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  • ID: I6041
  • Name: Thomas Knowles
  • Prefix: Captain 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 22 Apr 1823 in Eastham, Massachusetts
  • Death: 2 Apr 1852 in San Francisco of dysentery 2
  • Burial: Orleans Cemetery 3
  • Note:
    Thomas Knowles was first buried in San Francisco. His brother, Joshua, had Thomas disinterred, intending to bring the remains back to Orleans. However, his clipper "Wild Wave" was wrecked on Oeno Island, and Thomas was reburied there. The crew was eventually rescued from Oeno, and Joshua returned to Oeno as master of another ship, disinterred Thomas again, and brought the remains to Orleans.
    His ship, the Versailles, was built in Medford, Massachusetts in 1848 by J.T. Foster. She registered 547 tons and was 133 feet in length. She was described as a full model with a deck cabin and built of oak copper and iron fastened so that she was a superior class ship. She made the voyage from Boston to San Francisco, arriving in the latter place March 24, 1852, after a passage of 128 days.

    "For the story of the journey of Capt Knowles body and gravestone with burials in San Francisco and Oeno Island before burial in Orleans, see the article by Theresa Barbo in The Cape Cod Voice April 10-23, 2003."

    1848 seaman, Orleans
  • Note:
    (Medical):age 19
    b Eastham
    s/o Winslow Knowles
    died San Francisco

    Father: Winslow Lewis Knowles b: 4 Jun 1788 in Eastham, Massachusetts
    Mother: Sally Hinckley b: 15 Nov 1794 in Provincetown, Massachusetts

    Marriage 1 Mehitable S Higgins b: 24 Jul 1825 in Orleans, Massachusetts
    • Married: 16 Apr 1846 in Orleans, Massachusetts
    • Note:
      The family stone and obelisk includes:
      In memory of
      of Brewster, Mass
      Master of Ship Versailles
      Died April 3, 1852
      Aged 29 Years

      were taken from San Francisco
      by his Brother J N Knowles in
      Ship Wild Wave which was
      wrecked on this island 15th March
      (Oeno Island near Pitcairn Island)

      (obelisk monument - south side)
      APRIL 22, 1823
      APRIL 3, 1852
      JULY 24, 1825
      OCT. 21, 1881
    1. Has No Children Alla Jane Knowles b: 7 Aug 1848 in Orleans, Massachusetts

    1. Title: Vital Records of the town of Brewster, Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849
      Author: George Ernest Bowman, editor
      Publication: 1904. Boston: Mass. Society of Mayflower Descendants [online]
      Date: Dec 2001
      Page: 42
    2. Title: Brewster Ship Masters
      Author: Joseph Henry Sears
      Publication: 1906. Yarmouthport MA: CW Swift

        Page: 42
      • Title: index to Orleans, Massachusetts cemeteries
        Publication: 1970. Excel file at Orleans Historical Society,
      • Title: Orleans deaths, 1851-1892, in "Vital Records of Eastham and Orleans, Massachusetts"
        Publication: 2002. Oxford, Mass.: Holbrook Research Institute, (2 CDs)
        Page: 3-4
      • Title: Cape Cod Gravestones
        Author: Robert Paine Carlson
        Publication: 2003 ff. Eastham MA.
        This is a major survey of all Cape Cod graveyards in use before about 1880, with photos of many stones, and detailed discussions of the carvers.
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