James H KNIBBS, son of Anthony KNIBBS and Mary SATCHWELL , was born bef. 21 February 1819 in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England. He married Mary Seavey RATCLIFFE bef. 1850. He died 17 October 1885 in Hyde Park, Dorchester County, Massachusetts, USA. Mary Seavey RATCLIFFE was born abt. 1828 in Limerick, York County, Maine, USA. She died 10 March 1901 in Charlestwon, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA.

Children of James H KNIBBS and Mary Seavey RATCLIFFE are:
1. Henry W KNIBBS, b. abt. 1848 See Henry W KNIBBS & Ida C PIKE OR Henry W KNIBBS & Mary J CLARKE
2. Javan De Motte KNIBBS, b. 08 July 1850 See Javan De Motte KNIBBS & UNKNOWN
3. Georgianna Carolyn KNIBBS, b. 03 September 1858 See Arthur Wilhelm VON VOSS & Georgianna Carolyn KNIBBS

Other Marriages/Unions for James H KNIBBS:
See James H KNIBBS & Mary C POWERS

Notes for James H KNIBBS:

We see James in 1850, living at Saco, York, Maine, USA:
James H Knibbs Head Mar 29 Saddler England
Mary S Knibbs Wife 23 Maine
Henry W Knibbs Son 2 New Hampshire
Alma Smith 18 Maine

We see James and Mary in 1870, living at Hyde Park, Norfolk, Massachusetts:
James H Knibbs Head Mar 45 Ret. Furniture England
Mary A Knibbs Wife Mar 27 Keeping House Halifax

This is at odds with another entry in the 1870 census return where his wife (Mary S) seems to be living elsewhere with their daughter Geogianna. (see under Mary's notes).

We see James in 1880 living at Hyde Park, Norfolk, Massachusetts:
James H Knibbs Head Mar 61 Furniture Repairer England
Mary C Knibbs Wife Mar 37 Keeping House Canada
Nellie C Knibbs Daughter 10 At School Massachusetts, United States
Mary E Knibbs Daughter 4 Massachusetts, United States
William P Knibbs Son 4 Massachusetts, United States
Ellen Powers Monther-in-Law 60 Irelad

James' death record shows that he died aged 68 years, 8 months, 3 days. It also shows his parents names as Edward and Charlotte Knibbs from England, but we believe this is an error as the Massachusetts Town Vital records at ancestry.com clearly show his parents as Anthony and Mary.

Sources for James H KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Swerford,
  2. 1880 US Federal Census,
  3. 1850 USA Federal Census,
  4. LDS Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915,
  5. 1870 US Federal Census,
  6. LDS Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841-1915,

Notes for Mary Seavey RATCLIFFE:

The birth record for the daughter, Georgena, gives Mary's birth place as Georgetown, Maine. She was the daughter of Asa Ratcliff and his wife, Annie Seavey.

In 1870 Mary was listed as living at Lawrence Ward 5, Essex County, Massachusetts:
Mary S Nibbs 43 Keeping House Maine
Georgianna Nibbs at Home Massachusetts

In 1900, we can see Mary living at Green Street, Breton City, Suffolk County, Massachusetts:
George F Ruggles Head Mar 33 Massachusetts
Minnie W Ruggles Wife Mar 36 Nova Scotia
Alice M Ruggles Daughter 10 Massachusetts
Marion W Ruggles Daughter 8 Massachusetts
Mary S Knibbs Boarder Wid 72 Maine
Carrie E Ruggles Boarder 23 Massachusetts
Nellie S Briggs Boarder 31 Massachusetts

Mary's death record shows she was married to James Knibbs, and her parents were Asa Ratcliff and Annie Seavey. It also states that she was widowed.

Boston Daily Globe, March 11, 1901:
KNIBBS—In Charlestown, March 10, Mrs Mary S. Knibbs, 74 yrs. Funeral from 23 Green st, Tuesday, March 12, at 2 p rn. Friends invited.

Sources for Mary Seavey RATCLIFFE:

  1. LDS Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841-1915,
  2. Newspaper Article,