William James KNIBBS, son of John KNIBBS and Mary ROAKE , was born abt. 1832 in Egham, Surrey, England. He married Eliza COOPER 18 December 1860 in Staines, London, Middlesex, England. He died 27 November 1899 in Kensington, London, Middlesex, England. Eliza COOPER was born abt. 1831 in Staines, London, Middlesex, England. She died bet. January and March, 1911 in Wandsworth District, London, Middlesex, England.


Children of William James KNIBBS and Eliza COOPER are:
1. Eliza Mary KNIBBS, b. bet. April and June, 1865 See Arthur Frederick SMALL & Eliza Mary KNIBBS
2. Caroline KNIBBS, b. bet. October and December, 1868

Notes for William James KNIBBS:

I believe it's probably William's wife Eliza we can see in 1861, living alone at 12 Richmond Building, Strand, London, Middlesex:
Eliza Knibbs Head Mar 30 Middx Staines

I haven't yet been able to find where William was staying.
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We see William in 1871, living at Sussex Place, Bath Road, Upton Cum Chalvery, Buckinghamshire:
William J Knibbs Head Mar 38 Butler Surrey Egham
Eliza Knibbs Wife Mar 40 Middlesex Staines
Elizabeth M Knibbs Daur 5 Scholar Berkshire Windsor
Caroline Knibbs Daur 2 Buckinghamshire Eton
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In 1881, we can see William living and working away, and living at 30 Portsman Sq, London, Middlesex, England:
William J Knibbs Serv (Head) Mar 48 Butler Egham Surrey
Helen Bierch Serv UnM 34 Cook Scotland
Maggie McDonald Serv UnM 27 Housemaid Scotland
Elsie Smith Serv UnM 20 Kitchenmaid Scotland

His wife and children living at 26 Bexley St., Clewer, Berkshire, England:
James Good Head UnM 25 Carpenter & Joiner Clewer Berkshire
Mary E Good Mother Wid 49 Househeeper(Dom) Egham Surrey
William Good Brother UnM 22 Carpenter & Jainer Slough Buckingham
George Good Brother 11 Scholar Slough Buckingham
Joseph Good Brother 10 Scholar Clewer Berkshire
Gustavus Good Brother 3 Scholar Clewer Berkshire
Helen Good Sister 14 Apprentice Mantle Maker Clewer Berkshire
Eliza K Wife Mar 49 Staines Middlesex
Elizth.N Knibbs Daur 15 Pupil Teacher Windsor Berkshire
Caroline Knibbs Daur 12 Scholar Eton Buckingham
Emma Cooper Niece UnM 40 Tooting Surrey, England

I imagine that James Good was a family member of Eliza's - quite possibly an uncle given that he had a neice with the same surname as Eliza living with him.
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In 1891, William was still working and living away from home this time at 13 Palace Gardens, Westminster. The census return for that address doesn't give the name of the head of the household, but it does identify that she was a widow and a Countess Living on Own Means, and born in Jamaica, West Indies:
Harrington Countess of Head Widow F 50 Countess Living on Own Means Jamaica WI
Martha Ellison Servant Single F 58 Domestic Kirby Lancashire
Christine Fraser Servant Single F 35 Domestic Scotland
Louisa A Staff Servant Single F 25 Domestic Odecombe Somersetshire
Elizabeth Harmeston Servant Single F 27 Domestic Woolsthorpe Lincolnshire
Marion Prentice Servant Single F 23 Domestic Scotland
Mary E Dickenson Servant Single F 27 Domestic Stratford Lancashire
Emma Byford Servant Single F 19 Domestic Sebbe Headingham Essex
Clara Slagg Servant Single F 19 Domestic Odecombe Somersetshire
William J Knibbs Servant Married M 58 Domestic Egham Surrey
Francis J WarrenServant M 22 Domestic London
Sebastian Molyneux Servant M 22 Domestic Bayswater
Richard C Sills Servant M 24 Domestic Stanmore Middlesex
James H Hall Servant M 41 Domestic Bristol Gloucestershire
Anna Hall Servant F 29 Domestic Chobham Surrey
Albert Griffen Servant M 30 Domestic Littleworth Gloucestershire

His wife was living at 11 Chepstow Place, Kensington, London:
Eliza Knibbs Wife Married 60 Lodging House Keeper Staines Middlesex
Elizabeth M Knibbs Daughter Single 25 School Mistress Windsor Berkshire
Susanna M Good Lodger Single 43 Living On Own Means Fulham London VI
Frances Good Lodger Single 40 Living On Own Means Fulham London VI
Elizabeth M Counter Servant Single 20 General Servant Kenton Devonshire
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KNIBBS William James of Harrington House, KensingtonPalace Gardens Middlesex died 27 November 1899 Administration London 14 May to ElizaKnibbs Widow Effect £120 11s.

Sources for William James KNIBBS:

  1. 1841 British Census,
  2. 1881 British Census, gave middle initial 
  3. 1891 British Census, gave middle initial 
  4. Probate Records,
  5. 1851 British Census,
  6. Ancestry.co.uk - Surrey, England, Marriages, 1754-1937 ,
  7. 1871 British Census,

Notes for Eliza COOPER:

We can see Eliza in 1901 living at 30 Shandon Road, Clapham, London, Middlesex:
Arthur F Small Head 37 Assistant Ispector Of Telegraph Messengers Spcs St Pancras London
Elizabeth M Small Wife 35 Berkshire Windsor
Eliza Knibbs Mother-in-Law 71 Living on Own Means Middlesex Staines

Sources for Eliza COOPER:

  1. FreeBMD,
  2. 1891 British Census,

Notes for Caroline KNIBBS:

Caroline died aged just 14.

Sources for Caroline KNIBBS:

  1. 1881 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD,
  3. 1871 British Census, gave Eton