Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
AMOS KNOWLES, who lives about
six miles northwest from Chelan, was born in New York, on June 1, 1833,
the son of Jonathan and Almedia (Gregory) Knowles, natives of New York
and New England, respectively. The father's ancestors came from Ireland,
and he died in Clinton, Iowa, on August 9, 1891, aged eighty. The
mother's father was a patriot in the Revolution. Our subject was
reared in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin, and in October, 1861, he responded
to the call for troops to repel the hordes of treason and enlisted in Company
F, First Wisconsin Cavalry, Captain John Hyde and Colonel Daniels commanding.
For three years Mr. Knowles was a faithful soldier and participated in
much hard fighting and skirmishing. Among the battles we may mention
Cape Girardeau, Marmadukes' attack, Missionary Ridge, Dandridge, Chickamauga,
and many others. In the fall of 1864 be was mustered out at Calhoun,
Georgia, and soon entered the government employ at Chattanooga, Tennesssee.
He was in the capacity of blacksmith in the railroad shops, then entered
the tan yards, later spent five years in Indiana farming, after which he
went to Wisconsin and one year later settled in Minnesota. After
seven years he returned to Wisconsin and eight years later, or in 1886,
Mr. Knowles journeyed to Pomeroy, Washington. He bought forty acres
in the Blue mountains, whence seven years later he came to his present
place, where he owns eighty acres.
On December 10, 1865, at Chattanooga, Tennessee,
Mr. Knowles married Miss Nancy A., daughter of Joseph and Harriet (Turner)
Griffin, natives of South Carolina. The father was of Irish ancestry
and died in 1864. The mother came from Scotch parentage. Mrs.
Knowles has two sisters, Mary Richardson and Georgia Rouse. Nine
children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Knowles, Amos W., Jonathan, Jason,
Georgia Smith, Gertrude Petrie, Laura Sain, Guy A., Charles W., and Albert
M. Mr. Knowles is a solid Democrat and a member of the G. A. R.
He and his wife belong to the Christian church.