Robert KNIBBS, son of James KNIBBS and Mary Ann WILLS , was born bef. 02 August 1835 in Clifton, Oxfordshire, England. He married Elizabeth MARKHAM October 1866 in Deddington, Oxfordshire, England. He died 12 June 1900 in Clifton, Oxfordshire, England. Elizabeth MARKHAM, daughter of William MARKHAM and Hannah GIBSON , was born bef. 16 May 1847 in Middle Aston, Oxfordshire, England. She died 21 August 1928 in Woodstock District, Oxfordshire, England.


Children of Robert KNIBBS and Elizabeth MARKHAM are:
1. George Levi KNIBBS, b. 22 December 1876 See George Levi KNIBBS & Eveline BUTLER
2. James KNIBBS, b. 31 December 1868 See James KNIBBS & Sarah Ann CASEBROOK
3. Harry KNIBBS, b. 19 August 1870 See Harry KNIBBS & Emma Jane OCKWELL
4. Fred KNIBBS, b. bef. 16 March 1873
5. Walter KNIBBS, b. 18 January 1879 See Walter KNIBBS & Ruth ALLEN
6. Amy Elizabeth KNIBBS, b. 23 May 1887 See Edgar GARDNER & Amy Elizabeth KNIBBS
7. Sarah Ethel KNIBBS, b. bet. July and September, 1881 See Louis STACEY & Sarah Ethel KNIBBS
8. Ernest Thomas KNIBBS, b. 27 October 1888 See Ernest Thomas KNIBBS & Amelia Euphemia TYRRELL
9. William KNIBBS, b. 13 December 1866 See William KNIBBS & Rebecca SHIRLEY
10. Mary Ann KNIBBS, b. 18 June 1875
11. Arthur KNIBBS, b. 07 August 1885

Marriage Notes for Robert KNIBBS\Elizabeth MARKHAM:

Banns read at Deddington identifying Robert from Clifton and Elizabeth of Steeple Aston. They married in Q4 1866.


Notes for Robert KNIBBS:

Robert worked as a labourer for some time at St. James Farm, Clifton, Oxfordshire, England. The farm was owned by a Thomas Wright and interestingly, Robert's younger sister Sarah married Thomas Wright's son who was also Thomas. The farm eventually passed into the hands of Thomas Wright (jr.) and his wife Sarah.

It's understood from Robert's neice Barbara that he worked at Wrights' Dairy Farm at Clifton which I suspect is the same place.
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Robert was a very devout Chapel man who read a passage out of the Bible every night. He would not do such a thing as clean his boots on a Sunday, attending every service at the little village chapel.
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Robert can be seen at the 1861 census living at Leys Farm, Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, England.
Guban Malings Head UnM 33 Farmer of 256 Acres Oxon Somerton
Charlotte Ann Malings Sister Unm 30 Housekeeper Oxon Somerton
Robert Knibbs Servant UnM 25 Carter Oxon Clifton
Emma Baugher Servant UnM 21 House Servant Oxon Calcott
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The 1871 census for Oxfordshire and North Berkshire shows Robert as living at Clifton, Oxfordshire with his wife and their first three children:
Robert Knibbs Head Mar 32 Ag Lab Clifton Oxon
Elizabeth Knibbs Wife Mar 24 Middle Aston Oxon
William Knibbs Son 4 Scholar Clifton Oxon
James Knibbs Son 2 Clifton Oxon
Harry Knibbs Son Under 6m Clifton Oxon
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From Jackson's Oxford Journal (Oxford, England), Saturday, August 4, 1877;
Robert Knibbs of Clifton and George William Heritage, John Baker and
Samuel Gibbs, were charged by Josiah Kirby, the Vaccination Officer of the Woodstock Union, with having neglected to have their respective children - Levi Knibbs, Lily Ellen Heritage,
Bertha Baker and Walter Gibbs - vaccinated. defendants gave the usual reasons for not complying with the law, namely, that they considered their
children in good health at present, and they doubted in vaccination tended to promote good health. An order was made in each
case to have the children vaccinated within one calendar month. Mr. Bush from the office of R.B.B. Hawkins , Esq., represented the Guardians.


Again, from Jackson's Oxford Journal (Oxford, England), Saturday, January 14, 1888:

At Bampton West Division Petty Sessions, Burford January 6.
Herbert Harwood was fined 12s., John Baker 10s., and Robert Knibbs 11s., for non-compliance with the Vaccinations Act.

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The 1881 census shows Robert and his family living at Deddington:
Robert Knibbs Head Mar 40 Farm Labourer Clifton Oxon
Elizabeth Knibbs Wife Mar 33 Middle Aston Oxon
William Knibbs Son 14 Farm Labourer Clifton Oxon
James Knibbs Son 12 Farm Labourer Clifton Oxon
Harry Knibbs Son 10 Scholar Clifton Oxon
Fred Knibs Son 8 Scholar Clifton Oxon
George Knibbs Son 4 Scholar Clifton Oxon
Walter Knibbs Son 2 CliftonOxon
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From the Banbury Guardian - Thursday 24 August 1882:
Deddington, Petty Sessions, Friday 18th:
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE. —Samuel Newman, of Steeple Barton, was charged by Mr. Josiah Kirby, the school attendance officer for the School Attendance Committee of the Woodatock Union, with a breach of the bye-laws of the said committee by not sending his three children to school. He was fined 5s. in each case. Thomas Haynes, of Duns-tew, James Hawkins, of Clifton, Joshua Rifle, of Clifton, and William WortIle, of Wescott Barton, were charged with the like offence in respect to two children each, and were all fined 10s. each. Emma Dunn, of Steeple Anon, was charged with the like offence in respect of one child and was fined 5s. Robert Knibbs of Clifton, was Chargede with a like offence, but on a promise to send the child to school regularly the case against this defendant was dis-missed.

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The 1891 census for Oxfordshire and North Berkshire shows Robert still living at Clifton, Oxfordshire with his wife and now, six children:
Robert Knibbs Head Mar 48 Agricultural Labourer Oxon Clifton
Elizabeth Knibbs Wife Mar 38 Oxon Middle Aston
James Knibbs Son 21 Shoemaker Oxon Clifton
GeorgeKnibbs 14 Agricultural Labourer Oxon Clifton
WalterKnibbs Son 12 Agricultural Labourer Oxon Clifton
Sarah E Knibbs Daur 10 Scholar Oxon Clifton
Amy E Knibbs Daur 4 Oxon Clifton
Ernest T Knibbs Son 2 Oxon Clifton
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From the Banbury Guardian, Thursday 13 July 1882:
... Deddington, was fined 11s. including costs, for failing to obey order to have his child Clara Mary vaccinated. Robert Knibbs, Clifton, was. for like offence in respect of his child Sarah Ethel, similarly fined.

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This is the house at 1 Victoria Row, Clifton (click to enlarge) where Robert lived with his wife and children. The house remained in the family for several generations. Robert's great-grandson Colin Rapley was also born there. Robert's son Walter, moved to 3 Victoria Row in 1948 after his wife died. the middle house was occupied by a Mr & Mrs Bowerman.
Colin Rapley has told me that the cottage was very old fashioned even in the 1940's. They still collected water from the village well, used oil lamps and of course had an outside toilet. A pig was kept at the bottom of the garden and when killed and salted was hung in the kitchen.

The Chapel at the far end of the row of cottages is St James Chapel, consecrated on 10th June 1853. The land on which it is built was believed to have been given by Mr Wright of St James Farm, Clifton, when it was built in 1851. As mentioned above, Robert Knibbs was employed as a labourer by Mr Wright at St James Farm, and Robert's younger sister Sarah eventually married Thomas Wright junior who inherited the farm from his father.
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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Robert.

Sources for Robert KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,
  2. 1891 British Census,
  3. 1861 British Census,
  4. Personal Contact with Barbara Stacey,
  5. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 gave Woodstock District 
  6. Headstone, gave date 
  7. 1881 British Census,
  8. 1851 Census of Woodstock Union, Oxfordshire,
  9. 1871 British Census,

Notes for Elizabeth MARKHAM:


See the pages from Elizabeth's mother's Bible





The above photo shows Elizabeth Knibbs standing outside their house at No.1 Victoria Terrace, Clifton, Oxfordshire.
Click the image to see a larger version.

Quite probably, she had an older brother Charles b.1844 at Steeple Aston, married to Hannah with 6 children, all living at The Village, Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire in 1901, next door to her parents William and Hannah. Charles was an Agricultural Labourer.
The children were John (13), William (11), Henry (9), Rose (7), Tom (5) and Alice (2).
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There was also a possible younger brother Alfred b.1849 at Steeple Aston married to Mary with 3 children Emma (6), Walter (3) and Francis (1), all living at 39 Gt Tufton St, London, Middlesex, England. Alfred was a Tailor.
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In 1861, we see Elizabeth living with her brother Frederick and his family at Paines Street, Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire:
Frederick Markham Head Mar 23 Labourer Oxon Middle Aston
Mary Ann Markham Wife Mar 21 Oxon Middle Aston
John Henry Markham Son 1 Oxon Mddle ASton
Mary Ann Markham Daur 3m Oxon Middle Aston
Elizabeth Markham Sister UnM 13 Oxon Middle Aston
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Elizabeth appears in the 1901 census living at Clifton with her sons Walter and Ernest:
Elizabeth Knibbs Head Wid 52 Oxon Middle Aston
Walter Knibs Son 22 General Labourer Oxford Clifton
Ernest Knibbs Son 12 Oxford Clifton
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In 1911 we can see Elizabeth living at Clifton, Deddington, Oxfordshire:
Elizabeth Knibbs Head Widow F 59 Oxfordshire Clifton
Walter Knibbs Son Single M 31 Hay Tier Oxfordshire Clifton
Ernest Knibbs Son Single 23 Railway Porter Oxfordshire Clifton
Archie Comon Boarder Single M 20 Flour Miller Worker Oxfordshire Charbury

Whilst the detail wasn't required, the census shows that Elizabeth had 11 children, 3 of whom died before 1911.
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From the Banbury Advertiser, Thursday 21 August 1924:
WANTED— Respectable Woman. 50-60. to share cottage in country with elderly lady.—Apply. Knibbs. Clifton. Deddington.


I'm guessing that this was Elizabeth looking for help at home in the latter years.
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From the Banbury Advertiser, Thursday 30 August 1928:
Aged 77 years, August 21st, Elizabeth Knibbs, Clifton, Oxon.

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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Elizabeth.

Sources for Elizabeth MARKHAM:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,
  2. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Steeple Aston,
  3. 1891 Census for Woodstock District,
  4. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  5. Headstone, gave date 

Notes for Fred KNIBBS:

Fred can be seen in the 1891 census living at 22/23 Old Cavendish Street, Cavendish Square, St Marylebone, London with several others amongst which there were two lads also from Clifton in Oxfordshire. It appears to have been a restaurant. There were 8 staff working there. Fred and five others were all waiters, then there was a senior steward and 5 female domestic servant.

Fred Knibbs S 18 Waiter Oxon Clifton
John Drinkwater S 19 Waiter Oxon Clifton
John Stockley S 21 Waiter Oxon Clifton

Cruchley's handbook for London in 1865 show a hotel named "Fladong's" at 22 Old Cavendish Street.
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From the Banbury Advertiser, Thursday 13 July 1893:
Knibbs - July 9 at University College Hospital, London, Fred, fourth som of Robert and Elizabeth Knibbs, of Clifton, Deddington, aged 20.

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From the Bicester Herald - Friday 21 July 1893:
DEATHS
July 9: at University College Hospital, London, from typhoid fever, aged 20. Fred, fourth son of Mr. Robert Knibbs. of Clifton. Deddington.

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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Fred.

Sources for Fred KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,
  2. GRO England & Wales, GRO England & Wales gives 1Qtr1873 
  3. Headstone, gave date 
  4. Newspaper Article,
  5. 1891 British Census,

Notes for Mary Ann KNIBBS:

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Mary Ann.

Sources for Mary Ann KNIBBS:

  1. GRO England & Wales, GRO England & Wales gives 4Qtr1875 
  2. Oxford & Northants Methodist Listing - Brackley Register 1837-1903, gave her actual birth date 
  3. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,
  4. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 gave Woodstock District 

Notes for Arthur KNIBBS:

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Arthur.

Sources for Arthur KNIBBS:

  1. Oxford & Northants Methodist Listing - Brackley Register 1837-1903,
  2. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 gave date & Woodstock District 
  3. Headstone,