JANE AUSTEN

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  • ID: I1076
  • Name: Edward KNIGHT (II)
  • Note: Around 1773 Edward Austen (1767-1852) was made the heir of Thomas Knight, a distant cousin of the Austens, and his wife Catherine (Knatchbull), who were childless; and inherited their properties at Godmersham in Kent, and Chawton in Hampshire. On the death of the widowed Catherine he assumed the Knight surname, and it was retained by his descendants. 1
  • Name: Edward AUSTEN
  • Note: Edward's surname at birth was Austen. His father assumed the surname of Knight in 1812. 1
  • Sex: M
  • Change Date: 27 DEC 2016
  • Birth: 10 MAY 1794 in Godmersham, Kent 1 2
  • Baptism: 20 JUN 1794 the church of St Lawrence, Goodnestone by Sandwich, Kent
  • Note: Edward, Son of Edward Austen Esq. & Elizabeth his wife. Born Jan May 10th[?]. 3
  • Education: 1807-1811 Commoner of Winchester
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    From Oxford University Alumni, 1715-1886:
    Austen, Edward, S[on of] Edward, of Rolling, Kent, arm. ST. JOHN'S COLL., matric. 11 Nov. 1811, aged 17.
    -
    He completed his education in Germany. 1807 1 4
  • Census: 07 JUN 1841 5
  • Census: 30 MAR 1851 6
  • Census: 07 APR 1861 7
  • Census: 02 APR 1871 8
  • Note: Edward sold Godmersham Park in 1874.
  • Death: 05 NOV 1879 9 10



    Father: Edward AUSTEN b: 07 OCT 1767 in Deane-by-Basingstoke, Hampshire
    Mother: Elizabeth BRIDGES b: 23 MAY 1773

    Marriage 1 Mary Dorothea KNATCHBULL b: ABT 1807
    • Married: 05 JUN 1826
    • Note:
      Mary's father Sir Edward Knatchbull (who, in October 1820, had married Edward Knight's elder sister) was strongly opposed to this marriage, feeling that Mary was too immature. The couple were determined, and eloped to Gretna Green in Scotland. Family records show that they left for Gretna on Saturday 13 May, and were married on Monday 15th. The marriage was re-consecrated at Steventon by Edward's brother Rev William Knight, as recorded in this Parish Record:
      KNIGHT Edward the younger, b., of Godmersham Kent, and KNATCHBULL, Mary Dorothea, sp., by licence.
      Witnesses WF Digweed, and Caroline Knight.
      The marriage was a happy one, broken only by Mary's early death shortly after bearing William Brodnax. Sir Edward was only reconciled to Mary one year before her death.
      11 1
    Children
    1. Has No Children Edward Lewkenor KNIGHT b: 25 JAN 1827
    2. Has Children Wyndham William KNIGHT b: 05 DEC 1828
    3. Has No Children Annabella Christiana KNIGHT b: 1830
    4. Has Children Georgina Elizabeth KNIGHT b: 1832
    5. Has Children Philip Henry KNIGHT 23rd (Royal Welch Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot b: 25 AUG 1835
    6. Has No Children Charles Ernest KNIGHT 77th Regt of Foot b: 13 OCT 1836
    7. Has Children William Brodnax KNIGHT Queen's Bays b: 03 FEB 1838 in London, England

    Marriage 2 Adela PORTAL b: 07 APR 1818 in Freefolk, Hampshire
    • Married: 03 MAR 1840 1 12 13
    Children
    1. Has Children Elizabeth Adela KNIGHT b: 13 FEB 1841 in Basingstoke, Hampshire
    2. Has No Children Edward Brook KNIGHT b: 1843
    3. Has No Children Montagu George KNIGHT b: 26 OCT 1844 in Chawton House, Chawton, Hampshire
    4. Has Children Charles Edward KNIGHT Rector of Chawton b: 13 FEB 1846 in Chawton House, Chawton, Hampshire
    5. Has No Children Henry John KNIGHT Seaforth Highlanders b: 06 MAR 1848 in Chawton, Hampshire
    6. Has Children Adela Louisa Cassandra KNIGHT b: 24 DEC 1849 in Chawton, Hampshire
    7. Has Children Adela Mary Margaretta KNIGHT b: 29 MAR 1852
    8. Has Children Helen Adela KNIGHT b: 13 DEC 1853
    9. Has Children Ethel Adela KNIGHT b: ABT 1857 in London, England

    Sources:
    1. Title: Akin To Jane
      Abbrev: Akin to Jane
      Author: Compiler: Joan Corder
      Publication: Manuscript, private circulation, March 1953
    2. Title: Census
      Abbrev: Census
      Page: 1861 RG9/704 Folio 162 Alton Dist 10 Chawton
      Page 16 Sched 87 Chawton House
      Edward Knight Head M 66 Landowner Kent Godmersham
      Adela Knight Wife M 43 Landowner's Wife Hants Freefolk
      Elizabeth A Knight Dau Unm 20 Landowner' Daughter Hants Basingstoke
      Montague G Knight Son Unm 16 Hants Chawton
      Charles E Knight Son Unm 15 Hants Chawton
      Henry J Knight Son Unm 13 Hants Chawton
      Adela LA Knight Dau 11 Hants Chawton
      Adela MN Knight Dau 9 Hants Chawton
      Helen Adela Knight Dau 7 Hants Chawton
      Ethel Adela Knight Dau 4 London
      Fanny Grover Unm 46 Governess Porth --- Wales
      Elizabeth Portal Visitor Wid 73 Landowner's Widow London
      Jane C Portal Visitor Unm 31 Landowner's daughter Hants Freefolk
      Eleanor J Portal Visitor 6 Hants Oakley
      >22 servants>
    3. Title: Parish Record
      Abbrev: Parish Record
      Page: St Lawrence, Goodnestone Parish Registers
      Society of Genealogists Library
      SOG ref - KENT mf 280-281
    4. Title: Alumni Oxonienses: The Members of the University of Oxford1500-1714 and 1715-1886
      Abbrev: Oxford Alumni
      Author: Compiler: Joseph Foster
      Publication: Parker & Co, Oxford
    5. Title: Census
      Abbrev: Census
      Page: 1841 HO107/381 Book 11 Chawton Dist 6 Folio 10
      Page 14 Chawton House
      Edward Knight 40 Yeoman Y[es - born in Hampshire]
      Adela Knight 20 Y
      Annabella Knight 8 Y
      Georgina Knight 7 Y
      Philip Knight 5 Y
      Ernest Knight 4 Y
      Brodnax Knight 3 Y
      Elizabeth Knight 3 mo. Y
      Wyndham Portal 15 Y
      >19 staff>
    6. Title: Census
      Abbrev: Census
      Page: 1851 HO107/1679 Alton Dist 7 Chawton
      Page 22 Sched 79 Chawton House
      Edward Knight Head Mar 56 Esquire and Land Proprietor ([300?] acres, 18 men) Kent Godmersham
      Montague George Knight Son 6 Scholar at Home Hants Chawton
      Charles Edward Knight Son 5 Hants Chawton
      Henry John Knight Son 3 Hants Chawton
      Adelaide Louisa Cassandra Knight Dau 1 Hants Chawton
      >12 servants>
    7. Title: Census
      Abbrev: Census
      Page: 1861 RG9/704 Folio 162 Alton Dist 10 - Chawton
      Page 16 Sched 87 Chawton House
      Edward Knight Head M 66 Landowner Kent Godmersham
      Adela Knight Wife M 43 Landowner's Wife Hants Freefolk
      Elizabeth A Knight Dau Unm 20 Landowner' Daughter Hants Basingstoke
      Montague G Knight Son Unm 16 Hants Chawton
      Charles E Knight Son Unm 15 Hants Chawton
      Henry J Knight Son Unm 13 Hants Chawton
      Adela LA Knight Dau 11 Hants Chawton
      Adela MN Knight Dau 9 Hants Chawton
      Helen Adela Knight Dau 7 Hants Chawton
      Ethel Adela Knight Dau 4 London
      Fanny Grover Unm 46 Governess Porth --- Wales
      Elizabeth Portal Visitor Wid 73 Landowner's Widow London
      Jane C Portal Visitor Unm 31 Landowner's daughter Hants Freefolk
      Eleanor J Portal Visitor 6 Hants Oakley
      >22 servants>
    8. Title: Census
      Abbrev: Census
      Page: 1871 RG10/1226 Folio 54 Alton Dist 11
      Page 5 Sched 11 Chawton House
      Edward Knight Head Wid 76 Magistrate Kent Godmersham
      Adela LC Knight Dau 21 Hants Chawton
      Adela MM Knight Dau 19 Hants Chawton
      Helen A Knight Dau 17 Hants Chawton
      Ethel A Knight Dau 14 Middlesex London
      Montagu E Bradford Grandson 3 East Indies
      >21 servants>
    9. Title: Free BMD, Url: http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl
      Abbrev: Free BMD
      Page: Deaths Dec 1879 Alton 2c 106
      Knight Edward Age 85
    10. Title: Burke's
      Abbrev: Burke's
      Page: http://www.burkes-peerage.net
    11. Title: Parish Record
      Abbrev: Parish Record
      Page: Parish Registers of Deane, Steventon and Eastrop, Hampshire
      Transribed by JSW Gibson September 1957
      Society of Genealogists Llibrary
      ref. HA/R26
    12. Title: Free BMD, Url: http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl
      Abbrev: Free BMD
      Page: Marriages Mar 1840 Whitchurch &c. 7 233
      KNIGHT Edward
      PORTAL Adela
    13. Title: Hampshire Record Office
      Abbrev: Hampshire Record Office
      Page: COLLECTION Whitchurch parish
      Section Incumbent
      Item Marriage licences
      Level Item
      FindingNo 83M76/PI5/23
      Title Edward Knight Jun of Chawton, widower, and Adela Portal of Whitchurch
      Date 22 Feb 1840
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