J. W. H. Knowles, prominent resident and well known farmer of the Sixth District, as born in Rutherford County, Tenn., in 1829, a son of Edmond and Elizabeth (Matthews) Knowles. The father was of English extraction, born in Sumter District. S. C., In 1739; he immigrated to Rutherford County about 1824, and moved to Henderson County about 1831, locating in the Sixth District, where the remainder of his life was spent; his death occurred en 1882. He was one of the most prosperous farmers in the county, owning at one time 3,000 acres of land; he was also one of the earliest settlers, best known and respected men. His wife was of Irish origin, born in South Carolina in 1801; is stall living and in her eighty-seventh year. The subject of this sketch was only one-and-a-half years old when his parents came to Henderson County; he made his home with them until his majority. May 10. 1836. he married Miss Elizabeth Darden, a native of North Carolina, born in 1827, and a daughter of Miles Darden. who was one of the largest men in the United States, weighing upward of 800 pounds at the time of his death. Mr. and Mrs. Knowles have eight living children: Mary F.: Robert E. and Martha are twins (Martha is the wife of Wm. Webb); James D., Susan A., John M., Hubert F., Lura V. After marriage Mr. Knowles located on a portion of the estate given him by his father, which contained nearly 500 acres, and has resided there since that time. He is an extensive landholder; besides his home and other real estate, he owns eleven fine lots In Henderson. Chester County. He is one of the most enterprising and energetic farmers; has always met with success in all his undertakings; he is well known and universally liked; is a stanch Republican; voted tie first time for Gen. Scott, in 1832. He is a Mason, belongs to Lodge No. 64, of Lexington. He and Mrs. Knowles are esteemed members of the Missionary Baptist Church.
Goodspeeds History of Tennessee
J.W.H. Knowles, J. W. H. died Dec. 30, 1899, Aged 60 Ys, 5 Ms, 23 Ds,