William James KNIBBS, son of James KNIBBS and Eliza GREENLAND , was born 27 February 1873 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. He married Mary BREWSTER 03 June 1902 in Old St. Pancras, London, Middlesex, England. He died 08 June 1946 in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. Mary BREWSTER was born 08 April 1872 in Warfield, Berkshire, England. She died 24 March 1955 in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England.


Children of William James KNIBBS and Mary BREWSTER are:
1. William John KNIBBS, b. 22 January 1903 See William John KNIBBS & UNKNOWN
2. Hilda Mary KNIBBS, b. bef. 26 June 1904 See Edward George WOODWARD & Hilda Mary KNIBBS

Marriage Notes for William James KNIBBS\Mary BREWSTER:

The Woodstock PR Transcript shows that William and Mary married on this date, but the marriage is listed under the Banns section which indicates that they married elsewhere. It states that Mary was from Ketteringham, Norfolk so it maybe that they married there.

WOODSTOCK Banns
1902 Jun 1 KNIBBS William James otp br. BREWSTER Mary Ketteringham (Norfolk) sp


Notes for William James KNIBBS:

We understand from an interview given by William's son, William John Knibbs in Feb 1993, that William became very ill and was sent home from hospital in Oxford to die, but by following the advice of the vet he recovered, and worked for another 13 years.
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We see William and his family in 1911 living at Old Woodstock, Oxfordshire:
William James Knibbs Head Mar General Carrier Oxford Oxon
Mary Knibbs Wife Mar (8 years) Bracknel Berks
William John Knibbs Son 8 Oxon Woodstock
Hilda Mary Knibbs Daur 6 Oxon Woodstock

The census shows that Mary had 2 children who both survived.
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We see William, Mary, and son William living at Beechcroft, Woodstoick, Oxfordshire, at the time of the 1939 Register.
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Knibbs William James of Beech Crost Old Woodstock Oxfordshire died 8 June 1946 at Radcliffe Infirmary Oxford Administration Oxford 26 January to Mary Knibbs widow and William John Knibbs cointry carrier. Effects £4106 9s.

Sources for William James KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Trevor Knibbs,
  2. 1881 British Census,
  3. GRO England & Wales,
  4. FreeBMD,
  5. 1939 Register,
  6. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 gave Banbury District 
  7. Ancestry.com. - England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966,
  8. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Woodstock,
  9. 1901 British Census,
  10. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,

Notes for Mary BREWSTER:

It's understood from Trevor Knibbs that Mary was born and died at Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England.

However, looking at BREWSTER in Ketteringham, Norfolk in 1901 (which is where Mary was reported to be living at the time of the banns). They were living at East Carleton Road, Kettering, Norfolk, but with no Mary Brewster listed as living with them.
George Brewster Head Mar 54 Gamekeeper Head Norfolk Felthorpe
Ann Brewster Wife Mar 53 Berkshire Wolingham
Henry George Brewster Son UnM 33 Under Gamekeeper Berkshire Warefiled
Ann Brewster 53 Berkshire Wokingham Norfolk Ketteringham
George Brewster 54 Norfolk Shelthorpe Norfolk Ketteringham Gamekeeper Head
Henry Brewster 33 Berkshire Warefield Norfolk Ketteringham Under Gamekeeper

This same family appeared in the 1881 census, living at Warfield Park, Warfield, Berkshire with a daughter Mary listed. So from this, I believe that Mary was in fact born at Warfield in Berkshire, and not Woodstock.
George Brewster Head Mar 32 Gamekeeper To Lord Ormathwade Felthorpe Norfolk
Ann Brewster Wife Mar 31 Wokingham Berkshire
Henry George Brewster Son 13 Scholar Warfield Berkshire England
William James Brewster Son 11 Scholar Warfield Berkshire
Mary Brewster Daur 8 Scholar Warfield Berkshire
John Brewster Son 6 Warfield Scholar Berkshire England
Charles Englefield Keeper UnM 28 Gamekeeper Wokingham, Berkshire

(Note: the above was the property of Lord Ormathwaite)

So, how did Mary meet and eventually marry William Knibbs? The 1901 census shows that she was working as a domestic in Woodstock which is where William's family originated.
(Mary Brewster 29 Berks Bracknell Oxon Woodstock Housemaid Domestic)
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Mary married William James Knibbs in 1902.
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Knibbs Mary of Beechcroft 109 Maror-road Old Woodstock Oxfordshire died 24 March 1955 Probate Oxford to William John Knibbs motor engineer and Egerton Allen Ferguson solicitors. Effects £3497 13s. 8d.

Sources for Mary BREWSTER:

  1. Personal Contact with Trevor Knibbs,
  2. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Woodstock,
  3. 1881 British Census,
  4. 1901 British Census,
  5. FreeBMD, FreeBMD gave date and East Hampstead District 
  6. 1939 Register,
  7. Ancestry.com. - England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966,