Following are some notes from my research of the Knowles families living in and around Bladen County, NC:
1.Deed, Thomas Hester to George Knowles, Jr….2 June 1794…for 10 pounds…100 acres…N. side of Thoroughfare Bay above Maturin Jones’ land…Book 29, page 47.
2.Deed, David Campbell and James Knowles purchased 200 acres from the State of N.C….joining McRee…including the (looks like) Looty Ford…22 March 1800.Book 12, page 471.
3.From Bladen County, NC, Land Warrants 1778-1803: 3169 (0329) Hezekiah Jones 50 acres; warrant #669 issued June 24, 1802 by George Knowles to Hezekiah Jones…
4. Deed, Gardner to George Knowles, 20 August 1803…150 pounds for 640 acres…S. side of Great Turnbull beginning 30 feet W. of Spring Branch…Book 21, page 9.
5.Grant, Andrew McLelland, 26 acres…State of N.C. No. 3028…joining Clark, beginning at a pine on said Clark’s line and running…to Knowles line…I October 1803…Book 12 page 192.
6.Grant, The State of North Carolina to James Knowles and Samuel Elkins, No. 2969…400 acres…S. side of Bryan’s Swamp…13 December 1804.Book 27, page 304.
7.Bladen County Constable to James Knowles…10 May 1805…County judge executed an order for eighteen pounds and ten shillings against George Knowles…constable seized four beds; 1 desk and books; 2 wheels; 5 tables; 1 kettle and 3 pots; 1 lovin (?) and gear; 4 bedsteads and 8 chairs; some tin wear; 3 chests…the said property was advertised and sold to the highest and last bidder, James Knowles, at the court house in Elizabethtown for eighteen pounds and 10 shillings…Book 1, page 346.
8.Deed from George Knowles to James Knowles…22 June 1805…for the sum of 20 pounds…tract of land lying on both sides of Browns Creek…100 acres granted to Thomas Hester 7th of November 1794…and 100 acres on the south side of Browns Creek being part of a 150 acre grant to George Knowles 13 December 1800…Book 18, page 71.Brown’s Creek runs just south of Elizabethtown, joining the Cape Fear to the east of Elizabethtown.
9.Grant, Andrew McLellan… 20 acres…3028…for the sum of 5 for every 100 acres paid into the state treasury…joining Clark and Knowles land…patent entered into 3rd of November 1805…Book 29, page 194.
10. Deed, Bladen County Sheriff to James Knowles…13 January 1807…Sassafras Branch…Fieri facias - A writ of execution commanding the sheriff to levy and recover the amount of a judgment from the goods and chattels of the debtor…County Court of Bladen…obtained a judgement against George Knowles…29 December 1805…James Knowles became the last and highest bidder…James Knowles purchased the property of George Knowles at the Court House, George Knowles property was seized by the sheriff of Bladen by command of the court for debts…public sale included five head of cattle, part of which was a yoke of oxen; five head of sheep; fifteen head of hogs; and 200 acres of land on both sides of Sassafras Branch.Book 34, page 345, deed recorded in Bladen County Court House.The location of Sassafras Branch is unknown.The name is not listed on any current maps.
11. Deed, James Knowles to William Davis…12 October 1807…for the sum of 20 pounds…south side of Cedar Swamp bay beginning at a pine on the east side of Boot Branch bay on Edward Hanson’s line…containing 100 acres granted to James Knowles the 26th day of November 1803…Book 12, page 46.
12. Deed, George Knowles to Raiford Rowan…1808…for the sum of 55 pounds…beginning on the north side of Horse Pen Bay…one tract of 100 acres originally granted to Thomas Hester…1784…other tract on the south side of Browns Creek…beginning at Hester’s corner…near Lennon’s line…witnessed by James Knowles…Book 12, page 61.
13.Grant, The State of North Carolina to James Knowles, No. 2802…26 November 1808…100 acres…N. side of Cedar Swamp Bay beginning at a pine on the E. side of Boot Swamp…Book 27, page 1.
14.From Bladen County, NC, Land Warrants 1778-1803:2903 (063) Benjamin Clark 60 acres; warrant #665 issued December 20, 1808…for 75 acres on Singletary Swamp, joins James Knowls, Thomas McLallan, and entered Feb. 13, 1808…(land begins at small pine on W side of Singletarys Swamp and joins Dunum’s line…
15.Deed, J.J. Cummings to George Knowles…sum of $300…for the house and lot No. 80 withthe buildings therein…the name of the town is not stated but the deed keeps referring to “town”, it probably is Elizabethtown…14 April 1820.Book ?, page 467.
16.Grant, State of N.C. to David Knowles, 46 acres, No. 3866, both sides of Browns Creek…joining 200 acre Knowles tract…25 November 1822…Book 11, page 178.
17.Deed, Sampson Davis, Jr. to James Knowles…1825…for the sum of $100…piece of land lying on both sides of Sassafras Branch…beginning at Ellis and Evens corner…containing 200 acres of land…Book 10 page 241.
18.Deed, James Knowles to David Knowles…13 December 1826…for $100…both sides of Browns Creek beginning at a pine on the N. side of said creek…100 acres…granted to Thomas Hester 1794…Samuel McLelland witnessed the deed.Book 30, page 64.
19.Deed, Robert Baker to Samuel McLelland…18 December 1826…for the sum of $200…Samuel McRee McLelland…92 chains from the Cape Fear River (a chain is 22 yards; 80 chains equal 1 mile)…Brumton’s upper survey (is this Brompton, Governor Johnston’s plantation?)…surveyed Sept the 2nd, 1794 patent granted to Robt Baker and William Hamilton the 16th of Nov 1802 containing 150 acres…deed witnessed by James Knowles and David Knowles…Book 30 page 135.
20.George Knowles and wife Gainor to B.R. White…13 November 1830…$50…Quit Claim…witnessed by David Knowles…Book 30, page 372.
21. Sheriff Melvin deed for Knowles Land…7 October 1841…the deed is from Sheriff Melvin to John Smith, John Smith being the highest bidder for the Knowles land…the Court of Pleas issued a writ of fieri facias (see #6, above) against the real estate of David Knowles, deceased…writ issued the November term, 1837…sum of three hundred and seventy one thousand eighty seven cents with interest…from the first Monday in August 1835 until paid…also $50.60 in costs and charges…following tracts seized:100 acres on both sides of Browns Creek; another tract containing ? acres on Browns Creek near William McAestus (?); another tract on the south side of Browns Creek containing fifty acres more or less…another tract on both sides of Browns Creek containing 200 acres; another tract containing 200 acres on the southwest side of the northwest side joining on the upper side of David White’s land…highest bid was $300.00 for the land…Book 18, page 76.Browns Creek runs from west to east just south of Elizabethtown, running into the Cape Fear a couple of miles to the east of Elizabethtown.
If you find this of any interest and want more information, e-mail me.I know that Samuel McLelland was married to Mary Ann Knowles.Samuel McLelland lived near and had dealings with the Bladen Knowles families.There is an oral tradition that grandmother Knowles came over from Scotland when she was five.