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The following is an extract from The Ancestry of Dr. J. P. Guilford, Vol. 1Seventeenth-Century New England Colonials, by Joan S. Guilford, Ph. D.- Call number CS71.g957 Copyright 1990 by Joan S. Guilford, Published 1990 by Sheridan Psychological Services, Inc., P.O. Box 6101, Orange, CA92613-6101),
John2 KNOWLTON, b. ca. 1610; d. 8 October 1654, acc. to the geneal. Tingley, (1935, p. 190) says March 1654, both prob. wrong since acc. to Jacobus (1945, p. 267), his wf. made a will dated 20 Feb. 1653/4, pro. 28 Mar. 1654, which she would not have done had he been alive; m. bef. 1633 at Ipswich, Marjory (-----) who has been called a Wilson, but Jacobus thinks she may have been a Kenning and it is known that she was sis. to the wf. of Theophilus Wilson and to Jane Kenning, poss. a dau. of John Kenning, a relationship thathas led to her erroneously being given the surname Wilson (TAG, 35:17f.).He was a shoemaker and citizen at Ipswich in 1639, made freeman there 9 June 1641, a subscriber to Maj. Denison in 1648.He accumulated considerable property.Ch.:John; Abraham (d. unm.); Elizabeth.
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Occupation: Shoemaker. Cite: Stocking's History of the Knowltons (#2). Took the Freeman's Oath in 1641 in Ipswich or earlier. He made his will Nov. 29, 1653. Cite NEHG Register, Vol. 15, october 1861, NEHGS & Broderbund Software, Inc., Banner Blue Division, April 11, 1998, "Genealogy of the Knowlton Family," p.345.
The Will of John & Margery Knowlton
The wills of John Knowlton of Ipswich and his widow, Margery Knowlton, were proved in the Ipswich court March 28, 1654. The following copies were taken from the records in the Ipswich Deeds, book I, leaf 137, the originals being missing.
This 29th:of the 9th mth:1653:
I the saide John Knowlton being att this present time in perfect memory I make my wife my Executrix & I doe giue vnto Margery my wife my house & land & Cattell with other estate for her use & the bringing of my Children up so long as she lives & after her death the remainder to be deuided half of it to my eldest sonne John & the other halfe of it to be deuided betweene my sonne Abraham and my daughter Elisabeth, & if please God any of my Children do Chang ther Condition it is my desire with the aduice of mr Symonds & our pastor and the overseers and my wife consenting therto that they should impt something unto them according as god shall guide you and I giue to Margery my wife all my household goods to be at her owne disposing onely my shop tooles I giue to my eldest sonne John and some of my wearing clothes to my brother William.I make mr Tredwell, my brother Wilson and my [brother?] Thomas Knoulton my ouerseers.
Theophilus Wilson & Thomas Knowlton sworne testified that John Knoulton was ready to haue subscribed this to be his last will if his wife did accept to be executrix within two dayes which she did & so this is proued to be his will in the Court held at Ipswich the 28th of march 1654.
p me Robert Lord cleric
february the 20th:1653
This is to Certify that I Margery Knoulton widdow do make my brother[-in-law] Thomas Knoulton Executor to me & Assigne in my stead to fulfill my husbands will in my Roome & also for my selfe to giue to my Children according to our wills, for my household goods which are at my disposeing I doe giue equally to be deuided to my 3 children John Elisabeth and Abraham, onely I giue my great Byble to John, & all my weareing parrell to Elisabeth & a Iron pott with a bed tike that is hers & 20s that is Johns and 2 Candlesticks that are Abrahams. And I make mr Tredwell & my brother[-in-law?] Wilson my overseers. Also Abraham is to haue the yearne & cloth to make his two shifts & to haue a new hatt. These 3 interlinews were made before she set her hand. the marke of Margery Knoulton
[In the margin of the record, midway is written: "These are beside the Diuision."] p[ro]ued in Court held at Ipswich the 28th (1) 1654 by the oaths of Theophilus Wilson, Elisabeth Wilson and Mary Tredwell.
p. me Robert Lord Cleric.
Wills were cited in "The Essex Antiquarian".