Newspaper clippings on weddings, anniversaries, engagements, and funerals can contain a goldmine of family information. Here’s one we’ve kept all these years about the 50th wedding anniversary of Mary Martha Angus (fourth child of James Winans Angus and Wealthy Ann Jaques) and Austin F. Knowles. The article is not dated but it must have been from 4 September 1917, which would have been 50 years from their wedding day.
I’ve already mentioned some of Mary Martha’s siblings in this blog: James Winans Angus Jr., Wealthy Ann Angus (my great grandmother), Charles Dujah Angus, Job Winans Angus, Lavinia P. Angus, and Walter P. Angus. (There were 11 children in all). Both Martha (b. 1846) and her older brother Jacob (died in 1850 at age 6, buried in First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth churchyard) were born in Pueblo, Mexico, while their father was working there, handing supplies for the troops taking part in the Mexican-American War. Their mom Wealthy was quite a pistol and had her share of adventures in that city. More on them both in an upcoming post.
A long news item outlining Mary Martha’s life and activities appeared in the Elizabeth Daily Journal on 17 January 1922, the day after passed away. Unfortunately, I don’t have that article, but if I get hold of it at some point I will post it here.
The Knowles had six children: William H. Knowles, James A. Knowles, Austin F. Knowles Jr., Watts T. R. Knowles (initial T. may be incorrect, another source says it’s ‘J.’), Marie Gertrude Knowles (married Edward Chamberlain) and Lawrence D. Knowles. Photos of Marie Gertrude and Lawrence as children are shown here. I’ll let you read the article; if you are an Angus/Knowles descendant, perhaps, you’ll find out something new! As always, corrections, additions, updates, etc. always welcome.