George KNIBBS, son of Isaac KNIBBS and Phoebe AVERY , was born 08 June 1850 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA. He married Sarah Augusta WOODRUFF 31 December 1873 in Manhattan, New York County, New York, USA. He died 14 November 1899 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA. Sarah Augusta WOODRUFF was born 17 June 1850 in Lysander, Onondaga County, New York, USA. She died 25 August 1933 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA.

Children of George KNIBBS and Sarah Augusta WOODRUFF are:
1. Henry Herbert KNIBBS, b. 24 October 1874 See Henry Herbert KNIBBS & Ida Julia PFEIFFER OR Henry Herbert KNIBBS & Turbesé Dorothea LUMMIS
2. Olive Avery KNIBBS, b. 10 January 1883 See Herbert Forsythe MCLAUGHLIN & Olive Avery KNIBBS OR Lewis Everett FULLER & Olive Avery KNIBBS

Marriage Notes for George KNIBBS\Sarah Augusta WOODRUFF:

From the New York Herald, January 4, 1874:
KNIBBS - WOODRUFF: On Wednesday December 31, 1873, at the residence of the bride's mother, in this city, by Rev. Roibert McArthur, George Knibbs of Niagara Falls, to Miss Sarah A. Woodruff, of Rochester. No cards.


Groom's Name: George Knibbs
Bride's Name: Sarah A. Woodruff
Marriage Date: 31 Dec 1873
Marriage Place: Manhattan, New York, New York
Groom's Father's Name: Isaac Knibbs
Groom's Mother's Name: Phoebe Avery
Bride's Father's Name: Henry Woodruff
Bride's Mother's Name: Augusta I. Longbathum

Amongst Henry Herbert's papers currently contained in the archives at Stanford Universit, California, there is a copy of his parents' marriage certificate.

From the New York Herald, Sunday 4th January, 1874:
KNIBBS - WOODRUFF. - On Wednesday December 31st, 1873, at the residence of the bride's mother, in this city, by Rev. Robert McArthur, GEORGE KNIBBS of Niagara Falls, to Miss SARAH A. WOODRUFF of Rochester. No cards.

Notes for George KNIBBS:

George Knibbs can be seen in the Ontario Gazetteer and Business Direcory for 1886-7:
Pierce, Howard & Co. (Henry F Pierce, George H Howard, George Knibbs)
Exchange Brokers & Coal Dealers

The later in the same Directory:
Howard George H & Co (George H Howard, George Knibbs)
Brokers & coal

The fact that he is named in the advertisement would indicate that he was a partner in the Business perhaps.

Other newspaper articles I've seen indicate that he and George Howard ran a coal business in Niagara Falls, Ontario up until 1890 but then moved it to Buffalo.

From the Niagara Falls Gazette, 7 July 1880:
—George Knibbs of the firm of G. H. Howard & Co., of Clifton, Ont., left last week for Colorado in search of his brother Charlie, who is thought to be ill at Fort Collins, and without proper medical attendance. George expects to reach Fort Collins this noon.


We can see George, his wife Sarah and two of his children in the 1891 census living in the district of Welland in the town of Niagara Falls, Ontario:
Knibbs Geo. M 40 M - United States - England United States C of Eng
Knibbs Sarah F 40 M W United States - United States United States C of Eng
Knibbs Harry M 16 - S Ontario - United States United States C of Eng
Knibbs Olive F 8 - D Ontario - United States Scotland C of Eng Clergyman

Harry as he appears in the census, was in fact Henry Herbert. He was also known as Harry.
The first location listed after each name is the place where that person was born. The second place name is where his/her father was born, and the third, where his/her mother was born. The transcription I saw seemed to be out of sync slightly with the occupations listed being relevant probably to the name below that indicated on the list. The person above George (a 17 year old girl named Alice) was listed as a Coal Dealer. Similarly, Olive Knibbs is listed as a Clergyman.

In 1892, we see George and Sarah listed in the New York State Census, living at Erie
George Nibbs M 28 Merchant
Sarah Nibbs F 42
Olive Nibbs F 9

From the Buffalo Courier, Wednesday, November 15, 1899.
Death of George Knibbs
Manager of Howard Coal Company Died After Short Illness.
George Knibbs, for many years the manager of the Howard Coal Company, died at his home, 99 Highland avenue, yestereday, after a short illness. A complication of diseases was the immediate cause of death.
The deceased was born in Buffalo and was a graduate of the grammar and high schools of this city, but early in his life he went into the coal business and had attained prominence in it when death claimed him.
Mr Knibbs had a widfe circle of friends which will mourn his loss. He leaves a widow and two children, a son and a daughter. The funeral will be held from the family home tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment will be in Forest Lawn.


From the Buffalo Courier, 16 November 1899:
Memorial on the death of Mr. George Knibbs, adopted at a meeting of coal shippers and dealers held November 15th, 1899.
Again the coal shippers and dealers of Buffalo are met to take action upon the death of one of their esteemed associates Mr. George Knibbs, who died In this November the 14th.
In the early spring of 1886 we took sad leave of Mr. Howard, a friend dearly be loved by us all, and the senior member of the firm with which Mr. Knibbs was aquainted. We remember very well the deep sense of personal loss that came to Mr. Knibbs when this almost life long friend and business associate was taken away.
Although Mr. Knibbs had made his home In Buffalo for only eight years, yet he had been closely Identified with. the coal trade of this city for nearly thirty years. He was only in his prime when passed away, and yet he was one of the first to be actively engaged in distributing coal throughout the province of Canada. From a few hundred tons be lived to see the coal business prosper In his hands and Increase into hundreds of thousands in this territory.
The greater part of his business life was spent at Niagara Falls, Ontario, where in connection with Pierce Howard & Co. afterward with G. H. Howard & Co. and later as the head of the Howard Coal Co., he was active and foremost in Introducing anthracite by rail into Canada. He indeed one of the pioneers, and no inconsiderable factor in the development and expansion of the trade.
An indefatigable worker in the days of his strength and health, unselfish and kind In all the relations of life, the memory of Mr. Knibbs will long be held dear to all who knew him well. By order of the committee.

Sources for George KNIBBS:

  1. 1891 Census for Ontario,
  2. 1892 New York State Census,
  3. Obituary,

Notes for Sarah Augusta WOODRUFF:

Daughter of Henry b.27 Dec 1820 & Augusta Irving LONGBOTHUM b.18 Aug 1829 .
Amongst Henry Herbert's papers currently contained in the archives at Stanford University, California, there is a copy of his mother's will.

From The Buffalo Courier, Sunday, August 4, 1907:
10 Days to Comply with Regulations.
Katsingres Bros., confectioners at No. 10 Broadway, were given ten days by Health Commissioner Wende yesterday morning to conform to the ordinances of the Health Department. Representatives of the firm agreed to comply with the instructions of the Health Department.
Orders were issued and served upon the occupants of tenement houses at Nos. 448 and 450 Seneca Street to vacate the buildings. F. B. Franceschinell is the owner of the houses, and mortgages held by Sarah A. Knibbs are to be foreclosed. Of late nothing has been done to keep the building well repaired and the water has been shut off from the place for the past month as nobody paid the water bill.

The Niagara Falls Gazette, Friday Jun 5, 1908, reported:
Mrs. Sarah A. Knibbs and Miss Olive Knibbs of Los Angeles, Cal., are registered at the Hotel Clifton across the river for a few days. Mrs. Knibbs and Miss Knibbs are former residents of Niagara Falls, Ont., and are well acquainted on this side of the river.

In 1910, Sarah was living at Los Angeles Assembly District 75, Los Angeles, California in the household of a Richard G Beebe and his wife:
Sarah A Knibbs Boarder Wid 58 New York

In 1920, we can see Sarah living at Los Angeles Township Los Angeles City Precinct 340, Los Angeles, California, aged 69 and a widow. It states that she and her parents were all born in New York, USA

In 1930, we can see Sarah, living at Los Angeles (Districts 0251-0500), Los Angeles, California:
Charles B Thomas Head Mar 49 Jamaica
Caroline H Thomas Wife Mar 54 Connecticut
Mary J Shives Boarder Wid 76 Massachusetts
Sarah A Knibbs Boarder Wid 79 New York
Mary C Holly Boarder UnM 57 Connecticut
Herbert E Wood Boarder Mar 49 South Dakota
Olive K McLaughlin Boarder Mar 47 New York
Julia A Robbins Boarder Wid 74 Vermont
Frances E Barnestill Boarder Wid 69 England
Charlotte Baker Boarder UnM 75 Ohio
Sarah S Skull Boarder Unm 85 Pennsylvania
Alice N Smith Boarder Div 66 Connecticut
Eugenia S Clark Boarder Wid 69 Missouri
Anne M Knowles Boarder Wid 45 Germany
Helen V Stevenson Boarder Wid 76 Pennsylvania
Laura E Ball Boarder Div 83 Missouri

Olive McGloughlin was of course, Sarah's daughter.

Sources for Sarah Augusta WOODRUFF:

  1. Stanford University Archives, California,
  2. 1930 US Federal Census,