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Henry Knowles

Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Kingston-upon-Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Death: January 2, 1670 (61)
Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island
Immediate Family:

Son of NN Knowles and NN Knowles
Husband of Martha Potter; Susanna Knowles and Isabella or Elizabeth or Deliverance Potter
Father of William Knowles, Sr.; John Knowles; Mary Lippitt and Henry Knowles

Occupation: hull, yorkshire, uk
Managed by: Daniel Robert May
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About Henry Knowles, of Rhode Island

from History of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations: BiographicalNY: The American Historical Society, Inc. 1920:

Henry Knowles, immigrant ancestor and progenitor of all of the family of ancient date in Rhode Island, came from London, England, to Portsmouth, R. I., arriving on April 15, 1635. Of his three sons only one, William Knowles, lived to perpetuate the line.

from Stanwood Knowles Bolton, "Henry Knowles of Rhode Island and Some of His Descendants,"

New  England Historical and Genealogical Register 87[1933].

[page 359]It is the purpose of the compiler of this article to present a genealogy of the family of which HenryKNOWLES of Rhode Island, who came to Boston from England in 1635, in the ship Susan & Ellen

, was the immigrant ancestor. For several generations this family was settled along the shores of Narrangansett Bay, and its members, many of whom belonged to the Society of Friends (Quakers), may be traced in the Rhode Island vital records. It is difficult, however, to be sure of the identity and relationship to one another of members of the family who lived in adjoining towns and bore oft-repeated Christian names.Besides the KNOWLES family of Rhode Island, descendants of Henry KNOWLES, there were other families of the name in New England which apparently had no connection with the Rhode Island family; at any rate, their relationship to it has not been established.

Henry Knowles Came in the Susan and Ellin as a servant of Ralph Hudson. Hudson was a draper in Hull, Yorkshire. By the time Hudson made his will in 1638, Henry had left his service and is not mentioned in the will.

Henry was in Rhode Island as early as 1638, and appears in records beginning with grand jury services in late 1643 at Newbury and March 1644 at Portsmouth. In the winter of 1648, he was one of fifty who swore their submission to Oliver Cromwell's government. In January 1654/5, Henry sold his land in Portsmouth, and later that year appears on a list of freeman at Warwick. He is involved in several suits during the winter of 1661/2. In March 1664/5, he and three others are listened to keep ordinaries for the entertainment of strangers.

His will refers to his wife (but does not name her), sons John, Henry and William, daughters Mary and Martha.496

Savage's: HENRY, Warwick, on list of freemen. 1655, in 1644, was of Portsmouth, R. I. and had, I suppose, m. a d. of Robert Potter of Warwick; and 1671 was in his 62d yr. 6 Jan. when, I judge, his will was made, by wh. he names s. John, William, and Henry, ds. Mary, wh. had m. g Nov. 1668, Moses Lippit, and Martha, w. of Samuel Eldredge; and at Kingstown, or into Narragansett, that disputed territory, prob. all the brs. and sis. were gathered.

Came to New England aboard the Susan and Ellen in 1635 as a servant of Ralph Hudson .


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Henry Knowles, of Rhode Island's Timeline

January 6, 1608
Kingston-upon-Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Age 36
Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island, United States
Age 38
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, USA
Age 40
Warwick, Kent County, RI, USA
Age 45
of Warwick, & Kingstown, Rhode Island
January 2, 1670
Age 61
Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island
December 17, 1934
Age 61
February 19, 1936
Age 61