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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
http://www.sedgwick.org/na/
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 (david@cuff.id.au), 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.

FAMILY TREES

Barnfather 2002 Research Morning
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The Garthside Family Tree

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
of diligent work, it took up nearly one whole wall!

The wall chart in 2004
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It has really grown in two years!
Photo courtesy of J. Troy

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By 2006, we will need a taller wall!

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.

David Cuff has launched a website entitled, BARNFATHER RESEARCHERS 2005.

David has come up with a facility to enable viewers to find a Barnfather (or Banfather or Bairnsfather) researcher with interests in the same geographical location as his or her own. So far, 17 researchers have listed their interests.

If you have any questions, I'm certain that David will be happy to assist you. He can be reached by email at:
david@cuff.id.au

Visit BARNFATHER RESEARCHERS 2005 Now




THE BARNFATHERS OF GEELONG, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

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Eliot Barnfather's Napkin Ring

 

 

On December 4, 1843, WILLIAM BARNFATHER and JANE BATY were married in Arthuret, Cumberland. In 1858, they and their children boarded the ship Empress Eugenie and headed for Australia where they settled in the vicinity of
Geelong, Victoria.

One of William and Jane's descendants was ELIOT RALPH BARNFATHER who was born in 1915 to Thomas Stanley Barnfather and Ruby Alice Beatty. Eliot attended Geelong College, studied Law and became an attorney in 1939. At the beginning of the Second World War, he traveled to Canada, became an Empire Air trainee and received a commission as a Navigator Observer. He ferried bombers across the Atlantic to England and was posted to the Wellington Bomber Command. He was reported missing following a bombing raid over Germany on May 18th, 1942. His name is included on the Memorial at Esbjerg Cemetery, Denmark, and a street was named after him in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

While training in Canada, Eliot stayed with the Smith family in Montreal, who were so impressed with him that they named a son for him. After his death, the Barnfather family sent Eliot Smith the napkin ring Eliot Barnfather had used during his lifetime. That napkin ring is still in the Smith family and is depicted in the photo above. The initials are Eliot's and the date commemorates his entrance into the Geelong Grammar School. It is the school's crest that is depicted on the ring.



BARNFATHER IN LONGTOWN, CUMBERLAND


There has been a Barnfather presence in the Longtown/Arthuret area of Cumberland/Cumbria for several hundred years. At present, there are many descendants of the Longtown Barnfathers in the US and in Australia, especially in Victoria.

Bridget Casson maintains an excellent website for matters pertaining to Longtown that contains some important Barnfather data. Follow the link to '19TH CENTURY LONGTOWN' below. 
 
You may also be interested in a book about Longtown that is full of wonderful photographs and references to several Barnfathers and gives some details about their lives. It is entitled, appropriately enough, 'LONGTOWN.' The author is Gordon L. Routledge and the ISBN number is 0951992118.

19TH CENTURY LONGTOWN

THE BARNFATHERS OF HARDHURST

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The view from Hardhurst

 
The photo above was taken at Hardhurst Farm, Lanercost, Cumbria, where GEORGE BARNFATHER and his wife, DENNY, lived in 1684, and where their descendants lived until the mid 18th century.

During BARNFATHER 2000, the present owners were gracious enough to allow a coach full of Barnfathers, most of whom believe, as do I, that their roots trace back to that farm, to visit and have the chance to see the place where their ancestors lived and worked.

The view seen above is the same one that George and Denny would have seen from their bedroom over 300 years ago.





ARE YOU RESEARCHING ANOTHER FORM OF THE NAME BARNFATHER?
It is believed that the various forms of the surname BARNFATHER will ultimately link together. If you are researching BAIRNSFATHER/BARNSFATHER, BANFATHER, BENFATHER, BARNFEATHER, BARNEFATHER, etc., please do contact me at the email link below. To see a listing of all the variants we have found, please see the BARNFATHER WILLS & MISCELLANEA page.

         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

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