Dec. 31, 1738 Boxford Essex County Massachusetts, USA
May 31, 1825 Ashford Windham County Connecticut, USA
Son of William Knowlton and Martha Pinder
Married Elizabeth Farnham, 1 Nov 1763, Ashford, Windham, Connecticut
Children - Daniel Knowlton, Elizabeth Knowlton, Nathaniel Knowlton, Manassah Knowlton, Ephraim Knowlton, Martha Knowlton, Daniel Knowlton, Keziah Knowlton, Hannah Knowlton
Married Rebecca Fenton, 24 Apr 1788, Willington, Tolland, Connecticut
Children - Erastus Fenton Knowlton, Mardin Knowlton
Daniel Knowlton served with distinction in the French and Indian War. He was "distinguished for bravery and daring, particularly as a scout".
Daniel also served with distinction in the Revolutionary War, initially as an Ensign with Knowlton's Rangers, commanded by his brother, Thomas Knowlton. 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, Windham, Connecticut 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 Knowlton, fought with General Putnam at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Upon his arrival after the Battle of Lexington, "Old Put" asked Thomas Knowlton 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".
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 in Ashford from the effects of a fall in his barn.