Henry KNIBBS, son of William KNIBBS and Mary WRIGHT , was born bet. July and September, 1841 in Dallington, Northamptonshire, England. He married Annie Elizabeth GARRETT 29 December 1864 in Blisworth, Northamptonshire, England. He died 05 April 1908 in Banstead, Surrey, England. Annie Elizabeth GARRETT was born abt. 1842 in Milton, Northamptonshire, England. She died 05 July 1887 in Banstead, Surrey, England.


Children of Henry KNIBBS and Annie Elizabeth GARRETT are:
1. Winifred Eliza KNIBBS, b. 23 December 1875 See George Rice DICKER & Winifred Eliza KNIBBS
2. William Garrett KNIBBS, b. bet. July and September, 1887 See William Garrett KNIBBS & Elsie Isabel TIDMARSH
3. Margaret Kate KNIBBS, b. bet. July and September, 1879 See Samuel Waugh WALKER & Margaret Kate KNIBBS
4. Henry George KNIBBS, b. 1866 See Henry George KNIBBS & Isabel Mary DICKER
5. Mary Eleanor KNIBBS, b. 12 September 1873 See Philip CLARK & Mary Eleanor KNIBBS
6. Annie Warburton KNIBBS, b. bet. April and June, 1867 See Lionel Manfred JONES & Annie Warburton KNIBBS

Marriage Notes for Henry KNIBBS\Annie Elizabeth GARRETT:

Mariage 1864 from Blisworth Parish Records, NRO ref. 35p/40, no. 198. Age 22, a spinster of Blisworth.

Other Marriages/Unions for Henry KNIBBS:
See Henry KNIBBS & Harriet BENNETT


Notes for Henry KNIBBS:




This picture was taken of Henry in 1902. (Click to enlarge)


Please visit my Notable KNIBBS Page for Henry


Banstead Village school in Surrey, England, was opened in 1858, and Henry was the headmaster there for 42 years between 1862 and 1904. Irene O'Shea has written a small book which tells the story of the School and showing how Henry Knibbs, a man of great energy, played a major part in the life of the village. Interestingly, Irene's book contains a letter dated 5 November 1862 wherein Edward Buckle, the vicar of Banstead at that time, wrote to Henry informing him of his starting salary at the school - it was £50 for the Master and £20 for the mistress. It was also clarified that the mistress was expected to work an equal number of hours to those of the master.

I am not sure yet of the connection, but the Trotman family were the squires of Dallington, Northamptonshire, England where Henry Knibbs was born. It is understood that for some reason, the Trotman family encouraged Henry to further his education and may even have paid for his teacher training at Cheltenham Training College. It was his connection with the Trotman family that resulted in him being offered the position of headmaster at Banstead School. All I've managed to discover about the family is that in 1841, the Clergyman of the Dallington parish was a man named Trotman, aged 40.

The Trotman's daughter Mary married a man named Edward Valentine Buckle, the son of the Vicar of Banstead, who was also chairman of the school committee. The school was experiencing difficulties in finding a headmaster and Henry's name was put forward as a result of his connection with the vicar's daughter-in-law.
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Henry can be seen in 1861 living at Normal Training College, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire:
Henry Knibbs UnM 19 Student Dallington Northumberland

Note: The "Normal Training College" was founded in 1846 for the training of teachers, male and female, in national and parochial schools.
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Henry can be seen in the 1871 census living at the National School House, Banstead, Surrey, England:
Henry Knibbs Head Mar 29 Certificated Schoolmaster Northampton Dallington
Annie E Knibbs Wife Mar 28 Schoolmistress Northampton Milton
Henry G Knibbs Son 5 Scholar Surrey Banstead
Annie W Knibbs Daughter 3 Surrey Banstead
Emily Dyer Servant 14 Surrey Cheam
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From the Surrey Advertiser - 21 September 1878:
EPSOM.
WEST SURREY REGISTRATION.
Yesterday (Friday) the revision of the lists of voters for the Western Division of the county of Surrey was commenced by Mr. Philip Hemery Le Breton, at the Spread Eagle Hotel, Epsom. The parishes dealt with were Ashtead, Banstead, Chessington, Cuddington, Effingham, Epsom, Ewell, Fetcham, Great Bookham, Little Bookham, Headley, Leatherhead, Stoke D'Abernon, and Walton-on-the-hill.
Mr. F. Ferdinand Smollpeice (Guildford), Mr. W. O. Reader (Epsom), and Mr. P. L. Marten (Dorking), appeared for the Conservatives, and Mr. D. M. Stevens (Guildford) for the Liberals.
The only parishes in which any points of interest Arose were Banstead and Great Bookham.— In the former, John William Ward, on the occupiers list, was objected to by Mr. Stevens on the ground that Mr. Ward who is the master of the Tadworth School, occupied the school house simply as a servant. As Mr. Ward did not appear, the name was removed. The Liberals also objected on the same ground to Henry Knibbs, master of the Banstead School. In reply to Mr. Stevens, Mr Knibbs stated that he paid no rent for the school house, but his salary was smaller in conssequence. He could not say that he was bound to live in the school house, as the question had never arisen (laughtel),. The Revising Barrister, having been shown the rate hook, in which Mr. Knibbs' name stands as the occupier of the school house, said he would allow the name to stand, as it was not clearly established that Mr. Knibbs was compelled to live in the house. He added that Mr. Stevens might raise the same objection next year, as he was not quite satisfied. The admission was a "close shave" (laughter).
In Great Bookham, Hugh Hamilton, whose name appeared on the list as the occupier of the " Saracen and Ring cottages," was objected to by Mr. Stevens, who observed that a man did not usually occupy cottages, and further he was informed that there was an ahsolute letting of one cottage, which left the rating qualification insufficient, the ratable value of the two cottages being only £16. On the other side it was urged that Mr. Hamilton alone was rated, but on referring to the rate-book the overseer could not find the name. The name was expunged. The :assistant overseers of Leatherhead (Mr. Brown) ' and Epsom (Mr. Williams) were complimented upon this manner in which they had discharged their duties, whereupon Mr. Brown observed that he had held the office for 20 years and had been parish clerk for 14 years, the latter office having been held by his family for four generations, or 115 years. The Revising Barrister observed that the old "Amen " clerks were being fast shelved by surpliced choirs. Mr. Brown said be felt that he was almost " snuffed out" (laughter).
The parish of Ewell was not represented, and the Revising Barrister observed that he had a great mind to fine the assistant overseer.

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Henry and his wife appear in the 1881 census for England and Wales, living at Hubert Road School House, Banstead, Surrey with their daughters Annie Warburton, Mary Eleanor, Winifred Eliza and Margaret Kate.
Henry Knibbs Head Mar 39 School Master Dallington Northampton
Annie Elizabeth Knibbs Wife Mar 38 Milton Northampton
Annie Warburton Knibbs Daur 13 Scholar Banstead Surrey
Mary Eleanor Knibbs Daur 7 Scholar Banstead Surrey
Winifred Eliza Knibbs Daur 5 Scholar Banstead Surrey
Margaret Kate Knibbs Daur 1 Banstead Surrey
Minnie Jane Lee 13 General Servant (Domestic) London Chelsea
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Henry can be seen in the 1891 census returns living at what looks like Wilmott Cottage, Banstead, Surrey, England:
Henry Knibbs Head Mar 49 Dallington Northampton
Harriett Knibbs Wife Mar 38 Chipstead Surrey
Henry Geo Knibbs Son UnM 25 Banstead Surrey
Anna Warburton Knibbs Daur UnM 23 Banstead Surrey
Mary Eleanor Knibbs Daur 17 Banstead Surrey
Winifred Eliza Knibbs Daur 15 Banstead Surrey
Margaret Kate Knibbs Daur 11 Banstead Surrey
William Garrett Knibbs Son 3 Banstead Surrey
Dorothy Knibbs Daughter 8/12 Banstead Surrey
Elizabeth Castle Servant 18 Wandsworth
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Henry appears in the 1901 census living at Banstead, Surrey with his second wife, Harriet. I understand from a family member that he was still living at Wilmott Cottage.
Henry KNIBBS Head Mar 59 Elementary Schoolmaster Dallington Northampton
Harriet Knibbs Wife Mar 48 Chipstead Surrey
Margaret Kate Knibbs Daur UnM 21 Teacher of Corken Banstead Surrey
Winifred Eliza Knibbs Daur UnM 24 Elementary Schoolmistress Banstead Surrey
Bernard Robert Knibbs Son 9 Scholar Banstead Surrey
Esther Burt Serv 22 General Domestic Servant Chipstead Surrey

The son William from Henry's first marriage, and daughter Dorothy Knibbs from his second marriage are seen to be living in Birmingham, Warwickshire, with their older sister Annie and her husband Lionel Jones.
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From the Surrey Archaeological Collections, Proceedings, 1902, Vol 18:
A Find of Tiles, Etc., at Banstead
A field called Board Field on the Lambert Estate, on the south side of Banstead Churchyard, has recently been sold to the schoolmaster (Mr. Knibbs) as a building plot. He, in excavating for flints, has come across a large quantity of tiles, some of which have a blue line between the red outside and inside, some large blocks of stone, a little stained glass which fell to pieces and turned white on being exposed to the light, and some fragments of pottery, and a portion of a capital carved in a fleur-de-lys of the usual chalk stone found in these parts.

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From the London Gazette, June 5th 1908:
HENRY KNIBBS, deceased.
Pursuant to 22 and 23 Victoria, cap.35
Notice is hereby given that all persons having any claims against the estate of the late Henry Knibbs, of the Sixways, Banstead, Surrey (who died at the Sixways, Banstead aforesaid, on the 5th day of April 1908, and whose will was proved in the Principal Probate Registry, on the 19th day of May, 1908, by Harriett Knibbs, the sole executrix of the said deceased),are hereby required to send particulars thereof, in writing, to us, the undersigned, the Solicitors for the said Harriett Knibbs, on or before the 18th day of July, 1908, after which date the said Harriett Knibbs will proceed to distribute the assets of the said deceased, as and when the same shall come to her hands, having regard only to the claims of which she shall then have had notice;and that she will not be liable for the assets, or any part thereof, to any person of whose claim she shall not then have had notice. - Dated this 29th day of May, 1908
BROOKS and HELLER, 146, Upper Thamesstreet, London, E.C.

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From the Surrey Mirror - Friday 10 April 1908:
It is with great regret that we record the death of one whose life has been most closely associated with the history of the parish of Banstead during the last half-century. Mr. Henry Knibbs passed, away on Sunday morning last at ten o'clock. For some time past he had been lying very ill. Symptoms of cancer became prominent after Christmas; the malignant growth rapidly developed until, seven weekas ago, Dr. Watson Cheyne was called in to perform an operation. which had become necessary, and after successive rallies the end came peacefully on Sunday. The loss to Banstead. is a very severe one. For 44 years Mr. Knibhs was the headmaster of the Banstead Schools, coming to it when its numbers were about 6O, and faithfully serving it as a painstaking and successful teacher till less than two years ago, when, at the age of 65 he retired, leaving a school whose numbers had almost reached 300. Originally a Church school, he saw it become a Board School in 1871, and latterly a Council School. Public testimony to the appreciation everywhere felt of his work in this capacity found expression on his retirement in 1906, parents, old scholars, teachers and children uniting to voice their esteem and affection. His work for the school was not confined to his office of headmaster; he was the first clerk to the Banstead and Kingsiwood U.D. School Board, and since his retirement has served in the capacity of School Manager. A man of untiring energy and great business ability, he has throughout his life in Banstead been associated with every movement. He has been the Clerk to the Parish Council since its origin. was assistant overseer and rate collector, collector of income tax, clerk to the Branstead United Charitiets, churchwarden of All Saints', Banstead, for many years, agent for insurance companies, and latterly was building up an increasing business as house agent. In all these capacities Mr. Knibbs' uprightness, courtesy and devotion to duty were everywhere recognised, and all who knew him will feel that it is difficult to think of Banstead without him.

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From the Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser - 11 April 1908:
DEATH OF MR. H. KNIBBS.
A WELL-KNOWN BANSTEAD MAN.
It is with great regret that we record the death of one whose life has been most closely associated with the history of the parish of Banstead during the last half-century. Mr. Henry Kniblas passed away on Sunday morning last at ten o'clock. For some time past he had been lying very ill. Symptoms of cancer became prominent after Christmas; the malignant growth rapidly developed until, seven weeks ago, Dr. Watson Cheyne was called in to perform an operation, which had become necessary, and after successive rallies the end came peacefully on Sunday. The loss to Banstead is a very severe one. For 44 years Mr. Knibbs was the headmaster of the Banstead Schools, coming to it when its numbers were about 6O, and faithfully serving it as a painstaking and seccessful teacher till less than two years ago, when, at the age of 65, he retired, leaving a school whose numbers had almost reached 300. Originally a Church school, he saw it become a Board School in 1871, and latterly a Council School. Public testimony to the appreciation everywhere felt of his work in this capacity found expression on his retirement in 1906, parents, old scholars, teachers and children uniting to voice their esteem and affection. His work for the school was not confined to his office of headmaster: He was the first clerk to the Banstead and Kingswood U.D. School Board, and since his retirement has served in the capacity of School Manager. A man of untiring energy and great business ability, he has throughout his life in Banstead been associated with every movement. He has been the Clerk to the Parish Council since its origin, was assistant overseer and rate collector, collector of income tax, clerk to the Banstead United Charities, churchwarden of All Saints', Banstead, for many years, agent for insurance companies, and latterly was building up an increasing business as house agent. In all these capacities Mr. Knibbs' uprightness, courtesy and devotion to duty were everywhere recognised. and all who knew him will feel that it is difficult to think of Banstead without him.
THE FUNERAL.
The funeral, which took place at All Saints' Church on Wednesday afternoon, was very largely attended. The coffin, borne by old scholars of the deceased, was met at the gate by the Vicar (the Rev. Duncan Woodroffe, M.A.), the Curate (Rev. Harold Godefroy, M.A.), and the choir. The mourners included Mrs. H. Knibbs (widow), Messrs. William and Bernard Knibbs (sons), Mr. and Mrs. W. Jones. Mr. and Mrs. Philip Clark. Mr. and Mrs. G. Dicker (daughters and sons-in-law). Mrs. G. Knibbs (daughter-in-law), Miss Knibbs and Mrs. P. Gibbons. Mrs. and Miss Marsden. Mr. and Mrs. H. Bennett, Mr. W. Bennett, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Wheeler, Mr. and Mrs. Heller, Mr. and the Misses Dicker, etc. There was a large attendance of members of the Parish Council and of School Managers. The Banstead Council School was represented by Mr. Edward Gale (headmaster), Miss C. A. Balchin (headmistress Infants' Department) Mr. B H. Blackford, and 30 of the older scholars. Tadworth School wss represented by Mr. J. W. Ward; Walton-on-the-Hill by Mr. H. W. Savage; and Kingswood by Mr. W. J. Macdonald. Others present included Mr and Mrs. C. H. Garton, Mr. and Mrs. Trollope, Mr. and Mrs. Wingrove, Mr, and Mrs. Robertson Rodger, Mr. Watt, Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Taylor, Mrs. Buckle, Miss Courtenay, Mrs. Maitland, Mrs. Glass. Miss Alston, Mr. and Mrs. T.G. Orton, Messrs. Langdon-Davies, R. H. Knignt, A. Pringle, G. Webb, T. and E. Gilbert, R. Webb. A. Simmonds, S. and F. Kempwell, A. Shove, W. Illman, P. G. Russell, C. H. Beall, W. H. Wapling, W. Wells, etc. etc. The service in the church was read by the Vicar, and the hymns, "O, God, our help in ages past" and "Now the labourer's task is o'er," were sung. Mr. W. Miller (organist), very impressively rendered a funeral march as the procession left the church for the graveside. The committal prayers were spoken by the Vicar and concluding prayers by the Curate, the choir afterwards singing the hymn. "The radiant morn hath passed away." A great number people followed the last rites at tle graveside. Verv many beautiful wreaths were sent among them those from the Parish Council, the School Managers, the Staff of Banstead Council School, the children of Banstead School , the teachers and children of Kingswood School, the sidesmen of All Saints’, Banstead, tho organist and choir, six County Scholarship boys. the boys of the Central Secondary Schooln Birmingham. some assistant mistresses of Hereford High School, and a great number from relatives and local residents. The funeral arrangements were well carried out by Mr. Middleton of Messrs. Wells Bros., Banstead and Kingowood.

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Knibbs Henry of Sixways Banstead Surrey died 5 April 1908 Probate London 19 May to Harriet Knibbs widow Effects £6338 11s. 10d.
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The Banstead History Research Group
web site lists Henry on the web page headed "People of Banstead" where Knibbs is listed amongst several of "the most notable families in Banstead". Under Henry's name they write:
"Became Master of the Banstead Village School in 1862, assisted by his sister until 1864, then by his wife and by paid monitors or pupil teachers. Encouraged outside activities by the children - gardening, cricket, etc. Also arranged social events, lectures and meetings for the villagers in the school building. He played a major part in the community. Worked as an insurance agent, Clerk of the Parish, rate collector, etc. Retired from school in 1904. Developer of houses in Court Road."

Sources for Henry KNIBBS:

  1. GRO England & Wales,
  2. 1901 British Census,
  3. 1861 British Census,
  4. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 
  5. "Village School Banstead" by Irene O'Shea 1981,
  6. London Gazette, Gave his date of death 
  7. 1871 British Census,
  8. Ancestry.co.uk - Northamptonshire, England, Baptisms, 1813-1912,

Notes for Annie Elizabeth GARRETT:




Annie pictured probably in her mid-late 20's. (click to enlarge)
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I believe her parents were George Garrett, born about 1812 in Northampton, and his wife Martha.
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In 1851, we see Annie living at Milton, Northamptonshire with her mother:
Martha Garrett Head Mar 31 Dress Maker Norhtamptonshire St Guiles
Anne Garrett Daur 8 Northamptonshire Milton

Annie's father wasn't there at the time. He was at Blisworth, Towcester, Northamptonshire, working in the household of a George Stone Esq., who was Magistrate for the County of Northamptonshire, and Deputy Lieut for the county of Suffolk.
George Garrett Servant Mar 39 Footman Northampton
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In 1861, they were living at The Lodge, Stoke Road, Blisworth, Towcester, Northamptonshire:
George Garrett Head Mar 49 Butler Northamptonshire Northampton
Martha Garrett Wife Mar 48 Northamptonshire Northampton
Annie Garrett Daur UnM 18 Northamptonshire Milton
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Annie married Henry in 1864.

Sources for Annie Elizabeth GARRETT:

  1. 1881 British Census,
  2. "Village School Banstead" by Irene O'Shea 1981, gave the year 
  3. FindMyPast.com,
  4. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 gave Epsom District 
  5. Personal Contact with Helen Hitchins,
  6. 1871 British Census,
  7. Ancestry.co.uk - Surrey, England, Burials, 1813-1987,