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Martha Hagger was born 1845 in Norton, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom to William Haggar (1824-1902) and Sarah Wilsher (1824-1907) and died 1929 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, United Kingdom of unspecified causes. She married John Horace Smith (1850-1895) 4 April 1869 in Norton, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.


Early Life

Martha Hagger was christened on 7 December 1845 in Norton, Hertfordshire. Her parents were William Hagger and Sarah Wilsher. William worked as an agricultural labourer until his father died in 1860; he then became the third generation parish clerk of Norton. All of Martha's grandparents lived locally, as did dozens of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Marriage

Martha married John Horace Smith on 4 April 1869 in Norton. John, a gardener from Baldock, was five years younger than Martha. The couple already had two sons, Arthur and Alfred. The young family lived for a few years with John's parents, John and Eliza. In about 1877 the family moved to Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, where they first lived on High Street before settling in Church Street.



Children


Offspring of Martha Hagger and John Horace Smith (1850-1895)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Alfred Smith (1868-) 1868 Baldock, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom Ellen Gertrude Baker (1869-)

Bertram James Smith (1873-1953) 1873 Baldock, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom 1953 Hereford, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom Patience Jakins (1880-1959)

Ernest George Smith (1875-1942) 1875 Baldock, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom 16 December 1942 "Studley" Kings Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, United Kingdom Emily Larby (1872-1943)

Lucy Jane Smith (1878-1970) 1878 Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, United Kingdom 1970 Barnet, Greater London, England, United Kingdom Edgar Latta (1877-1946)

Ralph Smith (1890-1905) 1890 Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, United Kingdom 1905 Guildford, Surrey, England, United Kingdom

Later life

John Smith died in 1895 aged 44, leaving Martha in a very difficult situation. She was 50 years old, a widow with several children including a 5 year old son, with no relatives in the county. She managed to raise the children and all her daughters went into service before marriage.

Martha died in Walton-on-Thames in 1929 aged 83.

1911 census

3 Church Walk, Walton-on-Thames (4 rooms)

Martha Smith, Head, 60, widow, born Herts Baldock

Kate Smith, daughter, 24, single, daily work barmaid, born Walton-on-Thames

Elvera Smith, grandaughter, 4, born Walton-on-Thames


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Contributors

  Robin Patterson


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