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Newell Russell KNOWLTON

Male 1856 - 1926  (70 years)


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  • Name Newell Russell KNOWLTON 
    Born 20 Apr 1856  Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 May 1926  Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Riverside Cemetery, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Maine Marriages:
      Goding, Stella F., Wilton, ME;
      Knowlton, Newell R., Farmington, ME;
      Dec. 25, 1901

      1910 Census: ME: Franklin: Farmington: p. 62A:
      Knowlton, Newell R., head, age 53, married 8 years, born in ME, father and mother born in ME, real estate, buying and selling;
      Stella F., his wife, age 48, married 8 years, has had no children, born in ME, father and mother born in ME.

      1920 Census: ME: Franklin: Farmington: ED#48 p. 15 of 57:
      Knowlton, Newell R., head, age 64, born in ME, father and mother born in ME, agent, life and home insurance;
      Stella P., his wife, age 58, born in ME, father and mother born in ME.

      Cemetery record lists birthdate as 30 Apr 1856 and reads:
      Newell R., their son,
      4-30-1856 - 5-20-1926

      From: Biographical Review: this volume contains biographical sketches of leading citizens of Franklin and Oxford Counties Maine. Boston, 1897:
      “Newell Russell Knowlton, an artist and photographer of Farmington, was born here April 30, 1856, son of Sylvanus and Rebecca F. (Colburn) Knowlton. Mr. Knowlton is a descendant of the family of Knowltons who settled at Ipswich, Mass., in 1640. His great-grandfather, Samuel Knowlton, a shoe-maker by trade, was born in that town in 1764. This ancestor in 1786 settled on the west side of Farmington, when it was a wilderness, and there cleared a good farm. He set out the first orcharard here, and later, after the trees began to bear, shared the fruit with his neighbors. By industriously applying himself to farming and shoemaking, he became prosperous, and he died in 1844. He married Jane Lincott, who having reached the age of ninety-three years, died in 1857. Her children by him were: Samuel, John, Betsey, Joseph, Ebenezer, Esther, Joshua, Jane, Benjamin, Martha, Sally, and Dean.
      Joshua Knowlton, Mr. Knowlton’s grandfather, was born in Farmington, September 8, 1797. He learned the harness-maker’s trade, and folowed it for many years. He bought a farm adjoining his father’s property, and carried it on sucessfully, residing here until his death, which happened April 15, 1873. His first wife, Lydia, a daughter of John Lowell, died in 1843, aged forty years, having been the mother of three children--Joshua L., Russell L., and Sylvanus. He contracted a second marriage with Belinda Pillsbury. Of his children the only survivor is Sylvanus Knowlton, who was born in Farmington, March 17, 1827. Sylvanus remained at home, assisting his father on the farm, and taking charge of it during the latter’s declinining years. Succeeding to it subsequently, he carried it on until 1882. He then abandoned agriculture, and leased the Blue Mountain House. After the house was destroyed in the conflagration of 1886, he bought the land and erected upon the sitite of the old building a modern three-story hotel containing thirty rooms. This he has prosperously conducted since. His wife, in maidenhood Rebecca F. Colburn, was born in Needham, Mass., June 23, 1831, daughter of Newell Colburn, who became a resident of this town. She reared four children, as follows: Emma L., born May 5, 1854, who is the wife of Elbridge N. Allen, and has one daughter, Lillian; Newell R., the subject of this sketch; Sylvanus R., born June 15, 1859, who is clerk at the Exchange Hotel, married Jennie S. Nason, December 25, 1881, and has had one son--Irving S., now deceased; Frederick Lewis, born November 2, 1864, married Lizzie S. Whittier, December 22, 1885, and has had two children--Florentine Mae, now nine years old; and Carroll, who died at the age of two years. Mr. Knowlton’s mother died at the age of fifty-six years.
      Newell Russell Knowlton obtained his education in the district schools of Farmington and in the Lewiston High School. While attending the latter institution he conceived a fancy for carriage painting, and subsequently applied himself to learn it. Possessing much artistic taste he was soon able to compete with the more experienced in that line of work. After a time he erected a shop, and there engaged in the carriage-painting business for fifteen years. At the expiration of that period he returned to Farmington, and buying out the journal of the Greenback party, then conducted by Fred Whiting, he published it for a short time. From journalism he went into the insurance business as agent of the News England Insurance Compaany of Boston. Afterward he purchased the photograph studio in the Brown and Butterfield Block, formerly conducted by E. Starbird, and has since devoted his principal attention to that business, acqiring a high reputation as an artist. He makes a specialty of copying and crayon work. This year he opened a branch studio in which he is doing a large and satisfactory business. He is also interested in the hotel property. In politics he acts with the Republican party, and for the past eight years he has served as Corporation Assessor. Mr. Knowlton is an Odd Fellow of high standing, being Past Patriarch of the Encampment. He is also a member of the Golden Cross, and belongs to Keystone Lodge, No. 64, Ancient Order of United Workmen, and Maine Lodge, No. 20, A.F.&A.M., of Farmington.”
    Person ID I2992  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2020 

    Father Sylvanus Cobb KNOWLTON,   b. 17 Mar 1827, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1910, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Rebecca A. F. COLBURN,   b. 23 Jan 1831, Needham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1886, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 10 Jun 1849 
    Family ID F1276  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Stella F. GODING,   b. 15 Feb 1862, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1944, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1901  Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F1287  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Apr 1856 - Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 May 1926 - Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Riverside Cemetery, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
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