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RESEARCH ISSUES
MISSING FROM THE IGI
(CUMBERLAND PARISHES ONLY)
 
 
The table below outlines what is missing for Cumberland parishes from the IGI.  Note that the IGI data, in the case of Cumberland, was taken from the Bishops' Transcripts.  There are instances to be found in the Carlisle Records Office where what shows on the Bishops' Transcript does not match what appears on the actual Parish Record.  Stapleton Parish is a case in point. 
 
If you have plans to visit Carlisle to do research at the Records Office (The Castle) and would be willing to go through the Parish Records (not the transcribed Bishops' Transcripts) for the periods indicated below, please let me know.   Note that I have left a column at the end of each parish listing:  when we have extracted any Barnfather entries from the missing years, this will be noted and credit given to the person who has done the work.  The missing data will also be posted.  Again, it is important to note that, for this project, the films of the actual Parish Records must be consulted (an archivist will retrieve the film for you).  The transcribed books of the Bishops Transcripts are not acceptable in this instance.

PARISH
BAPTISMS
MARRIAGES
 
PARISH RECORDS CHECKED
Addingham
1601-1660
After 1866
1601-1660
After 1857
Missing sections completed.
No Barnfather entries found. 
 
Aikton
n/a
1693-1696
To be done
Ainstable
1669-1679
n/a
To be done
Allhallows
pending
pending
To be done
Armathwaite
1758-1775
1610-1686
To be done
Arthuret
1610-1666
1610-1686
No Barnfather entries found; however, the records were fire and water damaged.  With thanks to DG.
Aspatria
1660-1663
1660-1663
After 1843
To be done
Bassenthwaite
1630-1663
1676-1687
To be done
Beckermet
St. Bridget
1687-1702
1687-1702
After 1850
To be done
Beckermet
St. John
n/a
1737-1813
To be done
Bowness on Solway
1663-1669
1836-1846
To be done
Brampton
n/a
1750-1754
To be done
Brigham
1564-1602
1661-1676
1564-1602
1661-1676
To be done
Bromfield
1654-1663
1654-1663
To be done
Burgh by Sands
n/a
After 1837
To be done
Caldbeck
1657-1663
1657-1663
To be done
Carlisle
Christchurch
1846-1850
n/a
To be done
Carlisle
Holy Trinity
1831-1841
After 1845
After 1865
Burials completed through 1865. 
3 Barnfather events.
With thanks to JT.
Balance to be done.
Carlisle
St. James
n/a
After 1867
To be done
Castle Carrock
n/a
1736-1754
To be done
Castle Sowerby
1609-1664
1609-1664
After 1843
To be done
Cleator
1572-1813
1572-1813
To be done
Clifton
After 1822
After 1822
To be done
Cockermouth
All Saints
1632-1689
1632-1689
To be done
Crosby on Eden
1649-1665
n/a
To be done
Crosscannonby
1663-1669
1663-1669
1716
After 1837
To be done
Culgaith
1792-1794
1790-1794
After 1802
To be done
Cumrew
1676-1717
1676-1680
No Barnfather events found.
With thanks to JE.
Cumwhitton
1729-1769
1683-1694
To be done
Dacre
n/a
After 1716
To be done
Dalston
n/a
After 1812
To be done
Dean
1542-1689
1542-1689
After 1849
To be done
Dearham
1662-1737
1662-1737
After 1837
To be done
Distington
1653-1755
1653-1755
To be done
Drigg
1631-1732
1637-1801
To be done
Edenhall
1558-1737
1558-1737
After 1838
To be done
Egremont
1630-1780
1812-1856
No marriages done
To be done
Embleton
1626-1689
1626-1676
To be done
Ennerdale
1638-1676
1638-1676
To be done
Eskdale
1625-1778
1625-1778
1754-1813
To be done
Farlam
n/a
1754-1813
To be done
Flimby
1703-1713
1696-1722
After 1837
To be done
Gilcrux
1589-1740
1589-1740
To be done
Gosforth
1571-1689
After 1837
To be done
Great Salkeld
1571-1813
1571-1813
1837-1855
To be done
Grinsdale
n/a
1739-1746
To be done
Haile
1544-1689
1544-1689
1812
To be done
Harrington
1653-1688
After 1838
To be done
Hayton
1619-1665
1619-1665
To be done
Hensingham
n/a
After 1839
To be done
Hesket in the Forest
1662-1667
1662-1667
To be done
Holme Cultram
1606-1662
1606-1662
To be done
Ivegill (Highhead)
1709-1771
n/a
To be done
Kirkandrews on Eden
1677-1686
After 1812
After 1774
Burials checked 1813-1895 (no Barnfather entries).  Thank you to the anonymous volunteer.
 
BALANCE TO BE DONE.
Kirkandrews on Esk
n/a
1665-1682
To be done
Kirkbampton
n/a
1753-1803
After 1837
To be done
Kirkbride
n/a
1762
To be done
Kirkland
1620-1663
1620-1663
To be done
Kirklinton
1663
1651-1655
To be done
Langwathby
1576-1657
1576-1587
After 1838
To be done
Lazonby
1538-1662
1538-1662
1737
To be done
Lorton
1597-1689
1597-1689
To be done
Loewswater
1625-1689
1625-1676
1778-1790
To be done
Maryport
n/a
After 1837
To be done
Matterdale
n/a
1720
1838-1842
To be done
Melmerby
1684-1698
1787
To be done
Muncaster
1583-1689
1585-1676
To be done
Mungrisdale
1761-1776
1835-1862
n/a
To be done
Nether Wasdale
n/a
After 1836
To be done
Newton Reigny
1571-1812
n/a
To be done
Penrith Christchurch
After 1850
After 1850
To be done
Penrith St. Andrews
1556-1870
n/a
To be done
Ponsonby
n/a
1797-1800
Missing section completed.  With thanks to JB.
NOTE:  No Barnfather entries found.
Raughtonhead
1649-1664
1687-1702
1726-1729
1717-1720
1727-1737
1755-1806
To be done
Renwick
1649-1664
n/a
To be done
Sebergham
1694-1812
1722-1812
To be done
Stapleton
1725-1812
1725-1812
Completed.  One Barnfather entry found. 
With thanks to BV.
Thornthwaite
1775
1782-1795
1819-1837
1842-1844
To be done
Threlkeld
1573-1646
1573-1646
To be done
Thursby
1649-1665
1649-1665
To be done
Torpenhow
1651-1684
1700-1812
1700-1813
1837-1862
To be done
Uldale
1642-1663
1642-1663
To be done
Walton
1684-1813
1684-1813

Births/Marriages/Burials 1684-1750 now complete.  Many thanks to the anonymous volunteer.

BALANCE TO BE DONE

Warwick
1684-1812
1701-1812
To be done
Wasdalehead
n/a
After 1836
To be done
Watermillock
n/a
1754-1812
To be done
Westward
1605-1812
1605-1812
To be done
Whitehaven Holy Trinity
1715-1717
1815-1819
After 1837
To be done
Whitehaven St. James
n/a
After 1837
To be done

Whitehaven St. Nicholas

1694-1696
After 1809
1707-1814
After 1837
To be done
Wigton
1781-1797
1661-1705
To be done
Workington St. Michael
1670-1689
1755-1813
n/a
To be done
Wythop
1792-1812
n/a
Baptisms completed.  Many thanks to JB.
Note:  No Barnfather entries found.
Marriages to be done.

NOTE:  As these missing items are transcribed, they will be posted to the Barnfather Mailing List and entered on the Barnfather Facts & Figures page of this website.
RESEARCH WISH LIST
 
Aside from sorting out the missing information indicated above, there are several issues that we just can't seem to solve.  If you can help with any of the following, please contact me at the email link below.
  • The will of David Barnfather of Garthside, who died in 1789, mentions his grandson, Lewis Barnfather.  Unfortunately, he does not say who Lewis' father (or mother) was.   A Lewis Barnfather, weaver, died at Brampton in 1803 and is buried at Lanercost Priory; in his will, he mentions his 'wife and children,' but does not include their names.  He does mention a David Barnfather of Garthside (a David subsequent to the one mentioned above lived at Garthside at that time).   In 1790, a Lewis Barnfather of Lanercost parish (within which Garthside falls) married Isabella Thompson at Westward parish.  This couple went back Garthside, where they had son Thomas in 1791 and then to Brampton, where they had Sarah (1793) and George (1802) baptised.  John Barnfather of Brampton, a weaver, who census records indicate was born about 1801, married Ann Armstrong and had several children, including a Lewis and an Isabella.  This suggests that there may be a connection to Lewis of Garthside.  We are looking for the birth, baptism and parents of John. 
  • The tenancy of the Barnfathers at Hardhurst farm in Lanercost, Cumberland,  is an ongoing concern.  While many people are of the opinion that George Barnfather, the first tenant there who appears to have had a family born and raised there, was the son of Gilbert Barnfather of Kirkoswald, there has been no record found proving this and it seems unlikely to me.  Immediately preceding George at Hardhurst was Jenet Barnfather, who suceeded John Craghill in 1671.  There has been no record found to date of just who this Jenet Barnfather was (i.e., was she born a Barnfather, or was she married to a Barnfather?).  There were two Jannet Barnfathers, mother and sister of Clement Barnfather, butcher, in Carlisle in 1640, as mentioned in Clement's will of that year.  Clement and his mother are mentioned in conjunction with some records taken from the defunct St. Alban's Church, Carlisle, and Jannet Barnfather, widow, was a freeholder of property within St. Alban's parish in 1660 - just 11 years before Jenet Barnfather shows up at Hardhurst.  Also mentioned in these records are persons named Craggell and places well outside Carlisle, including Hayton and Triermain that lie closer to Lanercost.  Determining who Jenet Barnfather of Hardhurst was and what her connection to George Barnfather who followed her at Hardhurst might be might depend on finding what relationship may have existed between Jenet and John Craghill.  A search has been made at the Carlisle Record Office for a Craghill will that might help in this matter and was unsuccessful.  This is an ongoing investigation and I welcome any information or suggestions you might have. 

 

 

STOP THE PRESSES!
MYSTERY SOLVED!!
 
The answers to the questions regarding Lewis Barnfather and his connection to the Barnfathers of Garthside, Lanercost, and Brampton have been found within the registers of the Presbyterian Church of Brampton.
 
Lewis Barnfather was baptised on 8 March 1766, the son of Margaret Barnfather of Garthside.  Margaret was the daughter of David Barnfather of Garthside whose 1789 will mentions his grandson, Lewis.
 
Lewis eventually married Isabella Thompson (1790, Westward) and they had two children baptised:  Thomas 1791 in Lanercost and Sarah 1793 in Brampton.  Subsequent to that, they had the following children baptised at the Brampton Presbyterian Church:  David (1795); Joseph (1798); John (born 1800, baptised 1802); and George (1802).
 
We have John Barnfather (who census records indicate was born about 1800) living in Brampton with wife Ann (Armstrong), with children that include Lewis and Isabella.
 
Further, we now have a letter written by Lewis Barnfather, son of John Barnfather, grandson of John b. 1800 in Brampton, in which he mentions his great-grandfather, Lewis Barnfather.

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