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Memorial Tiles: Ann Hagerman

HAGERMAN, Ann: 1805 - 1888

Tile ordered and paid for by Mrs. S.C. Eliott*, Ottawa, Ontario

Ann McKenzie, the daughter of Robert McKenzie and Anna Aird McKenzie was born October 4, 1805 in Montreal, Quebec. She married Joseph Nicholas Hagerman on June 23, 1829 in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity at Quebec (City). A transcript of their marriage reads:

Joseph Nicholas Hagerman Esq. of Bytown in the Province of Upper Canada, advocate, bachelor, was married by licence to Miss Anne MacKenzie** of the City of Quebec, spinster, daughter of the late Robert MacKenzie Esq. of the city of Montreal, this twenty-third day of June in the Year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine.

Contracting Parties: Joseph N. Hagerman
Witness: William Lyons, Brother-in-law, Anne MacKenzie

Joseph was the son of Nicholas Hagerman, one of the original Loyalist settlers who came to Adolphustown with Major Van Alstine in 1784. Joseph, the youngest of seven children of Nicholas and Anne (née Fisher) Hagerman, grew up in the family home built by his parents on land very close to the original Loyalist landing site in what is now the United Empire Loyalist Memorial Park in Adolphustown. Joseph practiced law and there is mention of him as solicitor in records pertaining to the building of the Rideau Canal.

Joseph died in 1833, in his twenty-eighth year. His obituary reads “Died at Adolphustown, on the 2d inst., of consumption, Joseph N. Hagerman, Esq., Barrister at Law (brother to the Solicitor General of this Province), aged 28 years.”(1)

Married for only four years and a widow for fifty-four years, Ann died on August 3, 1888 in Kingston at the age of eighty-two. Her obituary reads:

“On Sabbath last the remains of Mrs. Joseph Hagerman, who has been for the last 54 years the widow of Joseph Hagerman, was brought from Kingston and buried by the side of her husband in the old United Empire Loyalist burying ground Adolphustown. The old Mr. Hagerman, one of the first settlers and father of the Hagerman family is buried there with two of his sons, Daniel and Joseph. The steamer Maud was chartered from Kingston and brought the entire equipage, hearse, horse etc. to the place of interment.”(2)

Ann(e) Hagerman’s will, dated January 15, 1886, reads: “I give, devise and bequeath all my property real and personal of whatsoever kind and wheresoever situate to my niece Sarah Elliot* of the City of Ottawa, widow of the late Captain Elliot, for her own use absolutely.”(3)

** Ann’s birth certificate reads McKenzie and her marriage certificate reads MacKenzie.


1. Kingston Chronicle & Gazette, 10 Aug. 1833, cited by Adolphustown-Fredericksburgh Heritage Website, accessed June 2011.

2. Obituaries, Deseronto Tribune, 10 Aug. 1888, via

3. “Will of Anne Hagerman,” Lennox & Addington County Museum and Archives (Napanee, Ontario).