Emma Knowles [Obituary]

Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 1894, Vol XXVI, p.43.

Prepared by Michael Steer

The obituary was read at the Association’s July 1894 South Molton meeting. Much is known about the Knowles familyof Highweek; and in particular about the musical Miss Emma Knowles’ father Samuel Posgate Knowles. Details may be accessed at the Old Ashburton website. Her father’s obituary appears in the 1889 issue of the Association’s Transactions and a transcription has been recorded in the Biography section of Genuki Devon’s Highweek page.  The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Emma Knowles, whose deathoccurred in January, 1894, was the only daughter of Samuel Posgate Knowles, of Highweek, Newton Abbot, of whom an obituary notice appeared in the volume of the Transactions of the Association for 1889. Miss Knowles had long been accustomed to attend the meetings of the Association, and to take an interest in its proceedings, before her father's death in 1889, in which year she was elected a member. She was well known in her neighbourhood as a skilled musician, and for her readiness to assist those around her in the promotion of good works, and the innocent enjoyment of others, particularly by the exercise of her musical talents, which always afforded pleasure. For the first time for many years her presence at our meetings was missed in the present year, a severe attack of influenza having proved fatal to her in the preceding winter.