James KNIBBS, son of John KNIBBS and Ann WHITE , was born bef. 09 April 1848 in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. He married Eliza GREENLAND 12 October 1889 in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. He died aft. 1911. Eliza GREENLAND was born bet. October and December, 1849 in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England. She died UNKNOWN.


Children of James KNIBBS and Eliza GREENLAND are:
1. Harry KNIBBS, b. 12 November 1880 See Harry KNIBBS & Amy WOODWARD
2. John KNIBBS, b. 07 November 1883
3. Eliza Ann KNIBBS, b. bef. 05 March 1871
4. William James KNIBBS, b. 27 February 1873 See William James KNIBBS & Mary BREWSTER
5. Thomas Henry KNIBBS, b. bet. April and June, 1874 See Thomas Henry KNIBBS & Emily Annie BERRY
6. Agnes KNIBBS, b. bef. 02 November 1878 See Richard HOLMES & Agnes KNIBBS

Marriage Notes for James KNIBBS\Eliza GREENLAND:

Witnesses to the marriage were Albert Margetts and Elizabeth Stroud.
James is identified in the register as a 43 year old bachelor, Eliza a 40 year old spinster.

The Parish Baptism and Marriage registers indicate that both children from this marriage were born out of wedlock.


Notes for James KNIBBS:

James is identified in the 1871 living at 10 Grove(?) Street, Banbury with Eliza and firstborn daughter:
James Knibbs Head M 25 Baker Woodstock
Eliza Knibbs Wife M 21 Gloucester
Eliza Ann Knibbs Daur 3 months Oxford
Catherine Greenland Sis-in-Law 11 Farringdon
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James appears in the 1881 census living with his wife and children at Browns Lane, Woodstock, Oxford, England:
James Knibbs Head M 32 General Dealer Oxon Woodstock
Eliza Knibbs Wife M 30 Gloucestershire Gloucester
Eliza A Knibbs Daur 11 Scholar Oxon Oxford City
William Knibbs Son 9 Sholar Oxon Oxford City
Thomas Knibbs Son 7 Scholar West Woods York
Agnes Knibbs Daur 4 Oxon Oxford City
Harry Knibbs Son Male 5m Oxon Woodstock
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The 1891 census shows James living at Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire:
James Knibbs Head M 45 Butcher & Baker Oxon Woodstock
Henry Knibbs Son 11 Scholar Oxon Woodstock

We see James' wife Eliza, living at Brook Holl, Woorstock, Oxfordshire with two of the children:
Eliza Knibbs Head M 41 Laundress Gloucester
Thomas Henry Knibbs Son 16 Printer Compositer York Westwood
Agnes Knibbs Daur 13 Scholar Oxford

This indicates that James was either away from home during the census or alternatively, he and Eliza had separated and were no longer living together as man and wife?

I Understand from Trevor Knibbs, a descendant of this line, that James and Eliza split up in later life but did not divorce. It is thought that both continued to live in Woodstock, and that James lived to be one hundred. Eliza may have died in the 1920's.
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The 1901 census shows James aged 53 living alone at Home Farm, Woodstock, Oxfordshire:
James Knibbs 53 Pork Butcher Oxon Woodstock

He is identified as married.

His wife Eliza was living at Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire:
Eliza Knibbs Head M 51 Laundress Glous Gloucester
Eliza A Knibbs Daur S 30 Laundress Oxon Oxford
William J Knibbs Son S 29 Carrier Oxon Oxford
Harry Knibbs Son S 20 Fishmonger Oxon Woodstock
Elizabeth Daniels Niece S 18 Laundrymaid Glous
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In 1911, James was living at Old Woodstock, Oxfordshire:
James Knibbs Head 64 Pork Butcher & Slaughterman Oxon Woodstock

For some reason, his wife Eliza was living at 7 Webley Terrace, Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire:
Eliza Knibbs Head 60 Married (40 years) Laundress Gloucester
Eliza Ann Knibbs Daughter 40 Single Laundress Oxford

Sources for James KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Woodstock,
  2. GRO England & Wales, GRO England & Wales gives 1Qtr1848 
  3. 1851 Census of Woodstock Union, Oxfordshire,
  4. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Banbury,
  5. 1881 British Census,
  6. 1901 British Census,
  7. 1911 British Census,

Notes for Eliza GREENLAND:

In 1851, we see her living with her parents at Asylum Lane, Wotton St Mary, Kingsholm, Gloucestershire:
Thomas Greenland Head Mar 28 Railway Porter Stroud Gloucestershire
Eliza Greenland Wife Mar 28 Porters Wife Stroud Gloucestershire
Eliza Greenland Daur 2 Barton St Mary
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In 1861, they were living at 28 Fisher Row, Oxford, Oxfordshire:
Thomas Greenland Head Mar 38 Railway Porter Stroud Gloucestershire
Eliza Greenland Wife Mar Clothworker Stroud Gloucestershire
Eliza Greenland Daur 12 Scholar Barton St Mary Gloucestershire
William Greenland Son 10 Scholar Barton St Mary Gloucestershire
Thomas Greenland Son 7 Scholar W. Challow Berks
Anne J Greenland Daur 4 W. Challow Berks
Catherine A Greenland Daur 6 months W. Challow Berks
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Eliza married James Knibbs in 1889 but we assume that they lived together as man and wife from about 1870.

Sources for Eliza GREENLAND:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Woodstock,
  2. 1881 British Census,
  3. 1901 British Census,
  4. 1911 British Census,

Notes for John KNIBBS:

John died in November 1886 aged 3 years.

Sources for John KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Woodstock,
  2. GRO England & Wales,
  3. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 

Notes for Eliza Ann KNIBBS:

Eliza appears in the 1891 census living at Caterham, Surrey, England.

NameRelationshipAgeGenderBirthplace
Thomas W Gunton Head47MaleChatteris, Cambridgeshire
Emily Thersa Gunton Wife29FemaleLongford, Middlesex
Grace Gunton Daughter5FemaleChiswick, Middlesex
Philip Hy Gunton Os2MaleStanwell, Middlesex
Octavia Bertha Garnham Visitor36FemalePlumstead, Kent
Eliza A Knibbs Servant20FemaleOxford, Oxfordshire / Oxon
Mary Jane Wilson Servant25FemaleNewcastle, Northumberland
Town: Caterham, Ecc. Parish: Caterham, Civil Parish: Caterham, County: Surrey
Registration: Godstone, Godstone, 3
Source: PRO/National Archives Reference # RG12/582 Folio 68 Page 50
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Understood from Trevor Knibbs that Eliza Ann didn't marry, and that she died in Woodstock.

Sources for Eliza Ann KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Trevor Knibbs,
  2. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Banbury,
  3. 1881 British Census,
  4. 1901 British Census,
  5. 1911 British Census,