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I first started this research in 1963 upon entering college, my grandparents were still alive at that time as well as 2 great-grandfathers. Over the next couple of years I talked extensively with them all about their memories of their youth and families.

When I transferred to the University of Texas at Austin in 1965 the work took on a different light and a need for speed, family members had begun to die. I discovered the UT archives and quickly devoured them. I then moved my work to the State of Texas archives in the Texas Land Office on the Capitol grounds where I poured through miles of microfilm in that pre-computer, but mountainous information storage center. I found previous TREES connected to the family, some created over a hundred years ago, and Military Records, and many local histories from around the country to aid me.

In the 90's the computer changed everything, I had access to the world's records and suddenly with the ability to cross-index tons of information I began to leap lightyears ahead in my research. What had once been dead ends at a Civil War courthouse burning, or a Rotterdam boat dock, or the Family Bible lost in the San Francisco Earthquake, now proved to be only minor stumbling blocks, easily stepped around. Europe (long a stone wall before me) opened her doors to me, with my sudden ability to access libraries in Scotland, Ireland, and other countries. In the mid-nineties my younger brother, an uncle, and a second cousin finally began doing independant research and I networked with their findings on odd family branches, adding their info to my own 35 years of research. I now have over 8500 names in the greatly extended KNOWLES FAMILY TREE that stretches to the earliest of European roots and I'm still at it.

Below you will find a small sampling of the work completed to date. There is a book on the family viewed from the genealogical perspective of my son Harry. Within it several different main branches are explored. Also there is a trip outlined back thru the generations to the mid-500's, just one of several possible routes back to the Middle Ages that I have discovered. Also this book looks into our relationship to the notorious outlaw dynasty that was to be the James-Younger Gang of the mid 1860's-80's and the Dalton-Doolin Gang of the late 1880's-90's. When I was 12 or so my Grandmother Knowles (Madeline Trowbridge) told me tales of this relationship and it sparked my lifelong interest in Genealogy. Included below are 5 genealogy reports on different side branches of our widespread Tree. I wish I could post several others, but 5 is all that is allowed. These checkout: The Waggoner Ranching Empire of Northwest Texas, The Wharton Steel Dynasty, the wonderfully well connected Trowbridge Family, the Colonial Hopkins/Whipple Privateers, and the Massacre at Parker's Fort during the early years of the Texas Republic, and Yes the Knowles Family of Austin is tied to them all. I hope you enjoy reading about them all as much as I had fun putting it all together for you.

JARRELL JAY KNOWLES
"The Extended Family of HARRY JAY KNOWLES of Austin, Texas"
Updated July 26, 2001

Jarrell Jay Knowles
P.O.Box 180011
Austin, Texas 78718-0011
A-United States
512-467-8747
fathergeek@austin.rr.com

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