Joseph William KNIBBS, son of Joseph KNIBBS and Harriett DAVIES , was born 06 August 1874 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. He married Alice May Margaret SMITH bet. October and December, 1900 in Poplar District, London, Middlesex, England. He died bet. October and December, 1953 in Thurrock District, Essex, England. Alice May Margaret SMITH was born 12 December 1880 in Poplar, London, Middlesex, England. She died 31 May 1968 in Thurrock District, Essex, England.


Children of Joseph William KNIBBS and Alice May Margaret SMITH are:
1. William Robert KNIBBS, b. 07 September 1901 See William Robert KNIBBS & Florence Elizabeth P HEARSON
2. Ivy Sarah KNIBBS, b. 23 December 1900 See Douglas HERN & Ivy Sarah KNIBBS
3. Alice Margaret May KNIBBS, b. bet. January and March, 1905 See Harry William R ROHLEDER & Alice Margaret May KNIBBS
4. Violet Lilian KNIBBS, b. 25 May 1907 See David Charles T THOMAS & Violet Lilian KNIBBS
5. Rosetta KNIBBS, b. 18 March 1914 See Thomas William PAYNE & Rosetta KNIBBS
6. Charles Henry George KNIBBS, b. 07 September 1911 See Charles Henry George KNIBBS & Sarah Elizabeth DUFFIELD
7. Eva Dorothy KNIBBS, b. 23 November 1908 See Robert Charles W FRANKLIN & Eva Dorothy KNIBBS
8. Florence Elsie KNIBBS, b. 21 October 1916 See William H PEACOCK & Florence Elsie KNIBBS
9. Frank Leslie James KNIBBS, b. 21 October 1916 See Frank Leslie James KNIBBS & Helena Doris DANTON OR Frank Leslie James KNIBBS & Gladys V TULLY OR Frank Leslie James KNIBBS & Rose Margaret FIANDER

Marriage Notes for Joseph William KNIBBS\Alice May Margaret SMITH:


Notes for Joseph William KNIBBS:

Also known as: Will



Joseph in abt 1919, with Alice and their youngest daughter, Florence.
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I believe it is this Joseph who appears in the 1901 census listed under his second name of William. His father was also named Joseph so it is quite likely that over the years his second name was used to avoid confusion.
Certainly in the following entry, "William" is of the right age, living in the same part of London as his father, mother and younger siblings, and has the same occupation as his father. His wife Alice was born in Poplar and to the best of my knowledge, this was the only Knibbs family living there at around this time.
They were living at 106 Glougall Road, Poplar.
William Knibbs Head 27 Warwick Birmham Laborer In Ship Yard
Alice Knibbs Wife 20 London Poplar
Ivy Knibbs 4 months London Poplar
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We can see Joseph and his family in 1911 living at 29 East Ferry Road, Poplar, London, Middlesex:
Joseph William Knibbs Head 36 Married General Labourer in Ship Repair Yard Birmingham Warwick
Alice Knibbs Wife 29 Married (10 years) London Poplar
Ivy Sarah Knibbs Daughter 10 School London Poplar
William Robert Knibbs Son 8 School London Poplar
Alice May Knibbs Daughter 6 School London Poplar
Violet Lilian Knibbs Daughter 3 London Poplar
Eva Dorothy Knibbs Daughter 2 London Poplar

There were 5 children before 1911, and all survived.
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As part of the London East End slum clearance during the early 20th century, Joseph, Alice and many of the close family members left Poplar and moved to live in Corringham in the Thurrock District of Essex.
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Joseph's granddaughter Linda tells me that Joseph and his wife Alice lived just two doors away from her house when she was a child. Joseph would go to her house very early in the morning when she was small and light the fire, so that when she got up the house was warm!
Linda's father used to shave her grandfather, with an open razor that her grandfather used to sharpen on a leather strop.
Her grandfather would tell her stories of when he sailed on the Clipper ships across the oceans!
Linda remembers him as a lovely, gentle man.
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We see Joseph, Alice and the children Charles and Frank, living at 10 Judkin Street, Poplar, London, at the time of the 1939 Register.
Also with them was a William H Peacock, 40, Pier Headman.
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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 Joseph.

Sources for Joseph William KNIBBS:

  1. GRO England & Wales, from findmypast.com 
  2. 1901 British Census,
  3. FreeBMD, gave Aston District as KNIBB 
  4. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 
  5. Personal Contact with Linda Payne,
  6. 1891 British Census,
  7. 1911 British Census,
  8. 1939 Register,

Notes for Alice May Margaret SMITH:

There were three Alice Smith's born in Poplar in 1880/81 but we know from her grand-daughter Doreen that her grandmother was born on 12 Dec 1880. We do know that Alice died aged 87 years in q2/1968.
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Alice with the two twins, Florence Elsie on the left and her brother Frank Leslie James aged at around 18-24 months
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Alice with her six Daughters at the wedding of her grandson, Alan HERD in 1952.
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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 Alice.

Sources for Alice May Margaret SMITH:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. Personal Contact with Marina Pauline Knibbs,
  3. Military Record, Military Record of her son William identified her 2nd and 3rd Christian names. 
  4. 1911 British Census,
  5. Personal Contact with Doreen Cory-Wright, gave DOD