(1784 - 1859)
Liberty Knowles (1784 - 1859)
Knowles (1737 - 1814) [Knowles Pro CT 07]
s/o Samuel Knowles (1691 - 1772)
s/o Eleazer Knowles (1646 - 1731)
s/o Thomas Knowles (c 1620 - 1648) (died at sea)
[Knowles Pro CT - 03]
s/o Thomas Knowles (c 1600 - 1648) (died at sea)
the old Knowles family
immigration to the new world stories begins ....
the year 1640, two Knowles brothers (perhaps Thomas and Eleazer,
sons of a Thomas Knowles of England), left England for the capes of
Virginia. One of the two sons, Thomas, landed at New Haven, in the
colony of Connecticut (among
New Haven's earliest settlers).
In the late Winter or early Spring of 1648, Thomas Knowles, the
elder and Thomas Knowles, the junior, with others, sailed from
their new home in Connecticut back to their old home in England
(probably to retrieve additional family members), and were all lost
at sea ....
Knowles family story ends and genealogy begins when
the grandson of the early Knowles New Haven settler,
Knowles (b 1737), with
sixteen others, organized “for erecting a plantation on Pomperague."
After obtaining the Indian consent, in February 1672, they adopted a
brief, model code of laws for its government, and in early 1673
entered upon their new tract of land. This tract of land since
known as ancient Woodbury, whose history, as well as that of the
colony of Connecticut, these seventeen men and their descendants
were an important part. Their first coming to the State of New York
was in 1756, when, in response to a call for help, one hundred and
seventy-six men of Woodbury, among them Thomas Knowles (b 1728), the
grandson of Eleazer Knowles, the elder, marched to Fort William
Henry, at the head of Lake George.
Knowles (b 1737), the younger brother of Thomas, entered
the army of the Revolution, was a
commissary officer during the War, and in March, 1786, removed his
family to Freehold, now Greeneville, in Greene County, New York.
Eleazer's son, Liberty Knowles,
was born in that part of old Woodbury now known as Southbury,
November 5, 1784. Liberty Knowles
lived his boyhood in Greeneville; was graduated at Williams college;
served his law clerkship with Dorance Kirtland, at Coxsackie; was
admitted to practice in the supreme court in 1809, and in the same
year became a resident of Potsdam, Saint Lawrence County, New York.
In 1811, Liberty Knowles
erected a dwelling on the east side of Market Street, now at the
head of Depot street, in which he resided until his death, on
January 7, 1859.
1812, at Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Liberty Knowles
married Melinda "Lydia", daughter of Paul Raymond and Rachel
Stevens, of whom it is said, there is not too much to say; e.g.,
“she opened her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue was the law of
kindness.” Melinda was known as helping friend to all in need.
middle life, impaired health compelled
Liberty Knowles to relinquish a
successful law practice. He turned to agriculture, took part in the
early experimental building with Potsdam sandstone, engaged in
manufacture in the village and upon Grasse river, and was ever ready
to lead or follow in whatever would promote the prosperity of the
village or the county. The very large elms of Market and Elm
streets were his planting, reluctantly permitted along streets,
newly cleared of forest.
Potsdam town history places Liberty
Knowles among the earliest to organize
and maintain religious and educational institutions. Among
denominations, he was Presbyterian; politically, a Federalist, a
Whig, and anti-slavery when the name subjected one to insult.
Thirty years or more Liberty Knowles
was the presiding officer of the board of trustees of Saint Lawrence
Academy; he was among the most munificent donors in establishing
that institution; and, whenever additional funds were required, was
among the ready and generous to respond. The Saint Lawrence Academy
instructors ever found him a kind friend and wise advisor, and many
of its pupils were by him aided in an education which otherwise they
could not have attained.
children of Liberty Knowles and Melinda (Raymond) Knowles included
Catherine, Judge Henry L(iberty), William Liberty and Augustus.
Direct male descendants of Liberty Knowles are being sought to be
Y-DNA tested to establish the genetic profile for this Knowles line.