Hagg*r One Name Study

Henry Joseph Hagger – Parish Clerk Liverppol


This family actually starts in Great Chishall in 1784 when Joseph Hagger and Elizabeth (nee Whitmarsh).


In the case of the Liverpool Haggers we are particularly interested in Joseph the son and we next find him as the father on his daughter Mary Ann's marriage certificate in 1843 in Bath. Joseph is shown as the Governor of Bath Union Workhouse and in the 1851 census we find Joseph in that position, with a wife Mary Ann as the workhouse matron and what we believe are two sons Henry Joseph who is shown age 22, unmarried and 1st schoolmaster via Liverpool Industrial School (born 1829 at Amesbury in Wiltshire).  There is a further son Charles, age 20 and an ironmongers apprentice (born 1831 in Somerset). We know Mary Ann and Charles married but have found no children,  Charles died in 1862 in Manchester, although according to the probate records he was living near Bath and was an accountant.


Henry Joseph married Eleanor George in 1858 at Bebbington in the Wirall and in 1861 they were living in the parish of Everton in Liverpool and Henry J is shown as the Parish Clerk of Liverpool and they have one son Henry George just 11 months old (born 1860).  Henry and Eleanor went on to have other children Mary George (1861), Mary Eleanor (1863), Charles Herbert (1865), Joseph Leyland (1867), John Whitmarsh (1869), Ethel George (1871), Caroline Mary (1873) and Catherine Mabel (1874).


Henry Joseph survived until 1911 when he died  in the West Derby Registration Distinct and still a Vestry Clerk. There are numerous reference to Henry Joseph in various newspapers and here are just a few.


Liverpool Mercury 1871 - The finance committee rejected a motion to increase Henry J's salary from £700 to £800 pa.


Liverpool Mercury 1876 - Liverpool Select Vestry - The Increase of Salaries - … The finance committee recommended the following increases of salary - Mr Hagger vestry clerk, from £700 to £750 per annum; …….. Mr Scott, in moving the confirmation of the proceedings of the committee, said there was a minute upon the proceedings which was necessitated by the serious illness of the vestry clerk (Mr Hagger) which he was sure they all deeply regretted.  (Hear Hear)  during the 18 years he (Mrs Scott) had had a seat at the board he had never known Mr Hagger previously to be absent a single day from illness; it was hoped hat he was gradually improving, but he was still in a state as to occasion some little anxiety, though he (Mr Scott) trusted he would soon be restored to health.  (Hear Hear)  Mr Hagger's medical man thought it advisable that he should be kept as quietly as possible, and, with the object of affording him a better chance of recovery, .........


Liverpool Mercury 1894 - Mr H J Hagger, who for nearly half a century has been actively allied with the Liverpool Select Vestry, is about to receive the testimonial of silver plate through which the present members of that venerable body desire to convey their admiring appreciation of his high personal character, his ability as a poor law administrator, and his zealous energy on behalf of the Vestry, the poor, and the ratepayers.  Throughout the country Mr Hagger is rightly regarded as an authority upon every subject appertaining to the working of the Acts which affect in large measure our social economy........................


Henry George was an undergraduate in the 1881 census living with his parents, as he was in 1891 and 1901 by which time he was Assistant Vestry Clerk to his father.  He married when he was 54 in 1904 to Louisa Annie Robinson.  Louisa died in 1906 and Henry George in 1910.


We can find no marriage for Charles Herbert, certainly in 1911 he was living as a single man with his mother as a Poor Law  Clerk, he died in 1929.


Joseph Leyland married Lucy Lawrence in 1898 and they had four children Dorothy Eleanor (1899), Henry Lawrence (1904), Arthur Gerald (1906) and Clifford Leyland (1909).  Lucy died in 1922 and Joseph L in 1958.


We can find no marriage for John Whitmarsh and the last record we found of him was in the 1891 census when he was living with his parents as a bank clerk.


We have found no marriages for the daughters all of whom were living with their mother in 1911. We found their deaths as follows Mary Eleanor (1956), Ethel George (1949), Caroline Mary (1970) and Catherine Mabel (1967).



















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The silver salver presented to Joseph and his wife Mary for 17 years service to the Bathe Workhouse in 1856.

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