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Nathaniel Knowles

Male 1686 - 1732  (45 years)


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  • Name Nathaniel Knowles 
    Born 15 May 1686  Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1732  Provincetown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • From Libby’s Knowles genealogy:
      “As a boy Nathaniel Knowles evedently woud rather go to sea than to school; for, although he belonged to an educated family, he did not learn to write. After his marriage his father attempted to establish him by giving him a large quantity of land in the new settlement at Windham, Conn., in that part of the town which is not wht town of Scotland; but in a few years he had evidently run through with this, and in a Windham deed he is called ‘of Branford, Conn.,” 27 Mar 1724, when he sold the last of his land at Windham. At Branford he bargained for a house, a shop, and two acres of land, in an instrument dated 8 Aug. 1722, but he did not get his deed until 21 Aug. 1724. Two years from that time he quitclaimed his equity in the house and a half acre of the land, an acre and a half having been already levied on by a creditor, 18 Mar. 1724/5. At Branford he attempted to keep a store, and also was licensed as an innkeeper, enterprises which only a keen man could carry on successfully without an elementary education. After his house was gone he continued to live at Branford, doubtless going back to his early choice as sailor. Suits for debts appear in the court, and he was also arrested for having in his possession a man’s purse containing a large sum, but on surrendering this and showing penitence he was discharges with a small fine. A lawsuit in Apr. 1730 gives us his last appearance at Branford, except what we may infer form the marriage of his daughter a few months later; and the only evidence that he removed to Provincetown is found in a military roll in which his youngest son gave his birthplace as ‘Cape Cod,’ an espression which at that time meant Provincetown, where all the inhabitances were squatters, a low of the Province prohibiting the purchase of lands from the Indians. Whether he died at Province town or in his father’s house we can only doubtfully infer from his father’s will, which was evidently prompted fy his prodigal but beloved son’s lying at death’s door. In one part of the will the father speaks of his son Nathaniel as alive, and in another part he calls Elizabeth a widow.” [3]
    Person ID I10922  Schirado
    Last Modified 13 April 2002 

    Father Dea. Samuel Knowles, Esq,   b. 17 September 1651, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 June 1737, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother Mercy Freeman,   b. July 1659, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1744, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Married December 1679  Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F7722  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Mary Hunt,   b. 8 February 1688, Weymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 June 1716, Windham, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years) 
    Married February 1706/7  Chilmark, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F9656  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Elizabeth Bacon 
    Married 25 April 1717  Windham, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F9878  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S57] Eastham Mass., Vital Records, transcribed by George Ernest Bowman.

    2. [S213] Ruth Gardner Hall.

    3. [S95] The Knowles family of Eastham, Charles Thornton Libby.

    4. [S76] E. P. Ferguson & L. W. Ferguson, (Typewritten, copy at Provincetown library).


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