Philip Wrayford

15 February 1623–
Crediton, Devon, England

The Life of Philip

When Philip Wrayford was born on 15 February 1623, in Crediton, Devon, England, his father, Elias Wrayford, was 20 and his mother, Unkown Unknown, was 20. He married Fortune in 1646, in Crediton, Devon, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He died in his hometown.

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Philip Wrayford
Marriage: 1646
Elizabeth Wreyford
Ellynor Wrayford
Phillip Wreaford

Spouse and Children

Crediton, Devon, England, United Kingdom


Parents and Siblings




    Patience Wrayford


    Thomas Wreyford


    Edward Wreyford


    Peter Wreyford


World Events (3)

1642 · The English Civil War

Age 19

A series of conflicts regarding England's governance during the years 1642 to 1651 is now known as The English Civil War. Charles I summoned supporters to join him against his enemies in Parliament. In October 1642, nearly 10,000 men fought for Charles I and chased Parliament across the River Tamar. Fighting continued for years and was finally ended at the Battle of Worcester on September 3, 1651, with a Parliamentarian victory.
1688 · Glorious Revolution

Age 65

The Glorious Revolution brought the downfall of Catholic King James II and the reign of his Protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband, William III of Orange.
1720 · South Sea Bubble

Age 97

The South Sea Bubble Bill was passed by the House of Lords in 1720. This allowed the South Sea company to monopolize trade with South America. The company underwrote the English National Debt which promised 5% interest from the government. As shares rose exponentially, many companies were created and many fortunes were made. The stocks crashed and many people lost their money which caused them to become destitute overnight and suicide was common. Robert Walpole took charge of the South Sea Bubble Financial Crisis by dividing the national debt between the Bank of England, the Treasury, and the Sinking Fund.

Name Meaning

1 English (also Wrayford): topographic name for someone who lived by a ford on the Wray river.2 Probably an Americanized spelling of German Reifarth, Raifarth, or Reifert, from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements rīc ‘power(ful)’ + frid- ‘peace’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Phillip Wreaford in entry for Fortyn Wreaford, "England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887"
  • Phillip Wrayford in entry for Phillip Wrayford, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Phillip Wrayford in entry for Elizabeth Wrayford, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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