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Change of Surname

Postby Lucretia66 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:14 pm

My ancestors seem to have changed their name from Barfoot to Bennett. It suddenly appears to have changed by the time of the 1861 census. When I looked on Ancestry, underneath the name Robert Bennett is written in brackets Robert Barfoot. The names and ages seem right. Does anyone know if I can find a document somehow to prove change of surname please?
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Re: Change of Surname

Postby Templ4r » Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:23 pm

Is it like this on the indexes [Robert BarFoot] or on the actual scanned page?

Can you give us a link or where he is?
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Re: Change of Surname

Postby Guy » Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:35 pm

Lucretia66 wrote:My ancestors seem to have changed their name from Barfoot to Bennett. It suddenly appears to have changed by the time of the 1861 census. When I looked on Ancestry, underneath the name Robert Bennett is written in brackets Robert Barfoot. The names and ages seem right. Does anyone know if I can find a document somehow to prove change of surname please?


You have just pointed to the document.
In the UK the only way to change a surname is to use the new surname. It appears by your comments that Robert Barfoot was then using the name Robert Bennett.
I.E. He legally change his name.

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Re: Change of Surname

Postby ianbee » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:12 pm

Birth reg of Hannah
BARFOOT, HANNAH
Mother's Maiden Surname: RICHARDSON
GRO Reference: 1859 S Quarter in SOUTH SHIELDS UNION Volume 10A Page 508

and baptism at St Hilda's, 25 Sep 1859 (BT). Parents Robert and Hannah Barfoot. Father a Shipwright.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903 ... at=1810087

Birth reg of Robert
BARFOOT, ROBERT
Mother's Maiden Surname: RICHARDSON
GRO Reference: 1863 J Quarter in SOUTH SHIELDS UNION Volume 10A Page 559

and baptism at St Hilda's, 15 March 1863. (BT). Parents Robert and Hannah Barfoot. Father a Shipwright.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903 ... at=1810087

1871, family in Westoe as Bennett
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VB8H-4TJ

1881, Bennett
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q271-VRVQ

Possible death of Robert as Bennett?
March 1885 South Shields 10a 485
Bennett, Robert
age 71

Daughter Virtue married Thomas Miller at St Hilda, 5 Dec 1870, as Barfoot
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NNV9-CCK
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Re: Change of Surname

Postby ianbee » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:21 pm

Hannah died, Shields Daily Gazette, 25 Sep 1862
At Thames-street, on the 16th inst, aged 3, Hannah, daughter of Mr Robert Barfoot, shipwright.
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Re: Change of Surname

Postby MoVidger » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:30 pm

A son, Robert, died in 1858:
North & South Shields Gazette and Northumberland and Durham Advertiser 26 August 1858
"At Harding's Hill, on the 23rd last, Robert infant son of Mr Robert Barfoot, shipwright".
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Re: Change of Surname

Postby Templ4r » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:36 pm

Indexed differently on TG.

Census Transcript Household Durham 1871
Address Hardings Hill
Parish Westoe
Registration District South Shields
Image Reference RG10/5028/F?
Found 6 Results.
Forename Surname Age Year Born Relation Birth Place Occupation
Robert Burnett 56 1815 Head South Shields, Durham Ship Carpenter
Hannah Burnett 53 1818 Wife South Shields, Durham
John Burnett 20 1851 Son South Shields, Durham Grocer Assistant
Jane Bonnett 18 1853 Daughter South Shields, Durham Servant
William Bonnett 16 1855 Son South Shields, Durham Joiner
Robert Bonnett 8 1863 Son South Shields, Durham Scholar
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Re: Change of Surname

Postby Templ4r » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:59 pm

Ianbee... could this be him in 1887? in 1881 59 is a Grocers and he lives at 60.. maybe gave up with boats and became a grocer??
In 1891 they are not at 60 and 59 is a Butcher, so It should be a shop.

Thoughts?
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Re: Change of Surname

Postby Templ4r » Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:31 pm

There are 24 trees on Ancestry, all but 4 show Roberts death as 1858, which as Movidger has said, was the son. Just goes to show what copy and paste does instead of a bit of research.
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Re: Change of Surname

Postby Templ4r » Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:42 pm

This is getting strange.. in 1841 he is down as Bennett...
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