Luke Knowlton (1738 - 1810)

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Birthplace: Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died
Occupation: judge of the Supreme Court of Vermont
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About Luke Knowlton

Judge Luke Knowlton, was a "loyalist" in the Revolutionary War. Not a popular person following the War of Independence, eventually, he was given land in Canada by the British Government.

from: http://www.granvillehistory.org/storage/historicaltimes/HistTimes199204.pdf

HON. LUKE KNOWLTON.

Born in Shrewsbury, Mass., November 4, 1738. He served as a soldier in the old French War, and in 1759 was stationed at Crown Point awhile, and suffered great hardships during his march from Crown Point to Charlestown, No. 4. From a journal he kept during his service as a soldier, we learn that his company, in marching through the wilderness, exhausted their stock of provisions and were obliged to kill a pack-horse to save themselves from starvation. He married Sarah, daughter of Ephraim Holland, of Shrewsbury, Mass., January 5, 1760, and with his family moved to Newfane in February, 1773, which was the fourteenth family that settled in town. He continued to reside in this town until his death, which occurred December 12, 1810, at the age of 73 years. His wife died September 1, 1797. He was chosen first Town Clerk, at the organization of the town in 1774, and continued to hold that position for fourteen years. He was Town Representative in the General Assembly of the State of Vermont during the years 1784, 1785, 1788, 1789, 1792, 1803, and 1806, and a member of the old Council from 1790, to 1800; Judge of the Supreme Court in 1786 and a Judge of the Windham County Court from 1787 to 1793. John A. Graham, in a series of rambling letters descriptive of Vermont scenery, written and published about the close of the last century, thus speaks of Judge Knowlton, "Newfane owes its consequence in a great measure to Mr. Luke Knowlton, a leading character and a man of great ambition and enterprise, of few words, but possessed of great quickness of perception and an almost intuitive knowledge of human nature, of which he is a perfect judge."

He was a Loyalist, and in consequence of the great sacrifices he made in behalf of the British Government, in the early part of the Revolutionary War, he received a large and valuable grant of land in Lower Canada, upon a part of which the present town of Sherbrooke is built.

(Source: Centennial proceedings and other historical facts and incidents relating to Newfane: the county seat of Windham County, Vermont, Charles Burnham, John Hastings Merrifield, D. Leonard, printer, 1877, p. 35-6.) http://www.pa-roots.org/data/read.php?3440,679599

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Luke Knowlton's Timeline

1738
October 24, 1738
Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
1760
July 29, 1760
Age 21
Newfane, Windham County, Vermont, USA
1761
January 21, 1761
Age 22
1762
December 5, 1762
Age 24
1764
December 19, 1764
Age 26
1767
May 2, 1767
Age 28
1769
July 22, 1769
Age 30
1771
August 8, 1771
Age 32
1775
March 24, 1775
Age 36
Newfane, Windham County, Vermont, USA
1810
December 12, 1810
Age 72