John W. Knowles (b1749 in Ireland) Marriage
While looking on the internet tonight, I was sorry to see that so much confusion exists about the marriage of John W. Knowles, b. 1749 and progenitor of the White County, TN Knowles family.Some show him marrying in Ireland and some show him marrying in PA.
One thing is clear from PRIMARY sources in PA, that "some" John Knowles married a Hannah Preston in PA and not in Ireland. IF you believe that the White Co. John Knowles married Hannah Preston, then it follows that you have to believe that he married in PA. It would be totally incorrect to say that John Knowles married Hannah Preston in Ireland. The marriage is of RECORD in PA.
I personally do not know if our John married in Ireland or in PA, but IF John Knowles of White County history did marry Hannah Preston, he married her in PA on March 21, 1770. I hope everyone can agree and correct any records you may have to show that the 1770 marriage occured in PA and NOT in Ireland. The marriage record can be obtained from PA.
The second point is this: Did the John Knowles born in 1749 marry Hannah Preston or did some other John Knowles marry her? Does anyone have proof on this? There were other John Knowles in PA at the time.
Additionally it is well-known locally in White Co., TN that John's wife was called Mollie. So...was this Mollie really named Mary (Mollie) Hannah Preston or was Mollie a totally different person from Hannah Preston?
Those who find this of interest need to clarify these points if possible by research of marriage and immigration records to see if anyone came with John from Ireland and to determine which John Knowles Hannah Preston married.
Will anyone volunteer to pursue either of these issues or suggest HOW to research these points? Are immigration records available from Ireland for the time period BEFORE 1770? Has anyonesearched for a Hannah (Preston) Knowles in PA or other areas during the same time period that Mollie was living with John in White County, TN?
It seems to me that these issues need to be clarified by serious Knowles researchers. Please clarify the location of the 1770 marriage information to any of your Knowles correspondents as well to help clear up that info.
Jane Hembree Crowley