EAGER CHILDREN OF DENTON ISLAND

Photo:Top row: Alfred, Jack, Arther, Frank, Horace, Percy, Albert, Charlie.  Bottom row: Pat, Lil, Queenie, Pritt, Eva, Rose, Flossie (my mum).

Top row: Alfred, Jack, Arther, Frank, Horace, Percy, Albert, Charlie. Bottom row: Pat, Lil, Queenie, Pritt, Eva, Rose, Flossie (my mum).

Albert Knights

Photo:Golden Wedding Day of Edward and Agnes Eager. Top row - Alfred, Eva, Jack, Queenie and Charlie. Middle Row - Rose, Edward and Agnes, Frank.  Bottom row - Toby, Flossie and Arthur.  Edward was coxswain on the Newhaven lifeboat for 7 years, and at 72 years of age he was still working as assistant to the Trinity House Pilots of the port.  He also occasionally did stevedoring at the North Quay.  My grandfather was Frank Eager, middle row on the right.

Golden Wedding Day of Edward and Agnes Eager. Top row - Alfred, Eva, Jack, Queenie and Charlie. Middle Row - Rose, Edward and Agnes, Frank. Bottom row - Toby, Flossie and Arthur. Edward was coxswain on the Newhaven lifeboat for 7 years, and at 72 years of age he was still working as assistant to the Trinity House Pilots of the port. He also occasionally did stevedoring at the North Quay. My grandfather was Frank Eager, middle row on the right.

Carol Walton (nee Eager)

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'EAGER CHILDREN OF DENTON ISLAND' page

Known as 'The Tipneys'

By Albert Knights

This photo was taken in Meeching Road, Newhaven in 1952.  It shows 8 of the 9 boys and 7 of the 9 girls born to my Gran and Grandad (Agnes and Edward Eager). The other 3 children died very young.

They had 18 children in all, and in addition they raised 2 adopted boys. All of the 18 children were born in the same house in Sefton Terrace, Denton Island. The Fludes Carpet Store stands on the site now.

The 'Eagers' were the largest and one of the most well-known familys in Newhaven.

Article from the Herald Newspaper, 20 July 1929

FIFTIETH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY  - MR AND MRS EDWARD EAGER OF NEWHAVEN

A happy event was observed at 2 Denton Terrace, Newhaven on Friday, when Mr and Mrs Edward Eager celebrated their golden wedding.

Mr and Mrs Eager were married at Bishopstone Parish Church on 12 July 1879, by the Rev Charles H Dearsly, the then vicar. Mr Eager who is now 72 years of age, was the son of the late Mr Jerry Eager of Newhaven, a hawker of paregoric tablets and Barcelona nuts and a well-know character of his day.  Mrs Eager who celebrated her 69th birthday on her golden wedding day, is a daughter of the late Mr Alfred Nightingale, of Tide Mills, Bishopstone, who was a miller for Messrs Catt when the Tide Mills were in full work.

Mr and Mrs Eager are very robust and active for their age.  As a young man Mr Eager became a member of the Newhaven Lifeboat crew and for over seven years he was coxwain.  He is still working, being at present the assistant to the Trinity House Pilots of the port.  He also, occasionally does stevedoring at the North Quay.  Mrs Eager still carries out her household duties, including washing for ten persons.  They have had a family of 18 children, nine sons and nine daughters. 15 of the children are still living and all but 4 still reside in Newhaven.  In addition, they have brought up 2 adopted children, and they have 25 grandchildren.  With such a large family of children and grandchildren, the family gathering at their residence on Friday was naturally a large and happy one.  They were the recipients of many congratulations, and among the presents they received was a beautiful bouquet of various hued sweet peas to Mrs Eager from her friend Mrs N Browing.

This page was added by Sylvia Woolford on 03/05/2008.
Comments about this page

I am wondering if the author of this article and my family are related, any chance of putting us in touch.

By Bob Eager
On 17/05/2008

Was Bert Eager and his wife, who were running the "Flying Fish" pub in Denton related to this family?  We lived just round the corner in Lewis Close, 1967-1970.

By Roger Morley
On 22/05/2008

Could Bob Eager post his grandfather's name, please.

By Albert Knights
On 12/06/2008

My second Great Grandmother was Frances Eager born 1822 and died 8th December 1909. Her father was James Eager born 1795 - any connections with the Eager family from Denton Island or the Flying Fish?

I have also posted all of the above to the Message Board part of the site to continue the discussions. Jackie - Editor

By Mel Allen
On 06/08/2008

I have only just seen the message from Albert!

My grandfather never actually came to the South Coast but his widow came with her 2 year old son (my father) and she lived in New Steine, Brighton, for many years. I suspect that was because there were Eager relatives there.

I have been told by my mother that there were also relatives around the Newhaven area but she cannot remember names at present (she is trying to!). Anyone is welcome to reply here.

By Bob Eager
On 06/01/2009

We have recently purchased 22 Meeching Road, any more info on the house / family would be great.

By jay
On 09/02/2009

22 Meeching Road was the family home of my Gran ("trot") Eager for many years and was my after-school haunt as a child, many happy memories for me. My parents are still local in Denton and my mum could provide you with loads of info if you are interested (and I can persuade her!)

By David Ashdown
On 22/02/2009

If Jay would like to call in the museum any Saturday afternoon I can find many of the occupiers of 22 from 1881 up to the Eagers and possibly earlier from street directories/census/records. Pete

By Pete
On 12/04/2009

My Grandmother was Jemima Eager b.1885 Father James Eager, she also had a relative who was coxswain of the lifeboat and they lived in Denton before she married. Any relation?

By Maureen Brown
On 24/07/2009

Could any one tell me the names of the two boys who were adopted by the Eagers please, because I have been informed that one of them could have been my grandad.

By Peter Flecknell
On 23/03/2012

(1) Answer for Maureen Brown: Looking back on the family tree there was a Jemima Marten born 1829 who married Jeremiah Eager in 1847. One of their sons was James born in 1848 and another was Edward born in 1858. Edward was at one time coxswain of the Newhaven lifeboat. (2) Answer for Peter Flecknell: There were actually three boys who were fostered, not adopted, by Agnes and Edward Eager. Talking to an Eager family member, it is likely that the boys were sons of unmarried mothers who could not look after them and were raised by the Eagers, Agnes probably acting as a wet nurse.

By Carol Walton
On 17/04/2012

I have just found this post written by my late grandad and it is very interesting finding out about my family. 

By Susie Knights
On 18/03/2017

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