Charles Cordon KNIBBS, son of Charles KNIBBS and Jane Ashfield RUMNEY , was born 28 April 1856 in Two Rivers, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, USA. He married Clara Annette LINCOLN 10 February 1879 in Verona, Clay County, Illinois, USA. He died 12 June 1927 in Ogallala, Keith County, Nebraska, USA. Clara Annette LINCOLN was born 15 February 1856 in Plano, Kendall County, Illinois, USA. She died 20 April 1899 in Orchard, Antelope County, Nebraska, USA.


Children of Charles Cordon KNIBBS and Clara Annette LINCOLN are:
1. Elmer Ellsworth KNIBBS, b. 26 January 1881
2. Adelbert Charles KNIBBS, b. 01 March 1882 See Adelbert Charles KNIBBS & Erma Ellen WINGETT
3. Leroy Peleg KNIBBS, b. 24 July 1885
4. Winifred Viola KNIBBS, b. 01 January 1888 See Grover Cleveland RODMAN & Winifred Viola KNIBBS

Marriage Notes for Charles Cordon KNIBBS\Clara Annette LINCOLN:


See Charles' and Clara's Marriage Register entry.


I see in the marriage register that Clara had an older brother Thomas who was married just a couple of days later, also in Verona. He married a girl named Julia Brown.


Notes for Charles Cordon KNIBBS:



Charles with his son Adelbert, taken in about 1886.
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Charles and his wife Clara can be seen in the 1880 Federal Census living at Vienna, Grundy, Illinois, in the property next to Charles' father Charles Knibbs:
Charles KNIBBS Self M Male W 24 WI Farmer ENG ENG
Clara KNIBBS Wife M Female W 24 IL Housekeepi
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We know from his mother's obituary, that Charles was living at Orchard, Nebraska, USA in 1895.
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The Nebraska State Gazetteer, Business Directory and Farmers List for 1890-1891, ANTELOPE COUNTY, include Charles at a place named Ewing
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From the Plainview, Nebraska, June 17th, 1909:
"doc" Hall of Brunswick, moved his saw mill down to Chas Knibbs Tuesday. There are about 100 logs of native timber there which will make several thousand feet of lumber - Orchard News.

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In 1910 Charles could be seen living at Garfield, Antelope, Nebraska with his daughter Winifred:
Grover C Rodman Head Mar 25 Indiana
Winnifred I Rodman Wife Mar 22 Nebraska
Charles C Knibbs Father-in-Law 53 Wisconsin
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In 1920, we see Charles living with his daughter and son-in-law at Keith, Nebraska in 1920:
Grover Rodman Head Mar 35 Indiana
Winnifred Rodman Wife Mar 32 Nebraska
Tressie Rodman Daur 9 Nebraska
Thelma Rodman Daur 7 Nebraska
Chas Knibbs Father-in-Law 63 Wisconsin
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The following obituary was given to me by Ritchie Thomas, Charles' great-grandson. Ritchie tells me it was taken from from the local newspaper of Ogalala, Nebraska:

Brother Charles Cordon Knibbs was born April 28th, 1856 at Two Rivers, Wisconsin, one of three sons to Charles and Jane Knibbs.
As a hard working law-abiding young man he moved to Verona, Illinois.
February 10th, 1880 he married Miss Clara A. Lincoln of that place.
To this union four children were born, Elmer Knibbs, January 28th, 1881, died in ApriI, 1881, Wilber Delbert Knibbs, March 1st, 1882. LeRoy P Knibbs July 24th, 1885, died January 27th, 1906. Winifred I. Rodman, nee Knibbs, January 1st, 1888. Of the four children only two survive him.
He moved to Orchard, Nebraska in 1886, and engaged in farming. His wife died and is burled there.
One brother Wilbur D. Knibbs who is permitted to attend these rites, and two granddaughters, Tressa and Thelma Rodman also survive him.
Our brother moved to Ogallala, Nebraska in the fall of 1915 where he has since made his home
His Masonic history is as follows:
Initiated Nov. 18th, 1881, at Verona, Illinois; passed March 4, 1882; and raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. March 25th 1882.
After moving to Orchard, Nebraska, in 1893 he affiliated with Pythogoras Lodge No. 156 at Ewing, Nebraska.
When Diamond Lodge No. 291, of Royal, Nebraska was constituted be affiliated with it in 1913.
He demitted to Ogallala Lodge No. 159, A. F & A. M., October 7th, 1919.
Our brother has been a faithful and valued member of Ogallala Lodge, and the brethren will recall many happy experiences together.
He departed this life Sunday evening, June 12th at 10:30 o'clock, aged 71 years, one month and fifteen days.
He was a close friend to our departed brother Uncle Dick James, and our own beloved and lamented "Uncle Bob"

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Charles is buried in the Ogallala Cemetery, Keith County, Nebraska, USA
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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 Charles.

Sources for Charles Cordon KNIBBS:

  1. 1880 US Federal Census, 1880 US Census gave WI, USA & Year 
  2. Rumney Web Pages/Theodore Metcalf Book, Rumney Web Pages/Theodore Metcalf Book gave date and location 
  3. Personal Contact with Ken Close Jr., USA,
  4. Nebraska State Gazetteer,

Notes for Clara Annette LINCOLN:



Clara taken in her mid-20's with one of her children.
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The LDS has it that Clara's parents were Ulysses Grant Lincoln and his wife Mary Irene Jones.
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Clara is buried in Orchard Hill Cemetery, Orchard, Antelope County, Nebraska.
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We see Slara in 1860, living at Little Rock, Kendall County, Illinois:
U Lincoln Head Mar 35 Farm Hand New York
Mary Lincoln Wife Mar 29 New York
Thomas Lincoln Son 7 Illinois
Clara Lincoln Daur 4 Illinois
Francis Lincoln Daur 9 Illinois
N Young 73 Rhode Island
H Chiltenden 20 Farm Hand Nassain(?)
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We can see Clara in 1870, aged 14, living with her family at the Township of Pestone, Illinois:
Ulysis Lincoln Head Mar 43 Carpenter New York
Mary Lincoln Wife Mar 38 Keeping House New York
Roy Lincoln 16 at School Illinois
Clara Lincoln 14 at School Illinois
Jane Lincoln 18 at Home Illinois
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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 Clara.

Sources for Clara Annette LINCOLN:

  1. 1880 US Federal Census, 1880 US Census gave me IL 
  2. Rumney Web Pages/Theodore Metcalf Book, A Rumney Web Pages/Theodore Metcalf Book gave year 
  3. Personal Contact with Ken Close Jr., USA,
  4. LDS IGI Records, gave actual date of birth 
  5. Obituary of Charles Cordon Knibbs,

Notes for Elmer Ellsworth KNIBBS:

Sources for Elmer Ellsworth KNIBBS:

  1. Rumney Web Pages/Theodore Metcalf Book, Rumney Web Pages/Theodore Metcalf Book gave year as 1881 
  2. Personal Contact with Ken Close Jr., USA, 111Personal contact with Ken Close Jr., USA gave date only 
  3. Personal Contact with Carolyn Knibbs,

Notes for Leroy Peleg KNIBBS:

Also known as: Roy



Leroy in his late teens.
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Leroy with his older brother Adelbert and sister Winifred, taken in about 1905.
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From the NELIGH LEADER, January 18th, 1907:
C.C. Knibbs took hos son, Roy, to Sioux City Monday, where he consulted a specialist in regard to taking the latter to Arizona on account of his health. The doctor advised them to remain here and they returned the same evening.

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From the Omaha Daily Bee, 30 January, 1907:
ORCHARD—Roy Knibbs, son of C. C. Knibbs. died at his home near Orchard Sunday evening, January 27, of tuberculosis. The deceased was employed on the Sioux City as a Ilnotype operator for a year previous to last October, at which time he had to give up hls positlon on account of his health. He has been failing rapidly since his return home. He learned his trade In Chicago and held positions on several lowa dailies previous to going to Sioux City.

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From the Alta Advertiser, February 01, 1907:
Leroy Knibbs, formerly a printer on the Buena Vista Vidette and later a linotype operator on the Sioux City Tribune died at his home in Nebraska last week. The young man was well known over the county and was one of the best printers in this part of the state.

Sources for Leroy Peleg KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Ken Close Jr., USA, 111Personal contact with Ken Close Jr., USA gave middle name of Peleg 
  2. Obituary,