Hagerman Family Genealogy Forum
Some years ago Audrey Hagerman and others were looking into a possible connection between the family of George E. Hagerman (1847 - 1904) and the James J. Hagerman who was influential in the development of Colorado Springs in the 1880's and 1890's. I looked into this at the Mormon archives in Salt Lake City, and what I found makes any connection unlikely.
James J. Hagerman was born in Port Hope, ONT, in 1838, in a Hagerman family which had been in Canada for at least three generations before him, back to his great-grandfather Christopher Hagerman, born c. 1720. I believe this family were Loyalists who emigrated from New York State to Ontario around 1783 when tensions with the patriots of the new country made staying here intolerable. J. J. Hagerman's parents moved to Michigan when he was 6, and he grew up there. He graduated from the new University of Michigan with a degree in mining in 1851. He worked for the Milwaukee Iron Company from soon after graduation until their failure in the panic of 1873. Somehow he acquired an interest in ore-bearing lands in northern Michigan, perhaps part of a non-cash settlement with senior employees, and this turned out to be very valuable. He became prosperous on the mining of this property until overwork forced him to take early retirement in 1882. He travelled with his family in Europe for several years, then moved to Colorado Springs in 1885. There he invested in land and took a senior position with the new and struggling Colorado Midland Railway. He was successful in business in Colorado Springs also, finally retiring a second time in 1899. He sold his "palatial" residence and moved to Roswell, NM, where he had been investing in land since before 1895. Among other things he wrote many articles and letters published in the newspapers of Milwaukee and Denver from the 1860's onward. He and his wife Anna O_____ had at least three children: Percy, Herbert, and Margaret. All this should settle some of the rumors in the George Hagerman family of relations in Colorado and NM: J. J. Hagerman accomplished a lot, but there remains no known relationship with "our" Hagerman family of Monmouth County, NJ, and Long Island.
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