Old Soldier


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1816-02-13 Baptism of Thomas Knight [son of “The Old Soldier” Thomas Knight b1789], 13 February 1816, Montreal Garrison Anglican Church register, photocopy in Genealogy Binders of Gerald Dyer, volume 6, individuals 1000-1999, in the possession of Joanne Stanbridge, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; [photocopy supplied by Linda Lowrey, Hamilton, Ontario]; citing Archives nationales du Quebec, Civil Records, film 1576, frame 00323.

1816-08-08 Marriage of Thomas Knight and Mary Saunders, Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection) 1621-1967, database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 January 2013), entry for marriage of Mary Saunders and Thomas Knight, 8 August 1816, Anglican Garrison, Montreal, Quebec; citing Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin.

1817 Settlement Ticket for Thomas Knight, “List of Veterans of the War of 1812-1814 Who Received Settlement Tickets at the Perth Military Settlment, Based Primarily on the Transcription of Land Grants as Prepared by Christine Spencer.” [digitized document online] Perth and District Historical Society (http://perthhs.org/documents/perth-settlers-1812-1814-veterans.pdf : accessed 17 March 2015); entry for Private Thomas Knight, Drummond Township, Concession 11, Lot 14(SW); citing National Archives of Canada, MG9, D8-27, Vol. 1, Microfilm Reel #C-4651. [Opens as a 24-page pdf document.]

1837-07-13 Remark by W. McNaughton, Bytown in “Return of Persons Who Have Purchased and Settled on Lands in the Township of Horton prior to the 25th May 1834, from the late C.J. Bell Esq.; Upper Canada Land Petitions” [digitized microfilm online] Library and Archives Canada (http://tinyurl.com/n3vlzbr : accessed 4 March 2015), entry for Thomas Knight, 19 June 1833, Horton Township, Concession 3, East half of Lot 16, 100 acres; Book U, bundle 22, petition number 046, volume 241, microfilm reel C-2097, images 306-310; especially image 308. A note by McNaughton appears in the Remarks column: “It appears that Bonds were taken from the Individuals whose names are in this Return, to pay for their Lands at the rate of 5p Currency per Acre in accordance with some order to that effect, and that these Bonds are Amongst the papers of the lat [sic] C.J. Bell Esq.”

1851 Census of Canada and 1851 Agricultural Census, Enumeration District #4, Township of Horton. Elliot, Bruce S. transcriber & editor, 1842 & 1851 Census of Renfrew County, C.W., Vol. 1, Horton. Ottawa : OGS Ottawa Branch, printed in 1983, reprinted in 1989.

1861 Census of Canada, [database], Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 July 2013), entry for Thomas Knight, 72 [years old], Canada West, Renfrew, page 3; citing Library and Archives Canada, Census Returns for 1861, roll C-1071.

1871 Census of Canada [database on-line], Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 26 April 2015), entry for Thomas Knight household, Ontario, Renfrew North, Ross; citing Library and Archives Canada, Statistics Canada Fonds, record group RG31-C-1, microfilm reel C-10021, page 2, family 7.

1874-08-10 Military Pension Application for Thomas Knight, British Army Service Records 1760-1915 [database online], FindMyPast (http://www.findmypast.co.uk : accessed prior to 23 May 2011), entry for Thomas Knight, 76th Regiment of Foot, pension application number 28107, Royal Hospital Chelsea, dated 10 August 1874, date-stamped 14 October 1874; citing National Archives U.K., WO97 / 2016 / 95.

1879-08-14 Death of Thomas Knight, Ontario, Canada, Deaths 1869-1938, [database online] Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 January 2013), entry for Thomas Knight, 84, died 14 August 1879, Ontario, Renfrew, Grattan Township, file number 013053; citing Archives of Ontario, Registrations of Deaths, 1869-1938, MS 935, reels 1-615.

1879 Headstone of Thomas Knight, 1790-1879, Douglas Cemetery (Highway 60), Renfrew County, Ontario [database online] Northeastern Ontario Gravemarker Gallery (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~murrayp/renfrew/admaston/dougpub/knight1.jpg : accessed 13 January 2013).

1883-10-13 Death Registration for Mary (Saunders) Knight, Ontario, Canada, Deaths, 1869-1938 and and Deaths Overseas, 1939-1947 [database online] Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 July 2013), entry for Mary Knight, born c1795 in Sussex County, England, died in Ontario, Hastings County, entry 006373, page 49 (stamped),  number 1; citing Archives of Ontario, Registrations of Deaths, 1869-1936, series MS 935, reel 40.

Flames Across the Border: The Canadian-American Tragedy, 1813-1814, by Pierre Berton. Boston: Little, Brown, 1981. Print.

The History of Pittsfield (Berkshire County) Massachusetts from the Year 1800 to the Year 1876, Volume 2,  by J.E.A. Smith [digitized book online] Internet Archive (https://archive.org/stream/historyofpittsfi02smit#page/n7/mode/2up : accessed 23 February 2011); “Cantonment and Depot for Prisoners of War (1811 – 1815)”, Chapter X, pp 213ff.

“Leaping Over the Sword,” from Daily Life of the Soldier: Marriage,  [website] Canadian Military History Gateway, (http://www.cmhg.gc.ca /cmh/page-519-eng.asp : accessed 21 February 2011); citing A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence, by Frances Grose (London: 1811).

The Story of Renfrew from the Coming of the First Settlers about 1820, Volume 1, by W.E. Smallfield and Robert Campbell. Renfrew : Smallfield and Son, 1919. [digitized book online] Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org/stream/storyrenfrew00smaluoft/storyrenfrew00smaluoft_djvu.txt : accessed 2 January 2010.


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