Leon Wesley KNIBBS, son of Joseph Wesley KNIBBS and Mary Frances WETHERBY , was born 16 August 1899 in Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. He married Edna M GLEASON 02 January 1926 in Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. He died 20 August 1985 in Unionville, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. Edna M GLEASON was born 19 August 1903 in Plainville, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. She died 22 October 1997 in Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA.

Children of Leon Wesley KNIBBS and Edna M GLEASON are:
1. Emily L KNIBBS, b. 01 February 1929 See Thomas F KNIGHT & Emily L KNIBBS
2. Carolyn K KNIBBS, b. abt. 1931 See Paul Joseph BYRNE & Carolyn K KNIBBS

Marriage Notes for Leon Wesley KNIBBS\Edna M GLEASON:

From the Farmington Valley Herald Thursday , February 6th , 1947:

Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Knibbs celebrated their fifteenth wedding anniversary at their home in West District, Sunday.

Notes for Leon Wesley KNIBBS:

West District School, Unionville, Hartford County, Connecticut for the Year 1907.
Leon Knibbs is in the front row, left hand end. His sisters Ellen and Beatrice are also in the picture but unfortunately, the names have been jumbled on the original. They are identified as third row, but we don't know just which two they are We have just 9 names to share betwen 14 pupils. One day!

Leon registered for military service on 12 September 1918. He gave his address as Unionville, Hartford County, Connecticut, and his next of kin was his father. His occupation was given as Drop Forger for the Union Cutlery Co., at Unionville. He was of medium height and buld with brown hair and eyes.

See Leon's Military Registration Card from 1917


Leon appears in the 1930 Farmington Connecticut census:
Leon W. age 30 , married 4 yrs, rents for $ 12 a month, has a radio, occ odd jobs
wife Edna 26 bn CT
dau Emily age 1 year

In 1940, Leon and his family were loiving at Farmington Town, Hartford County, Connecticut, United , next door to his parents:
Leon Knibbs Head Mar 40 Plumber Connecticut
Edna Knibbs Wife Mar 36 Seamstress Knitting Mill Connecticut
Emily Knibbs Daur 11 Connecticut
Carolyne Knibbs Daur 9 Connecticut

A sample of Leon's signature taken from his military registration card, 1917.

Sources for Leon Wesley KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Barbara Knibbs,
  2. 1900 US Census for So Meriden, CT,
  3. US Social Security Death Index,
  4. 1920 Census Farmington, CT,
  5. Ancestry.com,
  6. 1930 Census for Waterbury, CT,
  7. 1940 US Federal Census,

Notes for Edna M GLEASON:

Edna was the daughter of John F. and Wilamenia(Corbidge) Gleason.

We see the family first of all in 1910, living at Plainville, Hartford County, Connecticut:
John F Gleason Head Mar 31 Connecticut
Wilhelmina Gleason Wife Mar 27 Connecticut
Edna M Gleason Daur 6 Connecticut
William F Gleason Son 3 Connecticut
Joseph G Gleason Brother 22 Connecticut

In 1920, they were living at Hartford County, Connecticut:
John Gleason Head Mar 39 Connecticut
Whilmina Gleason Wife Mar 37 Connecticut
Edna Gleason Daur 16 Connecticut
William Gleason Son 13 Connecticut

From the Hartford Courant archives:

Published on October 23, 1997 in The Hartford Courant
KNIBBS. Edna (Gleason) Knibbs, 94, of Mohawk Drive, Unionville, widow of Leon W. Knibbs, died Wednesday (Oct. 22, 1997) at the Farmington Convalescent Home. Born in Plainville, August 19, 1903, daughter of the late John F. and Whilamenia (Corbidge) Gleason. Before retiring, she was employed at Charles W. House and Sons, Inc., in Unionville. She is survived by her daughter, Emily K. Knight of Deland, FL; her 11 grandchildren, Linda Smith with whom she made her home in Unionville

Edna Knibbs
1903 - 1997
Edna Knibbs died on October 22, 1997. Born August 19, 1903, Knibbs was 94 years old and lived in Unionville, CT.
Source: Social Security Administration

Edna is buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Avon, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA

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

Sources for Edna M GLEASON:

  1. Hartford Courant Newspaper Archives,
  2. US Social Security Death Index,
  3. US National Obituary Archive, http://aolsvc.news.arrangeonline.aol.com/HomePage.asp
  4. 1940 US Federal Census,