors.

    "Going back to James Knights: I think his father was William Knights born in 1771 baptised 13 October 1771 in Great Yarmouth (Christening records 1530-1906)
    In 1851 he was in Castle Acre, Norfolk, a widower and a pauper. * William Knights married Elizabeth Beckett 23 October 1793 in Great Yarmouth (IGI) * This last William's father was William Knights born in 1754, mother Mary Bart. * In turn William (1754) was the son of Turtle Knights and Sarah Wild, but I don't have evidence for this. * Some of the last information has come from other Ancestry members and I really need to check it in detail. * The name Knights was a very common one in the Norfolk/Suffolk area and so it's easy to be mislead!".

Children of James Knights and Elizabeth Jenkinson


  1. International Genealogical Index (IGI), M104831 1813-1837 0952318 -327, 0952979 Film NONE.
  2. Copies of original certificates and docs.
  3. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Great Yarmouth
    Church     St Nicholas
    RegisterNumber     465
    MarriageDate     25 Jun 1851
    GroomForename     Matthew
    GroomSurname     PATTERSON
    GroomCondition     Bachelor
    GroomOccupation     Mariner
    GroomAbode     Row
    BrideForename     Eliza
    BrideSurname     KNIGHTS
    BrideCondition     Spinster
    BrideAbode     Row
    GroomFatherForename     Jonathan
    GroomFatherSurname     PATTERSON
    GroomFatherOccupation     Maltster
    BrideFatherForename     James
    BrideFatherSurname     KNIGHTS
    BrideFatherOccupation     Mariner
    WitnessOneForename     James
    WitnessOneSurname     BURMAN
    WitnessTwoForename     Mary Ann
    WitnessTwoSurname     BRACEY
    Notes     He signs X She signs X
    FileNumber     22893.
  4. BDM, British Isles Vital Record CD, KNIGHTS, Samuel     Age:     24     Marriage
         Wife:     Eliza Sarah Ann WILLIAMS     Age:     26
         Marriage Date:     11 Jun 1865     Recorded in:     Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
                   Collection:     St Nicholas
              Wife previously married
         Husband's Father:     James KNIGHTS
         Wife's Father:     James HOGG
    Source:     FHL Film 1526457     Dates:     1864 - 1869     Note:     Additional Data in Original Record.
  5. BDM, British Isles Vital Record CD, ANGEL, John     Age:     20     Marriage
         Wife:     Charlotte KNIGHTS     Age:     20
         Marriage Date:     20 Dec 1868     Recorded in:     Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
                   Collection:     St Nicholas
         Husband's Father:     Luke ANGEL
         Wife's Father:     James KNIGHTS
    Source:     FHL Film 1526457     Dates:     1864 - 1869.
  6. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Great Yarmouth
    Church     St Nicholas
    RegisterNumber     280
    MarriageDate     20 Dec 1868
    GroomForename     John
    GroomSurname     ANGEL
    GroomAge     20
    GroomCondition     Bachelor
    GroomOccupation     Fisherman
    GroomAbode     Row
    BrideForename     Charlotte
    BrideSurname     KNIGHTS
    BrideAge     20
    BrideCondition     Spinster
    BrideAbode     Row
    GroomFatherForename     Luke
    GroomFatherSurname     ANGEL
    GroomFatherOccupation     Sailor
    BrideFatherForename     James
    BrideFatherSurname     KNIGHTS
    BrideFatherOccupation     Sailor
    WitnessOneForename     Henry
    WitnessOneSurname     KNIGHTS
    WitnessTwoForename     Emma
    WitnessTwoSurname     KNIGHTS
    FileNumber     3760.
  7. Certificate or Original Parish Reg Entry, Extract from original records.
  8. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com, KNIGHTS, James aged 74 - Yarmouth 4b/9.          
  9. Certificate or Original Parish Reg Entry, Extract from original records, Downloaded.
  10. BDM, British Isles Vital Record CD, Source:     FHL Film 1526328.