Charles Parry WARDE was born 06 July 1859 in Hazaribagh, Bengal, India. He married Louisa Mary Ann KNIBBS 11 December 1912 in Mussoorie, Bengal, India. He died 07 February 1949 in St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands. Louisa Mary Ann KNIBBS, daughter of Edwin William KNIBBS and Hannah WATERHOUSE , was born 20 February 1871 in Bermondsey, Surrey, England. She died 28 February 1950 in St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.

Marriage Notes for Charles Parry WARDE\Louisa Mary Ann KNIBBS:

Click to see the larger copy of Louisa and Charles.

When Louisa and Charles married, Louisa was identified as a widow and her name was given as Louise Mary Anne Balskdamian which we therefore assume to have been the name of her Turkish husband. Her father's name was given as Edwin William Knibbs. It was also identified that Charles was widowed.

Other Marriages/Unions for Charles Parry WARDE:
See Charles Parry WARDE & Henrietta Evelyn LANE

Other Marriages/Unions for Louisa Mary Ann KNIBBS:
See Unknown BALSKDAMIAN & Louisa Mary Ann KNIBBS

Notes for Charles Parry WARDE:

Charles studied at the Calcutta University in India and passed the examinations for a Licence in Civil Engineering in August 1883. In 1884 he became an assistant engineer, and then in April 1885, a Permanent Assistant Engineer, working for the Bolan Railways in Beluchistan, India. In August 1885 he transferred to the Hazaribagh Division, and relocated to Bengal. In July 1886, he became Assistant Engineer working for the Public Works Department at Bengal.

Charles was the son of Francis (Frank) Warde and Amelia Townsend. The LDS IGI site has it that Francis (Frank) was born in 1823 and Amelia in 1826. Francis and Amelia married 12 Aug 1850 at Calcutta, Bengal, India. The groom's father was also a Francis Warde and I'm told by his granddaughter, that he was a Commander of Steam Ships in Calcutta.

Amelia died 16 Nov 1884 at Calcutta, Bengal, India.

The LDS has an Amelia Townsend born 8 Apr 1826 at Berchampore, Bengal, India, daughter of Edward and Maria Townsend.

From the Jersey Heritage Trust web site:
D/Y/B1/1/27 Will and Testament of Charles Parry Warde, son of Frank, of 5, The Terrace, St Helier. Bequeaths to Louisa Mary Ann Knibbs, his wife, the property of 2, Hillside, Wellington Road, St Saviour. Dated 05/05/1928. Codicil added on 12/10/1934 09/02/1949 - 09/02/1949

It is noted that the information held at Immigration and Nationality Department of Jersey has his date of birth as 6 Jul 1861, so some two years later than the date obtained from the LDS.

We don't know yet when Charles and Louisa moved from India to Jersey, but we know for sure it was before 1941 as Registration Cards exist for each of them in the Jersey heritage archives.. Registration Cards became compulsory for everyone in Jersey in 1941, following the occupation by Germany on 2 July 1940.

The earliest indication of when they moved to Jersey is from the military record of Charles' son, Vivian. He joined the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) on 9 January, 1915, and gave his father, Charles, as his next of kin. The address given for him was an address in Jersey.

There's a photograph taken of Charles & Louisa outside a house in Southsea, Hampshire, England, dated 1930. There is also evidence of Charles having purchased a house on the island of Jersey in 1931. I'm not quite sure of the connection they had with Southsea.

Sources for Charles Parry WARDE:

  1. LDS IGI Records,
  2. Personal Contact with Diane Cornell,
  3. Personal Contact with Eveyn Cornell,

Notes for Louisa Mary Ann KNIBBS:

Click to see the larger copy of Louisa on the left, with her brother Edwin and sister Elizabeth, taken in about 1882.

Louisa was baptised as an adult at St Agnes, Kennington Park, London.

I think it's probably this Louisa we can see in 1901, living at Rathgowry, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England. Rathgowry was described as "a Ladies School", and the census shows that the puplils were all young ladies of between 14 and 18 years of age. Mrs H B Hooper was listed as the proprietor in 1897.
Horace B Hooper Head M 80 Living on Own Means London
Annie E Hooper Wife M 50 Schoolmistress London
Margaret Hooper Daur S 25 Essex Woodford
Dorothy Hooper Daur S 22 Essex Woodford
Nora Hooper Daur S 20 Essex Lambourne
Louise M Knibbs Nurse S 29 Hospital Nurse London

In addition to the above, there were 5 governesses with occupations including French, English, German and Singing Teachers, then a list of students from various parts of the UK as well as one from France and one from Australia.

We were told in 2008 by Louisa's neice, Alma, Louisa married a Turkish man, and when she was taken back to Turkey, his family wouldn't accept her so she returned to England alone. Alma couldn't remember exactly when this happened but believes it was very early 1900's.

The next breakthrough was from the LDS web site where it is recorded that Charles Parry Warde married Louisa Mary Ann Balskdamian at Mussoorie, Bengal, India on 11 Dec 1912. Whilst we didn't recognise the name Balskdamian, we did know that she'd previously married a Turkish man, so we assume that to have been his name.

Whatever happened to Louisa after her marriage to the Turkish man in the early 1900's remained a mystery up until 2010 when we discovered on the Jersey Heritage web site, reference to the marriage between Louisa Mary Anne Knibbs and Charles Parry Warde.
It was simply a reference (as shown below) to her will that identified her as the widow of Charles Warde:
D/Y/B1/4/31 Will and Testament of Louisa Mary Ann Knibbs of the Montfort Hall Hotel, Great Union Road, widow of Charles Parry Warde. Dated 25/05/1949. Codicil Added: 03/08/1949. (Includes one closed document).

Read Louisa's Last Will and Testament

Sources for Louisa Mary Ann KNIBBS:

  1. 1881 British Census,
  2. GRO England & Wales,
  3. 1891 British Census,
  4. FreeBMD, FreeBMD gave data and St. Olave District 
  5. 1871 British Census,
  6. Alan Jackson,
  7. 1901 British Census,
  8. Military Record, of Vivian Warde