James Henry KNIBBS, son of George BRYAN and Frances KNIBBS , was born 06 December 1874 in Mile End, London, Middlesex, England. He married Alice Sarah GAY bet. January and March, 1898 in Poplar District, London, Middlesex, England. He died bet. January and March, 1946 in Stepney District, London, Middlesex, England. Alice Sarah GAY was born bet. July and September, 1877 in Poplar District, London, Middlesex, England. She died bet. July and September, 1906 in Holborn District, London, Middlesex, England.

Children of James Henry KNIBBS and Alice Sarah GAY are:
1. Frances BRYAN, b. bet. April and June, 1904 See Stanley E SUTTON & Frances BRYAN

Marriage Notes for James Henry KNIBBS\Alice Sarah GAY:

This marriage is a conjecture on my part. We can see that in 1911, James had living with him, a daughter named Frances Bryan, aged 7. Frances was the daughter of Alice Gay.
We therefore assume that James and Alice married before 1904 when the child was born, and this marriage fits because of it's date and location.

Other Marriages/Unions for James Henry KNIBBS:
See James Henry KNIBBS & Eleanor Sarah SNELLING OR James Henry KNIBBS & Violet Amelia BROWN

Notes for James Henry KNIBBS:

Also known as: James Bryan

James was baptised as James Henry Knibbs, and I suspect that his mother Frances Bryan never did marry George Bryan. However, in 1881, the following is how the family unit was register at the census, living at 13 Salisbury St., Middlesex, England:
George BRYAN Head M Male 50 St Lukes, Middlesex, England File Cutter
Fanny BRYAN Wife M Female 48 Windsor
Richard BRYAN Son Male 18 Mile End, Middlesex, Engla
George BRYAN Son Male 16 Mile End, Middlesex, Engla
Charlotte BRYAN Daur Female 14 Mile End, Middlesex, England
James BRYAN Son Male 11 Mile End, Middlesex, Engla
Mary Ann BRYAN Daur Female 7 Mile End, Middlesex, England
Elizabeth BRYAN Daur Female 3 Mile End, Middlesex, England
Jemima KNIBBS Sister U Female 18 Windsor

In 1891, George Bryan had died and Henry's mother married James Smith and the family were living at 1a, Fern Street, Bromley, Poplar, London, Middlesex, England:
James Smith Head Married M 46 Carpenter Limehouse London
Frances Smith Wife Married F 45 Tailoress Egham Berkshire
James Bryan Stepson M 14 Van Boy Bow London
Mary A Bryan Stepdaughter F 14 Scholar Bow London
Elizabeth Bryan Stepdaughter F 11 Scholar Bow London
Joseph Bryan Stepson M 3 Bow London

James was still going by the name Bryan.

On 13th September, 1892, James enlisted in the army, to serve in the East Kent Regiment. From what I can see of his records, he didn't settle well and was on several charges for unsubordination and untidiness during his short career. He deserted on 3 January, 1894.

The following notes were taken at the Court of Enquiry, convened on 29 January 1894 with regard to his absence:
Record of the declaration of a Court of Enquiry assembled at Castlebar on the 29th day of January 1894, for the purpose of investigating and recording the circumstances connected with the absence without leave from his duty, and deficiency in the Arms, Ammunition, Equipments, Instruments, Regimental Necessaries, or Clothing, if any, of No. 3941 Private J Knibbs 2nd Battn. The Buffs (E Kent R)
The court declare No 3941 Private J Knibbs was absent on January 3rd 1894 without leave from his commanding officer and that he is still in absence further that he was then and is still deficient of the following articles of his kit re his regimental clothing necessaries and equipment viz 1 waistebelt value 3/2, 3 pair ankle boots value 5d each, 1 pair boots value 3/7, 1 great coat value 14/4¾, 1 cape value 6/-, 1 kersey pack value 6d, 1 cap value 11d, 1 kersey pack value 2/1½, 1 haversack value ????, 1 shoulder patch value 4¾, 1 pair tweed housers value 6d, 1 pair tweed trousers value 4/10, 1 tunic value 6/7, 1 pair mitts value 4d, 1 kit bag, 1 brush bag, 1 clothes brush, 1 blacking brush, 1 brass brush, 1 polishing brush, 1 button brass, 1 shaving brush, 1 comb, 1 fork, 1 knife, 1 spoon, 1 razor and caw, 1 holdall, 2 towels, 2 shirts, 3 pairs of socks, 1 pair of braces, 1 pipe clay sponge, 1 bible prayer book, 1 tin of blacking, 1 cap badge, 1 pair of collar studs, 1 jersey and 1 pocket ledger.


We can see James and his second wife in 1911 living at 227 Oxford Street, Mile End Old Town, London, Middlesex:
James Henry Knibbs Head Married M 36 Labourer Mile End
Eleanor Sarah Knibbs Wife Married (4 years) F 35 Old Town
Alfred Edward Snelling Boarder Widower M 65 Labourer Mile End
George Edward Snelling Son Single M 16 Glass painter Old Town
Frances Bryan Daughter F 7 Old Town

Alfred Edward Snelling was Eleanor's father. George Edward Snelling was, I believe, Eleanor's son from an unknown relationship.

It's interesting to see that James's daughter Frances is listed with the surname of Bryan. James' birth was registered as Knibbs, however, he does appears as James Henry Bryan in 1891. She is presumably James Henry's daughter from his first wife, Alice Gay.

We see James and Violet, living at 227 Stepney Way, Stepney, London, at the time of the 1939 Register.

Sources for James Henry KNIBBS:

  1. 1881 British Census,
  2. 1939 Register,
  3. Alan Jackson GRO,
  4. 1911 British Census,
  5. 1891 British Census,
  6. Military Attestation Paper,
  7. Marriage Certificate,

Notes for Alice Sarah GAY:

There is a death of an Alice Sarah GIBBS, aged 29 years, during q4/1906 in the Holborn District of London, so I believe this may well be her.

Sources for Alice Sarah GAY:

  1. FreeBMD,