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BARNFATHER FAMILY TREES & TREE PROBLEMS
A NOTE ABOUT CONNECTIONS TO EARLY BARNFATHERS
I urge all Barnfather researchers to read the results of the Barnfather DNA study found on the Bulletin Board page of this website and to consider the implications of what is presented there.
I am (too) often contacted by Barnfather researchers who present their family trees that indicate that the Barnfathers were in Cumberland from time immemorial and include a link back to Hardhirst in Lanercost and from there back to Kirkoswald, both in Cumberland, despite the fact that their known Barnfather ancestors were born in Durham, Middlesex, Nothumberland, Yorkshire, etc. Much of this hinges on a supposed link between Gilbert Barnfather of Kirkoswald and George Barnfather who was, as far as we can tell, the second Barnfather tenant at Hardhirst Farm (the first being a Jenet Barnfather in 1671) and the belief that the sons of the Kirkoswald and/or Hardhirst Barnfathers migrated to places all over England.
There are several references to George being the son of Gilbert on the IGI - none of them quote a primary source as proof (parish record, etc.). Gilbert's will, although hard to read in parts, does not appear to mention a son, George - it does mention sons John, William and Thomas. If anyone has a reference to a Parish Record referring to George, son of Gilbert Barnfather of Kirkoswald, I would be very happy to see it!
Please remember that there were Barnfathers living in places other than Cumberland for centuries before Cumberland records found so far show them to be there. There are references to Barnfathers (sometimes with variant spellings) in, for example, York in the 13th century and in Nottingham in the 15th century.
Please do approach your Barnfather research with an open mind. There are a lot of trees to be found in various places on the Internet with the wrong information. Just because it is there in print, it is not necessarily true!
A FEW BARNFATHER FAMILY TREES
Various Barnfather Family Trees will be found by following the link below to Family Trees.
If you would like me to provide a link to your own Barnfather Family Tree, please contact me at the email address below.
WILLIAM BARNFATHER, who moved from Lincolnshire to the US in the early 1800s, and his descendants. We would like to determine who was the father of William. If anyone recognizes this line, please contact me. If you are interested in Mary A. Barnfather of this line who married a Sedgewick, do visit
for more information.
DAVID BARNFATHER, who died at Garthside, Cumberland, England, in 1789, and his descendants. Does anyone know who was the father of this David?
JOHN BARNFATHER, who married ELIZABETH BELL at Alston, Cumberland, in 1767. This is the family of David Cuff (email@example.com), who is trying to determine the parents of John. As you will see, there are 5 possibilities in Cumberland and it is possible that they were actually from Northumberland. If anyone can help David, please contact him or me.
WILLIAM BARNFATHER of Leeds. This family is associated with Hunslet, Leeds, and it is possible that William was born in 1799 in Gargrave, Leeds. If you have information on this family, please contact me.
In 2002, descendants of the Barnfathers who had lived at Garthside Farm in Lanercost, Cumberland, brought their family
tree to share with other
Barnfather researchers. The product of countless hours
Once again, the descendants of David Barnfather, who died at Garthside Farm in Brampton, Cumberland, in 1789, brought their proposed family tree to the Barnfather Reunion. Several of those who were there in 2004 were able to add new branches to this tree and 'fine tune' some of the existing ones. It is a work in progress and a treasure for all Barnfather Researchers.