Christine Fishburn's Family Album
Hoggarths of Upleatham, Blackwell and Stockton

Robert and Dora Alice Hoggarth, 1922
Robert & Dora Alice Hoggarth in 1922

Robert Hoggarth during WWI
Robert Hoggarth during WWI

Robert Hoggarth in 1921
Robert in 1921

Bob and Spot on a Sunday morning
Bob and Spot on a Sunday morning

My Great-grandfather was Robert Hoggarth, d.1890, an agricultural labourer in the Guisborough area, who according to the certificate was 'deceased' by the time of my grandfather John's marriage.  It is thought that my Great-grandmother was Hannah Hoggarth, who died age 61 in 1895 at Guisborough.

My Grandparents were John Hoggarth & Sarah Ann (née Stephenson) who were married on the 30th of August 1890, aged 27 and 23 respectively, at the Wesleyan Chapel, Lofthouse (Loftus), North Yorkshire.  John died age 36 in Darlington, in the 2nd quarter of 1900.  His widow moved to Stockton-on-Tees and married John Wild, a tram driver.  Sarah Ann died from pneumonia in Stockton, in the late 1930's.

The children of John & Sarah Ann Hoggarth were:
Lilian, born 2nd November 1891, died 11th December 1876.
Robert (my father), born 14th July 1893
William, born 1895
Ernest, born 1898

Lilian was tragically burned to death in an horrific acident aged only 5.  The regional newspaper's account of the event and subsequent inquest reads as follows.

The North Star, Darlington, 12th of December 1896

Yesterday morning, about 6.30 o'clock while the five year old daughter of John Hogarth, Farm Labourer, Nag's Head, near Darlington, was standing before the kitchen fire in her nightdress, the gown caught fire.  the little girl was very badly burned.  Dr. Lawrence's assistant attended the child, but she expired four hours later.

Note:  I have looked on an old map and at that time there appears to have been a Nag's Head farm situated between Blackwell (Darlington) and Croft-on-Tees.

The North Star, Darlington, 14th of December 1896

Coroner J.T. Froud held an inquest on Saturday at the Comet Hotel, Croft, touching the death of a little girl named Lillian Hogarth, aged five years, who was burned to death on Friday night through having her nightdress accidentally ignited while she was standing in front of the fire.  A verdict was returned that "Deceased met her death accidentally".

Note:  I was the next female to be born into this branch of the family, many years later, and was given the middle name Lilian in memory of poor Lilian.

My parents were Robert & Dora Alice Hoggarth.  The first photo shows Robert, 29 & Dora Alice (née Johnson) 27, at the bride's home in Fulham, London, shortly after their Boxing day wedding in 1922.  Robert served in the army during WWI.  The cap badge he wears in the second photo is that of the Royal Artillery.  The third photograph above is one he sent to Dora in 1921, when they were courting.  The last picture is Bob and his dog, Spot, on a Sunday morning.  It was taken at the cottage in Norton-on-Tees where Robert & Dora started their married life.  The area is built-up now.

I have provided several certificates for people and events above and these can now be found in the BMD's section of this website.  If you are related to any of my Hoggarths I would be absolutely delighted to hear from you!

Christine Fishburn (née Hoggarth), March 2003.

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