Thomas Henry KNIBBS, son of Thomas KNIBBS and Mary Ann Maria FROUD , was born 14 January 1882 in Egham, Surrey, England. He married Ethel ZEBEDEE May 1911 in Calne, Wiltshire, England. He died bet. January, 2019 and 01 February 1959 in Swansea, Glamorganshire, England. Ethel ZEBEDEE was born 15 February 1879 in Calne, Wiltshire, England. She died bet. October and December, 1957 in Swansea, Glamorganshire, England.


Children of Thomas Henry KNIBBS and Ethel ZEBEDEE are:
1. Iris Hilda KNIBBS, b. 17 April 1912 See Reginald Claud HORTON-JONES & Iris Hilda KNIBBS OR Aubrey Graham DAVID & Iris Hilda KNIBBS

Marriage Notes for Thomas Henry KNIBBS\Ethel ZEBEDEE:

They married at the church os St Mary's, Calne, Wiltshire.


Notes for Thomas Henry KNIBBS:



Thomas, painted by Swansea artist Walter Fuller, in 1927. Click to enlarge.
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We can see Thomas in 1901 living at Rendcombe, Gloucestershire, England:
Thomas Knibbs 21 Surrey Egham Gloucestershire Rendcombe Footman Domestic
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The following is an extract from an article written by Thomas's daughter Iris for "A History of the Mumbles".
For those who don't know it, Mumbles (Mwmbwls in Welsh) is a small fishing village situated at the Western end of Swansea Bay, at the entrance to The Gower Peninsula. Currently well known as the birthplace of Catherine Zeta Jones and Ian Hislop, Mumbles was previously a frequent haunt of Dylan Thomas and his friends.
To read the full version, which includes a painted portrait of Thomas Knibbs, visit "A History of Mumbles" web site.

In 1902, Thomas become valet to a man named Graham Vivian, aged 75, at Clyne Castle, at Blackpill, Swansea, Wales. Mr Vivian collected fine art and regularly travelled to the Continent. As his personal valet Thomas was on duty twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week but during this time, he acquired a real knowledge and love of the fine arts himself which proved invaluable to him in later years.

Graham Vivian had a brother Richard Glynn Vivian who, like his brother was an avid art collector. In 1905, he offered his collection to the Swansea Corporation, together with the sum of £6,000 to build an Art Gallery. After some wrangling, the offer was accepted and Mr Glynn Vivian laid the foundation stone in May 1909, but was to die before the Gallery was opened, in 1911.

At about that time, Thomas married Ethel Zebedee, a Ladies Maid, he'd met in service at Rendcomb Park, Gloucester. A caretaker was needed for the new Gallery, and he saw his chance to get away from valeting and to look after the art treasures of the Vivian family. Out of 307 applicants, Thomas got the job which included rent-free accommodation in a flat beneath the art gallery, free light and coal, and 22 shillings a week.
During his years as Caretaker, he oversaw 250 Exhibitions.

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We see Thomas and Ethel, living at 33 Alexandra Road, Swansea, Glamorganshire, at the time of the 1939 Register.
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Knibbs Thomas Henry of 5 Fairwood-road West Cross Swansea was last seen alive on 31 January 1959 and whose dead body was found on 1 February 1959 Probate Carmarthen 23 March to Iris Hilda David married woman.

Sources for Thomas Henry KNIBBS:

  1. 1891 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD, gave Windsor District 
  3. Personal Contact with Ruth Crowther, gave DOB 
  4. GRO England & Wales,
  5. Ancestry.com. - England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966,
  6. 1901 British Census,
  7. 1939 Register,
  8. Ancestry.co.uk - Surrey, England, Baptisms, 1813-1912,

Notes for Ethel ZEBEDEE:

Ethel's family can be seen in 1881 living at Quemerford, Calne, Wiltshire, England:
Tom Zebedee Head Mar 35 Carpenter Calne Wiltshire
Elizabeth Zebedee Wife Mar 30 Alvescott Oxford
Agnes Zebedee Daur 12 Scholar Calne Wiltshire
Tom Zebedee Son 10 Scholar Calne Wiltshire
Bessie Zebedee Daur 6 Scholar Calne Wiltshire
Ethel Zebedee Daur 2 Calne Wiltshire
Herbert Zebedee Son 2 m Calne Wiltshire

Her father Tom married Elizabeth Temple at Calne, Wiltshire during q2/1878.
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In 1891, they were living at London House, Calne, Wiltshire:
Tom Zebedee Head Mar Carpenter Wilts Calne
Elizabeth Zebedee Wife Mar 40 Oxford Alvescott
Tom Zebedee Son UnM 20 Plumber (Assistant) Wilts Calne
Ethel Zebedee Daur 12 Scholar Wilts Calne
Herbert Zebedee Son 10 Scholar Wilts Calne
Thomas Zebedee Father Wid 76 Living on Own Means Wilts Calne
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In 1901 they were living at Queenesford, Calne, Wiltshire:
Tom Zebedee Head Mar 54 Carpenter Wilts Calne
Elizabeth Zebedee Wife Mar 50 Oxford Alvescott
Ethel Zebedee Daur UnM 22 Dressmaker Wilts Calne
Herbert Zebedee Son UnM 20 Turner & Fitter Wilts Calne
Hannah Niece 13 London Ealing
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Ethel married Thomas Knibbs in 1911
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The following is an obituary for Ethel's father, Tom Zebedee, taken from the Wiltshire Times and Trowbridge Advertiser - 04 September 1926:
CALNE. Obituary. —The funeral took place Friday at Trinity Churchyard of Mr. Tom Zebedee, who died a few days previously at Bath at an advanced age. Deceased lived lor many years in the town, and was at one time in the employ of the late Mr. George Chivers, carpenter, and later was with Messrs. Syms & Co. till he retired.
Deceased was Liberal in politics, and was one of founders of the Calne Liberal Club, serving tor some time on the Committee.

Sources for Ethel ZEBEDEE:

  1. FreeBMD,
  2. 1939 Register,
  3. GRO England & Wales,
  4. 1901 British Census,
  5. 1911 British Census,