William Robert KNIBBS, son of Robert KNIBBS and Ruth SMITH , was born December 1896 in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, England. He married Florence Margaret BOWES bet. April and June, 1929 in Stockton District, Stockton-on-Tees, England. He died bet. April and June, 1953 in Durham South East District, Durham, England. Florence Margaret BOWES, daughter of Ralph BOWES and Edith WILLIAMSON , was born bet. April and June, 1908 in Norton on Tees, Durham, England. She died UNKNOWN.

Children of William Robert KNIBBS and Florence Margaret BOWES are:
1. Douglas Ralph KNIBBS, b. bet. January and March, 1936 See Douglas Ralph KNIBBS & Elsie E JONES
2. Allene Marjorie KNIBBS, b. bet. October and December, 1929 See Artūrs DALBIŅŠ & Allene Marjorie KNIBBS
3. Doris Irene KNIBBS, b. Private See Derek STONE & Doris Irene KNIBBS

Marriage Notes for William Robert KNIBBS\Florence Margaret BOWES:

Other Marriages/Unions for William Robert KNIBBS:
See William Robert KNIBBS & Kate Eleanor YOXALL

Notes for William Robert KNIBBS:

Also known as: Bill

From the Western Mail - 28 December 1921:
Edward Bamford (22), John Richard Knibbs (25), journeyman; William Robert Knibbs (25)„ carpenter; and Benjamin Baden Knibbs (21), shackler, all of Llambredach, were charged at Caerphilly on Tuesday with having stolen electric batteries, &c., value £1 8s. 8d., the property of the Cardiff Collieries, Llanbradach, between November 1 and December 13. Rumford pleaded guilty and the others not guilty.
Mr. Prosserr (Messrs Kenshole and Prosser, (Aberdare) prosecuted. Mr. C. S. Goodfellow defended the Knibbees.
It was stated is evidence by Police-sergeant Phillips that defendants all lived in the same house, in Church-street, LLanbradach. Rumford was a lodger. Witness had received complaints of bombs going off in the garden, and the colliery company had been mining large quantities of blast fibre from the quarries. Witness bad heard of these explosion., and went in company with Police-sergeant Davies to Church-street on the 13th.
William Robert Knibbs and Rumford were on the doorstep. Police-sergeant Davies explained to them that they were inquiring about a gun and some powder. William Robert produced a gun and some powder, When witness was passing through the kitchen Rumford grabbed something from beneath the stairs and put it under his coat and ran out through the back way. They were unable to catch him.
In the little room beneath the stairs witness found a quantity of fuse produced. William Hobert and John Knibbs said they knew nothing about it. Witness continueded to search and found six batteries, a porus pot, a length of cable, and a chisel. He drew the attention of the Knibbess to this, and they said they knew nothing at all about it.
Witness took possession of the goods and on the 16th arrested Rumford at the colliery lamp-room. At the police-station he charged him with the offences. Rumford replied, I admit stealing six batteries and fuse, but did not steal the porus pot, the electric cable, or the chisel." He made no reply regarding the powder. Later witness arrested the brothers Knibbs and conveyed them to Caerphilly Police-station, and the four persons were jointly tried.
Witness produced a long signed statement by Bumford. In this Bumford alleged that the porus pot was brought home by Ben Knibbs and placed under the stairs. He had seen Benjamin Knibbs and Jack Knibbs bring lengths of cable home from the colliery. He had seen Jack Knibbs stripping the electric cable to make shoe laces.
Replying. to the charge John Robert Knibbs said, "I know nothing about
the batteries or the stripping of the cable." The other two said they knew nothing about it.
Mr. C. S. Goodfellow submitted that there was no evidence against John Knibbs. His instructions were that Bumford was turned out of his home and lived "rough" in the mountains. During the inclement weather, out of sympathy, Mrs. Knibbs took him in and gave him a home against the wishes of her sons. There could be no doubt that some of the articles mentioned had been brought to the house by Bumford. The boy Benjamin Knibbs admitted having been up the mountain with Bumford, but he denied having had earthing to do with the actual theft of things. His (Mr. Goodfellow's) conclusion was that Bumford was roughing it up on the mountain and having nothing to do he took the things home. Mention had been made of a gun given to him by his uncle but had always had a licence for it.
Mr. Goodfellow did not call any of the defendants and Superiatendent Williams said that there was nothing known previously against them.
The Chairman (Mr. W. Ware) pointed out that there was a good deal of theft from the collieries going on. He regarded Bumford as the worst offender. He would be fined £3 and the others £2 each.


William is believed to have died in the Durham SE District, not necessarily Durham itself.

His nephew George remembers that William married Florence Bowes, a sister of Edith Bowes who was married to Benjamin Baden Powell, William's brother. He also remembers that they had three children, one of whom was named Marjorie.

I'm also told by David Jenkins, the grandson of Annie Elizabeth Knibbs and Walwyn Jenkins, that William moved to Stockton on Tees in the early 1920's after his divorce from Eleanor. The belief is that he moved there to work on the building of an oil works, and that maybe it was also to start afresh after his divorce.

William (or 'Bill' as he was known) was the first of three brothers to move to Stockton. Benjamin followed soon after and then Jack (John). Sadly, as was quite often the case in those days, the Jenkins part of the family lost contact with the three brothers.

We see William and Florence living in Billingham District, Durham at the time of the 1939 Register.

Sources for William Robert KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Hook Norton,
  2. Personal Contact with Fionna Knibbs,
  3. 1901 British Census,
  4. GRO England & Wales, GRO England & Wales gives Banbury District, 4Qtr1896 
  5. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  6. 1911 British Census,
  7. YOXALL One Name Study,
  8. Newspaper Article,

Notes for Florence Margaret BOWES:

Probably Florence Margaret Bowes, born q2/1908 at Stockton District?

Sources for Florence Margaret BOWES:

  1. Personal Contact with Deb Knibbs,
  2. 1911 British Census,
  3. FreeBMD,