George James KNIBBS, son of Charles KNIBBS and Jane Ashfield RUMNEY , was born 26 July 1853 in Two Rivers, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, USA. He married Zara Elizabeth ADKINS 28 September 1881 in Morris, Grundy County, Illinois, USA. He died 14 January 1912 in Toronto, Greenwood County, Kansas, USA. Zara Elizabeth ADKINS was born 07 February 1859 in Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois, USA. She died 10 April 1946 in Fall River, Greenwood County, Kansas, USA.


Children of George James KNIBBS and Zara Elizabeth ADKINS are:
1. Clyde Ellsworth KNIBBS, b. 10 July 1882 See Clyde Ellsworth KNIBBS & Ida Mae WALKER
2. Ethel Mae KNIBBS, b. 01 October 1885 See Dudley Samuel DICKERSON & Ethel Mae KNIBBS
3. Anna Jane KNIBBS, b. 03 September 1887 See Harry WRIGHT & Anna Jane KNIBBS
4. Sadie Louise KNIBBS, b. 12 July 1891 See Artie Leon RIGDON & Sadie Louise KNIBBS
5. Myrtle Iona KNIBBS, b. 05 May 1895 See Ephram Albert OKERBERG & Myrtle Iona KNIBBS
6. Edna Grace KNIBBS, b. 21 February 1898
7. Hilda Gladys KNIBBS, b. 15 May 1899 See Henry Milton CLOSE & Hilda Gladys KNIBBS

Marriage Notes for George James KNIBBS\Zara Elizabeth ADKINS:

Lizzie married George under the name of Lizzie READER, from her first marriage.

Other Marriages/Unions for Zara Elizabeth ADKINS:
See George Henry READER & Zara Elizabeth ADKINS


Notes for George James KNIBBS:



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George was baptised at St. James Episcopal Church, Minitowoc, Wisconsin, USA
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Click on the image to see George with his wife Elizabeth and their eight children.
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From the marriage and baptism records at:
Manitowoc Genealogy web site
We can see that George James was baptised at St. James, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, USA:
KNIBBS: Charles m: Jane E. children: George James (bapt. 30 July 1854 from record of St. James Episc. ch., Manitowoc)
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We see James in 1860, living at Second Ward Village, Two Rivers:
Charles Knibbs Head Mar 40 Engineer Steam Mill England
Jane Knibbs Wife Mar 34 England
George J Knibbs Son 7 Wisconsin
Charles Knibbs Son 3 Wisconsin
William Knibbs Son 2 Wisconsin
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George can be seen in the 1880 Federal census, living at Vienna, Grundy, Illinois, USA living on the farm of Herbert Woodward and his wife:

Herbert WOODWARD Self M Male W 20 IL Farmer VT IN
Anna WOODWARD Wife M Female W 18 IL House Keeping ENG OH
George KNIBBS Other S Male W 26 WI Farmer ENG ENG
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We know from his mother's obituary, that George was living in Salt Springs Township, Greenwood, Kansas, USA in 1895.
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George can be seen at the 1900 census living at Salt Springs Township, Greenwood County, Kansas, USA:
George J Knibbs Head 47 Wisconsin Farmer
Elizabeth Knibbs Wife 41 Illinois (Had 9 children, 8 surviving)
Clyde E Knibbs Son 18 Illinois
Ethel M Knibbs Daughter 15 Kansas
Anna J Knibbs Daughter 13 Kansas
Sadie L Knibbs Daughter 9 Kansas
Myrtle I Knibbs Daughter 5 Kansas
Hilda G Knibbs Daughter 1 Kansas
Charles A Reader Step-Son Mar 22 Illinois
Nellie Reader Daur-in-Law Mar 17 Illinois

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George J Knibbs can be seen at the 1910 US Federal Census living at Toronto Township, Woodson County, Kansas:
George J Knibbs Head Mar 57 Wisconsin
Elizabeth Knibbs Wife Mar 50 Nurse Illinois
Anna J Knibbs Daughter UnM 22 Servant Kansas
Sadie L Knibbs Daughter UnM 18 Servant Kansas
Myrtle T Knibbs Daughter UnM 14 Kansas
Gladys H Knibbs Daughter 10 Kansas
Ethel M Dickerson Daughter Mar 25 Servant Kansas
Everett M Dickerson Grandson 4 Kansas
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In 1920, we see them living at Washington Street, Toronto, Woodson, Kansas:
Elizabeth Knibbs 60
Myrtle Knibbs 24
Ethel Dickerson 35
Merle Dickerson 14
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Obituary:
George J. Knibbs was born in Two Rivers, Wis., July 26, 1853. When about eight years old he moved with his parents to Grundy county, Ills., where he grew to manhood. September 28, 1881, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Elizabeth Reader. To them were born seven children, six of whom are living; one son, Clyde, and five daughters, Ethel, Anna, Sadie, Myrtle, and Gladys, all of whom attended the funeral; also. G. A Reader, and Mrs. W. H. Means of Iowa, step-children of Mr. Knibbs. These, the wife, and two brothers survive him, and all were present at the funeral except one brother of Vernon, Ills. Mr. Knibbs came to Kansas 29 years ago and with his family located in Greenwood county, moving from there to Toronto, where he lived until his death came January 17, 1912. He was 58 years, 5 months and 23 days old at the time of his death. In 1885 he professed faith in Christ as a Savior, living for a time in the M. E. church; then at his request his membership was transferred to the Cumberland Presbyterian church, in which church he lived a faithful member for about 23 years. He was a Mason, a member of the M. W. A., and of the Mystic Circle. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wallace of Emporia, at the Presbyterian church, Thursday afternoon, January 18th. Interment was made in the Toronto cemetery.

We wish to express our thanks to our friends who were so kind to us during our recent bereavement and sorrow.

Mrs. Geo. J. Knibbs and Family
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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 George and Zara.

Sources for George James KNIBBS:

  1. Rumney Web Pages/Theodore Metcalf Book,
  2. Personal Contact with Ken Close Jr., USA, 111Personal contact with Ken Close Jr., USA gave 26 July 1853 
  3. Obituary,
  4. 1880 US Federal Census,
  5. 1900 US Federal Census,
  6. Manitowoc County Marriages, http://www.2manitowoc.com/marKj.html 
  7. findagrave.com,

Notes for Zara Elizabeth ADKINS:

Also known as: Elizabeth or Lizzie




Zara (or "Lizzie" as I believe she was better known) taken in the late 1890's.
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The Rumney web site has Elizabeth listed as Elizabeth A Reader. It is quite likely that the "A" stands for her maiden name of Adkins which was given to me by Ken Close.
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The 1880 census shows Elizabeth living in the house of her father-in-law Charles Reader at Braceville, Grundy, Illinois. Her first husband, George Reader, had died shortly before the census was taken:
Charles Reader Wid 52 Farmer (born in England to English parents)
John W Reader Son Unm 23 Farmer (born in England to English parents)
Catherine Reader Daur UnM 18 Keeping House (born Illinois to English parents)
Sarah A Reader Dau UnM 17 (born Illinois to English parents)
Henry E Reader Son UnM 15 Farming (born Illinois to English parents)
William Reader Son UnM 14 Farming (born Illinois to English parents)
Frederick Reader Son UnM 12 Farming (born Illinois to English parents)
Elizabeth Reader Daur-in-Law Wid 21 Keeping House (born Illinois)
Charles Reader GSon 2 (born Illinois to English father and US mothe
Lucy Reader GDaur 8 months (born Illinois to English father and US mother)
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Zara is recorded in 1920 as Elizabeth Knibbs, living at Woodson County, Kansas. In 1920, we see her, living at Woodson County, Kansas:
Elizabeth Knibbs Head Wid 60 Illinois
Ethel Dickerson Daughter Div 25 Kansas
Myrtle Knibbs Daughter 24 UnM Kansas
Merle Dickerson Grandson 14 Kansas
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And again in 1930 we see Elizabeth Knibbs and Ethel Mae, hear daughter, living in Washington Street, Toronto, Woodson County, Kansas:
Elizabeth Knibbs Head Wid 71 Illinois
Ethel M Dickerson Daur 45 Div Laundres Private Homes Kansas

In 1940, Elizabeth was living at Toronto, Toronto Township, Woodson County, Kansas with her daughter Anna:
Elizabeth Knibbs Head Wid 81 Illinois
Harry Wright Son-in-Law Mar 59 Kansas
Anna J Wright Daughter Mar 52 Kansas Seamstress
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Obituary - Mrs. Elizabeth Knibbs Dies at Fall River

"Mrs. Elizabeth Knibbs, who was 87 years old last February 10, passed away Tuesday evening, April 10, 1946, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Al Okerberg, in Fall River. She had been in failing health for some time.
Mr. and Mrs. Knibbs came to Kansas from Illinois about 65 years ago and settled on a farm in Greenwood county. They moved to Toronto many years ago to make their home. Following the death of Mr. Knibbs, she has made her home here and in Fall River with her children.
As we go to press, no funeral arrangements had been made."
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Obituary - Mrs. Zara Elizabeth Knibbs Passes

"Mrs. Zara Elizabeth Knibbs passed away last Wednesday afternoon, April 10, 1946, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. A. Okerberg in Fall River, at the age of 87 years, 2 months and 3 days. She had been in failing health for the past few years. Mrs. Knibbs was one of the earlier pioneer residents of this community having spent her early married life on a farm near the Ward school house, later moving to Toronto where she resided for many years.
She is survived by six daughters and a son: Mrs. Lucy M. Means of Anacortes, Wash.; Mrs. Ethel Dickerson, Mrs. Anna Wright and Mrs. Gladys Close, all of Toronto; Mrs. Sadie Rigdon of Emporia; and Clyde E. Knibbs of San Jose, Calif. Her husband, George J. Knibbs, passed away January 12, 1912.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon, April 14, in the Toronto Presbyterian church, conducted by the Rev. A. E. Whittington. Interment was in the Toronto cemetery."
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Obituary - Knibbs
"Zara Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Elinor Adkins, was born February 7, 1859, at Ottowa, Illinois, and departed this life after a long illness at Fall River, Kansas, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Okerberg, April 10, 1946, at the age of 87 years, 2 months and 13 days. In 1876, she was united in marriage to George Reader. To this union was born two children. After a short illness the young husband was taken from this life. On Sept. 28, 1881, she was united in married to George G. Knibbs. To this union seven children were born. Mr. Knibbs preceded her in death Jan. 17, 1912, also the eldest son, Charles Reader in 1932, and a daughter, Edna Grace Knibbs, dying in infancy in 1897.
Mrs. Knibbs came to Kansas in March, 1883, and settled on a farm in the Ward neighborhood north of Fall River. In 1902 she moved to Toronto, Kansas, where she resided until the last few years. She was raised an orphan and endured the hardships of pioneer life. She united with the Presbyterian Church August 28, 1904.
She leaves to mourn her departure seven children: Lucy Means of Anacortes, Washington; C. E. Knibbs of San Jose, Calif.; Ethel Dickerson and Anna Wright of Toronto, Kansas; Myrtle Okerberg of Fall River, Kansas; Gladys Close of Toronto, Kansas; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-two great grandchildren; and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church in Toronto at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon, April 14, conducted by Rev. A. E.
Whittington, pastor of the Toronto Pilgrim Holiness Church. Interment was in the Toronto cemetery."
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The following is extracted from a handwritten documet that was dictated from memory by Zara in 1936. I am extremely grateful to her great-grandson, Ken Close, for sharing it with us:

Zara Elizabeth, daughter of Charles and Mary Elinor Adkins was born in Ottawa, Illinois, February 7, 1859. She was the second and last child born to this union, the first child, a daughter, dying at the age of two years.
He (Charles) was a carpenter, went to war, and is reported to have died with typhoid fever in the war. Her (Mary Elinor's) parents separated. It was rumored he ran off with another woman.

Later she married Benjamin Adkins, a brother of the farmer. To this union were born two children, Matilda Belle the first and the latter Jessie Benjamin. In a few years the father died in the army, and she married Morgan Morris, a farmer. To this union were born two sons, William Henry who was about three years old when the mother died at the birth of the second son who was stillborn.

Elizabeth was nine years old in February when the mother died in May, leaving four children. Her grandmother (her mother's mother), a widow, Elizabeth Harding lived with the family and the stepfather kept the children together for a year, and he found homes for them.

Jane Olarry, sister of Morris, took Jessie B. to raise and they came to Yates Center, Kansas to live. Matilda Belle was taken by a family named Bagley (I think) in Ill. to live. Elizabeth was taken by a family named Laymon near Braceville. They were an elderly couple with a family of ten children, six boys and four girls, all married except for one boy. Here she lived eight years, then married George H. Reader at Dwight, Ill. and lived in Gardner, Ill. To this union were born two children, Charles Adelbert at Gardner and Lucy Mable near Braceville, two months after the father died of quick T.B. and was buried near Braceville.

Sept. 28. 1881 she was united in marriage to George J. Knibbs of Verona, Ill. and came to Kansas in the spring of 1883 when Clyde was a baby and settled on a farm in the Ward neighborhood northwest of Fall River Kansas. To this union were born seven children, namely, Clyde Ellsworth, Ethel May, Anna Jane, Sadie Louise, Myrtle Iona, Edna Grace (dying in infancy), and Hilda Gladys. In 1902 they moved to Toronto Kansas and the husband died Jan. 17, 1912. Charles Adelbert died in 1932.

Matilda Belle married a man in Chicago, named Fay, a widower with two children. One child was born to this union who died, and Belle died later.

Morris the stepfather died while Will was a boy and Will was taken by another family. Will married in Illinois after Elizabeth came to Kansas and he died later."
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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 Zara and George Knibbs.

Sources for Zara Elizabeth ADKINS:

  1. Personal Contact with Ken Close Jr., USA, 111Personal contact with Ken Close Jr., USA gave date & location 
  2. Oneida Community Website,
  3. Obituary of Zara Elizabeth Adkins,
  4. Rumney Web Pages/Theodore Metcalf Book, Rumney Web Pages/Theodore Metcalf Book gave date only 
  5. 1910 US Federal Census,

Notes for Edna Grace KNIBBS:

Edna died in infancy. She is buried at Rocky Ford Cemetery (aka Means Cemetery) Greenwood County, Kansas.
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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 baby Edna Grace.

Sources for Edna Grace KNIBBS:

  1. Rumney Web Pages/Theodore Metcalf Book,
  2. Personal Contact with Ken Close Jr., USA, 111Personal contact with Ken Close Jr., USA gave date only 
  3. findagrave.com,