Frank French KNIBBS, son of Caroline HARRIS , was born 12 November 1868 in Swerford, Oxfordshire, England. He married Mary FERRIS bet. July and September, 1895 in Lewisham District, Kent, England. He died bet. April and June, 1936 in Lewisham District, London, England. Mary FERRIS was born 26 August 1865 in Chippenham, Wiltshire, England. She died UNKNOWN.


Children of Frank French KNIBBS and Mary FERRIS are:
1. Elsie Winifred KNIBBS, b. bet. July and September, 1896 See William John HOLDER & Elsie Winifred KNIBBS
2. Frances Mary KNIBBS, b. 21 April 1898
3. Bessie Katherine KNIBBS, b. 29 June 1900 See Wilfrid Lawrence HYDE & Bessie Katherine KNIBBS
4. Frank Bertram KNIBBS, b. 29 April 1903 See Frank Bertram KNIBBS & Amy Adelaide BAILEY

Notes for Frank French KNIBBS:

Illegitimate son of Caroline Knibbs, single woman, and we think, a man named Frank French.
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The 1871 census for Oxfordshire and North Berkshire shows Frank as living at Swerford.
Frank F KNIBBS2

This is taken from a KNIBBS extract of the census. Clearly, at the age of 2 years he couldn't have been living alone. His mother Caroline was living at Chapel Brampton, Northamptonshire, and working as a live-in housemaid, so I am not sure who was looking after Frank but it would seem that it was someone other than a Knibbs.
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Frank appears age 11 in the 1881 census living with his grandparents William and Emily at Village Blue Row, Swerford, Oxfordshire. By this time, his mother Caroline had married George Hilton, had two more children, and was living in Lewisham, Kent.
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Frank appears in the 1901 census aged 32 years, living at Lewisham, London, England.
Frank Knibbs32 Oxon SiverfordLondonGeneral Labourer
Mary Knibbs34 Wilts Chippenham 
Elsie Knibbs4 Kent SydenhamLondon 
Frances Knibbs2 Kent SydenhamLondon
Bessie Knibbs9M Kent SydenhamLondon
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We can see Frank and his family in 1911 living at 4 Rowland Grove, Wells Road, Sydenham in the Lewisham District of London:
Frank French Knibbs Head Married 42 General Labourer Swerford Oxon
Mary Knibbs Wife Married (15 years) 44 Wiltshire Langley
Frank Bertram Knibbs Son 7 Sydenham Kent Buval
Frances Mary Knibbs Daughter 12 Sydenham Kent Buval
Bessie Kathleen Knibbs Daughter 10 Sydenham Kent Buval

Sources for Frank French KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Swerford,
  2. GRO England & Wales,
  3. Personal Contact with Graham Barber,
  4. 1901 British Census,
  5. 1911 British Census,
  6. 1881 British Census,

Notes for Mary FERRIS:

We see Mary and her daugter Frances living at 4 Rowland Grove, Lewisham, London, at the time of the 1939 Register.

Sources for Mary FERRIS:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD, gave year and quarter 

Notes for Frances Mary KNIBBS:

We see Frances and her mother Mary living at 4 Rowland Grove, Lewisham, London, at the time of the 1939 Register.

Sources for Frances Mary KNIBBS:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. GRO England & Wales, from findmypast.com 
  3. FreeBMD,
  4. 1851 British Census,
  5. 1939 Register,