James KNIBBS, son of Joseph KNIBBS and Sarah WYATT , was born bef. 30 November 1834 in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. He married Sarah Ann COPPER 11 April 1869 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. He died bet. July and September, 1902 in West Bromwich District, Staffordshire, England. Sarah Ann COPPER was born abt. 1845 in Tunstall, Staffordshire, England. She died bet. July and September, 1920 in West Bromwich District, Staffordshire, England.


Children of James KNIBBS and Sarah Ann COPPER are:
1. Samuel KNIBBS, b. bet. October and December, 1870 See Samuel KNIBBS & Rachel BENNETT
2. Alice Elizabeth KNIBBS, b. bet. January and March, 1875 See Edwin Henry WILLMOTT & Alice Elizabeth KNIBBS
3. John KNIBBS, b. 1880
4. Agnes KNIBBS, b. bet. April and June, 1869
5. Elizabeth KNIBBS, b. bef. 25 August 1872
6. Sarah Ann KNIBBS, b. bef. 28 May 1876

Marriage Notes for James KNIBBS\Sarah Ann COPPER:


Notes for James KNIBBS:

I'm not sure of the reason, but it looks like James and two of his 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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James can be seen at the 1861 census:
Joseph KNIBBS 1801 Banbury Oxfordshire Head West Bromwich Staffordshire
Sarah KNIBBS 1809 Banbury Oxfordshire Wife West Bromwich Staffordshire
James KNIBBS 1836 Banbury Oxfordshire Son West Bromwich Staffordshire
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In 1871, we see James and Sarah living on a canal boat named Golden Dale, between Walsall St and Bilston Road Bridges, Wolverhampton, Warwickshire:
James Knibbs Head Mar 35 Captain of Canal Boat Warwick Manson
Sarah Knibbs Wife Mar 27 Stafford Leighton
Samuel Knibbs Son 13 weeks Stafford Beech Lanes
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James and Sarah can be seen in the 1881 census for England and Wales, living at 34 Hobicus Lane, Oldbury, Worcestershire with their three children.
James KNIBBS Head M Male 41 Banbury, Oxford, England Boatman
Sarah KNIBBS Wife M Female 36 Tunstall, Stafford, England
Samuel KNIBBS Son Male 10 Beech Lane, Worcester, England Scholar
Alice KNIBBS Daur Female 6 Langley, Worcester, England Scholar
John KNIBBS Son Male 7 m Langley, Worcester, England
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In 1891, they were still living at Hobiscus Lane, Oldbury, Worcestershire:
James Knibbs Head Mar 55 Boatman Oxfordshire Banbury
Sarah Knibbs Wife Mar 46 Staffordshire Tunstall
Samuel Knibbs Son UnM 19 Boatman Staffordshire Beech Lanes
John Knibbs Son 11 Worcestershire Langley
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James and Sarah can be seen in the 1901 census still living at 35 Station Road, Oldbury, Worcestershire, with son John, then aged 21 years.
James Knibbs 64Bambury Oxfordshire Boatman Canal Barge
Sarah Knibbs 58Tunstall Staffs  
John Knibbs 21Langley Worcester Carters Labourer Brewery
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James dies aged 66.

Sources for James KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Banbury,
  2. 1861 British Census, gave 1836 at Banbury 
  3. GRO England & Wales,
  4. 1881 British Census,
  5. 1901 British Census,
  6. Personal Contact with Jean Lewis, Samuel Duffield Martin's granddaughter,
  7. 1871 British Census,
  8. 1891 British Census,

Notes for Sarah Ann COPPER:

We see Sarah in 1851, living at 73 High Street, Wolstanton, Tunstall, Staffordshire:
Charles Mellor Head Mar 42 Inn Keeper Staffordshire Alton
Ann Mellor Wife Mar 33 Staffordshire Newcastle
Charlotte Copper Step Daur 16 Staffordshire Hanley
Sarah Copper Step Daur 5 Scholar Staffordshire Tunstall
William Copper Step Son 8 Scholar Staffordshire Tunstall
Jam,es Moral Serv 21 House Serv Staffordshire Burslem
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In 1861, we see the family living at the Globe Inn, High Street, Tunstall, Staffordshire:
Charles Mellor Head Mar 52 Publican Staff Leeth
Ann Lawton Mellor Wife Mar 44 Staff Newcastle upon Tyne
Sarah Ann Copper Step Daur 15 Staff Tunstall
Sarah Adams Serv UnM 42 Serv Staff Madeley
William Toynton Visitor Mar 41 Contract for Roads Lanc Salford
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Sarah married James in 1869.

Sources for Sarah Ann COPPER:

  1. LDS IGI Records,
  2. 1881 British Census,
  3. 1861 British Census, gave middle name. 
  4. GRO England & Wales,

Notes for John KNIBBS:

John can be seen in the 1901 census living at Oldbury, Worcestershire.

Sources for John KNIBBS:

  1. 1881 British Census,
  2. GRO England & Wales,
  3. 1901 British Census,

Notes for Agnes KNIBBS:

Sources for Agnes KNIBBS:

  1. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 
  2. Register of Burials, Parish of Christ Church, The Quinton, Worcestershire.,

Notes for Elizabeth KNIBBS:

Sources for Elizabeth KNIBBS:

  1. Ancestry.co.uk - Birmingham, England, Baptisms, 1813-1912,

Notes for Sarah Ann KNIBBS:

Sources for Sarah Ann KNIBBS:

  1. Ancestry.co.uk - Birmingham, England, Baptisms, 1813-1912,