The Utah Knowltons

Some of you may be aware of the book The Utah Knowltons by Ezra Clark Knowlton. The reason I say “some of you” is I’m not sure who is going to be reading this post. I’m discovering that the Knowltons are scattered far and wide across the country.

Anyway, I’m under the impression that the book is out of print, which is a shame. But the book is a great resource for anyone whose Knowlton roots spread to Utah. Because I think that the book is such an important resource, I have begun a project to transcribe it into a format that will allow the family easy access to it.

Many of you are familiar with HTML, the language in which most web pages are written. HTML is a structured markup language. Really all that means is that the text of a particular document is enclosed between markers which indicate the beginning and ending of a particular element of that document. So, for example, if your document has a first-level heading (often used for the document title) the HTML markup of the heading would look like this:<h1>This is a first-level heading</h1>.

Well, as useful as HTML is as a structured markup language, there are other languages, built on the same principles, for which there exist a number of tools for transforming the structured markup into something else. One of those languages is DocBook, a structured markup language designed primarily for creating technical documentation, but broadly designed enough that it can be used for many types of documents and books. DocBook has tools available to allow the transformation of the marked-up file to PDF, readable with Adobe’s Acrobat Reader, or HTML, so that it can be served on the web and viewed easily in a web browser such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.

I’ve started the project with those chapter that are the most relevant to my part of the family, namely Sidney Algernon Knowlton and Benjamin Franklin Knowlton. In the near future I should be able to post PDF and maybe HTML versions of those chapters to I’ll post here from time to time to keep you up-to-date on my progress.

In the meantime, feel free to drop me a line, or leave a comment here.


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9 Responses to The Utah Knowltons

  1. Elaine English says:

    Hi from Canada, My Dad’s grandmother was Angeline Knowlton, one of the Nova Scotia Knowltons.
    My two cents worth and I am not a techie, PDF at least for me, cannot be cut and pasted.
    If anyone reading this wants to know about the eastern Knowltons I would be happy to share and help where I can.
    Thanks, Elaine

  2. Mike Broschinsky says:

    Hi Elaine!

    The Web sure makes the world a small place!

    In principle, you *should* be able to cut and paste from the PDF of the book. But, as I mentioned in the original post, I can create an HTML version as well; in other words, a version you can read directly in your web browser without using Adobe’s Reader or any other program.

    As I work my way through the book, feel free to comment. I hope the book will be useful to you.



  3. Justin Knowlton says:

    My family, brother actually, has our copy of the book that was given to us by our Grandparents, Elsie Knowlton and Horace Knowlton.I have been unsuccessful in finding myself a copy.
    Born in Salt Lake City, the majority of our family now live in California.

  4. Kindly add my email. I am interested in any new information. My parents are Horace J. Knowlton and Elsie M. Knowlton(Petersen). Hi to Justin, my nephew and son of by brother younger Robert. (Unfortunately deceased)

  5. Kindly add my email. I am interested in any new information. My parents are Horace J. Knowlton, son of Benjamin F. Knowlton, Jr. and Elsie M. Knowlton(Petersen). Hi to Justin, my nephew and son of by younger brother Robert. (Unfortunately deceased)

  6. joshua knowlton says:

    Justin is one of my first cousins, and Benjamin P. is my uncle. Sadly, he passed away this summer. RIP. He was the oldest of Elsie’s eighteen children. My father Patrick was the thirteenth of the eighteen. I have met several of my cousins, aunts and uncles. As far as second cousins, and relatives from the other wives of my grandfather… there are too many to know them all!

  7. Mike Broschinsky says:

    Hey Joshua!

    Nice to see you drop by. I’m sorry to hear about your uncle, Benjamin P. I would have liked to know him.

    Come by again. We’ll try to keep the content a little more up-to-date!

  8. As am I.
    Thank you Justin. So sorry about your dad.
    I am Darlas daughter. Number ten to be exact and I would love anything further that you might have.

  9. I meant Joshua,…OMHoly! *Grrrrr* Gosh dang auto correct!!!

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