This family actually starts in Great Chishall in 1784 when Joseph Hagger and Elizabeth
(possibly nee King) had a daughter Elizabeth King Hagger baptised, in 1786 Elizabeth
was joined by a brother Joseph and in 1794 by Joanna then in 1792 by John King.
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, .........
The Times 1889 – Annual Conference of the North West Poor Law Unions – Henry J was
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........................
The Times 1896 – Annual Conference of the North West Poor Law Unions – A presentation
was made to Henry J having completed 10 years as Secretary.
Liverpool Mercury 1896 – announced that the Liverpool Vestry are to present a portrait
of himself to Henry J for 50 years loyal service as Clerk.
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
(18990, 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 daughter 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).