William KEEN was born bet. 1832 and 1835 in Oldbury, Staffordshire, England. He married Elizabeth KNIBBS 11 August 1883 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England. He died UNKNOWN. Elizabeth KNIBBS, daughter of Edward KNIBBS and Fanny BERRY , was born 1842 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. She died UNKNOWN.


Marriage Notes for William KEEN\Elizabeth KNIBBS:


The London Canal
web site has the following from St. Mary's Church Marriage Register, Wolverhampton:

August 11 th. 1883
William Keen Wid. Boatman Canal side , Cannock Road son of John Keen , Boatman
Elizabeth Lowk Wid. Boatwoman Canal side , Cannock Road , dau.of Edward Knibbs , Boatman

Other Marriages/Unions for William KEEN:
See William KEEN & Emma JUDSON

Other Marriages/Unions for Elizabeth KNIBBS:
See William LOWKE & Elizabeth KNIBBS


Notes for William KEEN:

In 1861, we see William and Emma living on "Thomas-Boat", one of the boats, near the factory locks, Tipton, Staffordshire:
William Kean Head Mar 22 Master of Boat Staffordshire West Bromwich
Emma Kean Wife Mar 21 On Boat Staffordshire Wolverhapton
Peter Wood Servant 12 On Boat Staffordshire Tunstall
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In 1871, we see them living at Tunstall Bridge, Staffordshire:
William Keen Head Mar 33 Boatman Staffordshire Bilston
Emma Keen Wife Mar 28 Staffordshire Wolverhampton
James W Keen Son 10 Staffordshire Wolverhampton
Mary Keen Daur 4 Staffordshire Tunstall
Emma J Keen Daur 1 Staffordshire Wolverhampton
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We can see William and his first wife Emma in 1881, living aboard the Canal Barge "Samuel" at Barlaston, Stafford, England:
William KEEN Mar (Head) M Male 45 Oldbury, Stafford, England Boatman (Barge)
Emma KEEN Mar M Female 41 Wolverhampton, Stafford, England
James W. KEEN Unm Male 20 Wolverhampton, Stafford, England Boatman (Barge)
Sarah E. KEEN Unm Female 18 Stoke On Trent, Stafford, England
Mary KEEN Unm Female 16 Wolverhampton, Stafford, England
Emma J. KEEN Unm Female 11 Wolverhampton, Stafford, England
Maria E. KEEN Unm Female 6 Wolverhampton, Stafford, England
Ellen Lydia KEEN Unm Female 5
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In 1891, William and his second wife, Elizabeth, were living at Inn Grove(?) Canal, Oldbury, Worcestershire:
William Keen Head of Family Mar 59 Boatman Captain Staffordshire Great Green
Elizabeth Keen Wife Mar 44 Warwickshire Stratford on Avon
Harriet Cresswell(?) 10

There is no information at all about Harriet Cresswell so we don't know who she was.

Sources for William KEEN:

  1. 1881 British Census,
  2. 1891 British Census, gave Great Green as place of birth 
  3. Wolverhampton Boat People - CanalMuseaum.org,
  4. 1861 British Census,

Notes for Elizabeth KNIBBS:

Sources for Elizabeth KNIBBS:

  1. 1851 Census for Devon, Warwickshire & Norfolk,
  2. GRO England & Wales, GRO England & Wales gives 1Qtr1842 
  3. Wolverhampton Boat People - CanalMuseaum.org,