Mary <I>Collins</I> Knowles

Mary Collins Knowles

Brookfield, Madison County, New York, USA
Death 12 Nov 1905 (aged 90)
Livermore, Humboldt County, Iowa, USA
Burial Livermore, Humboldt County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 30773002 · View Source
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MARY ( COLLINS) KNOWLES (90 yrs. 3 months) was born Aug. 13, 1815 Brookfield, Madison county, NY the first of four children born to Sheffield Collins and Eliza Knowles Collins Scarritt. Her father was one of the first settlers and business leaders in Brookfield, New York. At the tender age of nine, Mary lost her father when he accidentally died by falling into a vat of boiling lye at a Potash factory he owned.

Her mother, Eliza) moved Mary and her sisters, Lydia, Hannah and Ann Maria Collins, to Smyrna, NY. It was there on May 6, 1830 that Mary met and married Henry A. Knowles and five years later, they move to what was then Michigan territory and settled near where the city of Adrian now is. Here they lived for twenty years.

In the summer of 1856 they loaded up their household goods into a wagon and with 5 cows started over land for Iowa, arriving at Iowa Falls 6 weeks after starting. In Aug. of that same year they came to Humboldt county and settled on a farm near Lotta Creek, now Livermore, IA where they lived till 1882 when they moved to Humboldt, Iowa where they resided for 10 years.

In 1892 they returned to Livermore, Iowa where her husband died Dec. 9, 1905. She then made her home with her daughter Mrs. Lucy Letita Stone and her daughter in-law, Mrs. A. E. Knowles, until Nov. 12, 1895, when she died.

Mary and Henry had five children:

1. Sheffield Collins Knowles (78) b. Nov. 14, 1833 in Smyrna, Chenango County, NY d. June 24, 1912 Lynd, Minnesota m. Olive Jane Stoddard b. Sept. 28, 1846 Litchfield, CT. she died in Livermore 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, Sr. b. 1843 d. 1888 when his kidneys, lungs and liver failed. Married Adeline "Eliza" Wilber ( my ancestors)

4. Lucy Letitia Knowles b. 1847 m. Eber Stone on Sept. 24,1868 (settled also in Humboldt County, Iowa).

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

Mary was born into the Society of Friends (Quakers) and lived a simple, Christian life till her death. Many are those who have felt the hospitality of her home, while her hands were always ready to minister to the sick or distressed.

Sources: Descendants of William Anthony ancestors down the Knowles line
Old Settlers' Obituary Book 1899-1906 Livermore, Iowa

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  • Created by: Evelyn Rowe Nelson
  • Added: 22 Oct 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 30773002
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Collins Knowles (13 Aug 1815–12 Nov 1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30773002, citing Union Cemetery, Livermore, Humboldt County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Evelyn Rowe Nelson (contributor 47040334) .