Sarah Kemble Knight (1666-1727)


Sarah Kemble Knight was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She assumed control over the family business upon her father's death and as a result wrote what has been called one of the most authentic chronicles of colonial life in eighteenth-century America. Her book, The Journal of Madame Knight, developed from a journal she kept during a business trip between Boston and New York in October 1704. Along her voyage she documented her travels and adventures as well as her experiences with the food, lodgings, and customs of the people she met during her journey. Her work has remained a valuable and unique historical source. She died in 1727.


Article is excerpted from the NWHM Spring 2006 Newsletter