William Fooks

#183, (circa 1760-September 1844)
ChartsBarbara Nicholson - ancestors
Last Edited17 May 2020
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William was born circa 1760.

He married Ann Williams MacKenzie, daughter of James MacKenzie and Elizabeth Williams, on Tuesday, 19 January 1779 at Wyke Regis, Dorset. Witnesses to the wedding were Elizabeth Williams.1,2 William was serving with the Devon Militia in his adulthood.3 William and Ann Williams MacKenzie became the parents of James MacKenzie Fooks on Thursday, 7 December 1780 at Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset.4,5

William Militia units were quite common:
"From 1757, with the fear of a French invasion looming, county militia regiments were established across England, not unlike British postwar National Service. Each parish was required to provide a number of able-bodied men, aged between eighteen and fifty (reduced to forty-five in 1762) for military training. They served in Britain or Ireland but not overseas. Presumably William was posted to Weymouth and stationed at Wyke Regis, where there was a garrison. When exactly William enrolled in the Devon militia is unknown, but he must have been discharged by 1785."5

William's child James received his baptism on Sunday, 7 January 1781 at Wyke Regis, Dorset.6 William's child William received his baptism on Monday, 7 July 1783 at Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset.3 William's child John received his baptism on Saturday, 27 October 1787 at Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset.3 William's child Elizabeth received her baptism on Sunday, 31 January 1790 at Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset.3 William's child Stephen may have received his baptism on Monday, 10 June 1793 at Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset.3 William's child Ann may have received her baptism on Sunday, 14 June 1795.3

His wife Ann died 23 October 1832 at the aproximate age of 73, leaving him a widower.

He made a will in 1842.7 William Fooks was a yeoman in 1842.7 William lived in September 1844 at Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset.8

William died in September 1844.8,5 He was buried on 21 September 1844 at Wyke Regis, Dorset.8,5


1779MarriageWyke Regis, Dorset1,2
Quotation type 15
1844ResidenceMelcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset8
1844BurialWyke Regis, Dorset8,5


Ann Williams MacKenzie (c 1759-Oct 1832)


  1. [S728] GEDCOM file created by Donald L. Reid, 17 Feb 2014.
  2. [S274] Grahame R. Fooks, The Fooks Family Records p.1 (reports the date as 27 May 1780).
  3. [S274] Grahame R. Fooks, The Fooks Family Records p.1.
  4. [S806] Jane Fookes,"Extract from Jane Fookes' bible," Bible extract, vital dates , n.d.. Currently held by unknown repository, unknown repository address (for date).
  5. [S533] Forefathers (https://sites.google.com/site/lazarusrobertshistory) https://sites.google.com/site/lazarusrobertshistory/…
  6. [S463] Family Search (A service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) (https://familysearch.org) indexing project (batch) number: C02139-4 system origin: England-EASy source film number: 1239262.
  7. [S559] The Roberts Family (https://sites.google.com/site/lazarusrobertshistory.htm) https://sites.google.com/site/lazarusrobertshistory/…
  8. [S1171] Dorset, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2010 (www.ancestry.com) Name: William Fooks; Death Age: 88; Birth Year: abt 1756; Burial Date: 21 Sep 1844; Burial Place: Wyke Regis, Dorset, England.