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I received the following from Betty Ann Prescott on August 12, 1997
and added it here to further elaborate the earlier history
of the Jaggard Family in the U.S.


Betty Ann Jaggard Prescott

	The purpose of this search is to find the birth place of William Jaggard who 
purchased land in Gloucester County, New Jersey in 1730 from the Widow Sarah Bull.  
He sold part of his land to his son Thomas in 1738. This means that Thomas must have 
been born before 1717 to be of age at that time. In the deed the land sold to Thomas was 
recorded as bordering on land owned by James Jaggard. The deed did not specify the 
relationship between William and James. Family members assumed that James was the 
older brother of Thomas. He could have been the father William’s brother.  William’s 
sons are shown in family histories as William, James, Samuel and Thomas.  By the 
second generation James was signing legal documents as a Quaker.  While many William 
Jaggards were born in England between 1660 and 1720, there were few named James. A 
Samuel Jaggard shows up in the card file at Gloucester Co. Historical Society as being 
accused of fathering a bastard child (male) with Sarah Ward. James Jagard put up bail 
and Michael Fisher signed.  Therefore, finding Jaggard families with the names of 
William, James, Samuel and Thomas is important. During the first two generations 
Jaggards or their widows living in New Jersey married into the following families: 
Chew, Flaningam, Fisher, Pearce, Lodge, Roe, Hurff,  Morgan, Jennings, Inskeep, 
Dilkes, Bee, Turner, Hughes, Cheeseman, Zane, Porch, Clement, Peterson, Cattell, 
Kay and Albertson. 	

	At this time the author has found no records of Jaggards arriving on ships to 
America.  There are records of Jaggards shipping goods to America from London.  John 
Jaggard was a shipper to Virginia in 1677 .  On that same ship John Jennings was 
shipping goods.  Francis Jaggard was a shipper to New Jersey in 1680.   In 1685 
William Jaggard and John Hobbs shipped  goods to Virginia.   Later that year John 
Jaggard was shipping to Virginia.   The records of descendants of a Jeremy Jaggard in 
the early days have been traced and there were no sons named William from this family. 
An Abraham Jaggard sold land in Philadelphia before 1716.   It is certainly possible that 
there may have been more than one family of Jaggards who settled in the Colonies 
before 1730.  This could explain the different stories told by our fathers. 

	The author copied from the IGI all Jaggards found in England before 1750 and 
made a GEDCOM of these names and events. Transferring that file into the Research 
Data Filer of the Personal Ancestral File the events were separated by county. Each 
County Record Office in England where there were Jaggards was searched for parish 
christenings, marriages and burials.  Deaths were searched by using wills, administrations 
and death records.  Arranging by families, each William Jaggard was traced. The 
purpose was to eliminate those who died in England or whose family stayed in England.

	There are 197 references to Jaggards in London. Since William Jaggard was 
documented as being the printer of Shakespeare’s work  the search for our William 
started in London. The family of the printer was traced from Parish Records found in the 
Society of Genealogist Library in London and the Public Record Office in London.  
Boyd’s Male Burials 1538-1853 was used to check London deaths. Wills were found at 
the Guildhall and at the Public Record Office in London. The families were traced from 
about 1570 through 1730.  No William born in London before 1665 could be the William 
who was shipping from London to Virginia in 1685.  Shipping on the same ship in 1685 
was a John Hobbs.  Long after our William was in New Jersey (1844) a John Jaggard 
married Mary Ann Hobbs in Stetchworth, Cambridgeshire and had one child, William 
Jaggard, shown in the 1851 census. This leads to the assumption that our William’s 
family came from the Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk area where so many Jaggards 
lived. Since Ipswich was only a day away from London by ship in those days, it is quite 
possible that our William Jaggard was from that area. Some Jaggards in that area were 
drapers  and would have goods to sell.  There was a William who married Rebeca 
Murden in 1706 in St. Mary Magdalene Old Fish Street Parish in London.  This William 
was not found in birth records in London, so must have come from some other County.  
He could be the William from Bury St. Edmunds born to William and Sarah Jaggard 18 
Apr 1675.  There was only one James Jaggard in the London area at this time.  He had 
one child Mary in 1708. No death is recorded for this family in London before 1750. The 
St. Mary at Hill Parish in London has good documentation of the family of Francis 
Jaggard  who married Hannah Leader in 1629.  They had nine children who lived.  The 
sons were Abraham, born in 1634, John, born in 1641, Francis, born in 1640 and 
Humphrey, born in 1650.  It is very likely that this is the family who were the shippers 
from England between 1680 to 1685.

	In Cambridgeshire there are 490 data records of Jaggards. The records show 
Jaggards in West Wratting, Cambridge, England in 1580.  A John Jaggard and Ann Ayre 
(or Hare), who were married in West Wratting in 1644, are of interest. Guy Jaggard, 
father of the author, said that he came from a family of the youngest son of a youngest 
son of a youngest son who never inherited anything.  His family always had to move on 
to another place. They moved from France to England to New Jersey to Illinois to Kansas 
to California.  A will of John Jaggard , who died in West Wratting in 1663, left his 
property to his wife Annis for her lifetime and then to his oldest son John.  Each of the 
other sons, Thomas, Robert, Gilbert and William, are to have five pounds each from John 
when he takes over the property.  This William born in 1654 could be the William who 
goes into London and is the shipper in 1685.  He would be too old to be the William 
Jaggard buying land in New Jersey in 1730.

	In 1656 Robert and Martha (not of this Parish) Jaggard are married in West 
Wratting. According to the parish records their first son was John.  He would be too 
young to be the John who marries Johanna and has a son John in 1667. This may be the 
same John whose wife Martha has died.  A John and Ann Jaggard have their first son 
John before 1688 when William is born.  This family has a daughter Emme in 1690.  A 
son Robert is born in 1692 but is not named in the will, so must have died.  Martha is 
born in 1696.  A William Jaggard from West Ratting marries Frances Webb in Little 
Thorlow, Suffolk County in 1712.  This is probably the William, son of John and Ann 
born in West Wratting in 1688.  They have one child in Little Thurlow and then move to 
West Wratting where they have six more children.  William, the fifth child, was born in 
1722.  The Parish Records show that William died in 1740 in West Wratting and his relic 
Frances carries the Administration papers. Assuming that this is the father, it rules him 
out as being the New Jersey ancestor. The Administration papers to Frances, his relic, 
stated that William was from Dullingham. The Dullinham family is the one the 
descendants of the printer of Shakespeare’s works claim as their connection.  They claim 
their decendancy through William Jaggard born in 1730 in Dullingham. There is no 
James Jaggard born in Cambridgeshire between 1632 and 1727.  This fact also helps to 
rule out this family.

	In Essex County there are 129 data references to Jaggards.  In Wendens Ambo 
there was a good possibility.  Robert Jaggard married Margaret in 1650.  They had three 
daughters before Andrew was born.  This Andrew of Wendons owned a pub and ran a 
good tavern in 1681.   He married Elizabeth Hovell in 1667. They had a son Andrew Jr., 
three daughters and then William , born in 1691.  Robert and Thomas were born after this 
date. This William marries Ann Tolman in Arkesden, the parish just west of Wendens 
Ambo in 1729. He had no marriage before that, so could not have had a son Thomas who 
bought land from his father William in 1738. Andrew Sr. and Elizabeth had two sons 
after William: Robert and Thomas. Both Robert and Thomas marry, have children and 
stay in England. 

	In Suffolk there are 391 references to Jaggards. There were Jaggards in Suffolk 
in 1638 when the Able Men of Suffolk were listed. George Jaggard  was one of these. 
There were many Jennings as well as Jaggards who married between 1676 and 1750.  
The New Jersey names of Dilkes, Bull and Chew also are found. The earliest William 
found is William Jaggard who married Ursley Reeve in Exning in 1616.A William 
Jaggard was born in 1624, the son of William Jagger and Elizabeth. His name was 
changed to William Jaggard when he married Mathew (Martha) Waker.   Their son 
William was born 21 Jan 1648. He married Sarah Raft on 26 Jun 1671. Sarah was the 
daughter of John and Ann Raft of Bury St. Edmunds. They had two girls, Elizabeth and 
Sarah before a son William was born 18 Apr 1675.  At this time it would appear that this 
William is the most likely person to be the William Jaggard who buys land in New 
Jersey in 1730. After he was born, William and Sarah had John, born in 1677, James, 
born in 1678 and Mary, born in 1681. The father William died 10 Feb 1680. This left his 
wife Sarah a widow with five young children. A daughter Mary was born to Widow 
Jaggard in 1681. The Widow Sarah died in that same year. This left the family orphans. 
William would have been only six years old at that time. The parents of Sarah died in 
1680 and 1681 so there were no maternal grandparents to care for them. Thomas, the 
youngest son of William and Martha, was born in 1666 and married Mary Moore in 1693. 
He would not have been old enough to care for the orphaned family. Thomas and Mary 
Jaggard had a son Thomas who married in 1730 and died in England in 1749. They had 
three sons named William and all died as children. They also had a daughter Sarah. 

	In Norfolk there are only five references. John Jaggard (the son of Abraham Jr. 
from London, according to Captain William Jaggard’s Jottings) was the Rector at King’s 
Lynn and died there in 1702.  His widow Elizabeth, however, did not follow through as 
executrix, so John Cotton acted on behalf of the two children Margaret and Elizabeth. 
There were no sons mentioned in the will. 

	There is only one reference in Herefordshire, two in Hertforshire, one in Kent and 
two in Middlesex. None of these are a William or a James.

	West Yorkshire records were checked for the name Jagger as well as Jaggard at 
the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research in York, Yorkshire Archaeological Society 
in Leeds and at the West Yorkshire Archive Service in Wakefield. There are 467 data 
references to Jaggers in West Yorkshire. Original research accounts for 170 of these 
records while the rest are taken from the IGI. Most of these Jaggers were non-
conformist.  They would have known about the Jaggards in London since Thomas 
Jaggard, who graduated from Cambridge , came up to a Puritan Parish in their area as a 
minister in 1639. This was the parish of Kirby Overblow. There were some Williams and 
two with the name James in that area.  

	In conclusion the family names of William, James, Thomas and Sarah in the Bury 
St. Edmunds family in Suffolk adds to the evidence showing that the William Jaggard 
born in 1675 is most likely the ancestor of the New Jersey family. There are no Parish 
Chest records remaining so it is impossible to tell what really happened to this family 
when both the mother and father died when the children were so young. It is possible that 
the London family of Jaggards took them to live in London.  There are no deaths in 
England for any of this Suffolk family. William’s brother James, who was born in 1678, 
could have been the James Jaggard who owned land bordering on William’s land in New 
Jersey which William sold to his son Thomas in 1738. This could explain why James 
Jaggard who died in 1767 in New Jersey was said to be “at an advanced age”. The James 
who signed as co-executor of Thomas’s will in 1749 could have been an uncle instead of 
a brother. A Samuel shown in New Jersey as being accused of fathering a bastard child 
(male) with Sarah Ward in 1750 is probably the son of William. James Jaggard is 
shown as putting up bail and Michaell Fisher signed. 

	There are other clues that lead to the conclusion that this is the correct family. 
William’s sister Sarah marries a Symond Gagard in Bury St. Edmunds in 1700. In the 
History of Gloucester County, NJ a John Gagard is listed as Overseer of ye poor in 
1756.  This could be the nephew of William. If William and James came to New Jersey, 
their sister and her husband might have come as well. The Bull family had been in Bury 
St. Edmunds for some time. John Bull was the curate in Bury in 1648 and Thomas Bull 
owned the “Angel” (a hotel still in Bury St. Edmunds) and was the common carrier to 
London at the time of the plague in 1637.  It was from the Widow Bull that William 
purchased his land in 1730. Another connection is the name Dilkes. Edmund Dilkes lived 
in Bury St. Edmunds. He was imprisoned and fined in 1648 for being a Quaker. Later, 
when it was safe to be a Quaker, he went around the countryside near Bury St. Edmunds 
and certified dwelling houses as being a proper place to hold Quaker Meetings.   Two of 
our Jaggards married Dilkes in New Jersey.

	The author will be most happy to communicate with anyone who has information 
that might help in the proof or disproof of the conclusion that the Preponderance of 
Evidence shows that the Bury St. Edmunds family is the ancestor of the William Jaggard 
who purchased land in New Jersey.
				Betty Ann Prescott
				P.O. Box 4296
				Camp Connell, CA 95223
  Gloucester County New Jersey Deed Book, Vol. E Page 396.  Deed of William H to Thomas Jaggard, 26 
Sep 1738 lists previous owners and dates of purchase of the five hundred acres.  Richard Bull had 
purchased from Richard Bromley and from Henry Chew and had surveyed some land in his own Right.. 
When Richard Bull died his lands descended to his brother Thomas, who sold the land to Sarah Bull, 
widow of Richard Bull.  She sold five hundred acres to William Jagard 20th day of June 1730 for one 
hundred fifty pounds. It was part of this land that William Jagard was selling to his son Thomas on 26 
September 1738 for thirty-five pounds. In the description of the land one side bordered on James Jagard’s 
  Will of James Jaggard April 2, 1783 on Film #0533163 H2201 in the Family History Library in Salt Lake 
  Ora L. Flaningham, Flaningam Family History, published by The Gloucester County Historical Society, 
Woodbury, NJ, 1991
   Peter Wilson Coldham The Complete Book of Emigrants 1661-1699 E187.5, C644, 1990 in California 
Genealogy Library, San Francisco, CA p 286 
  Ibid, p. 361
 Ibid., p. 540
  Ibid., p. 346
  Philadelphia, PA Deed Book E7 No. 9, p292
  Edwin Eliott Willoughby, A Printer of Shakespeare, The Books and Times of William Jaggard, New 
York, E.P. Dutton & Co., owned by Arthur Jaggard 
  Peter Wilson Coldham The Complete Book of Emigrants 1661-1699  E187.5, C644, 1990 in Calif 
Genealogy Library, San Francisco, CA p. 540
  Card Index at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk Co. Public Record Office:  HA517/C54 & HA511/C28
  IGI in London Family History Library
  Salt Lake City Family History Library Film # 993230: Bury St. Edmunds Baptized.
  IGI in London Family History Library: James Jaggard married Mary in St. Mary at Hill Parish, 
  IGI in London and Parish Records in Society of Genealogist Library London.
  West Wratting Christenings-Baptisms Parish Records in Cambridgeshire Records Office in Cambridge
  Cambridgeshire Record Office 101/T/894
  Bury St. Edmunds Suffolk Record Office, Little Thurlow Parish Registers & Index of marriage License 
allegations in Archdeaconry of Sudbury 1684-1754
  Captain Wm. Jaggard, Jaggard Family Jottings Through The Countries
  References in card catalog in Chelmford Record Office
  Parish Records in Chelmford Record Office and in Society of Genealogist Library in London.
  Charles Edward Banks, Able Men of Suffolk 1638, Transcribed from the original in the Public Record 
Office London, England: in Salt Lake City Family History Library, British Floor, 942.64 M2lb, p 336
  Boyd’s Male Marriage in Suffolk 1651-1700 in Bury St. Edmunds County Record Office, Boyd’s 
Marriages in Suffolk, 1650-1700, Female names and The Suffolk Poll Book 1710
  Photograph of original parish record from Bury St. Edmunds Suffolk County Record Office
  Above records from Parish Records in County Record Office at Bury St. Edmunds for  St. James Parish, 
  ANW will 1702 p 436 in Norfolk County Record Office in Norfolk
  Revs Oliver Heywood & T.Dickenson, The Nonconformist Register of Baptisms, marriages and Deaths 
1644-1702, 1702-1752 generally known as the Northowram or Coley Register
  John Venn and J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses Part I From the Earliest Times to 1751, Cambridge 
At the University Press, 1922
  Thos. Cushing, M.D. and Charles E. Sheppard, Esq. History of the Counties of Gloucester, Salem, and 
Cumberland, New Jersey,  Philadelphia: 1883: p. 189
  Margaret Statham, The Book of Bury St Edmunds, Barracuda Books Limited Buckingham, England 1938 
on the British Floor at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City 942.6H/B5 Hes
  Betty Curtayne, 300 Years of Quakerism in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk in Salt Lake City Family History 
Center, British Floor 942.64/BS, K2c


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