William NORTH. He married Mary Ann SYKES 20 August 1882 in Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England. He died UNKNOWN. Mary Ann SYKES was born 02 August 1818 in Deddington, Oxfordshire, England. She died UNKNOWN.


Marriage Notes for William NORTH\Mary Ann SYKES:

From the Bucks Herald, Saturday 26 August 1882:
North-Knibbs.—At the Wesleyan Chapel, on the 20th inst., by the Rev. J William North to Mrs. Emma Knibbs, Buckingham.


Clearly, the newspaper reporter got Mary's name wrong.

Other Marriages/Unions for Mary Ann SYKES:
See Francis KNIBBS & Mary Ann SYKES OR Thomas KILBY & Mary Ann SYKES


Notes for William NORTH:

Not sure if it's coincidental or not, but at the 1881 census, Mary was a widow living at Bone Hill, Buckingham. In the house next door, there was a widower named Joseph North, aged 73 years.

Pure speculation, but I wonder if this William North could be the next door neighbour's brother? Is there also a connection between Joseph and/or William North and the Cecelia North who married Mary's son John Knibbs?
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In 1901, we see a William North living at 4 St Rumbolds Lane, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, and I wonder if this is him:
William North Head Wid 82 Hay Tier Bucks Buckingham


Notes for Mary Ann SYKES:

I'm told by Neil Bennett, descended from the same Sykes family of Deddington, that Mary's father was Thomas Sykes, a labourer, born 1790 in Evenley, Northamptonshire, and his wife Ann Mary Penn 1788 in Deddington, Oxfordshire. They married on 16 Feb 1815 at Deddington. Thomas died 6 Nov 1864 at Deddington. Ann died 1864 at Deddington. They had 4 children, all born in Deddington: William b.1816, Mary Ann b.1818, Benjamin b.1820 and Elizabeth b.1826.
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We see Mary Ann in 1841, living at Pilcock Street, Deddington. She was of course widowed:
Kilby Jos M 27 Sawyer Oxfordshire
Kilby M A F 23 Oxfordshire

I assume Joseph Kirby will have been a brother of her late husband, Thomas Kilby.
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Mary appears in the 1881 census as Mary A Knibbs, widowed, living at Bone Hill, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England
Mary A. Knibbs Lodger (Head) Wid 60 Charwoman Deddington, Oxford, England
Joseph North Head Widr 73 Hay Tier (Unable to Work) Bucks Buckingham

Joseph was identified as the Head of the household so I wonder, was he the owner of the house perhaps Mary was looking after him? - was the William North she married his brother? All pure speculation on my part.
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The Bucks Herald on 26 August 1882 reported a marriage at Buckingham on 20th August 1882 between William North and Mrs Emma Knibbs. The GRO has this marriage listed for Mary Ann Knibbs. I believe the GRO would be the more accurate source of information, so I presume this was a third marriage for Mary Ann Sykes.
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It's interesting to note also that Mary's son John Francis Knibbs married a girl named Cecelia North - any relation to Mary's third husband perhaps?
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There's no sign of Mary living at Buckingham in the 1901 census, but there's a William North, aged 82, occupation Hay Tier, so I wonder if this William North could be Mary's widowed husband?

Sources for Mary Ann SYKES:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,
  2. 1861 British Census,
  3. 1851 Census of Woodstock Union, Oxfordshire,
  4. Personal Contact with Neil Bennett,
  5. 1881 British Census,