Jagger: from the Yorkshire dialect for 'pedlar' or 'hawker' 
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name ‘Jagger’ has had an association with the Halifax area since at
least the late 1500s. However, it is almost impossible to trace this
particular Jagger branch before the 19th century owing to a
lack of details in records.
earliest confirmed member was Joseph Jagger (1804 - 1864) born 22 September 1804 in Northowram.
His parents were Benjamin and
Mary Jagger. A Benjamin
Jagger (c1775 - ?) weaver and Mary
Wilkinson were married 24 March 1803 in St John the Baptist Parish
Church, Halifax. They were quite possibly Joseph’s parents.
married Hannah Haggas (c1810
- 1981) 16 April 1827 at St John the Baptist Parish Church. Hannah was
most likely born 16 April 1810 in Northowram and her parents were
probably delver James Haggas
and Grace Horsfall, who had
five children altogether.
most of his life, Joseph worked in the stone quarrying industry, first
labouring as a delver then later becoming a stone merchant. At one point
he was listed as being a weaver, like his father, but as sandstone
quarrying took off in the 19th century in the area, Joseph
was able to take advantage and do well, employing 18 men in the 1850s,
as well as being a farmer of eight acres. By the turn of the 20th
century, there were said to be forty quarries in and around Northowram,
Southowram, Hipperholme and Brighouse producing ‘Elland Flag’, for
sandstone paving used around the United Kingdom, as well as stone walls
and roof slates. 
and Hannah had nine children who all lived to adulthood: Mary (1828 -
1903), Benjamin (1829 - 1898), Grace (1831 - c1885), John (1832 - ?),
Joseph (1834 - 1890), James (1836 - ?), William (c1839 - 1895), Haggas
(1841 - 1893) and Sarah Hannah
(more information about her appears below). All their sons worked in the
quarry business at some point and many became stone merchants
children who had all been born by 1837 had their births registered 30
June 1837 at the Ambler Thorn Methodist New Connection Chapel in
Northowram. This was possibly done because the following day, 01 July,
civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began throughout
England and Wales (although it was not mandatory for parents to register
births until 1875).
died 10 November 1864, aged 59, and left all his possessions,
investments and real estate to his wife, valued at less than £1500 (£68,000
in today’s money). Upon her death it would be divided up between the
children. He was a generous man, making separate provision for his
youngest son Haggas to live on the interest of £300 (worth about £13,700
today). Haggas was listed as an ‘imbecile’ on the 1871 census (a
term which denoted someone with the mental age of an infant). 
have been a condition since birth or perhaps caused by an accident years
After Joseph’s death, Hannah did some dressmaking and looked after her grandchildren and was able to live off what Joseph had provided. She died 07 February 1891, aged 76, and was buried in the family plot at Ambler Thorn Chapel.
was born 01 July 1842 in Ambler Thorn near Queensbury. In the 1851
census, she was listed as a scholar aged nine but could not sign her
name at her marriage so it is doubtful she received much education at
all. She worked as a bonnet maker before her marriage, the type of work
many women and children could do at home. She married Sidney
Smith 27 October 1861 at St John the Baptist
Church, Halifax. Her family and Sidney’s
parents lived on Beggerington Lane which is most likely how she and
Sidney knew each other.
died 11 January 1904 and Sidney 03 September 1909. They were both buried
in Ambler Thorn Chapelry. Intriguingly, their headstone is said to also
mention “…Fred their son who died July 23 1905 aged 1 year and 11
months”. The headstone could have been mis-transcribed as Sarah would
have been too old to have this child. So far nothing about Fred Smith
has been discovered.