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Charles Lewis Land, son of Elizabeth Dunford and Charles Land

The Dunford Connection To The Land Family

Elizabeth Dunford married Charles Land in Wakefield all Saints in 1787.


The Name Dunford

Dunford is not a common name in the Yorkshire records.

Dunford in Thornhill

The overwhelming majority of Dunfords in the early records for Yorkshire were from the parish of Thornhill by Dewsbury, specifically from the village of Middletown.

As listed on the IGI, this very small clan first makes its appearance in Yorkshire in Thornhill parish with the baptism of Thomas, son of Thomas Dunfurth of Middleton, on March 23 1581.

Donford in Barnsley

There were "Donfords" in Barnsley in the Parish of Silkstone in the late 1500 and early 1600s.

Note Donford is not listed by LDS as a spelling for Dunford. However, there are only about 35 listings on the IGI for the spelling. The major portions of these names are listed in Barnsley, one in Thornhill by Dewsbury, two are listed in Whitkirk, and three are listed in Horbury (two of these are LDS submissions). Several other listings are LDS submissions. All of the listings, except one are for the late 1500s and the 1600s.


George Redmonds does not list Dunford in either of the two books of his that I have on Yorkshire names. Dunford may be a place name. There was a Chapelry parish in Aldborough in the West Riding called Dunsforth.

Spelling variations of the name: Donford, Danford, Denford, Dunford, Danforth, Dunforth. It may be that the original name ended in "th" but the local dialect made it sound like "d".


Elizabeth Dunford

Birth:

Circa 1767 based on an age of 20 at the time of her marriage.

I believe that Elizabeth was the daughter (or possibly sister or granddaughter) of a James Dunford.

Elizabeth and Charles named their first son James. Their son, Charles Lewis Land, had a son named James Dunford Land born 1826. Charles Lewis Land also had a son, John, born 1818 who named a son James Dunford Land. The name James Dunford Land continued through several generations of the sons of John Land (1818).

Marriage: Elizabeth Dunford married Charles Land in the parish church of All Saints in Wakefield in 1787.

Children:

  1. James, the son of Charles and Elizabeth Land, was born August 3, 1789 and baptized August 11, 1789 in the New Zion Independent Church, Wakefield, LDS film 0828166.

    Eight Year Break

    Other children: Surely there were other children born to Charles Land and Elizabeth Dunford in the eight year period between the birth of James in 1789 and the birth of Charles in 1797.

  2. Charles "Louis" Land, the son of Charles Land of St James Street, was baptized in the Leeds parish church on September 3, 1797 (Leeds parish records).

    Despite the long break in the records and the fact that the mother's name was not listed on the baptismal record, I am fairly sure that Charles Lewis Land was the son of Elizabeth Dunford. He named one of his sons James Dunford Land.


The Dunfords/Donfords in Barnsley

The name was spelled Dunford and Donford in the parish records.

Dunford is a village a few miles west of Barnsley. It was also called Dunneford. There was a reservoir and bridge at Dunford.

DUNFORD BRIDGE, Penistone, is recorded in DN 1282 simply as Dunneford, the bridge is probably therefore of a later date. We may interpret Dunford as 'the ford of Dunna' the personal name being well known

PLACE-NAMES OF SOUTH-WEST YORKSHIRE THAT IS, OF SO MUCH OF THE WEST RIDING AS LIES SOUTH OF THE AIRE FROM KEIGHLEY ONWARDS BY ARMITAGE GOODALL, M.A. LATE SCHOLAR OF QUEENs' COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, 1914

James Donford of Barnsley

Baptism: James Donford son of Jarvis??* Danford (word I cannot read), 11 Jul 1652

*Ancestry.com lists it as William which it is definitely NOT

Marriage:

Children:

  1. John son of James Donford June 7, 1677

  2. Daniel son of Mr. James Donford, 31 October 1678

    Burial: Mr Daniel Dunford 12 Aug 1707

  3. Elizabeth of Mr. James Donford, March 15, 1679

  4. James Donford (Dunford) of Barnsley (1681-1708)

    I am putting the 1708 will with this James Dunford, although James Dunford Senior may have been the maker of the will. I believe that the will was that of James baptized in 1681,

    "in case my son and & daughter dye before my dear wife then I give one half of my estate to my dear wife if they have no child or children between them they paying her what she shall layout"

    This sounds like neither James or Mary was married. They certainly did not have children.

    Birth: James son of Mr. James Dunford 5 May 1681 Barnsley, St Mary.

    Marriage: Beatrice (Betres) Naler 21 MAR 1698 Saint Crux, York, Yorkshire, England (IGI) I can't make it come up on Ancestry.com

    Nailer, Nayler??

    Children:

    1. James
    2. Mary

    Per will. Between 1699 and 1708. I searched the Barnsley PRs from 1700 to 1708 and did not find the baptisms of James and Mary.

    Burial: M. James Dunford 18 May 1708 Barnsley St Mary NOI

    Will: James Donford of Barnsley wrote a will in 1708 (Original Wills of Yorkshire, LDS microfilm 1966954.) Unfortunately, the will is quite hard to read. According to the will, James Dunford of Barnsley, was married to Beatrice and had two children, James and Mary.

    Page 1

    In the name of God Amen. I James Donford of Barnsley in the County of York now being sick of body but in perfect memory do with my own hand write & declare this to by my last will & testament. I give to Beatrice, my dear wife, all my personal estate what so ever for her natural life. She having power to retain fifty pounds there of & dispose this amount where of her will She giving to my son, James Donford, my daughter, Mary Donford one third part of what of my personal estate she shall recover being the same --- --grea- to many persons hands to be equally divided between them, she first paying herself for all her expences & labour. She shall --- to-- renewing (?) of the land. And at her demise I give the other two thirds of my personal estate to the said James Dunford and Mary Donford to be equally divided between them and I desire & humbly request Mr William Radcliffe to assist & helpe my dear wife to realize what is due to me out of the lands of Mr Richard Rasby deceased by virtue of a ---- --- --- agst his lands & also by virtue of a judgment for five hundred pounds debt --- in the ---dy township (?) also one hundred pounds by virtue of another judgment agst the lands of John Prest (?) also Mr William Brooke of Leeds has a mortgage of also one hundred pounds by virtue of another judgment agst the lands of Thomas Cheswick deceased (?) lying in Sheffield & also one judgment agst the lands of Nicholas Creseick ____ ____ Cutler brought at Stanley (?) & also all other my debts owed by bond, bills , judgments books debts or otherwise however they become owed to me upon any account whatever and more especially a debt owed to me by the executor or heirs of said William Denton Clarke (?) deceased for a suitor suite -- --- Joshua Dukenson (?) deceased or one of --- in & about the ___ of John Browne deceased for -------- estate, also Mr Henry Carringhow ---- to--ay and (?) having filed a bill in my name to sell Browne (?) estate --- Sara Dukenson and some others --- ---- & got my bill ---ed behind my backe & I gott another owed (?) -- ---- it again & I want about eighty pounds of my bill to buying the estate & --- to--ay the debt and & owing --- the --- account and in case my son and & daughter dye before my dear wife then I give one half of my estate to my dear wife if they have no child or children between them they paying her what she shall layout & disburse to--- for ant estate that shall --------- will & ---- by the family &-------- & make my lands what --------------------------- 1708 James Donford
    Page 2
    I the writer named James Donford do further --- declare this my further writing to be part of my last will and testament that is to say that I do by this ---- nominate & appoint my dear and loving wife Beatrice Donford to --- my lands at ---- ------ at her will & ---- --- --- Mr William Radcliffe & his --- & assignees -- -- -- -- any or all of my lands at Barnsley & ---- I want to raise---- to pay what is ---judgment to Mr John Brooke of Barnsley ---- Mr William Radcliffe the money I borrowed of him ---- my estate mortgaged & also one hundred & twenty pounds ---- John Blow (?) of Furinhalls (?) --- and in case my ---- wife do not ---- Mr Radcliffe his heirs and assignees in her lifetime that then it shall be in the power of my son James Donford and Mary Donford --- --- --- & dispose of --- & --- ---- the said James Donford to have two parts in three & the said Mary & her heirs to have the third part. And I desire the said Mr Radcliffe to assist my wife and children to gett the money and to --- by virtue of two judgments agst the lands of Joseph ___ & also all the money owed by other two judgments for Roger Hirst agt the lands of James & John Steele late of Burton --- --- -- Capt Poole or his heirs has gott a mortgagor --------------- to pay money --- but ----------- that all --------- agt the --- of John Steele. And ----- that my wife shall ----- & not gett my depts. In ---- make the said James and Mary Donford executor of this my last will & --- written -- & the-second part all with my own hand writing --- also my hand & seale the same first day of April Anno Domini 1708 James Donford -------------]

    Sarah Smith
    Ann Saltonstall
    Margret Saltonstall

    Notes:
    • At the time the will was written, James Donford did not have any grandchildren. However, it would appear that his children were still young enough to anticipate that they would have children at a later date.
    • Barnsley is a parish about 10 miles south of Wakefield.
  5. Mary daughter of M. James Donford, 14 June 1683

The Donford/Dunford records just appear to stop in Barnsley circa 1708.

Ancestry.com lists the 1515 death of John Dunford in Barnsley. There are 31 records between 1608 and 1683 in from Barnsley St Marys listed under Donford by the IGI. There are none listed after 1683.

The only other record I can find for the name (either spelling) in Barnsley is the 1708 death of James. Where did they go?

In 1778 there is a baptism of Daniel, son of John and Elizabeth Danforth, shoemaker, 9 Sept 1778

In the 1840s through early 1900s there were tons of Dunfords in Barnsley as indicated by the England and Wales BMD indexes.

Where are all the records between 1708 and the mid 1800s? Jarvis Donford of Barnsley

Baptism: No later than 1618
Marriage: No later than 1638
Children:

  1. Thomas of Jarius 1639
    Marriage:
    Children:
    1. Ann 1661
    2. Matthew 1668
  2. Richard of Jarius 1632
  3. Henry of Geruase 1635
  4. Ellen of Jeruase 1636
  5. Robert of Jarvase 1639
  6. John of Jervase 1640
  7. Grace of Jervase 1642
  8. Jane of Gervase 1643
  9. Jar. of Jar. 1646
  10. Daniel of Jarvis 1648
  11. Jonas of Jarvis 1650
  12. James of Jarvis 1651

Far Donford of Barnsley

Baptism:
Marriage:
Children:

  1. Sarah in 1643

Marriages:

Eliz Donford and John Swigg 27 April 1681 Barnsley NOI


The Donfords in Horbury

Richard Donford of Horbury

Baptism: No later than 1578
Marriage: Richard Donford and Ann Noble in 1598, Horbury.
Children:

  1. Sarah of Richard Donford of Horbury in 1599
  2. James, August 18, 1603, of Barnsley. He must have died as another James was baptized in 1606
  3. James, April 7, 1606.
    Marriage:
    Children:
    1. Thomas in 1633
    2. Sarah in 1634
  4. Grace 1608
  5. Edward 1613
  6. Richard, 1618
  7. Jesamond 1620


Dunfords in Thornhill by Dewsbury Parish

I did the following research on the Dunfords of Thornhill because it seemed a good stating place to look for the birth of Elizabeth Dunford. However, I am fairly certain she was connected to someone named James Dunford who does not show up in the records for Thornhill.

Thomas Dunford of Middleton

Baptism:
Marriage:
Children:

  1. Thomas, son of Thomas Dunfurth of Middleton, baptized March 23 1581 (MGS Index) Middleton was listed in the index but not by Charlesworth, who only included the names and date. (Ch). I could not find any further records for this Thomas Dunford.
  2. Marie, daughter of Thomas Dunforthe of Middleton, baptized in May 6, 1583 (Ch). Again, the Middleton was listed in the index but not by Charlesworth. Marye Dunford of Middletown married Edward Rutton of Overton on June 23 1605 (BT)
  3. Andrew Dunford
    Birth: No later than 1585 in Middleton.
    Notes
    • I could not find a record of his baptism in either the index or Charlesworth.
    • He was most likely the son of Thomas Dunford of Middleton. Andrew lived in Middletown between 1605 and 1622 and named one of his sons, Thomas.
    Marriage: Andrew Dunford to Susanne Jenkinson on November 3, 1605 (Bt & Ch).
    Children:
    1. Jenett, the daughter of Andrew Dunford of Middletown, was baptized on May 10, 1607.
    2. "A child" of Andrew Dunford of Middlestown was buried on April 5, 1608
    Death of Susanne Jenkinson Dunford: The "wife" of Andrew Dunford of Middlestown was buried on June 22, 1608.
    Notes
    • It is hard to know if the "child" was a newborn and Susanne died of complications of childbirth (There was a category of death listed in later times as "decline after childbirth".) or if the "child" was Jennett. In view of the fact that Andrew did not remarry until 1617, nine years later, he obviously was not in need of immediate childcare.
    Marriage: Andrew Dunford married Elizabeth Scotte on April 29, 1617 in Thornhill by Dewsbury.
    Children:
    1. Thomas
      Birth: Thomas, the son of Andrew Dunsford of Midlestowne, was baptized on January 13, 1618.
      Notes
      • Thomas was the first-born male of Andrew Dunford and therefore it seems likely he was named for Andrew's father, see above.
      • The records are very sparse for Thomas and deal only with deaths at a time when the parish records seem in pretty good shape and there is a full count of baptisms for his brother, Andrew.
      Marriage: Unknown, Mary.
      Children:
      1. Elizabeth. "Thomas Dunford of Middletown a child Elizabeth buried 21st of February" 16??.
      Deaths of Mary: "Mary, the wife of Thomas Dunford of Middlestown buried on June 8, 1667"
      Death of Thomas: Thomas Dunford of Middlestown was buried April 29" 1670 (Ch).
    2. Andrew
      Birth: Andrew, the son of Andrew Dunford of Middlestone, was baptized on February 4, 1621. Andrew was named for his father.
      Marriage: Andrew Dunford married a Kockell on May 22, 1648 in Thornhill by Dewsbury Parish. The information on the marriage was taken from Charlesworth’s transcription of the Parish Register, which does not list a first name for Miss Kockell. I have check IGI, the indexes, Boyd’s Marriage List, none of them have her first name.
      Residence: Andrew Dunford and his wife lived in Middleton.
      Children:
      1. Thomas, the son of Andrew Dunford of Middlestowne, was baptized on January 6, 1649 (Ch).
        Death: Thomas was buried on October 22, 1660.
      2. Andrew, son of Andrew of Midlestown, was baptized on March 30,1650. NoteThis listing was taken from the index. Charlesworth lists the baptismal date and father, but no entry for the name of the child.
        Death: Andrew Dunford, the son of Andrew Dunford was buried November 19, 1660.
      3. John, the son of Andrew Dunford of Middlestowne, was baptized on March 27, 1653 (Ch).
        Death: : John, the son of Andrew Dunford of Middletown was buried on June 10, 1677 at the age of 23.
      4. Richard, the son of Andrew Dunford of Midlestowne, was baptized on January 20th 1656 (Ch). Note: Richard was a Cockhill family name. This could be an argument in favor of Mary Cockhill as the wife of Andrew Dunford. Death: Richard was buried on November 24th, 1660.
        Note: The Dunford family may have been visited by some contagious disease, which took the lives of 11 year-old Thomas, 10 year-old Andrew and four year-old Richard within a period of a month in October and November 1660, and spared 7 year-old John, who died in 1676 at age twenty-three.
      5. Elezsabeth (sic), the daughter of Andrew Dunford of Midlestowne, was baptized on September 11th 1659 (Ch). Note: I don’t know what happened to Elizabeth. There was no death record for her in 1660, but it seems unlikely that a newborn infant would not have succumbed to whatever killed her older brothers.
      6. Thomas
        Birth: Thomas, the son of Andrew Dunford of Middleshittlington was baptized on March 2nd 1662. The record reads, "Andrew Dunford of Middleshittlington, a child baptized the second of March named Thomas."
        Marriage and children: See below
      7. Agnes, the daughter of Andrew Dunford, was baptized on August 21st 1664. The record under baptisms for 1664 reads, "Andrew Dunford of Midlshiltington had a child baptized 21st of August named Agnes".
        Death: Agnes was buried on May 30, 1666.
      8. Anne the daughter of Andrew Dunford was buried May 30, 1666 (Ch).
        Note: No record of her baptism.
      9. Mary, the daughter of Andrew Dunford of Midellstowne, was baptized on June 24th 1666. The record under baptisms for 1666 reads, "Andrew Dunford of Middletown a child baptized 24th of June named Mary".
        I don't know what happened to Mary.
      10. Andrew, the son of Andrew Dunford of Middletown, was baptized on the 11th Day of July 1669. (This record was not listed in the index. It was listed in the BT and Ch.)
        Death: Andrew was buried July 23, 1669.
      Death: Andrew Dunford of Middleton was buried November 11, 1681. (PRT)
    3. Hellen, the daughter of Andrew Dunford was baptized on December 29, 1622 (Ch).
      Death: Hellen Dunford was buried January 17, 1635.
    Deaths:
    • Andrew Dunford of Middletown was buried the last day of March 1638.
    • Elizabeth Dunford, widow of Middlestown, was buried on January 3, 1646. (Ch)
Deaths:
  • Thomas Dunford of Middletown was buried on July 26, 1620. It is of course unclear which Thomas this represents, the father or the son. Since so little information is given, it could be either one.
  • The Widow Dunford of Middletown was buried on August 29, 1620. Again it is unclear who the widow Dunford was. She could have been the wife of Thomas or the wife of his father.
Odd Baptism:
  • Mary, the daughter of Thomas Dunford of Middletown was baptized on April 29, 1670 (Ch).
    Note: This may be too late to be the daughter of Thomas, the son of Andrew, as he would have been 52 years old at the time of her birth. It is possible, however, that this was the daughter of a son of Thomas', who would have also been named Thomas.

Thomas Dunford (born 1662) son of Andrew Dunford

Baptism: Thomas, the son of Andrew Dunford of Middleshittlington was baptized on March 2nd 1662
Marriage: Unknown, Ann.
Children:

  1. Thomas, son of Thomas Dunford of Middleshitlington, was baptized on January 18, 1685.
    Death: Thomas was buried on November 18, 1686.
  2. Martha, the daughter of Thomas Dunford of Middleshitlington, was baptized on July 11, 1686.
    I don't know what happened to Martha.
  3. Elizabeth, the daughter of Thomas Dunford of Midlestowne, was baptized on April 17, 1689.
    I don't know what happened to Elizabeth.
  4. John Dunford and Ann Walshaw
    Birth: John, the son of Thomas Dunford of Middlestowne, was baptized on December 25, 1691.
    Marriage: John Dunford married Ann Walshaw on July 25, 1712 in Thornhill by Dewsbury parish.
    Children:
    1. John, the son of John Dunford of Middlestowne, was baptized and buried (Ch) on August 22, 1713.
      4 year break where there are no records of any kind for the Dunford family.
    2. Robert Dunford and Martha White
      Birth: Unknown
      Note: I believe that another child, Robert, was born during this period and his baptism was not recorded. There are five arguments for Robert as the son of John and Ann:
      1. John and Ann were the only Dunfords in the parish having children around the time of the birth of Robert.
      2. There is the four-year break. Given the rate of birth for the times it is highly likely that there was another birth to John and Ann.
      3. According to the baptismal record of several of his children, Robert was also from the village of Middletown.
      4. Robert named his first two known children, Thomas and John, names that had previously been used by the family of John Dunford.
      5. Ann Walshaw had a brother named Robert
      Marriage: Robert Dunford of Thornhill married Martha White on January 31, 1743. Notes:
      • This would put his birth 1723 or before.
      • Martha White was not a sister of Catherine White, the wife of John Dunford.
      • Martha was either the daughter of Robert White of Middleton, born in 1721, or the daughter of John White of Overton, born in 1723.
      • Robert and Martha Dunford lived in Middletown.
      Children:
      1. Thomas baptized on February 26, 1749
      2. John Dunford and Ann Beaumont
        Birth: John baptized on May 16, 1751
        Marriage: John Dunford of Middletown, joiner, married Ann Beaumont in 1781 (Boyd's)
        Children:
        1. Joseph baptized on March 1781
        2. Jane baptized on December 25, 1783
        3. Sarah baptized on September 24, 1786
        4. Ann baptized on January 11, 1789
        5. Robert baptized on October 28, 1792.
      3. Jospeh Dunford and Ann Gladwin
        Birth: Joseph baptized on June 26, 1754
        Marriage: According to Boyd's, Joseph Dunford married Ann Gladwin in 1778.
      4. Hannah baptized on April 16, 1759.
    3. Anne, the daughter of John Dunford, was baptized on December 11, 1717.
      I could not find any further records for Ann Dunford.
    4. Elizabeth, the daughter of John Dunford, was baptized on January 27, 1721.
      Note: The BT lists, " Elizabeth, the daughter of John "Dunn" of Midlestown". There was no family named Dunn in Thornhill during this period. I assume the entry "Dunn" was a clerical error. Elizabeth was a Dunford name for several generations. Charlesworth's transcription of the PR lists Elizabeth as the daughter of John Dunford.
      Marriage: Elizabeth Dunford married John Newton on January 27, 1765 in Thornhill.
    5. Thomas, the son of John Dunford of Midlestown, was baptized on February 17, 1723.
      I don't know what happened to Thomas.
    6. Matthew Dunford (1725) and Catherine White
      Birth: Matthew, the son of John Dunford, was baptized on September 22, 1725.
      Marriage: Mathew Dunford married Catherine White by licence in Thornhill by Dewsbury on May 4, 1752.
      Children:
      1. Thomas, the son of Matthew Dunford of Midlestown, was baptized on May 6, 1752.
        Three year and seven month break There are no records of any Kind for any Dunfords in the BT during this period.
      2. Ann, the daughter of Matthew Dunford, was baptized on January 25, 1756, Thornhill Hall. Ann was a Dunford name for several generations.
        Marriage: Ann Dunford married John Scargill on January 17, 1779.
        Seven-year break There are no records of any kind in the BT for the Dunfords.
      3. Elizabeth, the daughter of Matthew Dunford, was baptized on December 18, 1763, Thornhill Hall.
    7. Sarah, the daughter of John Dunford, was baptized on November 17, 1727.
      Note: Charlesworth say's November 15, 1726.
      Marriage: Sarah married George Jubb on November 17, 1747.
  5. Andrew, the son of Thomas Dunford of Middlestowne, was baptized on August 5, 1694. Death: Andrew the son of Thomas Dunford was buried on June 5, 1695.
Death: Ann the wife of Thomas Dunford was buried on April 12, 1696.
Remarriage: Unknown
Children:
  1. Ann, the daughter of Thomas Dunford of Middlestowne, was baptized on May 14, 1698.
    Death: Anne the daughter of Thomas Dunford of Middleton was buried on December 26, 1702.
  2. Rebecka, the daughter of Thomas Dunford of Middleston, was baptized on June 30, 1700 (Ch).
    Marriage: Rebecca Dunford married Joseph Fisher on May 10, 1724.
  3. Thomas (1704) and Margaret Prieslty
    Birth: Thomas, the son of Thomas Dunford of Middletown, was baptized on July 30, 1704.
    Marriage: Thomas Dunford of Middleton married Margaret Priestly on April 6,1724 Children:
    1. Joseph Dunford (1725) and _____
      Birth: Joseph in 1725
      Marriage and children: Joseph, the son of Thomas Dunford, lived in Netherton, and had several children between 1751 and 1764.
    2. Thomas in 1732
    3. Betty/Elizabeth
      Birth "Thomas, the son of Thomas, Junr of Netherton", Elizabeth baptized in 1747.
John Dunford

Baptism: No later than 1771. May be the son of Matthew Dunford and Catherine White, no record
Marriage: According to Boyd’s, John Dunford married Hannah Noren in 1788.
Children:

  1. Thomas Dunford baptized on June 12, 1791
  2. Mary baptized on February 2, 1794
  3. John baptized on November 12, 1797
  4. Harriot baptized on June 29, 1800.

Mathew Dunford

Baptism: No later than 1759
Marriage: Matthew Dunford married Sarah Booth on November 9, 1779 Thonhill
Children:

Matthew Dunford lived in Wraxall in the county of Dorset and according to the IGI had the following Children: Matthew in 1781, Harry in 1784, Sarah in 1785, Joseph i n 1791 and Ann in 1791. There is obviously something wrong with one or the other of the last two years for the dates of birth. This information was taken from the IGI not the original records, which may clear up the date problems. I am fairly sure that this is the Matthew who married Sarah Booth because the name, Dunford, is quite uncommon.


Thornhill by Dewsbury Parish

According to R. W. Morris in Yorkshire Through Place names; Thornhill is an Anglo Saxon place name for exactly what is sound like "a thorny hill".

The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies lists the following sources of records for the parish of Thornhill: original records from 1580 to 1845, Boyd's marriage index from 1580 to 1812, and Pallot's marriage index from 1790 to 1812.

The hamlets and villages in the parish include Thornhill (or Thornhill Hall), Thornhill Edge (or the Edge), Overshiltington, Middleshiltington (which in time were changed to Overton and Middleton), Nethertown, Flockton, Flockton Mill, Midgley and Whitley.

The information on the Dunfords and related families was taken from the IGI and records available on microfilm through the Latter Day Saints. These records include a parish baptismal index, the bishop's transcripts, the original parish register as transcribed and edited by John Charlesworth in 1906, and some sort of transcription of the original parish register covering the years 1678 to 1715. This last set of records in on microfilm 1542081. It does not have any introduction or labeling by the LDS. It is divided into categories, baptisms in one section, marriages in a second section and deaths in the last section. It is on parchment and was obviously copied for some purpose after 1713. Large segments of it are impossible to read. Records that were taken from this source are noted PRT.

The index covers baptisms from 1580 to 1812. The source or sources used by the Mormon Genealogical Society to prepare the index are not listed by the MGS. The IGI and the index were used as guides. All records were confirmed in at least one of the other sources, unless otherwise noted.

The Bishop's Transcript (microfilm #) starts in 1600, but the first few years are not legible due to faded ink and the years 1619, 1622, 1623, 1625 and 1640 through 1661 are missing. All records taken from the BT are left unnoted or marked BT.

The Parish Register (microfilm #0496810) edited by John Charlesworth in 1906 starts with September 1580. According to Charlesworth's introduction there are no entries for October 28, 1584 through May 14, 1587 and May 21 1593 through June 23, 1599. Death records in Charlesworth's transcription jump from 1678 to 1713. Records taken from Charlesworth's edition of the Parish Register are marked (Ch). Every effort was made to check all records in all available sources.

The spellings of the names were sometimes different in the early records. For instance the records connected with the Cockles were listed under a variety of spellings. I am listing each family under the spelling that is the accepted modern version as designated by the Mormon Genealogical Society.


Baptisms Listed on IGI for Dunford in Other Parishes

Elizabeth, no father listed, baptized in Royston in 1619.

Joseph of Matthew Dunford in Royston 1759.

Squire of Thomas and Sarah Dunford in Tankersley in 1669.

Ann of Robert Dunford in Flockton 1745

Rachael of Joseph Dunford and Ann in Emley 1783


Dunford Wakefield All Saints

Christopher Dunford

Baptism:
Marriage:
Children:

  1. Thomas Dunford, the son of Xpher Dunford was baptized in WAS September 5, 1600 (WAS)

The name does not appear again in the Wakefield records again until 1757.

John Dunford in WAS

Baptism:
Marriage:
Children:

  1. Sarah baptized February 26, 1757
  2. Ann baptized November 17, 1761
  3. Robert baptized February 16, 1765
  4. Sarah of Jno Danford 1767

David Dunford in WAS

Baptism:
Marriage: David DANFORTH married Sarah Kelshaw 19 October 1774 WAS.
Children:
  1. Atta of David DANFORTH 21 Aug 1777

  2. Mary of David DUNFORD baptized July 10, 1779
  3. John, the son of David DUNFORD was buried in WAS July 6, 1781.(WAS)
  4. David of David DANFORD and Sarah 20 May 1782. Death: David son of David and Sarah DANFORTH buried in 1801 "Ouchthrorpe"???, age 19 years
  5. Sally of David and Sarah DANFORD 9 apr 1787
  6. William of David DANFORTH and Sarah 14 Aug 1784
  7. Ann of David DANFORTH and Sarah 10 Jun 1793
  8. Lydia of of David DANFORTH and Sarah 28 Mar 1796
Elizabeth Dunford in WAS

Baptism: No later than 1767. Unknown connected to James Dunford. Maybe her father or grandfather.
Marriage: Elizabeth Dunford married Charles Land December 28, 1787 (WAS)

Jane Dunford

Baptism: No later than 1768
Marriage: Jane Dunford married William Pope (Pape) March 17, 1788. Both signed.

Margaret Dunford

Baptism: 1752
Marriage: circa 1772 ???
Death: Margaret Dunford of Kirkgate, January 8, 1841, age 89. (0990776)

Ann Dunford

Baptism: 1761
Marriage: circa 1781 ???
Death: Ann Dunford of Kirkgate, 14 Dec 1840 age 79

Susanne Dunford

Baptism: 1776
Marriage: circa 1796 ???
Death: Susanna Dunford Alverthrope 28 July 183 burial age 57, Wakefield Holy Trinity.

Thomas Dunford

Baptism: Circa 1825
Marriage:
Children:

  1. Birth: John born no later than 1825, probably earlier.
    Marriage: John Dunford, full age, woolcomber, Westgate, son of Thomas Dunford, labourer, married Sarah Issott, widow, daughter of John Issott. Witnesses Joshua and Ann Wood, March 21, 1845 (0990776)

William Dunford in Alverthorpe in Wakefield Parish

Baptism: Circa 1812, son of Thomas. The IGI lists two Williams sons of Thomas. William of Thomas and Rebecca baptized March2, 1809 in Flockton Independent and William the son of Thomas and Priscilla baptized, September 17, 1815, Thornhill by Dewsbury.
Marriage: William Dunford, widower, age 52, labourer, Alverthorpe, son of Thomas Dunford, married Marie Hobson, widow, age 62, laundress, daughter of William Whitley, spinner on September 5, 1864 in St Paul's Alverthorpe film (0020039).
Death: William Dunford, Alverthorpe, age 75, was buried June 1, 1887.

There were no other records for Dunford in the records for Alverthorpe.

Marriages:

  • John DANFORD (as written by the clerk) Danforthe (as signed by John) and Mary Wood. He signed. She made her mark. 29 Dec 1760. WAS
  • Sarah Dunford to Daniiel Jackson both signed 6 Sept 1785

Burials:
  • John DANFORD 24 March 1769.

  • John Dunford 17 March 1788 NOI

  • John Dunford 24 April 1790 NOI

  • John Dunford 24 April 1790 NOI

  • Joseph Danford age 79 January 1807 WAS born circa 1728

  • Elizabeth Danford 15 May 1795 WAS

Miscellaneous Marriages Listed in Boyd's

Thomas Dunford married Mary Wade in 1792.

Thomas Dunford married Rebecca Bedford in 1794.

No places listed.


Dunford in Dewsbury Parish

John Dunford of Soothill, Dewsbury

Baptism: Unknown, no later than 1751
Marriage: Unknown, no later than 1771
Children:

  1. John baptized August 23, 1772 (DBT).
    Note: This was the first record for Dunford in Dewsbury.
    Marriage: Unknown, Hannah, no later than 1794
    Children:
    1. Ann of John and Hannah of Soothill October 25, 1795 (DBT)
    2. Hannah of John and Hannah of Soothill, December 31, 1798 (DBT).
    3. Sarah the daughter of John Dunford and Hannah of Soothill was baptized on January 19, 1806 (DBT).
      Death: Sarah, the daughter of John Dunford was buried March 8, 1806 (DBT)
    Death of Hannah: Hannah, the wife of John Dunford of Soothill, was buried February 16, 1806 (DBT). She may have died as a complication of childbirth.
    Remarriage:
    Children:
    1. James of John Dunford of Soothill buried November 5, 1812 (DBT).
  2. Thomas April 1, 1774 (DBT).
    Marriage: Mary
    Children:
    1. Joseph of Thomas and Mary Dunford of Ossett March 31, 1793 (DBT)
    2. Thomas of Thomas and Mary Dunford of Ossett March 1795 (DBT)
      Death: Thomas Dunford of Ossett was buried July 13, 1796 (DBT)
      Five year break
    3. William January 10, 1779 (DBT).
      Four year break
    4. Joseph of John Dunford of Soothill, June 2, 1783 (DBT).
    5. Mary of John Dunford of Soothill, September 28, 1788 (DBT).

John Dunford of Ossett

Baptism:
Marriage:
Children:

  1. John of John Dunford of Ossett baptized January 12, 1799 (DBT).
  2. A still born child of John Dunford of Ossett was buried April 20, 1803 (DBT)

Joseph and Jane Dunford Soothill

Baptism: No later than 1773
Marriage: Unknown, Jane
Children:

  1. Joseph of Joseph and Jane Dunford of Soothill had Joseph, March 1793 (DBT)
  2. Elizabeth of Joseph and Jane 1795 Dewsbury (IGI) Thomas of Joseph and Jane Dunford Dewsbury 1799 (IGI)
  3. John of Joseph Dunford of Ossett, July 20, 1800 (DBT).
    Death: John of Joseph Dunford of Soothill was buried October 14, 1806 (DBT)
  4. Sally, the daughter of Joseph Dunford of Soothill was buried June 11, 1804 (DBT).
    Death: Sally, the daughter of Joseph Dunford of Soothill was baptized August 11, 1804 (DBT). These records seem backwards.
  5. Susannah of Joseph Dunford of Soothill June 24, 1806 (DBT)

Thomas Donford of Whitkirk

Baptism:
Marriage:
Children:

  1. Mary 1698
  2. John 1699
  3. Elizabeth in 1701
  4. Ann in 1705.

James Dunford

Baptism: No later than 1771
Marriage: Unknown, Jane
Children:

  1. Sally of James and Jane Dunford in Dewsbury, baptized on February 13, 1791.

Another Danforth Heard From

In April 2014 Celia Danforth Renshaw wrote:

I was born a DANFORTH, supposedly half-Scottish, my Dad being a Glaswegian, but it turns out from family research that his dad Ernest DANFORTH was born in Sheffield. I have tracked his line back through Hoyland Nether to Darton/Kexborough as far as the marriage of John DANFORTH of Thornhill to Mary HINCH of Rotherham in Rotherham in 1712 or 1712/13. An entry on FreeReg says John was of Thornhill and Mary of Rotherham, and were married in Rotherham on 5 Feb 1712/13. Other sources say the marriage was in Dec 1712.

Unfortunately I haven't yet checked the original Rotherham PRs but I do have a copy of the marriage licence. This states that John was of Darton, which is where (in Kexborough) he and Mary had their children afterwards. His occupation was currier. The date of the licence is 29 Dec 1712 which probably causes the confusion over dates.

The fact that the licence says John was of Darton but the marriage entry says Thornhill suggests to me that he had recently moved from one to tother. Maybe he had done an apprenticeship in Kexboroug/Darton and then settled there? However, I haven't been able to find a John DANFORTH born in Thornhill (or anywhere else so far) at the right time, apart from the one bn 25 Dec 1691 Thornhill who appears to have married Ann Walshaw.

There was a lot non-conformity around, not least in south Yorks, and the 1680s-90s was a period of severe persecution, when few dissenter records were kept, so this is an avenue that needs to be explored, if it can be.


Charles Land, the husband of Elizabeth Dunford

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