George Henry Large KNIBBS, son of William Charles ALBURY and Mary KNIBBS , was born 18 July 1872 in Woodstock District, Oxfordshire, England. He married Elizabeth BIRCHLEY 18 September 1897 in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. He died 26 March 1936 in Chipping Norton District, Oxfordshire, England. Elizabeth BIRCHLEY was born bet. October and December, 1873 in Dymock, Gloucestershire, England. She died bet. October and December, 1951 in Chipping Norton District, Oxfordshire, England.

Children of George Henry Large KNIBBS and Elizabeth BIRCHLEY are:
1. George Allen KNIBBS, b. 08 June 1898 See George Allen KNIBBS & Eva Muriel BORRETT
2. Harry Charles KNIBBS, b. 15 March 1900 See Harry Charles KNIBBS & Ada Mary PARSONS

Marriage Notes for George Henry Large KNIBBS\Elizabeth BIRCHLEY:

Witnesses to the marriage were George Henry Liddiard and Sarah Ann Knibbs.

Notes for George Henry Large KNIBBS:

The Woodstock Baptism Register shows that George Henry was born in July 1872, the son of Mary. There is no reference to the name of the father so it can be concluded that Mary wasn't married.

Interestingly, in 1870, two years prior to the birth of George Henry, Harriet Jane Knibbs (an older sister of Mary) married a George Henry Albury. Is the the naming of Mary's son, George Henry more than pure coincidence? Or, did George Henry Albury perhaps have an affair with his sister-in-law?

George appears in the 1881 census for England and Wales aged 8 years, living with his grandmother Ann Knibbs and mother at Back Lane, Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

The mystery deepens when, in 1883, some 11 years after the birth of William Henry Knibbs, Mary eventually marries to William Charles Albury, the brother of George Henry Albury.

George Henry Knibbs appears in the 1891 census for Brackley, Northamptonshire as a visitor, aged 19, Factory Glove Maker, living at that time at 87 High Street in the Parish of Culworth.

The London Gazette from August 25, 1896, listed George Henry Large Knibbs (Woodstock) as having been certified by the Civil Service Commissioners as a qualified Postman.
(It is from here that we get his third Christian name. I wonder if perhaps that may have been the surname of his biological father).

George also appears aged 28 years living at Woodstock, Oxfordshire in the 1901 census, living with his wife Elizabeth and sons George and Harry. His occupation is given as Rural Postman.
George Knibbs28Oxon WoodstockRural Postman
Elizabeth Knibbs27Glom Brown Green 
George Knibbs2Oxon Woodstock 
Harry Knibbs1Oxon Woodstock

We see George in 1911, living at Hensington Lane, Woodstock, Oxfordshire with his wife and children:
George Henry Knibbs Head Married M 38 Rural Postman Oxford Woodstock
Elizabeth Knibbs Wife Married (13 years) F 37 Gloucester Dymock
George Allan Son M 12 Oxford Woodstock
Harry Charles Knibbs M 11 Oxford Woodstock

The census tells us that Elizabeth had two children and both survived.

From the London Gazette, 16 Oct, 1934:
KNIBBS, Geirge Henry Large, Postman, Woodstock Post Office, Oxford.


From the London Gazette, 5 June 1936:
Pursuant to the Trustee Act, 1925.
All persons having claims against the estate of George Henry Large Knibbs, late of New Road, Hensington Without, near Woodstock, in the County of Oxford, who died on the 26th day of March, 1936, and whose Will was proved in the Oxford District probate Registry on the 5th day of Mat, 1936, by George Thomas Peake, the sole executor therein named, are required to send particulars thereof, in writing, to the undersigned, on or before the 30th day of July, 1936, after which date the executor will proceed to distribute the assets having regard only to the claims of which he shall then have had notice. - Dated this 22nd day of May, 1936.
A. BALLARD and CO., Woodstock, Oxford, Solicitors to the said Executor.


Knibbs George Henry Large of 7 New-road Hensington Without near Woodstock Oxfordshire died 26 March 1936 Probate Oxford 5 May to George Thomas Peake glover Effects £648 15s. 11d.

Sources for George Henry Large KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Woodstock,
  2. GRO England & Wales, GRO England & Wales gives 3Qtr1872, as GHL Lnibbs 
  3., England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 
  4. - England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966,
  5. 1911 British Census,
  6. 1891 Census for Brackley, Northamptonshire,

Notes for Elizabeth BIRCHLEY:

Elizabeth's father was James Birchley, a labourer.

Details in the 1901 census give "Glom Brown Green" as her place of birth. However, looking at the 1881 census, there is an Elizabeth Burchley, of the right age, living at "Broms Green, Dymock, Gloucestershire". She was born at Dymock, Gloucestershire.

The following is from the 1881 census:
James Burchley Head Mar 63 Ag Lab Bromsberrow Gloucester
James Burchley Son 19 Ag Lab Dymock Gloucester
Annie Burchley Daur 14 Scholar Dymock Gloucester
Elizabeth Burchley Daur 10 Scholar Dymock Gloucester
Eliza Burchley Daur 7 Scholar Dymock Gloucester

The GRO records show her as being born Oct-Dec 1873 in the district of Newent, Gloucestershire, England. The village of Dymock is about 5 miles North East of Newent. Her name is given as Birchley, and not Burchley.

In 1891, we see Elizabeth living at Caivend Street, Berrow, Upton On Severn, Worcestershire:
Samuel White Head M 45 Gardener Worcester Bertsmorton
Sarah White Wife M 59 Laundress Gloucester Gaynton
Eliza Birchley Servant S 20 Laundress Gloucester Dymock
Annie Godsel Servant S 15 Laundress Gloucester Kempley

Elizabeth married George Henry L Knibbs in 1897.

I believe Elizabeth's sister, Eliza Birchley married a man named Alfred Shailes during q3/1902 at Maidenhead District, Berkshire, England.

Sources for Elizabeth BIRCHLEY:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Woodstock,
  2. 1881 British Census,
  3., England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983