William Samuel Fooks

#623, (26 February 1809-31 October 1856)
FatherJames MacKenzie Fooks (7 Dec 1780-22 Oct 1825)
MotherJane Berjew (25 Dec 1777-15 Apr 1875)
Last Edited11 Jul 2014
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William was born on Sunday, 26 February 1809 at Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset.1,2 He was the son of James MacKenzie Fooks and Jane Berjew. He was baptised on Wednesday, 19 April 1809 at Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset.3 He presumably lived with his parents at Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset, in 1814.4

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.5

His father died 22 October 1825 at the age of 44. William was aged 16 when this happened.6

William Samuel Fooks married Maria Jane Richardson on Thursday, 8 December 1831 at Wyke Regis, Dorset.3 William Samuel Fooks was a solicitor.3

William died on 31 October 1856 at the Melbourne suburb of Sandridge (Port Melbourne) at age 47 he died of a diseased hip joint.3

His death was reported in the Adelaide Register on 21 November 1856:
" On the 31st October at his residence, Sandridge, Victoria, after a long illness William Samuel Fooks, for many years a resident in South Australia and formerly of Weymouth, Dorsetshire, England. Aged 47 years.3'


1809BirthMelcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset1,2
1809BaptismMelcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset3
1831MarriageWyke Regis, Dorset3
1856Deaththe Melbourne suburb of Sandridge (Port Melbourne)3
1856Quotation type 23


Maria Jane Richardson (c 1813-17 Feb 1861)


  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. [S274] Grahame R. Fooks, The Fooks Family Records p.3 - place is assumed.
  3. [S728] GEDCOM file created by Donald L. Reid, 17 Feb 2014 (companion to 'Descendents of James MCKENZIE.rtf' p.2).
  4. [S1170] Dorset, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 (www.ancestry.com) Name: James Mackenzie Fooks; Baptism Date: 30 Jan 1814; Baptism Place: Up Cerne, Dorset, England; Search Photos: Search for 'Up Cerne' in the UK City, Town and Village Photos collection; Father: James Fooks; Mother: Jane Fooks.
  5. [S561] Dorset Online Parish Clerks (http://www.opcdorset.org/) http://www.opcdorset.org/CerneAbbasFiles/…
  6. [S274] Grahame R. Fooks, The Fooks Family Records p.4.
  7. [S728] GEDCOM file created by Donald L. Reid, 17 Feb 2014 (companion to 'Descendents of James MCKENZIE.rtf' p.5).