Early Origins of the Bellforthay family
The surname Bellforthay was first found in 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 Bellforthay family
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Bellforthay Spelling Variations
During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Bellforthay occurred in many references, and spelling variations
of the name found included Belford, Belfurd, Belforde, Bellford and others.
Early Notables of the Bellforthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bellforthay 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 illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Bellforthay, or a spelling variation of the surname include: 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.