William KNIBBS, son of Richard KNIBBS and Sarah BIGNELL , was born bef. 19 May 1777 in Middle Barton, Oxfordshire, England. He married Ann FARDON 17 February 1801 in Deddington, Oxfordshire, England. He died bef. 21 May 1853 in Deddington, Oxfordshire, England. Ann FARDON was born bef. 01 January 1779. She died bef. 16 June 1821.

Children of William KNIBBS and Ann FARDON are:
1. Mary KNIBBS, b. bef. 28 July 1801 See John TOWN & Mary KNIBBS
2. John KNIBBS, b. bef. 22 February 1807 See John KNIBBS & Mary Ann HALL

Marriage Notes for William KNIBBS\Ann FARDON:

Ann and William both listed as of the Deddington parish.

Other Marriages/Unions for William KNIBBS:

Notes for William KNIBBS:

Please visit my Notable KNIBBS Page for William

"Extract from: 'Oxfordshire Yeomanry' by David Eddershaw.
Surely the longest continual service must belong to William Knibbs of Deddington, a saddler, who enrolled when the first troops were formed in 1798 and had achieved the rank of Troop Sergeant Major by the time of his death in 1853 at the age of 75. Several other members of the Knibbs family were also long-serving members. Information found on the Oxfordshire Yeomanry web site shows Sergeant Knibbs Wm. from Deddington, enrolled 23 July 1798.

There is a William Knibbs listed in the Pigot's 1830 Directory (Page 645 under Deddington) under Shopkeepers & Traders as a saddler & harness maker. I believe this is most likely to be this William, but recognizing there was one other William Knibbs in Deddington at this time.

Listed in the 1841 census for Central, South and East Oxfordshire as living at Deddington with his wife Mary.

William is listed in Pigot's Directory as a Saddle and Harness maker at Deddington, Oxfordshire in 1844

In the 1851 census William Knibbs and his wife Mary are living in the house to the south of The Crown & Tuns Inn in New Street, Deddington, Oxfordshire:
William Knibbs Head Mar 73 Saddler Oxon Middle Barton
Mary Knibbs Wife Mar 64 Oxon Deddington
William Rogers Journeyman Unm 20 Saddler Oxon Bloxham

From the diaries of the Rev. Cotton Risley:

7th November 1841 - Sunday, a most beautiful day, very good congregations. W Knibbs did not appear in the gallery having been requested not to do so by me, in consequence of the other singers having complained of his unmusical and loud voice. Regretted very much being obliged to speak to him, but had no alternative.

17th December 1847 - We left Torquay at 9 o'clock this morning and arrived at home here safely by half past 7 o'clock from Oxford. W. Knibbs came to get a search warrant signed, etc.,.

I suspect that the latter activity was in his capacity of Yeoman of the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars. Yeomen were involved in the establishment of order in the rural society.

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

Sources for William KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Steeple Barton,
  2. 1851 Census of Woodstock Union, Oxfordshire,
  3. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,

Notes for Ann FARDON:

Ann is the daughter of Thomas Fardon and his wife Mary Churchill. I am told by Peter FEWSON, a descendant of the FARDON family that Thomas Fardon was born c.1757. He was a Quaker but baptised into the C of E at Deddington, Oxfordshire, England, 26 Jun 1777 at the age of 20. He was an ironmonger and clockmaker of Deddington. He installed the clock (made by William Taylor, a turret clock and chime maker and bell founder, of W & J Taylor, St Ebbe's Street, Oxford) in the parish church in 1833, and still in place today.

The Addington PR transcript shows he married Mary CHURCHILL on 2 July 1777, so a week after Thomas was baptised into the C of E church.

In Thomas Fardon's will, signed 5 Sep 1836, he bequeathed "....the payment of the Sum of Ten pounds to each of my grandchildren John KNIBBS and Mary TOWN the same to be paid to them respectively as soon as conveniently may be after my demise" Further on in the will: "....the payment of the sum of Eighty pounds which I give and bequeath to my said Grandchildren John KNIBBS and Mary TOWN the said sum to be equally divided between them share and share alike and to be paid to them respectively or their respective Executors or Administrators by my said Grandson Thomas FARDON within twelve months from the decease of his father John FARDON."

Thomas FARDON (Snr.) died Dec Qtr 1838

His will was proved, London, 24 Apr 1839

His son, John FARDON, (John KNIBBS' uncle) died Mar Qtr 1865. So John Knibbs would have received his second bequest of £40 in 1865/66, but we believe Mary Town had died before that time.

The Adderbury PR shows two sibling of Ann's:
Mar 23rd 1781 John son of Thomas & Mary FARDEN
Sept 1st 1783 Sarah daug of Thomas & Mary FARDEN

Sources for Ann FARDON:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,
  2. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Adderbury,