John Milton KNIBBS, son of Milton George KNIBBS and Ruth Linden MUIR , was born 09 May 1924 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. He died 06 February 2006 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. Dorothy Ruth BROTHWELL was born Private.

Children of John Milton KNIBBS and Dorothy Ruth BROTHWELL are:
1. Nancy Ruth KNIBBS, b. Private See Robert Jeffrey AVOLT & Nancy Ruth KNIBBS
2. Betty Jane KNIBBS, b. Private See George O RINDFLEISCH & Betty Jane KNIBBS OR Roger C HOULE & Betty Jane KNIBBS
3. John Edward KNIBBS, b. 23 March 1951 See John Edward KNIBBS & Bonnie Violet FOGG
4. David Ralph KNIBBS, b. 04 February 1953 See David Ralph KNIBBS & Pamela J STEPHENSON

Marriage/Union Events for John Milton KNIBBS\Dorothy Ruth BROTHWELL:

Notes for John Milton KNIBBS:

Also known as: Jack

A 5 generation photograph taken in 1967 showing John Milton Knibbs standing on the right, his grandfather John Edward Knibbs (seated) then aged 95, and his father Milton George Knibbs standing on the left. The two children are John Milton's grandchildren.

From the Farmington Valley Herald, May 15th , 1924:
Twin Sons Born
Twin sons, Donald Muir and John Miton, were born at the Hartford Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Milton Knibbs of Unionville last Friday Morning.


From the Farmington Valley Herald, August 20th , 1936:
The following scouts have passed the fire building tests: Earl Benson, Jack Knibbs, Donald Knibbs, Edward Wassoc and Joseph Gagnon.


From the FARMINGTON VALLEY HERALD, February 4th, 1937:
Boy Scouts To Mark Scout Week, Monday
Next week is national Boy Scout week and it will be obseryed by the local troop Monday evening with a feed at the scout rooms. The Scouts will hear the address of President Roosevelt, also.
Scouts passing tests recently are: Donald Knibbs signaling; John Knibbs, scout pace; Donald Langlas, scout pace; Joseph Matava, first class cooking, first aid, wood-working; Alvan Chatfield, scout pace and tenderfoot pin; Raymond Chintz, cooking, first class; Dan Clancy; scout pace; John Drustin, scout pace; and Walter Grouter, tenderfoot and scout pace.


In 1940, when John was 16 years old, each member of his high school senior class was requested to submit a literary paper of some sort for their senior class book (Class of 1941, Farmington High School, Farmington, CT). The following poem was John's contribution. He kept a copy and in 2002, at nearly 78 years of age, he submitted it to and was so pleased when it was selected for publication.

Nature's Blessing, by John M Knibbs

Who thinks of the snow as a blessing,
Along with the sun and the rain?
Or who thinks of its unrivaled beauty
As it lies knee-deep in the lane?

To some it may be just a burden,
One more for their shoulders to bear;
To some it may mean a vacation,
Away from their worry and care.

To yet others it may mean a day's pay,
A dollar, a quarter, or a meal;
Yet many may not even notice,
Or may even complain a great deal.

Of the millions who witness the snowstorms,
Only sundry and few will agree,
That the snowstorm is really a blessing,
A gift both to you and me.

Copyright ©2007 John M. Knibbs


From the Farmington Valley Herald, May 1st , 1941:
William Bailey and John Knibbs of the senior class of Farmington High School will compete in the Montgonery Interscholastic prize speaking contest at Colby College, Waterville, Me., May 2.


Hartford Farmington Valley Herald, May 15th , 1947:
20 Years Ago.
John and Donald Knibbs, twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Knibbs of West District, celebrated their thrid birthday, Saturday May 7.


From The Bristol Press and The Hartford Courant, 7 Feb, 2006:

John "Jack" M. Knibbs, 81, of Bristol, husband of Dorothy (Brothwell) Knibbs, died on Monday, (February 6, 2006) at St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center. Mr. Knibbs was born on May 9, 1924, in Hartford and was a son of the late Milton G. and Ruth (Muir) Knibbs. He was a Bristol resident for 61 years. He worked for many years at Gillette Farm and ten years at Elton Dairy. He was a founding partner of the Bristol Construction Co. He started working for Bristol Water Department in 1962, and later was the department's superintendent from 1981 until his retirement in 1987. An avid gardener, he enjoyed raising his flowers and vegetable garden. He also enjoyed family gatherings as this was the highlight of his life. He was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church, Bristol. In addition to his wife of 61 years, Mr. Knibbs is survived by three daughters and sons in law, Nancy and Robert Avolt of Bristol and Betty and Roger Houle of Bristol and Bonnie and Tom Clark of Farmington; a brother, Edward Knibbs of Unionville; ten grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and several neices and nephews. He was predeceased by two sons, John E. and David R. Knibbs, and his twin brother, Donald M. Knibbs. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 11, at 10 a.m. at Prospect United Methodist Church, Bristol. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Prospect United Methodist Church Book of Remembrance Fund, 99 Summer St., Bristol, CT 06010 or to a charity of the donor's choice.

The following poem was written in honour of John Milton, by his grand-daughter-in-law, Suzanne:

Our First Christmas

So many years ago when this clan first began
They totaled just 6 - 4 children born unto this man
Now we total close to 40 - who would have thought
To everyone's lives something different he brought
I'm sure we'd all agree there was always that one thing
that we knew Jack could always bring
his sense of humor to share with us all - even now today
We can look back and remember in our own special way
All those looks and quick words - taking us by surprise
But the love he had for us all was right in those eyes
His family was his life and that is why we are here
To honor him and celebrate - not to shed more tears

Copyright ©2007 Suzanne Knibbs 12/06


Historical Note:
It was recently brought to my attention that there's a cul de sac named "Knibbs Circle" in Bristol, Connecticut. It was built in about 2003 and very close to the main hospital in Bristol, Ct.

My first theory was that perhaps it was named after John's son, David Ralph Knibbs to commemorate his senior position in the Bristol hospital. David died in 2002, aged just 49 years.

However, I now find that it wasn't named after him, but after John Milton and Dorothy Knibbs. Bob Montgomery of the Bristol Historical
Society tells me it was named for "Jack" and "Dot" Knibbs who lived on Matthews St. in the old Issac Shelton house for 40-plus years. The new cul de sac which is Knibbs Circle was part of that property.

From the Bristol Press in January, 2007:
The Isaac Shelton House, at 750 Matthews St., is being razed to make way for a new senior housing development. The 200-year-old farmhouse is a two-and-a-half story Colonial also known as Maple Row Farm. Developer Andre Lemieux has said he wanted to save it, but found it structurally unsound.

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

Sources for John Milton KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Barbara Knibbs,
  2. 1930 Census for Waterbury, CT,
  3. Personal Contact with John Milton Knibbs Jr.,
  4. Hartford Courant Newspaper Archives,
  5. Obituary,
  6. 1940 US Federal Census,

Notes for Dorothy Ruth BROTHWELL: