James KNIBBS, son of James KNIBBS and Mary Ann WILLS , was born 10 August 1828 in Clifton, Oxfordshire, England. He married Julia Ann MORETON 16 November 1893 in Enfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. He died 26 June 1914 in Connecticut, USA. Julia Ann MORETON was born 07 September 1833 in Colney Heath, Hertfordshire, England. She died 17 January 1904 in Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA.

Marriage Notes for James KNIBBS\Julia Ann MORETON:

See James and Julia's Marriage Registration


The 1900 census confirms that in June that year, they had been married for 7 years.

Other Marriages/Unions for James KNIBBS:
See James KNIBBS & Ellen COLLIN

Other Marriages/Unions for Julia Ann MORETON:
See Thomas DEAN & Julia Ann MORETON OR William LUTTER & Julia Ann MORETON

Notes for James KNIBBS:

Also known as: James D

James can be seen in 1851 living with his wife at her parent's house at Westbury, Buckinghamshire, England:
Robert Collin Head Mar 61 Stone Mason Bucks Westbury
Ann Collin Wife Mar 55 Lace Maker Bucks Westbury
John Collin Son UnM 30 Ag Lab Bucks Westbury
James Collin Son 15 UnM Ag Lab Bucks Westbury
Joseph Collin Son 13 Ag Lab Bucks Westbury
Benjamin Collin Son 8 Scholar Bucks Westbury
Henry Collin Son Mar 25 Ag Lab Bucks Westbury
Ann Collin Sons Wife Mar 23 Lace Maker Oxon Finmere
James Knibbs Son in Law Mar 22 Railway Labourer Oxon Deddington
Ellen Knibbs Wife Mar 19 Lace Maker Bucks Westbury

The exact date of when they emigrated to the US isn't clear. The earliest we can seem James and his family living in the US is on 9 July 1860 when they were living in a rural area of Farmington Township, Hartford County, Connecticut. However, the 1900 census record against James daughter Anne, suggests that they arrived in the US in 1855.

The following is extracted from the 1860 census:
James Nibbs, age 33, male, occ. laborer, owns personal property worth $50, born in England.
Mary, age 32, female
Ann, 8, female
Eliza, 4, female
William, 3, male
Burritt, 2/12, male

The official census day in 1860 was 1 June. Burritt is later called Benjamin. I am not sure where the name Mary came from. His wife was Ellen - almost certainly a mistake made by the enumerator. James' personal estate was valued at $50

James is listed in the Unionville part of the Farmington CT census for 1870:
KNIBBS JAMES, 42, Plaster Mason, England
KNIBBS Helen, 39, Keeping House, England
KNIBBS Ann, 18, England
KNIBBS Eliza, 15, England
KNIBBS Wm H., 13, Conn
KNIBBS Benj, 10, Conn
KNIBBS James, 6, Conn
KNIBBS Helen, 4, Conn
KNIBBS Joseph W., 1, Conn
value of real estate $1800.00, value personal $100.00

James appears in the 1880 census for the United States, living at Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut. The entire family are listed as KRIBBS instead of KNIBBS:
James KRIBBS50
William H23
Benjamin 20
Joseph W11
John E 7

We can see also James arriving in New York on 16 Feb 1894 aged 66, with his son Wesley aged 25. They had sailed from Liverpool via Queenstown. They were on the vessel The Majestic. No-one else seemed to be with them.

The Farmington Valley Herald And Journal, March 3rd , 1894 reported:
Mr. and Mrs. James Knibbs and his son Wesley returned last week from their visit to Kr. Knibbsold home in England.

James seems to have picked up the middle initial of "D" in America.

I am extremely lucky to have the above photograph. It was purchased in a job lot of 4,000 picture postcards at auction by a man in America. He contacted me and asked if I would like to buy it from him.
It was taken on 8th May 1908 and shows James KNIBBS aged 78 years. With him are his daughter, Mrs Root aged 56, her daughter Mrs John Habershon aged 34, her daughter Mrs Archie Young aged 17, and her son Archie Arthur Young aged 6 months.
I believe Mrs Root is his daughter Ann Knibbs having remarried after her first husband died in 1898. Mrs John Habershon is the right age to be Ann's daughter Minnie from Ann's first marriage to Elija Roberts.
(Click on the photo to enlarge).

From the Farmington Valley Herald, January 30th , 1941:
Unionville Notes from 1884.
Mr. and Mrs. James Knibbs and son Wesley have retirned from there visit to the old country.


James can be seen on the 1900 census, born August 1826 in England, nationalized in 1857, and married for 7 years.
His wife Julia is also listed, born September 1830 in England. Julia is listed as having had 5 children, all of them alive at the time of the census.
James Knibbs Head 73 England Farmer
Julia Knibbs Wife 69 England

We can see that in 1910, James was living with his son and daughter-in-law Benjamin and Emma at Farmington, Ct.

From the Hartford Courant, Jun 27, 1914:
(Special to The Courant.) 1914
Unionville, June 26.
In the death of James Knibbs, whose funeral was this afternoon, Unionville loses a man who during his fifty-five years residence in the village endeared himself by his geniality and unfailing friendliness. Born in Clifton, Deddingtonshire, England, in 1829, at the age or twenty-one he married Miss Ellen Collins of his native city, who was then in her nineteenth year. Emigrating to this countrye in 1858 they settled in Unionville and the family home remained here ever since. Mr. Knibbs was a builder and mason until very recent years when his advanced age caused him to retire from active work and he busied himself about his farm in the West District. He delighted in remembering the hardships with which workmen were formerly confronted and comparing present conditions with the past: In olden times he was employed in West Hartford and masons at that time had to work ten hours for a day's pay He walked the eleven miles to and from work each day and never thought of losing any time from his labors His wife died in 1885 and Mr. Kntbbs leaves seven children and descendants to the fifth generation. The children are William H. and James of Waterbury, Mrs. 0. A. Root of Southington, a daughter, Mrs. Delmore Weatherby, and three sons, B. R., J. W., and J. E. of Unionville. A. picture which he prized highly showed him with the five generations of his family: They are Mr. Knibbs:, Mrs. 0. A. Root, his eldest daughter; his granddaughter; Mrs. John Haberhon of South Meriden, Mrs. Irene' Young of South Meriden, a great-granddaughter, and Mrs. Young's children. Mr. Knibbs was in his eighty- sixth year.


James was buried at the Greenwood Cemetery, Avon, Hartford County, Connecticut.

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

Sources for James KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,
  2. Personal Contact with Barbara Knibbs,
  3. Hartford Courant Newspaper Archives, gave date of funeral 
  4. 1880 US Federal Census,
  5. 1851 British Census,
  6. 1860 US Federal Census,
  7. 1870 Farmington CT Census,
  8. Marriage Record,
  9. 1900 US Census for So Meriden, CT,
  10. Greenwood Cemetry Records, Avon, CT,
  11. 1910 US Census for So Meriden, CT,
  12. 1900 US Federal Census,

Notes for Julia Ann MORETON:

Also known as: Juliana

Julia was the daughter of Ezekial Lofty Moreton and his wife Sophia Bassill who married on 8 Jun 1824, St Matthew's Church, Bethnal Green, Middlesex. I believe there were 13 children altogether:
Isabella, Emma, Sarah, Mary, Elizabeth, Julia Ann, Ann(e) or Anna, Hannah, William, Sophia, John (Thomas), Charlotte Amelia and Margaret (Mary) Frances.

We frst see Julia (as Julean) in 1841, living at St Albans, Hertfordshire:
Ezekiel Moreton Head Mar 43-47 Hertfordshire
Sophia Moreton Wife Mar 39-43 Hertfordshire
Emma Moreton Daur 16-20 Hertfordshire
Sarah Moreton Daur 13 Hertfordshire
Mary Moreton Daur 11 Hertfordshire
Elizabeth Moreton Daur 9 Hertfordshire
Julean Moreton Daur 7 Hertfordshire
Ann Moreton Daur 5 Hertfordshire
Hannah Moreton Daur 3 Hertfordshire
William Moreton Son 1 Hertfordshire

Jullia had eight children with her first husband Thomas Dean. They were Emily Eleanor Ashwell (b.q4/1856), Thomas Ashwell b.Nov1858), Alice Eliza (b.q2/1860), William George, Rosetta Harriett (b.q4/1863), Ellen Julia and Annie Victoria.

Soon after the death of her second husband, Wulliam Lutter, Julia travelled to the US as Julia Lutter in 1888 at the age of 55, aboard the ship Tower Hill. She gave Hazardville, Connecticut as her final destination. It was after this that she met James Knibbs and married him.

The 1900 US Federal Census shows that Julia had 5 surviving children. It also shows that she was born in England and emigrated to the US in 1888.

Julia's second husband, William Lutter, died at the end of 1887/beginning of 1888, and we know that Julia arrived in America in 1888. We believe she emigrated to be with her daughter Annie Victoria Dean.
Annie had left England for America with her then fiance, Richard William May and his parents to settle in Hazardville. Both Richard and his father had experience of working in a gunpowder mill in Feltham, Middlesex, and had perhaps heard of the opportunitieds to be had in the Hazard Powder Mill in Hazardville, Enfield, Hartford County, Connecticut.

Julia's daughter, Ann Victoria returned with Richard May to England in 1884 where they married in Brentford, Middlesex and then returned to Hazardville. They had three children, Reginald C (b.1883), Frederick (b.1885), and Dorothy Dean May (b.1894). Richard gave his occupation as Gunpowder Maker on the passenger list in 1894 when returning from England to the US.

Two of Julia's other daughters joined them in the US. Her daughter Emily Eleanor Ashwell Dean married a man named Edward Garrard, settling in the general area of Hartford County. Another daughter, Alice Eliza Dean married a man named George Henry Shipway who also joined thenm in the same location.
Alice and George Shipway later returned to live in England, but Emily and Edward Garrard remained in the US.

We can see a record of Julia having travelled back to England at around 1900 or 1901. The record of her return journey is shown at the Ellis Island database. On 10 March 1901, she arrived at New York aboard the vessel 'Germanic' from Liverpool, England. It appears that she was travelling alone. Her end destination was identified as Unionville, Hartford County, Connecticut, where it states she would be joining her husband James.

It is a fairly safe conjecture that Julia died in 1904. The Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934 list the following:
Name Julia Knibbs
Event Type Death
Event Date 1904
Event Place Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Spouse's Name Marten

The spouse's name is confusing, but I'm not aware of any other Julia Knibbs in Hartford County.

Sources for Julia Ann MORETON:

  1. 1900 US Census for So Meriden, CT,
  2. 1910 US Census for So Meriden, CT,
  3. GRO England & Wales,
  4. Connecticul Vital Records at https://www.ctatatelibrarydata.org,