KNOWLES, THOMAS S., one of the oldest and most prominent and substantial citizens of Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., was born in Menard County, Ill., near Petersburg, December 9, 1844, a son of Allen and Rachael (Hill) Knowles, the former a native of Georgia and the latter of Charleston, S.C. Allen Knowles settled in Morgan county in November, 1863, and was a farmer until his death.
Thomas S. Knowles was nineteen years old when his parents arrived in Morgan County. On reaching maturity, he had become thoroughly familiar with the business of buying and selling cattle, in which he became very successful and accumulated considerable means. On June 9, 1870, Mr. Knowles was united in marriage with Ellen F. Fry, a daughter of Joseph V. and Elizabeth (Allyn) Fry, of Jacksonville. In politics he is an earnest and influential worker. He has served five terms as a member of the City Council of Jacksonville, and held the office of Mayor of the city from 1891 to 1893. Fraternally, he is affiliated with Harmony Lodge No. 3, A.F. & A.M.