I am the Director for the
Knowles/Knoles/Noles Family Association. As a personal hobby and as the
Director for the Association, I am collecting existing family
histories and researching the genealogy for ALL KNOWLES (all spellings) from the United
States, Canada, England, Scotland,
Ireland, Germany, Australia, etc. The following is a brief overview of the major KNOWLES
families in the U.S. whose origins are attributed to progenitors arriving before
the Revolutionary War.
The identifications used for the ancient KNOWLES families
(those with progenitors arriving in the U.S.
before the Revolutionary War) has been adopted based on their
departure and/or the original geographical area where they arrived and lived in
the 'New World'. In the U.S., the major KNOWLES lines are loosely described
as the 'New England' KNOWLES and the 'Southern' KNOWLES. Of course,
after the Revolutionary War, many additional Knowles progenitors arrived in the
U.S. in many different locations. The KKNFA and the Knowles Database is
open to ALL Knowles, all spellings.
The major New England KNOWLES
lines can be further subdivided into the Rhode Island, the New Hampshire (Rockingham County,
New Hampshire) the Massachusetts (Barnstable County - Cape Cod) and the Pennsylvania (Bucks County,
KNOWLES. The progenitors for all of aforementioned New England KNOWLES
lines are apparently from England.
The 'Southern' Knowles can be divided into three or four sub categories as
well; i.e., the Delaware/Maryland KNOWLES (commonly called the "Old
Silverhead" line from England), the Southeast North Carolina KNOWLES
(probably from Scotland) and the old Bute County, North Carolina
KNOWLES/NOLES, plus a few others that are much smaller families (as far as is
currently known). In addition, there is the so-called White County, Tennessee,
KNOWLES whose progenitor immigrated originally to Pennsylvania from Ireland,
but migrated south to Virginia and ultimately to Tennessee after the Revolutionary War.
All of the KNOWLES families mentioned above are the
product of progenitors
who arrived in the New World before 1750 (most before 1700, some as early as
1630). Obviously, there are many other KNOWLES patriarchs who arrived
in America (and Canada) from Great Britain in more recent times. However, the main focus of my
effort to date has been the identification of the descendants from the 'older' major KNOWLES lines listed above
(but certainly not to the exclusion of the more recent arrivals).
The primary KNOWLES immigration into Canada via the U.S.
was by the 'New England' KNOWLES. Many descendants of the original 'New England' KNOWLES
progenitors migrated to Nova Scotia and the other nearby Canadian provinces
before during and after the Revolutionary War. There are were also several KNOWLES lines from Scotland and Ireland that
immigrated directly to Canada. Documentation of the information on these KNOWLES lines is still
A computerized database is underdevelopment that contains
all the KNOWLES (all spellings) that can be identify, either as the result
of the research by Robert B. Noles or via the research and the resulting publications by
others. Of course, this database will probably always be a work in progress,
but it can be accessed currently via an inquiry to the KKNFA at any time to look for KNOWLES (and other allied families) that have been
documented so far. There are already over 50,000
KNOWLES and perhaps 100,000 KNOWLES descendants in this database that contains
over 300,000 total individuals.
Having provided the above information as a
way of introducing the subject, the KKNFA would be happy to explore the KNOWLES
database for KNOWLES lines that might be of interest to you. Your inquiry
should provide some specifics concerning what KNOWLES family you are looking
for. The more specifics the better, but as a minimum a few names, approximate dates, and possible locations
could be enough to
get a search underway.
I should warn you that there are still many thousands of KNOWLES that I know
about from various publications and official documents who have NOT as yet been
entered in the database; therefore, the search for specific persons
outside of the computerized KNOWLES families would currently be very
cumbersome. In addition, there are no doubt thousands more KNOWLES that I don't
know about as yet! Therefore, even if you have some good information on a
specific KNOWLES family that you are interested in, there is no guarantee that
I have uncovered their identity and connection to one of the known KNOWLES
families as yet.