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George Henry Knott
born Gillingham, Kent, 31st March 1843
died Strood, Kent, 11th June 1921

on the Knott family tree
part of the
Knott family story

married to Mary Ann Bowles

father of William Knott

son of
William Knott
and
Caroline Wells





George Henry Knott
(1843-1921). My Father's Father's Father's Father. My Great-Great-Grandfather.

George Knott lived in and around the Medway towns all his life. He was the grandfather that my grandfather knew, living until my grandfather was 13 years old. He kept a shop in the Frindsbury area of Rochester.

     

1817:
George's parents William and Caroline married on the 30th March at Rainham, Kent. This meant they would have been married 26 years by the time he was born.


George Knott font
1843: George was born in Gillingham, Kent on the 31st March. His father was given as William Knott, an agricultural labourer, and his mother as Caroline Knott formerly Wells. The place of birth was given simply as Gillingham, and the birth was registered on the 8th May. There does not appear to be a baptism for George in the Gillingham registers, although all of his siblings were baptised, and the Gillingham-born ones were baptised at St Mary Magdalene, Gillingham..

 
   
 


1851 census:

George was eight years old at the time of the 1851 census. The Knott family were living at 8 Church Street, Gillingham, Kent.

His father William is shown as an agricultural labourer, aged 58. His mother Caroline was 52 years old.

George was the third of three children. William, an agricultural labourer, was 26, and James was 12. Also living in the household was Rebecca Knott, aged 3, granddaughter of William and Caroline. She was the daughter of George's brother William; her mother Fanny had died in March 1849 at the age of 23.

George is shown as being born at Gillingham in Kent, as were James and Rebecca. His father William was born at Dover in Kent, his mother Caroline at Rainham in Kent. His brother William was born at in Northfleet in Kent. The entry is here.

 
 


1861 census:

George was eighteen years old at the time of the 1861 census. The Knott family were living at 1 Hillington Square, Gillingham, Kent.

His father William was dead by 1861. His mother Caroline was 64 years old. She is shown as a widow and employed on a farm.

George was the second of two children. Jane was 26. She does not appear on the 1851 census with the family, but was probably in domestic service. Also living in the household was James Wood or Hood, a labourer.

George is shown as being born at Gillingham in Kent, as was Jane. His mother Caroline was born at at Rainham in Kent. The transcript for their entry is here.

 
   
1862: On the 17th August, George's future wife Mary Ann Bowles married Henry Welch at Faversham. At the time of the 1911 census, Mary Ann and George Knott would declare that they had been married for 49 years - that is to say, the marriage would have taken place about 1862. However, this may have been intended to refer to Mary Ann's marriage to Henry Welch, as a way of making all their own children appear legitimate.

1863: Mary Ann Welch's son Charles Henry Welch was born at Faversham.

1862-66: It is not clear what happened in this period. At some point, between the marriage of Mary Ann Bowles to Henry Welch and the birth of George Knott Jr in 1866, Mary Ann was no longer with Henry Welch, but was with George Knott.

George Bowles Knott
1866:
Mary Ann's son George Bowles Knott was born at Gillingham. By this point, she must have been in a relationship with George Knott, and George Knott was probably the father.


1869: George's third son, my great-grandfather William Knott was born on the 3rd of December at Upchurch, Kent. His father's name is given as George Knott, and his mother's as Mary Ann Knott, formerly Bowles. Mary Ann was the informant, and her address shows that he was born at home. George's occupation is given as a brickfield labourer. Mary Ann signed the register with a cross - that is, she was illiterate, and could not write her own name. The birth was registered on the 10th of January 1870.

 


1871 census:

George was twenty-eight years old at the time of the 1871 census. The Knott family were living at Halstow Road, Upchurch, Kent.

George is shown as a labourer. His wife Mary Ann was 27 years old.

George had three children. George was 5, Joseph was 3 and my great-grandfather William was 1.

George is shown as being born at Gillingham in Kent, his wife at Faversham in Kent. His son George was born at Gillingham and the other two children at Upchurch. The transcript for their entry is here.

 


1871:
The 27 year old Henry Welch died in the Medway registration district in the 4th quarter.

Frindsbury they never moved far
1872: George married Mary Ann Welch on the 17th March at All Saints church, Frindsbury, Kent. He gave his status as bachelor, she as widow. Both of them gave their place of residence as Frindsbury. Mary Ann gave her father's name as Thomas Edward Bowles. The witnesses were Joseph Cox and Jane Cox - Jane was George's sister. Interestingly, both George and Mary Ann were able to sign the register. It is not clear why they married in Frindsbury. They were living in Upchurch in 1871 and would be later the same year for the birth of their son Fredrick. Perhaps it was the home parish of the Coxes. However, by 1886 the Knotts would also be living in Strood/Frindsbury.


   
   
 


1881 census:

George was thirty-eight years old at the time of the 1881 census. The Knott family were living at 8, Reeves Cottages, Gillingham, Kent.

George is shown as a brickfield labourer, aged 38. His wife Mary Ann was 37 years old.

George had five children. George was 15, Joseph was 13, William was 11, Frederick was 8 and Caroline was 4.

George is shown as being born at Gillingham in Kent, his wife at Faversham in Kent. William, Joseph and Frederick were born at Upchurch in Kent, and Caroline was born at Halstow (the next village to Upchurch). The transcript for their entry is here.

 
 

1886:
The
baptismal record for George's youngest son Thomas records that the family were living at Medway Cottages, Strood, Rochester.

 


1891 census:

George was forty-six years old at the time of the 1891 census. The Knott family were living at 14, Grange Road, Frindsbury, Kent. The road still exists, not far from the centre of Rochester.

George is shown as a general labourer. His wife Mary Ann is shown as 47 years old.

George had five children. George was 25, William was 21, Frederick was 18, Lilla was 6 and Thomas was 4.

George was born at Gillingham in Kent, his wife Mary Ann at Faversham in Kent. George was also born at Gillingham, William and Frederick were born at Halstow (Upchurch in other sources - the villages are adjacent) while Lily and Thomas were born in Strood. The transcript for their entry is here.

 
   
   
 


Grange Road 58 Grange Road
1901 census:
George was fifty-three years old at the time of the 1901 census. The Knott family were living at 58, Grange Road, Frindsbury, Kent. This is the same road as in 1891, and it may even be the same house if they were renumbered.

George is shown as a brickfield labourer. His wife Mary Ann is shown as 57 years old. She is shown as a sweets and general shopkeeper.

George had two children still living at home. Lilla (shown as Lily) was 16 and Thomas was 14. He is shown as an office boy - brickworks.

George was born at Gillingham in Kent, his wife Mary Ann at Faversham in Kent. Lily and Thomas were born in Strood. The transcript for their entry is here.

 
   
   
 




Grange Road
1903: in Kelly's Directory of Kent 1903 is the following listing under shopkeepers:

Knott George 58, Grange Road, Frindsbury, Rochester

You can view the page here. George's name is towards the bottom of the middle column.



1911 census:

George was sixty-eight years old at the time of the 1911 census. The Knott family were living at 58, Grange Road, Frindsbury, Kent. This is the same house as in 1901, and it may even be the same house as in 1891 if they were renumbered.

George is shown as a general labourer. His wife Mary Ann is shown as 67 years old. She is shown as a shop keeper.

George was born at Gillingham in Kent, but his wife Mary Ann gives her birthplace as Strood in Kent, rather than Faversham. The transcript for their entry is here and you can see the original form here.


1913: in Kelly's Directory of Kent, Surrey and Sussex 1913 is the following listing under shopkeepers:

Knott George 58, Grange Road, Frindsbury, Rochester

You can view the page here. George's name is towards the bottom of the third column.


1916: George's wife Mary Ann died of liver cancer at 58 Grange Road on 27th November. She was 73 years old. She was buried in a newly purchased plot in Strood Cemetery, plot A192, on 30th November.

George Henry Knott the Knott family plot
1921: George died on 11th June at 96 Temple Street, Strood, Kent, the house of his son William. He was 78 years old. The death was registered on 13th June by his daughter-in-law Mary Ann Knott. He was buried in the family plot A192 at Strood Cemetery, Cuxton Road, Strood on 14th June, where his wife had been buried five years earlier.

1925: Kelly's Directory of Rochester, Gillingham, Chatham, etc shows that 58 Grange Road is still a shop, under the ownership of an Albert Hewitt. Today, it is a terraced house.

 
   

 

LIFE GOES ON: AN INTRODUCTION

MY GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS

THE SIXTEEN FAMILIES

KNOTT - I - BOWLES - I - WATERS - I - HARRALL - I - PAGE - I - WISEMAN - I - CROSS - I - CARTER

CORNWELL - I - HUCKLE - I - MORTLOCK - I - MANSFIELD - I - REYNOLDS - I - CARTER - I - ANABLE - I - STEARN

CHRONOLOGY - I - DRAMATIS PERSONAE - I - WHERE PEOPLE CAME FROM - I - CALENDAR

MAP OF ELY - I - MAP OF MEDWAY
MAP OF CAMBRIDGE AND DISTRICT

THE WORKHOUSE

WORLD WAR I - I - WORLD WAR II

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LIFE GOES ON