John TOWN was born abt. 1798 in Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England. He married Mary KNIBBS 16 November 1820 in Deddington, Oxfordshire, England. He died March 1872 in Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England. Mary KNIBBS, daughter of William KNIBBS and Ann FARDON , was born bef. 28 July 1801 in Deddington, Oxfordshire, England. She died bef. 01 July 1866.


Children of John TOWN and Mary KNIBBS are:
1. John Farndon TOWN, b. bef. 09 January 1825

Marriage Notes for John TOWN\Mary KNIBBS:

1820 Nov 16 Mary KNIBBS sp otp to John TOWN bach of Croughton Northants

Other Marriages/Unions for John TOWN:
See John TOWN & Sarah THORNE


Notes for John TOWN:

The Parish Register entry for the wedding says that John came from Croughton, Northamptonshire, England.
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We see John and Mary in 1841, living at Bridge Street, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire:
John Town 40 Sadler (born in county)
Mary Town 38 (born out of county)
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The 1851 census shows John and Mary living at Church Street, Maids Moreton, Buckinghamshire, England:
John Town Head 53 Harness Maker born Buckingham
Mary Town Wife 49 born Deddington
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John and Mary can be seen in 1861 living at Well Street, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England.
John Town Head 63 Annuitant Bucks Buckingham
Mary Town Wife 59 Oxon Deddington
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In 1871, we see John and his second wife, Sarah, living at Well Street, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire:
John Town Head 73 Retired Saddler Bucks Buckingham
Sarah Town Wife 61 Bucks Buckingham
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Not 100% sure that he died in 1872, but the age and location would indicate that it is quite possibly him listed at FreeBMD

Sources for John TOWN:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,
  2. 1851 British Census,
  3. FreeBMD,
  4. Personal Contact with Pauline Meakins, a descendant of John Town,
  5. 1841 British Census,

Notes for Mary KNIBBS:

I am told by Pauline Meakins, descended from John Town and his second wife Sarah of a massive family Bible that William Knibbs gave his daughter Mary at the time of her marriage to John Town. Pauline's mother's Aunt kept everything, and this bible has been passed down through the family. It is inscribed something like "To my daughter Mary at the time of her marriage to John Town".

Pauline remembers seeing the bible in her younger days.
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Thomas FARDON, father of Ann FARDON and grandfather of Mary (Knibbs) TOWN was b.c.1757 a Quaker but was baptised into the C of E Deddington 26 Jun 1777 - An Adult Baptism at the age of 20. He was an Ironmonger and Clockmaker of Deddington. He installed the clock, (made by an Oxford Co.), in the parish church in 1833, and still in place today. One very ordinary looking wall clock made by Thomas and his brother, John was recently (c.1999) for sale in Guildford for £4,650.00.

In his will, signed 5 Sep 1836, he bequeathed "....the payment of the Sum of Ten pounds to each of my grandchildren John KNIBBS and Mary TOWN the same to be paid to them respectively as soon as conveniently may be after my demise" Further on in the will: "....the payment of the sum of Eighty pounds which I give and bequeath to my said Grandchildren John KNIBBS and Mary TOWN the said sum to be equally divided between them share and share alike and to be paid to them respectively or their respective Executors or Administrators by my said Grandson Thomas FARDON within twelve months from the decease of his father John FARDON."

Thomas FARDON (Snr.) died Dec Qtr 1838

His will was proved, London, 24 Apr 1839

His son, John FARDON, Mary's uncle, died Mar Qtr 1865. So John would have received his second bequest of £40 in 1865/66 but we suspect that Mary may well have died before this time.

Sources for Mary KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,
  2. 1851 British Census,
  3. Personal Contact with Pauline Meakins, a descendant of John Town,

Notes for John Farndon TOWN:

Sources for John Farndon TOWN:

  1. Personal Contact with Pauline Meakins, a descendant of John Town,