John KNIBBS, son of John KNIBBS and Hannah ALDRIDGE , was born bef. 24 December 1816 in Deddington, Oxfordshire, England. He married Delilah HILTS 27 March 1836 in Markham, Ontario, Canada. He died 09 March 1878 in Uxbridge Township, Markham, Ontario, Canada. Delilah HILTS was born abt. 1816 in Markham, Ontario, Canada. She died 20 January 1901 in Uxbridge Township, Markham, Ontario, Canada.


Children of John KNIBBS and Delilah HILTS are:
1. Eliza Ann KNIBBS, b. abt. 1838 See Frederick DIKE & Eliza Ann KNIBBS
2. Caleb KNIBBS, b. abt. 1840
3. Naomi KNIBBS, b. abt. 1844 See William Wallace MCCLAREN & Naomi KNIBBS
4. Ellen KNIBBS, b. 01 November 1850 See John Wesley Wonch LAFRAUGH & Ellen KNIBBS
5. Martha KNIBBS, b. 29 September 1853

Marriage Notes for John KNIBBS\Delilah HILTS:

I was given the date of this marriage by a man named M Thomas from his own research. They were married by a Presbyterian minister and John's name was recorded as "Nipps".

Witnesses were recorded as William BUTSON and Neomi NIPPS. Neomi, unless I have it totally wrong, is most probably John's younger brother Nehemiah Knibbs who we know emigrated to America with the family in 1830.


Notes for John KNIBBS:

We don't know just when John emigrated from the US to Canada, but the 1851 census identifies that his wife Delilah was born in Ontario. I am therefore guessing that he emigrated as a single man, married her and that Eliza was their first daughter. I've therefore guessed that he must have emigrated in about 1836 which is when he married.
We know that his parents emigrated from Deddington, Oxfordshire, England in1830 and they settled at Niagara, Niagara County, New York, USA. John was just 13 years old at that time. Niagara sits on the border between Canada and the USA and it seems that families often drifted from one side to the other.
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From the 1851 census for Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada:

Knibbs John Head Mar 33 Farmer England
Knibbs Delilah Wife Mar 33 Markham Canada West
Knibbs Eliza Ann Daur 12 (Supposed) Markham Canada West
Knibbs Caleb Son 10 Markham Canada West
Knibbs Naomi Daur 6 Markham Canada West
Knibbs Ellen Daur 1 Markham Canada West
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Again, in 1861 still living at Uxbridge Township:
KNIBBS John m 45 Eng Episcopal_methodist farmer married
KNIBBS {?} Telila f 46 Canada none married
KNIBBS Kaleb m 19 Canada none labourer
KNIBBS Naomi f 16 Canada none
KNIBBS Ellen f 11 Canada none
KNIBBS M. E. f 8 Canada none
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We can see this John who can be seen living in Ontario, Canada at the 1871 census

Federal Census of 1871 (Ontario Index)

KNIBBS , JOHN
Sex: Male
Age: 55
Birthplace: ENGLAND
Religion: Primitive Methodist
Origin: ENGLISH
Occupation: FARMER
District: ONTARIO NORTH ( 049 )
Sub-district: Uxbridge ( A )
Division: 3
Page: 60
Microfilm reel: C-9975
Reference: RG31 — Statistics Canada

KNIBBS John m 55 Eng PMeth English farmer married
KNIBBS {?} Dlilah f 56 Ont PMeth English married (Dlilah origin first written USA, changed to ditto English)
KNIBBS Caleb m29 Ont PMeth English farmer
KNIBBS Meomie f 24 Ont PMeth English
KNIBBS Ellen f 20 Ont PMeth English
KNIBBS Martha E. f 17 Ont PMeth English
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Then we see just Delilah as a widow living at Uxbridge, Ontario North, Ontario in 1881 at the home of her son Caleb:
Caleb KNIBBS Male English 38 O Farmer Weslyan Methodist
Delia KNIBBS W Female English 64 O Weslyan Methodist
L. Martha KNIBBS Female English 24 O Weslyan Methodist
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The Canadian County Atlases produced between 1874 and 1881 show John as a land owner in 1877:
He was listed as J NIBBS, and owned 50 acres of land in the township of Uxbridge, Ontario.


See a copy of a Map of the Uxbridge Township

Beware that the file is quite large so not ideal for slow speed dialup.
John's land is marked with a blue rectangle. I've also marked with a red rectangle, the land close by belonging to A Hilts and W McLaren. We know John's wife was a Hilts before they married. John's sister Mary Ann also married a man named Hilts. John's daughter Naomi married a man named McClaren.
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I am told that John's death is recorded in the Ontario Death Registrations - 1878 - 10210. His cause of death is listed as consumption of 5 years duration, and that he had been in failing health for 25 years.

Sources for John KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,
  2. 1881 Census for Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada,
  3. Personal Contact with Marvin Thomas,
  4. 1851 Census for Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada,
  5. 1871 Census for Uxbridge, Ontario,
  6. 1861 Census for Uxbridge, Ontario,

Notes for Delilah HILTS:

Also known as: Delia

The Hilts family was originally from the Mohawk Valley area of New York State where they'd lived for many generations. They are descended from Palatine Germans who settled in that area in the early 1700's. They left the area after the revolutionary war. We don't know for sure where Delilah fits into the Hilts family, but one theory is that she may well be a daughter of George Hilts' first marriage, before he married Mary Ann Knibbs.
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From the 1881 Uxbridge census returns living with her son and daughter:

KNIBBS? Caleb m 38 Ont WMeth English farmer
KNIBBS? {?} Dalia f 64 Ont WMeth English widow
KNIBBS? E. Martha f 24 Ont WMeth English
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In 1891, we see Delilah still living at Uxbridge Township, Ontario, Canada with her son Caleb:
KNIBBS Calib m 48 Ont Eng Ont Meth farmer
KNIBBS Delia f 70 widow mother Ont US US Meth
KNIBBS? E. Martha f 24 Ont WMeth English

According to the 1891 census, both of Delila's parents were born in the USA. I'm told they were Godfried Hilts and Catherine Baker, but there is some uncertainty about that.
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Delilah's death is registered at the Ontario Death Registrations. It mentions that she'd suffered from paralysis for 3 years.

Sources for Delilah HILTS:

  1. 1851 Census for Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada,
  2. Alan Jackson, gave me the surname of Hilts. 
  3. LDS IGI Records, Ontario Death Records 1869-1947 
  4. Personal Contact with Marvin Thomas,

Notes for Caleb KNIBBS:

Written next to his age in the 1851 census for Uxbridge, Ontario, it says "supposed 11".
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We see Caleb in 1871, living at 03, Uxbridge a, North Ontario 49.
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We can see Caleb in 1881 living at Uxbridge, Ontario North, Ontario with his mother and sister:
Caleb KNIBBS Male English 38 Ontario Farmer Weslyan Methodist
Delia KNIBBS W Female English 64 Ontario Weslyan Methodist
L. Martha KNIBBS Female English 24 Ontario Weslyan Methodist

The word English relates to their Ethnic origin, and Ontario to where they were born.
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In the 1891 census for Ontario County, Uxbridge Township, still with his mother and sister:
Knibbs Calib M 48 M Head Ont England Ont Methodist Farmer
Knibbs Delia F 70 W Mother Ont US US Methodist
Knibbs Martha F 25 S Sister Ont England Ont Methodist

Martha would have been aged about 35.
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Caleb was unmarried.

Sources for Caleb KNIBBS:

  1. 1851 Census for Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada,
  2. LDS IGI Records, Ontario Death Records 1869-1947 
  3. 1881 Census for Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada,
  4. 1891 Census for Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada,
  5. 1861 Census for Uxbridge,

Notes for Martha KNIBBS:

Also known as: L Martha

Martha first appears in the 1880 census when she is listed living with with her brother Caleb and her mother in Uxbridge County, Ontario. She is still seen to be living with them in 1891.
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Martha could be seen living with her sister Ellen La Fraugh at York District, Ontario, Canada at the 1901 census. She was aged 35 and unmarried. There is a little confusion surrounding when she was born. It seems unlikely that she will have been born in 1865 (calculated from her age given in the 1901 census) as her mother would have been 50 years old at the time of her birth. Interestingly, her age is also listed as 10 years younger than it really was in the 1881 census.

Martha's age at death is given as 58 years 10 months and 4 days, and shows her date of birth as 29 Sep 1853.
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Martha is buried at Goodwood Cemetery, Uxbridge Township, Ontario, Canada.

Sources for Martha KNIBBS:

  1. 1891 Census for Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada,
  2. 1901 Census for Ontario, Canada, gave her date of birth 
  3. LDS IGI Records, Ontario Deaths 1869-1947 
  4. Personal Contact with Marvin Thomas,