James Joseph KNIBBS, son of Joseph H KNIBBS and Annie E WALLACE , was born 06 November 1878 in Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA. He married Alice W MCATEE 06 September 1911 in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA. He died aft. 1930. Alice W MCATEE was born 1881 in Darnestown, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA. She died 28 December 1966 in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA.

Notes for James Joseph KNIBBS:

James' middle name of Joseph was obtained from the marriage records at LDS.

Listed in the 1880 census Vol 83 ED 146, sheet 30 line 24 as:
Age 1 b. 1879 living with Grandmother Rosina Wallace.

James registered for service in Company H of the 1st District of Columbia Infactry in 1898 at the time of the Spanish War.

See James' Index Card from that time.


From the Washington Evening Star, 4 October 1898:
Sick District Soldiers
Private James J. Knibbs,Company H, wh has been seriously ill of typhoid fever at his home No. 1037 New Jersey Avenue, northwest, since his return from Porto Rico, is slowly recovering.


See James' Military Registration Card from September 1918.


From the Washington Evening Star, 2 August, 1905:
Soldiers In Council
Annual Encampment of Spanish War Veterams
Election of Officers
One of the largest, most harmonious and enthusiastic meetings of the United Spanish War Veterans ever held in Washington was that of the annual encampment of the Department of the District of Columbia last night at headquarters; 719 6th street, northwest. It continued in session until nearly 1 o'clock this morning. It is estimated that 98 per cent of the department membership was in attendance, and the meeting was a most important one. John Lewis Smith. former Judge advocate of this jurisdiction and adjutant of Gen. Nelson A. Mlles Camp, No. 1, was unanimously elected department commander. He received an ovation. Other officers were elected to serve during the ensuing year ........... Commander-elect John Lewts smith then announced his appointments as follows: Department adjutant, Commander G. E. Rausch of Miles Camp; quartermaster, Lieut. William R. Stone, jr., reappointed; mustering officer, Richard B. Leach of McKinley Camp.
The eight members of the department council of administration were next elected. They are: C. W. Gwynne of Harden Camp, J. J. Knibbs of Astor Camp, Capt. Robert H. Wood and Lieut. W. H. Mellach of the 4th Immune Camp, L. A. Williams and Carl A. Dintter of Astor Camp, George W. Brooke of Dewey Naval Camp and Albert J. Hawkins of Mks Vamp.
Delegates to represent the Department of the District of Columbia. Spanish War Veterans, at the national encampment at Milwaukee early next month were elected as follows: Capt. G. E. Rausch, Jeremiah A. Costello. Capt. J. Walter Mitchell. J. P. Ruppel, Capt. C. S. Domer, Col. Edward J. Dimmick and J. J. Knibbs. Alternates were named as follows: Capt. H. V. Porter, Capt. F. W. Alexander, Louis W. V. De klevolse, Daniel G Eberly, Lieut Wil-liam R. Stone, jr., Carl L. Dintier and Capt. J. Ligon King.


Listed in the 1920 Washington, DC census as:
James J Knibbs age 41, Birthplace New York
Living at 1238 New Jersey Ave. Washington
married to Alice W age 39 Birthplace Maryland.

James appears in the 1930 Federal census living at Washington DC:
James KNIBBS Head 51 New York Clerk(?)
Alice KNIBBS Wife 50 Maryland

Sources for James Joseph KNIBBS:

  1. 1920 Census for Washington DC,
  2. 1900 US Census for So Meriden, CT,
  3. 1930 US Federal Census,
  4. 1900 US Federal Census,
  5. US Civil War and Later Pension Files, 1861-1917,
  6. Military Registration Card,

Notes for Alice W MCATEE:

Her parents were Zachariah William and Virginia McAtee.

We see Alice in 1880, living at Darnestown, Montgomery, Maryland:
William Mcatee Self 34Maryland, United States
Virginia Mcatee Wife 31Maryland, United States
Minnie Mcatee Daughter 6Maryland, United States
Walter Mcatee Son 4Maryland, United States
Allace Mcatee Daughter 2Maryland, United States
Dalas P Mcatee Son 1Maryland, United States

In 1900, we see Alice living at Washington city, Washington, District of Columbia:
Henry C Haffner Head M 57 West Virginia
Maggie V Haffner Wife F 50 West Virginia
Wm W Paddock Boarder M 21 Iowa
Mollie L Nanc Boarder F 24 Arkansas
Clifford B Thorpe Boarder M 21 Connecticut
May Merritt Boarder F 23 Arkansas
Edgar B Merritt Boarder M 26 Arkansas
Louis G Graesle Boarder M 26 Iowa
Alice McAtee Boarder F 23 Maryland
Jennie G Morgan Boarder F 31 Virginia
Decatus Morgan Boarder M 33 North Carolina
Susie F Collins Boarder F 48 District of Columbia
James Taylor Servant M 30 Maryland
Mary Mckenna Servant F 23 Virginia
Martha Mitchell Servant F 41 Maryland

In 1910, the family were living at Election District 6, Montgomery, Maryland:
J William Mc Atee Head M 64 Maryland
Virginia Mc Atee Wife F 60 Maryland
Dallas Mc Atee Son M 27 Maryland
Ella G Mc Atee Daughter F 21 Maryland
Eva W Mc Atee Daughter F 16 Maryland

Alice married James in 1911.

Alice is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA, Plot: Sec: 17, Site: 23390.

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in her memory.

Sources for Alice W MCATEE:

  1. 1920 Census for Washington DC,
  2. findagrave.com, gave DOB 
  3. ancestry.co.uk - Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940,
  4. US Social Security Death Index,