Early Origins of the Belfearde family
Northumberland where they were Lords of the manor of Belford, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Belfearde family
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Belfearde Spelling Variations
Although the name, Belfearde, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Belford, Belfurd, Belforde, Bellford and others.
Early Notables of the Belfearde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Belfearde family to the New World and Oceana
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Belfearde family name Belfearde, or who bore a variation of the surname were John Belford who settled in Barbados with his servants in 1680; James Belford settled in West New Jersey in 1771; George and James Belford settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1840.
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