Donald Muir KNIBBS, son of Milton George KNIBBS and Ruth Linden MUIR , was born 09 May 1924 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. He married Florence Agnes BRULE 24 September 1949 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. He died 06 November 1993 in Unionville, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. Florence Agnes BRULE was born 23 June 1924 in Connecticut, USA. She died 05 June 1989 in Branford, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA.


Children of Donald Muir KNIBBS and Florence Agnes BRULE are:
1. Beverley Jeanne KNIBBS, b. Private See Joseph A BENNARDO & Beverley Jeanne KNIBBS
2. Barbara Louise KNIBBS, b. Private

Marriage Notes for Donald Muir KNIBBS\Florence Agnes BRULE:

From the Farmington Valley Herald 29 September 1949:

Miss Brule is Fall Bride of Donald Knibbs
Miss Florence A. Brute, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brule of Hartford, and Donald Knibbs, son of Mrs. and Mr. Milton Knibbs of West District, were married Saturday morning at St. Anne's Church, Hartford, by Rev. Arthur W. Routhier.
The "bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a candlelight satin gown designed with a square neckline and, seed pearl collar and tulle inserts, fitted bodice, long sleeves and a cathedral length train. Her, finger tip veil was of imperiled illusion caught from a tiara on seed pearls
and orange blossoms. She carried an arm bouquet of whte pompons.
and stephanotis with, white gardenia center.
Miss Francis Seradin of Hartford was maid of honor. She wore a rose satin gown with matching bonnet and mitts and carried a bouquet of yellow pompons. John Knibbs of Bristol was best man for his brother and ushering were Edward Knibbs of West District, and John Hellman of Hartford.
A reception followed at the American Legion Hill in Newington. The bride's mother received in a teal blue crepe dress with black accessories and red, rose corsage. The bridesgroom's mother wore a dress of Persian blue silk, black accessories and a gardenia corsage. Leaving for a motor trip through New England and Canada the bride wore an American beauty silk dress with black velvet accessories and a black top coat.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Knibbs attended Hillyer College.


Notes for Donald Muir KNIBBS:

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

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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.

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Donald Knibbs
1924 - 1993
Donald Knibbs died on November 6, 1993. Born May 9, 1924, Knibbs was 69 years old and lived in Unionville, CT.
Source: Social Security Administration

Donald is the twin of John Milton Knibbs.
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U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

Name:Donald M Knibbs
Birth Year:1924
Race:White, citizen
Nativity State or Country:Connecticut
State:Connecticut
County or City:Hartford
Enlistment Date:11 Mar 1943
Enlistment State:Connecticut
Enlistment City:Hartford
Branch:No branch assignment
Grade:Private
Grade Code:Private
Term of Enlistment:Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component:Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source:Civil Life
Education:4 years of high school
Civil Occupation:Machine Operator (Designated Machine)
Marital Status:Single, without dependents
Height:00
Weight:120
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From the Farmington Valley Herald, January 8th , 1942:
FGar,ington High
HOCKEY SCHEDULE
The hockey schedule has been announced by Albert Loeffler, the Farmington coach. There are several veterans who have reported for practice. Among them are Henry Mason, captain Donald Knibbs, Elmo Parsons, Ralph Tallmadge, Roland Turner.............

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Farmington Valley Herald, September 28th , 1944:
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Knibbs of West District are entertaining their son Donald who received his wings as an aerial gunner.


From the Farmington Valley Herald, August 2nd , 1945:
4 Local Veterans of Europe Now Home on Furlough
Pfc. Donald Knibbs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Knibbs, T/5 Samuel Haberern, son of Mr. and Mrs. Haberem Sr., and Pfc. Paul Parsons, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Parsons, all members of the 13th Armored Division have returned from the ETO. Also returned is Cpl. Donald Tallmadge, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Tallmadge who served in Italy the past 18 months with the 536th Air Service Group.

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From the Farmington Valley Herald, March 28th , 1946:
Donald Knibbs, army veteran of three years service, has been discharged.

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From the Farmington Valley Herald, August 29th , 1946:
John E. Knibbs of West District has blueberries, garden variety, this year, which he raised himself, the berries being as large as walnuts and the bushes filled to capsclty with the fruit. Raised from seed this spring, and tended as any other garden fruit they have proved to be a unique crop and so far as known, the only one of its kind in Farmington. Mr. Knibbs.says the berries take six weeks to sweeten after they change color snd should be cooked before any sugar is added when canned.

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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.

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From the Farmington Valley Herald, March 23th , 1978:
VALLEY — Adah Chapter No 30, Order of the Eastern Star, will have its installation of officers on Fri, March 31 at 7.30 pm at the Masonic Temple in Unionville
Officers to be installed include Miss Barbara Knibbs, worthy matron, Donald Knibbs. worthy patron, Miss Audrey Dayton, associate matron, Austin Loomis, associate patron, Mrs Florence Knibbs, secretary, Mrs Lillian Sperry, treasurer, Mrs Ethel Mildren, con-ductress, and Mrs Margaret Jackson associate conductress

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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 Donald and his wife Florence.

Sources for Donald Muir KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Barbara Knibbs,
  2. 1930 Census for Waterbury, CT,
  3. US Social Security Death Index,
  4. US National Obituary Archive,
  5. NARA Archival Database,
  6. 1940 US Federal Census,
  7. Newspaper Article,
  8. findagrave.com,

Notes for Florence Agnes BRULE:

Florence Knibbs
1924 - 1989
Florence Knibbs died on June 5, 1989. Born June 23, 1924, Knibbs was 64 years old and lived in Unionville, CT.
Source: Social Security Administration
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We see Florence in 1930, living at Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut with her parents:
Edward Brule Hear Mar 32 Connecticut
Mae Brule Wife Mar 30 Connecticut
Florence Brule Daur 5 Connecticut
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In 1940, her family were living at Ward 9, Hartford, Hartford Town, Hartford County, Connecticut:
Edward Brule Head Mar 44 Canada Mechanical Engineer
Mae Brule Wife Mar 40 New York
Florence Brule Daur 15 Connecticut
Clara Monty Sister-in-Law 48 UnM New York Office Assistant
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From the Farmington Valley Herald, 13 September 1979:
Odds and Ends, Bits and Pieces, Become Expressive Dolls, Created by Mrs. Knibbs
FARMINGTON (C) — Mrs. Florence Knibbs, West District Rd., Unionville, makes dolls out of odds and ends — bits of fabric, trim ' buttons, ribbons, yarn and string. She has an inventory, in fact, of boxes of shells, pinecones, silk flowers, wire, leaves, ribbons, dried flowers, pussy willows and weeds. "I'm one of those people," she says, "who buys a thing first and then finds a use for it later!" For Mrs. Knibbs, finding uses can apply to people as well. Like most hobbyists, she thoroughly enjoys he craft, but what makes her different is she's a bit of a philosopher, too. "I'm so grateful," she says, "for the opportunity to be useful, to help meet people's special decorating needs. That makes me feel quite good about myself." Scouring shops for just the right fabric. color or trim, Mrs. Knibbs designs and makes by hand exactly the doll someone has specially ordered. "Once," she says, "I couldn't find just the right shade of cocoa brown. I'd looked everywhere, but no luck. So I bought silk and made the flowers up myself." And faces count, too. For example, Mrs. Knibbs wanted Miss Muppett to express just the right amount of astonishment and fright. "I practiced allot," she adds, "but when it came right down to it, I asked my daughter Barbara to adjust her own face to express those feelings — the raised eyebrows, open mouth, etc You see, it worked!" she laughs, nodding to Little Miss M. and Barbara. "Little things make a big difference, you know." Beginning years ago as a high school student, Mrs. Knibbs designed and crafted thin wood fiber sheets into flowers for combs, lapels and corsages, later earning a portion of her college expenses from her craft as well. Recently, in honor of her daughter's years of service as president of the Eastern Star, Mrs. Knibbs designed nine nursery rhyme groupings currently on display at the Farmington Village Library. These dolls include such old friends as Mary Mary Quite Contrary, Little Jack Horner, Little Boy Blue and the inveterate arguers Owl and Pussy Cat. In 1976, however, Mrs. Knibbs' hobby got away from her. "It all started out innocently enough," she says. "You see, I made a Betsy Ross doll for my desk at work Then pressed by my friends to make more. I later displayed them at the bicentennial day of living history at St. Joseph's College That did it Orders came in like flies I ended up making 240 odd dolls Working weekends, sewing until 2 a m — it was exhausting I don't enjoy production line work and basically I felt I couldn't devote enough time and detail to each doll as I really would have liked " Meanwhile. Mrs Knibbs still responds to acquaintances and friends who need her skills "There's the colleague, for example, who needs 30 centerpieces in a certain motif by next Friday, or a friend who wants to decorate for a very special celebration, using the sea as a theme. I enjoy the challenge of coming up with new ideas. My mind literally spins — and I can't stop it until I can successfully offer this person some options." A soft spoken woman with graying hair and a sparkle in her eye, Mrs. Knibbs appears in the photo second from left Immersed in her dolls — these little ones from the tales of Mother Goose —she has worked lovingly and painstakingly to create them. "Thank you for the interview," I said. "Oh no!" she said. "Thank you for coming to see my children."

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From the Farmington Valley Herald Thursday , July 17th , 1980:
During July, the Farmington Village Library has on display centerpieces depicting American colonial and Confederate flags constructed by Florence Knibbs of Farmington. Mrs Knibbs, whose daughter Barbara is a library staff member, made these pieces for dinner parties held by the Eastern Star, a fraternal organization connected with the Masons. Each flag is set in a miniature scene, in front of a church, around a cannery, on a drum. The miniature figures in the scenes were acquired by Mrs Knibbs in her travels around the United States.


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

Sources for Florence Agnes BRULE:

  1. Personal Contact with Barbara Knibbs,
  2. US Social Security Death Index,
  3. US National Obituary Archive,
  4. 1930 Census for Waterbury, CT, gave place 
  5. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001 at Ancestry.com,

Notes for Barbara Louise KNIBBS: