Katie Fuller
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Katie Fuller

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Katie Fuller
Born 1970s.
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of [private father (1940s - unknown)] DNA confirmed and [private mother (1950s - unknown)] DNA confirmed
[sibling(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
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Profile last modified | Created 8 Dec 2017 | Last significant change: 1 Aug 2020
00:06: Admin WikiTree added the July 2020 Club 1,000 badge for Katie Fuller. [Thank Admin for this]
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Flag of Northamptonshire (adopted 2014)
Katie Fuller was born in Northamptonshire, England.
England Orphan Team
Katie Fuller has completed the England Project's Orphan Trail.
Katie Fuller is the descendant of a Huguenot emigrant.
I first looked into my family history in 2000. My interest was piqued by an old photo belonging to my mother, which had names and dates written on the back of the frame. I was intrigued by the family's surname – Coggrave – and decided to try searching for it on a new-fangled website: familysearch.org. My mum got drawn into it too, and the rest is [family] history.

As well as genealogy, I also spend my time exploring nature, practicing drawing, printmaking, photography, embroidery, wandering the local countryside, visiting pubs and clearing up after my parakeet.

I currently scrape a living from selling my art and assisting a friend with her genealogy business. I worked as a professional copywriter and editor for more than 19 years so I enjoy putting those skills to use writing Wikitree profiles. My motto is: biographies for everybody!

My research

I've enjoyed discovering and getting to know my ancestors and their nearest and dearest. Here are a few of the more interesting characters...

  • George Atkinson, my great-great-great-great-grandfather, who was punched in a pub in Hull in 1844 by my boyfriend's great-great-great-great-grandfather, Thomas Lazenby!
  • Isabella Johnson, a Scottish “herring lassie” who followed the fleet to the East Anglian coast where she gutted and packed fish, met a Lowestoft fisherman and stayed there.
  • Lucy Howard, who was without her parents in the workhouse by the age of nine, went on to give birth to three illegitimate children in three different workhouses, who eventually married – only to die in the 1918 flu pandemic.
  • Mary Fuller (sister of my great-great-great grandfather), who married a Parisian chef who served in Queen Victoria’s household. (Mary was already married to someone else, but let's not dwell on that…)
  • Dinah (or Diana) Gibson, who gave birth to my great-great-great grandfather Thomas, a “natural child”, but left him in Yorkshire when she emigrated to Quebec around 1815. She has lots of descendants who account for many of my Canadian and American DNA matches.
  • James Smart, who, despite my mother’s doubts, really was captured by the Germans in World War I and survived (though his dad sold James’ piano while he was away).
  • Theodosius Jarlan, the Protestant minister who fled France with his family after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, and became an Anglican priest in Colchester.
  • George Coggrave, a labourer who became a railway goods foreman and union man, died aged 70 in 1922 – when he was said to be the oldest man in the port town of Goole.
  • James Smart, who, when his wife Maria died, married her sister Mary (which was illegal at that time). Actually, William Beckitt did the same thing, first marrying Jane Hague Atkinson and after her death, marrying her sister Sarah. All these people lived in Hull. I'm not sure if this was a Hull thing...
  • I'm descended from a hairdresser, some builders, a higgler, a family of innkeepers and blacksmiths, a fleet of fishermen, a field of agricultural labourers, a whole factory’s worth of shoemakers, and many, many hardworking housewives.
  • When I did a month's temping at the Dr Martens factory, I unwittingly represented the sixth (and last) generation of Fullers to work in the Northamptonshire shoe industry.


DNA testing has opened up a whole new rabbit warren of research opportunities and I'm optimistic that it will solve some long-standing brickwalls. I'm hoping to identify my mother's paternal grandfather. I think it's like a jigsaw puzzle, except the image is partly fuzzy and some of the pieces were swept under the carpet nearly a hundred years ago...


  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Katie Fuller and her father. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: Parent, Child – immediate family member, based on sharing 3,473 cM across 54 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by a 23andMe test match between Katie Fuller and her second cousin once removed. Their most recent common ancestors are Arthur Fuller and Annie Maud Howard. Predicted relationship from 23andMe: Second Cousin, based on sharing 2.23% (166cM) across 6 segments.


  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Katie Fuller and her mother. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: Parent, Child – immediate family member, based on sharing 3,475 cM across 54 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Katie Fuller and her first cousin, once removed. Their most recent common ancestors are James Smart and Beatrice Coggrave. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 1st-2nd Cousins, based on sharing 419 cM across 24 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.

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Hello, Katie!

Thanks for all the work you accomplished during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree. You have every right to be pleased with your efforts!

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard

    Hi Katie

Thank you for joining the Mighty Oaks for the Connect-A-Thon (CAT). Congratulations on your work during the CAT what an amazing result for the Mighty Oaks we added 12,615. Altogether the teams add a  grand total of  60,128 new profiles to wikitree. We hope you had fun while building the tree. 

See you next year or before for the Source-A-Thon 

Janet & Joan  

Co-Leaders for the Mighty Oaks

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
As a "Tree Hugger", I want to congratulate you on your Generous Genealogist award issued on June 20, 2020.

John Williams


Wikitree Appreciation Team

posted by [Living Williams]
Thanks for your comment, John!
posted by Katie Fuller

Hi Katie

We would love to have you join us in the newly formed England Team (Sandringham Strollers & Windsor Warriors) = Mighty Oaks  for the Connect-A-Thon

If you are interested in joining the new English team then sign up here Connect-A-Thon

Here is our chat page which just opened - Mighty Oaks Chat We will also be on Discord for live chatting.

This link is for the help page for the event  Help page

Look forward to working with you again

 Joan & Janet

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Thanks Janet. I've signed up for the Oaks.
posted by Katie Fuller
Hello Katie

Your England Leaders are completing the six monthly check in with all team members. Thank you for your work on English Profiles and your work in the Managed Profiles, Biobuilders and Yorkshire teams.

These are unprecedented and difficult times, and we understand as Project Leaders that your situation may have changed somewhat in the last few months. What we are all able to/ wish to contribute on Wikitree has changed. Please let me know if you are happy with your current role and team choice, or if you wish to do something additional or different. Thank you again on behalf of all the Project Leaders for everything you do.


posted by Jo Fitz-Henry
Hello Jo. Thanks for your message. I should be a bit more organised with projects on WikiTree (and with everything else really!) but everything is fine. I'm also a Muppet and working on a one-place study so I'm not sure if that counts too.
posted by Katie Fuller
Hi there, Katie!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared (over 100!) made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Katie, and welcome to the England Project Bio-Builders Team! I can see you're already an experienced Wikitreer and doing a great job, but if you have any questions or queries, don't hesitate to contact me. Looking forward to working with you.

All the best,

Sally Douglas Team Leader - England Project Biobuilders

posted by Sally (Rowe) Douglas
Katie, making more than one thousand contributions in September added so much to the breadth and depth of our Shared Tree. The Appreciation Team thanks YOU!

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

PS: Your "interesting characters" section in your bio? Perfect! Magnificent!

posted by Pip Sheppard
Katie, the Appreciation Team thanks for you for efforts toward making our Shared Tree the best it can be with your 1000+ contributions during August 2019. You are an important part of what we are all about!

Love this: " Despite my mother’s doubts, her grandfather James Smart really was captured by the Germans in World War I and survived (though his dad sold James’ piano while he was away)" What a story!

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Katie!

Thank you for your time and energy in creating over 1000 actually, over 1800!) contributions to WikiTree for the month of July 2019. Your efforts are appreciated!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
That's great.
posted by Chris Mckinnon
"England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS79-NSZ : 21 May 2019), Florence Wood in household of James Wood, Stafford, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Stafford subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

Her name was florence and gertie's name was gertrude. What I was going by was the age of Florence when she got married. This seem to be the closest of the age she would have been. The other marriages of Florence Wood would have been way to old to be her.

posted by Chris Mckinnon
Hi Kate thankyou for replying about Rebecca hall. I agree with the points you made but i think it unlikely that 2 Rebecca hall's would be getting married so close to each other. I am continuing to research. Ann lavender.
posted by Ann Clemens
Hello, Katie!

Very well done on your making 1,000 or more contributions to WikiTree in June 2019! We commend and appreciate all of your time and effort in helping to grow and perfect our Shared Tree. Keep up the great work!

Pip Sheppard ~ WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Katie!

Congratulations on making more than 1,000 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May. We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be. Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Thank you, Katie, for adding the Category! I appreciate it immensely!
Good day, Katie!

i'd like to add this Category [Category:Norfolk, England, Fuller Name Study] to WikiTree profile Fuller-10093. Could you, or the responsible person for the Fuller England Category, kindly add this sub-category? Thank you! Albertus

Katie is 23 degrees from Laurie Giffin, 39 degrees from Toni Morrison and 23 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.