Re: Knapton Family Gillingham Dorset
hi doug, i received your message, i should have included my email address, email@example.com . our knaptons seem to have come from yorkshire, 'kirkstall, wortley by leeds' strange names. they were francis and elizabeth knapton. their son john knapton is my husbands g g grandfather, he came to australia with his family, his wife jane, daughters mary ann, and elizabeth. he had several siblings, mary ann, mary jane, francis,there were several others but i cant find their names at the moment. the knapton name died out here, as john had two daughters, his two sons died as infants,his wife died at a young age,in child birth, and also the infant [john knapton] he had a son with a woman he had a fling with after his wife died, that baby was sent to a childrens home in melbourne in the 1870's and appears to have died there at about 2yrs of age.john knapton was a fireman here in ballarat vic. and died in 1871, he was given a huge funeral,his name is on the honor board at the fire station, which is one of the first in victoria. it is such a sad story.i don't know if there is a connection or not. please email me at any time.regards, carilyn.