William KNOWLES (1702-1770)
and Elizabeth PURVEY (1698-1776)
may have been
my 6x Great Grandparents.
here to see their possible place in my pedigree chart.) They
married on 13 November 1722 in Balcombe, Sussex.
Knowles was born on 7
September and baptised on 2 October 1702 in Cuckfield, Sussex. He was
the son of William Knowles (c1675-1737) and
(1677-?). He was buried on 16 August 1770 in Cuckfield.
was baptised on 10 July 1698 in Bolney, Sussex. She was the
Purvey (1665-1711) and
Sherley (1668-1745). She was buried in Cuckfield on 6 October
William Knowles and
Elizabeth Purvey may have had the following children:
William Knowls was baptised on 23 February 1722/3 in Cuckfield.
Elizabeth Knowls may have been part of this family.
She married Richard Fowle
by banns on 5 June 1756 in Linfield. They were both then of
John Knowles may have been part of this family.
John married Ann and they had
the following child:
John Knowls was baptised in 17 June 1753 in Cuckfield.
Mary Knowles was baptised on 27 February 1727/8 in Balcombe.
She had an illegitimate son:
John Knowles was baptised on 20 May 1750 in Cuckfield.
Mary then married John Thomson on 15 August 1750 in
Ann Knolls was baptised on 17 June 1731 in Cuckfield. She
may have been buried on 10 May 1734 in Cuckfield as Ann Nowels,
but the burial could refer to an Aunt.
my 5x Great Grandfather, married
in 1765. (They have their own page.) All bar 1 of their 13
children were baptised in Balcombe.
Philip Knowls was baptised on 6 January 1737/8 in Cuckfield.
He was buried there on 17 July 1813, aged 75 years.
Philip married Ann Davy on
20 October 1763 in Bolney. At the time he was of Cuckfield and she
Ann was born about 1743. She died aged 73 years
and was buried on 7 March 1816 in Cuckfield.
Philip and Ann had 5 known children:
Fanny Knowles was baptised on 29 April 1764 in Bolney. As
Frances Knowles did she marry William West
by banns on 29 March 1787 in Ardingly?
William Knowles was baptised on 11 August 1765 in Bolney and
buried there on 18 January 1767. The baptism register recorded
that his mother's name was Alice.
Henry Knowles was baptised on 8 March 1767 in Bolney.
When the 1851 census was recorded he was an 84 year old widower and
agricultural labourer living with the family of his widowed daughter
Sarah Henness in North Street, Horsham.
married Hannah Whale by banns on 2 February 1788 in Balcombe.
He was then of Balcombe and she of Ardingly.
Henry and Hannah had the following children:
Ann Knowls was born on 29 June 1788 and her birth
was registered on 8 May 1792 at the Wivelsfield Particular Chapel.
John Knowls was born on 19 December 1791 and his
birth was registered on 8 May 1792 at the Wivelsfield Particular
As a widower he may have married Sarah Knowles, a
widow, by banns on 7 December 1805 in Wivelsfield, at which time
they were both of Wivelsefield.
William Knowles was baptised on 30 June 1771 in Bolney and
buried there on 3 May 1794, aged 23 years.
Mary Knowles was baptised on 19 September 1773 in Cuckfield.
James Knowles was baptised on 7 June 1741 in Balcombe. He
may have been buried on 17 July 1818 in Cuckfield, aged 80 years.
On 1 February 1766 a bastardy order/bond was issued by the overseers of
Hurstpierpoint naming James as the putative father of Susannah
Wise's unborn child. Susanna was then of Balcombe.
The bond also named Philip Knowls and Richard
Knowls who were to provide surety. All 3 men were
James married Susanna Weeks on 8 April 1766 in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex.
Susanna was buried on 28 August 1766 in Bolney.
James and Susanna had 1 known
Bett Knowles was baptised on 13 July 1766 in Bolney and buried
there on 27 July 1766.
Might William and Elizabeth have had children born in, say: end 1724, mid
1726, end 1729, mid 1733, end 1735, end 1739?
Parishes to check:
Cuckfield - have checked a transcript and only William, Ann and Philip
Balcombe - have checked a transcript and only Mary and James
Lindfield - have checked a transcript and no Knowles children between
Slaugham - have checked a transcript and no Knowles children between
This page was reviewed on 11 April 2012