George Knower, England to Massachusetts in 1631

This is part of a series about my New England colonial ancestors who arrived by during the Great Migration. If you have early Massachusetts ancestry, be sure to check out AmericanAncestors, as the Great Migration Study Project can be viewed there with a membership to the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

George Knower was born c1611, undoubtedly in England, but his origins are unknown. However, his brother, Thomas Knower, also emigrated to Massachusetts about the same time. Perhaps this clue will help determine his English home at some point in time.

George was married to Elizabeth (MNU), who was living as of 4 December 1674, the day George wrote his will. They are my 10X great grandparents.

In spite of the notation that George wrote a will, I have not been able to find an image of it, or even a full transcription, online.

He named his loving and dear wife Elizabeth, son Jonathan, daughter Mary Merrable, grandchild Hannah Bucknam and grandchild Elizabeth Bucknam (under 18).

There is a comment made in the Great Migration Study that even though George Knower lived in Massachusetts for more than fifty years, very little is known about him.

George wasn’t a freeman (entitled to vote), apparently didn’t join the church and doesn’t appear in court lawsuits. He must have just minded his own business and lived his life!


  1. Jonathan, born c1645; died 15 October 1722, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married Sarah Winslead, by 1685.
  2. Daughter, born c1647; died before 1 May 1673, when her husband remarried; married Joses Bucknam, c1665.
  3. Mary, born c1649; married (1) Nathaniel Whittemore, by 1668 (2) John Marable, 3 May 1673, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

My line of descent:

  1. George Knower & Elizabeth (MNU)
  2. (Daughter) Knower & Joses Bucknam
  3. Joses Bucknam & Hannah Peabody
  4. Joses Bucknam & Phebe Tuttle
  5. James Bucknam & Mary Goddard
  6. Joses Bucknam & Abigail Hay
  7. Mary goddard Bucknam & Oliver Scripture
  8. Mary Elizabeth Scripture & George Rogers Tarbox
  9. Nellie F. Tarbox & Calvin Segee Adams
  10. Charles Edwin Adams & Annie Maude Stuart
  11. Vernon Tarbox Adams & Hazel Ethel Coleman
  12. Doris Priscilla Adams & George Michael Sabo
  13. Linda Anne (Sabo) Stufflebean – Me!


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