John KNIBBS, son of Anthony KNIBBS and Ann HINDE , was born bef. 17 May 1761. He married Sarah HARRIS 27 May 1785 in Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England. He died bef. 16 April 1803. Sarah HARRIS was born abt. 1760. She died bef. 23 April 1826.

Children of John KNIBBS and Sarah HARRIS are:
1. James KNIBBS, b. bef. 12 February 1786 See James KNIBBS & Sarah NEAL
2. Thomas KNIBBS, b. bef. 28 September 1796

Notes for John KNIBBS:

Quite possibly this John died quite young and was buried at Charlbury on 16 Apr 1803.

Sources for John KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Charlbury,

Notes for Sarah HARRIS:

the Charlbury Parish Register shows that Sarah died aged 65 years.

Sources for Sarah HARRIS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Charlbury,

Notes for Thomas KNIBBS:

We don't know for sure, but we believe it was this Thomas Knibbs who was transported to Australia in 1824. He is of about the age of the Thomas Knibbs identified below, and we know he was born in the Charlbury area. There was another Thomas of Charlbury, but he died in infancy, so clearly not him. This Thomas would have been 28 at the time the crime was committed, rather than 25, but ages were often given incorrectly.

"KNIBBS, Thomas. 25. Committed 25th May 1824 by A.T. Rawlinson Esq. Oxford Assize 28th July 1824. Charged with feloniously stealing a copper furnace, of the value of £3, from an outhouse in Charlbury, the property of George Malins.
PCOM2/349 Oxford Gaolers record, Kew:
7th August 1824. Received orders for transportation of (5 men including Thomas Knibbs) from the Secretary of State.
9th August. Removed 5 male convicts under sentence of transportation to Justitia Hulk laying off Woolwich. On Royal Charlotte to NSW 18th November 1824."

For an understanding of life aboard the hulks, I recommend an on-line extract from a book called "Old Convict Days" by William Derricourt which describes first hand, in great detail, life aboard the Justitia prison hulk in the 1830's so not so long after Thomas Knibbs had been sent there.

From "The convict Ships 1787-1868" by Charles Bateson, 1974:
"Royal Charlotte" - arrived 29 Apr 1825, with135 male convicts who landed in Sydney (1 died on the voyage). The ship was a 471 Ton transport, master Mr Corbyn, surgeon Geo Fairfowl. Sailed 5 Jan 1825 from Portsmouth and travelled via Teneriffe, taking 114 days. On 8 March, the surgeon thwarted an alleged plot by 43 convicts to murder the officers and seize the ship. He separated the ring leaders and placed them in irons in different parts of the ship, which ensured no further trouble during the voyage.

The convicts disembarked at Port Jackson, Sydney, NSW.

From Principal Superintendent Of Convicts Bound Indents:
Thomas Knibbs was convicted at Oxford on 29 Jul 1824 for a term of 7 yrs. His native place was Oxfordshire, calling ploughman, age 26 yrs (in 1825), height 5' 9 1/2", complexion sallow, hair brown, eyes blue.

Certificate of Freedom:
Surname Firstname Alias Vessel Year CFNo Date SRRef Film Remarks
KNIBBS Thomas Royal Charlotte 1825 31/0787 3 Aug 1831 4/4307 987

The above is also supported by the following Notice of Certificates of Freedom in the Sydney Gazette, dated Tuesday 23rd, Thursday 25th and Saturday 27th August 1831, which lists all those individuals given their freedom during the previous week.

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Stuart Knibbs in Australia has identified the following information:

Thomas Knibbs: abt 1799 - 1856. Born Oxfordshire, died Parramatta NSW AUS.
No record found of marriage or children. (Name recorded as Nibbs on deaths

Convict, sentenced to 14 yrs (NSW census 1828)

Sentenced to 7 yrs (General Muster List of NSW 1823/4/5)

Sources for Thomas KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Charlbury,