Hanna "Molly" Preston

Female (CIRCA 1750) - 1821


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  • Name Hanna "Molly" Preston 
    Born (CIRCA 1750)  (Ballymena) County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 0___ 1821  White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Mount Pisgah Cemetery, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I10471  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 15 May 2014 

    Family John William Knowles,   b. 4 Jul 1749, Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1838, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 21 Mar 1770  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Knowles,   b. 0___ 1770, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1820, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years)
     2. James Knowles,   b. Abt 1778, (Cumberland County, Pennsylvania) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1846, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)
     3. John (William) Knowles, Jr.,   b. 0___ 1784, Commonwealth of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1864, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
     4. Sarah Knowles,   b. 18 Sep 1789, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1865, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     5. Joseph Knowles,   b. 0___ 1790, (Fairfax County, Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1850  (Age ~ 60 years)
     6. Eleander Knowles,   b. 4 Feb 1792, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1856, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     7. Mary "Polly" Knowles,   b. 0___ 1795, (Fairfax County, Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1851, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
     8. William Knowles, Sr.,   b. 6 May 1799, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1862, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     9. Isaac Knowles
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F4447  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - (CIRCA 1750) - (Ballymena) County Antrim, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Mar 1770 - Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 0___ 1821 - White County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Pisgah Cemetery, White County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Posted By: Jane H. Crowley
      Email: janecr@aol.com
      Subject: John W. Knowles (b1749 in Ireland) Marriage
      Post Date: June 13, 2008 at 20:43:50
      Message URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/knowles/messages/2295.html
      Forum: Knowles Family Genealogy Forum
      Forum URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/knowles/


      While looking on the internet tonight, I was sorry to see that so much confusion exists about the marriage of John W. Knowles, b. 1749 and progenitor of the White County, TN Knowles family. Some show him marrying in Ireland and some show him marrying in PA.

      One thing is clear from PRIMARY sources in PA, that "some" John Knowles married a Hannah Preston in PA and not in Ireland. IF you believe that the White Co. John Knowles married Hannah Preston, then it follows that you have to believe that he married in PA. It would be totally incorrect to say that John Knowles married Hannah Preston in Ireland. The marriage is of RECORD in PA.

      I personally do not know if our John married in Ireland or in PA, but IF John Knowles of White County history did marry Hannah Preston, he married her in PA on March 21, 1770. I hope everyone can agree and correct any records you may have to show that the 1770 marriage occured in PA and NOT in Ireland. The marriage record can be obtained from PA.

      The second point is this: Did the John Knowles born in 1749 marry Hannah Preston or did some other John Knowles marry her? Does anyone have proof on this? There were other John Knowles in PA at the time.

      Additionally it is well-known locally in White Co., TN that John's wife was called Mollie. So...was this Mollie really named Mary (Mollie) Hannah Preston or was Mollie a totally different person from Hannah Preston?

      Those who find this of interest need to clarify these points if possible by research of marriage and immigration records to see if anyone came with John from Ireland and to determine which John Knowles Hannah Preston married.

      Will anyone volunteer to pursue either of these issues or suggest HOW to research these points? Are immigration records available from Ireland for the time period BEFORE 1770? Has anyone searched for a Hannah (Preston) Knowles in PA or other areas during the same time period that Mollie was living with John in White County, TN?

      It seems to me that these issues need to be clarified by serious Knowles researchers. Please clarify the location of the 1770 marriage information to any of your Knowles correspondents as well to help clear up that info.

      Jane Hembree Crowley





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  • Sources 
    1. [S13205] "The Upper Cumberland Research",Vol. XXVII,No. 2,Summer,2002,article entitled,, p. 4.

    2. [S9338] Hutson Family Notes, by Margie Tucker (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1087] "Passons' Family Connections", written & compiled by Patricia S. Short Makris,, p. 358.

    4. [S52621] Posted By: Jane H. Crowley.