Henry Anthony Knowles

Henry Anthony Knowles

South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 7 Dec 1895 (aged 84)
Livermore, Humboldt County, Iowa, USA
Burial Livermore, Humboldt County, Iowa, USA
Plot Blk 1 Lot 32
Memorial ID 30772843 · View Source
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The Lineage of Henry Anthony Knowles is as follows:
( Henry Anthony7, Henry6, Robert5, Joseph4, Robert3, William², Henry¹)

His paternal grandparents were Robert Knowles (1758 - 1820)
and Susannah "Lucy Anne" Rodman Knowles (1760 - 1839).

HENRY ANTHONY KNOWLES (84) was one of the pioneers of Humboldt county, Iowa. He was born on what is known as Gov. Sprague's property in South Kingston, RI on Feb. 21, 1811. His parents, Henry Knowles and Susan Anthony, were the parents of 10 children (5 sons,5 daughters).

In 1819 his parents emigrated to Oneida County, NY and 2 years later moved to Chenango County. Henry remained with them until 18 yrs. old. Then Henry A. left home and learned the harness maker's trade.

On May 6, 1830 in Chenango county, NY he married Mary Knowles Collins dau. of Sheffield Collins and Eliza Knowles Collins Scaritt of Smyrna, NY. In 1835 he and Mary went to Michigan and took a homestead claim.

In Aug. of 1856 they left Michigan with teams of horses and headed for Iowa, camping out on the way and crossing the Mississippi at Debuque, Iowa. He pre-empted land on the NE quarter of section 20 Humboldt township at Lotts Creek where Henry built a log cabin.

In July of 1882 they moved to Humboldt to live with their daughter Mrs. Lucy Stone. They returned to live with her in 1892 and with Mrs. Abram Knowles until Henry's death.

Henry Anthony Knowles and Mary Knowles Collins had 5 children:

1. Sheffield Collins Knowles (78) b. Nov. 14, 1833 in Smyrna, Chenango County, NY d. June 24, 1912 m. Olive Jane Stoddard b. Sept. 28, 1846 Litchfield, CT. she died in Livermore, IA on Feb. 12, 1919 at age 73.

2. Eliza D. Knowles b. 1835 the first school teacher in Humboldt County at Hands Grove in the fall of 1857-8 with 16 pupils. She died before her parents.

3. Abram Henry Knowles b. 1843-1888 m. Adeline Eliza Wilber (my ancestor)

4. Lucy Letitia Knowles b. 1847 m. Eber Stone (settled also in Humboldt County, Iowa).

5. Nathan H. Knowles b. 1855 Michigan.Occupation-Jeweler Humboldt, Iowa m.Sept. 1, 1875 Louise J. Clark b. 1858 in Canada

Henry was described as a surprisingly energetic man. (See History of Humboldt County, Iowa)

Henry was elected township clerk 1856. He was a Quaker and established the Quaker community in Livermore, Iowa. His funeral was at the Presbyterian Church in Livermore. A large crowd attended. Mary died soon after.

The Gazette, Livermore News Dec. 13, 1895 Obituary of Henry A. Knowles

History of Humboldt County p. 827

The Last Will and Testament of Henry Knowles

Ancestors and Descendants of William Browning Greene and Mary Hoxsie Lewis with Allied Families by William E. Wright. Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore © 1993




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