From the records of sales and transfers of property in Ispwich, it would appear that John had accumulated considerable property at the time of his death, Oct 8, 1654; his will was written Nov 29, 1653. John married Margery Wilson, who was from England. She survived him by only a few months; her will, dated Feb 20, 1653/4, was probated March 28, 1655."
He and Margery had John, 1633; Abraham, 1635; and Elizabeth, 1639. John was likely born in England, Elizabeth in America.
He left his wife, Elizabeth ________, with seven children, ages two through fourteen, to raise. They were Thomas, Sr., William, (III)., John, Samuel, Benjamin, Joseph and Mary.
This is the branch we descendants of Benjamin and Hannah (Knowlton) Baldwin are descended from, as Thomas Knowlton, Sr, was Hannah's father. I believe that Thomas, Sr is the Thomas Knowlton that was fined 10 shillings for his wife overdressing. Although it's kind of hard to tell, with so many Thomas Knowltons running around.
Having no children, he sent William's "boys to scool from the age of 5 to 8, and a girl from 1 1/2 till she was married," and he also took Nathaniel, his nephew, to live with him. His nephew Thomas, styled "Thomas, Jr." (early in life, then Thomas, Sr after his son, Thomas, Jr, was born) was given a bequest December 3, 1688, and he conveyed the bulk of his remaining property to his nephew, Nathaniel, by a deed of gift, dated December 5, 1688, for which the said Nathaniel executed a bond of even date for he faithful performance of his trust. As this will and bond expressly declare the legattes to be the children of his brother William, this evidently settles in the negative the disputed question as to whether Deacon Thomas had children. He left a silver vessel to the church, and the rest of his property as mentioned in the Appendix (of Stockings 1897 "Genealogy of Knowltons in England and America")
His wife, Susannah died Nov 20, 1680, and he married second, Mary Kimball, born in England in 1625. She died on November 20, 1688. Deacon Thomas died on April 23, 1692. He was the last of the brothers to pass on.
Generally:Knowltons in England and America, Rev Charles Stocking, 1897. Also: A Genealogy of Sherwin-Shedd and Allied Families in American, Alyce Adams Burrell, Gateway Press, 1990, Pg 238-239.
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