Annie Saggers, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, England, 1893

Sometimes the stories we find in newspapers are not so happy. That often seems why they made it into the paper. But here’s a happier one – related to Christmas, but also to new beginnings, so I thought it would be right for a New Years’ article.

From the Herts & Cambs Reporter & Royston Crow, Friday, 15 December 1893, page 5.

“BUNTINGFORD [Hertfordshire, England]

PRESENTATION.—The Departure of Miss Saggers from the Buntingford Post Office to that of Biggleswade was generally regretted. She had been so long in her old post, and performed her duties so admirably, that she had won the goodwill of the whole town.”

According to the article, a committee had raised subscriptions to present her with a testimonial, nearly 15£, and with 7£ of that, they had bought her “a splendid marble clock with bronze figures, which was sent to Miss Saggers on Wednesday.”

The inscription on the clock read: “Presented to Miss Annie Saggers as a token of esteem and respect, and in recognition of her invariable kindness and courtesy during her 15 years’ service in the Post Office at Buntingford, Oct. 1st, 1893.”

The clock and the list of subscribers had been in the window of Mr. C. Hamilton1 for all to see and the Committee further “hope[s] to be able to send Miss Saggers, at Christmas, a cheque for 10£.”

There is also a short article in the same newspaper about her new appointment at Biggleswade, 1 September, 1893, page 5 – Buntingford. (Newspapers accessed from; images from The British Library Board.)

The 1901 Census shows Annie Saggers living at Biggleswade in Bedfordshire, England, boarding with a family, and working as a Civil Servant in the Post Office. (She was then aged 39, born at Buntingford.)2 And the British Postal Service Appointment Book for 18933 shows her new appointment, November 1893, as a sorting clerk and telegraphist. I have not found her original appointment – yet.

I’d like to learn more about Annie, so please contact me if you recognize her.

I don’t know how much she would remember from today’s Biggleswade, but I believe at least a few buildings are still there. Interestingly in 1891, the rural district population was only 21, 864, while in 2017, Biggleswade’s population was estimated as 20,200.4 Of course there have been many changes since Annie was there.

To see a Biggleswade Local History Album on Flickr, created by steam60163, follow this link:

Of course, I do wonder what happened to her clock! And I hope she did get the cheque.

Biggleswade’s Christmas Tree, taken 19 December 2010, photographer acather96.
Photograph courtesy of the photographer; licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.


1. Charles Hamilton was listed as a master Ironmonger in Buntingford in the 1891 census. I believe it was his shop the clock was displayed in. The National Archives of the UK (TNA); Kew, Surrey, England; Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891; Class: RG12; Piece: 1100; Folio: 69; Page: 1; GSU roll: 6096210. 1891 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.

2. Class: RG13; Piece: 1499; Folio: 57; Page: 27. 1901 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives, 1901. Data imaged from the National Archives, London, England.

3. British Postal Service Appointment Books, 1737-1969 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors. Original data: Post Office: Staff nomination and appointment, 1831-1969. Microfilm, POST 58, 80 rolls. The Postal Museum. London, England.

4. 1891 population – Parliamentary Papers, Volume 8, Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons, H.M. Stationery Office, 1895, page 419. 2017 population – Biggleswade, Wikipedia, “Ward population estimates 2017”. Central Bedfordshire, referenced and linked:

Almost time for the Christmas Pudding!

Sarah Frances Rogers, née Saggers, born England, 1877; died Vancouver, B.C., Canada, 1954.

Here is my grandmother, Sarah Saggers’, Christmas pudding recipe, as she wrote it out.

½ lb beef suet
½ lb sultanas
½ lb currants
¼ lb bread crumbs
2 cups blanched almonds
1 lemon juice & grated rhind
5 eggs
½ tea spoon salt
¼ tea spoon nutmeg
½ “ “ mixed spice ½ “ “ mace
1 table spoon of molasses
½ lb rasins
¼ lb flour
½ lb brown sugar
¼ lb mixed peel
1 orange juice & rhind

(Makes) 2 medium bacins

Grandma has made a note that she omits the almonds – I’d keep them in!

Xmas Pudding – from Sarah Frances Rogers, née Saggers, born Bassingbourn, CAM, England, 1877; emigrated in 1907 with her family; died Vancouver, B.C., Canada, 1954.

Free Genealogy Seminar – Oct 2019 – Surrey BC

Annual Roots Conference – Saturday, October 19, 2019!

Watch for free registration details soon:
Location: 6270 126 Street, Surrey BC

Talk to us at the Guild of One-Name Studies Display Table.

In the meantime, do visit the Guild website or contact me. Search on the site to see if someone is researching your names and look for your name in the free Guild of One-Name Studies indexes:

Thomas Saggers – coursing at Chelmsford, Essex

“Thomas Saggers Jun was charged with using a greyhound to take a hare at Sandon.”

On the 8th he had been seen on with a greyhound and another dog on Mr. Bewers’ land. Thomas had “turned the attention of the dog to a hare”, encouraging it to chase it, and then he had taken the hare. “It being proved he had no authority for coursing he was convicted and fined £5 and costs.”

To course is to use greyhounds to hunt small game by sight (not scent) – for sport. I did have to look that up in the Oxford.

I believe this is Thomas (Junior), the son of Thomas and Mary (Turner) Saggers,  thus the grandson of Thomas Saggers and Rosetta (Dorman) Saggers. I believe I have seen the father, Thomas, named as Thomas The Younger.

In 1861 the family was living at Great Baddow with four other children, Roberts, Sarah Ann, Rosetta and Harriet. I believe though that Thomas Senior was married to two Marys: Mary Turner – mother of Thomas and Robert and Mary Daniels – mother of Sarah Ann, Rosetta and Harriet.

Quotes above concerning the coursing charge are from the “Chelmsford Petty Session – May 17”, The Essex County Standard and Eastern Counties Advertiser, Colchester, Essex, England, Friday, 24 May 1861, page 2. Located via, January 2019.

Meet Guild members at Kelowna conference, September 2018

Look for the Guild of One-Name Studies display at the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society’s conference, September 28-30th, 2018. Learn more and register at:

Kelowna I.O.D.E. Memorial Service, June 8th 1924. Postcard, unused. Image MSC130-1812-01, courtesy of the British Columbia Postcards Collection, a digital initiative of Simon Fraser University Library.

BC Genealogical Society publishes first ever Calendar!


New – BCGS Calendars for 2018

The first ever BC Genealogical Society Calendar will be available at the Society’s October 11th meeting in Burnaby and any left over will be sold at the Finding Your Roots seminar in Surrey, October 14, 2017.  
Congratulations to the BCGS members involved. Great idea for fundraising and promoting interest in the Society, and in genealogy! 
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Saggers DNA Project

There is now a Saggers DNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA.

This is a very new project including Y-DNA, MtDNA and autosomal DNA and we will be happy to include those with or related to the Saggar, Saggars, Sagger, or Saggers surnames.

Have a look at the video here.


“The Story of You – Discover Your Journey”, FamilyTreeDNA video, YouTube, published on 1 Dec 2015.

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