Thank you for your message.I have not joined the KKNFA but I'll do so this week.I'll also check with Mr, Noles on his sources for the dates for Robart and John Knols.* Many Scots settled up the Cape Fear River from Wilmington NC from the 1720's until the Revolutionary War.An area was established in New Hanover county and was called "Bladen Precinct"; in 1736, an area with unclear boundaries was established from New Hanover and called "Bladen County", the eastern part of that county is still the modern Bladen county (western parts were broken off to form other counties later).Robart Knols established a land grant in Bladen county at about the time that the county was formed.It was listed as being on "Brown's Sawmill Creek" - there is a creek now called "Brown's Creek" that rises a few miles west of Elizabethtown NC and joining the Cape Fear river near but I'm not sure if it was the same one.I don't know if Robart and his family had already settled in the Colonies and then came to Bladen or if they arrived directly to Bladen from the British Isles. Robart paid taxes in what was called New Hanover county in 1744.Duplin county (actually the area which is now Duplin and Sampson counties) was formed from New Hanover in 1750.It's impossible to know if Robart and his family were living in what is now Duplin in 1744 but Robart's will was probated in Duplin in 1763 and some of his sons owned land of Rockfish creek in Duplin; this creek is near the current boundary of Duplin and Sampson counties. From the earliest United States censuses until about 1850, there were Knowles households in Bladen but the name died out there in the mid-1800's.My guess is that Robart and some of his children moved from Bladen between 1736 and 1744 but other children remained in Bladen but I have no way to substantiate this. Just before 1790, Sampson was broken off from Duplin and established as a separate county, thus there are separate censuses for Sampson and Duplin counties from 1790 onwards.At least from the mid-1850's, Knowles families (Stephen Knowles b.1799, and his son David J. Knowles b. 1831) lived near the rural community of Taylors Bridge.The boundary between Duplin and Sampson moved back and forth so the fact that some Knowles families are shown in Duplin and others in Sampson from 1790 until the mid-1800's may indicate that the boundary moved but maybe not that the people did. About 1910, my great-grandfather (Bryant B. Knowles) moved his family from Taylors Bridge (their home still exists) to Wallace (about 15 miles away).I live in Wallace today. John Knowles (b. 1721????) was wounded in theRevolutionary War battle called the Battle of Rockfish Bridge in August, 1781 and the disability from that wound resulted in his pension for about 10 years up to his death, January 15, 1804.The site of this battle is approximately 1 1/2 mile from my home. I hope that this is helpful. Bruce Henderson, Wallace NC
*Robart Knols (d. 1763), as many people did, spelled his name in different way in different documents.In most places, it's spelled as "Robart Knols"; in the early censuses, John name ia spelled "Knols" as well but there no way to know if this was his way of spelling or the census taker's; both have their names spelled "Knowls" on some documents.Robart's son (and, of course, John's brother) Robert (d. 1792) seems to have always used "Robert".