John Upton Knowles


Personal and Family Information

John was born on 17 Jul 1926 in Bristol County, Massachusetts, the son of John Edson Knowles and Dorothy Upton.

He died on 7 Aug 2002 in Cascade County, Montana.

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


John Upton Knowles


John Edson Knowles


Dorothy Upton


Roger Wellington Upton


Elizabeth Phoebe Key Lloyd


Edward VII Lloyd


Mary Lloyd Howard



Birth17 JUL 1926
Place: Bristol County, Massachusetts
Death7 AUG 2002
Place: Cascade County, Montana
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
BurialAUG 2002
Place: Cascade County, Montana
Address: Episcopal Church of the Incarnation Columbarium, Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana MEMORIAL ID 114678731




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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