18,588 and Counting

After our major breakthrough in May 2021 for the Spratlin line, proving the widely-held belief that James Spratling (1742–1812) was the son of John Spradlin (1712–1769) and Mary English (1713–1756) was pure fiction, fake genealogy, we were not able to make any further progress on this line in 2022.

During 2022, we continued to invest considerable time improving the Knight family profiles on WikiTree in an effort to more widely disseminate recent research into the Knights of colonial Virginia. This effort has progressed well. Captain Peter Knight and Merchant Peter Knight are now shown there correctly as two different people, and the Knight-Basse marriage and lineage are now labeled as disputed.

As a result, we did not spend much time researching other lines, and did not add many new family members to our family tree in 2022.

Say Anything …

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

— John Adams

18,312 and Counting

Our focus shifted in 2021 from the Watne branch to the Spratlin and Knight branches. In May 2021, we made a major breakthrough in the Spratlin line, realizing the widely-held belief that James Spratling (1742–1812) was the son of John Spradlin (1712–1769) and Mary English (1713–1756) was pure fiction, fake genealogy. We also invested considerable time improving the Knight family profiles on WikiTree in an effort to more widely disseminate recent research into the Knights of colonial Virginia.

At the end of 2021, there were 18,312 family members in our family tree.

CPT Peter Knight’s Command of Colonial Fort

Virginia Highway Marker E-70. [1]

On 21 Sep 1674, the Grand Assembly, held at James City, Virginia, enacted Act I – An act for the safeguard and defense of the country against the Indians. [2] to defend the northern frontier of the colony against the Susquehannocks and other Indian groups. The act provides for 8 garrisons and specifies the number of men each county is to provide. Ammunition, provisions, tools, surgeons, medicines, horses, pay to footmen and horsemen, compensation for families of those slain, and compensation for owners of horses killed are all specified. Rules of engagement and articles, rules and orders to be observed (26 in all) by the men are specified.

Act I specifies that 34 men out of Northumberland County, 25 men out of Lancaster County, and 25 men out of Middlesex County be garrisoned at one fort or place of defense on the Potomac River at or near John Mathew’s land in the county of Stafford (now Fairfax County), of which fort Captain Peter Knight is to be captain or chief commander.

Virginia Historical Highway Marker E-70, Colonial Fort, stands near this site at 38° 46.763′ N, 77° 3.111′ W, next to the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Belle Haven, Virginia. [1]


CPT Peter Knight (1620–1705) is 10th great-grandfather of MKS in the Knight branch.

References:
[1] Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Historical Highway Markers, database search > E-70 > Colonial Fort, Fairfax (County). Virginia Department of Historic Resources, 1999 (photograph).
[2] William Waller Hening (editor), The statutes at large; being a collection of all the laws of Virginia, from the first session of the legislature, in the year 1619; …, Vol II (New York: R. & W. & G. Bartow (printer), 1823), pp326-336; digital images, Hathitrust.org (https://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.35112104867892).

Plantagenet Ancestry of William Farrar I

In Sisley Jordan Farrar—Ancient Planter, we met Sisley’s husband William Farrar I. William is a descendant of an Angevin (i.e. Plantagenet) King of England—King Edward I of England. [1]

Portrait in Westminster Abbey, thought to be of Edward I.

Here is the line from King Edward I of England to William Farrar I:

13. Edward I of England, King of England (1239–1307)
> m. Alianore de Castille

12. Joan of England [of Acre]
> m. Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Glouchester

11. Alianor de Clare
> m. Hugh le Despenser, 2nd Lord Despenser

10. Edward Despenser, Knight
> m. Anne de Ferrers

9. Edward Despenser, 4th Lord le Despenser
> m. Elizabeth de Burghersh

8. Anne Despenser
> m. Hugh Hastings, Knight

7. Edward Hastings, Knight
> m. Muriel de Dinham

6. John Hastings, 9th Lord Hastings
> m. Anne Morley

5. Elizabeth Hastings
> m. Robert Hildyard

4. Katherine Hildyard
> m. William Girlington

3. Isabel Girlington
> m. Christopher Kelke

2. William Kelke
> m. Thomasine Skerne

1. Cecily Kelke
> m. John Farrar

0. William Farrar I (1583–1637)
> m. Sisley NN (Bayley) (Jordan) (Farrar)


Sisley NN (1600–1637) is 11th great-grandmother of MKS in the Knight branch.

William Farrar I (1583–1637) is 11th great-grandfather of MKS in the Knight branch.

King Edward I of England (1239–1307) is 10th great-grandfather of William Farrar I, and 24th great-grandfather of MKS in the Knight branch.

References:
[1] David Faros, Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1996).