Albert KNIBBS, son of William KNIBBS and Emily DAVIS , was born 27 May 1868 in Swerford, Oxfordshire, England. He married Katherine HARRISON bet. October and December, 1899 in Paddington District, London, Middlesex, England. He died 19 February 1934 in Bromley District, Kent, England. Katherine HARRISON was born 04 April 1866 in Ossett, Yorkshire, England. She died 29 August 1954 in Sydenham, Kent, England.

Children of Albert KNIBBS and Katherine HARRISON are:
1. Wilfred Walter Francis Harrison KNIBBS, b. bet. October and December, 1902
2. Kathleen Maude E KNIBBS, b. abt. 1900
3. Joseph Albert Harrison KNIBBS, b. 15 June 1903 See Joseph Albert Harrison KNIBBS & Ilma Gladys RICHARDS
4. Margaret Ethel KNIBBS, b. bet. October and December, 1905 See Stephen DAVIS & Margaret Ethel KNIBBS
5. Vera May KNIBBS, b. 13 May 1908 See Patrick O'Halloran G DENING & Vera May KNIBBS
6. George Ernest KNIBBS, b. 20 May 1910 See George Ernest KNIBBS & Doris Alma E RAPER
7. Norah Amelia KNIBBS, b. 20 May 1910
8. Victor C KNIBBS, b. 27 October 1911 See Victor C KNIBBS & Vera M BROWN

Other Marriages/Unions for Albert KNIBBS:
See Albert KNIBBS & Betsey Boniface BEST

Notes for Albert KNIBBS:

Albert can be seen in 1891 lodging at 96 High Street, Lewisham, London, England:
Albert Knibbs Lodger 22 Plumbers Assistant Oxfordshire Swerford
He was lodging with Robert and Mary Futcher

Albert appears in the 1901 census aged 32, living at Beckenham in Kent, England. His name is given as Albert Knebbs, so clearly a mistake somewhere along the line. He is seen to be living with his wife Kate (34) and his children Dorothy (8) and Reginald (5) from his first marriage, and Katherine (7 months) from his 2nd marriage.

Albert Knebbs32 Oxfordshire Swarford KentBeckenham Plumber Decorator
Kate Knebbs34 Yorkshire Osset KentBeckenham
Dorothey Knebbs8 Kent Sydenham KentBeckenham
Reginald Knebbs5 Kent Sydenham KentBeckenham
Katherine Knebbs7M Kent Sydenham KentBeckenham

Albert is also listed in Kelly's Directory of Kent, 1903 under Sydenham as:
Knibbs Albert, plumber 50, Wiverton Road

Post Office London County Suburbs Directory, 1908, show Albert still living at 50 Wiverton Road, Sydenham

In 1911, Albert can be seen living at 50 Wiverton Road Sydenham, Kent:
Albert Knibbs Head Married M 42 Plumber and Decorator Liverford Oxon
Katherine Knibbs Wife Married F 44 Ossett Yorkshire
Dorothy Knibbs Daughter Single F 18 Sydenham Kent
Reginald Knibbs Son Single M 15 Errand Boy Sydenham Kent
Kathleen Knibbs Daughter Single F 10 School Sydenham Kent
Wilfred Knibbs Son Single M 8 Sydenham Kent
Joe Knibbs Son Single M 6 Sydenham Kent
Margaret Knibbs Daughter Single F 5 Sydenham Kent
Vera Knibbs Daughter Single F 2 Sydenham Kent
George Knibbs Son M 0(10 months) Sydenham Kent
Nora Knibbs Daughter Single 0(10 Month) Sydenham Kent
Roland H Hooper visitor Single M 33 Provismonger Kingston Yeovil

Knibbs Albert of 50 Wiverton-road Sydenham Kent died 19 Febriary 1934 Probate London 10 April to Kate Knibbs widow Effects £249 10s. 6d.

Sources for Albert KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Swerford,
  2. GRO England & Wales,
  3. 1901 British Census,
  4. Personal Contact with Graham Barber, gave date. 
  5., England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  6. - England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966,
  7. 1891 British Census,
  8. 1881 British Census,
  9. Kelly's Directory of Kent, 1903,
  10. Post Office London County Suburbs Directory, 1908,

Notes for Katherine HARRISON:

Also known as: Kate

I believe it is Katherine we can see at the 1880 census, living at Crossley Orphan Home & School, Savile Park, Skircoat, York, England. She was identified as an Orphan. There were 25 children registered at the orphanage, all aged between 13 and 16 years. There were no others with the same surname so I presume it was just Katherine from her family.
Kate HARRISON Scholar U Female 15 Ossett, York, England Scholar Orphan
Constance My. STONEHOUSE Scholar U Female 13 Horsforth, York, England Scholar Orphan
Mary Jane NAYLOR Scholar U Female 14 Halifax, York, England Scholar Orphan
Gertrude A. HAYNES Scholar U Female 15 Liverpool, Lancashire, England Scholar Orphan
Kate C. BOWER Scholar U Female 14 Stockport, Cheshire, England Scholar Orphan

We see Kate and daughter Norah l living at 50 Wiverton Road, Beckenham, Kent at the time of the 1939 Register.

Knibbs Kate of 4a Eliot Lodge 5 Kirkdale Sydenham London S.E.26 died 29 Aug 1954 Probate London to Norah Amelia Knibbs spoinster. Effect £748 15s. 5d.

Sources for Katherine HARRISON:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. Personal Contact with Graham Barber,
  3. 1881 British Census,
  4. 1939 Register,
  5. - England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966,

Notes for Wilfred Walter Francis Harrison KNIBBS:

Also known as: Charlie

Wilfred aged 16 in about 1918. (click to enlarge)

See Wilfred's Mechant Navy Certificate, CR10 Certificate


Wilfred joined the Merchant Navy as an Assistant Steward in 1918, when he was just 16. He served on the ships Ninian in 1918, Bahia Castillo in 1920, and Pakeha in 1921.

SS Pakeha served on the Liverpool to Wellington, NZ, service in 1910. She carried 1,000 passengers in steerage, and was a frozen meat carrier.

I wonder if it was this Wilfred who was working as an Assistant Steward on a ship named "Manitou" of the Atlantic Transport Lines, when it arrived in New York from London in July 1919.

From The Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 20th August, 1931:
KNIBBS - August 18, 1931. Wilfred (Charlie) Knibbs, beloved son of Albert and Kate Knibbs of Sydenham, London, and beloved brother of Albert Harrison Knibbs of Earlwood.

KNIBBS - August 18, 1931. Wilfred, beloved uncle of Peter and John, and brother-in-law of Ilma.

Sources for Wilfred Walter Francis Harrison KNIBBS:

  1. FreeBMD, gave Bromley District, Kent 
  2. 1911 British Census,

Notes for Kathleen Maude E KNIBBS:

Kathleen is probably the one identified at Katherine in the 1901 census return.

Sources for Kathleen Maude E KNIBBS:

  1. FreeBMD, gave Bromley District, Kent 
  2. 1901 British Census,
  3. 1911 British Census,
  4. GRO England & Wales,

Notes for Norah Amelia KNIBBS:

Norah's ashes are interred at St Bartholomew's Church, Sydenham

We see Norah and her mother Kate, living at 50 Wiverton Road, Beckenham, Kent, at the time of the 1939 Register.

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Norah.

Sources for Norah Amelia KNIBBS:

  1. 1911 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD, gave Bromley District 
  3. GRO England & Wales,
  4. 1939 Register,