John Edson Knowles


Personal and Family Information

John was born on 17 Oct 1902 in Bristol County, Massachusetts, the son of unknown parents.

He died on 22 Aug 1980 in Cascade County, Montana.

His wife was Dorothy Upton, who he married on 29 SEP 1927 in Nevada. Their two known children were Frederick Grinnell (1924-1995) and John Upton (1926-2002).


Birth17 OCT 1902
Place: Bristol County, Massachusetts
Address: Birth Register, city of New Bedfore 1902 #1993 Oct 17, Joh Edson Knowles male, New Bedford, father John W, mother Lydia Grinnell, father-mill Supt born New Bedford, mother born Providence RI
Death22 AUG 1980
Place: Cascade County, Montana
Census3 JAN 1920
Place: Bristol County, Massachusetts
Address: New Bedford City, Orchard Street, house 88, dwelling 19, family 21 Knowles, John W, head Owns home with morgage mw age 54 married born Mass, f&m Mass Lydia G, wife fw age 41 married born Rhode Island f&m Mass Grinnell son mw age 18 single born Mass, f Mass, m RI John E son mw age 17 single single born Mass, f Mass, m RI Lawrence G son mw age 16 single born Mass, f Mass, m RI Russell son mw age 11 single born Mass, f Mass, m RI Shirley, daughter fw age 3 single born Mass, f Mass, m RI
Census26 APR 1930
Place: Teton County, Montana
Address: Fairview Township, School District 11 Knowles, John E, head, owns home, with radio, mw age 27, married age 25, born Mass, f&m Mass, Stock Ranch on Stock Ranch __ Dorothy U, wife of head fw age 25 married age 20, born Mass, f&m Mass __ Frederick E, son mw age 5 single, born Mass f&m Mass __ John U , son mw age 3 10/12, single, born Mass f&m Mass __ Grinnell Brother mw age 28, divorced, born Mass f&m Mass also 3 lodger and one servant
Census19 APR 1940
Place: Teton County, Montana
Address: Doheny, School Distrct 11 visit 10, owned home, $10,000, on farm, Knowles, John, mw age 37 married 4yr High School, born Mass, same house 1935, rancher, general ranch __ Dorothy, wife fw age 36 married, 4 yr High School, born Mass, same house 1935 __ Fredrick son mw age 15 single 1 yr high school, born Mass, same house 1935 __ John , son mw age 13 single grade 7, born Mass, same house 1935 __ Grinnell, partner mw age 38, divorced, 4 yr college, born Mass, same house 1935 Potter, vernon, hired had mw age 21 single grade 8, born Illinois, South Datoka 1935




Note 1

Dorothy Upton Knowles Jesson,89, a former Great Falls, Mt. resident and a great-great-granddaughter of Francis Scott Key, who wrote the U.S. national athem, died on Christmas Day in Vallejo, Calif.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be Thursday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 600 3rd Ave.N.

She was born on Aug. 23, 1903, in Marblehead, Mass. In 1927 she and her husband, John Knowles, and two sons came west. They owned and operated a large ranch 40 miles north of Great Falls on the Teton River. They sold the ranch in 1939.

During World War II, she worked for the U.S. Civil Service a a secretary at the Great Falls Air Base and on special assignment in Alaska.

After the war, the family lived in the Monarach and Neihart area, and bought the Sun Mountain Ranch.

She was divorced in 1949 and worked as a secretary of Montana Deaconess Hospital, where she met her present husband, Rolla N. Jesson, the hospital's purchasing agent. They married in September of 1957.

Upon their retirement they moved to Vallejo, Calif.

She was a member of the Episcopal Church, Olive Chapter 10, Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution, and was an honorary life member of the U.S. Power Squadron, founded in 1942 by her father, Roger Upton.

Surviving are her husband, a stepson, Darreld Jesson of Missoula, two sons Fred G Knowles of Napa, Calif., and John U "Spook" knowles of Great Falls, six grandchildren and nine great=grandchildren.

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