Alfred KNIBBS, son of Henry KNIBBS and Elizabeth ORTON , was born bet. January and March, 1872 in Aston, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. He married Lizzie MERRY bet. April and June, 1896 in Bromsgrove District, Herefordshire, England. He died UNKNOWN. Lizzie MERRY was born bet. October and December, 1876 in Reddich, Worcestershire, England. She died UNKNOWN.

Children of Alfred KNIBBS and Lizzie MERRY are:
1. Lilian KNIBBS, b. bet. April and June, 1900
2. Sidney Howard KNIBBS, b. bet. July and September, 1898

Notes for Alfred KNIBBS:

Alfred can be seen in 1891 living with his widowed sister and her two children.
Sarah A Marston widow 29 dressmaker
Arthur A Marston son 8
Elizabeth K Marston daughter 5
Alfred Knibbs brother 19 Bicycle Driller

Alfred is seen to be living at 17 Edward Street, Reddich, Worcestershire at the 1901 time of the 1901 census:
Alfred Knibbs Head Mar 29 Hub Turner Cycle Worcester Birmingham
Lizzie Knibbs Wife Mar 23 Worcester Redditch
Sidney H Knibbs Son 2 Birmingham Balsall Heath
Lilian Knibbs Daur 11m Worcester Reddich
Mary Ann Merry M-in-law Wid 66 Worcester Reddich
Edwin Merry Brother-in-law 26 UnM Crank Polisher Cycles Worcester Crabbs Cross
Ada Merry Niece 12 Servant (Domestic) Birmingham Hockley
George Spiers Nephew 4 Birminham Balsall Heath

The brother-in-law Edwin Merry was identified as unmarried, so clearly Ada Merry was the daughter of another of Lizzie's brothers or sisters. George Spiers was a son of Lizzie's sister Mary..

Apparently, Edward Street is just on the left as you come into Redditch down the Bromsgrove Road immediately before the Railway Station.

From the Alcester Chronicle - 09 April 1904:
"But will my cure last?" That is the anxious question of the unhappy sufferer, to whom the assuring word of this Redditch resident, who has stayed cured for years, will be glad news indeed. Early in January of 1901 Mr. Alfred Knibbs, of 17, Edward Street, who is a native of Redditch, said :- "All my trouble began with an accident. I had a fall on the ice some years ago, and hurt my back. It was some time before I began to suspect that my kidneys had been affected by this fall, but after a while I could not close my eyes to the fact, for whenever I stooped the pain in my back was cruel. This was an awful annoyance to me in my work, because I have to be constantly stooping and bending about. My health now began to give way, and I was often troubled with indigestion. There was a terrible pain in my stomach, especially after meals ; sometimes I was almost afraid I should faint because of it. "I tried opening medicines, but it was no good ; although I got a little temporary relief from the indigestion it was soon as bad as ever again. I began to wonder now whether it could be anything to do with my kidneys, and as there were always the dreadful pains in my back, I commenced using Doan's backache kidney pills. In a few days my back felt a little easier, and after a while the pains went right away. I was most thankful, too, to find that the indigestion also disappeared, and now I know that it was caused by my kidneys not taking the excess uric acid and other poisons out of my body, and that these poisons made my liver sluggish. " I am very grateful for what Doan's pills have done for me; they have succeeded where every other medicine I tried failed, and I shall recommend the pills whenever I Can. "Many people have had cause to be grateful for Mr. Knibbs' kind statement, for he has introduced to them a medicine which has brought them back to good health. We give here an additional statement which Mr. Knibbs makes, after a lapse of two and a quarter. Regarding my cure by Dodd's backache kidney pills, l am thankful to be able to tell you to-day that l am still enjoying good health. I have had several people come and ask me whether what was in the paper about my cure was true, and I have always told them that it was. "If you are ill write and describe your case to us. We shall be pleased to give you the best advice in our power, free of charge. You can depend upon your letter being treated in strictest confidence. Doan's backache kidney pills are two shillings and ninepence per box (six boxes for thirteen shillings and ninepence). Of all chemists and stores or post free, on receipt of price, direct from Foster-McClellan Co., 8, Wells Street, Oxford Street, London, W.


In 1911, they were living at 139 Berley Road, Reddich, Worcestershire:
Alfred Knibbs Head 39 Turner on Capstan Lathe Birmingham Warwickshire
Lizzie Knibbs Wife 34 Married (15 years) Cardboard Box Maker Warwickshire
Sidney Howard Knibbs Son 12 School Birmingham Warwickshire
Lilian Knibbs Daughter 10 School Reddich Warwickshire

Sidney and Lilian were the only two children born to Lizzie.

Sources for Alfred KNIBBS:

  1. 1881 British Census,
  2. GRO England & Wales,
  3. FreeBMD,
  4. 1901 British Census,
  5. 1891 British Census,
  6. 1911 British Census,

Notes for Lizzie MERRY:

We can see Lizzie at the 1881 census living with her mother and 7 siblings at 15 George St., Redditch, Worcester, England. Her mother Mary Ann Merry was given as head of the household:
Mary Ann Merry Head 46 Redditch Worcester
Mary Ann Merry Daur UnM 21 Needle Paperer Redditch Worcester
Margaret Merry Daur UnM 16 Needle Case Maker Redditch Worcester
Ann Merry Daur 13 Fishing Tackle Maker Redditch Worcester
Thomas Merry Son 11 Threading Needles Redditch Worcester
Walter Merry Son 9 Scholar Redditch Worcester
Edwin Merry Son 6 Scholar Redditch Worcester
Lizzie Merry Daur 4 Redditch Worcester
Fanny Merry Daur 2 Redditch Worcester
Mary A Devey Boarder UnM 14 Label Cutter Redditch Worcester

In 1891, Lizzie was living with her sister and brother-in-law and a few others, at 11 Church Green West, Reddich, Worcestershire:
Joseph Spiers Head Mar Head 30 Fish Hook Maker Worcestershire Reddich
Mary A Spiers Wife Mar 31 Worcestershire Sparkhill
Florence Spiers Daur 9 Scholar Worcestershire Reddich
Elsie Spiers Daur Scholar Worcestershire Reddich
John W Spiers Son 5 Scholar Worcestershire Reddich
Charles Hy Spiers 5 Scholar Worcestershire Reddich
Harold Spiers Son 3 Scholar Worcestershire Reddich
Leonard Spiers Son 2 Scholar Worcestershire Reddich
Edwrad Spiers Son 1mo Scholar Worcestershire Reddich
Mary A Merry Mother-in-Law Wid 56 Retired Shop Keeper Worcestershire Feckenham
Edwin Merry Brother-in-Law 16 Needle Skimmer Worcestershire Reddich
Lizzie Merry Sister-in-Law 14 Hook Labler Worcestershire Reddich

Lizzie married Alfred Knibbs in 1896.

Sources for Lizzie MERRY:

  1. FreeBMD, gave Bromsgrove District 
  2. 1891 British Census,
  3. 1911 British Census,

Notes for Lilian KNIBBS:

Sources for Lilian KNIBBS:

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

Notes for Sidney Howard KNIBBS:

Sidney served in the Signal Corps and the Army Cyclist Corps as a Pioneer. He contracted influenza in December 1918 whilst serving in France. He was hospitalized for 67 dyas and this eventually led to his discharge from the army on medical grounds.

Sources for Sidney Howard KNIBBS:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD, FreeBMD gave date and Kings Norton District 
  3., England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  4. Military Record,