George HILTON was born 22 July 1856 in Westertown of Littlefellow, Fyvie, Aberdeen, Scotland. He married Mary Louisa KNIBBS 20 September 1885 in Sydenham, London, Middlesex, England. He died UNKNOWN. Mary Louisa KNIBBS, daughter of William KNIBBS and Emily DAVIS , was born 01 October 1859 in Swerford, Oxfordshire, England. She died bet. April and June, 1937 in Woolwich District, London, England.


Children of George HILTON and Mary Louisa KNIBBS are:
1. Winifred HILTON, b. 17 June 1894 See William Robert KNIBBS & Winifred HILTON
2. Elsie Emily HILTON, b. 10 January 1887
3. Eva Booth HILTON, b. bet. July and September, 1888
4. Catherine Mary Louise HILTON, b. 24 September 1891
5. Edith HILTON, b. 07 January 1893

Marriage Notes for George HILTON\Mary Louisa KNIBBS:

George was previously married to Mary Louisa's older sister Caroline who died when just 36 years of age.

Other Marriages/Unions for George HILTON:
See George HILTON & Caroline HARRIS


Notes for George HILTON:

George Hilton was the son of James Hilton and Elizabeth Troup. I'm grateful to Beth Robertson in Sydney, Australia for telling me more about George's immediate family. Beth's husband is descended from George's sister Mary Hilton, born 6 Feb 1859
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George can be seen at the 1881 census living at 67 Elderton Road, Lewisham, Kent with his first wife, Caroline:
Geo Hilton Head Mar 24 Gardener Aberdeen Scotland
Caroline Hilton Wife Mar 34 Salisbury Wiltshire
Albert G Hilton Son 2 Grt Totham Essex
Minnie Hilton Daur 6m Swerford Oxon
Mary A King Visitor UnM 28 Dressmaker Avelegh Essex
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In 1885, George married his wife Caroline's sister, Mary Louisa Knibbs.
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In 1901, we see George and his family living at Becton Street, Barnstaple, Devon with his second wife Mary:
Geo Hilton Head Mar 43 Colporteur Evangelist Scotland
M L Hilton Wife Mar 41 Oxford Chipping Norton
Elsie Hilton Daur 14 Dressmaker London Forest Hill
Eva Hilton Daur 12 Lolton Lancs
Catherine Hilton Daur 9 Oxford Chipping Norton
Edith Hilton Daur 8 Devon Brixham
Winifred Hilton Daur 6 Devon Barnstaple
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In 1911, George was living at 21 Bicton Street, Barnstaple, Devonshire:
George Hilton Head 54 Married Colporteur Evangelist Aberdeenshire Fivie
Mary Louisa Hilton Wife 51 Married (26 years) Oxfordshire Swerford
Elsie Emily Hilton Daughter 24 Cashier Kent Forest Hill
Catherine M L Hilton Daughter 19 Tailoress Oxfordshire Swerford
Edith Hilton Daughter 18 Pulil Teacher S. Devon Brixham
Winifred Hilton Daughter 16 Drapers Assistant N. Devon Barnstaple

Mary had 5 children who all survived beyond 1911.
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Graham Barber tells me:
George was for a time, Head Gardener at Pitlochry House, Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland. At one time he used to sell religious books from his home and at markets in Barnstaple, Bideford and Ilfracombe in Devon, England.
He retired in 1926 and moved to live at 24 Avery Hill, New Eltham, London.
His hobbies were gardening and painting.

His occupation was given as Colporteur in 1921 which - in case anyone (like me) is uncertain as to what a colporteur is, it's an "itinerant seller or giver of books, especially religious literature".

Sources for George HILTON:

  1. FreeBMD,
  2. 1881 British Census,
  3. Marriage Certificate,
  4. 1901 British Census,
  5. 1911 British Census,
  6. Personal Contact with Graham Barber,

Notes for Mary Louisa KNIBBS:




George and Mary Louisa with their five daughters Elsie, Eva, Catherine, Edith and Winifred who were born between 1887 and 1894. Click image for larger version.
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Mary appears in the 1881 census living at 10 Heath Terrace, Milverton, Warwick, England working as a domestic servant in the household of Thomas B Salmon.
Thomas B. SALMON Head M Male 70 Fenny Compton, Warwick,
England Retired Hosier & Draper
Sarah SALMON Wife M Female 59 Leicester, Leicester, Engla
Wife To Retired Hosier & Draper
Mary KNIBBS Servant U Female 21 Swerford, Oxford, Engla
General Domestic Serv
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In 1885 she was living at 10 Sylphide Villas, Forest Hill, London, England.
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Graham Barber tells me George retired in 1926 and moved to live at 24 Avery Hill, New Eltham, London. Eltham is within the district of Woolwich, so I'm made the conjectire that the Mary Louisa Hilton who died in 1937 in the Woolwich District was her.

Sources for Mary Louisa KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Swerford,
  2. 1861 British Census,
  3. GRO England & Wales, GRO England & Wales gives 4Qtr1859 
  4. Personal Contact with Graham Barber,
  5. 1881 British Census,

Notes for Elsie Emily HILTON:

I am told by Graham Barber that Eslie married Alfred James Lawday on 12 June 1912. He was born 4 December 1883 at Barnstaple, Devon, England and died 22 September 1965.

She worked as cashier at International Grocers after leaving school. The shop stayed open late on Saturdays up to 10 pm and she had just one half day off per week.

After she and Alfred married they moved to lve in Wales until Alfred retired in 1948 when they moved back to live at Eltham, SE London to be near to family.

Alfred was a Station Master on the railways.

Sources for Elsie Emily HILTON:

  1. Personal Contact with Graham Barber,
  2. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 
  3. 1901 British Census, gave location 
  4. GRO England & Wales,
  5. 1911 British Census,

Notes for Eva Booth HILTON:

Also known as: Betty

Graham Barber tells me that Eva worked for Barclays Bank in Barnstaple, Bideford, Wellington, Exeter, Edenbridge, Woowich London and never ever married.

Sources for Eva Booth HILTON:

  1. Personal Contact with Graham Barber,
  2. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  3. 1901 British Census, gave location 

Notes for Catherine Mary Louise HILTON:

Sources for Catherine Mary Louise HILTON:

  1. Personal Contact with Graham Barber,
  2. 1911 British Census,

Notes for Edith HILTON:

Edith married William Edward Lawrence in June 1934. He was born in Brixham, Devon, England and he died in May 1971 at Taunton, Devon, England.

Graham Barber tells me that William had been a lumberjack in Canada and a miner in South Wales but finally went into the Ministry as a Baptist Minister in Lydney, Penzance, Evesham and Hatch Beauchamp, Nr Taunton, Devon, England. He was also a chaplain in the army serving at Antwerp and Arnhem.

Sources for Edith HILTON:

  1. Personal Contact with Graham Barber,
  2. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 
  3. 1901 British Census, gave location 
  4. 1911 British Census,