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).
|Birth||17 OCT 1902||
|Death||22 AUG 1980||
|Census||3 JAN 1920||
|Census||26 APR 1930||
|Census||19 APR 1940||
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.