James KNIBBS, son of John Edward KNIBBS and Frances COLLINS , was born 22 January 1864 in King William's Town, Cape Province, South Africa. He married Fanny May THOMPSON in King William's Town, Cape Province, South Africa. He died 02 June 1922 in King William's Town, Cape Province, South Africa. Fanny May THOMPSON was born 17 June 1870 in King William's Town, Cape Province, South Africa. She died 11 March 1928 in King William's Town, Cape Province, South Africa.


Children of James KNIBBS and Fanny May THOMPSON are:
1. James Arthur Clement KNIBBS, b. 13 September 1886 See James Arthur Clement KNIBBS & Una YOUNG OR James Arthur Clement KNIBBS & Edith Amy Cavelle SANDERS
2. Ernest Edward KNIBBS, b. 03 February 1892 See Ernest Edward KNIBBS & Margaret CHANDLER OR Ernest Edward KNIBBS & Ivy Clarice LEWIS
3. Gladys Erilda KNIBBS, b. 29 January 1894 See Archibald PATERSON & Gladys Erilda KNIBBS
4. Dorothea KNIBBS, b. 17 June 1896
5. Eirene Bird KNIBBS, b. 03 December 1897 See Gerald WHITAKER & Eirene Bird KNIBBS
6. Bernice KNIBBS, b. 23 December 1899
7. John Alan KNIBBS, b. 05 February 1902 See John Alan KNIBBS & Cora Kathleen WAITE

Marriage Notes for James KNIBBS\Fanny May THOMPSON:


Notes for James KNIBBS:

James worked with his father in the saddle business in King William's Town.

John Edward Knibbs was the original owner of the trading store and family word of mouth has it that his son James continued to run the store.
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Cape Archives Death Notice:
MOOC 192200006/9/2302 Ref: 1488


See James' Death Certificate



See James' Death Notice


See James' and Fanny's Will

Sources for James KNIBBS:

  1. John Edward's Death Notice (ref. MOOC 6.9.1672, no 1276),
  2. Personal Contact with Natasha Hartlett-Von Aulock,
  3. Cape Archives Death Notice, MOOC 192200006/9/2302 Ref: 1488 
  4. eGGSA, Genealogical Society of South Africa,

Notes for Fanny May THOMPSON:

Fanny's Death Notice is on file at MOOC 192800006/9/3302 ref: 18051 at the Cape Archives.


See Fanny's Death Notice

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Fanny's grand-daughter, Anne Evans (nee Knibbs) gave me a cutting from an old newspaper from the 1860's. It was passed down to Anne from her grandmother Edith. Anne believes that it possibly refers to an ancestor of Edith's. It refers to the death of a man named John Mark Thompson.

I wonder if it may have been a relative of Fanny - maybe her grandfather so until we can prove otherwise, I have stored it here under Fanny Thompson's family page.

The article reads:
Died, of dysentry, at King Wm.'s Town, on the 31st May 1860, JOHN MARK THOMPSON, native of Shropshire, England, late of the 91st Regiment, aged 50 years and 9 months. Mrs THOMPSON returns her sincere thanks to the kind friends who came forward with assistance in her time of trouble.

The 91st (Argyllshire Highlanders) Regiment of Foot served in South Africa between 1842 and 1847.
1837 to 1842 3 Companies of the Regiment served in South Africa
1840 a detachment of the Regiment escorted Napoleon's body from St. Helena to France
1842 all Companies arrived and the whole Regiment was reunited in South Africa
1842 four Companies separated from the Regiment to form a Reserve Battalion in South Africa
1846 fought in the 7th Kaffir War (Cape Frontier Wars) against the Xhosa people, South Africa
1847 South Africa
1848 returned from their duties in South Africa to England

Sources for Fanny May THOMPSON:

  1. Personal Contact with Natasha Hartlett-Von Aulock,
  2. South African National Archives (NAAIRS),
  3. Cape Archives Death Notice, index confirms her year of death 
  4. Headstone,

Notes for Dorothea KNIBBS:

Dorothea is given as Dorothy in the death notice of her father James Knibbs.

Dorothea's Death Notice is on file at MOOC 193400006/9/4514 ref: 43777 at the Cape Archives.

Sources for Dorothea KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Natasha Hartlett-Von Aulock,
  2. Cape Archives Death Notice, confirms her year of death 
  3. LDS - South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers,
  4. South African National Archives (NAAIRS),

Notes for Bernice KNIBBS:

Bernice died of meningitis aged just 4 months.


See Bernice's Death Certificate

Sources for Bernice KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Natasha Hartlett-Von Aulock,
  2. LDS - South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers,
  3. Death Certificate,