Charles James KNIBBS, son of James KNIBBS and Sophia OAKLEY , was born 03 July 1878 in Dallington, Northamptonshire, England. He married Emily Louisa LUCK bet. April and June, 1902 in Wellingborough District, Northamptonshire, England. He died 18 September 1952 in Northampton District, Northamptonshire, England. Emily Louisa LUCK was born 16 March 1882 in Earls Barton, Buckinghamshire, England. She died 11 May 1965 in Buckinghamshire North District, Buckinghamshire, England.

Children of Charles James KNIBBS and Emily Louisa LUCK are:
1. Edith Ellen KNIBBS, b. 11 June 1906 See Thomas Osborne HAYNES & Edith Ellen KNIBBS
2. Annie Elizabeth KNIBBS, b. bet. January and March, 1908
3. Frederick Charles KNIBBS, b. 01 April 1909
4. Elsie KNIBBS, b. bet. January and March, 1911 See William H BALL & Elsie KNIBBS
5. George KNIBBS, b. bet. January and March, 1913
6. Winifred Margaret KNIBBS, b. 24 November 1914 See Thomas Jack DOLLING & Winifred Margaret KNIBBS
7. Mabel Lilian KNIBBS, b. bet. January and March, 1903 See John Henry FOLWELL & Mabel Lilian KNIBBS

Notes for Charles James KNIBBS:

We can see Charles at the 1911 census, living at Alfred Place, Bradwell, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire:
Charles Knibbs Husband 32 Married Labourer Dallington Bucks
Emily L Knibbs Wife 29 Married (8 years) Earls Barton Bucks
Edith Knibbs Daughter 4 Old Bradwell Bucks
Annie Knibbs Daughter 3 Old Bradwell Bucks
Freddie Knibbs Son 2 Old Bradwell Bucks
Elvie Knibbs Daughter 3 MONTHS Old Bradwell Bucks

We see Emily together with son Frederick and daughter Edith, living at Rosena, Water Eaton Road, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, at the time of the 1939 Register.

I suspect it is Charles J Knibbs who was in inpatient at the Bucks Mental Hospital

From the Northampton Mercury - Friday 30 July 1948:
Stony Stratford Magistrates adjourned sine die two charges against Charles James Knibbs (70), 2. Glebe Cottages, Loughton, for alleged indecent assaults on two girls aged eight and six years. after Knibbs had volunteered to attend Stone Mental Home, Aylesbury.
Knibbs who according to Supt B Lord, Bletchley, had previously spent several years at Stone, admitted the offences.


Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Billion Graves web site for recording the details, in memory of Charles.

Sources for Charles James KNIBBS:

  1. GRO England & Wales, from 
  2. 1881 British Census,
  3., England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 > 1878 
  4. - Northamptonshire, England, Baptisms, 1813-1912,
  5. Headstone,
  6. 1901 British Census,
  7. 1911 British Census,

Notes for Emily Louisa LUCK:

In 1891 Louisa was living at Dowthorpe End, Wellingborough, Earls Barton, Northamptonshire:
Thomas Luck Head Mar 38 Farm Labourer Northamptonshire
Catherine Luck Wife Mar 38 Northamptonshire
Mary A Luck Daur 14 Northamptonshire
Emily L Luck Daur 10 Northamptonshire
Beatrice Luck Daur 2(?) Northamptonshire
John Wilkins Lodger UnM 56 Shoemaker Northamptonshire

In 1901, they were living at Wellingborough Road, Earls Barton, Northamptonshire:
Thomas Luck Head Mar 48 Farm Kabourer Northants Wednesbury
Catharine Luck Wife Mar 47 Northants Earls Barton
Emily Luck Daur UnM 19 Shoe Hand Northants Earls Barton
Beatrice Luck Daur 12 Northants Earls Barton
John Wilkins Lodger UnM Shoe Finisher Norhtants Hannington

Emily married Charles Knibbs in 1902.

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Billion Graves web site for recording the details, in memory of Emily.

Sources for Emily Louisa LUCK:

  1. 1911 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD, gave Wellingborough District 
  3. 1939 Register,
  4. GRO England & Wales,
  5. Headstone,
  6. 1901 British Census,

Notes for Annie Elizabeth KNIBBS:

Annie died aged just 10 years old.

Sources for Annie Elizabeth KNIBBS:

  1. 1911 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD, gave middle initial 
  3. GRO England & Wales,

Notes for Frederick Charles KNIBBS:

Frederick died aged just 42.

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Billion Graves web site for recording the details, in memory of Frederick.

Sources for Frederick Charles KNIBBS:

  1. 1911 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD, gave middle name 
  3. 1939 Register,
  4. GRO England & Wales,
  5. Headstone,

Notes for George KNIBBS:

From the Buckingham Advertiser, 22 November, 1913:
An inquest was held at the Victoria Inn. Old Bradwell, on Thursday afternoon on the body of George Knibbs, the nine months old child of Charles James Knibbs, of 42. Vicarage Road. Old Bradwell, which met its death by being burnt on Tuesday morning, and succumbing to dreadful injuries on Wednesday afternoon. Dr. Cecil Powell. Deputy Coroner, conducted the inquiry, and Supt. W. Pearce (Newport Pagnell) police, watched the case on behalf of the police.
In opening the enquiry, the Coroner remarked that it was one of those very distressing cases where a little child was left in the room for a short time. and met its death by being burnt. It would be the duty of the jury to notice who was in charge of this child. and why it was left alone at this tender age. Later on, when they had gone through the evidence. he would read them a note from the Children's Act.1908. and he wanted them to bear particularly in mind that it was an offence if a child gets killed or destroyed in any way by the neglect of the parents.
The first witness called was the father, Charles James Knibbs. farm labourer. in the employ of Mr. E. Norman, Stacey Hill, Woolverton. As near as he could tell, the accident happened at 10 o'clock in the morning whilst his wife was out. They had all had breakfast and the things all cleared away. He was left in charge of his two children, one aged 5 in April next, and the other deceased.

The children were playing about on the mat in front of the fire.
The Coroner: Was there any fireguard?—Unfortunately not. sir.
Have you ever had a fireguard—No.
Do you consider it a necessary piece of furniture?—Well. I ought to have had one.
The Coroner: Yes, we can all be wise after the event.
I suppose you know most of your neighbours have them? —Yes. sir.
Has anyone ever warned you before that you ought to have one?---No. sir.
What happened next? Witness continuing, said that he had taken an aperient powder the night before, and he was obliged to leave the room for a time, not thinking the children would burn. His wife had gone to the top of the village to do some washing. She usually took the children when he was not at home.
How long were you absent? Two or three minutes. as near as I can say.
Was there a big fire burning—Just a nice fire.
How was the child dressed?—Petticoat and frock.
There was no paper about?—No.
The garments were handed to the Coroner, who on examination found the shirt to be made of flannel, and the frock. dark coloured and striped, to be of cotton. Neither were much burnt.
When you came back. what did you discover? —The little boy was burning.
How far is it to where you went?—Seven or eight yards. and round the side of the house.
A juror put the distance at 15 yards. But did you not while you were away hear any cries or screams? — No, sir. When I returned the child was creeping towards the door. The clothes were smouldering and the child was crying, but not screaming.
The other little boy, what was he doing?—He was dancing about in the room saying "George is burnt, George is burnt."
What did you do next? — I wrapped him up and took him to Mrs. Grace as quick as I could.
Did you give instructions to call in medical aid? — Yes, sir. I went and fetched my wife and we got a perambulator. She took him down to Dr. Miles as quick as possible.
Have you ever in the course of your career heard of children being burnt through being left by themselves? — Yes, I have, sir.
Then you realise you were running a certain amount of risk? — Yes. I hadn't aught to have left them. I didn't think of anything like that occurring.
The Coroner remarked that he had said things very clearly, and that he was fully aware that it was dangerous to leave children of a tender age without a fire-guard.
By a juror: The door was shut when I came back.
In answer to Dr. Miles, witness said the next door neighbour, Mrs Tebbatt was away or he would have asked her to look in while he was away.
A juror asked the witness what the other boy's version of the accident was. The Coroner, whilst pointing out that it was not evidence, allowed witness to reply, when he said "I could not get anything whatever out of him that day. The next day he told his mother and me "I lifted George on to the fire." Witness explained that the lad had been in the habit of picking up his infant brother whilst creeping, and said he thought that was how it was done, that "he picked him up and dropped him on."
Dr. C. H. Miles, Stantonbury, stated that the child was brought to him about 11 o'clock on Tuesday morning, Deceased was well wrapped up in blankets inside the pram, but was screaming very much. The clothing was still on, and he had to cut it off to dress the burns, which were very severe. There were burns over the face and front of the scalp, one on the head being very deep and extending right to the bone, The inside of the mouth was also very much blistered, and the left arm was burnt extensively from the tips of the fingers to the shoulder, whilst the left foot and the calf of the left leg to the knee were burnt. Deceased was not in a very collapsed state at the time. The burns were dressed with antiseptics and soothing ointment, whilst the inside of the mouth was washed with alkaloid. He told the mother of the dangerous nature of the wounds and that the case was almost hopeless. Witness sent two of his nurses over in the evening to Old Bradwell to advise the parents and treat the injuries.
The Coroner: In fact, every thing was done that could have been dome. What in your opinion was the cause of death: — Shock and convulsions, caused entirely by burns.
The Coroner read the section of the Children's Act on the matter, and commenting on the father's evidence, said the latter knew he ought to have had a fireguard, and to leave the children with an open fire-grate was a very careless thing to do indeed. The result was that the life of a fine, well-nourished child had been lost through ordinary precautions which everybody should adopt being neglected.
The jury having agreed that the cause of death was according to the medical evidence, the Coroner said the next point that they had to decide was whether those in custody of the children neglected their duty.
Several of the jurors were of the opinion that there ought to have been a fireguard and the foreman, Mr. Wilson agreed there had been negligence. He would not say culpable negligence.
Dr. Miles: Fireguards are very cheap. You can get them for 6½d. I think with the door being shut this man had been away more than three minutes.
A juror asked if there was any evidence to prove the man was where he stated.
The Coroner: It seems an extraordinary thing that the man was there and never heard the chid cry.
Dr. Miles: This man is on the club and had no right to have custody of anything.
The Coroner: That is hardly a question for us to decide,. Turning to the jury he remarked "Did anyone see him away from the house? If so we ought to know."
Knibbs, recalled, and reminded of his oath, was asked by the Coroner: Did you at any time leave the house that morning before the accident? — No, sir. I did not.
By Supe. Pearce: You visited the Bell that morning.
Witness: I visited the Bell after my wife had gone to the doctors and had half a pint of beer.
The Coroner to the jury: You have heard his evidence. If you accept it, well and good. At the same time, that does not discharge his obligations as to whether his chid was neglected or not. His excuse is reasonable in a way. He was in charge of the children, and his neglect consists of not providing a fireguard. If the fire had been properly protected I do not think this child would have died The jury returned a verdict that there had been neglect, which consisted in not providing a fireguard.

Sources for George KNIBBS:

  1. FreeBMD,