Knowlton Genealogy

Descendants of

William Knowlton b. 1584,

Kent, England

  William Knowlton b 1584 Kent, England m. Ann Elizabeth Smith
  John Knowlton 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 Dec1664
  Nathaniel Knowlton b 3 May 1683, Ipswich, MA m Reform Trescott
Captain Samuel Knowlton m. Anna Fellows 
   Jeremiah Knowlton m. Anna Pierce 
        Joseph Knowlton m. MarthaWheeler
               John Knowlton m. Sally Knowlton 
Freeman Knowlton m. Abigail/Abbie Hatch
 John Watson Knowlton m. Aseneth Brown 
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 b. Sept 1, 1926    m. Thomas C. Gibson
              Thomas Knowlton Gibson m. Kelly Beth Shealer
b. April 8, 1948
Jonathan Knowlton Gibson b. May 7, 1993

{The following information, which has been corrected in certain instances in accordance with information gathered from public records and other sources, was taken from The History and Genealogy of the Knowltons of England and America, by the Rev. Charles Henry Wright Stocking, D.D., The Knickerbocker Press (1897). The work was dedicated to our Lt. Daniel Knowlton, hero of the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars. The dedication reads as follows: "In Reverent and loving Memory of Lieutenant Daniel Knowlton of the Continental Army, The Resolute Patriot, The Fearless Scout, The Intrepid Soldier, The Upright Man, whose eminent services to his Imperiled State and Country amply merit this his first Public Memorial, This Volume is humbly dedicated, by the Author." The name comes from the old English, "cnoll" (middle English, "knolle"), meaning a small rounded hill or mound and the old English "tun", meaning an enclosed place, homestead or village; so Knowlton means town, village or place on the hill.}

  1. Richard of Kent, b. 1553, m. Elizabeth Cantize 7/17/1577:
    1. George b. 5/6/1578, resided in Chiswick, England
    2. Stephen b. 5/1/1580, d. young
    3. Thomas b. 1582
    4. William (1) b. 1584, Kent, England, m. Ann Elizabeth Smith ca. 1605, occupation sea captain, emigrated to America ca. 1632-4.
According to Stocking, Richard and Elizabeth resided in the Parish of Canterbury, Kent. Elizabeth was b. abt. 1556 and d. in 1632. Recent research raises doubt that Capt. William was the son of Richard and Elizabeth. It is, therefore, probable that he and his family were part of the "Great Migration".
  1. Captain William (1) and Ann Elizabeth Smith:
    1. John (2) b. 1610, Kent, England, m. Marjery Wilson ca. 1632
    2. Samuel b. 1611, occupation mariner, d. Hingham, MA abt. 1655
    3. Robert b. 1613, d. England
    4. William b. 1615, m. Elizabeth Balch? 1/10/1640, d. 1655
    5. Mary b. 1617?, d. young in England
    6. Deacon Thomas b. 1622, Kent, England, d. 4/3/1692, Ipswich, MA, occupation deacon, cordwainer, shoemaker, m. (1st) Susannah ________, (2nd) Mary Kimball, d. 4/3/1692
As no record of Captain Williamappears in the Customs Department in London, it must be inferred that he was independent in political action and a non-conformist in religious matters. A record was kept of only those emigrants who, upon leaving England, took an oath of loyalty to the Crown and promised conformity to the Established Church. It is believed that William was at least part owner of the vessel in which he sailed for America. 

Stocking surmises that William died on the voyage to America, probably off the coast of Nova Scotia. In 1839, a headstone was found by a surveyor in Shelburne, N. S. reflecting "William Knowlton, 1632". Tradition says his widow and children proceeded to Hingham, MA, where it is said she remarried. Ann Elizabeth d. Hingham 10/8/1675.

In his correction of Stocking’s work (Errata and Addenda to the Knowlton Ancestry, 1903), George H. Knowlton informs the reader that the town records of Hingham, MA reflect grants of land and a house lot in 1635 to one William "Nolton". Probate records show that the estate of William Nolton was appraised 9/18/1661 and that his widow, Ann, and grand-daughter, Susanna, were appointed administrators thereof on 10/23/1667. On 9/26/1668, "Ann Tucker, late wife of William Nolton" presented an inventory of the estate of "the late William Nolton, her former husband". Widow Ann Tucker died 10/8/1675. A Susanna Gilford was grand-daughter of Ann Tucker. Knowlton concludes that the facts strongly favor that this William Nolton was one and the same person as Capt. William Knowlton who, if buried in Nova Scotia, probably died abt. 1639, perhaps on a fishing trip or return voyage to England.

  1. John(2) and Marjery Wilson:
    1. John (5) b. 1633 at Ipswich or Hingham, MA, m. (1st) Deborah (surname supposed to be Grant) ca. 1655, Ipswich, MA. She d. after 1666. m. (2nd) Sarah ______ ca. 1667 in Wenham or Ipswich. She d. 2/14/1679 in Ipswich
    2. Abraham b. 1635, d. before 1688, occupation soldier
    3. Elizabeth b. 1639, d. before 1688
Johnwas a shoemaker, settled in Ipswich in 1639, became freeman 6/2/1641, and died abt. 1654. Before a member of society (male only, of course!) could exercise the right of suffrage or hold public office, he had to be made a "freeman" by the general or quarterly court. To become such, he was required to produce evidence that he was a respectable member of the Congregational Church and take an oath. In 1652, John was appointed to "search and scale leather", that no unmarketable leather might be sold by any tanner of hides. Marjery also died abt. 1654 (both of their wills were dated 1653 and proved in 1654). 
  1. John (5) and (1st) Deborah Grant?, (2nd) Sarah _________:
    1. John b. abt. 1656, m. Sarah _________
    2. Nathaniel(19) b. 6/29/1658 in Ipswich, MA, m. Deborah Jewett of Rowley, MA 5/3/1682
    3. Elizabeth b. 3/1/1660, m. Timothy Dorman of Topsfield, MA 11/15/1688
    4. Thomas b. 5/19/1662, m. (1st) Margery Goodhue of Ipswich, MA, (2nd) Mary Coy of Beverly, MA
    5. Catherine b. 1668
    6. Deborah b. 1670?
    7. Robert b. 1672, occupation soldier
    8. Suzannah b. 8/15/1673
    9. Ephraim b. 1676
    10. Abraham b. 1678
    11. Ezekiel b. 1 or 2/1679
John was a shoemaker, also residing in Ipswich, and, during King Philip’s War, was drafted into the Narragansett Winter Campaign (Major Samuel Appleton’s Company) on 11/30/1675. According to Stocking he was a man of substance, being a public official and involved in many real estate transactions. Admitted freeman 10/13/1680. 

John removed from Ipswich to Wenham probably abt. 1666; he had a seat in the meetinghouse there in 1669 and d. 10/8/1684. Deborah d. after 1666 and Sarah d. 2/3/1679. John and his second wife, Sarah, must have moved back to Ipswich, as they both died there.

  1. Nathaniel (19) and Deborah Jewett:
    1. Nathaniel (74) b. 5/3/1683, m. (1st) Mary Bennett of Ipswich 4/29/1703, (2nd) Reforme (Trescott) Jewett, widow of Benjamin Jewett and daughter of Samuel and Margaret Trescott of Milton, MA, 4/15/1717
    2. John b. 12/7/1685, d. 1760
    3. Joseph b. 4/1687
    4. Thomas b. 11/8/1692, m. Ruth Lord 1/11/1716, d. 2/28/1718
    5. Abraham b. 2/27/1698, m. Mary Smith 9/20/1722
    6. Elizabeth b. 9/15/1702, m. Thomas Hart (pub. 7/22/1721)
    7. David b. 5/15/1707, m. Esther Howard 2/23/1731
Nathaniel was a shoemaker and, according to Stocking, was "a man of consequence in Ipswich". He was made Commoner 2/18/1678, became freeman 5/16/1683, was Deacon of the First Congregational Church in 1697 and Deputy to the General Court in 1700, ’02, ’03, ’05, ’09, ’14, ’15 and ’20. Nathaniel was chosen by the town in December, 1700 to serve on a committee "To appoint all persons where they should sitt in ye new meetinghouse – and also to grant pues in ye places reserved joining to ye walls and sides of ye meetinghouse – not to extend above 5 foot & ½ from ye sides of ye house into ye allies". It was said of him, "Though honored by men, he did not forget to honor his God". 

Deborah was b. 12/3/1664 in Rowley, MA, the daughter of Abraham and Ann (Allen) Jewett. Nathaniel died 9/24/1726. Deborah died 4/25/1743.

  1. Nathaniel (74) and Mary Bennett:
    1. Mary b. 6/3/1704
    2. William (197) b. 2/8/1706, m. Martha Pinder of Boxford, MA 3/12/1729
    3. Nathaniel b. 6/30/1708, m. Mary Fuller 7/1/1729
    4. Jeremiah bapt. 5/13//1712, d. young
    5. Jeremiah bapt. 8/2/1713, m. Sarah Allen 7/24/1735 and removed to Concord, MA
Mary was b. 3/3/1685, the daughter of Henry and Frances (Burr) Bennett. Nathaniel and Mary resided in Ipswich, MA. After Mary’s death (bef. 1717), Nathaniel m. (2nd) Reforme (Trescott) Jewett, the widow of Benjamin Jewett of Rowley, MA. Benjamin d. 1/22/1716, having been killed by falling timber at a house raising. Nathaniel d. after 1760.

Nathaniel and Reforme Jewett had the following children:

    1. Mary, bapt. 5/10/1719
    2. Margaret, bapt. 3/27/1720, d. 7/19/1736
    3. Elizabeth, bapt. 7/15/1722, d. 10/18/1722
    4. Elizabeth, bapt. 8/23/1724, d. 3/12/1725
    5. Samuel, bapt. 6/26/1726, m. Anna Fellows
    6. Anna, bapt. 2/23/1728, d. 4/4/1729
    7. Thomas, bapt. 12/13/1730, d. 7/31/1736
    8. Ebenezer, bapt. 1/25/1732, d. 7/15/1736
    9. Sarah, bapt. 3/30/1735, d. 8/25/1736
    10. Thomas, bapt. 10/30/1737
From the foregoing, it is sadly apparent that Nathaniel and Reforme had difficulty in raising a family. 
  1. William(197) and Martha Pinder:
    1. Lucy b.?, d. young
    2. Mary, bapt. 6/7/1730, m. Ezekial Tiffany of Ashford, CT 3/9/1749, d. 11/9/1816
    3. William bapt. 10/10/1731, d. young
    4. Sarah, bapt. 7/22/1733, m. Joshua Kendall of Ashford
    5. William, bapt. 8/10/1735, m. Mehitable Eaton of Ashford
    6. Lucy, bapt. 2/20/1737, m. Deacon Abijah Brook of Ashford, d. 4/13/1820
    7. Daniel (424) baptized 12/31/1738 in Boxford, Essex Co., MA, m. (1st) Elizabeth Farnham of Windham, CT 11/3/1763, (2nd) Rebecca Fenton of Willington, CT 4/24/1788.
    8. Thomas bapt. 11/30/1740, m. Anna Keyes of Ashford, CT 4/5/1759, d. 9/16/1776 at the Battle of Harlem Heights. He is buried where he fell, on the current 143rd St. On 11/13/1895, a bronze statue of Col. Thomas Knowlton was unveiled on the Capitol grounds in Hartford, CT. In 1995, The Knowlton Award was established as a joint venture between MICA and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center. Named in honor of Lt. Col. Thomas Knowlton, the award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion of Army intelligence in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient’s seniors, subordinates and peers. During the Revolution, Gen. George Washington appointed Thomas to raise a regiment known as "Knowlton’s Rangers" expressly for desperate and delicate services. As such, he was the first intelligence officer in the Continental Army.
    9. Priscilla bapt. 5/20/1744
    10. Nathaniel bapt. 3/9/1746, d. 7/19/1749
Williamwas a "housewright" and was born in Ipswich where he married Martha. They removed to Ashford, Windham County, CT in May, 1748 where William purchased a 400 acre farm which he later divided among his sons. 

Martha was the grand daughter of John Pynder who, at the age of 8, in 1635 arrived with his mother Mary on the "Susan and Ellen", the same ship which brought the Rev. Peter Bulkeley of Odell, County Bedfordshire, wife Grace and children to the New World. Our cousins, Martha, Deborah and Judith Bulkley are direct descendants of Peter Bulkeley. According to Stocking, the Pynders were lineal descendents of the Pynders of County Lincoln, England to whom arms were granted in 1538 (registered in Herald’s College, London).

William d. 3/13/1753 in Ashford, CT and Martha m. (2nd) Colonel Dean of Taunton, MA and moved there. She d. 5/25/1775 in Taunton.

  1. Lt. Daniel (424) and (1st) Elizabeth Farnham:
    1. Daniel (1041) b. 12/7/1765 at Ashford, CT, m. Betsey Burchard (Birchard) of Ashford, CT 4/4/1793
    2. Elizabeth b. 3/24/1768, m. Frederick Chaffee of Ashford, CT
    3. Nathaniel b. 12/24/1770, m. Sarah Leach 11/25/1798
    4. Manassah b. 12/24/1770, m. (1st) Lydia Burton, (2nd) Elizabeth Card, (3rd) Clarissa Cogswell
    5. Ephraim b. 10/3/1773, m. Jemima Farnham of Ashford
    6. Martha b. 2/24/1777, m. Charles W. Brandon of Ashford
    7. Keziah b. 2/9/1781, m. Amasa Lyon 1/3/1815. Keziah was the mother of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon, Mexican and Civil War commander.
    8. Hannah b. 4/19/1783, m. Daniel Knowlton 11/24/1803
Daniel served with distinction in the French and Indian War. He was "distinguished for bravery and daring, particularly as a scout". He fought in northern New York in the vicinity of Forts Edward and Ticonderoga. During Lord Loudon’s expedition to Fort Edward (3/15 - 10/17/1757), he saved the life of Israel Putnam (later a Revolutionary War General, noted for his command of our troops at Bunker Hill) who had been attacked by Indians. Daniel arrived at the defining moment. An Indian was about to remove Putnam’s head with his tomahawk. Daniel came to his friend’s relief and "brought down the redskin by a timely shot from his musket". In June, 1758, Daniel served at Crown Point. Here he captured three men "belonging to a gang of bloodthirsty desperadoes, whose numerous atrocities made them as odious as they were terrible". Deciding it unsafe either to retain or dismiss the prisoners, the captives were hung with "halters", made from the bark of hickory saplings. 

Daniel’s first wife, Elizabeth was the daughter of Manassah Farnham of Windham, CT. According to Stocking, she is descended on her father’s side from Sir John Farnham of Quorndon, County Leicester, England, who lived in the reign of Edward I. His arms are registered in Herald’s College. In St. Bartholomew’s Church, Quorndon, there is a Farnham Chapel.

Daniel also served with distinction in the Revolutionary War, initially as an Ensign with Knowlton’s Rangers, commanded by his brother, Thomas. His friend Israel Putnam, before leaving to assist in the relief of Boston, was heard to say, while gazing over to a field in Ashford where Daniel and others were training, "Gad, Zounds, had I only Daniel Knowlton to take with me, I’d lick hell itself". Daniel’s brother, Thomas, fought with General Putnam at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Upon his arrival after the Battle of Lexington, "Old Put" asked Thomas where his older brother was. Thomas responded by telling the General that Daniel had gone in another direction. Putnam remarked "I am sorry that you did not bring him with you; he alone is worth half a company. Such is his courage and lack of fear, I could order him into the mouth of a loaded cannon, and he would go".

In June, 1776, Knowlton’s "Rangers", as part of Chester’s Regiment, were assigned to the 6th Batallion, Wadsworth’s Brigade reinforcing General Washington in the vicinity of New York City. They participated in the Battle of Harlem Heights on 9/16/1776, where Thomas was killed. Upon hearing of his brother’s death, Daniel exclaimed "We will retrieve my brother’s loss". Daniel participated in the Battle of White Plains on 10/28/1776. For bravery in the field, he was appointed 2nd Lieutenant by the State Assembly. Daniel was taken prisoner at Ft. Washington on 11/26/1776 and was held captive by the British for almost two years, for part of the time on the prison-ship, "Jersey". Upon being exchanged for other prisoners, he was again taken prisoner at the Battle of Horseneck 12/9/1780. In 1782, he was 1st Lieutenant at Ft. Trumbull, New London, CT. Daniel was discharged from service 7/6/1783.

Primarily due to his treatment by the British while a prisoner, Daniel developed strong anti-British sentiments. While attending services at the Congregational Church at Ashford in later years, Daniel protested the singing of a hymn with the refrain "Give Britain Praise". He never returned!

He has been described as follows: "Bold, stern and intrepid as a lion on the battlefield, he was retiring, non-assertive in private life and inclined to belittle his achievements". Daniel died 5/31/1825 in Ashford from the effects of a fall in his barn. He is buried at Westford Hill Cemetery, Ashford. His gravestone is inscribed as follows:

Lieutenant Daniel Knowlton

A Patriot of the Revolution

Died May 31, 1825, aged 86 yrs.

His first wife, Elizabeth, died 6/1/1786. Daniel married (2nd) Rebecca Fenton 4/24/1788. They had:

    1. Erastus Fenton b. 1/29/1790, m. (1st) Waite Windsor, (2nd) Rhoda Gage of Monson, MA 5/16/1820
    1. Marvin b. 9/3/1794, m. Calista Leonard 4/19/1820
  1. Daniel(1041) and Betsey Burchard (Birchard):
    1. Nathaniel b. 1/7/1794 at Ashford. After this birth, there are no further references in the Ashford Town Records to the children that follow. He m. Temperance Day of Wilbraham, MA 10/6/1818. Was a soldier in the War of 1812 
    2. Clarissa b. 5/15/1795, d. young
    3. Lydia b. 9/21/1797, d. young
    4. Phineas b. 11/8/1800 at Wilbraham, MA, d. US Navy, 10/1827
    5. Gordon (2648) b. 7/8/1803 at Wilbraham, m. Arethusa Atwood of Belchertown, MA 11/30/1825
    6. Manassah b. 7/30/1805 at Wilbraham, m. Sally Stebbins
    7. Calista b. 12/2/1807 at Wilbraham, m. Herman Corbin of Union, CT
Daniel wascaptain of the militia and died 2/1834, according to Stocking. Betsey was b. 10/11/1768 at Ashford, CT, the daughter of Phineas and Lydia Birchard.
  1. Gordon (2648) and Arethusa Atwood:
    1. Orson b. 1/7/1826, m. Julia Collins
    2. Harriet b. 12/8/1827, d. 1834
    3. Alonzo b. 9/15/1829, d. 11/24/1848
    4. Daniel (5242) b. 9/4/1831, m. (1st) Sophia R. Lawrence of E. Berkshire, VT 9/16/1855, (2nd) Caroline Brooks of W. Springfield, MA
    5. Sarah J. b. 5/15/1834, d. young
    6. Sarah Jane b. 2/4/1836, m. Joseph Dexter, res. Springfield, MA
    7. Timothy b. 7/15/1839, m. Eunice Dimock, res. Norwich, CT
    8. Alfred d. 2/19/1842, d. young
    9. Charles B. b. 12/25/1842, m. Agnes Williams, res. Belchertown, MA
    10. Diana A. b. 2/25/1846, m. P. P. McIntyre, res. Belchertown, MA
    11. George P. b. 8/19/1849
The spelling of Arethusa’s name (she spelled it "Arrathusa") gave Town Clerks problems as it was variously spelled Arethusia, Arthusia, Arathusa, Arathusia and Aretusa! Arethusa was b. 9/25/1805 in Belchertown, MA, the daughter of John and Hannah (Rice) Atwood. Her father was Spencer, MA. Arethusa had eight brothers and sisters:
    1. Anna b. 1/14/1794, d. 6/3/1801
    2. Timothy b. 4/3/1796
    3. Joseph b. 4/6/1798, d. 9/27/1800
    4. Polly b. 10/2/1800
    5. Samuel b. 2/27/1803, d. 10/28/1881 at Palmer, MA
    6. Anna Maria b. 9/12/1807
    7. Joseph b. 5/7/1809, d. 3/3/1889 at Springfield, MA
    8. Sarah b. 1/4/1812, m. Jesse Miller 5/15/1852 at Springfield, MA
Arethusa and Gordon were married 11/30/1825 in Belchertown. The name "Arethusa" has its origins in Greek mythology; it is also the name of an orchid. Gordon died 4/7/1857. Arethusa died in Springfield on 1/21/1881, at the age of 75. 
  1. Daniel(5242) and Sophia B. Lawrence:
    1. Emma Frances (7067) b. 7/15/1856, m. James Willis Keyes of Springfield, MA 9/11/1877
    2. Hattie Sophia b. 2/12/1858, m. Arthur F. Bardwell 11/1879. Arthur was a mechanic and b. 12/24/1859 in Whately, MA. Their first child, Maud, b. 6/19/1881, d. in infancy.
Daniel m. (1st) Sophia B. Lawrence of E. Berkshire, VT on 9/16/1855 in Somers, CT. According to the Springfield death records, Sophia died 2/12/1858 aged "24 yr., 3 mo., 23 days". The cause of death was "child birth". She is buried in Wilbraham. Daniel m. (2nd) Caroline Brooks of W. Springfield, MA on 5/14/1860. According to the 1860 Springfield City Directory, Daniel was farming and residing at the "cor. of 16 acres and Boston Rd." 

Responding to President Abraham Lincoln’s July 1, 1862 call for 300,000 volunteers, Daniel enlisted in Springfield on August 19th (from July 21st) for 3 years military service (Names of Officers & Soldiers Enlisted from Springfield during the Rebellion Commenced April 12th, 1861, on file in City Hall, Springfield, MA) and collected a $25 bounty. Daniel gave his occupation as "painter". He mustered-in as a Private in Captain Algernon S. Flagg’s Company (later Co. ‘D’) of the 37th Reg’t Mass. Inf. on September 2nd at Camp Briggs, Pittsfield, MA.

Under the command of Col. (later Brig. Gen.) Oliver Edwards, the 37th was composed principally of men (initially, 1,062) from the four Western counties of Massachusetts, Hampden County furnishing 259. The regiment left Pittsfield for the front on September 7th, and after a short encampment on Arlington Heights (nr. Washington, D. C.) joined the Army of the Potomac, under the command of Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, then encamped in Maryland, a few miles from the battlefield of Antietam. The 37th participated in the subsequent movements of that Army, forming a part of the VI Corps. The Regiment’s first battlefield experience came at Fredericksburg (December 13, 1862), where the 37th formed a part of the 3rd Division (Brig. Gen John Newton), VI Corps (Brig. Gen William T.H. Brooks), Left Grand Division (Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin) of the Army of the Potomac then under the command of Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside (for whom the "sideburn" was named).

They fought with distinction at the Battle of Chancellorsville (May 1-4, 1863) where the Corps stormed the supposedly impregnable Marye’s Heights (the same Heights which had defied the Union Army at the Battle of Fredericksburg less than five months earlier and which were defended by six Brigades under the command of Confederate Maj. Gen. Jubal Early, with artillery support) and fought at Salem Church. 

After a prodigious 19 hour, 34 mile march, the Corps reached Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. See the Appendices for excerpts describing the VI Corps’ involvement at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. The 37th, along with others, was rushed to New York City on July 31st to assist in quelling the draft riots. During their time in NewYork, 47 members of the 37th deserted ("confined almost entirely to the foreign-born element", according to the History of the Thirty-Seventh Regiment Mass. Volunteers in the Civil War of 1861-1865, by James L. Bowen, 1884). "Foreign-born" meant Irish. The 37th returned to the front on October 14, 1863. 

Daniel also participated in engagements at Franklin’s Crossing (6/5/1863), Rappahannock Station (11/7/1863) and Mine Run (11/30/1863).

On April 13, 1864, Daniel transferred to the Navy by Special Order No. 98 of the Army of the Potomac. He was assigned to the U.S.S. (Bark) "Gem of the Sea", a wooden sailing vessel of 371 tons, 116’ in length, which had been purchased by the government for $15,000 in 1861. On 4/14/1864, the "Gem of the Sea" shipped out of Baltimore bound for Charlotte Harbor, Florida (where Daniel was stationed) to participate in blockade duties as part of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. On April 27th, the "Gem" was off Charleston, South Carolina. On February 1, 1865, it was "ordered north for repairs".

During his Naval service, Daniel was to contract chronic diarrhea. He was discharged at New York on 5/12/1865 and was awarded a pension of $4/month. According to the medical report of S. W. Leach, Surgeon, U.S.N., Daniel "……has been afflicted with diarrhea chronica for the last four months. I am of the opinion that it was caused by the weakening influence of intermittent fever combined with the action of malaria atmospheric, vicissitudes to which he was exposed to in the line of duty." He was muster-out at Hall’s Hill, VA on 6/21/1865 and awarded the remainder on his bounty, being $75. Daniel died 3/31/1866 in Springfield of the foregoing malady. The April 2nd Daily Republican carried a notice of Daniel’s death with the following: "Funeral from his late residence today (Monday) at 1 o’clock p.m."

At the time of the 1880 Census, Caroline Knowlton was residing on Boston Rd., five houses removed from William L. Keyes, his children, daughter-in-law (Emma), etc., with her daughter Addie L. Adams and grandson, Clarence. Daniel was Caroline’s second husband.