I am also reseaching the Coote family - we may have a link.Yesterday I was at the Family Records Office in London looking at the 1871 census, I found my g.g.grandfather William Coote his wife Mary Punt and 4 children, strangely the children are called Punt or Coote-Punt in the birth registers. They are all living in South Benfleet, Essex.William has put his place of birth as Bradwell.He would have been born in 1937. I went to South Benfleet today and found his grave stone!!. I am going to get the marriage cert. soon. Get in touch with me if you think we have a connection.