Truman Ellsworth KNIBBS, son of John David KNIBBS and Anna Elizabeth GLENN , was born 28 March 1897 in Verona, Grundy County, Illinois, USA. He married Mattie Belle KILMER 10 July 1919 in Joliet, Will County, Illinois, USA. He died bef. 12 November 1969 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA. Mattie Belle KILMER was born 26 December 1894 in Vienna Township, Grundy County, Illinois, USA. She died 17 February 1977 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA.

Children of Truman Ellsworth KNIBBS and Mattie Belle KILMER are:
1. Glenn Ellsworth KNIBBS, b. 09 September 1920 See Glenn Ellsworth KNIBBS & Virginia J DENISON OR Glenn Ellsworth KNIBBS & Ann PROKOPCHUK
2. Loren John KNIBBS, b. Private See Loren John KNIBBS & Harriet Colleen JORDAN OR Loren John KNIBBS & Joan SHADDON

Marriage Notes for Truman Ellsworth KNIBBS\Mattie Belle KILMER:

Notes for Truman Ellsworth KNIBBS:

Truman can be seen at the time of the 1920 Federal Census living at Alienna Township, Grundy, Illinois:
Truman E KNIBBS Head 22 Illinois Farmer
Mattie B KNIBBS Wife 25 Illinois

Truman in 1927 (click to enlarge)
I think it must be Truman we can see in the 1930 census return, transcribed incorrectly as Francis E Knibbs, living at Williamson, Illinois:

Francis E Knibbs Williamson, IL b. abt 1897
Mattie Knibbs Williamson, IL b. abt 1895
Glenn Knibbs Williamson, IL b.abt 1921
Loren Knibbs Williamson, ILb. abt 1926

In 1940, we see Trueman living at Ward 13, Chicago, Chicago City, Cook, Illinois:
Truman E Knibbs Head Mar 43 Insurance Illinois
Matie Knibbs Wife Mar 45 Illinois
Loren J Knibbs Son 14 Illinois

From the Suburbanite Economist from Chicago, Illinois, Wednesday March 12, 1941:
Truman E. Knibbs, will appear as guest speaker on the radio broadcast of "When a Girl Marries" tomorrow morning. The program which originates in Newark, N.J., will be heard locally over WBBM at 11:15 a.m. Mr. Knibbs is a member of the American Legion and chairman of the finance committee of the First Methodist church.

I recently stumbled across some private photographs that were up for auction, and amongst them was a photograph of Truman Knibbs. It was alongside several other photographs which had reference to The Chicago Lawn Methodist Church Ground Breaking. The date on some of them was given as 3-10-1946, The only names mentioned on the photographs were Truman Knibbs, Rev, Swaney and a Dr. Bloomquist.
The photographs indicate that Truman played a significant part in the Ground Breaking ceremony. In one image he is posed with a spade, and in a subsequent image, he is digging what it possibly "the first clout of soil" in preparation for the building a the new church?

Truman in March, 1946 (click to enlarge)

I learned from Truman's granddaughter that th eoroginal Methodist Church at Chicago Lawn burnt down as a result of a fire in the kitchen that got totally out of control. Truman and his wife Mattie were active members of that church and Truman became the chairman of a committee to rebuild it. He was instrumental in raising funds and encouraging the congregation during that difficult time. On that basis, it seems quite logical that he would play a major role in the ground breaking ceremony.

From the Morris Daily Herald, November 12, 1969:
Truman E. Knibbs, 72, a native of Verona, died at 7.45 p.m. Tuesday in his Chicago home. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the United Methodist Church at Chicago Lawn, 63rd Place and St. Louis Ave. Burial will be at 1.30 p.m. Friday in Ward Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 to 2 p.m. at the Bourne Funeral Home, Kedzle Ave. and 65th Street Chicago. Masonic rights will be conducted Thursday night at the funeral home.
Mr. Knibbs was born in Verona to John and Anna. He was a school teacher and Prudential Insurance salesman. He moved to Chicago about 35 years ago.
Surviving are his wife, the former Mattie Kilmer; two sons Glenn and Loren, both of Chicago; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Charles in infancy and a brother George of Gardner in 1965.
Mr. Knibbs owns a farm near Verona. He was a member of the Verona Eastern Star.


Truman and his wife Mattie are buried at Ward Cemetery, Verona, Grundy County, Illinois, USA.

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

Sources for Truman Ellsworth KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Ken Close Jr., USA, 111Personal contact with Ken Close Jr., USA gave date only 
  2. US Social Security Death Index, US Social Security Death Index gave date 
  3. Personal Contact with Carolyn Knibbs,
  4. 1920 US Federal Census,
  5. 1940 US Federal Census,

Notes for Mattie Belle KILMER:

Mattie was the daughter of John Arthur Kilmer and Dora Rosetta Fellingham who was born in 1868 and died in 1942. They married at Cook, Illinois on 14 February, 1893. Mattie was one of 9 children - Everett, Mattie herself, Bessie Mae, George T., John Robert, Dora Maud, Ruby, Clarence and Dale Siflet.

We see her family in 1900, living at ED 50 Highland Township, Kinsman Village, Grundy, Illinois:
John Kilmer Head Mar 33 Farmer Illinois
Dora Kilmer Wife Mar (7 years) 30 Illinois
Everett Kimer Son 6 Illinois
Mattie Kilmer Daur 5 Illinois
Bessie Kilmer Daur 4 Illinois
George Kilmer Son 2 Illinois
John Kilmer Son 9 mnths Illinois
Gary Payton Boarder 16 Farm Labour Missouri

In 1910, we see Mattie's family still living at Highland Township,:
John Kilmer Head Mar 43 Farmer Illinois
Dora Kimer Wife Mar (17 years) Illinois
Everette Kilmer Son 16 Illinois
Bessie Kilmer Daur 15 Illinois
Mattie Kilmer Daur 13 Illinois
George Kilmer Son 12 Illinois
John Kilmer Son 10 Illinois
Dora Kilmer Daur 8 Illinois
Ruby Kilmer Daur 6 Illinois
Clarence Kimer 3 Son Illinois

The Kilmer family on Christmas Day, 1917 (click to enlarge)

Mattie married Truman in 1919.

In 1920, Mattie's family were living at Chillicothe Township North Chillicothe Village, Peoria, Illinois:
John F Kilmer Head Mar 52 Illinois
Dora Kilmer Wife Mar 51 Illinois
Dora Kilmer Daur 18 Illinois
Ruby Kilmer Daur 16 Illinois
Clarence Kilmer Son 13 Illinois
Dale Kilmer Son 8 Illinois

We see Mattie's parents and younger siblings in 1930, living at Chillicothe, Peoria, Illinois:
John A Kilmer Head Mar 63 Illinois
Dora R Kilmer Wife Mar 62 Illinois
Dora M Kilmer Daur 28 Illinois
Ruby Kilmer Daur 26 Illinois
Dale Kilmer Son 19 Illinois

In 1940, they were living at North Chillicothe, Chillicothe Township, Peoria, Illinois:
John Kilmer Head Mar 73 Labourer Illinois
Dora Kilmer Wife Mar 71 Illinois
Dale Kilmer Son 29 UnM Distillery Labourer Illinois

From the Morris Daily Herald Februatry 18, 1977:
Mrs. Truman Knibbs
Mrs. George Knibbs of Verona received word of the death of her sister-in-law Mrs. Truman (Mattie) Knibbs of Chicago, formerly of Verona, on Thursday afternoon at Holy Cross Hospital, Chicago.
Burial will be in the Ward Cemetery on Monday.
Surviving are two sons, Glenn and Loren Knibbs,both of Chicagom and aunt, Mrs. Clyde Kilmer, a resident at the Grundy County home.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Kilmer.

Sources for Mattie Belle KILMER:

  1. Rumney Web Pages/Theodore Metcalf Book,
  2. Personal Contact with Ken Close Jr., USA,
  3. 1920 US Federal Census, gave Mattie B 
  4. US Social Security Death Index, US Social Security Death Index gave date