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KNIGHT, Sarah Sophia – emigrated 1850s

Sarah Sophia Knight (1847-1895), the third of five children of Joseph Knight and his first wife, Sarah (née Cotterill), was born at Conderton, Worcestershire, in 1847.  She was baptised in St James’ Church, Badsey, on 18th April 1847, together with her older brother.  They had moved back to her father’s home village of Badsey shortly after her birth and the death of her grandfather in February 1847.

At the time of the 1851 census they were living in a house on the High Street (present-day No 11A), Badsey, which had previously been owned by her grandfather.  Her mother died in October 1851, and her father married again a year later to a widow, Esther Cook (née Crump).  They went to live in a house now known as The Wheatsheaf Inn, Badsey, where Esther ran a grocer’s shop.

At some stage in the 1850s, Sarah emigrated to Ontario, Canada, with her father, step-mother and siblings (Ann Elizabeth, Joseph and Charles Frederic, her youngest brother having died as a baby).  Shipping records for this period are not available but 20th century census returns have a column for emigration date – her brother, Charles, stated 1854; her brother, Joseph, stated 1859. 

Sarah never married.  She died at Gosfield South Township, Essex County, Ontario on 17th October 1895.