John MARTIN was born 11 September 1830 in Darlaston, Staffordshire, England. He married Elizabeth KNIBBS bet. April and June, 1853 in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England. He died UNKNOWN. Elizabeth KNIBBS, daughter of Joseph KNIBBS and Sarah WYATT , was born 05 April 1830 in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. She died UNKNOWN.


Children of John MARTIN and Elizabeth KNIBBS are:
1. Clara Jane MARTIN, b. 05 June 1866
2. Martha Ann MARTIN, b. 07 March 1869
3. Sophia Elisabeth MARTIN, b. 29 December 1871 See Samuel BENNETT & Sophia Elisabeth MARTIN
4. James William MARTIN, b. 20 December 1875
5. Thomas MARTIN, b. 24 February 1854
6. Joseph Knibbs MARTIN, b. 25 November 1855
7. Alice MARTIN, b. 20 April 1858 See ? & Alice MARTIN
8. Angelina MARTIN, b. 15 September 1860
9. Sarah MARTIN, b. abt. 1863

Marriage Notes for John MARTIN\Elizabeth KNIBBS:

Elizabeth and John married at the Church of All Saints, West Bromwich.


Notes for John MARTIN:

In 1861, John and his family were living at Horton(?) Street, South Side, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England:
John & Elizabeth Martin Head & Wife 34 & 30 Puddler Darlaston & Banbury (husband & Wife)
Thomas Martin Son 7 Children W Brom Staffs
John Martin Son 5 Scholar W Brom Staffs
Alice Martin Daur 2 W Brom Staffs
Angelina Martin Daur 6 months W Brom Staffs
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In 1871, John and Elizabeth had Elizabeth's parents living with them. John and Elizabeth had another three children living with them since 1861 - Sara, Clara and Martha. The daughter Angelina doesn't appear in 1871 so we presume she must have died.
John Martin Head Mar 43 Puddler Staffordwhire Darlaston
Elisabeth Martin Wife Mar 40 Oxford Banbury
Thomas Knibbs Son UnM 17 Agricultural Labourer Staffordshire West Bromwich
Joseph Knibbs Son UnM 15 Engine Stoker Staffordshire West Bromwich
Alice Knibbs Daur UnM 12 Scholar Staffordshire West Bromwich
Sarah Knibbs Daur UnM 8 Staffordshire West Bromwich
Clara Jane Knibbs Daur UnM 5 Scholar Staffordshire West Bromwich
Martha Ann Knibbs Daur UnM 2 Worcester Ridgacre
Joseph Knibbs Father in Law Mar 77 Agricultural Labourer Oxford Banbury
Sarah Knibbs Mother in Law Mar 64 Oxford Banbury
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John and Elizabeth can be seen in the 1881 census for England and Wales, living at Hagley Road, Ridgacre, Worcestershire with 5 children plus Elizabeth's parents, Joseph and Sarah Knibbs.
John Martin Head Mar 53 Iron Puddler Darlaston Stafford
Elisabeth Martin Wife Mar 50 Banbury Oxford
Clara J Martin Daur Unm 14 Greets Green Stafford
Martha A Martin Daur Unm 12 Scholar Beech Lanes Worcester
Sophia E Martin Daur Unm 9 Scholar Beech Lanes Worcester
James W Martin Son Unm 6 Scholar Beech Lanes Worcester
Samuel D Martin Son Unm Male 4 Beech Lanes Worcester
Joseph Knbbs Father In Law Mar Male 90 Banbury Oxford
Sarah Knibbs Mother In Law Mar 74 Banbury Oxford

Joseph's date of birth is given incorrectly. He was born in 1799, not 1791 so would have been just 82.
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The Admissions Register for the Quinton National School 1872-1894 shows the following MARTIN children. Martha has the name of George Martin for a parent. This could be a mistake but it could also mean that she isn't from this family. She was living with them at the 1881 census so I assume it is a mistake.
No. Year Mth Name Born Parent/Guardian Occupation Address
41 1872 6 Martin Martha 7 3 1869 George Martin Forge Man Beech Lanes
93 1875 4 Martin Elisabeth 29 12 1871 ? Martin Labourer Beech Lanes
297 1879 5 Martin James William 20 13 1875 John Martin Labourer Beech Lanes
354 1880 4 Martin Samuel, D 27 12 1876 John Martin Labourer Beech Lanes

There was an Elizabeth Martin who died in December 1878, aged just 2 years. There is no indication that this was another daughter for this John Martin or one of the other Martin's living at Quinton at the time.

In addition, there were three other Martin Children at the school between 1881-86. These were the children of a Thomas Martin who appears in the 1881 census, living at Beech Lanes, so perhaps a brother of our John MARTIN?
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We can see from the following that John is given as the guardian of Kate Elizabeth Bennett, one of his grandchildren, when she was registered at the Quinton National School in August 1899, so I wonder what happened to Kate's parents?
No. Year Mth Name Born Parent/Guardian Occupation Address
638 1899 8 Bennett Kate Elizabeth 23 7 1892 John Martin(Grandfather) Beech Lanes
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In 1891, we see the family living at Beech Lanes, Ridgacre, Worcestershire:
John Martin Head Mar 63 Farm Labourer Staffordshire Bilston
Elizabeth Martin Wife Mar 61 Laundress Oxfordshire Banbury
Martha Ann Martin Daur UnM 20 Laundress Worcestershire Beech Lanes
Sophia Elisabeth Martin Daur UnM 19 Laundress Worcestershire Beech Lanes
James William Martin Son UnM 16 Filer Worcestershire Beech Lanes
Samuel Duffield Martin Grand Son 14 Engine Stoker Worcestershire Beech Lanes
S???? Bailey Lodger UnM 20 Laundress Staffordshire Willenhall

This is the first indication that Samuel Duffield Martin was a grandson of John and Elizabeth, and not his son. I presume from this, that he was the sone of John's oldest daughter, Alice Martin.
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John and Elizabeth can also be seen in the 1901 census, living at Quinton, Worcestershire aged 74 and 71 years respectively.
Elizabeth Martin 71 Banbury Oxon Worcestershire Quinton
John Martin 74 Banbury Oxon Worcestershire Quinton Night Watchman Port

Sources for John MARTIN:

  1. 1881 British Census,
  2. Personal Contact with Bob Baldwin,
  3. 1871 British Census,
  4. 1861 British Census,
  5. Quinton National School - Admission Register 1872-94,
  6. 1891 British Census,
  7. 1901 British Census,

Notes for Elizabeth KNIBBS:

Also known as: Elisabeth




(Click image for larger version).This photograph shows Elizabeth, I would guess in the 1880's.
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I'm not sure of the reason, but it looks like Elizabeth and two of her siblings were living with their grandmother at the time of the 1841 census return:
WYATT Ann F 60 Independant
KNIBBS Elizabeth F 11
KNIBBS James M 6
KNIBBS Sarah F 3

I'm guessing that Ann Wyatt was their grandmother. They were all living at Burton Dassett, Warwickshire, England.
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In 1891 Elizabeth can be seen employing two of her daughters Martha & Sophia and a lodger in her laundry business
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Elizabeth can be seen living at Quinton, Worcestershire in the 1901 census.
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I'm not really sure of when Elizabeth died but suspect it was either q1/1906 or q4/1907 at West Bromwich District, England

Sources for Elizabeth KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Banbury,
  2. Personal Contact with Bob Baldwin,
  3. 1881 British Census,
  4. 1891 British Census,

Notes for Clara Jane MARTIN:




(Click image for larger version).This photograph shows Clara with her five sisters and her mother who is seated in the front row on the right. Clara is standing at the right of the picture.
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I have it from Bob Baldwin, Clara's great-grandson, that Clara married Alfred Staphnill in Stourbridge in the December Quarter of 1889, and they had the following children:
Alice Elizabeth b. 14 Apr 1890 at 3 Court, Parker Street, Birmingham
Theresa b. q4/1891 Birmingham
Walter John b. 8 Sep 1892
Emily Jane b. 8 May 1900 Kings Norton
William Henry b. q4/1901 Kings Norton
Alfred b. q1/1906 Kings Norton
Leonard Arthur b. q1/1909 Kings Norton

Alice Elizabeth is Bob's grandmother.

Sources for Clara Jane MARTIN:

  1. 1881 British Census,
  2. Personal Contact with Jean Lewis, Samuel Duffield Martin's granddaughter, gave middle name Jane 
  3. Personal Contact with Bob Baldwin,
  4. Death Certificate,

Notes for Martha Ann MARTIN:

Sources for Martha Ann MARTIN:

  1. 1881 British Census,
  2. Personal Contact with Jean Lewis, Samuel Duffield Martin's granddaughter, gave middle name Ann 
  3. Personal Contact with Bob Baldwin, taken from the family Bible 
  4. Quinton National School - Admission Register 1872-94,
  5. 1891 British Census,

Notes for James William MARTIN:

Sources for James William MARTIN:

  1. 1881 British Census,
  2. Quinton National School - Admission Register 1872-94, Quinton National School - Admission Register 1872-94 gave middle Christian name of William. 
  3. 1891 British Census,

Notes for Thomas MARTIN:

Sources for Thomas MARTIN:

  1. 1861 British Census,
  2. Personal Contact with Jean Lewis, Samuel Duffield Martin's granddaughter,
  3. Personal Contact with Bob Baldwin,
  4. FreeBMD,
  5. 1871 British Census,

Notes for Joseph Knibbs MARTIN:

It can be seen in the Register of Burials 1869-1898 for Quinton, Worcestershire, England, that a man name Joseph Martin KNIBBS was buried on October 22nd 1891, aged 37 years. His address is given as The Queens Hospital. I can see no record of a Joseph Knibbs being born but suspect that he may well have been Joseph MARTIN.

The GRO has his death recorded as Joseph Knibbs MARTIN.

Sources for Joseph Knibbs MARTIN:

  1. 1861 British Census,
  2. Personal Contact with Jean Lewis, Samuel Duffield Martin's granddaughter,
  3. Personal Contact with Bob Baldwin,
  4. FreeBMD,
  5. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  6. 1871 British Census,

Notes for Angelina MARTIN:

Sources for Angelina MARTIN:

  1. 1861 British Census, gave location 
  2. Personal Contact with Jean Lewis, Samuel Duffield Martin's granddaughter,
  3. Personal Contact with Bob Baldwin,
  4. 1871 British Census,

Notes for Sarah MARTIN:

Sources for Sarah MARTIN:

  1. 1871 British Census,
  2. Personal Contact with Jean Lewis, Samuel Duffield Martin's granddaughter,
  3. FreeBMD,