Edwin George KNIBBS, son of Edwin William KNIBBS and Hannah WATERHOUSE , was born bet. July and September, 1873 in Mile End, London, Middlesex, England. He married Sarah Freeman BORMOND 01 August 1908 in Clerkenwell, London, Middlesex, England. He died bet. April and June, 1927 in Holborn District, London, Middlesex, England. Sarah Freeman BORMOND was born bet. January and March, 1864 in Lambeth District, London, Middlesex, England. She died bet. October and December, 1945 in Pancras District, London, Middlesex, England.

Other Marriages/Unions for Sarah Freeman BORMOND:
See John William RUSSELL & Sarah Freeman BORMOND


Notes for Edwin George KNIBBS:




Click to see the larger copy of Edwin with his sisters Louisa (on the left) and Elizabeth, taken in about 1882.

We were told in 2008 by Edwin's neice, then aged 97, that Edwin was killed in a motorcycle accident during the first war years, she cannot remember if he was in the army and killed in service, or if it was an accident in civilian life.
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We can see Edwin and his wife in 1911 living at 32 Granville Square, Holborn, London, Middlesex:
Knibbs Edwin George Head Married 40 Carpenter & Joiner Middlesex
Knibbs Sarah Wife Married (3 Years) 42 Surrey

There were no children at that time.

Sources for Edwin George KNIBBS:

  1. 1881 British Census,
  2. GRO England & Wales,
  3. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 
  4. 1911 British Census,
  5. 1891 British Census,
  6. Ancestry.com - Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921,

Notes for Sarah Freeman BORMOND:

We can see Sarah as a child in 1871, living at 4 Manor Street, Bermondsay, in the borough of Southwark, London:
Sarah Bormond Wife Mar 30 Middlesex Bethnel Green
Sarah Bormond Daur 7 Scholar Surrey Lambeth
Mary Bormond Daur 5 Scholar Surrey Lambeth
Emma Bormond Daur 3 Scholar Surrey Lambeth
Elliot Bormond Son 2 Scholar Surrey Lambeth
Sarah Freeman Mother Wid 73 Laundress Kent Crayford

There was no sign of Sarah's father at the time.
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I can't see them in 1881, but in 1891 they can be seen living at 198 Ivydale Road, Camberwell, London:
Elliot Bormond Head M 56 Engine Fitter Newcastle on Tyne
Sarah Bormond Wife M 51 London Bethnel Green
Sarah Bormond Daur S 27 Forewoman Corsets London Lambeth
Emma Bormond Daur S 23 Saleswoman Sewing Machines London Lambeth
Annie Bormond Daur 17 London Lambeth
Georgina Bormond Daur 12 London Lambeth
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In 1901, they were living at 6 Grenville Square, Clerkenwell, London, Middlesex:
Sarah Russell Head Mar 37 Corset Maker London Westminster
William Russell Son UnM 18 Valet Hants Landport
Sarah Bormond Head Wid 61 London Bethnal Green
Annie Bormond Daur 27 UnM Sewing Machine Saleswoman London Bermondsey
Georgina Bormond Daur 22 UnM Dressmaker London Bermondsey
Gertrude Bormond Daur 19 UnM Corset Maker London Bermondsey

This find opens up a few questions of it's own. For example, where was John William Russell at the time? I believe William Russell, above, was a son from a previous marriage for John William Russell?
I wonder if perhaps John William Russell was a naval man, hence his absence?
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Sarah married Edwin Knibbs in 1908.
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Sarah (Edwin George's mother-in-law) can be seen in 1911, living at 820 Eswyn Road, Tooting, London, Middlesex:
William George Figgess Head Mar 35 Carpenter and Joiner Builder London Southwark
Gertrude Bennet Figgess Wife Mar (8 years) London Bermondsey
William George Figgess Son 7 School Durban Natal s Africa
Dorothy Gertrude Figgess Daur 4 London Bermondsey
Alice Figgess Daur 2 London Finsbury
Elsie Figgess Daur 7 months London Tooting
Sarah Bormond Boarder 71 Widow London Stepney
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I understand from a descendant of Sarah that even in her late 70s she was a tall, ramrod-straight figure, testament to her calling as a corsetière, working in Bon Marché, Brixton. At the age of 30, in 1894, she had married a corset manufacturer, John William Russell, a widower. He was a witness at the weddings of two of her sisters, Emma and Gertie. By 1901 Sarah Russell, corset maker, was the head of a household in Granville Square, Islington: her step-son William Russell, a valet, was living with her. When she died in Coldharbour Lane in 1945 she was the widow of a Mr Knibbs.

Sources for Sarah Freeman BORMOND:

  1. FreeBMD,
  2. 1911 British Census,
  3. GRO England & Wales,
  4. 1891 British Census,