James KNIBBS, son of Richard KNIBBS and Sarah BUTLER , was born bef. 26 February 1842 in Swerford , Oxfordshire, England. He married Elizabeth GITTINS bet. July and September, 1867 in Kings Norton District, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. He died bet. July and September, 1895 in Aston, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. Elizabeth GITTINS was born abt. 1835 in Powys, Montgomeryshire, Wales. She died aft. 1911.

Children of James KNIBBS and Elizabeth GITTINS are:
1. Elizabeth KNIBBS, b. 01 July 1868
2. James William KNIBBS, b. 15 January 1871 See James William KNIBBS & Ada ROBINSON OR James William KNIBBS & Annie Maria HOWARD

Marriage Notes for James KNIBBS\Elizabeth GITTINS:

Notes for James KNIBBS:

James can be seen at the 1871 census living at Back No.29 Nelson Street West, Birmingham:
James Knibbs Head Mar Warehouseman Oxford Swerford
Eliza Knibbs Wife Mar 34 Montgomeryshire
Elizabeth Knibs Daur 2 Warwick Birmingham
James Wm Knibbs Son 2 months Warwick Birmingham

The 1881 British Census shows James and his family living at 1a Vine Place, Dart St., Aston, Birmingham, Warwickshire. His father Richard was also living with them at the time:
James Knibbs Head Mar 39 Warehouseman Swerford Oxford
Eliza Knibbs Wife Mar 46 Wales Montgomery
Elizabeth Knibbs Daur 12 Scholar Smethwick Stafford
James William Knibbs Son 10 Birmingham Warwick
Richard Knibbs Father Widr 74 Oxford Swerford

The 1891 census for Warwickshire, England, shows James living in the civil parish of Aston, Birmingham:
79 Herbert Rd,
James Knibbs Head Mar 48 Iron Warehouseman Employed Swerford Oxfordshire
Eliza Knibbs Wife Mar 53 Montgomery Montgomeryshire
Elizabeth Knibbs Dau UnM 22 Dressmaker Nether Birmingham Smethwick Warwickshire,
James W Knibbs Son UnM 20 Glass & Signwriter Birmingham Warwickshire

We see James, Elizabeth and James' sister Elizabeth, living at 79 Herbert, Birmingham, Warickshire at the time of the 1939 Register.

Sources for James KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Swerford,
  2. GRO England & Wales, GRO England & Wales gives 1Qtr1842 
  3. Satchwell.FTW, Date of Import: Nov 4, 2000
  4. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  5. 1891 Census for Warwickshire,
  6. 1861 British Census,
  7. The National Archives, Kew - Admiralty, Navy, Royal Marines, and Coastguard,
  8. 1871 British Census,
  9. 1939 Register,

Notes for Elizabeth GITTINS:

Elizabeth appears in the 1901 census for England and Wales, living at 79 Herbert Street, Aston, Birmingham with her daughter Elizabeth.
Eliza Knibbs Head Wid 64 Montgomeryshire 
Elizabeth Knibbs Daur UnM 32 Dressmaker Warwickshire Birmingham

We see Elizabeth and her two children living at 79 Herbert Road, Small Heath, Birmingham, Warwickshire at the 1911 census:
Eliza Knibbs Head Widow F 74 Montgomeryshire
Elizabeth Knibbs Daughter Single F 43 Dressmaker Warwickshire, Birmingham
James William Knibbs Son Married Mar 40 Glass and Sign Writer Warwickshire, Birmingham

Sources for Elizabeth GITTINS:

  1. Satchwell.FTW, Date of Import: Nov 4, 2000
  2. 1881 British Census,

Notes for Elizabeth KNIBBS:

Elizabeth appears in the 1901 census, living at Aston, Birmingham, with her mother. She didn't ever marry.

We see Elizabeth living with her brother and sister-in-law at 79 Herbert Road, Birmingham, Warickshire at the time of the 1939 Register.

From the Torbay Express and South Devon Echo - Thursday 04 August, 1949:
Two Women Found Dead.
Police cars were rushed to a house in Herbertstreet, Small Heath, Birmingham, today after two elderly women had been found dead there.
Two women were Miss Bertha Miller (75), and Mrs. Elizabeth Knibbs (80) who lived together. Miss Miller foud dead on floor of kitchen. Mrs. Knibbs was sitting in a chair.
Official statement of Birmingham City Police said there was no suggestion of foul play. Miss Miller had apparently died from stomach complaint, and Mrs. Knibbs from coal-gas poisoning.


From the Birmingham Daily Gazette - 10 August 1949:
Confusion Killed Two Friends
When her friend, Miss Florence Bertha Millar (75), was seized with a heart attack, Miss Elizabeth Knibbs (83), of 79, Herbert-road, Small Heath, Birmingham, went to her assistance.
But in the confusion an easily-opersted gas tap must have been turned on, for the friends were found gassed by a neighbour.
Tgis was the theory of the Birmigham Corober at the inquests yeatserda, when the verdict in each case was "Accidental death".
Prof. J. M. Webster, Home Office pathologist, said Miss Millar, who often stayed with Miss Knibbs, had a heart attack before the inhalation of gas and collapsed.
He concluded when he saw the bodies before their removal that Miss Knibbs went to her friend's assistance and was overcome by gas.
The Coroner said there was no suggestion that they had tried to die together..
Evidence was given that a neighbour saw that the previous day's milk remained on the doorstep, and an entrance to the house was effected.
Miss Millar was lying face down on the floor. Miss Knibnbs was in a chair.

Knibbs Elizabeth of 79 Herbert-road Small Heath Birmingham 20 spinster died 4 August 1949 Probate Birmingham 20 September to Herbert Dennis Henry Howard deputy parks superintendant and Alfred Pardow toolsetter. Effects £285 11s. 1d.

Sources for Elizabeth KNIBBS:

  1. 1881 British Census,
  2. GRO England & Wales,
  3. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 
  4. Ancestry.co.uk - Birmingham, England, Baptisms, 1813-1912,
  5. Ancestry.com. - England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966,
  6. Obituary,
  7. 1891 Census for Warwickshire,
  8. 1901 British Census,
  9. 1939 Register,