Person:John Knowles (4)

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m. 28 Dec 1670
  1. Deacon Edward Knowles1671 - 1740
  2. John Knowles, Jr1673 - 1757
  3. Rebecca Knowles1674/75 - 1758
  • HJohn Knowles, Jr1673 - 1757
  • WMary Sears1672 - 1745
m. Bef 1696
  1. Paul Knowles1702 - Bef 1775
  2. Willard Knowles1711 - 1786
Facts and Events
Name John Knowles, Jr
Gender Male
Birth[1] 10 Jul 1673 Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage Bef 1696 to Mary Sears
Death[2] 3 Nov 1757 Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States

John was left an orphan before his recollection and apparently was brought up by his uncle, Joshua bangs, for whom his first son, Joshua, seems to have been named. He must have been given a good schooling and evidently from youth up was exceptionally efficient and well regarded. The earliest occurence of his name after he grew up is in the registration of an earmark for his cattle, 24 Apr 1695. The records of the county not destroyed in 1827 contain frequent references to him in trusted capacities. A juryman in 1701, he was chosen as early as 1706 a member of a board of arbitration. In 1715, as Lieut. John Knowles, he was elected one of five townsmen to apportion the remaining common lands. He was for many years coroner and was commander of the Second Barnstable Regiment.

Joshua Sparrow in his will gave to John Knowles the house and land where he was living. The Knowles were a Head-of-Town-Cove family, that is to say, an Orleans rather than an Eastham family, none of them moving down to the north side of Town Cove until the third generation. Probably Deacon Edward (3) Knowles may have been the first to do this and some of the sons of Col John may have thus removed before their father. Col Willard (4) Knowles devised to his son Joseph "the land where the old house stood which he improved," and Joseph very soon sold to Timothy Doane 16 acres located at Stage Land, formerly belonging to Col John Knowles. This was the name for the point south of Nauset harbor. It has not been learned whether this was the first location given by the will of Joshua Sparrow. Late in life Colonel Knowles purchased from the Treat heirs the farm of Rev Samuel Treat and from that time on the senior branch of the Knowles family belonged in what is still the town of Eastham. The junior branch, descendants of the younger son of the first Richard, remained in what is now Orleans.

References
  1. "Eastham and Orleans, Mass., Vital Records", in Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Mayflower Descendant: An Illustrated Quarterly Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy, History and Biography, 4:142.

    John knowles the sonn of John knowles was borne the 10th day of July in the yeare 1673.

  2. "The Gravestone Records in the Ancient Cemetery at Eastham, Mass.", in Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Mayflower Descendant: An Illustrated Quarterly Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy, History and Biography, 8:3.

    Knowles, John (Colonel), died 3 November, 1757, in his 85th year.
    [Age 84, so born about 1673.]