was forty-two years old at the time of
the 1911 census. The Knott family were
living at 16 Providence Street,
Greenhithe, Kent. The house
still exists, and can be seen clearly on
Google Street View.
is shown as a cement labourer and
chalk digger. His wife Mary Ann,
was 38 years old. They had been married
for 18 years.
had four children: Gladys was 15, William
8, Vincent 3 and Iris Alberta was 3
months old (she had been born on
Christmas Eve 1910).
was born at Upchurch, Kent,
and his wife Mary Ann was born in
Flintshire in Wales. Gladys and William
were born in Strood, Vincent was born in
Dartford and Iris was born in Greenhithe,
all in north-west Kent. The transcript
for their entry is here. You can see the original
1912: William's daughter
Daisy Mary Knott, who had been living
with her mother's parents at the time of
both the 1901 and 1911 censuses, was
married at St Michael's church,
Wilmington in Dartford on 3rd April. She
gave her address as the One Bell public
house, and so did her new husband Charles
James Marchant, who gave his occupation
as an instructor in physical culture.
William and his second daughter Gladys
were witnesses. Interestingly, Daisy gave
her age as 21. In fact, she was just 18.
The One Bell was where she was living in
1911, and her grandparents kept it. But
her grandfather had died in 1911. Is it
possible that she gave a false age to
enable her to take on the running of the
One Bell with Charles Marchant now that
her grandfather was dead and her
grandmother was infirm?
mother-in-law, Mary Ann Waters ne้
Harrall, died of cancer at 96
Temple Street, Strood, on 27th
November. Her age was given as 65. She
died in the house of her daughter Mary
Ann Knott, who notified the death,
showing that my great-grandparents were
back in Strood by 1914.
1919: William's daughter
Gladys Violet was married at St Nicholas,
Strood on 8th February. She gave her
address as 96 Temple Street,
Strood and so did her new
husband Frederick Allen. Interestingly,
William's occupation in the register is
given as stevedore,
meaning a docker. This is the only time I
have found it recorded as anything other
than a cement or brickfield worker.
1925: Kelly's Directory
of Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham
records William's address as 96
Temple Street, Strood.
1951: William Knott died
on the 27th July at 143 Maidstone
Road, Rochester, Kent, the house
of his daughter Gladys. He was 81 years
old, and the cause of death was exhaustion
and internal haemorrhage. His
occupation was given as cement
burner in cement works - retired.
The informant was his daughter, Gladys
Violet Allen. He was buried in the family
plot A192 at Strood Cemetery, Cuxton
Road, Strood on 31st July, where both his