Gordon Charles KNIBBS, son of George Lewis KNIBBS and Lois J PYLE , was born 22 May 1930 in Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois, USA. He married Jean ELLISON 25 December 1953 in Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. He died 15 February 2002 in Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA. Jean ELLISON was born 18 July 1931 in Hull, Yorkshire, England. She died 06 March 2017 in Durango, La Plata County, Colorado, USA.

Children of Gordon Charles KNIBBS and Jean ELLISON are:
1. David Ross KNIBBS, b. Private See David Ross KNIBBS & Laveda Rae BELL

Notes for Gordon Charles KNIBBS:

I first came across Gordon C Knibbs in May 2001 when he left a message on the message board of My KNIBBS Family web site. At that time, I wasn't aware of any connection between us. Sadly, Gordon died before the evidence of the connection between us came to light. I have however communicated with his wife Jean who kindly passed me a copy of Gordon's family history data.

On 21 July 1959, we see Gordon, his wife Jean and son David arriving at Liverpool, England onboard The Empress of France from Montreal to Liverpool.
Gordon C Knibbs 22.5.30 Assistant Cashier
David R Knibbs 1.11.56 Child
Jean E Knibbs 18.7.31 Housewife

They were staying at 74 Cropton Road, Hull, Yorkshire for an estimated 10 months.


From the Durango Herald, February 2002:
A celebration of the life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Fort Lewis College Chapel for Gordon C. Knibbs, a longtime Durango resident, who died Feb. 15, 2002, of a brain aneurysm. He was 71.
Mr. Knibbs was born May 22, 1930, in Ottawa, Ill. He married Jean Ellison on Dec. 25, 1953, in Boston.
Mr. Knibbs served in the U.S. Navy from 1950-54. He moved to Durango from Wisconsin in 1973 and worked as a food-service director at Fort Lewis College. He then opened His Knibbs, a family restaurant north of Durango. He also owned and operated Durango Realty until his retirement in 1993.
Mr. Knibbs enjoyed outdoor activities, especially RVing and boating, particularly at Navajo Lake.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Knibbs of Durango; a son, David Knibbs of Durango; and two granddaughters, Heather and Danielle Knibbs of Durango.


Gordon served aboard the Gearing Class Destroyer, USS Norris, DD859, I think between 1951-55 at the rank of CS2 (which I believe is Petty Officer 2nd Class, Culinary Specialist).

The USS Norris Roll of Honour
lists Gordon amongst it's crew members.
Gordon was involved in the Korean war.

See image of the ship on which he served.


From the Morris Daily Herald June 27, 1959:
Bon Voyage Party.....
Mr. and Mrs. John Grace entertained Saturday night at a bon voyage party for Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Knibbs who sail July 14th from Montreal, Can., for England where they will spend a year with her parents at Hull, England. Dancing was the diversion and refreshments were served by the hosts.

Sources for Gordon Charles KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Gordon C Knibbs of Durango, Co.,
  2. US Social Security Death Index, US Social Security Death Index gave date of birth 
  3. Rumney Web Pages/Theodore Metcalf Book, Rumney Web Pages/Theodore Metcalf Book gave date & location of birth 

Notes for Jean ELLISON:

Jean was born Q3/1931 in Sculcoates District in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The GRO shows that her mother's maiden name was Haggitt. Her parents were Joseph Blake Ellison and Maude Haggitt who were married at Sculcoates District during q3/1928.
Maud was born q3/1906 in Sculcoates District, East Riding of Yorkshire, and was living at Sculcoates District in 1911. Joseph was born c.1907 and was also living at Sculcoates District in 1911.

I haven't yet identified how it was that Jean came to be in America.

From The Durango Herald on Mar. 10, 2017:
Longtime Durango resident Jean Knibbs, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on March 6, 2017 at the age of 85.
She was born in Hull, England on July 18, 1931 and told stories of surviving the bombings of WW II and of being evacuated to the English countryside with her sister Maud and brother David.
She was married to Gordon Knibbs in 1953 and they were married for 50 years.
During her life she was a stay at home mother, later, along with husband Gordon, they owned and operated a restaurant in the North Animas Valley, which they called "His Knibbs". Later, they owned and operated Durango Realty until their retirement.
Jean and Gordon loved the Four Corners area and all it has to offer for beauty and outdoor activities, especially the time they spent at Navajo Lake with family. Together, enjoying travel and discovery, but always calling Durango home. They also shared a deep love for all their pets, which were many over the years.
Jean is survived by her son David and wife Laveda of Durango, her twin granddaughters Danielle of Denver and Heather and husband Justin of Farmington, her brother David of York, England, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Those who preceded her in death were her beloved parents Joseph and Maud (England) and Sister Maud (England). The love of her life, husband Gordon.
Following Jean's wishes, cremation has occurred.
The family would like to extend a warm thank-you to Shining Stars, Hospice of Mercy and especially her hospice nurse Susan Caudle.
In lieu of flowers, friends are requested to make donations to the LaPlata County Humane Society in Jean's name.

Sources for Jean ELLISON:

  1. Rumney Web Pages/Theodore Metcalf Book,
  2. Obituary,