James KNIBBS, son of James William KNIBBS and Ada ROBINSON , was born bet. October and December, 1902 in Ashted, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. He married Louise Sarah MACDONALD 26 November 1932 in Moncton, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada. He died 1982 in Truro, Colchester County, Nova Scotia, Canada. Louise Sarah MACDONALD was born 14 February 1914 in Salisbury, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada. She died 22 October 1993 in Truro, Colchester County, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Children of James KNIBBS and Louise Sarah MACDONALD are:
1. Gerald Edward KNIBBS, b. 26 August 1936 See Gerald Edward KNIBBS & Beverley Katherine FOSTER
2. Ronald James KNIBBS, b. 20 April 1933 See Ronald James KNIBBS & Shirley Floreen SEAMAN
3. Irene Elisbeth KNIBBS, b. Private

Marriage Notes for James KNIBBS\Louise Sarah MACDONALD:


See James and Louise's Marriage Certificate


Notes for James KNIBBS:

James and his brother George were just two of 118,000 children of all ages who were shipped across Canada to be used as indentured farm workers and domestics. Believed by Canadians to be orphans, only two percent truly were. These children were sent to Canada by over 50 organizations including the well-known and still working charities: Barnardo’s, The Salvation Army and Quarrier’s, to name a few.
See the British Home Children web pages which bring the true stories of the British Home Children to light, in order to maintain their memory and to reunite the families separated during the child migrant scheme.

On 14 May, 1920, the ship Minnedosa set sail from Liverpool, England to Quebec, Canada, with 94 children between the ages of 5 and 17 years. Their final destination was Halifax, Novia Scotia.The Canadian immigration forms for George & James noted that Middlemore Homes of Birmingham and Halifax Nova Scotia paid their fares for the above voyage, and the passenger record says "Waifs and Strays" at the top.

Name: J KNIBBS
Date of departure: 14 May 1920
Port of departure: Liverpool
Destination port: Quebec
Destination country: Canada
Date of Birth: 1903 (calculated from age)
Age: 17
Marital Status:
Sex: Male
Occupation: Child

The following people with the same last name travelled on this voyagee: -
G KNIBBS

Ship: MINNEDOSA
Official Number: 142717
Master's name: G C Evans
Steamship Line: Canadian Pacific Railway Atlantic Steamship Line
Where bound: Quebec, Canada
Square feet: 25878
Registered tonnage: 8521
Passengers on voyage: 1835
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Visit the British Home Children web site which brings the true stories of the British Home Children to light, to maintain their memory and to reunite the families separated during the child migrant scheme.
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James with his brother George and others, May 1920, before departure to Halifax, Nova Scotia. (click to enlarge)
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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of James.

Sources for James KNIBBS:

  1. 1911 British Census,
  2. Marriage Certificate,

Notes for Louise Sarah MACDONALD:

Louise was the daughter of Henry MacDonald and his wife, Bertha Reeder.
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Louise Sarah KNIBBS:
KNIBBS, Louise Sarah - 79, 11 Royalty St., Truro, died October 22, 1993, at home. Born in Salisbury, N.B., she was a daughter of the late Henry and Bertha (REEDER) MacDonald. She is survived by a son, Ronald James, Bible Hill; daughter, Irene McNutt, Truro; two brothers, Henry, Gordon, both of Salisbury; two sisters, Blanche (Mrs. Conrad Taylor), Campbellton, N.B.; Dorothy (Mrs. Merle Hopper), Moncton; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, James; son, Gerald; two brothers, Edward, Rainsford; two sisters, Delta, Eileen. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Sunday in Mattatall Funeral Home, Truro. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday in St. John's Anglican Church, Truro, Rev. Jack Wainwright officiating. Burial will be in Terrace Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Nova Scotia Branch.
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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Louise.

Sources for Louise Sarah MACDONALD:

  1. Rootsweb/Ancestry World Connect,

Notes for Irene Elisbeth KNIBBS: