John KNIBBS, son of John KNIBBS and Elizabeth HOLLIER , was born bef. 16 February 1785. He married Hannah ALDRIDGE 17 July 1814 in Deddington, Oxfordshire, England. He died bef. 1850 in USA. Hannah ALDRIDGE, daughter of James ARLIDGE and Martha WILLS , was born bef. 27 October 1793 in Cropredy, Oxfordshire, England. She died bet. 1870 and 1880 in Menasha, Winnebago County, Wisconsin, USA.

Children of John KNIBBS and Hannah ALDRIDGE are:
1. John KNIBBS, b. bef. 24 December 1816 See John KNIBBS & Delilah HILTS
2. Naomi KNIBBS, b. bef. 25 April 1819 See Charles B DAGGART & Naomi KNIBBS
3. David KNIBBS, b. bef. 31 December 1826 See David KNIBBS & Mary UNKNOWN
4. Ellen A KNIBBS, b. 02 November 1829 See Corydon Porter NORTHRUP & Ellen A KNIBBS
5. Charles KNIBBS, b. 15 February 1821 See Charles KNIBBS & Jane Ashfield RUMNEY
6. Isaac KNIBBS, b. bef. 15 February 1824 See Isaac KNIBBS & Phoebe AVERY
7. Mary Ann KNIBBS, b. abt. 1815 See George HILTS & Mary Ann KNIBBS

Marriage Notes for John KNIBBS\Hannah ALDRIDGE:

Anne and John both listed as of the Deddington parish.

Notes for John KNIBBS:

This family unit can be seen travelling to the US in 1830 aboard the ship Meridian.

Microfilm Title: New York Passenger Lists 1820-1850

Age: 45
Gender: Male
Occupation: Brickmaker
Country of Origin: England
Country of Destination: United States
Ship: Ship Meridian
Port of Arrival: New York
Date of Arrival: June 11, 1830
Microfilm Serial Number: M237
Roll Number: 14 List Number: 286

Travelling with him were:
KNIBBS, Ann Age: 40
KNIBBS, Mary Ann Age: 15
KNIBBS, John, Jr. Age: 13
KNIBBS, Maria Age: 11
KNIBBS, Charles Age: 9
KNIBBS, Isaac Age: 6
KNIBBS, David Age: 3
KNIBBS, Ellin Age: 6 m

The Deddington parish register shows a son named Nehemiah born to John and Ann in about 1819. The transcription of the passenger lust has the name transcribed as Maria. I've concluded that the Parish Register was probably incorrect.

See an extract from the Passenger List.

This family unit, less John the father, John jr. and Isaac appears in one household at Niagara in 1850.
It is noted from the 1850 New York census that David NIBBS 23 is living with Anne 53, Naomi 30, Charles 28, and Ellen 20 all born England.

Naomi may well be an error in the census or the transcription for the name Maria.

David NIBBS 23 Eng
Ann NIBBS 53 Eng
Naomi NIBBS 30 Eng
Charles NIBBS 28 Eng
Ellen NIBBS 20 Eng

They were living next door to a family headed by a man named Horrace Coffin who was a brickmaker by trade. John Knibbs snr. was also a brickmaker.

No baptism record has been found for Charles. Those who have researched this Charles in the US believe he was born in Devon on 15th February 1821. This information is purported to come from a family bible which sadly, is no longer available to the Knibbs researchers. However, a similar entry exists in a family bible ("Hitchcock's New and Complete Analysis of the Holy Bible" published in 1877) belonging to Ken Close, who is descended via the line of Charles Knibbs.
There's no baptism for Charles in Deddington or Somerton where the other children were baptised. Similarly, no baptism record has been found for the daughter Mary Ann. So, it is possible that Charles parents moved into Devonshire seeking work before they emigrated to New York.

Amongst Henry Herbert Knibbs the famous cowboy poet's papers currently contained in the archives at Stanford University, California, there are the immigration papers for Henry's ancestors which without checking, I would presume to be those of John Knibbs, his wife Ann and their children in 1830.

Sources for John KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,
  2. 1850 New York Census,

Notes for Hannah ALDRIDGE:

Also known as: Ann

We see Ann in 1860, living at First Ward Village Of Two Rivers, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin:
Rufus Batchelder 34 Maine
Almira Batchelder 24 Upper Canada
Eveline J Batchelder 1 Wisconsin
Ann Knibbs 71 England

John wasn't with her so we assume he died before then

Manitowoc Genealogy web site
lists Ann in the 1860 census living at city of Two Rivers, 1st Ward, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, USA.
Ann Knibbs 71 F -- -- -- England
She appeared to be living with Rufus Batchelder 34 (a Sailor), his wife Almira Batchelder 24 and daughter Eveline J. Batchelder

Ann's son Charles was living at Two Rivers, 2nd Ward, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin at the same time.

In 1870, we see Hannah (as Ann) living at Manasha, Winnebago County, Wisconsin with her daughter Ellen's family:
C P Northrup Head Mar 49 Book Keeper New York
Ellen A Northrup Wife Mar 40 Keeping House England
Katy A Northrup Daur 15 At School Wisconsin
A Mary Northrup Daur 12 At School Wisconsin
Henry M Northrup Son 11 At School Wisconsin
Hattie J Northrup Daur 9 At School Wisconsin
Carrie N Northrup Daur 5 At School Wisconsin
Alice Northrup Daur 10 months Wisconsin
Ann Knibbs 82 Wid No Occupation England
Mary A Northrup Wid 69 No Occupatyion New York

Sources for Hannah ALDRIDGE:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,
  2. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Cropredy,
  3. 1870 US Federal Census,