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John Knowlton, Jr.

Birthplace: Uxbridge, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Knowlton, I and Margery Knowlton
Husband of Deborah Knowlton and Sarah Knowlton
Father of John Knowlton; Daniel Knowlton I, of Holliston, Mass.; Deacon Nathaniel Knowlton; Elizabeth Knowlton; Thomas Knowlton, of Wentham and 11 others
Brother of Elizabeth Wilson; Thomas Knowlton and Abraham Knowlton

Occupation: Shoemaker
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About John Knowlton, Jr.

John eldest child of John Knowlton and Marjorie Wilson Knowlton was born 1633 and like his father was a shoe maker. He subscribed to the freeman's oath October 16 1680 and was draughted in the Narragansett expedition November 30 1670. At forty two years of age he began to lose his eyesight. It is apparent that he was a man of property as he figured extensively in the real estate records. He was one of the town selectmen as shown by the official records. Before 1679 be removed to Wentham and died there October 1684. He married first Deborah surname supposed to be Grant and his second wife's name was Sarah. Some sources say that she was Sarah Whipple (see below). Deborah Grant seems to have died in 1666. Sarah ----- died February 4 1678.

Children of John Knowlton and Deborah Grant (hypothesized):

  1. Joseph 1652 (Stocking says he is not their son; son of William Knowlton)
  2. Samuel 1653 (Stocking says he is not their son; he is Samuel Kimball of Wenham who married Mary Witt.)
  3. Daniel 1655 (Stocking says he is not their son; parents not identified.)
  4. John 1656
  5. Nathaniel July 24 1658
  6. Elizabeth March 1 1659
  7. Thomas May 19 1662
  8. William 1664 (Stocking says he is another William, not their son)
  9. Jonathan 1665 (Stocking says he is not their son)

Children of John Knowlton and Sarah ? or Whipple (hypothesized):

  1. Catherine , F (1668-)
  2. Deborah , F (1670-)
  3. Robert , M (1672-1691)
  4. Susanna , F (August 15, 1673-)
  5. Ephraim , M (1676-~1735)
  6. Abraham , M (1678-)
  7. Ezekiel , M (1679-1706)

Source: Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire, Volume 1 (Google eBook) by Ezra S. Stearns, William Frederick Whitcher, Edward Everett Parker. Lewis Publishing Company, 1908

John 2 son of John 1 and Marjery Wilson Knowlton was born in 1633 He was as his father a shoemaker He took the freeman's oath October 16 1680 and was drafted into the Narragansett Expedition November 30 1670 He had the misfortune of failing eyesight when only forty two years old as shown by a letter written April 5 1675 and this forced him into a precarious condition as he had to abandon his trade particularly because he would require someone to protect him and this burden troubled him His name however appears connected with a number of real estate transactions so he was evidently a man of substance He removed to Wrentham before 1679 and died October 1684 John Knowlton married Sarah daughter of John and Sarah Whipple her father being feoffee of the Grammar School in Ipswich a deputy to the general court in 1640 deacon and ruling elder she died February 4 1678


  1. Joseph born 1652 married Mary Wilson August 14 1677
  2. Samuel born 1653 married Mary Witt August 16 1669
  3. Daniel born 1655 married and resided at Holliston Massachusetts
  4. John born 1656 married Sarah
  5. Nathaniel born July 24 1658 see forward
  6. Elizabeth born March 1 1659 married Timothy Dorman November 30 1688 and died September 22 1788
  7. Thomas born May 19 1662 married Hannah Carter 1683
  8. William born 1664 married Lydia March 16 1688 and settled in Wenham
  9. Jonathan born 1665 married Elizabeth and settled in Malden Massachusetts
  10. Susannah born August I5 1673

Source: Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, Volume 1 (Google eBook) by Cuyler Reynolds. Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911

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John Knowlton, Jr.'s Timeline

June 28, 1633
Uxbridge, Middlesex, England
June 28, 1633
Age 17
Age 19
Age 21
Age 22
Ipswich, Essex, MA
June 29, 1658
Age 25
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
March 1, 1660
Age 26
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA