Bryan Hoggarth
HOGARTH of Raughton Head + relatives
Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:17pm

The place where William HOGGARTH gave as his birthplace in 1861 is Raughton Head which is near Dalston in the parish of Castle Sowerby. There is a church called All Saints at Raughton Head where Willim may have been baptised though he may have been a Roman Catholic.

The parish records for Raughton Head are supposed to be in the IGI but the only HOG(G)ARTH I can see around 1788 is a baptism of a John HOGGARTH 3 Aug 1788 father Wm. HOGGARTH mother Ann PARSLEY.

Ancestry shows a burial of a William HOGGARTH 30 Apr 1829 at Castle Sowerby, Raughton Head, CUL. {maybe the father of the John HOGGARTH who was baptised in 1788]

Probate Calendar 1859
WOOFF George 25 Oct - The Will of George WOOF late of Whitehaven in the County of Cumberland Master Mariner deceased who died 24 July 1859 at Sea was proved at the Principal Registry by the oaths of Mary Whitlow of Liverpool in the county of Lancaster Widow and Elizabeth WOOFF of Hensingham near Whitehaven aforesaid Widow the mother the Executrixes.
{I wonder whether "WHITLOW" is a typo for "WHITFORD"]

1861 census
Grecian Ter., Harrington, Cumberland
John WHITFORD Head Mar 61 Retired Supt. of Excise Ireland
Rachel do Wife Mar 61 CUL Workington
Elizabeth WOOF Visitor Wid 73 Retired Grocer CUL do
(Difficult to find John and Rachel WHITFORD in other censuses but a SUTCLIFFE FAMILY TREE by pmcnal in Ancestry has her name as Rachel GRAHAM. Has one of her sisters as Elizabeth GRAHAM born 10 May 1787 in Workington died 3 Feb 1868 in Hensingham CUL having married George WOOF (captain) 19 Feb 1809 at St Michaels Workington. Again they have a daughter called Mary WOOF born 12 Feb 1817 (baptised 28 feb 1817 ay Michael Street Wesleyan, Whitehaven) at Harinngton but no marriage or death for her. The tree by pmcnal seems well sourced and less likely to contain errors than some I've come across for this family. I suggest you contact her or at least check out her tree.

The tree contains a Masters Certificate of Service date 1851 for George WOOFF born Workington Cumberland in 1812, App Mate and Master for 27 years in the British Merchant Service.

An item probably related in the Westmoreland Gazette of 1 Nov 1862 - Deaths - On the 21st September, at Sierra Leone, Mr C R. WHITFORD, aged 25, son of Mr. WHITFORD, of Harrington. The deceased died from fever caused by unceasing exertion during thirteen days's exposure on the wreck of the Royal Mail Steamship Cleopatra, in endeavouring to save the lives of the passengers, &tc, He was the third officer on board that ill fated vessel, which was lost on the 19th August last, at the entrance of the Shebro river, south of Sierra Leone. He was much respected by his brother officers, and by all who knew him; he was the last to leave the wreck, and his heroic conduct was the means of saving the passengers who were safely landed at Liverpool on Friday, the 10th ult., by the Royal Mail steamship McGregor, Laird.

1841 census
Wellington Row, St Bees, Whitehaven
Elizabeth WOOF 50 Yes (but the "Y" seems to be crossed out and an "I:" for Ireland added)

So it's hard work this family and especially for the HOGARTH line but as long as you treat them with a dose of salt there are some useful guides on Ancestry trees to help.

As I said first off you need to get the marriage certificate for Mary WOOF and William HOGARTH just to ensure you are on the right track.


  • Hoggarth + Woof + RiceBryan Hoggarth, Mon Feb 27 3:10pm
    FMP has marriage transcription Eleanor WOOF 21 Oct 1841 at Workington to William RICE. Residence Workington. Brides father George WOOF, Grooms father Edward RICE. GRO index has marriage Q4 1841... more
    • HogarthDavid Asquith, Sat Mar 25 4:51am
      Just found messages!! After all these years. The information is most interesting and thanks for all in input I hope others also found it useful.
    • HOGARTH of Raughton Head + relatives — Bryan Hoggarth, Tue Feb 28 3:17pm