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Families covered: Knyvett (Knyvet or Knevet or Knevitt) of Buckenham, Knyvett (Knevet) of Southwick

BEB1841 reports that "Camden makes this name a corruption of Dunevit, and Leland derives it from Dunnevit, a town in Cornwall, on the river Tamar. The family claimed Danish extraction." CountyGen starts with ...
Otomar Knevet
BEB1841 reports that "Othomarus de Knyvet, lord of the castle and borough of Launceston, is stated to have been ousted of his possessions at the Conquest, for having taken up arms against the Conqueror, but intermarrying with Emme, daughter of William Dammartin, a Norman, obtained restoration. From Othomarus, after four descents, sprang Sir John de Knevit, Lord of Southwick, who was great-grandfather of another Sir John Knevit, whose son and heir" was the Richard who m. Joan Wourch. We show the intervening generations which are taken from CountyGen (partly supported by Vivian) but, noting that they contain more generations than we think is likely to be correct, we suggest that the whole of this upper section be viewed with caution.
m. Ema Damartyn (dau of Nicholas Damartyn)
1. Alfred Knevet
  m. Gundreda (dau of Ralph, Earl of Ogre)
  A. Edmond Knevet
  m. Amabel Furnivall (dau of Osbert Furnivall)
  i. Drugo Knevet
  m. Florence (dau of Hugh le Stonner)
  a. Thomas Knevet (dsp)
  b. Manfred Knevet
  m. Isabel (dau of Osbert, Lord Stanhope)
(1) Manseurus Knevet
  m. Agnes (dau/heir of John de Ellenworth)
  (A) John Knevet or Knyvett the first mentioned by Vivian
  m. Jonnetta or Jutta
  (i) John Knevet or Knyvett (dsp)
  (ii) Thomas Knevet or Knyvett
  m. Millescent Knyvett
  CountyGen continues spelling the family name as 'Knevet'. We switch to Knyvett, initially but inconsistently used by Vivian who also uses Knevit and Knyvet and even Knyvit & Knynet (sic).
  (a) Sir John Knyvett of Southwick - continued below
  m. Mabel Horton (dau/(co)heir of Sir William Horton)
  (b) Henry Knevet



Sir John Knyvett of Southwick - continued above
m. Mabel Horton (dau/(co)heir of Sir William Horton)
1. Sir John Knyvett
  m. Johanna de Engaine (dau/coheir of Sir William de Engaine)
  A. Richard Knyvett of Southwick
  CountyGen identifies Richard's wife as Johanna, dau/heir of Sir John Wourth. BEB1841 identifies her as Joan, dau/coheir of Sir Richard Wourch. Vivian identifies her as ...
  m. Johanna Louth (dau/coheir of Sir Robert Louth)
  i. Sir John Knyvett, Lord Chancellor of England (a 1366)
  m. Eleanor Basset (dau of Ralph Basset, Lord of Welden)
  a. John Knyvett (d before 24.01.1419)
  m. Joan Botetort (dau/coheir of Sir John Botetort (Boticourt) of Mendlesham)
(1) Sir John Knyvett of Buckenham Castle, Norfolk the first mentioned by Banks & Carthew
  m. Elizabeth Clifton (dau of Sir Constantine de Clifton, 2nd Lord of Buckenham)
  (A) John Knyvett of Buckenham (d 1466)
  BEB1841 & BE1883 show (Sir) John as m1. Alice Grey (mother of Edmund) m2. Joan Stafford (mother of Edward) but this appears to be confusion with his son Sir William. Vivian, Banks & CountyGen support the following.
m. Alice Linne (dau/coheir of William Linne of Norfolk)
  (i) Sir William Knyvett of Buckenham (b c1440, d c1492)
  m1. Alice Grey (dau of Reginald Grey, Lord of Rythyn)
  (a) Sir Edmund Knyvett of Buckenham
  m. Eleanor (sister of Sir James Tyrell or dau of Sir William Fynch))
  ((1)) Sir Thomas Knyvett of Buckenham (d 10.08.1513) this line not followed by Vivian or CountyGen
m. (after 1512) Muriel Howard (dau of Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk)
  ((A)) Sir Edmund Knyvett of Buckenham (a 1547)
  m. Anne Sheldon (dau of Sir Thomas Sheldon or Shelton) named Joan by Banks & Carthew
  ((B)) Ferdinando Knyvett
  ((C)) Sir Henry Knyvett 'of Horsley' (a 1574)
  m. Anne Pickering (dau of Sir Christopher Pickering of Killington)
((i)) Sir Henry Knyvett of Charlton
  The following is supported by CTG (vol 7, p83).
  m. Elizabeth Stumpe (dau of Sir James Stumpe of Malmesbury)
  ((a)) Katherine Knyvett or Knevet (d 09.1633)
  m1. (sp) Richard Rich (dvpsp 1580, son/heir of Lord Robert)
  m2. (c1583) Sir Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk (b 24.08.1561, d 28.05.1626)
  ((b)) Elizabeth Knyvett or Knevitt (a 1622)
  m. (after 21.09.1584) Thomas Clinton, 3rd Earl of Lincoln (b 1568, d 15.01.1618-9)
  ((c)) Frances Knyvett or Knevitt
m1. Sir William Bevill of Kilkhampton
  m. m2. (1602) Francis Manners, 6th Earl of Rutland
  ((ii)) Sir Thomas Knyvett, Lord of Escrick (dsp 27.04.1622)
  m. (21.07.1597) Elizabeth Hayward (d 09.1622, dau of Sir Rowland Hayward, Lord Mayor of London, by Joan Pilsworth, widow of Richard Warren)
  ((iii)) Margaret Knyvett apparently of this generation
m. Henry Vavasor
  ((iv)) Katherine Knyvett (d 20.12.1622) apparently of this generation
  m1. (20.05.1567) Henry Paget, 2nd Lord of Beaudesert (b c1537, d 1568)
  m2. Sir Edward Cary of Aldenham & Berkhampstead (b c1540, d 1618)
  ((v)) Alice Knyvett probably of this generation
  m. (1563) Christopher Dacre (d 16.06.1593)
  ((D)) Lucy Knyvett (d 01.10.1577) probably of this generation
  m. Sir Henry Gates of Seamer (d 07.04.1589)
  ((2)) Edmund Knyvett of Ashwellthorp (d 01.03.1539) named Thomas (2nd of the name) by Vivian
  m. Jane Bourchier of Ashwellthorpe, de jure Baroness Berners (d 17.02.1561/2, dau of Sir John Bourchier, 2nd Lord Berners)
  ((3)) Anne Knyvett
  m. Sir George St. Leger
((4)) other issue - Anthony, James, William
  (b) Ann Knyvett probably of this generation
  m. John Thwaites of Thwaites, Denton Castle & Smeaton (b 1457, d 29.01.1507)
  (c)+ other issue - Benedict, daughter mentioned in CountyGen
  m2. Joan Stafford (dau of Humphrey Stafford, Duke of Buckingham)
  (e) Sir Edward Knyvett, Sheriff of Norfolk & Suffolk (a 1540)
  CountyGen suggests that Sir Edward dsp but Vivian indicates that Sir Edward had issue by ...
  m. Ann Strange (dau of Robert Strange)
  (f) Charles Knyvett
  m. Ann Lucy (dau/heir of Walter Lucy)
  (g) John Knyvett
  m3. Joan Coiurtney (dau of Francis Curtney, widow of Sir Roger Clifford)
  (B) Alice Knyvett probably of this generation
  m. John Lynne of London & Southwick Hall (d before 09.08.1487)
  (C)+ other issue - Margaret, Johanna
  (2) Margaret Knyvett probably the Margaret who married ...
  m. Sir Thomas Echyngham of Etchingham (d 1444)
  (3) Elizabeth Knyvett
  b. Robert Knyvett had issue
  m. Johanna Cascellin (dau of John Cascellin)
  c.+ other issue - John, Richard, Ralphe, Henry, Margaret, Maria
  ii.+ other issue - John, Elizabeth, Milicent
  B. John Knyvett
2. Henry Knyvett

Main source(s): CountyGen (Berkshire, William Berry, 1837, p52+), Visitation (J.L. Vivian (1887), Cornwall, 1530+1573+1620+additions, 'Knyvett', p272), BE1883 ('Knyvett of Escrick'), BEB1841 ('Knyvett of Buckenham'), Banks 'Baronies in Fee' (vol 1 (1844), 'Clifton, Cromwell of Tatshall, and Basset of Weldon', p158), 'West and East Bradenham' (G.A. Carthew, 1883, 'Pedigree of Clifton continued in Knevet', p5)
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