James KNIBBS, son of Richard KNIBBS and Sarah BIGNELL , was born bef. 22 April 1764 in Deddington, Oxfordshire, England. He married Elizabeth PANTING 18 December 1796 in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, England. He died bet. April and June, 1843 in Windsor District, Berkshire, England. Elizabeth PANTING was born abt. 1784. She died bet. April and June, 1839 in Windsor District, Berkshire, England.


Children of James KNIBBS and Elizabeth PANTING are:
1. Mary KNIBBS, b. bef. 25 January 1799
2. James KNIBBS, b. bef. 03 August 1800 See James KNIBBS & Elizabeth ROAKE
3. William KNIBBS, b. bef. 01 December 1804
4. Joseph KNIBBS, b. December 1812 See Joseph KNIBBS & Mary Ann LILLY
5. John KNIBBS, b. December 1812 See John KNIBBS & Mary ROAKE
6. Sarah KNIBBS, b. abt. 1810
7. Richard KNIBBS, b. abt. 1806 See Richard KNIBBS & Catherine GOLDSMITH

Marriage Notes for James KNIBBS\Elizabeth PANTING:

There is a possibility that Elizabeth could be Elizabeth Panting. If that is the case, James married Elizabeth Panting at Kidlington, Oxfordshire, England on Dec 18 1796. the witnesses were Charles Stroud and John Allen.
James' cousin Elizabeth Knibbs from Enstone, Oxfordshire married a John Allen. It could however be coincidence that a John Allen witnessed at the wedding. John Allen witnessed the two previous NIBB and KNIBB marriages at Kidlington, so he may well have been co-opted.

Other Marriages/Unions for James KNIBBS:
See James KNIBBS & Jane LOCKTON


Notes for James KNIBBS:

We know from the article below, that this James crossed from Deddington into Windsor.
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Numerous Poor Laws were passed during the period up to 1834, gradually building up a system in which the poor would be supported by the ratepayers of the parish in which they were “settled” – either their place of birth, or the last parish where they had last been in regular work. Women who married took on their husband’s place of settlement.
Naturally, communities were wary of admitting newcomers who might become a burden on them, unless they knew for certain which parish was responsible for their upkeep, and so parish authorities began to collect written evidence – Certificates of Settlement – on anyone trying to move into the neighbourhood. By providing a measure of reassurance, these papers allowed people far greater freedom of movement than they might otherwise have had to go looking for work.
Thousands of settlement certificates have survived, giving social and family historians a vivid insight into the lives of ordinary folk who were mostly buried in unmarked graves and left no other record beyond a baptism in one place and perhaps a marriage somewhere else. Preservation of these documents is patchy, however – some parishes kept piles of certificates, others just threw them out once they were no longer needed. Adderbury and Witney kept dozens, Steeple Aston just one – now stored at the Oxfordshire Record Office. It records the examination by two Justices of the Peace in Windsor, Berks., of one James Knibbs, born in Deddington, who named Steeple Aston as his place of settlement (he had also worked at Blenheim, but this was not considered to be part of any parish). This is a slightly edited version:

“The Examination of James Knibbs now residing in the Parish of Old Windsor, Labourer, taken on Oath before us two of His Majesty’s Justices of the Peace February 1813 touching the Place of his last Legal Settlement
…who saith that he was born in the Parish of Deddington in the County of Oxford where his Father then resided and was legally settled as he has heard and believes, that at his age of Fifteen Years or thereabouts he was hired for a Year by John Pain of the Parish of Steeple Aston in the said County of Oxford at the Yearly Wages of Forty Shillings together with his Board and Lodging, that he continued in that Service Two Years, received his Wages, and Boarded and Lodged in his Master’s House in Steeple Aston the whole of that Period;
…that he was afterwards hired for a Year by Smallbones of Blenheim Park, Park Keeper to His Grace the Duke of Marlborough, who agreed to give this Examinant three pounds a Year for Wages and his Board and Lodging, that he served Smallbones under that living two Years at the like Wages, boarded and lodged in his Master’s House and received his Wages, that the said Smallbones took him under a fresh hiring for another Year at three pounds ten shillings for the Year’s Wages and his Board and Lodging, that he served the said (third) Year received the last mentioned Wages and boarded and lodged in his Master’s House in Blenheim Park during that
time. (He further saith that he believes the whole of Blenheim Park to be Extra Parochial), subsequent to which this Examinant has done no Act whereby to gain a Settlement elsewhere,
…that about Seventeen Years ago he was married to his present Wife Elizabeth at the Parish Church of Kidlington in the said County of Oxford by whom he hath six Children, five of whom are now living with him, namely James aged about thirteen Years, Richard aged Five Years, Sarah aged nearly three Years and Joseph and John (twin Children) aged nearly seven Weeks”.

Sources for James KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,
  2. FreeBMD,

Notes for Elizabeth PANTING:

  • Birth: abt. 1784.
  • Death: bet. April and June, 1839 in Windsor District, Berkshire, England.

It's quite possibly this Elizabeth who died in Windsor District in q2/1839.

Sources for Elizabeth PANTING:

  1. Alan Jackson,
  2. FreeBMD,

Notes for Mary KNIBBS:

  • Birth: bef. 25 January 1799.
  • Death: UNKNOWN.
  • Baptism: 25 January 1799  Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England 

Sources for Mary KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Woodstock,

Notes for William KNIBBS:

  • Birth: bef. 01 December 1804.
  • Death: December 1804.
  • Baptism: 01 December 1804  Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England 
  • Burial: December 1804  Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England 

The Parish Register for Woodstock shows that William was baptised privately indicating that he was in very poor health.

Sources for William KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Woodstock,

Notes for Sarah KNIBBS:

Also known as: Sally
  • Birth: abt. 1810.
  • Death: UNKNOWN.
  • Baptism: 15 March 1810  Old Windsor District, Berkshire, England 

In 1828, Sarah was moved from Old Windsor to Steeple Aston as indicated in the following newspaper article which refers to the removal of five of her brother Joseph's children, defined as paupers) between Old and New Windsor.
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From the Windsor and Eton Express - 31 January 1852:
APPEAL CASE.—OLD WINDSOR V, NEW WINDSOR.
This was an appeal against the removal of five children named Knibbs from the parish of New Windsor to Old Windsor. The family had been previously removed from New Windsor to Egham, and the order was quashed at Quarter Sessions. Mr. Lawrence (instructed Mr. Seeker) appeared for the appellants, and Mr. Huddlestone (instructed by Mr. Millos) appeared for the respondents.
Mr. Robert Reeve Smyth deposed that he served notice of appeal on the parish officers of New Windsor on the 13th of October, 1851; he also served the grounds of appeal in January.
Cross-examined by Mr. Huddlestone: The grounds of removal, and order, were sent by post to the overseers of Old Windsor on the 11th of September, 1851. Application was made for the depositions within 31 days after the order of removal, but could not recollect tbe exact date. Now found, on reference, that the application was made to Mr. Long, the clerk to the removing justices, on the 29tb of September, 1851.
Re-examined by Mr. Lawrence: It was on tbe 29th of September that application was made to Mr. Long’s clerk for a copy of the depositions.
By Mr. Huddlestone: The order of removal was brought to witness on the 11th of September, by Mr. Cole, one of the overseers of Old Windsor.
The Recorder said be did not see the bearing of the queations put by Mr. Huddlestone.
Mr. Huddleatone said the Act of Parliament provided that the appellant parish should give notice of appeal within 21 days after the order of removal was made.
Mr. Lawrence said the order was dated on the 10th of September.
Mr. HuJdlestone said, that being the case, he would waive his objection. He would now ask whether his learned friend was in time—whether the appeal ought not to have been tried last Sessions. The Recorder ruled that the appellants were in time. Were he to do otherwise, he should say that his predecessor in the Recorder’s seat had done wrong.
Mr. Huddlestone next objected that the notice of appeal did not appear to be signed by a majority of the parish officers. He should not have taken this objection, but he saw that a very wicked objection was about to be taken by the other side to the notice of chargeability, and it was sport to see the engineer hoist on his own petard" (laughter). The notice was signed by two churchwardens and two overseers of the parish of Old Windsor. The Act said the notice should be signed by a majority of the churchwardens or overseers. The notice on the face of it did not show that it was signed by a majority either of the churchwardens or overseers. The learned gentleman cited cases in support of his argument.
At the conclusion of his speech Mr. Huddlestone asked Mr. Smyth how many churchwardens and how many overseers there were in Old Windsor, and receiving for answer that the notice was signed by the whole of the officers, his objection fell to the ground.
Mr. Lawrence called upon Mr. Huddlestone to prove the notice of cbargeablity upon which the order of removal was grounded.
Mr. Huddlestone argued that he could not be called upon to prove the notice, and cited cases to shew that the onus of proving the notice to be unduly executed rested with the appellants.
The notice of chargeability was then put in.
Mr. A. F. Millus deposed that there were four overseers and three churchwardens in the parish of New Windsor.
The notice was signed by three churchwardens and one overseer.
A long and uninteresting legal discussion took place on this objection, Mr. Lawrence urging that the assistant-overseer was an overseer for the purposes of the Act, and Mr. Hudlestone contra.
The Recorder decided that the assistant-overseer was not an “over seer" within the meaning of the Act.
Mr. Lawrence still disputed the notice of chargeability, and calle
Mr. John Burgiss Brown, who deposed that he was appointed churchwarden on the 21st of April, 1851, and that he signed the notice produced the 10th of September in the same year.
Mr. Lawrence said his objection was that Mr. Brown, at the time signed the notice, had not been sworn in at churchwarden before the archdeacon.
The Recorder said Mr. Brown being churchwarden de facto would do.
Mr. Lawrence said all the authorities showed that the old churchwarden continued in office until his successor bad been aworn in. That being the case, the notice was not signed by a majority of the parish officer
Mr. Huddlestone said the ground of appeal stated that the notice of chargeability was bad on the face of it. Such was clearly not the cas
The Recorder decided that the notice not bad on the face thereof," and overruled the objection.
Mr. Huddlestone then stated the case. The five paupers were the children of Joseph and Mary Ann Knibbs. Joseph Knibbs was born at Old Windsor in 1812—about forty years ago—and this fact gave him a prima facie standing. Mr. Lawrence said he admitted the birth of Joseph Knibbs at Old Windsor, but be should be able show that be was the son of a man whose settlement, by hiring, was at the parish of Steeple Claydon, in Oxfordshire. In 1828, the daughter of Knibbs, the father, was removed to Steeple Aston from Old Windsor, and the removal was not appealed against. That fact would conclude the settlement of the family, and fix it at Steeple Asto
Mr. Huddlestone said the order of removal of the sister of Joseph Knibbs to Steeple Aston, as the settlement of her father James Knibbs, would be conclusive against Sarah Knibbs's children, but would not be so against Joseph Knibbs, because he was emancipated by marriage, afterward
The Recorder said, emancipated or not, Joseph Knibbs would follow the birth-settlement of his father. He should hold the ground of appeal to be sufficient.
Mr. Lawrence said he should be compelled to give secondary evidence of the order of removal.
Mr. Charles Thomas Phillips, solicitor, of Windsor, deposed that he had searched for papers in the office of the clerk to the justices for Berks. He searched the file for 1828.
Mr. Huddlestone objected that the clerk to the justices should have been called.
Mr. Phillips further deposed that he found no order or duplicate of an order for the removal of Sarah Knibbs. Had also searched the parish chest at Old Windsor, and found no order. Searched also a cupboard in the vestry of Old Windsor, but found no such order. Searched also in the pariah chest of Steeple Aston, but found order. Ascertained who were the overseers of Steeple Aston, in 1828. Examined the papers in the hands of the vestry-clerk, but found no order.
Cross-examined by Mr. Huddlestonr: Searched in the office of clerk to the justices of Berks—the office of Mr. Seeker, in Windsor.
Mr. George Deodatus Warcus deposed that he resided in Huddersfield. In 1828, was acting as assistant-overseer to Mr. Sivewright. James Knibbs worked for Lord Ashbrook, and his daughter Sarah Knibbs, being pregnant, was examined to her settlement. Was not present at her examination. Took her to Steeple Aston, under an order of removal.
Mr. Huddlestons argued that the order of removal must be produced.
The Recorder said Mr. Lawrence could ask who gave witness the order to remove Sarah Koibbs.
Mr. Huddlestone said such evidence would not affect his clients. New Windsor would not be affected by what Old Windsor did. Nothing but an order—and a valid order—would affect the respondents. The almost certainty was that the order, if produced, would be found to be invalid.
Mr. Warcus further deposed that he received his orders from Mr. Sheppard, who was the assistant-overseer of Old Windsor. Witness. delivered Sarah Knibbs to the parish officers of Steeple Aston. Witness was afterwards overseer for Old Windsor, and Sarah Knibbs returned to the parish, but never became chargeable.
Mr. Lawrence said that would be the case for the appellants.
Mr. Huddlestone contended that no case had been made out. No evidence as to the settlement of Joseph Kiiiihs had been given.
The Recorder said if Mr Lawrence had no further evidence to offer it would be insufficient. The settlement might have been gained by Sarah Knibbs, by a year's service in a farm-house at Steeple Aston.
Mr Lawrence was proceeding to reopen the case when—
The Recorder said they had certainly had a very patient and a very acute enquiry, and the result was that the order of removal must be confirmed.
Mr. Huddlestone applied for costs, on the part of the respondents. The Recorder said it was a very fair case for enquiry, and he should give the usual costs.

Sources for Sarah KNIBBS:

  1. LDS IGI Records, as NIBBS