When Tom Knutsen was born on 30 August 1886, in Wheeling, Ohio, West Virginia, United States, his father, Andrew Knutsen, was 32 and his mother, Metta Christina Iversen, was 28. He married Elizabeth Lawton Pickens on 14 November 1911, in Belmont, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons. He lived in Richland Township, Belmont, Ohio, United States in 1920 and Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States in 1930. He died on 17 January 1942, in Steubenville, Jefferson, Ohio, United States, at the age of 55, and was buried in Scotch Ridge Cemetery, Pease Township, Belmont, Ohio, United States.
Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Erik, Knute, Gunner, Aksel, Anders, Berent, Berger, Jarl, Knut, Lars, Nels, Nils.
Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Knut, a cognate of Danish Knud (see Knudsen ).