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Re: Change of Surname

Postby ianbee » Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:07 pm

I think that could be his son Robert in the newspaper in 1887.
1841 very interesting, in the light of later.
Marriage to Hannah Richardson in 1838, he is indexed as Barefoot by GRO.
Possible baptism of Robert in South Shields, 8 January 1815, as Beirfoot.
Parents William (a mariner) and Eleanor
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Re: Change of Surname

Postby avaline » Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:27 pm

I think the dual surname may possibly go back a generation.

I had also seen the baptism of Robert s/o William & Eleanor Bierfoot, and also the death registration in 1858 of Ellen Barfoot aged 68.

The 1851 census this, at 8, North Street, South Shields
William Bennett 69 Rigger Corfe Castle, Dorset
Eleanor Bennett 65 wife born North Newcastle
Mary Bennett 7 Grandaughter b Jarrow

I had a similar thing in my family, and eventually traced it back to an illegitimate birth, with the next generation also flipping between both surnames right up until their deaths. The family eventually settled on the surname of the illegitimate child's step-father (well, most of them did!).
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Re: Change of Surname

Postby avaline » Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:59 pm

In the 1841 census at North Street, Westoe (South Shields):
William Barfoot 60 Mariner not born in county
Eleanor 60 born in county
David 20 Blacksmith apprentice born in county.

David was baptised 29 May 1817, same parents as Robert

ADDED: Sorry, I forgot to add that I havent found a marriage for William & Eleanor, although there is one at St. Oswald, Durham on 28 Nov 1796 William Barfoot (of this parish) married Jane Farrow (of this parish), by banns. Witnesses: Mary Strong; John Ridley
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Re: Change of Surname

Postby avaline » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:15 pm

Baptisms of two earlier children in 1812 - William born 1810 (bottom of page) and David born 1812. Eleanor's maiden name was Hogg & she was from All Saints, Newcastle. Both baptised as Barefoot.

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Re: Change of Surname

Postby Templ4r » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:49 pm

There are 3 things for a William Barfoot of Corfe castle, but they are for 1784/5 birth.

One is a 1789 settlement examination for his father Thomas Barfoot, mariner of Corfe castle absconding from wife Jane and 2 children, one a William aged 4..

A 1789 Removal order to another parish for Jane and children William and Mary.

Other a 1784 baptism. William son of Thomas and Jane Barfoot.
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Re: Change of Surname

Postby avaline » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:38 pm

Templ4r wrote:There are 3 things for a William Barfoot of Corfe castle, but they are for 1784/5 birth.

One is a 1789 settlement examination for his father Thomas Barfoot, mariner of Corfe castle absconding from wife Jane and 2 children, one a William aged 4..

A 1789 Removal order to another parish for Jane and children William and Mary.

Other a 1784 baptism. William son of Thomas and Jane Barfoot.


There is a burial in South Shields on 20 Nov 1853 for a William Barfoot, and according to the GRO he was 69 (so born c1784). Seems a good chance that those records may relate to him. Looks like they were removed to St James, Poole. Interesting settlement exam for Thomas, jumping his apprenticeship and heading to New York, only to be press ganged into the Royal Navy, if Im reading it right.
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Re: Change of Surname

Postby Templ4r » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:54 pm

There's another examination of Thomas where he says he was on the man o war Warwick for 12 months and then on a captured french ship Le Eagle for 14 months and discharged at Chatham in 1783.

******* That's the one you mean Avaline, there is another for Jane and children

There's also his Apprentice indenture.. he's well documented.
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Re: Change of Surname

Postby avaline » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:00 pm

I think thats the same one I was reading. Added: Yes, I read both.

There is also a burial in St James, Poole 17 Feb 1800 of Jane Barfoot that may be his mother. I haven't looked for Thomas' death yet.

There is reference to a Trinity House Petition for William in 1848, but only the index seems to be online. The SoG has them on microfilm, and possibly Trinity House Newcastle, or the archives.

Still doesn't solve our mystery of the surname change though.
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Re: Change of Surname

Postby Templ4r » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:10 pm

True.. but it's fascinating reading..

Looks like he married Jane Hinton of Corfe castle in 1784, so it doesn't come from her.
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Re: Change of Surname

Postby avaline » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:16 pm

Indeed. Thomas's Apprenticeship indenture is also online
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