William Thomas KNIBBS, son of William KNIBBS and Eliza LOCK , was born 03 August 1862 in Sheldon, Warwickshire, England. He married Emily Elizabeth SOEN 30 May 1886 in Kingsbury, Warwickshire, England. He died 18 January 1943 in Alvechurch, Worcestershire, England. Emily Elizabeth SOEN was born bef. 17 July 1859 in Whiteacre, Warwickshire, England. She died 01 January 1931 in Birmingham South, Warwickshire, England.


Children of William Thomas KNIBBS and Emily Elizabeth SOEN are:
1. Walter Thomas KNIBBS, b. 13 February 1887
2. Florence Elizabeth KNIBBS, b. bet. April and June, 1888 See William KEELING & Florence Elizabeth KNIBBS
3. William Frederick KNIBBS, b. bet. January and March, 1890
4. Henry R KNIBBS, b. bet. April and June, 1891 See Henry R KNIBBS & Emily Elizabeth SMITH
5. Edward Albert KNIBBS, b. 16 December 1892 See Edward Albert KNIBBS & Emma STREET
6. Ellen KNIBBS, b. bet. April and June, 1896 See Edward DUNN & Ellen KNIBBS
7. Emily Elizabeth KNIBBS, b. bet. January and March, 1898
8. Arthur KNIBBS, b. 13 August 1899 See Arthur KNIBBS & Violet BURROWS

Marriage Notes for William Thomas KNIBBS\Emily Elizabeth SOEN:







William and his wife Emily in later years. Click to enlarge.


Notes for William Thomas KNIBBS:




We think this is William Thomas Knibbs. We know his name is William and it is either William Thomas, or his father (click to enlarge). I suspect the photo is from the early 1920's in which case it would be William Thomas - but I could be wrong.
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The 1881 British Census shows William aged 18, living at Grimshaw Hall, Knowle, Warwickshire, England with a large contingent of a family called MAYON from Yardley in Worcestershire and Sheldon in Warwickshire:
Mary MAYON Head W Female 47 Yardley, Worcester, England Farmer
John MAYON Son U Male 27 Yardley, Worcester, England Farmer
Thomas MAYON Son U Male 23 Yardley, Worcester, England Farmer
James MAYON Son U Male 22 Yardley, Worcester, England Druggist & Dry Salter
William MAYON Son U Male 21 Yardley, Worcester, England Farmer
Mary MAYON Daur U Female 17 Yardley, Worcester, Engla
Ann MAYON Daur U Female 16 Sheldon, Warwick, Engla
Ada MAYON Daur U Female 14 Sheldon, Warwick, England Scholar
Ellen MAYON Daur Female 12 Sheldon, Warwick, England Scholar
Bertha MAYON Daur Female 10 Sheldon, Warwick, England Scholar
Sydney MAYON Son Male 8 Sheldon, Warwick, England Scholar
Herbert MAYON Son Male 3 Sheldon, Warwick, England Scholar
William NIBBS Servant U Male 18 Sheldon, Warwick, England Waggoner
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William and his family appear in the 1891 census for Warwickshire, England, living in the Civil Parish of Aston:
Arthur St, 9 Court 7 House 1
William T Knibbs Head M 28 Railway Drayman Employed Sheldon Warwickshire
Emily E Knibbs Wife M 29 Kingsbury Warwickshire
Walter T KnibbsSon 4 Aston Warwickshire
Florence KnibbsDau 2 Aston Warwickshire,
William Knibbs Son 1 Aston Warwickshire,
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William's family unit appears in the 1901 census living at 15 Whitby Place, Aston, Birmingham, England. Edward Albert is the one listed as Albert, aged 8
Wm Tho Knibbs38Warc SheldonRailway Carman
Emily E Knibbs40Warc Whitacre 
Walter Tho Knibbs14BirminghamBrass Polisher
Florance E Knibbs12Birmingham 
Wm Fredk Knibbs11Birmingham
Henry Knibbs9Birmingham 
Albt Edwd Knibbs8Birmingham 
Ellen Knibbs4Birmingham 
Emily E Knibbs3Birmingham
Arthur Knibbs1Birmingham
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Next, we see William and his family at the 1911 census, living at 1 Church Grove Aston, Birmingham:
William Thomas Knibbs Head Married 48 Carter Warwickshire Sheldon
Emily Elizabeth Knibbs Wife Married (24 years) 50 Warwickshire Lether Whitasse
Walter Thomas Knibbs Son Single 24 Brass Polisher Warwickshire Birmingham
William Frederick Knibbs Son Single 21 Packer Warwickshire Birmingham
Henry Knibbs Son Single 19 Brass Polisher Warwickshire Birmingham
Edward Albert Knibbs Son Single 18 Tube Bender Warwickshire Birmingham
Ellen Knibbs Daughter 14 Shop Assistant Warwickshire Birmingham
Arthur Knibbs Son 11 School Warwickshire Birmingham

The census tells us that there were 8 children before 1911, but one died in infancy.
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We see William living in the Birmingham District of Warickshire at the time of the 1939 Register.
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Knibbs William Thomas of 14 Reddich-Road Alvechurch Worcestershire died 18 January 1943 at 14 Lyes-meadows Alvechurch Probate Birmingham 4 February Walter Thomas Knibbs factory worker. Effects £ 34.
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From the Birmingham Mail, Thursday 01 January 1942:
KNIBBS.—In loving memory of our dear mother, Emily Elizabeth, died January 1, 1931; also dad, William Thomas, died January 18, 1943.

Sources for William Thomas KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Hilda Knibbs,
  2. LDS IGI Records,
  3. GRO England & Wales, GRO England & Wales gives 3Qtr1862 
  4. Personal Contact with Joan & Frank Clarke,
  5. Ancestry.com. - England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966,
  6. 1891 Census for Warwickshire,
  7. 1901 British Census,
  8. 1911 British Census,
  9. 1939 Register,

Notes for Emily Elizabeth SOEN:

Also known as: El;izabeth

Her baptism record says she was the daughter of Edward SOWN and his wife Ellen Hannah SOWN. Her father was a Tailor by trade. She was baptised at Kingsbury St Peter & St Paul, Warwick. They were living at Whiteacre, Warwickshire.

Her father died during q2/1889 in Tamworth District, Warwickshire.
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We see Emily and family in 1861, living at Holoughton, Warwickshire:
Edward Soen Head Mar 31 Tailor Windsor Buckinghamshire
Hannah Soen Wife Mar 27 Kinsbury Warwickshire
Ellen Soen Daur 3 Birmingham
Elizabeth Soen Dauer 1 Kingsbury Warwickshire
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In 1871, the family was living at Cottage, Cotton Road, Kingsbury, Warwickshire:
Edward Soen Head Mar 30 Tailor Eindsor Berkshire
Hannah Soen Wife 38 Domestic Servant Kinsbury Warwickshire
Elizabeth Soen Daur 11 Scholar Kinsbury Warwickshre
Thomas Soen Son 8 Scholar Kinsbury Warwickshre
Sarah Soen Daur 5 Scholar Kinsbury Warwickshre
Frederick Soen Son 3 Scholar Kinsbury Warwickshre
Walter Soen Son 2 Kinsbury Warwickshre
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Emily appears in the 1881 census, living at 13 Burbury St., Aston, Warwickshire:
Thomas Hallam Head Mar 40 Printer & Reporter Sheffield York
Alice K Hallam Wife Mar 30
Herbert Hallam Son 12 Scholar Aston Warwick
Alice K Hallam Daur 10 Scholar Aston Warwick
Harry E Hallam Son 9 Scholar Aston Warwick
Florence Hallam Daur 7 Scholar Aston Warwick
Gertrude Hallam Daur 5 ScholarAston Warwick
Winifred Hallam Daur 3 Aston Warwick
Emily E Soen Serv UnM 21 Whitacre Warwick
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Emily married William Knibbs in 1886.
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From the Birmingham Mail, Thursday 01 January 1942:
KNIBBS.—In loving memory of my dear wife Emily, who died January 1, 1931. God’s greatest gift, remembrance. Lovingly remembered by husband, daughters Florrie and Ellen, sons Walter and Arthur, daugters-in-law.....

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From the Birmingham Mail, Thursday 01 January 1942:
KNIBBS.—In loving memory of our dear mother, Emily Elizabeth, died January 1, 1931; also dad, William Thomas, died January 18, 1943.

Sources for Emily Elizabeth SOEN:

  1. Personal Contact with Hilda Knibbs,
  2. Alan Jackson GRO,
  3. Personal Contact with Joan & Frank Clarke,
  4. Based on Baptism, Date of Birth based on Baptism. 
  5. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 

Notes for Walter Thomas KNIBBS:

I am told by Hilda Elliot, Walter's 1st cousin once removed, that Walter had just one eye, and wore a patch over his missing eye.

Hilda spoke to Edward Knibbs (Walter's nephew, b. 1918 at Aston, Birmingham) and he too remembered his uncle Walter had just one eye with a patch over the other.

Walter was a bachelor.

He appears in the 1901 and 1911 census returns, living at Aston, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England with his parents.
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We see William and his son Walter living at 179 St. Andrew's Road, Birmingham, Warwickshire, at the time of the 1939 Register.
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From the Birmingham Daily Post - 09 April 1958:
Open Verdict on Man Killed in Hospital.
A Bromsgrove inquest failed yesterday to discover how a 71-year-old Alvechurch patient at Blackwell Recovery Hospital died whilst recovering from a successful operation. The jury returned an open verdict on Mr. Walter Thomas Knibbs. a retired labourer, of Redd itch Road, Alvechurch, whose body was found on a concrete pathway at the hospital on April 3. Mr. Knibbs had been transferred there after the operation at Bromsgrove General Hospital. An auxiliary nurse, Mrs. Jessie Fountain. found only slight external injury. It was presumed. therefore. said the Coroner Mr. F. C. Playne. that Mr. Knibbs suffered "some sort of seizure."
Multiple Injuries.
Prof. J. M. Webster, who carried out an autopsy. was " very surprised " to find extensive internal injuries including a fractural skull and several fractured ribs. The assumption of a seizure had been " reasonable but wrong." Mr. Knibbs died from multiple injuries which were consistent with a fall from a first-storey window or even " a violent assault." The Coroner said Mr. Knibbs might have received his injuries in a fall from a window 21-feet above the pathway where he was found, but there was no conclusive evidence that this was so. If he had fallen from the window he might have fallen accidentally, or committed suicide: or he might have been pushed. There was no evidence of any suicidal tendency. The dead man was apparently looking forward to a good recovery and a return home. There was. however. no evidence to confirm the other possibilities.

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Knibbs Walter Thoimas of 27 Reddich-road Alverchurch Worcestershire died 3 April 1958 at Blackwell Recovery Hospital Bromsgrove Worcestershire Administration Birmingham 30 May to Edward Albert Knibbs retired body maker. Effects £263 6s. 10d.

Edward Albert Knibbs was his brother.

Sources for Walter Thomas KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Hilda Knibbs,
  2. GRO England & Wales,
  3. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 
  4. 1939 Register,
  5. Ancestry.com. - England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966,
  6. Newspaper Article,
  7. 1901 British Census,
  8. 1911 British Census,

Notes for William Frederick KNIBBS:

William was killed at the battle of The Somme
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In Memory of

Rifleman WILLIAM FREDERICK KNIBBS

B/2787, 8th Bn., Rifle Brigade
who died age 26
on Wednesday 13 September 1916.
Rifleman KNIBBS, Son of William Thomas and Emily Elizabeth Knibbs, of 179, St. Andrew's Rd., Small Heath, Birmingham.

Remembered with honour
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
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William's name is recorded for posterity at the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Picardie Region, France, Plot: Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C.
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From the Birmingham Mail, Friday 13 September 1940:
KNIBBS.—In loving memory my dear sons, William Frederick (Rifle Brigade), killed in action September 13, 1916.

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From the Birmingham Mail, Monday 21 April 1941:
KNIBBS.—In loving memory dear sons, Henry (K.R.R.), died while prisoner of war April 21, 1918; also William Frederick (Rifle Brigade).

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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of William.
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Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at  Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in his memory.

Sources for William Frederick KNIBBS:

  1. LDS IGI Records,
  2. GRO England & Wales,
  3. Commonwealth War Graves Commission,
  4. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 
  5. 1911 British Census,
  6. Ancestry.co.uk - Birmingham, England, Baptisms, 1813-1912,

Notes for Emily Elizabeth KNIBBS:

Emily died aged 5 years 5 months.

Sources for Emily Elizabeth KNIBBS:

  1. GRO England & Wales,
  2. Personal Contact with Hilda Knibbs,
  3. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983