John Richard Payne KNIBBS, son of Alfred Richard KNIBBS and Eliza Catherine Payne PONSFORD , was born bet. April and June, 1861 in Aldershot, Hampshire, England. He married Mary Ann Waterman HEAD 11 October 1880 in Thanet, Kent, England. He died 29 January 1904 in Faversham, Kent, England. Mary Ann Waterman HEAD was born September 1856 in Kennington, Kent, England. She died 05 June 1902 in Faversham, Kent, England.

Children of John Richard Payne KNIBBS and Mary Ann Waterman HEAD are:
1. Alfred Reginald KNIBBS, b. 17 September 1881 See Alfred Reginald KNIBBS & Violet Isabel LARKING
2. John Robert KNIBBS, b. 26 January 1883 See John Robert KNIBBS & Ada Emma HILLS

Marriage Notes for John Richard Payne KNIBBS\Mary Ann Waterman HEAD:

Groom's NameJohn KnibbsBride's NameMary Ann Head
Groom's Age21Bride's Age22
Groom's ProfessionFireman L C Dover Raily
Groom's Father's NameAlfred Richard KnibbsBride's Father's NameRobert Head
Groom's Father's ProfessionSignal FitterBride's Father's ProfessionGardener
Date11th October 1880
Witness 1 NameEdward John Elliott
Witness 2 NameEmma Hawkes
ChurchMargate St John
EventMarriage Record

Notes for John Richard Payne KNIBBS:

Also known as: John Richard Payne Knibbs

We can see John and his wife in 1881 living at 5 Buckingham Rd., Margate St John Baptist, Kent, England:
John Knibbs Head Mar 21 Ireland Fireman S C O Rail
Mary Ann Knibbs Wife Mar 22 Ashford Kent Domestic Servant

From the East Kent Gazette - 14 May 1881:
A very sad accident occurred at the Rainham station on Saturday afternoon. A little child, named Alice Pointer, aged three, whose parents reside close by the station, strayed on to the railway, unnoticed by the officials, and sat on the steps leading down from the platform on to the line, the passengers in the absence of a bridge or subway, having to cross the road to get from one platform to the other. Just then the up boat express, travelling at a high rate of speed. came along, and the poor little thing was carriedaway from the seat where she had perched herself, all unconscious of danger, and her brains dashed out. An inquest was held at the Volunteers Inn, before Mr W. J. Harris, coroner, on Monday evening, when the following evidence was addmitted :—
John Knibbs said: I am an engine driver in the employ of the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway Company. I was driving the 3.45 boat express from, Dover to Holborn on Saturday last, and on arriving at Rainhani the fireman told me something, but I saw nothing of the deceased myself.


In 1891, we can see them living at 99 St Marys Road, Faversham, Kent:
John Knibbs Head Mar 30 Railway Engine Driver Hampshire Aldershot
Mary Ann Knibbs Wife Mar 33 Kent Kennington
Alfred R Knibbs Son 9 Scholar Kent Kennington

From the East Kent Gazette - Saturday 25 June 1892:
HAS received instructions from the Trustees of the late Mr. Edward Packer, to SELL by AUCTION, at the Ship Hotel, Faversham, Wednesday June 29th, 1892, at Three o'clock in the Afternoon, the following FREEHOLD PROPERTIES, in 16 Lots :
Lot 1. - All that FREEHOLD BAKEHOUSE and COTTAGE adjoining, situate in Water-lane, Ospringe, in the occupation of Mr. W. Stone and another, at a rental of 5/6 per week...................
Lot 11. - —A similar HOUSE adjoining, being No. 99, St. Mary's-road, Faversham, in the occupation of Mr. J. R. Knibbs, at a rental of 7/0 per week.

Note: The above two were just two of 16 Lots in total for sale at auction that day.

The 1901 census shows him still living at 99 St Marys Road, Faversham, Kent:
John Knibbs Head Mar 40 Railway Engine Driver Hants Aldershot
Mary Ann Knibbs Wife 43 Kent Kennington
John Knibbs Son 18 Journeyman Baker Kent Faversham

Knibbs John Richard Payne of 15 Briton-road Faversham Kent railway-engine-driver died 29 January 1904 at the Cottage Hospital Faversham.

From the Welsh Gazette and West Wales Advertise - 4 Feb, 1904:
Crossing the line at Faversham Station to reach his engine, Richard Payne Knibbs, aged forty-three, a driver, was knocked down and killed by a train from Chatham.


From the Dover Express - Friday 05 February 1904:
A shocking fatality occurred at Faversham Railway Station late on Friday night, when Charles Richard Payne Knibbs, an engine driver, was killed. Knibbs had been talking to another driver and was proceeding to his own engine, which was standing at one of the platforms, when he was knocked down by the local train leaving Chatham at 10.10 and due at Faversham at 10.40. He sustained a fractured skull and other injuries and died half an hour after admission to the cottage hospital. Deceased was 43 years of age.


John and his wife Mary are buried at Faversham Cemetery, Kent.

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in his memory.

Sources for John Richard Payne KNIBBS:

  1. 1871 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD, gave middle names and Farnham District 
  3., Gave exact date and location 
  4. 1881 British Census,
  5. Parish Transcript Marriages,
  6. 1891 British Census,
  7. 1901 British Census,
  8. Cemetery Burial Records On-line,

Notes for Mary Ann Waterman HEAD:

Mary Ann was just 45 years old when she died. The death was registered as Mary Ann W Knibbs.

We first see Mary in 1861 when she was living with her parents and siblings at New Street, Ashford, Kent:
Robert Head Head Mar 36 Gasrdener Kent Ashford
Harriet Head Mar 36 Kent Woodchurch
Horace Head Son 9 Scholar Kent Kennington
Richard Head Son 7 Scholar Kent Kennington
Harriet Head Daur 6 Kent Kennington
Mary Ann Head Daur 4 Scholar Kent Kennington
Robert Head Son 2 Kent Kennington

In 1871, Mary Ann was working and living at New House Farm, Ashford, Kent:
Mary Ann Head Serv UnM 14 General Servant Kennington Kent

Mary Ann married John Knibbs in 1880.

Knibbs Mary Ann Waterman of 99 St. Mary's-road Faversham Kent (wife of John Richard Payne Knibbs) died 5 June 1902. Administration Canterbury 21 July to the said John Richard Payne Knibbs engine-driver Effects £134 12s. 3d.

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Mary.

Sources for Mary Ann Waterman HEAD:

  1. FreeBMD,
  2., gave actual date and location 
  3. 1881 British Census,
  4. Cemetery Burial Records On-line,