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.
[page 359]It is the purpose of the compiler of this article to present a genealogy of the family of which Henry KNOWLES 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.
[Thanks to information provided by Hoyt-576]
Henry Knowles Came in the Susan and Ellin as a servant of Ralph Hudson.[Boarded in April of 1635 when he was 25 years old and landed in June. This was part of the Great Migration. see Geni.com "Great Migration" below.] 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.
Place: Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, United States
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Name: Henry Knowles 1
Birth: ABT 1609 in Hull, YKS, ENG
Death: BET 2 AND 20 JAN 1670/71 in Kingstown, RI
Note: Immigrant to Boston from England, in the ship Susan & Ellen, as a servant of Ralph Hudson
HENRY KNOWLES (ROBERT 1) was born 1609 in near Hull, Yorkshire, England, and died January 02, 1670 in Warwick, Kent Co., Rhode Island. He married MARTHA ELIZABETH POTTER c 1640 in Warwick, Kent Co., Rhode Island. She was born c 1620 in Warwick, Kent Co., Rhode Island, and died 1679 in Kent Co., Rhode Island.
Children of HENRY KNOWLES and MARTHA POTTER are:
2. i. WILLIAM
KNOWLES, b. 1645, Warwick, Kent Co., Rhode Island; d. 1727, South Kingstown, Washington Co., Rhode Island.
3. ii. MARY KNOWLES, b. Bet. 1645 - 1649, Warwick, Kent Co., Rhode Island; d. December 28, 1719, Warwick, Kent Co., Rhode Island.
iii. JOHN KNOWLES, b. c 1647, Warwick, Kent Co., Rhode Island; d. September 16, 1716, Warwick, Kent Co., Rhode Island.
4. iv. MARTHA KNOWLES, b. 1651, Warwick, Kent Co., Rhode Island; d. Bef. October 14, 1728, North Kingstown, Washington Co., Rhode Island.
v. HENRY KNOWLES, b. c 1654, Warwick, Kent Co., Rhode Island; d. Bet. May 10 - July 13, 1726, Rhode Island.
Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
William Knowles b: ABT 1645
John Knowles b: ABT 1647
Mary Knowles b: ABT 1649
Martha Knowles b: ABT 1651
Henry Knowles b: ABT 1654