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John Knowles, Captain

Nicknames: "Captain John Knowles"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County, Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Death: Died in Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Cause of death: Killed In Action by Indians in Defense of Taunton, Massachusetts During ing Philips War.
Place of Burial: EASTHAM, BARNSTABLE, MASSACHUSETTS
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Knowles and Ruth Knowles (Bowers)
Husband of Apphia Atwood (Bangs)
Father of Edward Knowles; Col. John Knowles, Jr.; Deborah Knowles and Rebecca Tobey
Brother of Mercy Doane; James Knowles; Barbara Knowles; Mehitable Knowles; Samuel Knowles and 7 others
Half brother of Barbara Mayo

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About John Knowles, Captain

Added by Elwin C. Nickerson about my Ancestor.Family Records. Killed by Indians in Defense of Taunton , Massachusetts during the King Philip War. Orderd in to Service with others From Eastham , Barnstable County, By Plymouth Colony Governor Josiah Winslow. Forced March to save Taunton and Swansey From Being Destroyed by attack. Captain In Command Light Horse Afoot- Killed in Action- In Defense of God ,King ,And Country! Citations- 1925 NEHGR VOL 79- Pages 293/294. In June 1675 Taunton suffered an attack by Indians, in which the houses of James Walker and John Tisdell were burned and the latter was killed. At the same time two soldiers from Eastham, who were on duty there, were killed. Capt. John Freeman, whose daughter Samuel Knowles (3) afterwar married, was in command of the Barnstable company, and his report to Governor Winslow under date of Taunton, 3 June 1675, said: "This morning three of our men are slain close by one of our courts of guard, (two of them, Samuel Atkins and Captain John Knowles, of Eastham); houses are burned in our sight; our men are picked off at every bush." Three Indians were tried, 6 Mar. 1676/7, for the murder of Captain John Knowles(EASTHAM), John Tisdell, Sr., and Samuel Atkins (EASTHAM) from NEGHS Register 79 & 80- "The Knowles family of Eastham," by Charles Thornton Libby: Capt. Joh n Freeman, was in command of the Barnstable County company, and in his report to Governor Winslow , under date of Taunton, 3 Jun 1675, said: "'This morning three of our men are slain close by one o f our courts of guard, (two of them, Samuel Atkins and John Knowles, of Eastham); houses are burne d in our sight; our men are picked off at every bush.' "Three Indians were tried, 6 Mar. 1676/7, fo r the murder of John Knowles, John Tisdell, Sr., and Samuel Atkins. The jury found grounds of suspi cion against two and acquitted one, but all three were sold into slavery as 'prisoners of war.' Th e sum of £10 waas presented by the Colony to 'Apthya widow of John Knowles lately slain in the serv ice.' In 1676 Lieut. Jonathan Sparrow and Jonathan Bangs were delegated by the Court to asssist th e yound widow in settleing her husband's affairs. "The inventory of his estate, taken 8 Mar. 1676 , included 'one dwellinghouse and three or four acres of land, and a small parcel of broked sedge a nd meadow.' His house must have stood on the southern slop of the high land north of the road recen tly built form the State Road to the Town Landing. At a town meeting held 15 Mar. 1724/5 it was "Vo ted, to allow Samuel Knowles to fence in the land on the northwest side of his field or land whic h was formerly his brother John Knowles so far as the fence & ditch which did formerly enclose th e said land did formerly stand and no further.' "John Knowles's brother afterwards had his land, an d two town records refer to the road dividing Samuel Knowles's 'original land,' on the east of th e road, from the land that was of John Knowles, deceased, on the west of the road." Note Citations/Proofs above. ECN

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Captain John Knowles's Timeline

1640
October 1640
Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County, Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1670
December 28, 1670
Age 30
Barnstable, Barnstable County, Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts, (Present USA)
1671
November 7, 1671
Age 31
Eastham, Barnstable County, Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
1673
July 10, 1673
Age 32
Eastham, Cape Cod (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
1674
March 2, 1674
Age 33
1675
March 2, 1675
Age 34
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
June 3, 1675
Age 34
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1926
April 20, 1926
Age 34
1927
December 2, 1927
Age 34
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BARNSTABLE, MASSACHUSETTS