McKnights of Raphoe, Co Donegal

Through this you will notice the different spellings of McKnight.  I have used the spelling that what was used in the relevant document.  As usual I ask if anyone has any information, photos, letters, documents or family stories relating to anyone mentioned here.  Please get in contact.

Alexander McNeight was baptized on December 10, 1833 at Raphoe, Co Donegal, Ireland.  His parents were Alexander McNeight and Margaret Gregg of Gortaquigley, Co Donegal.  Alexander and Margaret had at least two more children, Eleanor baptized on January 18, 1836 and William baptized on March 28, 1838.  Margaret seems to have died some time between 1838 and the early 1840s.  Alexander had a daughter Jane around 1843 with Jane Ash (daughter of Richard Ash).  I have yet to find her baptism.  Alexander and Jane Ash go on to have the following children baptized at Raphoe:

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Sarah Elizabeth Sims – first white child born in Adelaide?

This was one of the family myths about Sarah Elizabeth Sims born in Bowden Village, Adelaide on 13 January 1843.  She was the first of her family born in Adelaide but definitely not the first white child born there.  Adelaide was founded in 1836 and Sarah’s parents Robert Harvey Sims and Mary Ann Hammond arrived there on board the Buckinghamshire on 11 March 1839 having left London, England on 11 December 1838. They traveled with their two children, Mary Ann and Harvey John, their son George John already dead.  The family came from Dover in Kent.  Initially I had only found Robert and Mary Ann with their children arriving in Adelaide.  However after a trip to Adelaide and some research there I found that Robert’s entire surviving immediate family had followed them to Australia including his mother, Ann Harris, at the age of sixty-three!

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