John Robert KNIBBS, son of John Richard Payne KNIBBS and Mary Ann Waterman HEAD , was born 26 January 1883 in Faversham, Kent, England. He married Ada Emma HILLS bet. October and December, 1908 in Faversham District, Kent, England. He died 12 October 1953 in Sittingbourne District, Kent, England. Ada Emma HILLS was born 27 January 1886 in Dunkirk, Kent, England. She died bet. October and December, 1972 in Canterbury District, Kent, England.


Notes for John Robert KNIBBS:

We see John at the time of the 1911 census return, living at Woodsend Cottages, Boughton, Faversham, Kent:
In 1911, they were living at Woodsend Cottages, Boughton, Faversham, Kent with Ada's parents:
James Hills Head 64 Married Farm Labourer Ash Nr. Gravesend Kent
Mary Ann Hills Wife 64 Married (44 years) Hadlow Tonbridge Kent
John Robert Knibbs Son in Law 28 Fruiterer Faversham Kent
Ada Emma Knibbs Daughter 25 Married (2 years) Dunkirk Kent
Myrtle Smith Adopted Child 8 School Selling Kent
Gladys Hills Grand Daughter 11 Hollingbourne Kent

The census shows that John and Ada had no children before 1911. I'm not sure if Myrtle Smith was adopted by them or perhaps by Ada's parents. On the one hand I wonder if Ada's parents were too old to have adopted, but on the other hand, John and Ada had only been married for 2 years.
I believe Gladys Hills is the daughter of James and Mary's son Philip..
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We see John and Ada, living at The Ollinges, Thunders Hill, Swale, Kent, at the time of the 1939 Register.
Living with them at the time was a Myrtle E M Rogers, 35, Fruit Picker.
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In 1947, we see John and his wife Ada setting sail from Southampton for New York aboard the Cunard White Line ship, Queen Elizabeth.
Name: John R KNIBBS
Date of departure: 24 June 1947
Port of departure: Southampton
Passenger destination port: New York, USA
Passenger destination: New York, USA
Date of Birth: 1883 (calculated from age)
Age: 64
Marital status: Married
Sex: Male
Occupation: Farmer

The following people with the same last name travelled on this voyag
Ada E KNIBBS

Ship: Queen Elizabeth, Cunard White Star Limited
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In 1949, we see John and his wife Ada again, travelling from Southampton to New York on the Queen Mary:
Name: John KNIBBS
Date of departure: 10 June 1949
Port of departure: Southampton
Passenger destination port: New York, USA
Passenger destination: New York, USA
Date of Birth: 1883 (calculated from age)
Age: 66
Marital status: Married
Sex: Male
Occupation: None

The following people with the same last name travelled on this voyag
Ada KNIBBS age 63

Ship: Queen Mary, Cunard White Star Limited
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Knibbs John Robert of Clack-Ian Boughton near Faversham Kent died 12 October 1953 Probate London 10 December to Westminster Bank Limited. Effects £7357 14s. 5d.

Sources for John Robert KNIBBS:

  1. FreeBMD, gave middle name and Faversham District 
  2. 1901 British Census,
  3. 1939 Register,
  4. Ancestry.com. - England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966,
  5. 1911 British Census,
  6. Passenger List,

Notes for Ada Emma HILLS:

In 1881, Ada's family were living at Plaxtol, Kent:
James Hills Head Mar 35 Agricultural Labourer Ash Kent
Mary Ann Hills Wife Mar 34 Hadlow Kent
James T Hills Son 12 Wrotham Kent
Annie Hills Daur 11 Ightham Kent
Lizey Hills Daur 9 Ightham Kent
Phillip Hills Son 6 Writham Kent
Lillie HillsDaur 3 Wrotham, Kent
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In 1891, Ada was living at Woodsend Cottages, Boughton, Kent:
James Hills Head Mar 45 Agricultural Labourer Kent Ash
Mary A Hills Wife Mar 44 Kent Hadlow
James Hills Son UnM 22 Agricultural Labourer Kent Wrotham
Annie Hills Daur UnM 21 Kent Ightam
Lilly Hills Daur 13 Kent Wrotham
Ebenezer H Hills 8 Scholar Kent Wrotham
Ada E Hills Daur 5 Scholar Kent Dunkirk
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The family were at the same address in 1901:
James Hills Head Mar 54 Labourer Agricultural Kent Ask W Wrotham
Mary A Hills Wife Mar 53 Kent Hadlow
Lily Hills Daur UnM 23 Kent Wrotham
Ada Hills Daur UnM 15 Kent Dunkirk
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Ada married John Knibbs in 1908.
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We see Ada's parents at the time of the 1911 census return, living at Woodsend Cottages, Boughton, Faversham, Kent:
James Hills Head 64 Married Farm Labourer Ash Nr. Gravesend Kent
Mary Ann Hills Wife 64 Married (44 years) Hadlow Tonbridge Kent
John Robert Knibbs Son in Law 28 Fruiterer Faversham Kent
Ada Emma Knibbs Daughter 25 Married (2 years) Dunkirk Kent
Myrtle Smith Adopted Child 8 School Selling Kent
Gladys Hills Grand Daughter 11 Hollingbourne Kent

I'm not sure if Myrtle Smith was adopted by them or perhaps by their daughter Ada who was living with them at the time.
I'm not sure which of James' children Gladys Hills was the daughter of.

Sources for Ada Emma HILLS:

  1. FreeBMD,
  2. 1911 British Census,
  3. GRO England & Wales, from findmypast.com