Home of Mary Martha W. Angus and Austin F. Knowles in Elizabeth, New Jersey

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Home of Mary Martha Angus and Austin F. Knowles, 924 Elizabeth Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ (Image is 1/2 of a stereoview card)

I love this image of the house at 924 Elizabeth Avenue, Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ. It belonged to Mary Martha Winans Angus (1846-1922) and Austin Fellows Knowles (d. 1924), who were married on 4 September 1867. They had seven (?) children. The names I have at the moment are: Walter, James, Austin, Watts, Marie Gertrude, William, and Lawrence.

It must have been a wonderful home to grow up in. Sadly, this location is now covered by a rather ugly-looking parking lot where trees no longer line the streets.

The photo is undated, but I am thinking 1880s/early 1890s? The Knowles were married in 1867, so perhaps the older woman in black is Mary. As for the others, I don’t know. The younger woman to her right looks a bit too old to be daughter Marie Gertrude Knowles Chamberlain. (Thoughts, anyone?)

My previous post on the Knowles included an article about the 1917 golden wedding anniversary celebrated in the house. I have since found two other mentions of the home, the first of which warrants further research. Hopefully the son mentioned survived:

  • New York Times, November 22, 1893: Risked Smallpox for His Boy. Austen F. Knowles of Elizabeth Goes with His Son to a Pesthouse. Elizabeth NJ, Nov. 21 – The Board of Health was forced to admit today that smallpox has become epidemic. During the past twelve hours four new cases have been reported. The malady is no longer confined to Italian families. […] A son of Austen F. Knowles was attacked by the disease at his home, 924 Elizabeth Avenue. Mr. Knowles is the agent at Perth Amboy and Port Johnson for the Reading Coal Company. He insisted upon going to the pesthouse with his boy to take care of him. Much sympathy is felt for the family. Their home is one of the prettiest in the city
  • New York Herald, Sunday, June 16, 1889: Mr. William F. Knowles, son of Austin F. Knowles, celebrated on Monday night his 21st birthday. Many of his friends assembled at his father’s house, No. 924 Elizabeth Ave., Elizabeth, and tendered their congratulations.

As always, additions, comments, corrections, clarifications are welcome. Have a great weekend, all. Thanks for stopping by.

Categories: Angus, Elizabeth, Union Co., Knowles | 6 Comments

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6 thoughts on “Home of Mary Martha W. Angus and Austin F. Knowles in Elizabeth, New Jersey

  1. I’ve always felt that if I had seven kids, that is the type of house I’d want! (grin) –Curt

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  2. Read on April 25, deep into Covid, and relating to the smallpox epidemic here. How frightful it was.

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    • Yes, smallpox, measles, yellow fever,… they had it all. Easy to see how many children never made to to adulthood. Hope all is going well in your state, and that we are rid of Covid or at least have excellent treatment option soon.

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