George Kirby and Sarah Elizabeth Gibbs (my 2x great-grandparents)

George and Sarah’s oldest son, also called George, was born in 1843.  The photo on the left is of  George, and you can see the striking resemblance with his brother, Joseph.

In 1866 he married Sarah Elizabeth Gibbs.

The 1871 census shows George is a pork butcher living in Castle Street Canterbury with his wife and family.  But the 1881 and 1891 censuses show George has become a carpenter’s labourer, and the family are now living in Whitstable.

The 1901 and 1911 censuses show George is still a carpenter’s labourer, but the family had moved on to Faversham

In 1921 George died (age 78). In 1923 Sarah Elizabeth died (age 79) – both in Faversham.


George and Sarah had 9 children:

(1) William (1867-) The 1939 register shows William was a jobbing gardener (retired).

(2) George (1868-1938) George was a labourer. In 1895 he married Ada Grant. They had two daughters.

(3) Albert John (1870-1959) In 1895 Albert married Elizabeth Hills and they had 6 daughters and one son. Albert was a cabinet maker and upholsterer. They lived in Whitstable.

(4) Sarah Elizabeth (1872-1944) Sarah Elizabeth, was my great-grandmother, she married Edward Thomas Fogg – jump here for her life story.

(5) Walter Stephen (1874-1958) In 1897 Walter married Clara Jane Doughty and they had two daughters. The 1939 Register shows he was a retired baker.

(6) Agnes (1877-1960) In Agnes married Charles Albert Coe, and they had five children. Charles was killed in action in 1918 in Flanders (age 36). He was in the 10th battalion of the Queens Own (Royal West Kent) regiment. He is buried in the Commonwealth War Graves, Hagle Dump cemetery, near Ypres in Belgium. (Charles is pictured on the right.)

(7) Rose Jane (1879-1954) In 1912 Rose married Charles King Gibbons, and they had 4 children. In the1939 register Charles was recorded as railway engine driver.

(8) Frederick Francis John (1883-1938) Frederick was a journeyman. In 1910 he married Isabel Saunders.

(9) Alice Kate (1888-1953) In 1913 Alice married Arthur Hughes. They had one daughter. Arthur had been born in the Chatham Workhouse in 1885. He died in the explosion on the HMS Princess Irene in the Medway Estuary on 27 Mary 1915. Alice didn’t remarry and in the 1939 Register she is shown (age 51) as a retired domestic servant in the David Salomon’s House, Broomhill Road, Southborough, Kent. This is now a museum to Sir David Salomon (the first Jewish Lord Mayor London).

> Sarah Elizabeth Kirby and Edward Thomas Fogg

Last updated: March 11, 2022 at 13:48 pm