Biographical Sketch of Ira M. Knowles
Knowles, Ira M., New Haven, was born in Monkton, Vt., on December 31, 1823, and settled in New Haven, Vt., in 1856. He was twice married; his first wife was Delia Stearns, and his second wife was Laura Carter, a daughter of Solomon and Harriet (Barnes) Carter, of Chelsea, Vt., and by whom he had two children — Carter E. and Delia H. (now Mrs. Charles Smith). Mr. Knowles and his son occupy a farm of 375 acres, and have a dairy of thirty head of high Durham stock, and he owns a farm of 350 acres in Bristol, Vt. His parents were John and Abigail (Maeder) Knowles. His father was a pioneer in Monkton, Vt., and settled in the northwest part of this town, clearing and improving a farm, on which he lived and died. He was a wheelwright by trade and did an extensive business. He was also a natural mechanic, and was said to be the first man to undertake the plan of a serving-machine, although he never effected the invention. He was a Quaker in religious belief. He was twice married, his first wife being Abigail Maeder, by whom he had three children — Ezra, Ira M., and Eliza. His second wife was Sarah Varney, and by her also he had three children — Abigail (Mrs. Elijah Carroll), John S., and Sarah (Mrs. Daniel Hill). His paternal grandfather was Samuel Knowles, who was a pioneer of Monkton, Vt., but who after removed to Canada, and died there.