William KNIBBS, son of Emma BUTLER , was born 21 September 1847 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. He married Ann BIRCH bet. April and June, 1872 in Penkridge District, Staffordshire, England. He died bet. October and December, 1935 in Birmingham District, Warwickshire, England. Ann BIRCH was born abt. 1851 in Chorley, Staffordshire, England. She died UNKNOWN.


Children of William KNIBBS and Ann BIRCH are:
1. William BUTLER, b. bet. October and December, 1877
2. Ellen Louisa BUTLER, b. bet. July and September, 1882
3. Frances Elizabeth BUTLER, b. bet. October and December, 1884
4. Grace BUTLER, b. bet. July and September, 1897
5. Joseph Harold BUTLER, b. bet. January and March, 1890
6. Mary Ann BUTLER, b. abt. 1873
7. Lucy BUTLER, b. abt. 1869
8. Alice BUTLER, b. bet. July and September, 1880
9. Emma BUTLER, b. abt. 1875

Marriage Notes for William KNIBBS\Ann BIRCH:

It is believed that William married in September 1878. Unfortunately, FreeBMD doesn't have his wife's name.


Notes for William KNIBBS:

Also known as: William Butler

It is understood from direct descendants of William that although he was baptised as William Knibbs, he later reverted back to his mother's surname, BUTLER. I am told that he continued to be known as William Butler for the rest of his life.
When he reached pensionable age, he was unable to receive a state pension under the name of William Butler as his birth certificate clearly showed him as William Knibbs.
He chose not to receive the state pension rather than call himself William Knibbs, so I can only assume that he had very bad memories of his time as a "Knibbs". He clearly didn't want to be one.
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In 1881, we see William and family living at Bye Lang, Penkridge, Staffordshire:
William Butler Head Mar 33 General Labourer Birmingham Warwick
Ann Butler Wife Mar 30 Chorley Stafford
Lucy Butler Daur UnM 11 Scholar Gailey Stafford
Mary Ann Butler Daur 7 Scholar Cannock Stafford
Emma Butler Daur 5 Scholar Cheslyn Hay Stafford
William Butler Son 3 Gailey Stafford
Alice Butler Daur 8m Gailey Stafford
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In 1891. we see Willam and his family living at High Street, Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire:
William Butler Head Mar 43 Coal Miner Staffs Cheslyn Bay
Ann Butler Wife Mar 40 Dressmaker Staffs Chorley
Emma Butler Daur UnM 15 Staffs Cheslyn Hay
Alice Butler Daur 10 Staffs Gailey
Ellen Bailey Daur 8 Staffs Gailey
Frances E Butler Daur Staffs Cheslyn Hay
Joseph Butler Son 1 Staffs Cheslyn Hay
Alfred Cash Lodger 17 Coal Miner Staffs Gailey
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William appears in the 1901 census under than name of William BUTLER, aged 53, living in the parish of Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire with his wife Ami and 4 children.
William Butler 23 Staffs Gailey Staffordshire Cheslyn Hay Coal Miner Hewer
Ami Butler 50 Staffs Chorley Staffordshire Cheslyn Hay
William Butler 53 Oxford Staffordshire Cheslyn Hay Coal
Ellen Butler 18 Staffs Gailey Staffordshire Cheslyn Hay
Frances Butler 16 Staffs Cheslyn Hay Staffordshire Cheslyn Hay
Joseph Butler 11 Staffs Cheslyn Hay Staffordshire Cheslyn Hay
Grace Butler 3 Staffs Cheslyn Hay Staffordshire Cheslyn Hay

Kevin Green tells me:
"My g.g grandfather William BUTLER would not talk about his past. My next fix on his location after 1847 is his marriage in 1872 in Wedges Mills near Cannock, Staffs. One family story I have heard was that he would not claim his pension after retiring, I assume because he needed a full birth certificate. He managed to live to the age of 88 yrs and outlived his eldest son by 10 days in 1935"

Sources for William KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Swerford,
  2. 1881 British Census,
  3. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 as William Butler 
  4. 1901 British Census,
  5. 1891 British Census,

Notes for Ann BIRCH:

Sources for Ann BIRCH:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. 1891 British Census,

Notes for William BUTLER:

Sources for William BUTLER:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD, FreeBMD gave date and Cannock District 

Notes for Ellen Louisa BUTLER:

Sources for Ellen Louisa BUTLER:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD, FreeBMD gave middle name, date and Cannock District 

Notes for Frances Elizabeth BUTLER:

Sources for Frances Elizabeth BUTLER:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD, FreeBMD gave middle name, date and Cannock District 

Notes for Grace BUTLER:

Sources for Grace BUTLER:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD, FreeBMD gave date and Cannock District 

Notes for Joseph Harold BUTLER:

Sources for Joseph Harold BUTLER:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD, FreeBMD gave middle name, date and Cannock District 

Notes for Mary Ann BUTLER:

Sources for Mary Ann BUTLER:

  1. 1881 British Census,

Notes for Lucy BUTLER:

Sources for Lucy BUTLER:

  1. 1881 British Census,

Notes for Alice BUTLER:

Sources for Alice BUTLER:

  1. 1891 British Census,

Notes for Emma BUTLER:

Sources for Emma BUTLER:

  1. 1881 British Census,