, where they were a family of great antiquity seated at Bosbury with manor and estates in that shire. At Bosbury the church carries some very ancient monuments to the family. Families of this name also acquired Blaise Castle in
. By the 16th century they had acquired estates in London.
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Medieval scribes and church officials spelled the names as they sounded, so a name was often spelled many different ways during the lifetime of a single person. The investigation of the origin of the name Hafford revealed many spelling variations
including Harford, Hafford, Hereford, Hareford and others.
The Irish emigration during the late 18th and 19th century contributed to the melting pot of nationalities in North America, and the building of a whole new era of industry and commerce in what was seen as a rich, new land. Ireland's Great Potato Famine
resulted in the worst economic and social conditions in the island's history. And in response to the hunger, disease, and poverty, during this decade the total number of emigrants to leave for North America rivaled all the previous years combined. Those from this decade that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Research into early immigration and passenger lists has shown many people bearing the name Hafford: John Harford, who settled in Virginia in 1607, 13 years before the " Mayflower"; Mary Harford settled in Virginia in 1636; Charles Harford settled in Pennsylvania in 1683..