William Knowles

local tradition suggests he was from England

One of my ancestors is William Knowles. In looking at the research done by Stanwood Knowles Bolton, even he does not include William into the descendants of Henry Knowles. He does however, include addendum explaining it. Furthermore, KKNFA did DNA comparison, and William does not tie into the family genetically.William was in Rhode Island for a bit, and then off to Connecticut. New Milford Connecticut Historical Society sent me a picture of the Knowles homestead ( still standing). The photo showed gravestones laying flat like a sidewalk. I had found that the Knowles had property where Candlewood Lake was made. Old books about the lake suggest cemeteries were relocated. At this point, I can only assume that they are still buried somewhere in Candlewood Lake, and that the stones were supposed to represent that. Now, what I have a problem with is all the researchers on ancestry.com, claiming that William was the son of Richard Knowles and Martha Cobb. A little research proves otherwise. If you are a Knowles descendant, and can add some light to the parentage of William, please shed some light on the matter.