Benjamin Franklin Knowlton

30 January 1838–27 March 1901 (Age 63)
Bear Creek Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Benjamin Franklin

When Benjamin Franklin Knowlton was born on 30 January 1838, in Bear Creek Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States, his father, Sidney Algernon Knowlton, was 45 and his mother, Harriet Burnham, was 40. He married Rhoda Ann Jennetta Richards on 31 October 1863, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Farmington Election Precinct, Davis, Utah, United States in 1900. He died on 27 March 1901, in Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Farmington City Cemetery, Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States.

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Benjamin Franklin Knowlton
Rhoda Ann Jennetta Richards
Marriage: 31 October 1863
Wilhemena Knowlton
Willard Knowlton
Benjamin Franklin Knowlton Jr
Jennetta Knowlton
Harriett Knowlton
Sidney Richards Knowlton
William Hooper Knowlton
Ida Knowlton
Heber John Knowlton
George Quincy Knowlton
Willard Richards Knowlton

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  • Marriage
    31 October 1863Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place
    Age 1
    By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.
    Age 10
    Historical Boundaries: 1848: Mexican Cession, United States 1850: Utah Territory, United States 1851: Davis, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Davis, Utah, United States
    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World
    Age 18
    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

    Name Meaning

    English (Hampshire): habitational name from either of two places so named, one in Dorset and the other in Kent. Both are named from Old English cnoll ‘knoll, hilltop’ + tūn ‘farmstead, estate’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Story Highlight

    My Mother, Lizzie Knowlton Maughan, As I Remember

    “My Mother, Lizzie Knowlton Maughan” by Willard [“Bill”] Knowlton Maughan, 19 typewritten pages, 1989. Found among the files of Lizzie Knowlton Maughan and Marian Maughan Jones. Transcribed by Samanth …

    Sources (114)

    • B F Knowlton in entry for Unknown, "Utah, County Birth and Death Records,1892-1951"
    • Frank Knowlton in household of S A Knowlton, "United States Census, 1860"
    • B F Knowlton in entry for Sanford Truman Ferry and Ireen K Cerf, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"

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