Ambrose (1) Hogger


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Ambrose (1) Hogger was born to parents William (4) Hogger and his wife Elizabeth (nee) Andrews. He was born at Great Waldingfield and was christened on April 12th 1835 at Lavenham [PR: Cosford DB].

The 1841 Census finds him at age "6" living with his parents in Slabs Street, Groton.

The 1851 Census finds him at age "16" living in Sherbourne Street, Edwardstone - about 2 miles south-east of Great Waldingfield - in the household of John S. Halifax, the Rector of Groton. He was occupied as a stable servant. The Topographical Dictionary of England published in 1848 had this to say of the Rector:

GROTON (St. Bartholomew), a parish, in the union of Cosford, hundred of Babergh, W. division of Suffolk, 1 mile (N. by W.) from Boxford; containing 624 inhabitants. This place was formerly a lordship of the abbot of Bury's, and at the Dissolution was granted to the Winthorp [sic] family, who possessed it till the reign of Charles I. The parish comprises by survey 1571 acres, of which 38 are waste land or common. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at 8. 1. 8., and in the gift of the Rev. Mr. Hallifax [sic]: the tithes have been commuted for 449, and the glebe comprises 36 acres.

Ambrose (1)'s future wife was Jane Jennings. She was born in early 1841 at Kersey, Suffolk [Birth Index: Cosford 12 342, 1841 (March)] to parents John Jennings (born in Kersey) and his wife, also called Jane (born in Hadleigh). The 1841 Census finds her at age "4 months" living with her parents in Kersey where her father appears to have been unemployed.

Ambrose (1) married Jane in 1859 [Marriage Index: Cosford 4a 901, 1859 (Dec)].

The 1861 Census finds him at age "26" living, with no one else in his household, in the "California" district of Stowmarket, Suffolk where he was occupied as a carpenter. Meanwhile, Jane and their first two children were in the Groton Street household of her father-in-law William (4).

The 1871 Census finds him at age "36" boarding at 14, Church Street in Sutton, Lancashire and occupied as a millwright. The household was headed by a labourer William Jones described in the schedule's disability column as "imbecile". Meanwhile, Jane and five children were living at 3, Regent Street in Stowmarket. Jane is described as the "wife of millwright temporarily absent working in Lancashire".

The 1881 Census finds Ambrose (1) and Jane with nine children living at a cottage in Regent Street, Stowmarket. He was then occupied as a carpenter and Jane as a dressmaker.

The 1891 Census finds Ambrose (1) again with nine children living at 2, Regent Street in Stowmarket and still occupied as a carpenter. Jane was meanwhile in London with her married daughter Sarah Emily (1).

Jane died aged "52" in 1893 [Death Index: Stow S. 4a 485, 1893 (Dec)].

The 1901 Census finds Ambrose (1) with six children living at Milton Road in Stowmarket and occupied as a machine carpenter. The schedule incorrectly describes him as married rather than widowed.

He died aged "73" in 1908 [Death Index: Stow, S. 4a 445, 1908 (Sept)].

His children by Jane Jennings

The first was born at Bildestone in Suffolk, and all the others at Stowmarket.
  1. Sarah Emily (1) Hogger - [Birth Index: Cosford 4a 409, 1859 (Sept) - indexed as "Jennings"]
  2. Henry (4) ("Harry") Hogger - [Birth Index: Stow 4a 4..0 (page unclear), 1861 (March) *]
  3. Arthur (4) Hogger - [Birth Index: Stow 4a 519, 1862 (June) *]
  4. and perhaps ... Annie Jane (1) Hogger - [Birth Index: Stow S. 4a 529, 1866 (June) *]
  5. Alfred Ambrose (1) Hogger - [Birth Index: Stow S. 4a 524, 1868 (June) *]
  6. Elizabeth ("Lizzie") Jane (2) Hogger - [Birth Index: Stow 4a 567, 1870 (March)]
  7. Annie Louisa (1) Hogger - [Birth Index: Stow S. 4a 505, 1871 (Sept)]
  8. William John (1) Hogger - [Birth Index: Stow S. 4a 621, 1873 (Dec)]
  9. Ernest Albert (1) Hogger - [Birth Index: Stow S. 4a 595, 1875 (June)]
  10. James Frederick (1) Hogger - [Birth Index: Stow S. 4a 571, 1877 (Dec)]
  11. Louis Victor (1) Hogger - [Birth Index: Stow S. 4a 631, 1879 (June)]
  12. Joseph Jennings (1) Hogger - [Birth Index: Stow S. 4a 625, 1881 (Sept)]
  13. Amy Jane (1) Hogger - [Birth Index: Stow S. 4a 691, 1884 (March)]
  14. Alice Amelia (1) Hogger - [Birth Index: Stow S. 4a 690, 1885 (Sept)]
  15. and perhaps ... Gertrude Adelaide G. (1) Hogger - [Birth Index: Stow S. 4a 756, 1888 (March)]
  16. and possibly others ...

* Surname is given as "Hoggar" in the GRO Index.

Sarah Emily (1) was born at Bildestone, evidently a little prior to her parents' marriage. She was registered at birth as "Sarah Emily Hogger Jennings". Some later sources give her forenames as "Sarah Emily J.", the latter initial probably denoting "Jennings". The 1881 Census finds her living with her parents and occupied as a dressmaker. In 1889 she married Emmanuel Ely [Marriage Index: Stow S. 4a 1325, 1889 (Dec)]. He was born at Stowmarket in 1859 [Birth Index: Stow 4a 570 (or 510 - unclear), 1859 (June)]. Soon afterwards they moved to London. The 1891 Census finds them living there at 186, Ladbroke Grove in Kensington, where Emmanuel was occupied as an oyster merchant's assistant. Sarah Emily (1)'s mother Jane was there also. The 1901 Census finds them back in Suffolk living in Bridge Street, Stowmarket where Emmanuel was now occupied as a painter. They appear not to have produced any children. Sarah Emily (1) died aged "70" in 1930 [Death Index: Stow S. 4a 1104, 1930 (March)].

The 1871 Census finds Henry (4) - named as "Harry" - at age "10" living with his parents. The 1881 Census finds him at age "19" living with his mother's parents John and Jane at Hasells Farm in Sandy, Bedfordshire where he was occupied as an agricultural labourer. The 1891 Census finds him at age "28" still living with them and now occupied as a farm manager's assistant, but named on the schedule as "Henry H. Jennings" and misrepresented as their "son" rather than grandson. The 1901 Census finds him as "Harry" at age "38", still unmarried, lodging at 37, Bloemfontein Avenue in Hammersmith in the household of a wood carver George Tett and occupied as a house agent's clerk.

The 1881 Census finds Arthur (4) living with his parents and occupied as a carpenter. In 1888 he married Barbara Alice Barnard [Marriage Index: Stow S. 4a 729, 1888 (March)]. She was born at Stowmarket in 1864 to parents Richard Barnard and his wife Mary Ann [Birth Index: Stow 4a 533, 1864 (June)]. Richard, a gardener, was born in Stowmarket around 1825-26. Arthur (4) was occupied as a wheelwright when he married. The marriage register gives his bride's forenames in reverse order, which appears to have been her preference. The witnesses were her father and Arthur (4)'s sister Sarah Emily (1). The 1891 Census finds them living at Lime Tree Place, Stowmarket in the household of Barbara's widowed father. Arthur (4) was still occupied as a wheelwright. The 1901 Census finds them still living there, now with two children Florence and Lily, and he was again occupied as a wheelwright.

The parentage of Annie Jane (1) has not yet been confirmed, but her birth details are consistent with being a child of Ambrose (1). This child died aged "3" in 1869 [Death Index: Stow S. 4a 360, 1869 (March)].

The 1891 Census finds Alfred Ambrose (1) lodging in the household of a bricklayer Thomas Stegall at Lime Tree Place in Stowmarket. He was occupied as a house painter. In 1892 he married Emma Elizabeth Baker [Marriage Index: Stow S. 4a 1165, 1892 (June)]. She was born at Mendlesham, Suffolk in 1868 [Birth Index: Cosford 4a 461, 1868 (Sept)]. They subsequently moved to Ipswich where they produced a child Percy (1) Hogger [Birth Index: Ipswich 4a 879, 1896 (Sept)]. The 1901 Census finds the family living at 10, Elliott Street in Ipswich St. Matthew where Alfred Ambrose (1) was again occupied as a house painter. Their son Percy (1) died aged "5" later that year [Death Index: Ipswich 4a 597, 1901 (Sept)]. Alfred Ambrose (1) died aged "60" in 1929 [Death Index: Ipswich 4a 1724, 1929 (March)].

The 1901 Census finds Elizabeth Jane (2) at age "31" living with her father. She married later that year [Marriage Index: Stow S. 4a 1735, 1901 (Dec)]. The name of her husband is not yet known.

The 1891 Census finds Annie Louisa (1) at age "19", occupied as a general servant in the household of a commercial traveller William MacDona at "Roserale" in Lewin Road, Streatham, London. The 1901 Census finds her at age "29" living in the household of a tobacco merchant Jacob John Jonas at Shakespeare House in Heene parish, Worthing in Sussex where she was occupied as a housemaid. She may have married Edmund Smith in 1914 [Marriage Index: Poplar 1c 663, 1914 (March)].

The 1891 Census finds William John (1) at age "27" living with his parents and occupied as a bootshop assistant. The 1901 Census finds him living with his father and occupied as a tailor's cutter. In 1903 he married [Marriage Index: Stow S. 4a 1035, 1903 (March)]. The name of his wife is not yet known.

The 1891 Census finds Ernest Albert (1) living with his parents and occupied as a clothier's assistant. The 1901 Census finds him boarding in the household of a furniture salesman Edgar A. Thurkettle at 23, Elliott Street in Ipswich St. Matthew where he was occupied as a carpenter and joiner.

The 1891 Census finds James Frederick (1) living with his parents and occupied as an errand boy. The 1901 Census finds him at age "23" boarding in the household of a labourer Charles Rogers in Nine Mile Lane, Wokingham in Berkshire, with no cited occupation. He appears to have married in 1907 [Marriage Index: Ipswich 4a 1688, 1907 (June)].

The 1901 Census finds Louis Victor (1) at age "22" living with his father and occupied as an assistant clerk. He married "Annie" Robinson in 1915 [Marriage Index: Marylebone 1a 1902, 1915 (Sept)]. He served with the Rifle Brigade as a rifleman with Service No. S/12818, apparently under the surname Robinson, and died on October 5th 1920. He was buried, with grave reference X.4.5, at the St. Marylebone Cemetery in London. His widow was then living at 21, Little Carlisle Street, Lisson Grove in Marylebone. These details are drawn from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database. This source gives his widow's forenames as "Eliza A.", so her full name may have been Eliza Ann(ie) Robinson.

The 1901 Census finds Joseph Jennings (1) at age "19" living with his father and occupied as a labourer at a cordite works.

The 1901 Census finds Amy Jane (1) at age "17" visiting her brother Ernest Albert (1) at 23, Elliott Street in Ipswich St. Matthew. Her occupation is given as general servant.

The 1891 Census finds Alice Amelia (1) living with her parents. The 1901 Census finds her at age "15" living with her father. In 1913 she married Alfred Mutum [Marriage Index: Ipswich 4a 1631, 1913 (March)]. One of their children, Eric Charles Mutum, was killed during WW2 at age 24. He had been serving as Driver 183508 in the Royal Army Service Corps. He died on July 20th 1941 and was buried in the Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery in Egypt. At that time his parents were living in Felixstowe.

There is an element of doubt as to the parentage of the girl Gertrude Adelaide G. (1). In both the 1891 and 1901 Censuses she was living in Ambrose (1)'s household, but in the first case she was described as his daughter and in the second case as his grand-daughter. Probably she was his illegitimate grandchild, it being less likely that Jane would have conceived a child when aged 47.