The Knightley family

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It’s strange but true that there are a lot of people from Essex who can trace their ancestors back to a family of prominent landowners in Staffordshire. In the early 1540s, William Cardinall married Lettice, widow of William Clippesby of Norfolk, and daughter of William Knightley – a Norwich lawyer who was descended from the Staffordshire family.

A great deal of contradictory information can be found online about the Knightleys, but Uncle Matthew’s letter is an extraordinary document, the kind that genealogists dream of finding. He clears up a great deal of mistakes which have crept into the Knightley family tree.