“A coal miner’s daughter”, is what my Grandma Edna Jagger Muffley called herself. Her father, James Jagger-pictured-(b. 1843, Southowram), indeed worked in the mines in West Yorkshire, and County Durham, in England, and then later in Illinois. Early in life both of his parents died (which found him then in an orphanage), his first wife died in Illinois, and he had a life of hard physical labor. However, his second marriage (to my great-grandmother Frances Weidenhamer) was reportedly happy, and they raised a large fine-looking family of good people. I feel particularly close to this branch of my ancestry, not only because of my early experiences with them, but also due to such a large legacy left to me in photos and history. In addition to this wealth of information, I have visited ancestral locations in West Yorkshire, Illinois, and elsewhere. Hardyman cousins (James Jagger’s mother was Mary Hardyman) have welcomed into their English homes my wife Kathryn and myself. This blog is a summary of highlights of this interesting ancestry.


Paul said...

Just come across your blog and found it very interesting.
Just starting out on Jagger side of tree, my great great great grandfather was Joseph Jagger (b. 1818) He married Mary Sutcliffe in 1838. One of his sons was George Jagger (my Great great grandfather) and he had a daughter called Remira (my great grandmother)
Would be great to make contact

GM said...

Hi Cousin Paul. Please e-mail me at I have a birth date for your Joseph Jagger of April 27, 1817, Southowram, and have that he was Christened at Square Chapel Independent in Halifax on July 14, 1824. I had his wife as Mary, but didn’t know that her maiden name was Sutcliffe. I have their son George born about 1847. Correct? I’d love to have more details of your line, especially what you know about the Jagger days in Batley. I show Remira born about 1869 in Batley; that was the year that my great-grandfather James Jagger (b. 1843, Southowram) moved to America. Was Remira’s husband Matthew Lud or Richard Thistleton? Did Remira continue to live in Batley? I wonder if she ever met her cousin James Jagger when he visited West Yorkshire during World War I. Remira surely knew her Aunt Amelia Jagger Hallas. Amelia’s family lived on Crescent Street in Batley in the 1881 census, before the move to Galesburg, Illinois, in 1888 (when Remira was about 19). In 1881, the James W. Smith family was living in the old Jagger home at 11 Whitelea Road, Batley; do you know who this was? My James Jagger lived with his Uncle Joseph’s family at the same address in 1861, & James corresponded with the Smith family nearly until the end of his life. I hope that you can help with this puzzle. Do you have any old family photos?
Best regards,
Cousin Gary

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Jan said...

Hello Gary and Paul

I've been doing some more research. I've come across a Hallas Jagger (I thought it was a strange name until I saw the info on your Aunt Amelia) and Gervas/Jervas/Jervis Jagger.

Have either of your stumbled across Gervas Jagger? I believe him to be the father of Benjamin Jagger born circa 1852 and Hannah born cirac 1859 (my great grandmother)

Thanks, Jan

Unknown said...

Ambrose Jagger`` My Mothers Uncle or Half Brother (?) To be honest I am unsure `` for I only met these folks once and they are all passed away now ``
Lillian Jagger( My mothers Aunt )
June Shirley Jagger ( My Mother ) who had married my father and became June Coughlin
As far as I know all are from the Pennsylvania area `` does this mean we are related ? I now live in New Jersey my email address is ..
Please let me know any information on them `` and my question herein `` Thank you `` Sincerely Margaret Coughlin ( married name, Wycoff)

Dave Walker 19 said...

Hi,my name is Dave Walker I am the closest match to Randy Jagger contact me at

Anonymous said...

Hi there
I am from a line of Jaggers who hail from the south, around London and Oxford. We cant get the line back before 1800 and there was always the question about whether we were from Yorkshire. Comparing your DNA with ours says we are not and probably come from the name Gygur, which became Gigger, Jigger, then Jagger. I have extensive research on all these different lines if anyone is interested.I would also like to compare with other sets of Jagger DNA so if anyone has a Kit Number I would be grateful. Email;

This is a great website - congratulations.

Keith Browning