Jane Berjew

#187, (25 December 1777-15 April 1875)
FatherSamuel Berjew (c 1727-11 Oct 1820)
MotherCatherine Wiltshire (1734-3 Feb 1826)
ChartsBarbara Nicholson - ancestors
Last Edited14 Apr 2019
Jane Berjew
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Jane was born on Thursday, 25 December 1777 at Up Cerne, Dorset.1 She was the daughter of Samuel Berjew and Catherine Wiltshire. She was baptised on Tuesday, 28 March 1780 at Up Cerne, Dorset.

She married James MacKenzie Fooks, son of William Fooks and Ann Williams MacKenzie, on Tuesday, 2 March 1802 at Bradford Abbas, Dorset. She was 24 and her husband James was 21. Witnesses to the wedding were Mary Ann Barbara Berjew.2,3,4 Jane and James lived at 8 St. Thomas Street, Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset.5

On April 28th 1811 their nine day old son, James' name-sake, died. This must have been deeply distressing to James and his deeply religous wife.6 Just nine months later their first daughter Catherine died, whilst Jane was about six months pregnant. When he was born this child, also called James MacKenzie Fooks was to only live eighteen months. Jane was pregnant again soon, but this son, also with the same name, only lived seventeen months. Of their five children so far, only the first two sons were still alive.5

Her father died 11 October 1820 at the approximate age of 93. Jane was aged 42 when this happened. Jane, aged 44 and James MacKenzie Fooks, aged 41 became the parents of Rev. Samuel Berjew Fookes on Tuesday, 27 August 1822 at Weymouth, Dorset.1,7

In Jane Iles's will on 6 November 1824 at Dorset Mary Ann Barbara Berjew, Catherine Jane Iles Fooks, Charles Berjew Fooks, William Samuel Fooks, Rev. Samuel Berjew Fookes, James MacKenzie Fooks and Jane Fooks were named as heirs.8

Her husband James died 22 October 1825 at the age of 44, leaving her a widow at age 47. She was to live another 50 years without him.9

Jane emigrated with her son, her daughter and her son-in-law from England circa June 1840 on the 'Waterloo.10,11' After a voyage of about 5 months Jane arrived at Adelaide on 9 November 1840.10,11

She was apparently was one of the Grantees of Adelaide Town Acres showing 'Jane FOOKS of Dorset, Widow.12' She was living with her daughter Catherine's family at Stanley, Tasmania, in April 1875.12

Jane died on 15 April 1875 at Stanley, Tasmania, at age 97.13 Her body was interred at Stanley Pioneer Burial Ground on 19 April 1875 at Stanley, Tasmania. The Discovery Centre at Stanley has a copy of the Burial Register for the old Stanley Cemetery. Jane FOOKS is not listed in this register but there is a record of a Jane FOSTER aged 97 having been buried at the Old Stanley Cemetery on April 19th 1875. On the presumption that there would not have been two Jane F's of this age buried around this time we can assume that this is the burial record for Jane FOOKS which has been transcribed incorrectly. There is no marker for Jane FOOKS but we can also assume she would have been buried close to the KING Family..12,14


1777BirthUp Cerne, Dorset1
1780BaptismUp Cerne, Dorset
1802MarriageBradford Abbas, Dorset2,3,4
Residence8 St. Thomas Street, Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset5
1811Note memo only CR CR6
1812Note memo only5
1845Note memo only CR CR12
1875DeathStanley, Tasmania13
1875BurialStanley Pioneer Burial Ground, in Stanley, Tasmania12,14


James MacKenzie Fooks (7 Dec 1780-22 Oct 1825)


  1. [S806] Jane Fookes,"Extract from Jane Fookes' bible," Bible extract, vital dates , n.d.. Currently held by unknown repository, unknown repository address (for date).
  2. [S574] England Select Marriages, 1530-1973 Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com) Name: James Mackense Fooks; Gender: Male; Marriage Date: 2 Mar 1802; Marriage Place: Bradford Abbas, Dorset, England; Spouse: Jane Berjew; FHL Film Number: 1279482.
  3. [S463] Family Search (A service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) (https://familysearch.org) Indexing project (batch) number: M15812-1, system origin: England-VR, source film number: 1279482.
  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 and place).
  5. [S274] Grahame R. Fooks, The Fooks Family Records p.3.
  6. [S274] Grahame R. Fooks, The Fooks Family Records p.3, 6.
  7. [S274] Grahame R. Fooks, The Fooks Family Records p.5.
  8. [S561] Dorset Online Parish Clerks (http://www.opcdorset.org/) http://www.opcdorset.org/CerneAbbasFiles/…
  9. [S274] Grahame R. Fooks, The Fooks Family Records p.4.
  10. [S256] Grahame R. Fooks, The Fooks Family, 1780-1980 p.4.
  11. [S386] South Australian Migrant Shipping (1836-1860) (http://members.iinet.net.au/~perthdps/shipping/mig-sa1.htm) Waterloo 9th Nov 1840 (This citation is for the date and details of the ship; the presence of the Fooks family on it has not been verified.).
  12. [S728] GEDCOM file created by Donald L. Reid, 17 Feb 2014 (companion to 'Descendents of James MCKENZIE.rtf' p.2).
  13. [S728] GEDCOM file created by Donald L. Reid, 17 Feb 2014 (companion to 'Descendents of James MCKENZIE.rtf' p.8).
  14. [S466] Find a Grave (http://www.findagrave.com) http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi (for note on burial).