George Richard Knowles, Sr. (1786 - d.) MP

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Birthplace: The Bahamas
Death: (Date and location unknown)
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About George Richard Knowles, Sr.

George Richard Knowles, Sr. was born February 12, 1786 in the Bahamas to James Knowles and Hannah (Campbell) Knowles. According to the records at Christ Church in Nassau, he was baptized there on April 21, 1786.

Family Life

George's partner, Charlotte, was an enslaved woman on Long Island, The Bahamas. She was listed as a "mulatto girl" in the estate of James, along with 49 other people.

Charlotte's parentage is unknown, but she was born c. 1790. Some records list George and Charlotte as married, but her use of the surname Knowles could also simply be due to her previous "owner" having held that surname. Long Island has historically been more receptive to interracial marriage than other Bahamian islands, but that does not automatically mean their relationship was welcomed.

George Sr. lost his father in 1806, when he was 20 years old. His son, George Jr., was born in 1814, when he was 28 and Charlotte was approximately 24. George Jr. was the only child for either parent.

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George Knowles Sr.'s Timeline

February 12, 1786
The Bahamas
April 21, 1786
Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas
Age 27
The Bahamas