Father: Ephraim Knowles       Mother: Cynthia Kimball
James Knowles
Died while on winter vacation to Florida. Body was shipped back to Mt Carmel, Ill by train. His grandson, Roy Otis Knowles, came from Dallas, Texas, to handle all affairs.  James' wife, Mary Price McLane, had died many years earlier. He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetary, Mt Carmel, Illinois with a large monolith stone that proclaims his civil war service. Unfortunately, the stone has fallen over.  See picture to the right.


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Other Facts

1850 census shows James (18) living with parents Ephraim "Knowls" (52) and "Synthia" (31) and siblings Polly (22), Lucinda (20), Elizabeth (17), Irean P (15), Mahala (13), Sally (12), Synthia (10), Jesse (7), Eli W (6), Comfort E (3), and Franklin M (1).

1860 census shows James "Knols" (28) and Mary P "Knols" (24) living in Coffee, Wabash County, Illinois with children William (3) and Susan (8 months).  James Knowles filed for a Civil War pension on 16 Aug 1890 as invalid. 2nd wife Fannie applied for a widow's pension on May 20, 1918
1870 Census shows James (37) and Mary (34) living in Coffee, Wabash County, Illinois, with children William (12), Susan (10), Ephraim (8), and Cynthia (2).


1880 Census shows James (48) and Mary J. (44) living in Coffee, Wabash County, Illinois, with  children Susan (20), Ephraim (18) and Cynthia (12). Also in the house lived a niece, Mary C. Martin.

1900 census has errors, but shows James (67) and Elen H (57) living with daughter Cynthia A (30). It adds that James and Elen have been married for 1 year, but lists wrong year and month of James' birth (Mar 1873). The 1873 date is besides the age of 67 which cannot compute with a 1900 census date. Cynthia's birth month is correct but the year is off by 2. It had been believed that James' 2nd wife was Fannie Allen Braxton. Perhaps the Allen is really Ellen which is the name she used. It was a "Fannie" that applied for Civil War benefits in 1918. Cynthia never married which explains why she might have been still with her parents at age 32.