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Families of Sullivan Township, Tioga County PA
Polly PITTS & Timothy KNOWLTON Family
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Polly PITTS & Timothy KNOWLTON of Sullivan Township

1. Timothy1 Knowlton, son of Henry Knowlton and Sybil Wright*, reference Covington (#7779) was born in Mason, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire 2 JUL 1788. Individual flags: War 1812. Timothy died 16 AUG 1868 in Vineland, Cumberland County, New Jersey, at age 80.

He married Polly Pitts 6 JAN 1820 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. (Polly Pitts is #7778.) Polly was born 5 JUL 1796 in Ward, Massachusetts. Polly was the daughter of Hanover Pitts and Mollie Cudworth. Polly died 30 MAY 1887 in Richmond Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 90. Her body was interred JUN 1887 in Prospect Cemetery, Mansfield, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Mansfield Advertiser Jun 1st 1887- Mrs. Polly Knowlton died Lambs Creek Monday age 91, born Ward massachusetts July 5th 1796, came here 1807 with father Hanover Pitts (and mother Mollie Cudworth-jmt) 1820 married Timothy knowlton, 9 children.

Timothy registered to pay taxes 1816 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Sullivan Township was formed in 1816. It was taken from Covington Township. Its original boundaries included the southern half of Rutland formed in 1829, and the northern part of Ward which was formed in 1852.

Timothy was listed as the head of a family on the 1820 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Timothy was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Polly and Timothy were 30-40 and 40-50 respectively. The man 70-80 in the household is probably Timothy's father Henry Knowlton who died there in 1835. Four boys and a girl were their own children, ad another man 30-40 was in the household.

Timothy was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The household of Polly and Timothy included one male under five, three females 5-10, two males 10-15, and one female and two males 15-20.

In the Census of 1850, Timothy was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Timothy and Andrew were farmers. Timothy's property was valued at $3000.

In the Census of 1860, Timothy was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Timothy was a farmer with real property worth $2500 and personal property worth $650. Joshua Ingles was in thehousehold as a farm laborer. 1897 History page 1113- Timothy Knowlton was one of the pioneer settlers of Sullivan Township, where he located as early as 1812, purchasing 300 acres of land four miles east of Covington, the present townships of Covington, Richmond, and Sullivan cornering on his farm. At that time Sullivan Township was covered by the primitive forest, with here and there a clearing and a rude cabin. Timothy was unmarried at that time and his sister, Eunice, kept house with him. He went bravely to work to make a home, the forest gradually yielded to his industry, and cultivated fields took its place. His entire life in this county was spent in the peaceful pursuits of agriculture.

From material provided by Ms. Naglee of Elmira, author did not put name on work although heading is Blackburn and Gielens Attorneys at Law, 918-20 Puget Sound Bank Building, Tacoma, Washington - no date: Timothy's mother died when he was but five years old and he lived for several years in the family of Col. Matthew Scott who was kind to him, gave him a limited education and for whom he ever felt a kindly regard. In early manhood he went with his father and brother, Charles Wright KNOWLTON, to what is now Utica, NY, where the three labored at clearing a farm which the father had purchased. After forty acres had been denuded of its forest growth and prepared for tillage the property was lost under a foreclosure sale. This was about 1807. He spent the winter of 1807-08 with his father at Newtown, now Elmira, NY dressing flax. In the spring of 1808, with his father, he traveled on foot into what is now Tioga COunty, PA, and here he bought three hundred acres of land in the unbroken forest located in the Township of Sullivan, Richmond,and Covington, on what is known as State Road. On this property he settled and commenced making his home, and on January 6, 1820 married Polly Pitts. They at once commenced housekeeping in the home he had made and they lived on this farm forty four years. In 1864 he sold the old home and he and his wife went to live with their daughter Eliza Jane in Landis Township, New Jersey. He died August 16, 1868 and is buried in the cemetery at Vineland, N. J.

Timothy Knowlton and Polly Pitts had the following children:

2 i. Polly Maria2 Knowlton (#7780) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 06 OCT 1820. Polly died 31 Mar 1862 in Springfield Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, at age 41. She married Hosea Kennedy MAR 1859. (Hosea Kennedy is #25360.) Hosea was born 25 JUN 1805 in Windham County, Vermont. Hosea was the son of Alexander Kennedy and Catherine Brown. He married Letitia Wilson 8 AUG 1837 in Columbia Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. He married Martha Wolfe 8 SEP 1825 in Columbia Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. He married Ruth Ann Brown* 30 OCT 1862. Hosea died 10 APR 1883 at age 77. His body was interred APR 1883 in Oak Hill Cemetery, Troy, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Hosea was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census in Springfield Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. See Craft p. 377 for biographical sketch. Sketch includes photograph of Hosea and farm, scannable quality.

3 ii. Benjamin Franklin Knowlton (#7781) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 06 DEC 1822. Benjamin died 4 JUN 1906 in Shippen Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 83. His body was interred JUN 1906 in West Branch Cemetery, Delmar Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He married Lydia Whipple Ames 10 SEP 1845. (Lydia Whipple Ames is #9360.) Lydia was born 15 NOV 1820 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Lydia was the daughter of Jonathan Carver Ames and Lydia W. Whipple*. Lydia died 1903 in Shippen Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 82. Her body was interred 1903 in West Branch Cemetery, Delmar Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Shortly after Lydia and Benjamin married, they left for Lake County, Illinois with horses and wagon, arriving there before Christmas. They purchased 100 acres of land at $1.25 per acre. Both being ill so much with malaria (fever and ague), they returned to Sullivan Township in 1850. They made the trip by boat to Buffalo and then by train, over the Erie RailRoad which had recently been completed from Buffalo to Troy. Later Benjamin returned to Lake County and sold the farm which has since become part of the city of Chicago. He and his brother Andrew J. then bought 40 acres adjoining their parents farm. In 1861 they sold that land and Benjamin and Lydia bought a farm in Shippen Township in Tioga County and moved their family there. This land was mostly covered with timber which Benjamin and his family cleared and improved. Both in Sullivan and Shippen Lydia and Benjamin and their family lived in log houses. In 1866 they built a frame house and moved their family into it.

4 iii. John Churchill Knowlton (#7782) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 03 JAN 1825. John died 12 DEC 1899 in Canoe Camp, Richmond Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 74. The death probably actually occurred at home in Sullivan Township with a Canoe Camp Post Office address. His body was interred DEC 1899 in Prospect Cemetery, Mansfield, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He married Elizabeth N. Kelley 3 JUL 1848. (Elizabeth N. Kelley is #9367.)

Elizabeth was born AUG 1826 in New York. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Kelley* and Hannah Baker*. Elizabeth died 02 NOV 1900 in Richmond Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 74. Her body was interred Nov 1900 in Prospect Cemetery, Mansfield, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Elizabeth was listed as John Churchill Knowlton's wife on the 1880 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The household of Elizabeth and John included two daughters, Adell as a teacher, and son Charles with his new wife Mary Delight Palmer.

John was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The household of Elizabeth and John included two daughters, Adell as a teacher, and son Charles with his new wife Mary Delight Palmer. Earlier records say both of this parents born in New Hampshire but 1880 census says Rhode Island.

5 iv. Andrew Jackson Knowlton (#7783) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 4 FEB 1827. Andrew died 3 MAY 1885 in Kelleytown, Richmond Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age 58. His body was interred May 1885 in Prospect Cemetery, Mansfield, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He married Margaret Augusta Kelley 15 Jan 1856. (Margaret Augusta Kelley is #9359.) Margaret was born 1837 in Pennsylvania. Margaret was the daughter of John Kelley* and Hannah Baker*. Margaret was in Middlebury Township for the 1910 census. Mansfied Advertiser 6th May 1885: Died A.J. Knowlton in Kelleytown, Richmond twp. on Sunday, Paralysis, had residence in Sullivan twp.

6 v. Charles W. Knowlton (#7784) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 20 NOV 1828. Charles died 09 Feb 1900 in Bullionville, Nevada, at age 71.

7 vi. Caroline M. Knowlton (#7785) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 20 NOV 1830. Caroline died 15 DEC 1912 in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, at age 82. She married Isaiah Blackburn* 31 JUL 1863. (Isaiah Blackburn* is #52716.)

8 vii. Eliza Jane Knowlton (#7786) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 30 NOV 1832. Eliza died 19 Jan 1882 in Vineland, Cumberland County, New Jersey, at age 49. She married Franklin VanValen* 09 Jan 1859. (Franklin VanValen* is #52717.)

9 viii. Mary A. Knowlton (#7787) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 29 MAR 1835. Mary died 8 MAY 1877 in Vineland, Cumberland County, New Jersey, at age 42. She married Lyman Hakes 8 MAY 1854. (Lyman Hakes is #9379.) Lyman was born 1829 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Lyman was the son of David Hakes and Eleanor Runion*. In the Census of 1860, Lyman was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Lyman was a farmer with real property worth $2000 and personal property worth $600.

In the Census of 1860, Mary was listed as a head of household in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Lyman was a farmer with real property worth $2000 and personal property worth $600.

10 ix. Leander Knowlton (#7788) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 22 Feb 1837. Leander died 24 Feb 1837 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, at age unknown.

11 x. Hanover Pitts Knowlton (#7789) was born in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania 19 DEC 1838. Hanover died 24 JAN 1918 in Albany Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, at age 79. He married Sarah E. Phillips 7 JAN 1860. (Sarah E. Phillips is #7793.) Sarah was born 23 FEB 1839 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Sarah was the daughter of Leonard Phillips* and Nancy Knight*. 1897 Tioga County History page 1114. Hanover and Sarah were in Covington for the 1910 census. They were farmers.

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