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Christopher Benwell Foott from England

Updated September 5, 2000

I am researching the names Foott, Hill, Whitaker, and Richards. My parents came to America in 1969 so my family and my roots are still in England, and almost all the information I have acquired pertains to English branches of these families.

I am especially interested in three things: first, I have gotten the Foott side back to a Malachi Foott, born in London in 1747. I would love to go further back, or to see how the name Benwell, which first appeared in 1801, fits into the picture.

Second, the Hills. My maternal grandmother was the daughter of a William Hill (she was also the sister of the famous English bookie by the same name). Her father, who was born in 1871, was supposedly the illegitimate son of an aristocrat, but I have never figured out who. I wonder if this could be related to the Irish Hill family. I would love to figure out the connection.

Third, my paternal grandmother and her sister have always contended that the brothers John and Michael Whitaker are the children of their first cousins, a theory which I would love to verify.

If anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear them. I would be more than happy to share any information I have gathered, too, if anyone is interested.

Christopher Benwell Foott
280 Caldecott Ln. #214
Oakland, CA 94618
A-United States
Fax: 520-447-6559

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GEDCOM Trees (viewing trees requires 4.0 or later)

  • Foott Family Tree (19 KB)
    Contains a Foott family tree starting with Malachi Foott (1747, London) and going to the present day. Any Footts in Liverpool or North Yorkshire area are probably linked to this tree somehow.
  • Whitaker Family Tree (30 KB)
    This tree contains information on the Whitaker family in England going back to about the 1850s. It also has information on the Morritts and the Beecroft family, much of which emigrated to Minnesota in the 1880s.
  • Richards Family Tree (26 KB)
    This family tree includes information on the Richards family as well as the Meadowcrofts.
  • Hill Family Tree (32 KB)
    This family tree begins with William Knight and his children, encompassing the descendants of Lavinia Knight and her husband, William Hill.

Family Photos

  • My Family (187 KB)
    Me, my mother, and my two sisters. Taken in the summer of 1998 at Kendal Castle near the Lake District in England.
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