Catherine Saggers & Susan Alexander, Chelmsford area, Essex, England, 1834.

Agricultural fair organizers in England often rewarded local people for their thrift and long service. It’s not so often we see women in the lists.

At the Chelmsford Agricultural Society Show in 1834, Susan Alexander (probably of Mountnessing) received 20 shillings as a prize for “having lived under the same mistress 34 years” and for maintaining her “good character” all those years.

At the same time, Catherine Saggers (probably of Great Baddow) was given 10 shillings for her 11 years service with the same master and mistress. Chelmsford Chronicle, 19 December, 1834, page 4. Both prizes were reported as well in the Essex Herald, 16 December, 1834, page 2.

A Catherine Saggers married John Jackson in Great Baddow in the fall of 1835, on the 22 October. If this was the same Catherine, she and John had 2 children, but it appears she died in 1839 and was buried at St Mary the Virgin Church in Great Baddow.

I hope to learn more about her and would welcome any information.


Marriage Register, St. Mary the Virgin, Great Baddow, Essex, England, Family History Library film: 001471808 and “England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1997,” database, FamilySearch. John Jackson and Catherine Saggers, 22 Oct 1835; citing Marriage, Great Baddow, Essex, England, Essex Record Office, England.

Burial register, St. Mary the Virgin, Great Baddow, Essex, England, shows Catherine Jackson, born 1810. Family History Library film: 001471808.