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Hanserd Knollys
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Birth: 1598
East Lindsey District
Lincolnshire, England
Death: Sep. 19, 1691
City of London
Greater London, England

Hanserd Knollys was born in 1598 in Cawkwell, Gartree, Lincolnshire, England. The little hamlet no longer exists and Louth is the closest place to it (6 miles away).

Hanserd Knollys went to University of Cambridge, ordained 29 June 1629. In 1629 he was presented to the vicarage of Humberstone, Lincolnshire, by John Williams, then bishop of Lincoln. Most of his children were born there. Renounced the Church of England in 1636. Being persecuted from one place to another, he took shipping in the river Thames, and, after many difficulties during the voyage, at length safely arrived at Boston in New England. When he went abroad he had only sixfarthings of his money left, but his wife had saved five pounds unknown to him, which she gave him there.
"They came to New England 1638, where he was refused permission to reside in Boston, went to Dover, then Piscataqua, NH. He founded a church Sep 1638 at Dover, NH. He returned to London 24 DEC 1641. Mather's eulogy refered to him as "the Good Man in a Good old age." Source: James Savage, "Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England", Vol.III, 1990. p.40

Rev Hanserd Knollys Took the side of Mrs.Anne Hutchinson in the controversy of the day and was compelled to remove to Dover. He wrote letters of criticsm about the authorities of Mass. Bay to the authorities in England. Was called to account in Boston and apologized publically 20 DEC 1639. Signed the Piscataqua combination in 1640. Contended at Dover and found guilty. A protest was taken against him by James Forett for taking possesion of part of Long Island. He moved to New Brunswick, New Jersey before returning to England. Source: James Pope, "Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire", 1965. p.119.

Rev. Knollys is regarded as the first Baptist clergyman that preached in the colonies, and he possessed great influence. His books were: "Flaming Fire in Zion" (1646); "Rudiments of Hebrew Grammar" (1648); and his "Autobiography" (1672) The year following his return the civil wars which burst forth between the king and the parliament. Mr. Knollys, not long after his arrival, was again reduced to great poverty, and, after paying for his lodgings, had only six-pence left; but having many friends, he met with relief. In London he was chaplain in the Parliamentary army, then a schoolmaster. After the restoration, in 1660, Mr. Knollys, with many other innocent persons, was dragged from his own dwelling-house, and committed to Newgate. There he suffered eighteen weeks imprisonment, till released by an act of grace upon the king's coronation. During the hottest period of the persecution he left England, and lived two or three years in Germany and Holland. When summoned to give account of himself before a committee of divines at Westminster. They forbade him to preach, but he only ceased to preach in the parish churches, gathering a congregation in a house of his own at Great St. Helen's, London. He died 19 SEP 1691. His remains were interred in Bunhill-fields. Mr. Thomas Harrison preached his funeral sermon at Pinner's-hall, which was afterwards published; and Mr. Benjamin Keach published an elegy upon his death."

Marriage: Anne CHEANEY
b: 1608 in Wyberton, Linconshire, England
d. 30 APR 1671 in London, England
Married: 22 MAY 1632 in Wyberton, Linconshire, England
They had at least three sons and a daughter.
One of their children died on the rough 14 week voyage to Boston, Massachusetts. Some of the children later emigrated to New England, including son John Knowles.
b: 1632 in Humberston, Lincolnshire, England
d: 05 DEC 1705 in Hampton, Rockingham, NH

b: Humberston, Lincolnshire, England
d: 16 NOV 1671 London, England
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  John Knowles (1632 - 1705)*
*Calculated relationship
Bunhill Fields Burial Ground
London Borough of Islington
Greater London, England
Created by: Lisa Clark
Record added: Dec 18, 2012
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- Lizzie Dyer Locke
 Added: Apr. 14, 2013
In Remembrance of a Brave and Good Minister of the Lord, from a descendant.
- Lisa Clark
 Added: Dec. 18, 2012

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