Posted by: Thomas Knowlton Gibson

Message: Hi Sandy,
and all other interested Knowltons in the John/Sally Knowlton branch.
In addition to my original lineage post, I have recently
discovered a second line to
Captain William Knowlton through the marriage of John Knowlton
(605) and Sally Knowlton (706)

William Knowlton (1) b 1584 Kent, England m. Ann Elizabeth Smith
William Knowlton (3) b 1615 Kent, England m. Elizabeth Wilson
Samuel Knowlton (13) b Feb. 1647 Ipswich MA m. Elizabeth Witt
Ebenezer Knowlton (56) b 18 June 1684 Ipswich m. Elizabeth
Nathaniel Knowlton (161) b ???? m. Elizabeth Dean
Joseph Knowlton (325) b ??? m. Marth Wheeler (2nd wife)? (Who was
1st wife?)
Sally Knowlton (706) m. John Knowlton (605)

And then continue with male lineage copied below.
Apparently there were many Knowlton that married distant and not
so distant cousins in the past.
I would appreciate it if any of you could fill in the blank birth
dates and marriage information.
Thank you,

Previous post copied here.
Subject: Knowlton Lineage

Posted by: Thomas Knowlton Gibson
Message: Here is my lineage to Capt. William Knowlton.
If any of you are related, please contact me.
I would also appreciate it if any of you could fill in the blank

William Knowlton (1) b 1584 Kent, England m. Ann Elizabeth Smith
John Knowlton (2) b 1610, Kent, England m. Marjery Wilson
John Knowlton b 1633, Ipswich, MA m. Deborah Grant 1665
Nathaniel Knowlton b 29 June 1658, Ipswich, MA m Deborah Jewett 3
Dec 1664
Nathaniel Knowlton b 3 May 1683, Ipswich, MA m Reform Trescott
(Second Wife)
First wife was Marry Bennett mother of William
Captain Samuel Knowlton m. Anna Fellows
1/2 Brother of William Knowlton
Jeremiah Knowlton m. Anna Pierce
John Knowlton (605) m. Sally Knowlton (706)-----Up to Joesph Knowlton ^
Freeman Knowlton m. Abigail Hatch
John Watson Knowlton m. Aseneth Brown, Brother of William Westley
(3850) b. 1838
Frank A. Knowlton m. Isabel D. Swett
b. July 9, 1865 d. Feb 1929
Frank Watson Knowlton m. Letha Pearl Metzger
b. May 28, 1900 d. May 1928
Sarah Jane Knowlton m. Thomas C. Gibson
b. Sept 1 1926
Thomas Knowlton Gibson m. Kelly Beth Shealer
b. April 8, 1948
Jonathan Knowlton Gibson
b. May 7, 1993

Here goes, Tom...Hope you're ready to be overwhelmed with information.
I was easily able to determine the general outline of your family tree as
The Knowlton family has been well researched and is one of the oldest families in America.

Captain Samuel Knowlton
Jeremiah Knowlton m. Anna Pierce
John Knowlton m. Sally Knowlton
Freeman Knowlton m. Abigail/Abbie Hatch
John Watson Knowlton m. Aseneth Brown
Frank A. Knowlton m. Isabel D. Swett
Frank Watson Knowlton m. Letha Pearl Metzger
Sarah Jane Knowlton m. Thomas C. Gibson
Thomas Knowlton Gibsn m. Kelly Beth Shealer

Sally is the daughter of Joseph Knowlton and Martha
Wheeler, and Joseph Knowlton was a cousin of Col. Thomas Knowlton.
More directly, Captain Samuel Knowlton was the half brother of the Grandfather of
Col. Thomas Knowlton, so you certainly have family ties with this famous American.

Ok, starting with your Grandfather Frank Watson Knowlton,

I checked the microfilm for his birth and found what is certainly his
birth record:
male, born June 4, 1900 in Fairfield
Second child of Frank Knowlton and Isabel D. Swett residing in Fairfield
Father's occupation = dentist, Mother's occupation = milliner
Father's place of birth = Liberty, Maine, Mother's place of birth =
Montville, Maine
Attending physician = F.J. Robinson

I also found the birth records for his brother and sister Donald and Edith:

Donald Swett Knowlton
born in Fairfield, September 6, 1893
I didn't copy down any "occupation for mother", so I don't think it showed
any. The other info for parents was the same as above. I couldn't make out
the attending physician's looked like E.W. (last name?) and he was
from Waterville.

Edith Ellen Knowlton
born in Fairfield, Oct. 25, 1906
3rd child
No occupation for mother, other parent info same as above.
Attending physician = F.J. Robinson

All of these records were on a microfilm roll for 1892-1907, Kinney-Lane
(alphabetical from-to).

On to Frank A. Knowlton. I found a record of his death at the state archives
on the vital records microfilm roll for 1923-1936, Kinley-Landeck
(alphabetical from-to). I found or confirmed some of the info later
from other sources, but for now I'll put question marks after the things I
wasn't sure of:

Frank A. Knowlton
Died in Fairfield: Feb. 7, 1929
Residence: Winchester St., Fairfield
Length at residence: 41 years
Previous residence: Belfast, Maine
Date of Birth: July 9, 1865
Age: 63 yrs., 8 months, 2 days.
Name of father: John Watson Knowlton
Birthplace of father: Liberty, Maine
Father's occupation: RR mail clerk
Maiden name of mother: Aseneth Brown
Birthplace of mother: Liberty, Maine
Cause of death: Suicide- hanging?....cord? from bath robe

Had you already known how he died, Tom? Later, I stopped by the town
clerk's office in Fairfield to get info for you about ordering a copy of the
death certificate (and any birth certs. you might want). You can write to:
Town Clerk, Fairfield Town Hall, P.O. Box 149, Fairfield, ME 04937.
The clerk checked while I was there to make sure they had the
certificate on file...they do. She also gave me the date of death, February
7, 1929. I asked if I had the right info about cause of death...I did,
"hanging, used cord from bath robe". Contributory cause: despondent over
son's death of previous year.

I thought there might have been something in the newspaper about it and
checked the microfilmed copies of the "Waterville Morning Sentinel" at Colby
College Libray in Waterville. I'm learning, too...I hadn't known if there
were copies of this newspaper or where they were. Anyway, there was quite a
long article in the paper on Feb. 8, 1929, with a lot of info about Frank A.
and family. I got a printout, partially typed below.

There were some additional entries in the newspaper on following days under
the heading "Fairfield" in the local news section. Typically, there are some
misspellings; I've copied the info as it appeared in the paper, misspellings
and all, and noted them so you'll know it wasn't my typo.

Saturday, February 9, 1929, page 5:
"Miss Edith Knowlton of Colebrook, N. H., and Dr. D. S. Knowlton of
Washington, D. C., are in town called here by the death of their father, Dr.
F. A. Knowlton."

"All Odd Fellows are requesed to meet at the hall this afternoon at 1.15 p.
m., to attend the funeral of Dr. F. A. Knowlton."
( "requesed" and "1.15" are newspaper errors.)

"Mrs. Frank Knowlton of Saracuse N. Y., is in town called by the death of
Dr. F. A. Knowlton."
("Saracuse" is a newspaper error.)

"Funeral services for the late Dr. F. A. Knowlton will be held this
afternoon at 3 o'clock at the house on Winchester street. Rev. E. J. Webber
pastor of the Methodist church will officiate. There will be Odd Fellows'
(Looks like they (not me) left out "an" in the second sentence & small
letters were used for "street" and "church".)

>From Monday, February 11, 1929, page 3:
"Mrs. Frank Knowlton returned yesterday to Syracuse, N. Y., after being
called here by the death of her father-in-law, Dr. F. A. Knowlton."

"Funeral services for Dr. Frank A. Knowlton were held at the home on
Winchester street, Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. E. J. Webber,
pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church officiating. There was a large
gathering of town folks which bespoke the high esteem in which the deceased
was held. The Odd Fellow service was held, members of that organization
attending in a body. There was a profusion of floral tributes. The bearers
were members of the Odd Fellows, Lester Richardson, W. A. McAuley, George
Richardson, A. H. Totman, Leonard Davis and George Farnham. Honorary bearers
were F. H. Neal, Abbott Nelson, James Atkins, W. S. Simpson, Charles Lawry
and Chester Furber. The remains were placed in the tomb to await interment
in the spring."

I looked up a few of your ancestors in the census schedules or indexes that
would help me locate them, find data, or establish a relationship. I usually
only copied names, relationship, and dates...not all the info in every
column. Frank A. was in Fairfield, Somerset Co. in the 1900 census,
enumeration district #153, page 23, line 13.

Knowlton, Frank A. b. Mar, 1865, age 35, # of years married = 9, occupation
= dentist
Isabel, wife, b. Sept. 1868, age 31
Donald, son, b. Sept. 1894, age 6

A few discrepancies - Donald's birth record indicated he was born in 1893.
Frank's dob on his death record looked like July, 1865 to me, but as I
mentioned, it was hard to read. Looks like Frank & Isabel were prob. married
in 1890 or 1891. The state didn't start keeping records until 1892, so I
couldn't look this up in the state index. Any vital records before 1892
would be in the individual towns.

I think that's the end of what I have for Frank A....on to his father, John
Watson. I found him in different records as "John W.", or "J. Watson", and
in 1870 census as "Watson J". Even more confusing, there was a J.W. Knowlton
in a census index for Liberty, Me., but he was "Joseph Warren" not "John
Watson". In the 1880 census, John Watson was in Ward 2 of Belfast, Waldo
Co., page 46 or 66?, line 24:

Knowlton, J. Watson, age 42, occupation = RR mail agent
Areneth E., wife, age 40, occu. = keeping house
Frank A., son, age 15, occu. = at school
Edward W., brother, age 22, occu. = watch maker

In the 1870 census, he was in Liberty, Waldo Co., page 4, line 30:
Knowlton, Watson J., age 33, occu. = mail carrier, value real estate =
$2,000, value personal estate = $800
Aseneth E., age 30
Frank A., age 5
Abbie, age 60, occu. = tailor ? (Hard to read the writing, I think it was
Eddie W., age 13

At the state archives, there's a 3-ring binder for the town of Liberty which
contains indexes for the census schedules from 1810 to 1900. They were made
with a typewriter, but I don't know who made them or when. Some are just a
list of names with census page nos., some have more info taken from the
census. I found John Watson's wife, Aseneth, in the 1860 index with the
family of Benjamin Harris:

Benjamin Harris, age 73, farmer
Betsey, age 60
Clarry E., age 21
Aseneth E. Brown, age 20

There was a note typed next to Betsey's name that read: "Betsey Brown, widow
of George Brown, married 'Mr. Harris' - Hist. Liberty"

The following records of death are from the state archive's microfilms of
vital records, roll for 1892-1907, Kinney-Lane (alphabetical from-to):

J. Watson Knowlton died in Belfast, September 14, 1899.
Age = 61 yrs, 2 mos., 13 days
Place of birth = Liberty, Me.
Occupation = shoe factory employee
Cause of death = heart? disease (I'm not sure about "heart", hard to read)
Buried in Belfast
Father = Freeman Knowlton
Father's birthplace = Liberty, Me.
Mother = Abbie Hatch
Mother's birthplace = Liberty, Me.

Areneth Knowlton died in Belfast, Feb. 26?, 1896 (I could read the "2", not
sure about the "6")
Age = 56
Place of birth = Liberty, Me.
Occupation = housewife
Cause of death = (?) myelitis (I couldn't read the first word)
Buried in Belfast
Father = George Brown
Father's birthplace = Liberty, Me.
Mother = Betsey Black (A little hard to read the end of the last
name, but pretty sure it was "Black")
Mother's birthplace = Augusta, Me.

The Maine State Library is in the same building as the archives. They had a
book, "Vital Records of Liberty, Maine", transcribed by Isabel Morse Maresh,
published by Picton Press, Camden, Me., 1993. I'll say more about this book
later, but for now, there was some info about John Watson in it:

On page 346, there was a list of men from the town who were "liable to serve
in the military", and one entry was for J.W.:
John W. Knowlton, age 25, date of birth: June 22, 1838

I found two other entries for him, which look a little confusing as I'm
reading them over. Anyway...
Marriage intentions on page 13:
Jan. 7, 1861, certificate issued Jan. 12, 1861 Mr. John W. Knowlton and
wife Areneth E. Brown, Liberty gave notice of their intention of marriage.

page 86: At top of page it says, South Montville, Dec. 25, 1862. Then:
"Dear Sir, I have solemnized the following marriages within the limits of
your town." It's signed, "Ebenezer Knowlton".

Below that, one of the entries is: July 20, 1861 J. Watson Knowlton and
Areneth E. Brown, both of Liberty.

And I think that wraps it up for John Watson.

Next, I went looking for John Watson's father, Freeman. The following was
taken from that 3-ring binder of census indexes for Liberty that I
previously mentioned. There were no census page numbers next to the family
groups, and I didn't look at the actual census schedules to verify the info.

1860 Liberty census index:
Freeman Knowlton, age 51, merchant
Abba, age 50
Emily F., age 24
John W., age 22
William W., age 18
Marcus, age 17
Charles E., age 12
Eddie W., age 3 m.

1850 Liberty census index:
Freeman Knowlton, age 40, farmer
Abigail, age 39
Emily F., age 14
John W., age 12
William W., age 9
Marcus L., age 7
Chs. E., age 2

1840 Liberty census index for Freeman Knowlton:
2 males under age 5
1 male 15-20
1 male 30-40
1 female under age 5
1 female 5-10
1 female 30-40

Freeman wasn't listed in the 1830 census index in this binder. That's all I
have time for today, and I think that's all for Freeman. Have fun.

A few more messages should finish up the info I found. I have a few more
notes from the 3-ring binder of census indexes for Liberty. For 1830, I
wrote in my notes: Hiram, John, and Samuel Knowlton. I can't remember if
these were the only ones listed or the only ones I wrote down? The index had
the following info from the census for John:
males 5-10 = 1
males 10-15 = 1
males 15-20 = 1
males 20-30 = 2
males 40-50 = 1
females under 5 = 1
females 5-10 = 1
females 10-15 = 1
females 15-20 = 1
females 20-30 = 1
females 50-60 = 1

In 1820, the only Knowltons in the index were Ezekiel, John and Samuel. In
1810, only John and Ezekiel were in Liberty. There were no census page
numbers given for any of these. The info I've taken from the index was
copied from the census schedules by someone, then I copied them twice..into
my notes and then into e-mail, as I did with all the other info. Sooo, as
careful as I tried to be in copying and checking what I've typed, there's a
high probability for copying errors. When you get everything sorted out, it
would be a good idea to go to a branch of the National Archives and check
the census schedules for yourself, to verify the info I've sent and get
additional data in the years I didn't check. Liberty was and is a very small
town so even without census page numbers, you should be able to find them
fairly easily.

Ok, on to the last part of my research. As I mentioned, the Maine State
Library has a book, "Vital Records of Liberty, Maine", transcribed by Isabel
Morse Maresh, pub. by Picton Press, Camden, Me., 1993. The vital records
consist of photocopied pages of the town record books, and some are very
light/hard to read. I didn't see any "from/to" dates, and didn't have time
to go through the book thoroughly. And I couldn't borrow it because it can
only be used in the library.

There's an index of names with many, many Knowltons..I only looked up a few
to determine your ancestors beyond Freeman. In the back of the book is a
history of Liberty which appears to be compiled from many personal
accounts/recollections, etc. The family genealogy is not well organized, but
there's a lot of info in the form of "so and so, sister/cousin, daughter of
so and so". I highly recommend that you try to get a copy of this book from
inter-library loan or see about purchasing it from Picton Press.
All the info in the messages to follow was taken from this book.

>From "Vital Records of Liberty, Maine":

On page 506, there was mention of a house that Freeman Knowlton built, and
it said, "Freeman Knowlton, son of John". That one sentence is the only
basis for the link I made between Freeman to John.

In the back of the book, "History of Liberty", there was a very long section
about Knowlton Road, the history of it and the history of the Liberty
Knowltons. I didn't see anything about who wrote it or when, and the info I
found in this section is what I used to establish the rest of your
ancestry..I don't know how accurate it is. Perhaps someone on the Knowlton
mailing list has more info about these earlier Knowltons and can confirm
some of it. The following was taken from the Knowlton Road section (my
comments are shown in [ ] ):

pages 507-508
"Who were these three Knowltons, [Ezekiel, John, and Samuel] who a quarter
and a century ago, high of heart and valiant in spirit wrested from the
wilderness homes for their families, pastures for their cattle and a living
for the many children who clamored for food around their tables? What was
the Great Adventure they sought?

A study of old records reveals that about the middle of the eighteenth
century the Province of Massachusetts Bay in an endeavor to encourage
settlements and raise some much needed money began selling off lands in what
is now Maine to speculators who bought large tracts which they disposed of
in parcels to suit settlers. Every newcomer had his choice, at one dollar
per acre, of 150 acres anywhere upon the rivers and navigable waters or 100
acres elsewhere, if he would but clear 16 acres in four years. Perhaps this
lure of great land holdings explains why some fifteen years later before the
outbreak of the Revolution, Captain Samuel Knowlton of Ipswich,
Massachusetts, sold all his possessions there and with his family sailed in
his own vessel for the part of Massachusetts which in 1820 became the State
of Maine. Shipwrecked on Cape Elizabeth and losing nearly all their
household belongings, Capt. Knowlton and his family finally settled in
Nobleborough at what is now called Damariscotta Mills. [There's still a town
of Nobleborough today, slightly northeast of Damariscotta Mills.
Damariscotta Mills appears on the map as a small village, probably part of
the town of Damariscotta. I also saw a location on the map in that area
marked "Knowlton Corner". A history of the town(s) might give you more
family info] There he build a house still standing and owned by his
descendants. In 1778 he was followed by his son Jeremiah, who had recently
married Anna Pierce of Manchester, Massachusetts and he, too, built a house
near his father's which, also, is still standing and owned and occupied by
his descendants. It was two sons of Jeremiah Knowlton and Anna Pierce, John
and Samuel, who followed their cousin Ezekiel to Davistown Plantation [now
Liberty] and became the first settlers of the Knowlton Road, Ezekiel being
the second settler in the town of Liberty.

The publication of the 'Knowlton Ancestry' in 1897 when I was living abroad,
contained much garbled information, (which was not corrected in the
Supplement and Errata), pertaining to the Liberty Knowltons. After much
difficulty, the book being then out of print, I was able to purchase both
books and in 1914 entered into correspondence with Mrs. Wm. Marland, who
assisted in compiling the Supplement. Mrs. Marland proved to be a descendant
of Capt. Samuel Knowlton through his daughter Salome, sister to Jeremiah, my
great-grandfather, and the data collected by her was entrusted to me after
her death, and has been used in compiling a genealogical sketch of the
Liberty Knowltons from which I have selected only such matter as would be of
general interest."

So, your Knowlton line has already been researched and whoever wrote this
had it! More about the Knowlton Road in the next message....

From: "Vital records of Liberty Maine", page 503

"As late as 1820 the territory in Maine stretching inland from the coast was
a vast wilderness through which the traveler to Davistown Plantation must
journey on foot or on horseback. Judge then what it must have been in 1794
when Ezekiel Knowlton, axe on shoulder, struck out from Nobleborough to
build himself a log cabin on the shores of Georges Great Pond, which it is
called in old deeds, close to a spring still bubbling fresh and clear. To
this log cabin in 1795 he brought his wife (who was his second cousin) Mary,
called Polly, Knowlton and their infant daughter, Abigail. This temporary
home was soon replaced by a frame dwelling which boasted of two fireplaces.
>From Nobleborough also, about 1805, came John Knowlton, a cousin, whose wife
Sally was also a cousin to Ezekiel's wife. [gets confusing, doesn't it?]
While John's house was being built the two families shared the new frame
dwelling, the two rude fireplaces making it possible for each family to have
some measure of privacy, although it is related that Sally strongly objected
to Polly's hens attempting to occupy the room from which they had been
ousted on the arrival of the new tenants. In 1801 when he was eighteen years
old, Samuel Knowlton joined his brother [John] and cousin [Ezekiel] and in
1811 built him a house to which he brought his bride, Lucy Knowlton, a
sister of John's wife, Sally. [When Samuel's first wife, Lucy, died, he
married her sister, Mercy. The author indicates later that she, herself, is
a descendant of Samuel and Lucy/Mercy.] There were then three families of
Knowltons clustered in the vicinity of the 'lane' on which Samuel Knowlton
had built his house. None of these dwellings are now standing. "

And still more to come!

From: "Vital Records of Liberty Maine", page 507

The next part gets *really* confusing. But putting it together with the
other I've sent, I *think* I've made the right connections for your
ancestors. Read it very carefully and see what you think. It begins by
mentioning another home on Knowlton Road:

"...home of John C. Knowlton, son of John and sister to Rosanna who married
James Grant. One of their daughters, Mary Ellen, affectionately known as
'Mary El' married David Greeley. At the age of twelve Mrs. Greeley came to
Liberty with her father and mother to live with her grandparents, John and
Sally Knowlton who had recently taken home to live with them Sally's father,
known as 'Grandsir Joe' of whom a word in passing may not be amiss. Joseph
Knowlton of Ipswich married Martha Wheeler of Gloucester in 1776. He fought
in the Revolutionary War was wounded in the battle of Bunker Hill, was
awarded a pension and after the death of his wife came to Nobleborough to
live with his daughter Sally. He died in 1846 at the age of 95 and is buried
in the Liberty graveyard. His cousin Colonel Thomas Knowlton, intimate of
Washington, fell in the battle of Bunker Hill and other Knowltons fought in
the same battle where their prowess was such that tradition says that the
password the day after the battle was the single word 'Knowlton'. Of the
Liberty Knowltons, descendants of Lucy, Mercy and Sally, Joseph's daughters
are all eligible to membership in the Sons and Daughters of the Revolution...."

In this book, there's a picture of Sally Knowlton, wife of John, and a
picture of some of the houses on Knowlton Road. Also, a letter that Ezekiel
wrote to his wife, Polly, who at the time, had not yet come to the new
settlement in Liberty.

I also found the following in the History of Liberty section in "Vital
Records of Liberty Maine":

pages 454-455
"George Brown (1800-1851) of English birth, another of the early settlers
lived near the Marshall Place. His wife was Betsy Brown of China [Maine] and
to them were born 9 children, Caroline, wife of Moses Johnson, Alden,
Milton, George Jr., Edwin, Hannah, Lorenzo, Asenech, [sic] wife of Watson
Knowlton and mother of Dr. Frank Knowlton of Fairfield and Orilla. After a
few years he bought a farm of Wilmot Dunton on the Neck. It is still known
as the old Brown place, although it is heavily wooded and only a mound and a
few rocks remain to mark where the buildings stood."

pages 438-439
"Betsy Brown, widow of George Brown married Mr. Harris of the Village road,
one of the early settlers and father of Edward, Benjamin, and Elizabeth
Harris, who married A. R. Dunton, author of the Duntonian System of
Penmanship. Mrs. Brown Harris was a most worthy and industrious woman, she
wove carpets and rugs that were works of art and represented an entire
history of family wardrobe for the community. It can be truly said her works
live after her for some of those carpets are still in existence."

Taa-Daa...done! Unless I come across a stray note I forgot to send. It would
be a good idea to get the actual birth, death and marriage certificates, to
verify the info I've sent and find out more about your ancestors. Here are
the current addresses and phone numbers for the towns from which some of
your ancestors came:

In Waldo County...

Liberty Town Clerk:
Beulah Colby
P.O. Box 116
Liberty, ME 04949
Tel. # (207) 589-4318

Montville Town Clerk:
Leonora Martin
Rt. 2, Box 860
Thorndike, ME. 04986
Tel. # (207) 589-4302

City Clerk
Belfast City Hall
71 Church St.
Belfast, Me. 04915
City Clerk can be reached at (207) 338-3370 or (207) 338-3063
Belfast is the county seat.

Augusta is in Kennebec County and I think Damariscotta is in Lincoln County.
I don't have the address/numbers for the clerks, but you can probably find
them on the GenWeb county pages or by using the Web page for Switchboard. I
know there's a group of Knowltons in Freedom and some in other towns
surrounding Liberty. There's a few dozen in my phone book, but only one is
in Liberty. If you ever want to contact some of these people to locate more
family history or living relatives, let me know and I can send you the
names, etc. from the phone book.

The book, "Vital Records of Liberty Maine" was transcribed by Isabel Morse
Maresh. In the phone book, there's a listing for Isabel M. and Robert V.
Maresh in Belmont, Me. This is probably the same person, so
if you look thru the book and don't see any mention of where the Knowlton
Road info came from, you could try writing or calling her about it.

Well, I think that's it, Tom. This should keep you busy for quite a while. I
found the history of the Knowltons in Maine very interesting, and if I ever
find my connection to the Knowlton clan or an ancestor that connects with
your line, I'll already have lots of info. Have fun!

I had access to some of the oldest DAR lineages the other day and
checked Joseph Knowlton on them. It did not seem as if Jeremiah Knowlton
had a war record.
The first person to become a member on Joseph's record was Mrs.
Jessie Knowlton Hinchman of Johnstown, PA, in Lineage Book 119. She is
DAR#118391 and was probably born around 1870.
Joseph Knowlton (1749-1846) served as sergeant in Capt. Richard
Dodge's company, Col. Loammi Baldwin's MA regt. He applied for his pension
in 1818, and it was allowed. He was born in Ipswich, MA, and died in
Liberty, ME. He was still alive when Jessie's mother Marcia was born.
The second person was Frank Belle Dow Healy (Mrs.), born in
Liberty, ME, DAR#133524. I would guess she was born around 1860.
Both these lineages look incorrect to me. They act as if Joseph
had a son named John through whom the women are descended. But Joseph had
no son John. His daughter Sarah Dean Knowlton married a John Knowlton who
was the son of Jeremiah Knowlton. I do not know the rules of the DAR to
know if this disqualifies the line. I do not think so. It can be through
the mother or father.

For anyone interested,
I just came across something I found a year ago
at the Conneticut Historical Society:

"Yearbook Knowlton Association of America 1897"
by William Herrick Knowlton of Albany, New York, secretary of the

page 51: Lt Daniel Knowlton, bp (baptised) West Parish of Boxford,
Mass, 31 Dec 1738 eight days after birth. His father was William of
Ipswich, born 30 Jan 1708, who married Martha Pinder, daughter of
Theophillus of Ipswich, Mass. She was great grand daughter of Henry and
Mary who in 1635 enbarked from London in ship "Susan & Ellen".
When Daniel was 2 years old, his father William purchased a farm in
Ashford, Conneticut, and removed there late in the year 1740. Daniel
and his brother Thomas enlisted in Colonial Regiment for service in
French and Indian wars. Upon his return to Ashford in 1763, he married
Elizabeth Farnham on Nov 3, 1763; daughter of Manassah Farnham of
Windham. Elizabeth died Jun 1, 1786 in Ashford. He then married wife
#2 in 1788, Rebecca Fenton. He died 31 May 1825 in Ashford; gravestone
at Westford, age 86 yr.

page 60: Lt. Daniel's eldest son Daniel was Capt. of militia in
revolution. Capt. Daniel's son Nathaniel served with credit in the War
of 1812 and his son Phineas, now living in Springfield (1897 - ma
clark), served in the last war (Civil war - mac).
Lt. Daniel's second son Nathaniel served with his father in the
Revolution, he served in War of 1812, as did his sons William and
Farnham. Two of Farnham's sons: Miner, now of Chicago, and Ingersoll F.
of Westchester County, had service. Miner in U.S. Navy 1862 on steamer
"Unadella" in capture of Charletown, South Carolina. His brother
Ingersoll, U.S. Navy, sailed from Brooklyn, New York on U.S. Steamer
"Circassian" for Port Royal, (etc.etc. -did not copy). He resigned
Manassa (2nd and twin son of Lt. Daniel) was Lt. and Capt. in War of
1812; one of his son's, Isaac, was in same war (NY).

page 61: Miner, born Conneticut 1804, died Burlington, New Jersey Dec
23, 1870, served as assistant professor of Math at Military Academy
1830-37, 1833-37 Assistant Teacher of French. He went to Algeria 1845,
stricken with Epilepsy; West Point 1844,; did engineering on the Rio
Grande. He is buried St. Mary's churchyard, Burlington, New Jersey.
His grandson is General Nathaniel Lyon, born Ashford, Ct., 14 July 18
--(missed date), died near Wilson's creek, Missouri 10 August 1861.

(gravestone of Daniel Knowlton, who died March 31, 1825 is at Westford,

I have copied and pasted the word document which is a typed account from a
partial newspaper article on the sinking of Obed's ship in Boston Harbor. The
date was November 23, 1908. I am searching for information, and also for a
copy of the entire article.

Stephen Knowlton (Obed was my Great-Uncle)


(I am not shouting, this is just the way I typed the word document)


…Minot J. Wilcox of the dredging company, which was hauling scows Nos. 17 and
3 of the dredging company out to sea to dump. Accordingly the schooner was
headed just to clear the stern of the tug, which a few moments later crossed
her bow. Not until they were almost upon the tow line did the crew of the
schooner realize their danger. The next moment the schooner crashed head on.
Her whole bow was stove in and she began to settle immediately.

Threw Crew Into Water

Captain Knowlton ordered all hands into the life boat which hung from davits
in the stern of the boat, and was lowered away. Seamen Mosher and Anderson,
who had been knocked from their feet in the collision, rushed on deck as the
water surged about them, and Mosher, running aft, jumped into the life boat.
Captain Knowlton and all the rest of the crew save Anderson, were already
there. The ship had already begun to sink and Anderson leaped overboard and
swam away from the ship. A few seconds later the schooner went to the bottom.
With her went her life boat, somebody having tied its painter to the stern of
the ship as it was being lowered and her occupants not having had time to cut
it free. This threw all of the schooner's crew into the water. Then began
the fight for life of the crew of the schooner and the boatman who had been on
the first scow which by this time had turned turtle. Grabbing every available
bit of floating wreckage, they made the air ring with their cries for
assistance. They realized that the tug was somewhere in the vicinity,
although the swell and haze prevented them from seeing her. Finally the tug
reached the spot where Mate Millberry and Seaman Nordle and Anderson were
struggling, and after desperate efforts finally dragged the men to safety,
apparently more dead than alive. Finally after cruising about for hours and
when the cries for help had long since died away, the crew turned their
attention to saving the barges. Both were towed up the harbor and beached,
one on Governor's Island flats and another off Deer Island. The Wilcox
brought the rescued to the Breyman Bros. Wharf in East Boston and they were
later taken in charge by the British Consul and sent to the Mariners' Home in
North Square. In the meantime the Gloucester of the Boston &Gloucester line
of steamers came within an ace of running into the wrecked craft on her early
morning trip to this city. Captain Ober of the Gloucester, who discovered the
wreck just in time to avoid crashing into her, brought the first news of the
disaster to this city. The wreck is lying about three-quarters of a mile
northwest of the Graves Light and is a dangerous menace to shipping being
directly in the path of many lines of steamers. She is heading west by north
and is lying perfectly upright. As all of her sails are set and visible she
presents one of the strangest sights seen along the New England coast in
years. She is in about 90 feet of water. At low water all of her uppers
sails and about 15 feet of her lower sails are visible. At low water about a
foot and a half of the stern of her lifeboat is also out of water, the rest of
it being tied down by the painter. Her mainmast is split open the whole
length. Mate Millberry, whose brother Steward Millberry, was one of the men
drowned, said last night that the schooner's crew did not realize that the tug
had scows in tow until it was too late.

The three rescued members of the schooner's crew were saved only after
they had swum around in the dark for nearly 15 minutes. They were finally
dragged aboard the Breyman Bros. Tug Minot J. Wilcox, which had been towing
the barges, benumbed and almost dead. The schooner, which was loaded with 85
tons of plaster consigned to the New England Adamant Company of Charlestown
left Harvey, N.S., two weeks ago last Thursday. Rough weather compelled her
to put into Portland Harbor, which she left early Friday morning. She made
good time into Massachusetts Bay, and was sailing with a fair wind with every
piece of canvas save her main gaff topsail set when she entered the southern
Broad channel at about midnight Friday night. Captain Knowlton, a shipmaster
known the entire length of the Atlantic coast and as popular as he was well
known, remained on the quarterdeck, while all the rest but Seamen Mosher and
August Anderson, who went below, were scattered about the deck.

Did Not See Barge Lights

For some minutes the schooner's crew….

Just for fun, I am posting this Knowlton story I found while surfing the
web. It would be interesting to know if there was a Frank Knowlton. The
little moral at the end of the story hit a nerve since I've learned how
very English my roots are.

American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project,
Item 1 of 6
[In Adamsville]
{Begin page no. 1}

NAME Ethelda Stoddard Richardson

TOPIC Study of Folklore in Franklin County {Begin inserted text} {Begin
handwritten} Coltrain & Shelborne Falls {End handwritten} {End inserted
text} {Begin handwritten} Mass. 1938-9 {End handwritten}

In Adamsville, one of the more hilly sections of the town of Coltrain, is a
run down farm. The buildings and barns are neglected and leaning inward and
the farm land has grown up with brush and weeds. Any resident will tell you
how successful the place once was. "Why they was a medda (meadow) so big on
thet place thet it would take ya five minutes to go from the barn to the
other end of the medda by machine. They had about seventy or eighty head of
stock and a big amount of land, now 'bout all they is left of the farm is
one caow and a pair o' hosses.

The Old Charlie White, father to the boy that has the place now, was
"clost" on money. When he was livin' they was plenty a' money in the family
and he kep thet big farm in apple-pie order. Yuh, Charlie was thot to be
pritty wealthy. But "Babe" thet's what people call his son George, he wa'nt
nothin like his old man. He was the only boy and he got himself inta more
fixes. His father had to pay most of his notes and then George went right
thru all the money his Father left him when he died. He spent his money on
hosses. He dealt foolishly you know, swappin' and tradin' - and a good team
cost seven or eight hundred dollars a lick. 'Mounts up but he never paid no
heed and he's right where we knew he'd be. He want like his father an' none
of his children are - like him - just an odd one, I guess. They was an old
Yankee family hereabouts too.

George is a great big fella, a little stooped shouldered and he wears big
rubber boots. He sure looks funny. And he's got a swagger that ud beat all.
He chews tobacca and while he's tellin' one of his
yarns he will sway back and forth from side to side when he walks across
the floor to spit in the stove. he's the darndest bragger. When he's
tellin' one of his tall yarns his eyes will bulge and he glares at whosever
listenin' to him. His face gets all red and he's so convincin' he believes
his own tales. His stories are mostly 'bout his big, dealin's with hosses
and he describes the teams and how hard he worked 'em and then palmed them
off on someone when they wan't no more use to him. He'd take a young team
or just a "green" team and work 'em so hard on a lumber job without feedin'
em right and when they was done in, he'd swap em back to the fella he got
them from or some poor cuss that didn't know what they'd been thru. It
wan't that he didn't feed his teams but he didn't feed 'em right for the
work they was doin'. One day he'd fill them up with more'n they could eat
and then when the feed was gone mebby they'd go three or four days without
anythin' and he'd still work 'em just as hard on the loggin' jobs. Don't
know how many hosses hev died on him. Now he's down 'bouts low as he can

One of George's favorite pastimes when it came the season, was to go down
to the Franklin County Fair in Greenfields lass, Mass. and enter his teams
in the pullin' contests. If he wan't entering a team, he still hed to go
and watch the contests and it was a good place to swagger around and git in
a mite of thet braggin' of his'n. I'll lay thet more people know George
than any other man in the County and they don't know too much good of him
neither. Yessir, George is a great fella for hosses and braggin'."

Shelborn Falls, home of Yankee families almost entirely since 1760 has a
wealth of peculiar persons whose individual traits are subjects of common
conversation and amusement. Proud old English families have degenerated
through poverty or certain members of the families have by their extreme
differences separated themselves from their families. Such a one is Frank
Knowlton , descendant of a fine, old family. They were once a wealthy
family. Frank's father was a plumber but the family was well-to-do for a
number of years. Frankie is a town character and has been for a long time.
He is now almost eighty years old and has a string of pins for going to
Sunday school without missing a session for twenty-five years. Frankie
lived for some time in an old wood shed that he had propped up to keep it
in an upright position. He papered the outside in strategic places and
lived a quiet, solitary life here. Frank's guardian called the hill on
which the old wood-shed home was situated, "Knowlton Heights". It pleased
frank immensely and people accepted it seriously and tho Frank no longer
lives there the hill is often referred to as "Knowlton Heights."

Frankie has an amusing voice. It is a distinct shock when one first hears
it and will cause a person to look in the direction from which it is
emanating almost instantly. One will smile too before seeing the source of
the sound and the smile unless subdued will continue to grow as Frank
appears in one's line of vision. Frank's
voice is well known too. He hangs around the different stores listening and
talking and some one is always ready to start a conversation with him
knowing it will provide amusement for every one within range of his
talking. It is a high, squeaky voice with a slight nasal twang but Frank
likes to use it and people like to mimic him. So it is a vicious circle.
Frank thinks it is all very complimentary and so he talks even more and in
an higher and more excited voice.

To all appearances Frankie would seem to be a poor old man. He isn't but he
wants to appear that way. His father left him some money but Frankie
prefers his poverty as long as he can keep his hobbies. He dresses in
clothes almost as flimsy as he is himself and keeps them up in his own
individual style. They are the cheapest clothes the stores in town sell and
winter often finds him in cotton trousers in his own effort to be
economical in his personal needs. Another example of his extreme economy is
his determination to live in places that barely afford a shelter. Since his
guardian persuaded him to move from his wood-shed on Knowlton Heights
because of the difficulty of reaching it in the winter and because it was
dangerous to leave such an old man alone, Frankie has found an ideal place.
It is, as Shelburnites locate places, two farms in luck of the Field
Mansion. In an old chicken house behind the farm house, Frankie has found a
home to his liking. The chicken house is in much better repair than his old
shed home [n]Frankie is satisfied. Here he "stirs up "his"
vittles", carries on his "work" and his amusements, entertains "visitors"
and his one "pal" and thus he lives a very full life.

Recognizing the fact that personalities are best shown by anecdotes this
little one which almost everyone knows about Frankie may be told.

Frankie does his own cooking and has done it most of his life and by now he
is aa fairly good cook.

He is as frugal with his food as anything else in his scheme of things.
While he does not stint himself too much on his eating he does make
inexpensive dishes and is very careful to make every ingredient count and
that there are no "left-overs."

One morning Frankie's bosom friend - his only intimate companion - paid him
an unexpected visit while Frank was cooking his breakfast.

He was having pan cakes and had just turned over a few nice brown ones when
his friend sidled up to his cook stove. The old fellow allowed that the pan
cakes looked good but Frank said quickly - almost too quickly to be
friendly - "You can look but you haint goin' to git any!" The old fellow
told of the incident down town and the story "got around." People bothered
Frank a lot after that about being stingy with his "vittles."

Frank had little schooling but in some ways he showed interest in things
that more intelligent persons might choose. He is a camera fiend.

Pursuing the subject for some time he has never-the-less learned little of
the actual rudiments of taking food or even interesting snap-shots.

He just has an idea that a picture should be taken and proceeds impulsively
to do so. Frank was a little
disconcerted when a store which he had taken some time to photograph from
an unusual angle turned out to be upside down. Frankie develops his own
films and maintains quite a outfit for the process in his humble abode. Not
all of it is useful but it provides atmosphere. Another of Frankies hobbies
is playing old phonograph records. He has quite a collection of both
phonographs and records because anyone in town who has an old phonograph
that they don't really want to throw away, gives it and their stack of
records to old Frankie. Among his collection is an old Edison cylindrical
machine with a monstrous "morning-glory" horn attached to it for
amplification. He has one cylinder record for his machine of which he is
inordinately proud. It is a recorded speech by Calvin Coolidge made when he
was President of the United States. Anyone who visits Frankie is
immediately ushered in to hear this speech and one is forever in Frank's
good graces if they show marked enthusiasm for the selection. When anyone
gives him a number of old records, he plays them all and if he finds one he
likes very much he must share it. He tries to interest his guardian first
of all but if he is not available then his old pal "Bill" is sought. Frank
spends a lot of his time looking for someone with whom to share his music".
Probably Frankie's greatest passion is going to Sunday School regularly. It
has been mentioned that he has gone for twenty-five years of consecutive
Sundays without missing and has won all the attendance pins several times.
He is even more proud of these pins than
of his President Coolidge speech record. This is almost the first fact one
will find out about Frank.

All the time that Frank can spare away from his camera work or his
phonograph playing is spent in working. Frank mows lawns whenever he has
the chance and for convenience and ease in moving his lawn mower he has it
mounted on two old baby-carriage wheels. With this "riggin" he can move
from lawn to lawn with little trouble.

The other work that Frank does includes his crony Bill Davis, better known
as "Barnacle Bill - the Sailor Man." Bill is almost the character that
Frank is, which explains their friendship somewhat. An identifying mark
about Bill are his "puttees". He always wears them.

Bill differs from Frank in that he did find a woman who would marry him.
They raised a big family of children but Bill doesn't know where any of
them are now. One very rarely sees Bill's wife. She stays very close to the
house. Once in a great while, she may be seen hanging clothes on the line.

Bill, however, "gets around." His and Frank's work always takes them around
the town quite a lot. They pick up rubbish and boxes for fuel.

People and stores set their old cartons and packing boxes out and the men
pick it up. Sometimes Bill picks up a little too much so that if there is
anything one doesn't want to be taken they must lock it up. It's all grist
that comes to Bill's mill.

Bill and Frankie have a large two-wheel push cart in which they gather
their "fuel". It is an ingenious affair and is somewhat like
the convenient, movable "table" that paper-hangers use. The cart has large
wheels and built up sides so that they can pile in quite a load.

They did have one before they picked up this newer cart - with huge "buggy"
wheels on it. It became a little unwieldy however in the cramped spaces
into which they had to go to get the rubbish. Frank and Bill are quite a
sight tugging and pushing their old cart around with boxes and odd pieces
of wood and cartons stacked high on it. The men are getting pretty old now.
It shows in their work. There is a long, but not too steep hill from
Shelburn Falls center up to where Frank lives and the two old fellows have
to push their cart up hill here of course. About half way up the hill they
have to stop and rest.

If this isn't evidence of native cleverness in practical affairs, then
nothing is. There is also not a little artfulness in them. It is not
necessary for either Frank or Bill to gather rubbish like they do. Frank
has money but he wouldn't think of using it - not so much that he is saving
it to will to any relative because he {Begin inserted text} {Begin
handwritten} has {End handwritten} {End inserted text} no very near
relatives. He just wants to keep it intact. And Frank will never tell
anyone he has money - in fact he will impress one with the opposite. Bill
hasn't as much as Frank. Raising a large family would not allow a less than
ordinary man to accumulate too much money. However he hasn't had his family
for a few years now and thru skimping and saving and accepting everything
but actual charity he must have a little "laid by". Still, old as they are
and descendants of a proud group of ancestors - the English - they will
almost [more*1] work *1 than their bodies can stand and degrade themselves
to salvage other people's wast materials just to save a few dollars they
could well afford to spend.



Did some research today on Tommy Knowlton, who I hope will prove to be
my ancestor thru his daughter, Hannah, to Benjamin Baldwin. (Still
looking for a smoking gun!!)

While doing so, I ran across this article and startled some library
patrons with my outburst of laughter. I just "had" to share it. I'm
new to the list, so if someone else has already shared this with ya,
my apologies.

Source: Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Thomas Franklin
Waters, The Ipswich Historical Society, Ipswich, Mass, 1905, Pgs

... "Again, in 1651, the General Court... declared its "utter
detestation and dislike that men or women of mean condition,
educations and callings should take upon them the garb of gentlemen by
the wearing of gold and silver lace, or buttons, or poynts at their
knees, to walke in great bootes, or women of the same ranke to wear
silke or tiffany hoodes or scarfes, which though allowable to persons
of greater estate or more liberal education, yet we cannot but judge
intollerable in person of such like condition.

So, at last, it was ordered that no person whose visible estate did
not exceed 200 pounds should wear such buttons or gold or silver lace,
or any bone lace above 2s (shillings?) per yard or silk hoods or
scarfs, upon penalty of 10s (shillings?) for each offence. Magistrates
and their families, military officers, soldiers in time of service, or
any whose education or employments were above the ordinary were
excepted from the operation of this law.

The judicial powers were in grim earnest, and at the end of the March
term of the Quarter Sessions Court, in Ipswich, some of her gentle
folk felt the power of the law.

Ruth Haffield, daughter of the widow whose farm was near the bridge,
still called "Haffield's" was "presented" as the legal phrase is, for
excess in apparel, but upon the affidavit of Richard Coy, that her
mother was worth 200 pounds, she was discharged. George Palmer was
fined 10s (shillings?) and fees for wearing silver lace...... The wife
of John Hutchings was called to account shortly after for wearing a
silk hood, but she proved that she had been brought up above the
ordinary rank and was discharged. John Whipple made it evident that
he was worth the requisite of 200 pounds and his good wife escaped.

(Several examples later..... ) As late as 1875, ...... THOMAS
KNOWLTON and Obadiah Bridges, for their wives' overdress, were called
to account before judge and jury."

Have a Good Day!

From the George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress

Letter George Washington, January 9, 1776, General Orders

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources,
1745-1799. John C. Fitzpatrick, Editor.--vol. 04

Head Quarters, Cambridge, January 9, 1776.

Parole Knolton. Countersign Charlestown.

The General thanks Major Knowlton, and the Officers and Soldiers, who were
under his command last night; for the Spirit, Conduct and Secrecy, with
which they burnt the Houses, near the Enemy's works, upon Bunkers-hill
--The General was in a more particular manner pleased, with the resolution
the party discover'd in not firing a Shot; as nothing betrays greater signs
of fear, and less of the soldier, than to begin a loose, undirected and
unmeaning Fire, from whence no good can result, nor any valuable purposes

[Note: Maj. Thomas Knowlton, of the Twentieth Continental Infantry. He
was killed at Harlem Heights, N.Y., Sept. 16, 1776.]

It is almost certain, that the enemy will attempt to revenge the Insult,
which was cast upon them last Night; for which Reason the greatest
Vigilance, and Care, is recommended; as it also is, that the out-posts be
always guarded by experienced Officers, and good Soldiers, who are to be
considered in other duties: It is also again, and again ordered, that the
men are not suffered to ramble from, or lie out of their quarters, contrary
to repeated Orders on this head, and that their Arms, and Accoutrements, be
always in order.

To remove present doubts and prevent future Mistakes, it is hereby
expressly order'd and directed, that no persons do proceed to discharge the
duty of any Office, without a regular Appointment, by Commission from the
Congress, Warrant or General Order from the Commander in Chief; no
allowance will be made to any one, who acts contrary to this order: All
Persons therefore for their own sakes are desired to take notice of it, and
govern themselves accordingly, that no Complaints may hereafter be
exhibited for services unwarranted.

The George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress

Letter George Washington to Philip J. Schuyler, September 20, 1776

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources,
1745-1799. John C. Fitzpatrick, Editor.--vol. 06

Head Quarters Colo. Roger Morris's, 10 Miles from New York, September 20,

Sir: I have your several favors of the 9th. 12th. and 16th Instt. with
their inclosures. I am particularly happy to find by the Copies of General
Arnold's and Colo. Dayton's Letters, that your apprehensions of an Indian
War in your Quarter have entirely vanished, and that you have disbanded the
Militia in consequence.

I clearly see, and have severely felt the ill effects of short enlistments,
and have repeatedly given Congress my sentiments, thereon; I beleive they
are by this time convinced, that there is no opposing a standing, well
disciplined Army, but by one upon the same plan; and I hope, if this
Campaign does not put an end to this contest, they will put the Army upon a
different footing, than what it has heretofore been. I shall take care to
remind them, that the terms for which DeHaas's Maxwell's and Wind's
Regiments enlisted, expires the beginning of October, but if they have not
already thought of taking some steps to secure them a while longer, it will
be too late; except the Officers will exert themselves in prevailing on the
Men, to stay till their places can be supplied by some means or other. If
the Officers are spirited and well inclined, they may lead their men as
they please.

I removed my Quarters to this place, on Sunday last, it having been
previously determined, by a Council of General Officers, on the preceding
Thursday, to evacuate New York; The reasons that principally weighed with
them, were, that from every information, and every movement of the Enemy,
it was clear, that their attack was not meditated against the City, their
intent evidently was, to throw their whole Army, between part of ours in
New York, and its environs, and the remainder about Kingsbridge, and
thereby cut off our communication with each other and with the Country.
Indeed their operations on Sunday last, fully satisfied the opinion of the
Council, and the steps taken in consequence; for on that Morning, they
began their landing at Turtle Bay, and continued to throw over great
Numbers of men, from Long Island, and from Montresor's and Bohhanan's
Islands, on which they had previously lodged them. As we had exerted
ourselves in removing our Sick and Stores of every kind, after the measure
of abandoning had been determined upon, very few things, and but three or
four Men fell into the Enemy's hand.

On Monday last, we had a pretty sharp skirmish between two Battalions of
light Infantry and Highlanders, and three Companies of Hessian Rifle Men,
commanded by Brigr. Leslie, and Detachments from our Army under the Command
of Lieutt. Colo. Knowlton of Connecticut, and Major Leitch of Virginia. The
Colo. received a mortal wound, and the Majr. three balls thro' his body,
but he is likely to do well. Their parties behaved with great bravery, and
being supported with fresh troops, beat the Enemy fairly from the field.
Our loss, except in that of Colo. Knowlton, a most valuable and gallant
Officer, is inconsiderable. That of the Enemy, from Accounts, between
Eighty and One hundred Wounded, and fifteen or twenty killed. This little
advantage has inspirited our troops prodigiously, they find that it only
requires resolution and good Officers to make an enemy, (that they stood in
too much dread of) give way.

The British Army lays incamped about two Miles below us, they are busy in
bringing over their Cannon, and Stores from Long Island, and we are putting
ourselves in the best posture of defence, that time and Circumstance will
admit of.

I inclose you Copies of several resolutions of Congress, respecting the
Northern Army &c, not knowing whether they have yet been transmitted to
you, I received Capt. Varicks resignation, which shall be forwarded to
Congress this day. I am &c.

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources,
1745-1799. John C. Fitzpatrick, Editor.--vol. 06

Head Quarters, Harlem Heights, September 17, 1776.

Parole Leitch. Countersign Virginia.

The General most heartily thanks the troops commanded Yesterday, by Major
Leitch, who first advanced upon the Return of Killed and Missing in the
Nineteenth Continental Infantry,
November 23, 1776 enemy, and the others who so resolutely supported
them--The Behaviour of Yesterday was such a Contrast, to that of some
Troops the day before, as must shew what may be done, where Officers and
Soldiers will exert themselves--Once more therefore, the General calls upon
officers, and men, to act up to the noble cause in which they are engaged,
and to support the Honor and Liberties of their Country.

The gallant and brave Col Knowlton, who would have been an Honor to any
Country, having fallen yesterday, while gloriously fighting, Capt Brown75
is to take the Command of the party lately led by Col Knowlton--Officers
and men are to obey him accordingly.

[Note 75: Capt. Stephen Brown, of the Twentieth Continental Infantry. He
was transferred to the Fourth Connecticut Regiment and was killed at Fort
Mifflin, Delaware River, Nov. 15, 1777.]

The Loss of the Enemy yesterday, would undoubtedly have been much greater,
if the Orders of the Commander in Chief had not in some instances been
contradicted by inferior officers, who, however well they may mean, ought
not to presume to direct--It is therefore ordered, that no officer,
commanding a party, and having received Orders from the Commander in Chief,
depart from them without Counter Orders from the same Authority; And as
many may otherwise err through Ignorance, the Army is now acquainted that
the General's Orders are delivered by the Adjutant General, or one of his
Aid's-De-Camp, Mr. Tilghman, or Col. Moylan the Quarter Master General.

Brigade Majors are to attend at Head Quarters, every day at twelve O'Clock,
and as soon as possible to report where their several Brigades and
Regiments are posted. If many regiments have not been relieved, for want of
the attendance of their Brigade Majors for Orders; it is therefore the
Interest and Duty of every Brigadier to see that his Brigade Major attends
at twelve O'Clock at Noon, and five in the afternoon; and they are to be
careful to make the Adjutants attend them every day.

The several Major and Brigadier Generals are desired to send to
Head-Quarters an Account of the places where they are quartered.

Until some general Arrangement for duty can be fixed, each Brigade is to
furnish Guards, who are to parade at their respective Brigadier's quarters,
in such proportions as they shall direct.

Such Regiments as have expended their Ammunition, or are otherwise
deficient, are immediately to be supplied, by applying to the Adjutant
General for an Order--but the Regiment is to be first paraded, and their
Ammunition examined, the commanding officer is then to report how such
deficiency has happened.

Some other famous Knowltons are Charles Knowlton, author who was
imprisoned for his birth control pamphlet "The Fruits of
Philosophy" in the 1800's. Also Elizabeth Knowlton, the Himalayan
mountain climber and author who died a few years back aged about 90? and
Thomas Knowlton, the British gardener of note in the 18th century?

Looking at TKG's line, I see he is also related to the well known
Swett family which traces to the Mayflower, as well as the Knowltons in Maine.

Glad to answer any questions.
Elizabeth W. Knowlton