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Somerset / Edward Higgins of East Coker
« on: Monday 03 December 18 19:26 GMT (UK)  »
Later generations of my 'Foot' family lived at East Coker but through my grandmother's Higgins family there is an Edward Higgins who married Elizabeth Harris in Bradford Abbas in Dorset approx 10 miles away in 1802. He gives his residence address as East Coker. I have no other details of Edward and would welcome any help. Many thanks Mark

Dorset / George Higgins and Jane Paul of Bradford Abbas married 1834
« on: Tuesday 27 November 18 09:14 GMT (UK)  »
In Bradford Abbas there have been a number of George Higgins from the same family. I believe I have the children of George married to Jane but would welcome an experts opinion.
Eliza 1835
Charles 1840
Mary Ann 1844
James 1847
William 1853-1853
Ellen 1851?
William 1854
Elizabeth 1857-1857?
John 1861
Jane 1858
With such a large family and with some early deaths, I may be missing some others? Also some of the dates may be baptism or census estimates. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I have always been pleasantly surprised with the enthusiasm and knowledge and skill of your researchers.
Many thanks


Dorset / Dorset Army Deserter Frank Foot
« on: Monday 26 November 18 21:45 GMT (UK)  »
Frank Foot was born in 1889 at Up Cerne. The family understand that he deserted the army and moved to New Zealand. During WW1 he signed up with the  NZ navy and it understood he fought at the Battle of Jutland. I am trying to prove if he deserted or if it is just a family rumour.

Many thanks for any help,


Dorset / Emily Foot
« on: Thursday 01 November 18 23:01 GMT (UK)  »
I have previously been advised that Emily Foot was married in 1844. I am finding further info difficult and I am hoping for some help to discover the following:-
Her mother was Susan(nah) Foot
When and where she was born, baptised and died, plus her husbands name and place of marriage.
Many thanks Mark

Dorset / Sheriff's Hill near Up Cerne
« on: Sunday 20 May 18 20:16 BST (UK)  »
Many years ago when my grandfather was alive, I took him back to Up Cerne in order for him to look around the village of his birth. He pointed out a close by hill with trees on the very top and advised me that his grandfather George Foot (woodman/gamekeeper), had planted them to celebrate his employer Col John Mount Batten becoming Sheriff of Dorset ( I believe in 1903). The hill was then known as Sheriff's Hill. I recall seeing it named as such on one map, but I am unable to trace the hill. I would appreciate any help with tracking it down.   

Dorset / Col John Mount Batten
« on: Monday 16 April 18 18:04 BST (UK)  »
Col John Mount Batten  was Lord Lieutenant of Dorset' and lived at Up Cerne. A book titled 'Tributes of the memory of Col John Mount Batten, Lord Lieutenant of Dorset 1905-1916' was published. The tributes were not just from the high and mighty but by his servants and estate workers. The Dorset History Centre does not have a copy and I would like to know where a copy is held or where I can find out the names of the estate workers and servants. I would also like to know if any of the estate properties are shown?

Many thanks for any help.


WW1 In Memoriam / DCLI Pte FJ Foot
« on: Thursday 12 April 18 19:43 BST (UK)  »
Frederick John Foot was a private in the 7th battalion of the DCLI regiment.His reg number was 23812. He was discharged on the 10.12.1918 because of his wounds. He died 5th May 1927 aged 32 of gangrene following movement of his plate from his injury whilst working as an estate gardener.

I do feel sad that he was not recorded on the East Coker, Somerset War Memorial or on any other memorial apart from on the gravestone with his wife Nellie.

I have been unable to find out where he was injured and would be thrilled to know more about where he served and where he was wounded.

Clifford Hoskins was born in Castle Cary in 1895. He died on the Llandovery Castle Medical ship which was sunk on the 27th June 1918. He was with the Canadian Medical Corp. I wonder if it is possible to confirm what uniform is being worn? If it is not that uniform then the picture is likely to be of his brother Arthur who served in the British Army.

Thank you for any help,

Mark Foot 

Monmouthshire / Police Records for 1889
« on: Monday 12 March 18 20:50 GMT (UK)  »
My relation George Higgins committed a murder and then killed himself at the scene of the crime, in Tredegar in 1889. I have family history and newspaper cuttings, but I have been unable to find his burial info and unable to obtain a death certificate.
I have recently seen some tv programmes that show old records and photographs and wonder if anyone knows how I could check if any records are available? I would be thrilled if I could obtain Police records and possibly a photograph of George.
Very many thanks for any help.


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