William Fooks

#183, (circa 1760-September 1844)
ChartsBarbara Nicholson - ancestors
Last Edited20 Apr 2022
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William Fooks was likely born circa 1760.1

He may have married Ann Williams MacKenzie, daughter of James MacKenzie and Elizabeth Williams, on Tuesday, 19 January 1779 at Wyke Regis, Dorset..2,3

He may have married Ann Williams MacKenzie, daughter of James MacKenzie and Elizabeth Williams, on Saturday, 27 May 1780 at Wyke Regis, Dorset..1

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 was serving with the Devon Militia in his adulthood.6

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 1783."5



William's child James received his baptism on Sunday, 7 January 1781 at Wyke Regis, Dorset.7

William's child William received his baptism on Monday, 7 July 1783 at Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset.6

William's child John received his baptism on Saturday, 27 October 1787 at Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset.6

William's child Elizabeth received her baptism on Sunday, 31 January 1790 at Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset.6

William's child Stephen may have received his baptism on Monday, 10 June 1793 at Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset.6

William's child Ann may have received her baptism on Sunday, 14 June 1795.6

William, as the father of the groom, along with Ann may have attended the wedding of James and Jane Berjew in a Church of England ceremony on Tuesday, 2 March 1802 at Bradford Abbas, Dorset. James was 21 and his wife Jane was 24. Others who may have attended include Catherine Wiltshire as mother of the bride and Samuel Berjew as father of the bride. James and Jane went on to have nine known children together.8,9,10 William Fooks was a yeoman in 1830.11

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

He was recorded as head of household in the 1841 census at Crescent Street (?), Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset. The 1841 census only recorded adult ages rounded down to the nearest 5 years; his approximate age was recorded as 80.12 His occupation was recorded as being someone of independent means in the census.12

He made a will on 4 June 1842. William named his daughter Mary as a beneficiary, as well as two bankers, presumably as he owed money to them. It isn't clear why none of his other children were made beneficiaries..11 William lived in September 1844 at Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset.13

William died in September 1844.13,5 He was buried on 21 September 1844 at Wyke Regis, Dorset.13,5

His will was probated on 28 April 1849.11

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
1760Birth-Likely1
1779Marriage-candidateWyke Regis, Dorset2,3
1780Marriage-candidateWyke Regis, Dorset1
1780Military6
Quotation type 35
1830Occupation11
1841Census (Eng) 1841Crescent Street (?), Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset12
1841Occupation12
1842Will-new11
1844ResidenceMelcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset13
1844Death13,5
1844BurialWyke Regis, Dorset13,5
1849Probate-new11

Family

Ann Williams MacKenzie (c 1759-Oct 1832)
Children

Citations

  1. [S559] The Roberts Family (https://sites.google.com/site/lazarusrobertshistory) 09. William Fooks (1759?-1844) https://sites.google.com/site/lazarusrobertshistory/…
  2. [S728] GEDCOM file created by Donald L. Reid, 17 Feb 2014.
  3. [S274] Grahame R. Fooks, The Fooks Family Records p.1 (reports the date as 27 May 1780).
  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. [S274] Grahame R. Fooks, The Fooks Family Records p.1.
  7. [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.
  8. [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.
  9. [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.
  10. [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).
  11. [S559] The Roberts Family (https://sites.google.com/site/lazarusrobertshistory) https://sites.google.com/site/lazarusrobertshistory/…
  12. [S397] National Census for England, 1841 (online image) Civil Parish: Melcombe Regis; Hundred: Weymouth and Melcombe Regis; County/Island: Dorset; Country: England; Registration District: Weymouth; Sub-registration District: Weymouth; Piece: 295; Book: 17; Folio: 43; Page Number: 36.
  13. [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.