Richard KNIBBS, son of John KNIBBS and Mary Ann KNIBBS , was born bef. 10 March 1837 in Deddington, Oxfordshire, England. He married Mary Jane TAYLOR 28 August 1864 in Deddington, Oxfordshire, England. He died bet. January and March, 1923 in Buckingham District, Buckinghamshire, England. Mary Jane TAYLOR was born abt. 01 November 1835 in Deddington, Oxfordshire, England. She died bet. January and March, 1886 in Woodstock District, Oxfordshire, England.

Marriage Notes for Richard KNIBBS\Mary Jane TAYLOR:

Mary and Richard both listed as of the Deddington parish. Mary was the daughter of Joseph Taylor, a labourer.

Other Marriages/Unions for Richard KNIBBS:
See Richard KNIBBS & Susannah TAYLOR

Notes for Richard KNIBBS:

I'm not really sure if it was this Richard Knibbs or not, but I'm sure he'd forgive me if it was another Richard Knibbs of Deddington. Jackson's Oxford Journal from June 1859 reports the following:
Wootton North Division.- Deddington, June 3.
Before J. Lechmere, Esq., Colonel Bowles, the Rev. W. C. Risley, and the Rev. T. Curme.
Edwin Butler, of Aynho, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Clifton, about one o'clock in the morning of Sunday 15th may; ordered to pay 5s., with a caution to avoid being drunk again, or he would not be so leniently dealt with.
Robert French, of Deddington, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly at the same place on the 13th May, and assaulting P.C. Cartwright in the execution of his duty; and Richard Knibbs of Deddington, was charged with resisting P.C. Hawkins in the execution of his duty on the said occasion, by trying to prevent the police taking French into custody; he was sorry if he had in any way interfered wrongfully, as he merely lifted him up from the ground, and afterwards took his shirt to him; ordered to pay 10s. each, including costs. Time being asked for, they were allowed 14 days; Knibbs received a strong reprimand from the Bench, and was cautioned as to his future conduct, as he had rendered himself liable to a penalty of 20/.


Richard is listed in the 1871 living at Market Place Deddington with his wife Mary Jane:
Richard Knibbs Head Mar 34 Labourer in Iron Factory Oxon Deddington
Mary J Knibbs Wife Mar 30 Oxon Deddington
Mary Taylor Mother in Law W 54 Oxon Deddington
Mary Taylor Sister in Law UnM 20 Oxon Deddington

Richard appears in the 1881 census living at Market Place, Deddington, Oxfordshire, England:
Richard Knibbs Head Mar 44 Labourer In Iron Works (Manuf) Deddington Oxford
Mary J Knibbs Wife Mar 45 Wife To Labourer Deddington Oxford
Mary Taylor Mother UnM 64 Seamstress Pauper Outdoor Deddington Oxford

Living with them was Mary Jane's mother, Mary Taylor, 64, from Deddington.

It is believed that Richard's first wife Mary Jane died after 1881, and that Richard then remarried to Susannah Taylor from Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England. Richard moved to live in Buckingham and can be seen in a book called "Directories of Buckingham", he was a Confectioner in Well Street, Buckingham between 1903 and 1920.

The 1881 census clearly shows that Susannah's father was a Confectioner and also lived at Well Street, Buckingham, so I suspect that the shop was originally his, and passed down to his daughter Susannah after he died in September 1890. No record of the shop is seen after 1920 until 1931 when it is clearly run by his wife Susannah.

In 1891, we see him living at 2 Well Street, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire:
Richard Knibbs Head Mar 54 Confectioner Oxon Deddington
Susanah Knibbs Wife Mar 28 Bucks Buckingham
Susannah Knibbs Daughter of ???????
Mary Taylor Aunt S 74 Oxon Deddington
Annie Rodwell Boarder 17 Confectioner Shopwoman Bucks Buckingham
Maria Horn Serv S 56 Monthly ?????? Northants Syreshams

I'm not sure who the second named Susannah Knibbs is. there's no age or relationship given for her, and no place of birth. It states she is someon'e daughter but unfortunately I can't read it.

From the Buckingham Express - Saturday 22 December 1900:
Christmas at the Shops.
Notes from the Rambler's Book.
THE CONFECTIONERS are the next body of tradesmen to which I must allude briefly. Mr. R. KNIBBS, Well-street, is devoting his energies to making joy in the hearts of the youngsters. As Mr. Knibbs makes his own sweets they can thoroughly be relied upon. All the goods are made of the best sugar, and glucose never comes on the premises. A good assortment of chocolates, from the best makers, bon-bons and other delicacies make an attractive display.


Richard and Susannah appear in the 1901 census living at 2 Well Street, Buckinghamshire, England with their daughter Dora:
Richard Knibbs 64 Oxon Deddington Confectioner
Susannah Knibbs 48 Bucks Buckingham  
Dora Knibbs 8 Bucks Buckingham

Also living with them was a neice, Susannah Tew, aged 19, a Confectioners Assistant, also from Bucks Buckingham

Richard appears in Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire, 1903, as a Confectioner of 2 Well Street.
The following is an exact copy of the advertisement that appeared in the Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press, Saturday 08 April 1905:


Richard appears in Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire, 1911 as Confectioner, Well Street, Buckingham. We also see Richard in the 1911 census living at 2 Well Street, Buckingham with his wife and daughter Dora:
Richard Knibbs Head Married M 74 Confectioner Deddington Oxon
Susannah Knibbs Wife Married (23 years) F 58 Bucks Buckingham
Dora Mary Knibbs Daughter Single F 18 Assisting in the Business Bucks Buckingham

The census confirms that they had 4 children in total, and in 1911, only one of them was still living.

Despite his first and second wives having the surname of TAYLOR, I haven't proved any connection between them as yet. They are clearly not sisters, but I note that each has a connection with Deddington, Oxfordshire. Mary Jane Taylor was baptised there. Susanna's father Joseph was born there. It can also be seen in 1881 that Susannah had a cousin, Jane Taylor from Deddington living with her.

Sources for Richard KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,
  2. 1861 British Census,
  3. 1851 Census of Woodstock Union, Oxfordshire,
  4., England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  5. 1881 British Census,
  6. 1891 Buckinghamshire Census,
  7. 1901 British Census,
  8. 1911 British Census,

Notes for Mary Jane TAYLOR:

Also known as: Mary Jane Kilby Taylor

There is a little confusion surrounding the parentage of Mary. The 1881 census gives her place of birth as Deddington, Oxfordshire, England at about 1835. There was indeed a Mary Jane Taylor baptised in November 1835 at Deddington. She was baptised as Mary Jane Kilby TAYLOR, and identified as Base Born daughter of Mary Taylor.

The Deddington PR for marriages identifies that the father of Mary Jane (who married Richard Knibbs)
was Joseph, a labourer. No surname is given so it is assumed that it was also Taylor. Thus placing some doubt that she could be the Base Born daughter of Mary Taylor as identified above.

Mary died aged 50 years in Woodstock District, Oxfordshire, England.

Sources for Mary Jane TAYLOR:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,
  2. 1881 British Census,
  3., England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983