Edward William KNIBBS, son of Edward KNIBBS and Mary BARNSLEY , was born 1841 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. He married Harriet ROONEY bet. January and March, 1861 in Kings Norton, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. He died bet. April and June, 1888 in Kings Norton District, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. Harriet ROONEY was born bet. October and December, 1840 in Balsall Heath, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. She died bet. October and December, 1919 in Kings Norton District, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.

Children of Edward William KNIBBS and Harriet ROONEY are:
1. William Edward KNIBBS, b. bef. 02 November 1862 See William Edward KNIBBS & Hannah TAYLOR
2. Emily KNIBBS, b. abt. 1863 See Frank THOMAS & Emily KNIBBS
3. Nellie Laurel Winifred KNIBBS, b. 21 October 1870 See Frank CHARGE & Nellie Laurel Winifred KNIBBS
4. Ernest Alfred KNIBBS, b. bet. October and December, 1873 See Ernest Alfred KNIBBS & Florence Ethel BUTLER
5. Lily Jane KNIBBS, b. bet. April and June, 1883 See John W RICE & Lily Jane KNIBBS

Marriage Notes for Edward William KNIBBS\Harriet ROONEY:

Notes for Edward William KNIBBS:

Edward can also be seen in 1861 living at Back of 262, Sherlock Street, Birmingham with his parents, his wife Harriet, and his brother Joseph:
Edward Knibbs Head Mar 52 Policeman Oxfordshire
Mary Knibbs Wife Mar 62 Stafford Handsworth
Edward Knibbs Son Mar 19 Brass Caster Warwickshire Birmingham
Joseph Knibbs Son 16 Labourer Warwickshire Birmingham
Harriet Knibbs Daur in Law Mar 19 Jeweller Warwickshire England

We see Edward in 1871 listed under the surname Knibs, living at 19 Sherlock Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire:
Edward W Knibs Head Mar 29 Brasscaster Warwickshire Birmingham
Harriet Knibs Wife Mar 29 Warwickshire Birmingham
William W Knibs Son 9 UnM Warwickshire Birmingham
Emily Knibs Daur UnM 8 Warwickshire Birmingham
Nelly Knibs Daur UnM 3 mnths Warwickshire Birmingham

Between the years of 1875 and 1878, Edward was the licensee of the Coppersmiths' Arms public house in Rea Street, Birmingham. The pub changed hands regularly in the 1870's.

From the Commercial Gazette, London, 16 March 1876:
Knibbs Edward William, 19 Sherlock Street, Birmingham.. Brasscaster & Dealer
Knibbs Edward William. The Coppersmiths' Arms, Rea Street, Birmingham.. Retail Brewer & Dealer


We see Edward in 1879, listed in the Post Office Directory for Birmngham, living at 97 Rea Street:
Edward W Knibbs, Beer Retailer.

Edward is seen in the 1881 census living at 57 Edwardes St, Kings Norton, Worcester, England:
Edward W Knibbs Head Mar 39 Brass Caster Birmingham
Harriet Knibbs Wife Mar 39 Birmingham
William E Knibbs Son UnM 19 Brass Caster Birmingham
Nellie Knibbs Daur 10 Scholar Birmingham
Earnest Knibbs Son 7 Scholar Birmingham

No sign of Emily in the 1881 census. William George was staying with Edward's brother Joseph in Birmingham.

Edward died aged just 46 years in 1888. He's buried at Warstone Lane Cemetery, Birmingham.

Sources for Edward William KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Alexander Knibbs,
  2. GRO England & Wales,
  3. 1861 British Census,
  4. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  5. 1871 British Census,

Notes for Harriet ROONEY:

Harriet appears in the 1891 census living at 56 Edwardes Street, Kings Norton, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, Warwickshire:
Harriet Knibbs Head Wid 46 Invalid Nurse Warwick Birmingham
Lilly Knibbs Dau 8 Scholar Worcester Balsall Heath
George Beasley Lodger Mar 22 Gardner Wiltshire Highworth
Ellen Beasley Lodger Mar 20 Worcester Balsall Heath
Edward Beasley Lodger 15 Mths Worcester Balsall Heath
Harry Gorton Lodger Mar 21 Greengrocers Assistant Warwick Small Heath
Mary Gorton Lodger Mar 21 Warwick Bromsgrove

We know that Harriet's husband Edward died in 1888.

Quite probably, this Harriet is the one "Living on Own Means" at 54 Up Cox Street, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, Warwickshire in the 1901 census. Living with her is her daughter Lilly Knibbs, aged 18, born Birmingham, Warwickshire
Harriet Knibbs Head Wid 60 Living on Own Means Warwick Birmingham
Lilly J Knibbs Daur S 18 Waitress Refreshment Room Warwick Birmingham

We see Harriet again in 1911, living at 3 Bk 74 Longmore St., Balsall Heath, Kings Norton District, Birminham, Warwickshire with her daughter Lilly:
Lilly Knibbs Head 26 Single Waitress Balsall Heath Worcestershire
Harriet Knibbs Border 70 Widow At Home Haeley Warwickshire

The census states that Harriet had 11 children in total, 7 of whom died before 1911.

Sources for Harriet ROONEY:

  1. Personal Contact with Alexander Knibbs,
  2. 1861 British Census,
  3. FreeBMD, gave surname 
  4. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  5. 1901 British Census,
  6. 1891 British Census,