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Henry Knowles (1609 - 1670)

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Henry Knowles
Born in Hull, Yorkshire, Englandmap
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Son of and [mother unknown]
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Islandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Kingston, Washington, Rhode Islandmap
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from History of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations: BiographicalNY: The American Historical Society, Inc. 1920 (See [1]):

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].[1]

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.

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 "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.

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 3 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, Children:

  1. William Knowles b: ABT 1645
  2. John Knowles b: ABT 1647
  3. Mary Knowles b: ABT 1649
  4. Martha Knowles b: ABT 1651
  5. Henry Knowles b: ABT 1654


Henry Knowles[2][3][4][5][6]


6 Jan 1609 Yorkshire, England[2][3][4][5][6]
ABT 1609 in Hull, YKS, ENG


1635 New England[4]


1645 Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, United States[6][3]
Wife: Susanna Potter
Child: John Knowles
Child: Mary Knowles
Child: Martha Knowles
1637 Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, United States[3]
Wife: Elizabeth Potter
Child: Mary Knowles
Child: Henry Knowles
Child: William Knowles


2 Jan 1670 Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island[2]
BET 2 AND 20 JAN 1670/71 in Kingstown, RI

Birth 1620 Warwick, Kent, RI. Marriage: 1640
Death: 1675 Warwick, Kent, RI
Birth: 1609 Eng, Rhode Island
Birth: 1609 en. Marriage: 1645 RI.
Birth: 1607 EN. Marriage: 1637 RI.
Birth: 1620 RI. Marriage: 1640 RI.
Birth: abt 1610. Arrival: 1635 New England
Birth: 1609 Hull, Yorks, England. Death: 1670 Kingstown or Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, USA


  1. Bolton: Page 359
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Millennium File
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Yates
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Filby
  5. 5.0 5.1 AGBI
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Edmund West

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On 6 Feb 2017 at 22:38 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:

This profile reports that Henry Knowles married 1) c. 1637 to Elizabeth Potter, 2) Ann Potter, 3) c. 1640 to "Martha Elizabeth Potter" (middle names were very rare in the 1600s, except among royalty) 4) c. 1645 to Susanna Potter.

Very confused. Are there any citations which are not user-contributed (and appropriate for pre-1700 profiles) ? Thanks!

On 12 Feb 2015 at 16:07 GMT Kyle Grindberg wrote:

Unfortunately, I'm not sure! Sorry!

On 12 Feb 2015 at 01:38 GMT Doug Matthews wrote:

Did Knowles really marry three different daughters of Robert Potter? I'm trying to establish if Elizabeth Potter, d/o Robert & Isabel Anthony, is the wife of Richard Harcourt, so just want to make sure this one is solid w/ Knowles before I chase other leads

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