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EDGOOSE, Harriet

EDGOOSE, Harriet

Female 1858 - 1916  (57 years)

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  • Name EDGOOSE, Harriet  [1
    Born 14 Nov 1858  Algarkirk Fen, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 6 Aug 1869  Amber Hill, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Reference Number 1342 
    _UID 8633F044C27749DCAF5A6B866F94BCF0F4AA 
    Died 5 Apr 1916  Ulceby, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I1342  Edgoose
    Last Modified 31 Dec 2017 

    Father EDGOOSE, Joel,   b. 19 Jan 1804, Swineshead, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1883, Amber Hill, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother JONES, Mary Elizabeth Grace,   b. Between 1813 and 1814, At Sea Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1888, Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married Unknown 
    Family ID F488  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family ID F10045  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 COCKER, John Armstrong,   b. 15 Nov 1851, Hathersage, Derbyshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1887, Hathersage, Derbyshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Married 5 Dec 1883  Hathersage, Derbyshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 15 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F638  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 RIGGALL, Marmaduke,   b. 15 Mar 1851, Warne, Beverley, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1927, Spilsby Registration District, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 24 Nov 1891  Hathersage, Derbyshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. RIGGALL, Harriet Doris,   b. 21 Apr 1893, Budleigh Salterton, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1980, Edinburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     2. RIGGALL, Paul Rigauld,   b. 1894, Budleigh Salterton, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1961  (Age 67 years)
     3. RIGGALL, Clara Valetta,   b. 1896, Alford, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1970  (Age 74 years)
     4. RIGGALL, Francis Edward,   b. 1898, Rose Villa, Alford, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1978  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 12 May 2017 
    Family ID F641  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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    ELIZABETH EDGOOSE (1852-1944) & HARRIET EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    Date: Probably 1890

    The two youngest sisters in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, probably during Harriet's visit in 1890.


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    This photograph came from the Hinchcliff family collection. Their opinion was that it might be a photograph of Sophie Schjoldager.
    In my opinion it could well be a photograph of Harriet Edgoose (1858-1916) in middle age.
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    HARRIET EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    Date: UNKNOWN

    The identity of her companions is unknown.
    [Photographer: Robert Lee, Portrush and Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland. He is known to have been working in 1890]
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    Harriet Edgoose (1858-1916) as a very young girl according to her daughter Harriet Doris Riggall (1893-1980).

    [Photographer: F. Beales, Trinity Street, Boston, Lincolnshire]
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    Harriet EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    Date: Probably before her marriage on 5 December 1883

    Harriet as a young woman according to her daughter Harriet Doris Riggall (1893-1980). [Photographer: F. Beales, 31 High Street, Boston, Lincolnshire. He was based at 31 High Street, Boston, from 1872 to 1896]
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    Date: 1895-1898

    With her is one of her two daughters who were born in 1893 and 1896. This one could be two or three years old.
    [Photographer: unknown
    There was no indication of a photographer's name]
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    HARRIET EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    Date: probably in 1888-1889 when she returned from the USA for the winter.

    [This photograph was taken by G. V. Yates, Davys Buildings, Fargate, Sheffield, Yorkshire, who worked from that address between 1889 and 1919]
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    HARRIET EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    Date: Before 1883 marriage

    She married John Armstrong Cocker (1851-1887)on 5 December 1883.
    [Unknown photographer]
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    HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    Date: Circa 1884-1890

    Her husband John Armstrong Cocker died in 1887 and Harriet Cocker married the Reverend Marmaduke Riggall in 1891.
    [The photographer was T. W. Markwick & Co., White Rock Library, Hastings, circa 1884-1890]
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    Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose (1858-1916)

    Date: Possibly 1890

    [The photographer was G. V. Yates, Davy's Buildings, Fargate, Sheffield, Yorkshire. It was taken post 1889, and possibly in 1890 on her way to Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA. G.V. Yates was at that address from 1889 to 1919]
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    Date: 1894 or 1897

    With daughter Doris in about 1894 or possible with Valletta in 1897.
    [Photograph taken by A. G. Carlisle, 6 Rolle Street, Exmouth, Devon]
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    Date: 1893-1895

    With one of her children.
    [Photographer: unknown]
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    HARRIET EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    Date: Uncertain

    Harriet's grandson Colonel John S. Riggall told Roseanne Riggall in 2005 that he thought this photograph showed her at Hathersage before her marriage in 1883.

    [Photograph by Humphreys Kemp of 373 Glossop Road, Sheffield, who apparently worked out of that address in 1901-1905]
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    HARRIET RIGGALL formerly COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    Date: EARLY 1900s
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1852-1916)

    Date: After 1891

    She married the Reverend Marmaduke RIGGALL (1851-1927) at Hathersage on 24 November 1891. The identity of the child is unknown. [The photographer: Edwin Rechab Nainby (1842-1908) of Alford, Lincolnshire. His working dates are unknown]
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    Documents
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    MARGARET COCKER nee ARMSTRONG (1814-1884) to JOHN ARMSTRONG COCKER (1851-1887) and HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) on 7 DECEMBER 1883 [PAGE 1]

    The first page of a letter dated 7 December 1883 From Mrs. Margaret Cocker (1815-1884) to her son John Armstrong Cocker (1851-1887) and his new wife Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose (1858-1916)
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    Transcript

    HARRIET RIGGALL formerly COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1958-1916)

    5 APRIL 1916

    A TRANSCRIPT OF HARRIET RIGGALL'S OBITUARY appears on FRANCES MARY HINCHCLIFF nee PAYNE's Profile Page. See I2161.
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    MARGARET COCKER nee ARMSTRONG (1814-1884) to JOHN ARMSTRONG COCKER (1851-1887) and HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 7 DECEMBER 1883 {PAGE 2]

    The second page of a letter dated 7 December 1883 From Mrs. Margaret Cocker (1815-1884) to her son John Armstrong Cocker (1851-1887) and his new wife Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose (1858-1916)
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    MARGARET COCKER nee ARMSTRONG (1814-1884) to JOHN ARMSTRONG COCKER (1851-1887) and HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 7 DECEMBER 1883 [PAGE 3]

    The third page of a letter dated 7 December 1883 From Mrs. Margaret Cocker (1815-1884) to her son John Armstrong Cocker (1851-1887) and his new wife Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose
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    MARGARET COCKER nee ARMSTRONG (1814-1883) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 11 DECEMBER 1883 [PAGE 1]

    The first page of a letter dated 11 December 1883 From Mrs. Margaret Cocker (1815-1884) to her new daughter in law Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose (1858-1916)
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    MARGARET COCKER nee ARMSTRONG (1814-1883) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 11 DECEMBER 1883 [PAGE 2]

    The second page of a letter dated 11 December 1883 From Mrs. Margaret Cocker (1815-1884) to her new daughter in law Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose (1858-1916)
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    MARGARET COCKER nee ARMSTRONG (1814-1883) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 11 DECEMBER 1883 [PAGE 3]

    The third page of a letter dated 11 December 1883 From Mrs. Margaret Cocker (1815-1884) to her new daughter in law Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose (1858-1916)
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    Transcript

    REVEREND JOHN SMITH TO HARRIET EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 1 JUNE 1888

    Transcription of a letter sent by the Reverend John Smith of Holland Fen Vicarage, Lincolnshire, to Harriet Edgoose on 1 June 1888.


    Source: Collection of Doris Harriet Mitchell nee RIGGALL (1893-1980).

    Letters from ENGLAND
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) 30 NOVEMBER 1897

    Transcription of a letter dated 30 November 1897 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.

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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) 30 NOVEMBER 1897 [PAGE 1]

    The first page of a letter dated 30 November 1897 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose (1858-1916) to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose (1852-1944) in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1952-1944) 30 NOVEMBER 1897 [PAGE 2]

    The second page of a letter dated 30 November 1897 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.

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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) 30 NOVEMBER 1897 [PAGE 3]

    The third page of a letter dated 30 November 1897 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) 30 NOVEMBER 1897 [PAGE 4]

    The fourth page of a letter dated 30 November 1897 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) TO ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) 24 JULY 1900 [PART 1]

    Part one of a transcription of a letter dated 24 July 1900 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose of Malta House, Alford, Lincolnshire, to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) TO ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) 24 JULY 1900 [PART 2]

    Part two of a transcription of a letter dated 24 July 1900 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose of Malta House, Alford, Lincolnshire, to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE(1858-1916) to ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) 24 JULY 1900 [PAGE 1]

    The first page of a letter dated 24 July 1900 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose of Malta House, Alford, Lincolnshire, to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE(1858-1916) to ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) 24 JULY 1900 [PAGE 2]

    The second page of a letter dated 24 July 1900 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose of Malta House, Alford, Lincolnshire, to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE(1858-1916) to ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) 24 JULY 1900 [PAGE 3]

    The third page of a letter dated 24 July 1900 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose of Malta House, Alford, Lincolnshire, to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE(1858-1916) to ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) 24 JULY 1900 [PAGE 4]

    The fourth page of a letter dated 24 July 1900 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose of Malta House, Alford, Lincolnshire, to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE(1858-1916) to ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) 24 JULY 1900 [PAGE 5]

    The fifth page of a letter dated 24 July 1900 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose of Malta House, Alford, Lincolnshire, to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE(1858-1916) to ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) 24 JULY 1900 [PAGE 6]

    The sixth page of a letter dated 24 July 1900 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose of Malta House, Alford, Lincolnshire, to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE(1858-1916) to ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) 24 JULY 1900 [PAGE 7]

    The seventh page of a letter dated 24 July 1900 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose of Malta House, Alford, Lincolnshire, to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
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    Transcript

    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) 24 MAY 1911

    Transcription of a letter dated 24 May 1911 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose at 67 Forest Road, Loughborough, to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.

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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) 24 MAY 1911 [PAGE 1]

    The first page of a letter dated 24 May 1911 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose at 67 Forest Road, Loughborough, to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) 24 MAY 1911 [PAGE 2]

    The second page of a letter dated 24 May 1911 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose at 67 Forest Road, Loughborough, to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) 24 MAY 1911 [PAGE 3]

    Third page of a letter dated 24 May 1911 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose at 67 Forest Road, Loughborough, to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) 24 MAY 1911 [PAGE 4]

    The fourth page of a letter dated 24 May 1911 from Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose at 67 Forest Road, Loughborough, to her sister Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL NEE EDGOOSE (1958-1916) to JOHN ROBERT EDGOOSE (1839-1914) 03 JULY 1914 [PAGE 1]

    The first page of a letter written on 3 July 1914 to her brother John Robert Edgoose. John Robert died just over three months later on 25 October 1914.
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    Transcript

    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1958-1916) to JOHN ROBERT EDGOOSE (1839-1914) 03 JULY 1914

    Transcript of a letter written to her brother John Robert Edgoose by Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose from The Shelter, Sutton on Sea, Lincolnshire, England. John Robert died just over three months later on 25 October 1914.

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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1958-1916) to JOHN ROBERT EDGOOSE (1839-1914) 03 JULY 1914 [PAGE 2]

    The second page of a letter written to her brother John Robert Edgoose on 3 July 1914. John Robert died just over three months later on 25 October 1914.
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    ENID MARY BUTTERS (1908-1973) to MICHAEL JAMES EDGOOSE 1 DECEMBER 1972 [PAGES 1-2]

    Her mother Mary Ellen BUTTERS nee HINCHCLIFF was fetched from America in 1890 when she was 15 by her aunt Harriet and lived with her until her marriage in 1900. She wrote that her cousin Margaret APPLEBY nee HINCHCLIFF (1905-1988) went to America 15-20 years ago and made contact with David HINCHCLIFF's youngest son (her mother's youngest brother) John Willie HINCHCLIFF (1876-1937).
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to HARRIET DORIS RIGGALL (1893-1980) 11 FEBRUARY 1905 [PAGE 1]

    The first page of Harriet's last letter to her daughter Dorrie. It was entrusted to her daughter Valetta (1896-1970). Dorrie did not see it or receive it until 1970 when she was with her sister Valetta shortly before she died.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to HARRIET DORIS RIGGALL (1893-1980) 11 FEBRUARY 1905 [PAGE 2]

    The second page of Harriet's last letter to her daughter Dorrie. It was entrusted to her daughter Valetta (1896-1970). Dorrie did not see it or receive it until 1970 when she was with her sister Valetta shortly before she died.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to HARRIET DORIS RIGGALL (1893-1980) 11 FEBRUARY 1905 [PAGE 3]

    The third page of Harriet's last letter to her daughter Dorrie. It was entrusted to her daughter Valetta (1896-1970). Dorrie did not see it or receive it until 1970 when she was with her sister Valetta shortly before she died.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to HARRIET DORIS RIGGALL (1893-1980) 11 FEBRUARY 1905 [PAGE 4]

    The fourth page of Harriet's last letter to her daughter Dorrie. It was entrusted to her daughter Valetta (1896-1970). Dorrie did not see it or receive it until 1970 when she was with her sister Valetta shortly before she died.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to HARRIET DORIS RIGGALL (1893-1980) 11 FEBRUARY 1905 [PAGE 5]

    The fifth page of Harriet's last letter to her daughter Dorrie. It was entrusted to her daughter Valetta (1896-1970). Dorrie did not see it or receive it until 1970 when she was with her sister Valetta shortly before she died.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to HARRIET DORIS RIGGALL (1893-1980) 11 FEBRUARY 1905 [PAGE 6]

    The sixth page of Harriet's last letter to her daughter Dorrie. It was entrusted to her daughter Valetta (1896-1970). Dorrie did not see it or receive it until 1970 when she was with her sister Valetta shortly before she died.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to HARRIET DORIS RIGGALL (1893-1980) FEBRUARY 1905 [PAGE 7]

    The seventh page of Harriet's last letter to her daughter Dorrie. It was entrusted to her daughter Valetta (1896-1970). Dorrie did not see it or receive it until 1970 when she was with her sister Valetta shortly before she died.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to HARRIET DORIS RIGGALL (1893-1980) 11 FEBRUARY 1905 [PAGE 8]

    The eighth page of Harriet's last letter to her daughter Dorrie. It was entrusted to her daughter Valetta (1896-1970). Dorrie did not see it or receive it until 1970 when she was with her sister Valetta shortly before she died.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to HARRIET DORIS RIGGALL (1893-1980) 11 FEBRUARY 1905 [PAGE 9]

    The ninth page of Harriet's last letter to her daughter Dorrie. It was entrusted to her daughter Valetta (1896-1970). Dorrie did not see it or receive it until 1970 when she was with her sister Valetta shortly before she died.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to HARRIET DORIS RIGGALL (1893-1980) 11 FEBRUARY 1905 [PAGE 10]

    The tenth page of Harriet's last letter to her daughter Dorrie. It was entrusted to her daughter Valetta (1896-1970). Dorrie did not see it or receive it until 1970 when she was with her sister Valetta shortly before she died.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to HARRIET DORIS RIGGALL (1893-1980) 11 FEBRUARY 1905 [PAGE 11]

    The eleventh page of Harriet's last letter to her daughter Dorrie. It was entrusted to her daughter Valetta (1896-1970). Dorrie did not see it or receive it until 1970 when she was with her sister Valetta shortly before she died.
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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) to HARRIET DORIS RIGGALL (1893-1980) 11 FEBRUARY 1905 [PAGE 12]

    The twelfth page of Harriet's last letter to her daughter Dorrie. It was entrusted to her daughter Valetta (1896-1970). Dorrie did not see it or receive it until 1970 when she was with her sister Valetta shortly before she died.
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    REVEREND JOHN SMITH TO HARRIET EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 1 JUNE 1888 [PAGE 2]

    The second page of a letter sent by the Reverend John Smith of Holland Fen Vicarage, Lincolnshire, to Harriet Edgoose (1858-1916) on 1 June 1888.
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    REVEREND JOHN SMITH TO HARRIET EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 1 JUNE 1888 [PAGE 3]

    The third page of a letter sent by the Reverend John Smith of Holland Fen Vicarage, Lincolnshire, to Harriet Edgoose (1858-1916) on 1 June 1888.
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    AUGUSTA HAYNES nee JONES (Circa 1828-1916) TO HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) JUNE 1888

    Transcription of a letter sent by her Aunt Augusta Haynes nee Jones to Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose in 1888.
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    AUGUSTA HAYNES nee JONES (Circa 1828-1916) TO HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) JUNE 1888 [PAGE 1]

    The first page of a letter sent by her Aunt Augusta Haynes nee Jones to Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose (1858-1916) in 1888.
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    AUGUSTA HAYNES nee JONES (Circa 1828-1916) TO HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) JUNE 1888 [PAGE 2]

    The second page of a letter sent by her Aunt Augusta Haynes nee Jones to Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose (1858-1916) in 1888.
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    AUGUSTA HAYNES nee JONES (Circa 1828-1916) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) JUNE 1888 [Page 3]

    The third page of a letter sent by her Aunt Augusta Haynes nee Jones to Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose (1858-1916) in 1888.
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    ELIZABETH EDGOOSE (1815-1900) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 1 SEPTEMBER 1890
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    ELIZABETH EDGOOSE (1815-1900) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 1 SEPTEMBER 1890 [PAGE 1]
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    ELIZABETH EDGOOSE (1815-1900) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 1 SEPTEMBER 1890 [PAGE 2]
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    ELIZABETH EDGOOSE (1815-1900) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 1 SEPTEMBER 1890 [PAGE 3]
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    ELIZABETH EDGOOSE (1815-1900) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 1 SEPTEMBER 1890 [PAGE 4]

    Letters from AMERICA
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    ELIZABETH EDGOOSE (1852-1944) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 02 JUNE 1889

    A transcript of a letter dated 2 June 1889 from Elizabeth Edgoose (1852-1944) on the letter heading of the Aberdeen COD Laundry, Aberdeen, Dakota Territory, USA, to her sister Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose.
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    ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 28 MAY 1894 [PART 2]

    Transcription of the second part of a letter dated 28 May 1894 from Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose to her sister Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose on the letter heading of the Aberdeen Greenhouse.
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    JAMES EDGOOSE WESTMORELAND (1869-1948) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 04 SEPTEMBER 1901

    Transcription of a letter dated 4 September 1901 on the letter heading of the Palace Bakery Company, Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, from James Edgoose Westmoreland to Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose.
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    ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 28 MAY 1894 [PART 1]

    Transcription of the first part of a letter dated 28 May 1894 from Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose to her sister Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose on the letter heading of the Aberdeen Greenhouse.
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    ELIZABETH EDGOOSE (1852-1944) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 09 SEPTEMBER 1890 [PAGE 2]

    Page two of a transcript of a letter from Elizabeth Edgoose to her sister Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose on the letter heading of the Aberdeen C.O.D. Laundry, 412 Main Street, Aberdeen, South Dakota. E. EDGOOSE, Proprietress
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    ELIZABETH EDGOOSE (1852-1944) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 09 SEPTEMBER 1890 [PAGE 1]

    The first page of a transcript dated 9 September 1890 from Elizabeth Edgoose to her sister Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose on the letter heading of the Aberdeen C.O.D. Laundry, 412 Main Street, Aberdeen, South Dakota. E. EDGOOSE, Proprietress
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    MARY BAYLES nee EDGOOSE (1847-1911) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE(1858-1916) 22 OCTOBER 1890

    Transcript of a letter written on 22 October 1890 by Mary Bayles nee Edgoose from Chicago, USA, to her sister Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose.
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    MARY BAYLES nee EDGOOSE (1847-1911) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE(1858-1916) 22 OCTOBER 1890 [PAGE 1]

    A letter written on 22 October 1890 by Mary Bayles nee Edgoose from Chicago, USA, to her sister Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose.
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    ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE 10 APRIL 1899 [PART 1]

    Transcription of the first part of a letter dated 10 April 1899 from Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose to her sister Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose.

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    MARY BAYLES nee EDGOOSE (1847-1911) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE(1858-1916) 22 OCTOBER 1890 [PAGE 2]

    A letter written on 22 October 1890 by Mary Bayles nee Edgoose from Chicago, USA, to her sister Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose.
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    MARY BAYLES nee EDGOOSE (1847-1911) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE(1858-1916) 22 OCTOBER 1890 [PAGE 3]

    A letter written on 22 October 1890 by Mary Bayles nee Edgoose from Chicago, USA, to her sister Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose.
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    MARY BAYLES nee EDGOOSE (1847-1911) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE(1858-1916) 22 OCTOBER 1890 [PAGE 4]

    A letter written on 22 October 1890 by Mary Bayles nee Edgoose from Chicago, USA, to her sister Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose.
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    ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 10 APRIL 1899 [PART 2]

    Transcription of the second part of a letter dated 10 April 1899 from Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose to her sister Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose.
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    ELIZABETH (LIZZIE) WRENCH (1863-1942) to her aunt HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 24 NOVEMBER 1890

    The envelope containing a letter from Elizabeth (Lizzie) Wrench nee Edgoose (1863-1942) in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA to her aunt Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose. A transcript of the letter can be found below.
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    JAMES EDGOOSE WESTMORELAND (1869-1948) HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE
    (1858-1916) 13 DECEMBER 1897 [PAGE 4]

    The fourth page of a letter written on 13 December 1897 by James Edgoose Westmoreland in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, to his Aunt Harriet RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE in England.
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    ELIZABETH (LIZZIE) WRENCH (1863-1942) to her aunt HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    24 NOVEMBER 1890 [TRANSCRIPT]
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    RICHARD STROHMEIER (1865-1948) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 20 MARCH 1899 [PART 3]

    Transcription of the third part of a letter dated 20 MARCH 1899 from Richard Strohmeier to Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose on the letter heading of the Aberdeen Greenhouse.
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    JAMES EDGOOSE WESTMORELAND (1869-1948) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE
    (1858-1916) 13 DECEMBER 1897 [PAGE 3]

    The third page of a letter written on 13 December 1897 by James Edgoose Westmoreland in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, to his Aunt Harriet RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE in England.
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    RICHARD STROHMEIER (1865-1948) TO HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE 20 MARCH 1899 [PART 1]

    Transcription of the first part of a letter dated 20 March 1899 from Richard Strohmeier to Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose on the letter heading of the Aberdeen Greenhouse.

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    ELIZABETH (LIZZIE) WRENCH (1863-1942) to her aunt HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    24 NOVEMBER 1890 [PAGE 1]
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    JAMES EDGOOSE WESTMORELAND (1869-1948) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE
    (1858-1916) 13 DECEMBER 1897 [PAGE 2]

    The second page of a letter written on 13 December 1897 by James Edgoose Westmoreland in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, to his Aunt Harriet RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE in England.
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    RICHARD STROHMEIER (1865-1948) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 28 DECEMBER 1898 [PART 2]

    Transcription of the second part of a letter dated 28 December 1898 from Richard Strohmeier to Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose on the letter heading of the Aberdeen Greenhouse.
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    ELIZABETH (LIZZIE) WRENCH (1863-1942) to her aunt HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    24 NOVEMBER 1890 [PAGE 2]
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    RICHARD STROHMEIER (1865-1948) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916 28 DECEMBER 1898 [PART 1]

    Transcription of the first part of a letter dated 28 December 1898 from Richard Strohmeier to Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose on the letter heading of the Aberdeen Greenhouse.

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    RICHARD STROHMEIER (1865-1948) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 18 FEBRUARY 1898 [PART 2]

    The second part of a transcription of a letter dated 18 February 1898 from Richard Strohmeier to Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose on the letter heading of the Aberdeen Greenhouse.
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    JAMES EDGOOSE WESTMORELAND (1869-1948) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 13 DECEMBER 1897

    Transcription of a letter written on 13 December 1897 by James Edgoose Westmoreland in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, to his Aunt Harriet RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE in England.
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    ELIZABETH EDGOOSE (1852-1944) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 29 JANUARY 1892 [PAGE 1]

    Page one of a transcription of a letter from Elizabeth Edgoose to her sister Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose. The letter heading was that of the C.O.D. laundry, 412 Main Street South, Aberdeen, South Dakota.
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    RICHARD STROHMEIER (1865-1948) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 18 FEBRUARY 1898 [PART 1]

    The first part of a transcription of a letter dated 18 February 1898 from Richard Strohmeier to Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose on the letter heading of the Aberdeen Greenhouse.

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    ELIZABETH EDGOOSE (1852-1944) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 29 JANUARY 1892 [Page 2]

    Page two of a transcription of a letter from Elizabeth Edgoose to her sister Harriet Riggall ne Edgoose. The letter heading was that of the C.O.D. laundry, 412 Main Street South, Aberdeen, South Dakota.

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    ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 30 JANUARY 1898 [PART 2]

    Transcription of the second part of a letter dated 30 January 1898 from Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose of Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, to her sister Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose.
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    ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 30 JANUARY 1898 [PART 1]
    Transcription of the first part of a letter dated 30 January 1898 from Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose of Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, to her sister Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose.
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    ELIZABETH EDGOOSE (1852-1944) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 29 JANUARY 1892 [PAGE 3]

    Page three of a transcription of a letter from Elizabeth Edgoose to her sister Harriet Riggall ne Edgoose. The letter heading was that of the C.O.D. laundry, 412 Main Street South, Aberdeen, South Dakota.

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    ELIZABETH EDGOOSE (1852-1944) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 29 JANUARY 1892 [PAGE 4]

    The fourth page of a transcription of a letter from Elizabeth Edgoose to her sister Harriet Riggall ne Edgoose. The letter heading was that of the C.O.D. laundry, 412 Main Street South, Aberdeen, South Dakota.

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    ELIZABETH EDGOOSE (1852-1944) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 29 JANUARY 1892 [Page 5]

    The fifth page of a transcription of a letter from Elizabeth Edgoose to her sister Harriet Riggall ne Edgoose. The letter heading was that of the C.O.D. laundry, 412 Main Street South, Aberdeen, South Dakota.

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    ELIZABETH EDGOOSE (1852-1944) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 13 AUGUST 1892

    Transcription of a letter dated 13 August from Elizabeth Edgoose to her sister Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose. The letter heading was that of the C.O.D. Steam Laundry, Aberdeen, South Dakota.
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    SOPHIE SCHJOLDAGER to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE(1858-1916) 02 JUNE 1892

    Transcription of a letter from Sophie Schjoldager, 367 West Huron Street, Chicago, USA, addressed to Mrs. Harriet Riggall, Budleigh Salterton, South Devon, and forwarded to Rose Villa, Alford, Lincolnshire, England.
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    SOPHIE SCHJOLDAGER to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE(1858-1916) 02 JUNE 1893 [Page 1]

    The first page of a letter dated 2 June 1893 from Sophie Schjoldager, 367 West Huron Street, Chicago, USA, addressed to Mrs. Harriet Riggall, Budleigh Salterton, South Devon, and forwarded to Rose Villa, Alford, Lincolnshire, England.
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    SOPHIE SCHJOLDAGER to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE(1858-1916) 02 JUNE 1893 [PAGE 2]

    The second page of a letter dated 2 June 1893 from Sophie Schjoldager, 367 West Huron Street, Chicago, USA, addressed to Mrs. Harriet Riggall, Budleigh Salterton, South Devon, and forwarded to Rose Villa, Alford, Lincolnshire, England.
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    SOPHIE SCHJOLDAGER to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE(1858-1916) 02 JUNE 1893 [PAGE 3]

    The third page of a letter dated 2 June 1893 from Sophie Schjoldager, 367 West Huron Street, Chicago, USA, addressed to Mrs. Harriet Riggall, Budleigh Salterton, South Devon, and forwarded to Rose Villa, Alford, Lincolnshire, England.
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    SOPHIE SCHJOLDAGER to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE(1858-1916) 02 JUNE 1893 [PAGE 4]

    The fourth page of a letter dated 2 June 1893 from Sophie Schjoldager, 367 West Huron Street, Chicago, USA, addressed to Mrs. Harriet Riggall, Budleigh Salterton, South Devon, and forwarded to Rose Villa, Alford, Lincolnshire, England.
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    RICHARD STROHMEIER (1865-1948) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 30 OCTOBER 1894

    Transcription of a letter dated 30 October 1894 from Richard Strohmeier to Mrs. Harriett Riggall nee Edgoose, Fernie Knowe. The letter was on the letter heading of Richard Strohmeier, proprietor of Aberdeen Greenhouse.
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    RICHARD STROHMEIER (1865-1948) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    30 OCTOBER 1894 [PAGE 1]

    A letter dated 30 October 1894 from Richard Strohmeier to Mrs. Harriett Riggall nee Edgoose, Fernie Knowe. The letter was on the letter heading of Richard Strohmeier, proprietor of Aberdeen Greenhouse.
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    ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    07 JUNE 1897 [PAGE 2]

    Transcription of the second part of a letter from Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose to her sister Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose on the letter heading of the Aberdeen Greenhouse.

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    ELIZABETH STROHMEIER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    07 JUNE 1897 [PAGE 1]

    Transcription of the first part of a letter from Elizabeth Strohmeier nee Edgoose to her sister Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose on the letter heading of the Aberdeen Greenhouse.

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    RICHARD STROHMEIER (1865-1948) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    30 OCTOBER 1894 [PAGE 2]

    A letter dated 30 October 1894 from Richard Strohmeier to Mrs. Harriett Riggall nee Edgoose, Fernie Knowe. The letter was on the letter heading of Richard Strohmeier, proprietor of Aberdeen Greenhouse.
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    ANGIE D. FOSTER to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    20 APRIL 1897

    Transcription of a letter from Angie D. Foster in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, to Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose.
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    HARRY W. FOSTER to HARRIET EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 30 MARCH 1895

    Transcription of a letter dated 30 March 1895 from Harry W. Foster, Wholesale Harness and Saddlery Hardware, 408 Main Street, Aberdeen, South Dakota, to Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose.
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    RICHARD STROHMEIER (1865-1948) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 08 JUNE 1895 [PART 1]

    The first part of a transcription of a letter dated 8 June 1895 from Richard Strohmeier to his sister-in-law Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose on the letter heading of the Aberdeen Greenhouse
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    MARY ELIZABETH GRACE EDGOOSE nee JONES (1814-1888) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) [PAGE 6]

    Her mother's last letter to her daughter Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose. It was written in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, whilst she was visiting her daughter Elizabeth Edgoose (1852-1944).
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    MARY ELIZABETH GRACE EDGOOSE nee JONES (1814-1888) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) [PAGE 5]

    Her mother's last letter to her daughter Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose. It was written in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, whilst she was visiting her daughter Elizabeth Edgoose (1852-1944).
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    MARY ELIZABETH GRACE EDGOOSE nee JONES (1814-1888) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) [PAGE 4]

    Her mother's last letter to her daughter Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose. It was written in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, whilst she was visiting her daughter Elizabeth Edgoose (1852-1944).
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    MARY ELIZABETH GRACE EDGOOSE nee JONES (1814-1888) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) [PAGE 3]

    Her mother's last letter to her daughter Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose. It was written in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, whilst she was visiting her daughter Elizabeth Edgoose (1852-1944).
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    MARY ELIZABETH GRACE EDGOOSE nee JONES (1814-1888) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) [PAGE 2]

    Her mother's last letter to her daughter Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose. It was written in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, whilst she was visiting her daughter Elizabeth Edgoose (1852-1944).
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    MARY ELIZABETH GRACE EDGOOSE nee JONES (1814-1888) to HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) [PAGE 1]

    Her mother's last letter to her daughter Harriet Cocker nee Edgoose. It was written in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, whilst she was visiting her daughter Elizabeth Edgoose (1852-1944).
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    RICHARD STROHMEIER (1865-1948) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 05 DECEMBER 1896 [PART 2]

    Transcription of the second part of a letter dated 5 December 1896 from Richard Strohmeier on the letter heading of the C.O.D. Steam Laundry to Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose.
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    RICHARD STROHMEIER (1865-1948) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 08 JUNE 1895 [PART 2]

    The second part of a transcription of a letter dated 8 June 1895 from Richard Strohmeier to his sister-in-law Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose on the letter heading of the Aberdeen Greenhouse
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    RICHARD STROHMEIER (1865-1948) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 05 DECEMBER 1896 [PART 1]

    Transcription of the first part of a letter dated 5 December 1896 from Richard Strohmeier on the letter heading of the C.O.D. Steam Laundry, 412 Main Street South, Aberdeen, S. D., to Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose.

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    HARRY W. FOSTER to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    03 SEPTEMBER 1895
    Transcription of a letter dated 3 September 1895 from Harry W. Foster, Wholesale Harness and Saddlery Hardware, 408 Main Street, Aberdeen, South Dakota, to Mrs. Riggal [sic]
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    JAMES EDGOOSE WESTMORELAND (1869-1948) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 13 DECEMBER 1897 [PAGE 1]

    The first page of a letter written on 13 December 1897 by James Edgoose Westmoreland in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, to his Aunt Harriet RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE in England.
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    HARRY W. FOSTER to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 01 DECEMBER 1896

    Transcription of a letter from H.W.F. on the letter heading of Harry W. Foster of 408 Main Street, Aberdeen, South Dakota., to Mrs. Harriet Riggall in England

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    ANGIE D. FOSTER to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    20 APRIL 1897 [PAGE 1]

    A letter from Angie D. Foster in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, to Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose.
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    ANGIE D. FOSTER to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916)

    20 APRIL 1897 [PAGE 2]

    A letter from Angie D. Foster in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, to Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose.
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    RICHARD STROHMEIER (1865-1948) to HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1858-1916) 27 JUNE 1899

    Transcription of a letter dated 27 June 1899 from Richard Strohmeier to his sister-in-law Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose.

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    HARRIET COCKER nee EDGOOSE (1852-1944)

    The visiting card of Mrs. Cocker, Belle Vue, Hathersage.
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    A TELEGRAM ANNOUNCING THE IMMINENT DEMISE OF MARY ELIZABETH GRACE EDGOOSE (1814-1888)
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    A TELEGRAM ANNOUNCING THE DEATH OF MARY ELIZABETH GRACE EDGOOSE nee JONES (1814-1888) in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
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    JOHN ROBERT EDGOOSE's telegram announcing to his sister Harriet the departure from New York, USA, on 2 June 1888 of the body of his mother MARY ELIZABETH GRACE EDGOOSE nee JONES (1814-1888) in a glass topped coffin. He escorted his mother's body to Algarkirk in Lincolnshire.

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    A hymn written by Harriet Edgoose/Cocker/Riggall (1858-1916)
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    The first page of the obituary of Harriet Edgoose (1858-1916) which appeared in the Alford wesleyan Circuit Methodist Magazine Volume 20 No. 5 in May 1916.
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    The second page of the obituary of Harriet Edgoose (1858-1916) which appeared in the Alford wesleyan Circuit Methodist Magazine Volume 20 No. 5 in May 1916.

  • Notes 
    • HARRIET RIGGALL formerly COCKER née EDGOOSE 1858-1916


      Harriet EDGOOSE was born on 14 November 1858 at Algarkirk Fen, Lincolnshire, the youngest daughter of Joel and Mary EDGOOSE.
      (GRO December Q 1858 [JONES] Boston 07A 340)
      The marriage between Joel EDGOOSE and Mary Elizabeth Grace JONES has not been traced.

      The family were living at Sutterton at the time of the 1861 census:
      Joel EDGOOSE, head, married, aged 57, agricultural labourer, born at Algarkirk;
      Mary EDGOOSE, wife, married, aged 47, born at Newport, Hampshire (sic);
      Joel EDGOOSE, son, unmarried, aged 16, born at Algarkirk;
      Jonathan EDGOOSE, son, aged 10, born at Algarkirk;
      Elizabeth EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 7, born at Algarkirk;
      William EDGOOSE, son, aged 5, born at Algarkirk;
      *Harritt (sic) EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 2, born at Algarkirk.
      (RG9/2340/68/10)

      Harriet, daughter of Joel and Mary EDGOOSE of Algarkirk Fen, was baptised at Amber Hill, Holland Fen, Lincolnshire, on 6 August 1869. Joel's occupation was that of labourer.
      (PR)

      In her own words she "was the child of a poor home. A few acers (sic) of land, a cow and a few sheep, were all the earthly goods my Father and Mother had when I came the eleventh child in their family, nine were living and I made ten, and ten we remained till I was nine years old" (Letter dated 11 February 1905).

      According to the 1871 census return for Maryland Bank, Algarkirk Fen, she was working as a servant or "nurse girl" (= foster child?) for Joshua WESTMORELAND:
      Joshua WESTMORELAND, head, married, aged 46, farmer, born at Algarkirk Fen;
      Maria WESTMORELAND, wife, aged 35, born at Kirton Fen;
      Joshua WESTMORELAND, son, aged 1, born at Algarkirk Fen;
      William WESTMORELAND, son, aged under 1 month, born at Algarkirk Fen;
      Ann WHITFIELD, servant, aged 28, dairymaid, born at (illegible: Harlaxton?);
      *Harriet EDGOOSE, servant, aged 12, nurse girl, born at Algarkirk Fen;
      Thomas SMITH, servant, aged 17, waggoner, born at Reesby (sic);
      Ann OWEN, servant, widow, aged 43, nurse, born at Boston.
      (RG10/3346/87/3)

      She was at her brother Jonathan EDGOOSE's bedside when he died at Algarkirk Fen on 29 May 1871.

      When she was about seventeen she felt that she could help her ageing parents most by leaving home, and she took a job as a housekeeper, sending home what little money she earned (Letter dated February 1905).

      In the early summer of 1879 she took a similar job at Hathersage in Derbyshire. There she met her employer's son John Armstrong COCKER, a 27 year old Hathersage merchant, and began a romantic courtship which was not to end in marriage for another four years.

      She was in service at Belle Vue, Outseats, Derbyshire in 1881:
      Joseph R. COCKER, head, aged 62, retired merchand and steel manufacturer, born at Hathersage, Derbyshire:
      Margaret COCKER, wife, aged 64, born at Salford, Lancashire;
      John A. COCKER, son, aged 29, unmarried, merchant and steel manufacturer, born at Hathersage;
      Hannah COCKER, sister, aged 72, unmarried, born at Hathersage, Derbyshire;
      *Harriet EDGOOSE, servant, aged 22, general servant, born at Swineshead, Lincolnshire;
      Sarah BOWERS, servant, aged 20, general servant, born Eyam, Derbyshire.
      RG11/3452/33/5)

      This death notice appeared in the Sheffield Independent and Sheffield Telegraph:
      13 March 1883 COCKER - March 12, Hannah COCKER, Bellevue, Hathersage.

      She married John Armstrong COCKER at Hathersage Parish Church on 5 December 1883. John Armstrong COCKER's parents, Joseph Robert and Margaret COCKER, were witnesses.
      (GRO December Q 1883 Bakewll 7b 1367)
      The wedding was an occasion for celebrations at Hathersage. A newspaper of the time reported that on Christmas Day the bridegroom's parents presented every child between the ages of three and fourteen with "a rich currant loaf". Two hundred and fifty children assembled at the National School and marched through the village, accompanied by a band and a crowd of spectators. The following day a dinner was given at the George Hotel for the Atlas Works' employees and their wives, and toasts were drunk to their "excellent employer" and his new wife.

      The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent 8 December 1883:
      "COCKER-EDGOOSE - Dec.5th, at the Parish Church, Hathersage, by the Rev. C. S. CUTLER, vicar, John Armstrong COCKER to Harriet EDGOOSE."

      The Lincoln, Rutland, and Stamford Mercury 7 December 1883:
      "MARRIAGES
      COCKER-EDGOOSE - On the 5th inst., at the parish church, Hathersage, Derbyshire, John Armstrong COCKER, merchant and manufacturer, of Hathersage, to Harriet EDGOOSE, youngest daughter of Joel EDGOOSE, of Algarkirk Fen, Lincolnshire."

      Sheffield Daily Telegraph 8 December 1883: HATHERSAGE
      "MARRIAGE. - The marriage of Mr. John Armstrong COCKER, of Belle Vue, Hathersage, to Miss Harriet EDGOOSE, of Algarkirk Fen, Lincolnshire, was celebrated in the Parish Church, by the Rev. C.S. Cutler, vicar, in the presence of a large audience of inhabitants, who had gathered together to witness the wedding and congratulate the happy pair, who, amidst the merry ringing of the bells, were on returning saluted with showers of rice and good wishes for their prosperity".

      From letters which her new mother-in-law wrote to her on 7 December and 11 December 1883 one can surmise that Harriet and John Armstrong COCKER left Hathersage to visit Joel and Mary EDGOOSE after their marriage on 5 December and then went to spend their honeymoon in London. This honeymoon may well have been curtailed by the death of her father Joel EDGOOSE on 24 December.

      Margaret COCKER wrote from Bellevue, Hathersage, on 7 December 1883:
      "My dear Son & Daughter
      Your father has written to you and I feel that except to tell you how much I think of you and love you it is unnecessary for me to write for he will have told you all the news.
      I often wonder how you are gettin (sic) on this very cold weather - mind you do not take cold - there is great danger I fear - do take care. I hope Harriet will be pleased with her visit home and that she will find her Father as comfortable and free from pain as can be hoped for - and that her Mother is as well as can be expected under the circumstances
      I do hope your visit to London will be thoroughly enjoyed by both of you something you can think about with pleasure when at home.
      We are going on very nicely at home - My ailment did not abate so we have consulted the Dr who thinks he can soon set me right
      Your father is going on nicely as to his health - only he has been very tired two or thre times - it is scarcely conceivable that so much has to be done on such occasions
      Accept my love and best wishes for your temporal and eternal welfare.
      I remain
      Your loving Mother
      Margaret COCKER

      For
      Mr & Mrs. J A COCKER"

      Margaret COCKER wrote again from Bellevue, Hathersage on 11 December 1883:
      "My dear Daughter
      Thank you for your letter recd. this morning. I am so glad to hear you are going on so nicely.
      I hope your visit to London may always be a pleasant memory.
      I am glad to hear too that my dear Son is well and happy. I hope you may both escape taking cold. Here the weather is very cold and winterly. I am glad you find the fur cloak useful & comfortable if you will accept it I shall be glad for it to be yours for the future
      We are going on nicely at home. Mrs. F. and the girls were pleased to have your message this morning My dear Husband is quite as well as when you left. I think he will not now come to London
      I am better than when you left home but not well but I hope to improve.
      We shall be glad when the time for your return home comes meantime I hope you will have unalloyed enjoyment.
      Give my love to John and accept it yourself.
      I remain
      Yours lovingly
      Margaret COCKER

      For Mrs. John A COCKER."

      From an unidentified newspaper cutting:
      "HATHERSAGE
      TREAT TO CHILDREN (CORRECTED REPORT). - On Christmas Day, as reported last week, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. COCKER, of Belle Vue, Hathersage, presented every boy and girl of three years old and under 14 with a rich currant loaf in commemoration of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. John A. COCKER on December 5th The children all met by arrangement, to the number of 250, in the National School, from whence, conducted by Mr. BOWMAN, and preceded by a band of music, they marched through the village, accompanied by a crowd of spectators, who, with the children, enjoyed the treat very much.
      WORKMEN'S DINNER. - On the 26th ult., as previously mentioned last week, a dinner was given by Mr. and Mrs. John COCKER to the workmen employed at the Atlas Works, Hathersage, who, with their wives, to the number of 60 persons, met at the house of Mr. Charles E. MARRISON, the George Hotel, where the meal was provided in honour of the marriage of the said lady and gentleman. A capital spread was laid out, dessert being also provided. The room had previously been decorated in a beautiful manner by Mr. MARRISON, with evergreens and mottoes, one being in white letters on a red ground, having the words "God bless the bride and bridegroom," another, "Long life and happiness," and a third, "Welcome to all." Every one seemed to have a cheery appearance, and greatly enjoyed the feast prepared for them. After dinner Mr. John WRIGHT proposed the health of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. COCKER in felicitous terms. The toast was given with musical honours. Mr. COCKER in responding said that he had great pleasure in meeting so many old friends and neighbours on that auspicious and pleasant occasion; and spoke at some length about his marriage, the excellent choice he had made, and the satisfaction it had given them. Mr. John WRIGHT, next in suitable words proposed the health of Mr. and Mrs. John Armstrong COCKER, the newly married couple, and their excellent employer and his wife. The toast was given with musical honours and much cheering. Mr. John A. COCKER in responding, thanked everyone for the kind manner in which they had drunk his, and his wife's health, and in return wished them every good, with the compliments of the season. He also stated that amid all the difficulties concerned or connected with carrying on the business, owing to the reckless competition which had to be met with, he had never known a strike amongst his men, and he hoped he never should, for he would not run down prices in the market, and then he should not have cause to oppress the workpeople. Several other toasts were given, and the enjoyments of the evening increased with songs, recitations, music and dancing, the party closing about ten o'clock."

      This death notice appeared in the Sheffield Independent and Sheffield Telegraph:
      24 November 1884 COCKER - November 22, at Belle Vue, Hathersage, Margaret, the beloved wife of Joseph R. COCKER, aged 69.

      Joseph Robert COCKER, her father-in-law, died in September 1887. In his will he bequeathed everything to his son John Armstrong COCKER or, if he was no longer living, to his son's wife Harriet COCKER. This death notice appeared in the Sheffield Independent and Sheffield Telegraph:
      1 October 1887 COCKER - September 29th at Belle Vue, Hathersage, Joseph Robert COCKER, aged 68.

      Harriet's happiness was, however, shortlived. According to a tombstone in Hathersage Churchyard John Armstrong COCKER of Belle-Vue, Hathersage, the beloved husband of Harriet COCKER and only son of Joseph ROBERT and Margaret COCKER, died on 14 December 1887. He was born on 15 November 1851. In his will made on 14 November 1887 he referred to his friends John Charles CLEGG, the Sheffield solicitor, and to E. M. WRENCH of Baslow, Derbyshire; and he made bequests to his mother-in-law Mary Elizabeth Grace EDGOOSE or John Robert EDGOOSE and Elizabeth EDGOOSE son and daughter of Mary Elizabeth Grace EDGOOSE; to Mary Bibby JULIAN, the wife of John JULIAN, of The Vicarage, Wincobank, Sheffield; and to Mary, the wife of John IBBOTSON, postmaster at Hathersage. Witnesses were Sarah Ann MORTON and Mary PROCTER.

      "DEATHS
      EDGOOSE. - May 27th, 1888, at Aberdeen, Dakota, U.S. America, Mary Elizabeth Grace, the relict of Joel EDGOOSE, and beloved mother of Mrs. COCKER, Belle Vue, Hathersage, aged 73 years. Will be interred at Algarkirk, Lincolnshire."
      (The Sheffield & Rotheram Independent, 6 June 1888"

      Her nephew William Thomas EDGOOSE is said to have travelled from America to stay with her in Hathersage. It seems likely from a letter written by her brother-in-law J. S. M. BAYLES (q.v. for transcript) on 5 June 1889 that he was staying with her at that time.

      She and her companion, a Miss or Mrs. M. C. SCHOFIELD, went to Aberdeen, South Dakota, in the summer of 1890. Described as Saloon Passengers, they embarked on the SS City of Chester at Liverpool on 21 May 1890 bound for New York and returned to England on the City of New York, Inman Line, which sailed from the USA on Wednesday 17 September 1890. She brought two of her sister Alice's children back to live with her, Mamie and David HINCHCLIFF.

      "Miss SCHOFIELD and Mrs. John Armstrong COCKER, of Sheffield, England, are visiting in the city. The latter is a sister of Mr. and Miss EDGOOSE. It is likely that the visitors will spend the summer here."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 21 June 1890)

      "FROM BIG STONE
      How the Aberdeen Folks are Passing the Time -- A Breezy Letter
      ORTONVILLE, Aug. 2, 1890.
      DEAR NEWS --Our party has been so busy fishing, boating and driving all week that we have had but little time to write our friends of the good time we are having, but will tell them all about it on our return. We are having such a delightful time that the most of us have decided to remain here several days longer.
      The part regrets that Mr and Mrs. D. McGLACHLIN leave for home tonight, but "Mack" pleads "business" and I do hope that none of us will be unkind enough to claim that the snake we saw on the water this morning had anything to do with his going. Mrs. TENNANT's health has greatly improved since she came here. Her new method of walking should receive part of the credit of this. Mrs. McBRIDE is also improving in health, but persists in displaying her kindness of heart by leaving most of the fish in the lake. Miss Carrie DINSMORE seems to be enjoying the trip very much and might make some excellent catches if she would only half try Little Margaret GILMORE is the pride of our party and receives more than passing notice from every sojourner here. Even the fish seem fascinated with her pretty ways for she has caught more fish than most of the members of the party.
      Miss EDGOOSE is determined to add the art of swimming to her many other accomplishments and will doubtless succeed. Mrs. COCKER, Miss SCHOFIELD and Miss Nettie McBRIDE have by their musical talents added greatly to the enjoyment of the party. Mr. McBRIDE seems to be doing fairly well. Though looking a little pale and careworn, I think, with proper care he will pull through all right. RED LETTER."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 3 August 1890)

      "Rev. J. M. and Mrs. McBRIDE, Mrs. COCKER and the Misses EDGOOSE, SCHOFIELD, Arnetta McBRIDE and Margaret GILMOR returned last evening from Big Stone lake where they have been spending the past week. they report an enjoyable time and splendid fishing, and are loud in their praises of the treatment accorded by Landlord Geo. W. HAWES of the Lake House at Ortonville who did everything in his power to make their stay pleasant."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 5 August 1890)

      "Mrs. COCKER and Miss SCHOFIELD, of England, who have been the guests of Miss EDGOOSE for some time, depart on Tuesday for the east. They will embark from New York on Sept. 17th."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 31 August 1890)

      Clara Strohmeier CLARK (daughter of Harriet's sister Elizabeth) said that Harriet visited Aberdeen twice, once in 1888 or 1889 and again about three years later.

      The 1891 census of Belleview, Outseats, Hathersage, Derbyshire:
      *Harriett(sic) COCKER, head, aged 32, widow, living on own means, born Algarkirk Fen, Lincolnshire;
      William T. HEDGOOSE (sic), nephew, aged 11, scholar, born at Nottingham;
      David HINCHCLIFF, nephew, aged 20, theological student, born at Sheffield, Yorkshire;
      Mary E. SCHOFIELD, companion, aged 39, single, amanuensis, born at Newington, Yorkshire;
      Joseph POLLARD, visitor, aged 44, married, grocer's master, born at Chelsea, London;
      Mary A. DARVILL, servant, aged 26, single, housemaid, born at Hathersage;

      Emily MARSDEN, servant, aged 24, single, cook, born at Thornhill, Derbyshire.
      (RG12/2777/29/1)
      (Mary Ann DARVILL was in service with E. Mason WRENCH of Baslow, Derbyshire, in 1881).

      She married the Rev. Marmaduke RIGGALL, Superintendent of the Devon and Dorset Methodist Mission, at the Wesleyan Chapel, Hathersage, on 24 November 1891. The former mayor of Sheffield, Alderman W.J. CLEGG, escorted her up the aisle of the chapel, and her niece Mamie HINCHCLIFFE was present (The Bradwell Wesleyan Circuit Monthly Greeting No. 24 December 1891). The same publication recorded that Mrs. COCKER's subscription was £7.10.0 towards the income of the Quarterly Meeting.
      (Harriet COCKER 32 years widow of Independent Means Bellevue, Outseats, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Hathersage, by licence. Witnesses: Wm. J. CLEGG, Robert W. RIGGALL, Mary Ellen HINCHCLIFF - Book 13 Page 61 District of Bakewell, Derbyshire). Marmaduke RIGGALL was described as of Budleigh Salterton, Devon, son of Robert RIGGALL deceased, a landowner and farmer.
      (GRO 1891 Dec Bakewell 7b 1485)

      An unidentified newspaper cutting:
      "Marriage of Mrs. COCKER, of Hathersage.
      The marriage of Mrs. COCKER, of Hathersage, with the Rev. Marmaduke RIGGALL, Superintendent of the Devon and Dorset Mission, took place in the Wesleyan Chapel, Hathersage, (which had been specially licensed for the occasion,) on Tuesday, November 24th, at 1.30 p.m. The day was fine, though misty. At half-past one the carriages commenced to leave Belle Vue, and proceeded to the chapel. The first contained the Bridegroom and his friends. Next came the Revs. Thomas ALLEN and W.H. HILL, and Mrs. DYSON and Miss BROMLEY. Then followed the guests in order, and last of all the Bride, who was escorted up the aisle of the chapel by Alderman W. J. CLEGG, Ex-Mayor of Sheffield.
      The hymn commencing - "The Voice that breather o'er Eden," was sung, the congregation being led by the choir, Mr. J. T. HANCOCK presiding at the harmonium. The chapel was crowded with spectators, the front pews being reserved for the guests, of whom there were about forty. A strip of scarlet cloth was laid from the entrance of the chapel to the communion for the accomodation of the bridal party.
      The bride wore a handsome dress of silver grey cloth, embroidered with pearls and trimmed with ostrich feather ruching, and a grey felt hat also trimmed with ostrich feathers.
      Miss M. HINCHCLIFF, niece of the bride, wore a dress of pale terra cotta, trimmed with fur.
      Mr. Robert RIGGALL, brother of the bridegroom, was best man.

      For a time they let Belle-Vue, Harriet's house in Hathersage, and built a house in Alford, Lincolnshire, which they called Malta House. (In 1972 the house Belle-Vue was called Sladen and was occupied by Richard COLLEY Esq.).

      She wrote several poems and hymns and was very active in the Temperance Movement. She had attributed the decline in her parents' standard of living, perhaps rightly, to her father's drunkenness; and the death of her first husband, perhaps unfairly, to wine.

      From Hill's Arrangements it is possible to trace her husband's movements. In 1891 he was in Devon; in 1895 at Alford, Lincolnshire; in 1898 at Lincoln; at the time of the 1901 census in East Street, Alford; in 1905 at North Derby; in 1909 at Loughborough.

      Her nephew David HINCHCLIFF gave his address as Malta House, Alford, when he married Frances Mary PAYNE at Moor Park Wesleyan Chapel, Preston, on 10 October 1900. Harriet RIGGALL was a witness.

      Harriet RIGGALL's last letter to her daughter Harriet Doris RIGGALL (Dorrie). Apparently the letter was written and dated 1905 when the latter was 12. She did not see it or get it until 1970 when she was with her sister Valetta shortly before she died.
      "Malta House. Alford
      Lincolnshire February 11th 1905

      My dear Dorrie,

      I am writing this for you to have when I have gone to Heaven.

      I am the youngest daughter of Joel and Mary Elizabeth Grace EDGOOSE. My Mother's maden name was JONES Her Father was a Soldier & retired from the Army after the Battle of Waterloo, he was constantly in action but never injured & when he retired he had some position under government. For this position he needed many horses, his favourite horse was the one he rode during the battle of Waterloo & which he kept for many years afterwards. Often when on journeys with a great deal of Government money upon his person, He used to lie down & sleep by the side of his horse Popit because she was his greatest protector the affection between them was such that she would not alow any one to go into the stable if Grandfather was near her many tales of his favorite horse did my mother tell me as a little girl. From these stories & my mothers love of popit I grew up loving horses, but never had the joy of possessing one till I was married.
      My Father was of Dutch decent & for nearly two hundred years I can trace them as educated men. My Fathers Mother was Elizabeth LAWSON. Her Father fell of his horse in the White Horse Inn Yard (Boston) & was killed My Great Grandmother who was also riding on horseback returned to the Inn Yard to see what was detaining her husband & found him dead My Great Grandmother was a widdow 25 years & when 75 years old married a man that her family & her lawyer urged her not to marry, but she did marry him & died in a week after her marriage, her money became the property of her husband & he went off with what should have been her childrens dowery.

      My Father always spoke of his mother with the greatest tenderness. Father was a well educated man & often used to tell us that he rode one poney to school for eight years. I believe the EDGOOSEs came from Holand when Duch enginers were brought over to drain the marsh lands. When my first husband saw my father, father was on his death bed & was only a few of his Eightieth birth day. My husband found him remarkably intelegent & in touch with all divolepments of modern engenering this line of thought seems to have been charesteric of the EDGOOSEs.

      My Dorrie will I trust always be tender to the poor her Mother was the child of a poor home A few acers of land, a cow & a few sheep, were all the earthly goods my Father & Mother had when I came the eleventh child in therir family, nine were liveng & I made ten, & ten we remained till I was nine years old. One word seems to describe the decent into poverty but never want of my Fathers family & that word is Drink (underlined twice)

      My brave, clever, Mother worked & suffered & prayed to keep us from want & succeeded. For it has been said of us no family with our small opportunitys ever did as well.

      As I was the youngest I had the care of Father & Mother in their old age all my brothers & sisters helped them the last ten years of their life so that they had comforts that others often lacked.
      I found when I was about seventeen that I could help them most by taking a Situation, & a situation I took as housekeeper in a business house with the entire care of a little girl & living with the family & doing all I could for their interest I found true friends, & cash in hand for my parents, when I was about 20.1/2 I took another situation this time at Hathersage In Derby Shire & here I met my first husband. he was the only son of Joseph Robert & Margaret COCKER & loved me the first day he saw me & never seased to love me, we had a romantic Courtship, as my position was not the most desirable for the only Son of an old proud family to marry his wife from he agreed that we would wait in Silence till the time when, he could mary without greving his parents His Father was so dear to Him that he would not grieve him in this matter. Four years of duty folowed this resolve, before that time had come to an end His Father & Mother loved & trusted me almost as much as he did. And one day his Father said to me "do you love my son"!!! for one moment the temptation to say no came because to say yes, might mean seperation & sorrow for years, but only for a moment did it linger & I boldly said yes I do. Next remark "Have you any reason to think my son loves you". Yes (underlined twice). Then Mr. COCKER said in my prayers for my son (who was not then a Christian) I have heard a voice saying your name That evening the matter was settled to the joy of all four of us & in about three months we were married No (underlined) bride ever more truly loved & no bridegroom could have love is bride more. Then there came four years of all the happiness this world could give, I got more drawn from Christ as my mind got more filled with the pleasures money & position can give, But the greatest mistake of my life was when I let the Dr & my husband persuade me I needed wine to make me strong. I had always avoided these things knowing what the abuse of them had caused my mother & us children. I then lost the controle I had over my husband on this point & he took more & more, he was never drunk in his life but his fine brain & highly strung nervous sistem became a wreck & when a chill taken at his Fathers funeral settled on the Liver the Dr could not help him & in three months after his Fathers death he died. I had only one joy left & that was that he told me I had been a good woman & had led him to Christ & his only regret at leaving the world was to leave me alone in it, He said as a dying message "live to do Good Harrie", & some one will be kind to you. Two years after his death I was thinking of him & the past & for the first time in my life I took up a pencil & wrote doggerill. This

      Four long years of waiting
      Four short years of joy
      Two lone years of walking
      Without my darling boy

      Did I forget the Giver?
      And love the Gift too well?
      That thou didst take him Father?
      Home with Thee to dwell?

      Forgive me loving Father,
      And I will love thee more
      And follow the more closely
      Than I have done before

      I'll work & not be wearey
      And Thou my Strength will be
      I'll seek the lost & fallen
      And lead them back to Thee

      Be Thou my God my Father,
      My Husband Brother Friend
      And I will will (underlined) be thy daughter
      to Go where Thou shalt send

      Two years after writing the above I was married to your dear Father & he tooke me into the work that God had waiting for me, Many have been kind to me. In the first days & weeks of sorrow (my hair turned white) I was most tenderly watched over by my husbands half cousin the wife of Revnd John JULIAN of Hymnology House & by my Solicitor John Charles CLEGG of Sheffield & his devoted wife also to the fatherly care of Alderman CLEGG Mayor of Sheffield at that time.

      Thirteen years have passed since your father took the responsibility of my empty life & filled it with all the brightness that he could put into it.

      I don't think any have been more truly one in heart than we have been & are. Our joy is chasened and we live unto Him who has washed us from our Sins in His blood & made us Kings & preists unto God. To His name be the Glory To him that over cometh will I give to Sit with me on my throne "He always reigns who sides with God" He who perfectly accepst the will of God dwells in a perpetual kingdom. Says an old writer

      Since I accepted the perfect will of God I have perfect peace often great joy, & Power with God & men.

      You children have all belonged to God by my act & deed,

      My prayer has always been Suffer them not to live to dishonor Thee (underlined) my King.

      The spelling in this is I know in need of tender consideration, & when my daughter remembers I left school a dames (underlined) school when I was thirteen & life has been a constant round of duty she will understand, her mothers defects."

      The 1911 census of 67 Forest Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire:
      Marmaduke RIGGALL, head, aged 60, Wesleyan Methodist Minister, born at Warne, Yorkshire;
      *Harriet RIGGALL, wife, aged 52, married 19 years, 4 children (all living), born at Algarkirk, Lincolnshire;
      Clara Valetta RIGGALL, daughter, aged 14, born at Alford;
      Kate FLETCHER, servant, aged 20, single, general domestic servant, born at Whittlesea, Cambridgeshire;
      Mary Ann Bates FLETCHER, servant, aged 16, general servant domestic, born at Whittlesea, Cambridgeshire.
      (RG14/19117)


      She died at Malta House, East Street, Alford, Lincolnshire, on 5 April 1916. Her son Paul R. RIGGALL was present.
      (GRO June Q 1916 aged 57 Spilsby 7a 655)
      An obituary was published in the Alford Wesleyan Methodist Circuit Magazine Vol. 20 No. 5 dated May 1916. She was buried at Ulceby in Lincolnshire.

      A long obituary was written by Francis Mary PAYNE (q.v).

      Will of Harriet RIGGALL:
      "THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me Harriet RIGGALL of Fernie
      Sknowe(?) Budleigh Salterton S Devon in the County of Devonshire made this twenty fifth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety three I hereby revoke all Wills by me at any time heretofore made I appoint my husband Marmaduke RIGGALL to be my EXECUTOR and direct that all just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses shall be paid as soon as conveniently may be after my decease I give and bequeath unto my husband Marmaduke RIGGALL all my possessions Signed by me this twenty fifth day of March One thousand eight hundred and ninety three - Harriett RIGGALL - Signed by the testator in the presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnessess - Stanley M BUTTERS Budleigh Salterton Tutor William HUTCHINSON Budleigh Salterton Evangelist"
      On the 15th day of May 1917 Probate of this Will was granted to Marmaduke RIGGALL sole executor.

      NOTES & QUERIES:
      CLEGG
      Alderman W. J. CLEGG was never knighted, but his two eldest sons were - Sir John Charles CLEGG and Sir William Edwin CLEGG. His first wife, Mary, daughter of John SYKES, cutler, died in 1860. His second wife was Asenith, daughter of Mr. HARROP of Hathersage.

      The only Mayor of Sheffield named CLEGG was William Johnson CLEGG, Mayor of Sheffield 1887-8; he was in office for two years and was succeeded in 1889 by J. B. JACKSON. In 1891 Mr. CLEGG was elected in place of the late Samuel OSBORN who had died in office. Mr. CLEGG was a solicitor and became, in 1883, Sheffield's first official receiver. His offices were in Figtree Lane, Sheffield, and his house at Cliffe Tower, Ranmore (Source: Letters from Sheffield Department of Local History and Archives).

      Monumental Inscription: Hathersage Churchyard
      IN LOVING MEMORY OF
      JOHN ARMSTRONG COCKER
      OF BELLE-VUE, HATHERSAGE,
      THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF HARRIET COCKER,
      AND ONLY SON OF JOSEPH ROBERT, AND MARGARET COCKER
      BORN NOVEMBER 15th 1851 DIED DECEMBER 14th 1887

      Monumental Inscription: Ulceby Churchyard, Lincolnshire
      IN
      LOVING MEMORY OF
      MARMADUKE RIGGALL
      Wesleyan Minister
      BORN 15th MARCH 1851
      DIED 8th SEP. 1927
      also of HARRIET his wife
      BORN 14th NOV. 1858
      DIED 5th APRIL 1916

      GOD IS LOVE

      Sheffield Daily Telegraph 7 May 1932: MORE ABOUT HATHERSAGE NEEDLES
      "Joseph COCKER built Belle Vue to be near the works, and moved there from Rock House. He had one child only, a son, who on his parents' death married his mother's maid, and died shortly afterwards. She thus became owner of all the COCKER property, and a little late married the Wesleyan minister. It was they who sold the mills to the needle combine. It was not their village, and so I suppose it was nothing to them that the entire village was thereby thrown out of work, and the old tradition of the needle-making village broken.

      On that Whitsun Eve I saw an old man I knew staggering up the village street, and when I got to him the tears were rolling down his face. To inquiries, he replied, 'I have been hammering up the machine I have worked at since I was married, and brought up all my children on it, and my father worked at it before me, and I just can't bear it'. It was indeed a sad day for Hathersage." (extract from Lucy Ibbotson HUTT's letter)

      Sheffield Daily Telegraph 12 May 1932: HATHERSAGE NEEDLE MAKERS
      "Your correspondent states that on the death of his parents Mr. Joseph COCKER's son married his mother's maid. This is entirely wrong. I was present at the Hathersage Parish Church when Mr. Joseph COCKER's son was married, and the father and mother of the bridegroom were both present. The bridegroom's father gave away the bride, who was an adopted daughter of the family.

      It was some years later that Mr. Joseph COCKER's death took place, followed in three months' time by the death of his son, on December 14th, 1887".
      (extract from Teresa Osborne's letter)

      NOTES & QUERIES:
      Dame Schools (Family Tree Magazine January 1997 p. 52)
      These included Dame Schools, sometimes numerous in urban areas, where pupils paid meagre sums for limited tuition, usually in single rooms by old ladies whose main interest was often in scraping together a living rather than cultivating much academic achievement. They sometimes served more as "child minders" , enabling the mothers of very young children to go out to work. Their value in the nineteenth century education system is doubtful, though the better ones did have some limited success in teaching children to read and write. Dame Schools survived until the end of the nineteenth century when free basic schooling for all children was introduced.


      © Michael James Edgoose 2015


      (revised 22.09.2016)

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