Hanserd Knollys1

M, #1985, b. circa 1599, d. 19 Sep 1691
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Father*Richard Knollys1
Mother*Elizabeth Hanserd
     Hanserd Knollys was born circa 1599 in Cawkwell, Lincolnshire, England.1 He was the son of Richard Knollys and Elizabeth Hanserd.1 Hanserd Knollys was baptized on 13 Nov 1609 in St. Peter, Cawkwell, Lincolnshire, England.2 He married Ann Cheany on 22 May 1632 in St. Leodegar, Wyberton, Lincolnshire, England.3 Hanserd Knollys married Elizabeth Trapson on 15 Dec 1669 in St. James, Clerkenwell, London, England.4 Hanserd Knollys died on 19 Sep 1691.1 He was buried after 19 Sep 1691 in Bunhill Fields Cemetery, London, England.1
     On 14 Feb 1645 Christ Exhalted: in a sermon begun to be preached at Debenham in Suffolk, upon the 14 day of Febr. last, upon Coloss. 3.11. By Hanserd Knollys. Who was stoned out of the pulpit (as he was preaching) by a company of rude fellowes, and poor women of that town; who were sent for, called together, and set on by a malignant high-constable, who lives in the same town. Also, another sermon, preached at Stradbooke in Suffolk, the 13 day of Febr. last, concerning santification; upon Ephes. 1. 4. London 1645.1

Family: Hanserd Knollys and Ann Cheany

Family: Hanserd Knollys and Elizabeth Trapson


before 14 Feb 1645Matric. pens. from ST CATHARINE'S, Easter 1629.

Ord. deacon (Peterb.) 29 Jun., 1629; priest, 30 Jun., 1629, as literate.
V. of Humberston, Lincolnshire, 1631-4 .
Master of Gainsborough Grammar School [ Lincolnshire].
Became a separatist and renounced his orders, 1636 .
Went to New England[cu] USA[/cu], c 1638 .
Preached at Dover, New Hampshire [ USA], 1638-41 ;
Forced to retire owing to the appearance of a rival minister, the Rev. Thomas Larcome (1619), of Trinity.
Returned to England and served as an Army chaplain under Cromwell, 1641, and eventually ministered as a Baptist in London, 1645-91 .1
14 Feb 1645Preacher.1
Last Edited=28 Jan 2017


  1. [S173] Unknown editor ed. Oxford Dictionary Of National Biography, Oxford University Press, n.p., Online Edition (Sept 2004) unknown isbn.
  2. [S30] International Genealogical Index (IGI) compiled by the unknown compiler, unknown compiler address, unknown version (unknown compile date) (unknown repository, unknown repository reference) ""England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JW4Q-22Y : 30 December 2014), Hanserd Knowles, 13 Nov 1609; citing CAWKWELL,LINCOLN,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 421,958."
  3. [S737] Microfilm of the Marriages of St. Leodegar, Wyberton, 1754 to 1899 (Suffolk Record Office, unknown film number).
  4. [S739] Robert Hovenden, editor, Clerkenwell St. James - Christeninges, Marriages & Burialles - 1551 onwards (London: n.pub., 1887). Hereinafter cited as Clerkenwell St. James - Christenings, Marriages & Burials.