Biography - John Knowles

John H. KNOWLES, farmer, P. O. Fillmore, born in Piermont, Grafton co., N. H., March 16, 1822; raised on the farm. His boyhood days were spent in assisting his father; educated in the common schools of the country; entered on his business career as a farmer; brought to this county by his parents in 1838; settled near Fillmore Township, his father having bought land there, when subject commenced farming; stayed about three years; sold out and went to Vera; bought a half-interest in a mill, and operated that four years; sold out and bought a farm about a mile from the mill, containing 280 acres of land; remained there two years; and bought the place where he now lives, containing 260 acres of land. He has all necessary improvements on the farm, and which is in a good state of cultivation. Subject was married at Vandalia, Ill., December 27, 1843, to Miss Sarah A. CASEBEER, born in new Philadelphia, Ohio, March 1, 1827. Her father, Christian CASEBEER, a farmer and millwright, born in Somerset County, Penn., February 1, 1803, and died October 8, 1849. His wife, Rosanna (WILLSON) CASEBEER, still living, was born near Pittsburgh, Penn., May 17, 1807. The father of subject, Joseph KNOWLES, born in New Hampshire April 1, 1783, a farmer by occupation, died February 15, 1860. His mother, Hannah (HAINES) KNOWLES, also a native of New Hampshire, born July 12, 1787, died October 31, 1845; was the mother of eight children, the subject being the fifth child. He has a family of four children, Dianna J., Lillie G. and Adel G., and one child deceased. He has been Deputy Sheriff and Constable for five years; also School Trustee for a number of years; is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a Mason and a Democrat; grandfather was in the Revolutionary war.

Extracted 22 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 303.

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