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Elizabeth Slawson – an update

On 21st December 2016 I wrote the post Latest research – Elizabeth Slawson.  I had found a possible marriage for Elizabeth, and sent for the marriage certificate, to see who her father was listed as.  Today, I received the certificate.

Elizabeth Slawson, age 21, spinster, servant, married Thomas Hensman Knibbs on 7 April 1863.  Her father was George Slawson, hurdle maker.  The 1861 census showed our George was a hurdle maker, and her age matched that of our Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Knibbs, age 22 years, was buried 11 March 1866 at St John of Jerusalem, South Hackney.

Elizabeth Knibbs burial
London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980. Digital images. (, burial entry for Elizabeth Knibbs, 11 March 1866, St John of Jerusalem, South Hackney, England. Original data: Board of Guardian Records, 1834-1906 and Church of England Parish Registers, 1813-1906. London Metropolitan Archives, London.

I found Thomas on the 1871 census with his second wife, Mary Ann.  The eldest child was Alice age 3.  I then checked the FreeBMD for births between 1863 and 1866, in either the Wellingborough district (where Thomas and Elizabeth were married), or in Hackney, where Elizabeth died, and found an entry for John Bailey Knibbs in the June quarter 1864 in the Wellingbro district. There were no entries in Hackney.

I then checked for a death for John Bailey Knibbs, and found that there was no John Knibbs who died between 1864 and 1871.  It therefore appears that Elizabeth didn’t have any children.