Edwin George KNIBBS, son of Francis KNIBBS and Mary Ann SODEN , was born 17 September 1821 in Middle Barton, Oxfordshire, England. He married Elizabeth OMAN 28 May 1843 in Stepney, London, Middlesex, England. He died 27 June 1884 in Northfleet, Kent, England. Elizabeth OMAN, daughter of William OMAN and Mary A DENNISH , was born abt. 1825 in Stepney, London, Middlesex, England. She died 12 June 1908 in Gravesend, Kent, England.

Children of Edwin George KNIBBS and Elizabeth OMAN are:
1. Maria KNIBBS, b. 13 June 1846 See Thomas CARR & Maria KNIBBS
2. Edwin William KNIBBS, b. bef. 27 March 1844 See Edwin William KNIBBS & Hannah WATERHOUSE
3. Elizabeth KNIBBS, b. bef. 01 June 1845
4. George KNIBBS, b. bet. January and March, 1863
5. Francis KNIBBS, b. bet. January and March, 1850
6. George KNIBBS, b. bet. April and June, 1851

Marriage Notes for Edwin George KNIBBS\Elizabeth OMAN:

Elizabeth and Edwin were married at St. Dunstan, Stepney, London, England

Notes for Edwin George KNIBBS:

The Posty Office, LondonDirectory for 1843, lists who I think is this Edwin, lving at The Bell, public house, Essex Place, Mile End Road.

In 1851, we see Edwin and his family living at 4 North Hampton Street, Bethnel Green, Tower Hamlets, London:
Edwin George Knibbs Head Mar 29 Licenced Victualler Oxfordshire Barton
Elizabeth Knibbs Wife Mar 27 Middlesex Stepney
Edwin William Knibbs Son UnM 7 Scholar Middlesex Stepney
Elizabeth Knibbs Daur UnM 5 Scholar Middlesex Stepney
Catherine Knibbs Servant UnM 19 General Servant Ireland Castle ???

As for Catherine, the general servant, we believe her surname is almost certainly an error made by the enumerator. He either got carried away writing Knibbs, or perhaps didn't catch her name so just completed it as "Knibbs".

We note that Edwin and Elizabeth's son, Francis, born in 1850, wasn't with them at the time of the census. We believe he was being looked after by Thomas and Eliza Goldsmith. This was possibly becasue their next son George, was born pretty close to census time:
Living at 30 Charlotte Street, Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets:
Thomas Goldsmith Head Mar 43 Carpenter Suffolk
Eliza Goldsmith Wife Mar 41 Suffolk
Thomas Goldsmith Son 8 Midx Beth Green
Frances Nibs Nurse Child 1 Midx St Martin

I suspect that Eliza may have been an older sister of Edwin's wife, Elizabeth.

I believe from an article in The Era, a London Sunday newspaper, that Edwin was the landlord at a pub called the Prince Albert, 11 Coopers Row, Crutchedfriars, All Hallows Barking, London, from 1856-1860.

Edwin appears in the 1871 census at Dover Road, Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent:
Edwin Geo Knibbs Head 49 Retired Victualler Barton Oxon
Elizabeth Knibbs Wife 47 Stepney London
Maria Knibbs Dau 24 Bethnel Green London
George Knibbs Son 8 St George in the East London

Living with them was Edwin's neice Emily, the daughter of his brother George Edwin who died at Balaklava:
Emily Knibbs Niece 19 Plumstead Kent

Edwin appears in the 1881 census as Edward G Knibbs, living at 1 Dover Road, Northfleet, Kent, England. He is listed as "No Occupation" so assumedly, he was relatively wealthy.
Edward G. KNIBBS Head M Male 59 Oxford England No Occupation
Elizabeth KNIBBS Wife M Female 56 London Stepney London Middlesex England
George KNIBBS Son U Male 18 London St Georges East London Middlesex England Clerk
Ann ROBINSON Serv U Female 25 Northfleet Kent England Domestic Servant

Also living with them as a domestic servant was Ann Robinson, aged 25, from Northfleet, Kent.

Edwin is listed as having "No Occupation" in the 1881 census and given that the family had a domestic servant, I assume he had sufficient finances so that he didn't have to work.

Edwin appears under the heading of "Private Residents" at Hartfield Villas, Dover Road, Northfleet, Kent in Kelly's 1882 Directory of Kent.

From the Morning Post, London, 2 July, 1884:
KNIBBS - On the 27th inst., at Hartfield Villa, Northfleet, Kent, Edwin George Knibbs, in his sixty-third year.

From St. Jame's Gazette, London, Tuesday 01 July 1884:
Knibbs, Mr. Edwin G., at Hartfield Villa, Northfleet, Kent, aged 62, June 27.


From the Gravesend Reporter, North Kent and South Essex Advertiser, 05 July 1884:
Death of Mr. E.G. KNIBBS - Universal regret will have been experienced at the death of Mr. E. G. Knibbs, of Northfleet, after a very brief but painful illness. The deceased gentleman having resided in the neighbourhood for a number of years, was well-known to the inhabitants and he vas as widely beloved as he was known. Genial and kind hearted he invariably had a friendly shakeof the hand for everyone, irrespective of social distinctions, and his happy countenance will be missed by many besides his relatives and more immediate circle of friends. Always fond of aquatics, he of late years devoted much time to the healthful and delightful pastime of yachting, and he was present at the opening dinner of the Junior Thames Yacht Club, of which he was the hon. treasurer, held at the White Hart Hotel, Greenhithe, on Tuesday, the 17th June, and then he seemed in his usual health, chatting freely of nautical incidents interesting to those around him at the festive board. On the following Thursday he was again at the headquarters of the club, but little did he or anyone else think he was so soon to be stricken for death. Returning home, he was seized with what appeared to be a paralytic stroke, and medical aid was at once summoned, although no immediate danger was apprehended. The lapse of a day or two, however, developed more alarming symptoms, and no less an authority than Sir William Gull was asked to express an opinion on the case. This eminent physician at once saw there was no recovery, and, notwithstanding that everything that human knowledge could suggest and perform, was done for him, the deceased passed quietly away on the Friday, just about a week after he was first taken. The news of his death soon spread, and while expressions of sympathy with the friends and regret at the loss the neighbourhood had sustained, were on the lips of all who knew him, respect was shewn for his memory in many cases, by blinds being drawn or shutters placed before the windows. The deceased never courted public honours, but like many more, honour was on more than one occasion thrust upon him. He was one of the first members of the Northfleet Local Board, being returned to office high on the poll. While on the Board he served as deputy chairman, but he ultimately resigned his position. He was Vice-President of the St. Botolph'a Cricket Club, and, as before stated, an active member and Hon. treasurer of the Junior Thames Yacht Club. Being fond of mixing with his fellows, he identified himself with the Birthday Club of the New Prince of Orange, Gravesend, accepting the office of hon. secretary and treasurer to that society, numbering about one hundred members. Deceased was also a Freemason, occupying a distinguished position in the craft. A staunch and consistent Liberal, some of Mr. Knibbs' most intimate acquaintances were identified with the opposite party, a fact that shows that the deceased valued social intercourse far more than political, religious or any other distinctions. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, an unusually large number of persons being in attendance to pay their last tribute of respect to the deceased. The corpse was enclosed in a shell and polished oak coffin, with brass mounts, the breastplate being inscribed " Edwin George Knibbs, born September 17th, 1821, died June 27th, 1884." The mourners followed the hearse in three mourning coaches, and on arrival at the churchyard the cortege was joined by representatives of the different institutions with which the deceased had been connected, several of them placing floral mementoes on the coffin as it passed. Among the many beautiful wreaths was one contributed by the members of the Birthday Club, which was represented by Mr. W. Newman. anal from thirty to forty of its members. The Northfleet Local Board was represented by Mr. W. Sheen, Mr. B. Wood, and Mr. C. Scott the St. Botolph's Cricket Club by Mr. J. J. Hewitt (captain). Mr. H. W. Kirby (hon. secretary), Mr. S. Thompson 'assistant secretary). and Mr. G. Clinch. Among other gentlemen present we noticed the Mayor of Gravesend (G. H. Edmonds, Esq.), Mr. H. Huggins, J.P., Mr. H. Berkowitz, Mr. Chipperfield, Mr. Herbert, &c., kc. The burial service was impressively read by the Rev. J. H. Palmer, curate of St. Botolph, and on its completion the assembled friends in turn took a final glimpse of the coffin as it lay in the grave. The funeral arrangtments were carried out by Mr. S. Honeycombe im a satisfactory manner.

NOTE: Sir William Withey Gull, 1st Baronet (31 December 1816 – 29 January 1890), was a 19th-century English physician. Of modest family origins, he rose through the ranks of the medical profession to establish a lucrative private practice and serve in a number of prominent roles, including Governor of Guy's Hospital, Fullerian Professor of Physiology and President of the Clinical Society. In 1871, having successfully treated the Prince of Wales during a life-threatening attack of typhoid fever, he was created a Baronet and appointed to be one of the Physicians-in-Ordinary to HM Queen Victoria.

From a Monumental Inscription of St Botolph's Church, Northfleet, near Gravesend, Kent:
256. [CLXXVI]. Headstone, ornamental curb: Edwin G. KNIBBS 27 June 1884, 62, George Knibbs 9 July 1895, 32. Edith Elizabeth eldest dau. of Captain Thomas and Maria CARR & grand-dau. of above 3 May 1894, 15. Interred in Gravesend Cemetery.

5th August 1884.
Edwin George Knibbs - Personal estate £4557 9s. 4d.
The Will of Edwin George Knibbs late of Northfleet in the County of Kent Gentleman who died 27 June 1884 at Hartfield Villa Dover-road Northfleet was proved at the Principal Registery by Elizabeth Knibbs widow the Relict and George Knibbs Gentleman the Son both of Hartfield Villa two of the Executors.

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

Sources for Edwin George KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Steeple Barton,
  2. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  3. Monumental Inscription,
  4. 1861 British Census,
  5. http://londonpublichouse.com/LondonPubs,
  6. 1871 British Census,
  7. Parish Burial Records, GRU,

Notes for Elizabeth OMAN:

Elizabeth's parents are believed to be William and Mary A Oman. They can be seen in 1841 living at Tower Hamlets, Wapping, London, England. Her mother was listed as a publican.
Ann Oman 40 Publican
William Oman 40
Mary Oman 16
Elizabeth Oman 15
Maria Oman 13
William Oman 9
Ellen Oman 4

In 1851, we see them living at Little Thames Street, St. Catherines, Tower Hamlets, London:
Wm Oman Head Mar 49 Dock Master St. K Docks Buchingshire
Mary Ann Oman Wife 50 Bermondsay
Maria Oman UnM Daur 24 Step???
William Oman Son UnM 19 Step???
Claire Shepherd Visitor UnM 34 City of London
Maria Nibbs GraDaur UnM 6 Mile End Newtown
Amie Dalgleish Servant UnM 49 Servant Stepney

Maria is the daughter of their daughter Elizabeth and her husband, Edwin George Knibbs.

Elizabeth's parents can be seen at the 1861 census at Public House, Little Thames Street, Whitechapel, Middlesex, England. William was born in around 1802 in Buckinghamshire, England. He was identified as a Dock Master at the 1861 census. His wife was also born in about 1802 in Bermondsey, Surrey, England.
The following details appear in the 1861 census:
Name Relationship Condition Sex Age Profession Where Born
OMAN, William Head Married M 59 Dock Master Buckinghamshire
OMAN, Mary A Wife Married F 59 Bermondsey Surrey
KNIBBS, Marion Granddaughter F 14 Scholar Mile End Bermondsey Middlesex
MUNFORD, Ellen Granddaughter F 12 Scholar Aldgate Middlesex
CARR, Thomas Visitor Widower M 47 Master Mariner Lynn Norfolk
DALYLEITH, Ann Servant Unmarried F 59 Cook Limehouse Middlesex
SPACKMAN, Mary A Servant Unmarried F 18 House Servant Shalford Essex
RUSHWORTH, Maria Daughter F 35 Limehouse Middlesex

I believe that the Granddaughter given as Marion Knibbs age 14 is in fact Maria Knibbs, the daughter of Edwin George KNIBBS and his wife Elizabeth (Oman).

Elizabeth can be seen at the 1881 census living at Perry Street, Northfleet, Kent with her son George:

George Knibbs Head28MaleStepney, London
Elizabeth Knibbs Mother67FemaleStepney, London
Elizabeth Warner Servant27FemaleCannedon, Essex
Town: Perry Street, Ecc. Parish: All Saints, Civil Parish: Northfleet, County: Kent
Registration: Strood, Northfleet, 7
Source: PRO/National Archives Reference # RG12/650 Folio 60 Page 58

Elizabeth appears in the 1901 census, aged 77, "Living on Own Means" at 84 Darnely Road, Gravesend, Kent, England with her daughter who was by then widowed, and two grandchildren:

Elizabeth KNIBBS, Wid, 77, Living on Own Means, London Stepney
Maria CARR, Wid, 54, Living on Own Means, London Bethnal Green
Lionel CARR, Grandson, 21, Joiner Carpenter, St Clements Danes Strand London
Winifred CARR, Granddaughter, 19, St Clements Danes Strand London

Living with them was Rachel E Simpkins, servant, 17 from Gravesend, Kent

Knibbs Elizabeth of 118 (formerly 84) Darnley-road Gravesend Kent died 12 June 1908 at 118 Darnley-Road Probate London 27 June to Maria Carr widow Effects £365 13s. 4d.

Sources for Elizabeth OMAN:

  1. LDS IGI Records,
  2. 1881 British Census,
  3. 1901 British Census,

Notes for Elizabeth KNIBBS:

Elizabeth was baptised at St. Botolph Church, Aldgate, London, England

Sources for Elizabeth KNIBBS:

  1. LDS IGI Records,

Notes for George KNIBBS:

George appears in the 1881 census living with his parents, and unmarried.

On 2nd December, 1881, George enlisted in the 3rd Battalion Royal Fusiliers.

See George's Attestation Papers.


George also appears in the 1891 census, still unmarried and living with his mother at Perry Street, Northfleet, Kent.

George's death is identified in FreeBMD as September 1895 aged 32 years, in the Thanet District of Kent, England.

From the Morning Post, London, 12 June, 1895:
KNIBBS - On the 7th inst., at Ramsgate, George Knibbs, younger son of Edwin Knibbs and Elizabeth Knibbs of Northfleet, Kent, aged thirty-two.

From a Monumental Inscription of St Botolph's Church, Northfleet, near Gravesend, Kent:
256. [CLXXVI]. Headstone, ornamental curb: Edwin G. KNIBBS 27 June 1884, 62, George Knibbs 9 July 1895, 32. Edith Elizabeth eldest dau. of Captain Thomas and Maria CARR & grand-dau. of above 3 May 1894, 15. Interred in Gravesend Cemetery.

George's probate record describes him as a Gentleman of 'Seaholm' Albert Road Ramsgate. He left £240 to Elizabeth Knibbs who we take to be his mother or possibly sister.

Sources for George KNIBBS:

  1. 1881 British Census,
  2. GRO England & Wales,
  3. FreeBMD,
  4. Alan Jackson, gave date from probate record. 
  5. Monumental Inscription,
  6. Parish Burial Records, GRU,

Notes for Francis KNIBBS:

Francis only lived for a short period between 1850 and 1852, but didn't appear to be with his parents at the time of the 1851 census return.

My belief is that he was being looked after by the family of Thomas Goldsmith and his wife Eliza. I haven't yet worked out what the realationship was between the Knibbs or Oman families with the Goldsmiths, if indeed there was any realtionship, but the folowing shows who we believe to be Francis Knibbs, living with them as a Nurse Child. in 1851:

In 1851, they were living at Living at 30 Charlotte Street, Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets:
Thomas Goldsmith Head Mar 43 Carpenter Suffolk
Eliza Goldsmith Wife Mar 41 Suffolk
Thomas Goldsmith Son 8 Midx Beth Green
Frances Nibs Nurse Child 1 Midx St Martin

I suspect that Eliza Goldsmith may have been an older sister of Francis's mother, Elizabeth.

Sources for Francis KNIBBS:

  1. GRO England & Wales, via Genes Reunited 
  2. FreeBMD,

Notes for George KNIBBS:

Sources for George KNIBBS:

  1. GRO England & Wales, as KNIBS via Fenes Reunited 
  2. FreeBMD,