Unknown MORRIS. He married Ruth SMITH bet. 1874 and 1880. He died UNKNOWN. Ruth SMITH was born 01 June 1853 in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, England. She died September 1948 in Glamorgan District East, Glamorganshire, Wales.

Other Marriages/Unions for Ruth SMITH:
See Robert KNIBBS & Ruth SMITH

Notes for Unknown MORRIS:

Unfortunately, we haven't discovered anything about Mr. Morris - all we know for sure is that when Ruth Smith married Robert Knibbs, she gave her name as Ruth Morris. Family theory has it that he was a doctor in Brazil which is where he met and married Ruth.

Sources for Unknown MORRIS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Swerford,

Notes for Ruth SMITH:

Ruth's father was Richard Smith, a labourer.

I believe it's Ruth we can see in 1871, living at Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, with her parents and siblings:
Richard Smith Head Mar 53 Farm Labourer Oxon Hook Norton
Martha Smith Wife Mar 46 Oxon ????????
Stephen Smith UnM 19 Shepherd Oxon Hook Norton
Thomas Smith Son UnM 17 Farm Labourer Oxon Hook Norton
Ruth Smith Daur 14 Oxon Hook Norton
Martha Smith Daur 9 Oxon Hook Norton
Annie Smith Daur 7 Scholar Oxon Hook Norton
George Smith Son 2 Oxon Hook Norton

She gave her name as Ruth Morris when she married Robert Knibbs in 1880. There seems to be no sign of her previous marriage to Unknown Morris in Hook Norton or Chipping Norton in particular, or even in the GRO records.

Ruth died aged 94 years.

I understand from David Jenkins (Ruth's great-great grandson) that family hearsay has it that Ruth worked for some time at Oxford University (quite possibly in the kitchens?) but at some point early in her life, she went to live in Brazil. No-one knows why. Whilst in Brazil she contracted a disease and became very poorly. She lost her hair (which grew back again) and became very deaf.

The theory within the family is that she married her first husband (surname Morris) whilst she was in Brazil, but left him there when she returned to England to recover from her illness. There is also a suspicion that Morris may even have been the doctor who treated her in Brazil.

Ruth lived with her son John (Jack) and his wife Elizabeth at Llanbradach after her husband died.

We see Ruth in 1911 living at 22 Church Street, Llanbradach, Glamorganshire:
Ruth Knibbs Wife 56 Widow Hook Norton Oxon
Minnie Selina Knibbs Daughter 18 Single Llanbradach Glam
John Richard Knibbs Son 16 Slag Picking On Colliery Hook Norton Oxon
William Robert Knibbs Son 14 Slag Picking On Colliery Hook Norton Oxon
Benjamin Baden Powel Knibbs Son 11 Hook Norton Oxon

We see Ruth living at 22 Church Street, Caerphilly, Glamorganshire, at the time of the 1939 Register. Also at the same address were Norman Jackson, 30, Colliery Engine Driver, and Hilda Jackson, 27, his wife.

Ruth is buried at Holy Trinity, Ystrad Mynach, Glamorganshire, Wales. Her age was given as 94, so her ages as given in the census returns may have been incorrect.

Sources for Ruth SMITH:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Swerford,
  2. 1881 British Census,
  3. 1901 British Census,
  4. 1939 Register,
  5. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  6. Parish Burial Records, GRU,