Joseph Wesley KNIBBS, son of James KNIBBS and Ellen COLLIN , was born 25 March 1869 in Unionville, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. He married Mary Frances WETHERBY 03 February 1897 in New Haven County, Connecticut, USA. He died 30 August 1949 in Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. Mary Frances WETHERBY was born 31 December 1871 in Derby, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA. She died 29 October 1959 in Simsbury, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA.

Children of Joseph Wesley KNIBBS and Mary Frances WETHERBY are:
1. Beatrice May KNIBBS, b. 12 May 1901 See James Earl FLOOD & Beatrice May KNIBBS OR Joseph I LAPOINTE & Beatrice May KNIBBS OR Adjutor Fred MAYETTE & Beatrice May KNIBBS
2. Hazel Marion KNIBBS, b. 31 January 1903 See Conway Dewey SMITH & Hazel Marion KNIBBS
3. Ellen Irene KNIBBS, b. 05 April 1898 See George Nathaniel CURTIS & Ellen Irene KNIBBS
4. Leon Wesley KNIBBS, b. 16 August 1899 See Leon Wesley KNIBBS & Edna M GLEASON

Marriage Notes for Joseph Wesley KNIBBS\Mary Frances WETHERBY:

From the New Haven Morning Journal and Courier, Friday February 5th, 1897:
Miss Mary Wetherby Weds a Young Man From Unionville. Late Wednesday afternoon, at St, Andrew's Methodist parsonage In New Haven, Rev. Elmer Dent officiating, Westley Knibbs of Unionville and Miss Mary Frances Wetherby of Derby were united in marriage. Friends of the couple witnessed, the ceremony. The bride Is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Wetherby of Derby.
The bride made a neat appearance in her wedding gown of brown novelty goods, trimmed with velvet to match. Immediately after the ceremony the young couple departed for their new home in Unionville.
The groom had a new house built and handsomely furnished for his bride. A reception was held in this new home Wednesday night, at which there was a large gathering of relatives and friends.


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 Joseph Wesley KNIBBS:

Joseph is listed as Joseph W Knibbs in the 1880 census. The 1900 census gives his birth date as March 1870, not 1869 as previously thought.

The Greater Middletown Preservation Trust has recorded the house at 158 Coppermine Road, Farmington, as a "Building of Historical or Architectural Importance".
This Queen Anne style house was built during the 1890's by Joseph Wesley Knibbs, a mason by trade, at around the time he married Mary Francis Wetherby. The land was originally purchased by his father, James Knibbs in 1866. James had sold part of the land in 1872 to a fellow English immigrant, George Buckingham. and a separate part to another neighbour, Ezrah C Ayer. In 1894, the land went full circle and was sold in it's entirety, back to James Knibbs and his son Joseph.
James quit-claimed his joint title to the property to Joseph in 1897. After Joseph died in 1949, the property was broken up among his heirs.

Joseph appears in the 1900 census for Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, living at ED 136 Farmington township (all not in included in Union School District), Hartford County, Connecticut
Joseph W. born Mar 1870 married 3 yrs occ: brick mason
wife Mary F. bn Dec 1871 CT
dau Ellen I, bn Apr 1898
son Leon W. bn Aug 1899 ( SSDI lists born 16 Aug 1899 died Aug 1985)

He appears again in the 1910 census for Farmington Connecticut:
as Wesley age 41 married 13 yrs occ mason-brick
wife Mary 36
dau Ellen 12
son Leon 10
dau Beatrice 9
dau Hazel 7

In the Hartford Courant, September 1917, we can see that the democrats of the first and second voting districts have made the following nominations: G. A. Lawson, first selectman: Warren Mason, second selectman: E. M. Ryan, assessor: Charles Brandegee, town clerk: J. Wesley Knibbs, tax collector:

And in the 1920 census for Farmington:
Joseph KNIBBS Head 48 Connecticut Brick Mason
Mary KNIBBS Wife 47 Connecticut
Leon W KNIBBS Son 20 Plumber (Shop)
Beatrice M KNIBBS Dau 18 Winder - Cotton Mill
Hazel M KNIBBS Dau 16 Winder - Cotton Mill

They were living next door to Joseph's brother Benjamin.

From the 1930 Farmington census:
He is again listed as Wesley age 61 who owns his home real estate value
$ 4000, has a radio, occ : mason- odd jobs
wife Mary age 57

An in 1940, they were living at Farmington Town, Hartford County, Connecticut, United:
Joseph W Knibbs Head Mar 71 Connecticut
Mary F Knibbs Wife 78 Connecticut
Beatrice Knibbs Daur 38 Winder Knitting Mill

From the Farmington Valley Herald, 1 September, 1949:
J. Wesley Knibbs Life-Long Resident Of Town Dies
Joseph Wesley Knibbs died Tuesday morning at his home on Coppermine Road, West District. He was born in Farmington, the son of James and Ellin Collins Knibbs. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Mary Frances Wetherby Knibbs; a son, Leon W:Ktiibbs; three daughters, Elien Curtis, Miss Beatrice Knibbs , and Mrs. Conway Smith all of Unionville; nine grand children, Wesley, Ruth and Gordon Curtis, Mrs. Thomas Knight, Mrs. Paul Byrne, Walter, Robert, Barbara, and James Smith; two great grandchildren and one brother, John Edward Knibbs. The funeral will be held from his late home this afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.


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 Wesley KNIBBS:

  1. 1880 US Federal Census,
  2. Personal Contact with Barbara Knibbs,
  3. 1900 US Census for So Meriden, CT,
  4. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001 at,
  5. 1910 US Census for So Meriden, CT,
  6. 1920 Census Farmington, CT,

Notes for Mary Frances WETHERBY:

It may well be Mary Francis Wetherby who appears in the 1880 census, aged 8 years, living at Southington, Hartford County, Connecticut with her parents and siblings

George WETHERBY Self M Male W 38 CT Machini
Ellen WETHERBY Wife M Female W 38 CT Keeps House CT CT
Burton WETHERBY Son S Male W 12 CT CT CT
Hattie WETHERBY Dau S Female W 10 CT CT CT
Mary WETHERBY Dau S Female W 8 CT CT CT
Clara WETHERBY Dau S Female W 6 CT CT CT
Emma WETHERBY Dau S Female W 3 CT CT CT

In 1900, the census shows that she had 2 children, both of whom survived.

The Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001 shows there was a Mary W Knibbs who died October 29, 1959 at Simsbury, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA, aged 87 years. That would be right for it to be Mary Francis. The W could be for Wetherby.

From the Farmington Valley Herald, November 5th , 1959:
Octogenarian Dies After a Long Illness
Unionville—Mary Wetherby Knibbs, 87, died Thursday at the Simsbury Convalescent Hospital after a long illness. Mrs, Knibbs lived most of her married life in Coppermikne Road and the last few years prior to entering the hospital, she spent with her daughter, Mrs. Beatrice LaPointe on Mohawk Drive in Unionville. Mrs. Knibbs was born in Avon, Dec. 31, 1871, daughter of the late George and Ellen Fuller Wetherby, and was widow of Joseph Wesley Knibbs. She attended the Memorial Methodist Church and is survived by one son, Leon W. of Coppermine Road; two daughters, Mrs. Conway' Smith of West Avon, and Mrs. Beatrice LaPointe of Unionville. She leaves 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Saturday at the John A Hangen Funeral Home, Unionville. The Rev. Malcolm J Brummitt officiated. Burial was in the family plot In Greenwood Cemetery in Avon.
Bearers were Wesley and Gordon Curtis,Thomas Knight, Walter Smith, Robert Smith and Joseph Pavey.


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

Sources for Mary Frances WETHERBY:

  1. Hartford Courant Newspaper Archives, 13 June 1995
  2. Personal Contact with Barbara Knibbs,
  3. 1880 US Federal Census,
  4. 1900 US Census for So Meriden, CT, gave December 1871. 
  5. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001 at,