“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.