Dea. Thomas Knowlton

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Dea. Thomas Knowlton

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Canterbury, Kent, England
Death: April 23, 1692 (72)
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, New England
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. William Knowlton, Sr. and Ann Elizabeth Knowlton
Husband of Susannah Knowlton and Mary Knowlton
Brother of John Knowlton, I; Samuel Knowlton; Robert Knowlton; William Knowlton, Immigrant; Elizabeth Knowlton and 3 others

Occupation: deacon, cordwainer, and shoemaker
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About Dea. Thomas Knowlton

Thomas "Deacon" Knowlton was a cordwainer in Ipswich, Mass., and also a shoemaker, for he is so called in a deed in which John Knowlton, his brother, and John Baker join him as grantors. He was in Ipswich in 1642,and took a prominent part in the civil affairs of town, and was Deacon of the old First (Congregational) Church.

Having no children, he sent William's "boys to scool from the age of 5 to8, and a girl from 1 1/2 till she was married," and he also took Nathaniel, his nephew, to live with him. His nephew Thomas, styled"Thomas, Jr." (early in life, then Thomas, Sr after his son, Thomas, Jr,was born) was given a bequest December 3, 1688, and he conveyed the bulk of his remaining property to his nephew, Nathaniel, by a deed of gift,dated December 5, 1688, for which the said Nathaniel executed a bond of even date for he faithful performance of his trust. As this will and bond expressly declare the legattes to be the children of his brother William,this evidently settles in the negative the disputed question as to whether Deacon Thomas had children. He left a silver vessel to the church, and the rest of his property as mentioned in the Appendix (of Stockings 1897 "Genealogy of Knowltons in England and America")

'Thomas Knowlton

  • 'M, b. 19 May 1662, d. 4 February 1749
  • Father John Knowlton b. 1633, d. 8 Oct 1684
  • Mother Sarah Whipple b. c 1639, d. 4 Feb 1678
  • ' Thomas Knowlton was born on 19 May 1662 at Ipswich, Essex, MA. He married Margery Goodhue, daughter of Joseph Goodhue and Sarah Whipple, on 2 December 1692 at Ipswich, Essex, MA. Thomas Knowlton married Mary Carter on 6 June 1702 at Beverly, MA. Thomas Knowlton died on 4 February 1749 at Shrewsbury, MA, at age 86.
  • 'Family 1 Margery Goodhue b. 1671, d. 23 Aug 1698
  • Child
    • ◦Robert Knowlton+ b. 7 Sep 1693, d. 29 Dec 1794
  • 'Family 2 Mary Carter b. 21 Dec 1683
  • Child
    • ◦Deacon Ezekiel Knowlton b. 5 Mar 1707, d. 14 Mar 1774
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Mary Kimbal married the much older, Deacon Thomas Knowlton on May 17, 1683. Thomas was born in 1622 in Caterbury, Kent, England and was the son of Captain William Knowlton and Ann Elizabeth Smith. They left a beautiful manor hall in Kent and sailed on the ship that Captain Knowlton owned to New England. They settled in Ipswich.

Thomas had been married before to Susannah who died on November 20, 1680. Thomas did not have children with either wife, but provided for his brother, William Knowlton's, two sons and daughter. On November 19, 1678, Thomas wrote his will and

. . . gave a coat to brother William, and his two boys I keept to scool from the age of 5 to 8 years, and a girl from the age of one & a half years till she was married.

He was deacon from 1667-1668 of the First Church in Ipswich.

Thomas died April 3, 1692 at age 70.

New England Historical and Genealogical Register by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1861

Were you to make inquiries among the people of New England generally concerning their ancestry, in nine cases out of ten they would tell you that they were descended from one of three brothers who came over from Old England about the year 16—; and in nine times out of ten they would be wrong.

But it so happens in the Knowlton family that three brothers did actually come to New England and settle in Ipswich; John1, William1, and Dea. Thomas;1 for both John1 and Thomas1 call William1 their brother; evidence of the most satisfactory character. . . .

The third brother, Dea. Thomas1 Knowlton, was born in 1622. He m. first, Susanna. His second wife was Mary Kimball, to whom he was m. May 17, 1682. It does not appear that he had children.

On the 19th of Nov. 1678, Dea. Thomas1 thus writes:

gave a coat to brother William, and his two boys I keept to scool from the age of 5 to 8 years, and a girl from the age of one & a half years till she was married.

He died April 3, 1692, aged 70 years. [In 1679 he was the administrator of Henry Batcheller's estate.]

According to the most recent research by John Brooks Threlfall in his book "Fifty Great Migration Colonists To New England & Their Origins" (1990) and in his NEHGR article (1988), Mary Smith was probably born in England about 1634 and died in Ipswich, Massachusetts on 20 Nove 1688.[1][2] She married first to Thomas Kimball of Ipswich before December 1658 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts (when a daughter was born).[3][1][2] Her first husband Thomas was killed during King Philip's war and she and her children were held captive by the Indians.[3] After he was killed by Indians on the night of 2-3 May 1676 she married second to Thomas Knowlton on 17 May 1682.[1][2]

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Dea. Thomas Knowlton's Timeline

Canterbury, Kent, England
April 23, 1692
Age 72
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
April 1692
Age 72
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, New England
May 19, 1880
Age 72
May 19, 1880
Age 72
April 1, 1885
Age 72
April 1, 1885
Age 72
April 30, 1945
Age 72