My KNOWLES family begins with THOMAS KNOWLES, born in 1670 in SLAPTON, DEVON, England. He had married a Jane & they had 4 children, Elizabeth, Thomas, Caleb & Robert. This family tree follows CALEB who married Mary Wilmot in 1743; most of the descendants lived in the Constantine, Mabe, Stithians area in Cornwall. Calebs' descendents lead to my father ERNEST KNOWLES, who was born on Leystraines Farm, Constantine, Cornwall. It was the year 1923 when ERNEST & his younger brother William,(Bill) immigrated to Canada,travelled to Regina, Saskatchewan & began Canadian Life by working on Williams' farm; The Williams being a relative of their Mother Elizabeth nee Williams.
Previous to leaving Constantine, my father ERNEST(B:1900) had become engaged to my mother DAISY NICHOLLS,(B:1900) of nearby MONGLEATH FARM, in BUDOCK, Mabe, CORNWALL.
In the summer of 1925, my mother DAISY NICHOLLS & her friend DULCIE PETERS emmigrated from Southampton, to Montreal, Quebec, then travelled by train to WINDSOR, ONTARIO. In Windsor, Daisy met up with Ernest and they were married on her birthday October 31, 1925.
DULCIE PETERS met her fiance' CECIL NICHOLLS (brother to Daisy) & they married in Pontiac, Michigan where they settled.
My curiousity got me after my mother died in 1970, and I realized that I didn't know any of my relatives, other than the two that emmigrated to our area in Ontario. My father Ernest had died unexpectadly at the early age of 37 with ruptured appendicis, leaving my mom Daisy to care for us four children on her own. I began the KNOWLES ancestry research about 1987 by Corresponding with relatives in Cornwall; then later with the introduction of the computer, with persons on the internet. Hoping that one day, I will have another family members' interest to carry it on...If anyone has any connections with our family, The NICHOLLS' or KNOWLES' I would love to hear from you.
Some of the Surnames branching out are as follows...Knowles of Constantine, Cornwall; Nicholls of Budock & Montana, U.S; Wilmot,(Budock) Matthews, Bath,(Stithians) Martin, (Mabe) Treloar,(Penryn) Earle Mabe) Rail; St. Gluvias/Mabe) Hendy (Landewednack) Richards(Mabe) Roberts(Mabe) Wills, Dunstone, Rowe , of Mullion) Bowden (Mawnan) Spargo(Stithians) Phillips (Rosemanoweth) Baker(Camborne)