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Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington)

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Where is Dorchester, Dorset, England? 

Dorchester is a market town in southern central Dorset, England, on the River Frome at the junction of the A35 and A37 roads, 20 miles (32 km) west of Poole and 8 miles (13 km) north of Weymouth. In 2001 the town had a population of 16,171 and a catchment population of approximately 40,000. There were 7,386 dwellings in 2001 and 205 shops in 1991. Dorchester has been the county town of Dorset since 1305.

Fordington is a part of the town of Dorchester, Dorset; originally a separate village, it has now become a suburb.wikipedia


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Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington)

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Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington)


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1563 - Dorchester is struck by plague
During this period Dorchester remained a small market town. In 1500 it was said to have 260 houses, ...Read MORE...

1579 - The plague returns

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1595 - Plague strikes Dorchester again

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1610 - Dorchester is given a charter
In 1610 Dorchester was given a charter (a document granting the townspeople certain rights and...Read MORE...

1613 - Dorchester is badly damaged by fire
In 1613 Dorchester suffered a severe fire, which destroyed much of the town. There were other less...Read MORE...

1625 - Trinity School is founded
There was a school in Dorchester in the Middle Ages but it was refounded as a grammar school in...Read MORE...

1630 - The charter is renewed

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1643 - During the Civil War royalists capture Dorchester
In 1642 came civil war between king and parliament. Dorchester was a hotbed of Puritanism and so...Read MORE...

1685 - Following a failed rebellion 312 people are tried in Dorchester and 13 are executed in the town.
In 1685 a rebellion broke out in South-western England led by the Duke of Monmouth. However the...Read MORE...

1700 - Dorchester has a population of about 1,700. The old wool industry is in decline.
During the 16th and 17th centuries the old wool industry continued in Dorchester but in the 18th...Read MORE...

1916
Dorchester, a municipal borough of England, capital of Dorsetshire, on the Frome, 8 miles N. of...Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born Here


Capen
immigrant flag  Bernard CAPEN (abt. 1562, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 18 November 1638, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA)
immigrant flag  Susannah CAPEN (11 April 1602, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 13 November 1666, Windsor, Connecticut, USA)

Eames
immigrant flag  Anthony EAMES (abt. 1595, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 6 October 1686, Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA )
immigrant flag  Elizabeth EAMES (13 June 1624, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 9 June 1692, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone
immigrant flag  Justus EAMES (29 April 1627, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 1706, Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA )
flag  Margery EAMES (5 December 1630, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 7 April 1659, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA)
immigrant flag  Millicent EAMES (abt. 1616, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 8 February 1696, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA)
immigrant flag  Persis EAMES (28 October 1621, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 31 December 1662, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA)

Hazard
immigrant flag  Thomas HAZARD (abt. 1610, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 1680, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA)

Jordan
flag  Henry JORDAN (1534, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 7/19/1603, Suffolk, England)

Meigs
immigrant flag  John MEIGS (29 January 1612, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 4 January 1672, Killingworth, Connecticut, USA) gravestone
immigrant flag  Mary MEIGS (3 March 1633, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 30 April 1703, Killingworth, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Minot
immigrant flag  George MINOT (1594, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 24 December 1671, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA)
flag  Samuel MINOT (December 1635, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - , )

Pierce
immigrant flag  Margery PIERCE (abt. 1599, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 31 December 1662, Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA )

Purchase
immigrant flag  Joan PURCHASE (25 March 1578, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 26 March 1653, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA)

Rockwell
immigrant flag  Joan ROCKWELL (25 April 1625, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 16 September 1665, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA )
immigrant flag  John ROCKWELL (18 July 1627, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 13 September 1673, Windsor, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Stocke
immigrant flag  Martha STOCKE (1597, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 23 December 1657, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Way
immigrant flag  Henry WAY (10 December 1583, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 24 March 1667, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA)
 

Ancestors Who Died Here


Mason
flag  Hannah MASON (23 September 1636, Watertown, Massachusetts, USA - 1696, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington))
 

Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1634
William ROCKWELL (6 February 1590 - 15 May 1640) & Susannah CAPEN (11 April 1602 - 13 November 1666)
married 14 April 1624
 

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