James KNIBBS, son of Edward KNIBBS and Fanny BERRY , was born 24 November 1851 in Polesworth, Warwickshire, England. He married Mary UNKNOWN bet. 1871 and 1891. He died 14 December 1923 in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, Warwickshire, England. Mary UNKNOWN was born abt. 1842 in Ellesmere, Shropshire, England. She died bet. July and September, 1900 in Birmingham District, Warwickshire, England.

Children of James KNIBBS and Mary UNKNOWN are:
1. Eli KNIBBS, b. abt. 1879
2. Norah KNIBBS, b. abt. 1883

Notes for James KNIBBS:

See James' Birth Certificate


We can see James in 1871, unmarried and living on a boat on the Coventry Canal at Exhall, Warwickshire:
James Knibbs Head UnM 19 Master Boatman Polesworth Worcestershire
Henry Ford Serv UnM 13 Mate Polesworth, Worcestershire
Thomas Knibbs Serv 27 Master Boatman Stratford on Avon Warwickshire
William Bentley Serv UnM 15 Mate Exhall Warwickshire

Henry Ford was the oldest son of James' sister Harriet Knibbs who married George Ford. Harriet was living on the adjacent boat at the time of the census.
Thomas Knibbs was James' brother.

In 1891, we see who I'm pretty sure is James, living at 15 Pipers Row, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire:
Robert Amos Head Wid 49 Ironworker ????? ?????
Samuel Nickles Lodger Mar 64 Groom ????? ?????
Mary Nickles Lodger 48 Wolverhampton
Thomas Weaver Lodger UnM 22 Painter House Wolverhampton
Isaac Twish Lodger UnM 26 Carter Wolverhampton
James Hammond Lodger Unm 38 Coal Miner ????? Shropshire
James Nibbs Lodger Mar 38 Boatman Stafford Staffordshire
Mary Nibbs Lodger Mar 49 Ellesmere Shropshire
Henry Jackson Lodger UnM 61 Ironworker Wolverhampton
Eli Nibbs Lodger 12 Stoke Staffordshire
Norah Nibbs Lodger 7 Stoke Staffordshire

In 1901, James was living at No7 8 Court Walsall St., Wolverhampton, Staffordshire:
William Bailey Head Mar 38 Sewerage Labourer Stafford Fradwell
Lucy Bailey Wife Mar 27 Dressmaker Salop Shrewsbury
Samuel Nicholls Boarder M 49 Sewerage Labourer Worcester Worcester
Sarah Nicholls Mar 40 Spinner Stafford Portobello
James Nibbs Boarder Wid 50 Railway Labourer Warwick Polesworth

We see James in 1911 living in a fairly large lodging house 15-16 Pipers Row, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire:
James Knibbs Lodger 60 Single Boatman Polesworth

James is buried at Merridale Cemetery, Wolverhamptopn. His last place of abode prior to his death in 1923 was the Union Workhouse at Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, where he was registered and sadly died a Pauper.

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

Sources for James KNIBBS:

  1. 1861 British Census,
  2. GRO England & Wales,
  3. 1871 British Census,
  4. 1911 British Census,

Notes for Mary UNKNOWN:

Sources for Mary UNKNOWN:

  1. 1891 British Census,
  2. GRO England & Wales,

Notes for Eli KNIBBS:

Sources for Eli KNIBBS:

  1. 1891 British Census,

Notes for Norah KNIBBS:

Sources for Norah KNIBBS:

  1. 1891 British Census,