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John Sanger (abt. 1815 - 1889)

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John Sanger
Born about in Chew Magna, Somersetmap [uncertain]
Husband of — married in Whitechapel, Middlesex, Englandmap
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Died in Ipswich, Suffolk, Englandmap
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John SANGER was born about 1819-1821 at Newbury, Berkshire, England[1][2] the son of James SANGER, a traveller[3]

John Sanger married Elizabeth Atkins 2nd May 1848 at St. Mary, Whitechapel, Middlesex, England. John SANGER, bachelor, traveller, of Church Lane {Whitechapel}, son of James SANGER (traveller) and Elizabeth ATKINS, spinster, daughter of Samuel ATKINS (traveller). Witnessed by William GODDARD & Elizabeth OSBOURNE[3]

"John Sanger, the circus proprietor, died at Ipswich on Thursday night {22nd August 1889}. He had arrived there on Friday last, when his circus performances were given for two days, but he was too unwell to leave the town on Sunday with his company. Mr. Sanger contacted a violent cold while travelling to Ipswich and, not withstanding the attendance of several medical men, he died of pneumonia. He was the eldest of of the three brothers in the profession, and was 70 years of age {b. 1819}"[4]

His obituary in the "Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News" states "By the death of Mr. Sanger, a well known member of the circus world has passed away. The majority of the proprietors of these establishments , like the Cookes, Battys, Newsomes, Henglers, and others are bought up to the business; but the Brothers Sanger were the architects of their own fortunes, and little is known of their early history. They were however, supposed to have had a long connection with shows. At any rate the Sanger family had a large stud of horses and ran a circus on the tenting system thirty or forty years ago, long before they were known to London audiences, and together with Mr. Hengler were formidable rivals of Howes and Cushing's , which came to England from America early in the fifties.

.....Mr John Sanger was the proprietor of the Hall by the Sea {later Dreamland}, Margate in which town he was very popular, and for the poorer inhabitants of which he did a great deal"[5]

Probate: 12th November 1889. The will of John SANGER formerly of Sanger's Ampitheatre, Westminster Bridge Road in the County of Surrey, Theatrical manager and Circus proprietor but late of St. Ann's Road, Stamford Hill in the County of Middlesex who died 22 August 1889 at Ipswich in the County of Suffolk was proved at the Principle Registry by Elizabeth Sanger, widow the relict and John Sanger, Circus proprietor, the son both of St. Ann's Road two of the exectutors[6]


  1. John Sanger b. Norwich, Norfolk, England[1][2]
  2. Lavinia SANGER b. Scotland, England[1][2]
  3. William Frederick SANGER b. Manchester, Lancashire, England[2]
  4. George SANGER b. Staffordshire, England[2]
  5. James SANGER b. Weatherby, Yorkshire, England[2]


1861 Census of England & Wales: 7th April 1861
"Sanger's Equestrian Troupe" Located in Travelling Carriages on the night April 7th", Manchester, Lancashire, England

First NameLast NameRelationshipMarital StatusGenderAgeOccupationBirth Place
JohnSangarHeadMarriedMale40Circus ProprietorNewbury, Berkshire
ElizabethSangarWifeMarriedFemale32-Newbury, Berkshire
JohnSangarSon-Male7-Norwich, Norfolk
GeorgeSangarBrother to headMarriedMale37Circus ProprietorNewbury, Berkshire
EllenSangarWife {sic}MarriedFemale28-Liverpool, Lancashire
LaviniaSangarDaughter {sic}-Female8-Cheadle, Staffordshire
HarrietSangarDaughter {sic}-Female6-Walsall, Staffordshire

1871 Census of England & Wales: 2nd April 1871
Sangers Buildings, Tottenham, Middlesex

First NameLast NameRelationshipMarital StatusGenderAgeOccupationBirth Place
HenryChapmanHeadMarriedMale68Traveller with Sanger HorsesAudley End, Essex
HarrietChapmanHeadMarriedFemale66Traveller with Sanger HorsesLondon
AmeliaHollowayDaughterMarriedFemale27Traveller with Sanger HorsesLondon
GeorgeHollowayGrandson-Male2Traveller with Sanger HorsesLondon
JohnSanger-MarriedMale40Traveller with Sanger HorsesBerkhampstead, Hertfordshire
GeorgeSangerSon-in-lawMarriedMale38Traveller with Sanger HorsesNewbury, Berkshire
JohnBrowngigVisitorMarriedMale25Traveller with Sanger HorsesLondon

1881 Census of England & Wales: 3rd April 1881
Humberstone Road "Circus", Leicester, Leicestershire, England

First NameLast NameRelationshipMarital StatusGenderAgeOccupationBirth Place
JohnSangerHeadMarriedMale56Circus ProprietorNewbury, Berkshire
LizzieSangerWifeMarriedFemale58-Darlington, Durham
JohnSangerSonMarriedMale27EquestrianNorwich, Norfolk
WilliamSangerSonUnmarriedMale15EquestrianManchester, Lancashire
JamesSangerSonUnmarriedMale10EquestrianWeatherby, Yorkshire
RebeccaSangerDaughter-in-lawMarriedFemale23EquestrianSunderland {Durham}
HinneySangerGrand-daughterUnmarriedFemale1-Newcastle on Tyne {Northumberland}

Research Notes

Freereg has no coverage for Newbury, Berkshire, baptisms

The conflicting birth date/place of Chew Magna, Somerset, England comes from unsourced published material [8]

Chew Magna, Somerset England Baptism Registers are at in the Somerset Archives & Local Studies Collection. There is no evidence of any SANGAR/SANGER baptisms between 1813-1820 - searched by Michelle Wilkes


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "1861 England and Wales Census" Class: RG 9; Piece: 2943; Folio: 114; Page: 6 Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1861. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1861. Image available at and FindMyPast
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "1881 England and Wales Census" Image available at and FindMyPast
  3. 3.0 3.1 "St. Mary, Whitechapel, Middlesex, England Marriage Register entry of John SANGER & Elizabeth ATKINS" 1848 Pg. 201 Entry No. 401.London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1931; Reference Number: P93/MRY1/044. Image available at Accessed 4th Dec 2014
  4. "Morning Post" 24 August 1889 Pg. 3 Column 3. Image available at FindMyPast Accessed 4th Dec 2017
  5. "Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News" 31 August 1889 Pg. 21 columns 2&3 pg 22 column 1. Images available at FindMyPast Accessed 4th Dec 2017
  6. "England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1996 of John SANGER" 1889 Index image available at Gov.UK probate Index Accessed 5th Dec 2017
  7. "1871 England and Wales Census" Class: RG10; Piece: 1340; Folio: 46; Page: 32 Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1871. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1871. Image available at and FindMyPast
  8. Encyclopaedia Britannica

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Memorial of John SANGER at St. John's Cemetery, Manston Road, Margate, Kent, England
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