Henry W KNIBBS, son of James H KNIBBS and Mary Seavey RATCLIFFE , was born abt. 1848 in Newmarket, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA. He married Mary J CLARKE 11 August 1872 in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA. He died 08 March 1897 in Dover, Strafford County, New Hampshire, USA. Mary J CLARKE was born abt. 1849 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA. She died UNKNOWN.


Children of Henry W KNIBBS and Mary J CLARKE are:
1. Ida F KNIBBS, b. 06 July 1873
2. Clara B KNIBBS, b. abt. 1875
3. Charles H KNIBBS, b. 04 April 1878
4. William KNIBBS, b. 28 November 1882

Other Marriages/Unions for Henry W KNIBBS:
See Henry W KNIBBS & Ida C PIKE

Other Marriages/Unions for Mary J CLARKE:
See William TRUE & Mary J CLARKE OR Robert WALTON & Mary J CLARKE


Notes for Henry W KNIBBS:


See Henry's Death Certificate

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I believe he was married to Mary J Clarke. We see her as a widow in 1880 with their daughter Clara. However, I suspect he never married Ida Pike, despite having children with her. After Henry died, she could be seen living with a man named Paul L Pike.
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The record for the birth of his son, Charles H Knibbs in 1878, stated that Henry was born in Newmarket, New Hampshire.
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From the Newburyport Daily Herald, May 20th , 1873:
Henry W. Knibbs, David Roach and and John Plunkett, all of Haverhill, were sentenced upon complaints appeal cases, for violation of the liquor law, to severally pay a fine of $10 and costs of $12.50 and recognise with sureties in the sum of $500 each not to violate the law relating to intocicating liquers for one year.

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From The Newburyport Daily News, 4 December 1893:
CITY OF NEWBURYPORT
Voters Registered December 2, 1893.

Henry W. Knibbs, 18 Merrimac Street

Sources for Henry W KNIBBS:

  1. 1850 USA Federal Census,
  2. 1880 US Federal Census,
  3. Death Register,
  4. LDS Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1841-1895,
  5. LDS Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915,

Notes for Mary J CLARKE:

From the Annual Report, of the Town of Andover,Receipts and Expenditures for year ending 7 February, 1876:
Mary J. Knibbs moved from Haverhill to the Almshouses.


The Report of the Overseers' of the Poor, identified that Mary was one of paupers remaining in the Almshouses at the end of the financial year. She was the only one in the age group 20-30 years. The report also made reference to the fact that Mary gave birth to a daughter that year.
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In 1880, we can see Mary, as a widow, living at Andover, Essex, Massachusetts in the household of a James Duncan:
James Duncan Head Mar 62 Scotland
Mary J Knib - Wid 30 Massachusetts
Clara B Knib 4 Massachusetts
Sarah E. Hunt 21 Massachusetts
Nancy Shattuck 27 Massachusetts
George Shattuck 30 Massachusetts
Frache L. Shattuck 3 Massachusetts
Mary K. French 97 Massachusetts
Rebecca Merrill 80 New Hampshire, United States
Emma Wardman 37 England
Mary C. Cannard 37 Massachusetts
Gertrude Clark 3 Massachusetts
Catherine Daley 19 Ireland
Charles Holt 29 Massachusetts
Caroline A. Russell 78 Maine
Elbridge G. Wardwell 70 Massachusetts
Lavinia Wardwell 70 Massachusetts
Ann Howell 80 Ireland
Sylvia Abbott 53 New Hampshire
Daniel Faulkner 73 Massachusetts

I'm pretty sure Henry was still living in 1880, so it may have simply been convenient to declare herself a widow.
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From the Annual Report, of the Town of Andover,Receipts and Expenditures for year ending 7 February, 1886:

The Report of the Overseers' of the Poor, identified that Mary's daughter, Jessie T Knibbs, was in the Almshouse, aged 10 months. There was no mention of others from the family. Her date of birth was given as Dec 16, 1885.
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From the Annual Report, of the Town of Andover,Receipts and Expenditures for year ending 10 January, 1893:

The Report of the Overseers' of the Poor, identified that Mary's son, William Knibbs, died in the Almshouse, aged 10 years on Nov 26, 1892.
There was no mention of others from the family being at the Almshouse.
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I suspect that Mary didn't ever remarry after Henry Knibbs died.

Sources for Mary J CLARKE:

  1. LDS Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841-1915, (for her daughter Jessie) 
  2. 1880 US Federal Census, gave approx age 

Notes for Ida F KNIBBS:

In 1900, we see Ida living at ED 254 Andover Town (all east of river & Main St.), Essex, Massachusetts, which appears to have been an Alms House for the poor.
Ida F Knibbs Inmate 27 Inmate Massachusetts
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Ida died aged just 28 and is buried at Spring Grove Cemetery, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts. The entry in the death register gave her occupation as "At Poor House".

Tha 1902 Annual Receipts and Expenditures Report for the town of Andover, shows an expenditure of $15.00 for the funeral expenses of Ida Knibbs.
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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 Ida.

Sources for Ida F KNIBBS:

  1. LDS Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1841-1895,
  2. findagrave.com,
  3. LDS Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841-1915,

Notes for Clara B KNIBBS:

We're not sure of the parentage of Clara. She was born in the Almshouse in the town of Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, and we know that she was in the Almshouse in 1880 with her mother Mary.

Sources for Clara B KNIBBS:

  1. 1880 US Federal Census,

Notes for Charles H KNIBBS:

Sources for Charles H KNIBBS:

  1. LDS Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841-1915,

Notes for William KNIBBS:

From the Annual Report, of the Town of Andover,Receipts and Expenditures for year ending 10 January, 1893:

The Report of the Overseers' of the Poor, identified that William Knibbs died in the Almshouse, aged 10 years on Nov 26, 1892.
There was no mention of others from the family being at the Almshouse.

William died in a drowning accident.
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From the Boston Herald, 27 Novemvber, 1892:
William Knibbs, a 10 year-old inmate of the Andover almshouse, was drowned in the Shawseen river near Frye village yesterday.