Benjamin Ralph KNIBBS, son of James KNIBBS and Ellen COLLIN , was born 11 April 1860 in Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. He married Emma P ADAMS 27 April 1898 in Avon, Hartford Couty, Connecticut, USA. He died 30 August 1933 in Unionville, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. Emma P ADAMS was born 1866 in Massachusetts, USA. She died 1926 in Connecticut, USA.


Marriage Notes for Benjamin Ralph KNIBBS\Emma P ADAMS:

From the Farmington Valley Herald And Journal, April 30th, 1898:
AVON
Miss Adams who has been living at Frankln Woodford's for the past year was married to a Mr. Knibbs of Unionville.

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From the Farmington Valley Herald, 13 December 1923:
Friends and neighbors met at the home of Mr and Mrs. Wesley Knibbs of West District on Thursday evening last to celebrate the 25th wedding anniversaries of Mr. and Mrs Benjamin Knibbs and Mr and Mrs Wesley Knibbs. Both couples were presented with very beautiful bridge lamps. The evening was spent in playing games and cards, followed by delightful refreshments.


Notes for Benjamin Ralph KNIBBS:

The initial "R" came from details of the burial of his wife Emma P, held at the Ct. State Library, Hartford County, Connecticut.
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From the Farmington Valley Herald And Journal, September 11th, 1897:
B. R. Knibbs has the first coat of the plastering on F. B. Tucker's cottage in West Hartford completed.

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From the Farmington Valley Herald, March 26th, 1909:
B. R. Knibbs has started his job of mason work on the place of Mr. Terry.

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Benjamin appears in the 1910 census living at Farmington Depot Road, Farmington CT
Knibbs, Benjamin age 50 married 12 yrs occ mason-brick
wife- Emma, 44, she and parents born Massachusetts
father- James age 80, imm 1857, is naturalized, occ farmer

It appears that his father was living with him at that time, and assumedly his father's second wife had died before that time.
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From the Farmington Valley Herald, September 15th , 1911:
Filling Silos.
Ben Knibbs of the West District is to be given credit for being the first man in the town of Farmington to fill his silo. The job was done last week. All of the farmers have been busy at this work this week, and the growth of corn the past season has been a big one, and that insures plenty of feed for the cows the coming winter.

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From the Farmington Valley Herald, November 6th , 1914:
Out of Hospital.
Ben Knibbs of the West Distrtict who had the misfortune to receive a broken shoulder while hewas engaged in working on a house in West Hartford for Henry Wilcox. The contractor is able to be out of the Hartford hospital where he was taken for treatment.

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From the Farmington Valley Herald, December 24th , 1915:
Barn Burned
Benjamin Knibbs resident of West District was awakened Thursday morning at 1 o'clock by the barking of his dog. He arose and found that his barn and silo adjoining were in flames, Neighbours were summoned and all was done that was possible but the buildings were burned, also six cows, four calves, one horse, the carriage and a variety of implements. The loss will be party met by insurance. Mr. Knibbs has the sympaty of all in Unionville and Farmington in his great loss.

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From the Farmington Valley Herald, April 28th , 1916:
Brick Barn
B. H. Knibbs, builder and contractor is building a barm on his place, West District, of brick made by the Composite Brick Company of this place and it is the first building in Unionville to be erected of brick made in the place.

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He also appears in 1920 at Farmington CT
Benjamin R KNIBBS Head 59 Connecticut Mason - Contractor
Emma P KNIBBS Wife 54 Massachusetts
no listing of father
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And again in 1930 at Farmington CT:
Benjamin age 69 is listed as a widower with servant
Annie Slater age 59 she and parents born England
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I suspect that the following aticle from the Hartford Courant, 21 Apr 1916, refers to Benjamin:
B. F. Knibbs of the West District is building a barn to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. It is to be built of brick manufactured by the Composite Brick Company of this lown. This is the first building about here to be made of this brick.
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From the FARMINGTON VALLEY HERALD, January 28th, 1932::
Benjamin R Knibbs is seriously ill at his home after he sustained a shock last week.

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From the Farmington Valley Herald, 29 June 1933:
BENJAMIN R. KNIBBS
The funeral of Benjamin Ralph Knibbs of this place who died in Hartford Tuesday morning following a long illness was held from his late home this afternoon. Burial was in Greenwoods cemetery.. Mr. Knibbs was born here on April 11,1860, the son of James and Ellen Collins-Knibbs. On April 26, 1898 he married Miss Emma Adams who passed away seven years ago. Mr. Knibbs is survived by two brothers, Joseph W. and John E. Knibbs, and several nieces and nephews. For more, than half a century Mr. Knibbs followed the mason and plasterers trade, retiring in 1928 due to ill health.

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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 Benjamin.

Sources for Benjamin Ralph KNIBBS:

  1. 1880 US Federal Census,
  2. Personal Contact with Barbara Knibbs,
  3. Obituary,
  4. 1910 US Census for So Meriden, CT,
  5. 1920 Census Farmington, CT,

Notes for Emma P ADAMS:

Emma's father was Chauncey Adams.
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No sign of an Emma P Adams in Connecticut in 1880. The 1910 census tells us that Emma and her parents were born in Massachusetts.

There was an Emma P ADAM born in 1866 in Holyoke, Hampden, Massachusetts to the parents Charles and Martha Adam.

Emma was buried at the Greenwood Cemetery, Avon, Hartford County, Connecticut
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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 Emma.

Sources for Emma P ADAMS:

  1. Personal Contact with Barbara Knibbs,
  2. 1910 US Census for So Meriden, CT, Gave place of birth as Massechusetts 
  3. findagrave.com,
  4. Greenwood Cemetry Records, Avon, CT,