William Dunford

Brief Life History of William

When William Dunford was born about 1784, in Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Thomas Dunford, was 23 and his mother, Susannah Benger, was 22. He married Sarah Alexander Lester on 21 August 1809, in Wilsford, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters.

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Family Time Line

William Dunford
1784–
Sarah Alexander Lester
1786–
Marriage: 21 August 1809
Thomas Alexander Durnford
1812–1859
James Dunford
1821–1901
Elizabeth Dunford
1814–
Elizabeth Dunford
1814–1874
Emma Dunford
1816–1886
Susannah Dunford
1819–
Sarah Dunford
1824–1825
George Dunford
1826–
Fanny Dunford
1827–

Sources (11)

  • William Durnford, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • William Duntford, "England Marriages, 1538–1973"
  • William Dunford in entry for Fanny Dunford, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

World Events (7)

1801 · The Act of Union

The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.

1808 · The British West Africa Squadron

The British West Africa Squadron was formed in 1808 to suppress illegal slave trading on the African coastline. The British West Africa Squadron had freed approximately 150,000 people by 1865.

1815

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

Name Meaning

habitational name from Dunford Bridge, in Thurlstone (Yorkshire), so called from the river Don (a British name possibly meaning ‘river’) + Old English ford ‘ford’, or from Dunford House in Methley (Yorkshire), named in Old English as ‘Dunn's ford’ (see Dunn 2).

variant of Durnford, a habitational name from Durnford in Wiltshire, arising from Old English dierne + ford ‘hidden ford’. Alternatively, the name may perhaps arise from Dunford, alias Durnford, in Addlestone (Surrey).

English:

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

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