Bashford

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The first family of this name arrived in Jersey at about the beginning of the 19th century

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Sybil Marjorie Bashford, Corrie and Sally


Record Search


Direct links to lists of baptisms, marriages and burials for the Bashford family can be found under Family Records opposite. If you want to search for records for a spelling variant of Bashford, or for any other family name, just click below on the first letter of the family name you are interested in. This will open a new tab in your browser giving you a list of family names beginning with that letter, for which there are baptism records in our database of half a million church and public registry records.

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Origins of surname

This name goes back in various forms to the 13th century in England and is believed to have its origins in place names, although there is a theory that the personal name came first. It either derives from old English beorc for 'birch' and worth for an enclosure: ie the original holder of the name lived in a clearing in a birch wood; or ford means a crossing over a river or stream owned or controlled by someone called 'Basa'.

Early records

There is considerable confusion surrounding this family in online trees. Two families which appear to have settled in Jersey independently around 1800 and some 50 years later have been combined in trees, undoubtedly copied from each other, and with the original based on misreading of census returns.

Sixteen or more trees at Ancestry perpetuate the errors, and it is difficult to work out which was the originator. Any tree which shows a child born to a mother aged 12, followed by a sibling 22 years later, should be treated with enormous suspicion. And when 16 trees all show that somebody died in 'Bagot, Jersey, Illinois, United States', it is clear that they have all been copied from a single incorrect source. Researchers need to be aware that Ancestry trees can be very useful, but also very misleading.

The first Bashfords born in Jersey were James (1803- ) and Barbara (1811- ), children of Thomas Bashford and Hannah

Photographers

George Bashford, a photographer, settled in Jersey in about 1856, married a Jersey girl, Mary or Mary Ann, and had a daughter Emma, born in 1856. There were other George Bashfords who have wrongly been incorporated into some of the Ancestry trees. The photographer married three times. Emma was believed to be his only child by his first marriage, but it is now known that she was followed by Amelia (1857- ) and William George (1858- ). They do not appear in the 1861 census and are believed to have died in infancy.

He had no children by his second wife Helen, despite some family researchers' attempts to link six unrelated Bashfords to George. There were five children of his third marriage to Emma Stevenson in 1878.

By the time of the 1881 Census George was shown as a house, land and vinery priprietor at Morley House, St Saviour.

We have done our best in the tree below, assembled from a submitted tree which did not include the most glaring errors, and then checked against Jersey primary records, to eliminate the mistakes, and we now have reasonable confidence in the accuracy of the tree.

Variants

  • Bashford
  • Basford

Family records

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Church records

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Great War service


Notes on our list, abbreviations used etc

Sons of George William Bashford and Emma Stevenson

  • Arthur B Bashford (1881- ) (St S), OV, Sergeant RMIJ
  • George Edward Bashford (1879- ) (St S) husband of Hilda Harriet Cain, OV, Private RMIJ
  • Reginald Walter Bashford (1882-1966) (St S), Private, Canadian Infantry, wounded


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Family wills



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Family histories



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Burial records

Tips

The church record links above will open in a new tab in your browser and generate the most up-to-date list of each set of records from our database. These lists replace earlier Family page baptism lists, which were not regularly updated. They have the added advantage that they produce a chronological listing for the family name in all parishes, so you do not have to search through A-Z indexes, parish by parish.

We have included some important spelling variants on some family pages, but it may be worth searching for records for a different spelling variant. Think of searching for variants with or without a prefix, such as Le or De. To search for further variants, or for any other family name, just click on the appropriate link below for the first letter of the family name, and a new tab will open, giving you the option to choose baptism, marriage or burial records. You will then see a list of available names for that type of record and you can select any name from that list. That will display all records of the chosen type for that family name, and you can narrow the search by adding a given name, selecting a parish or setting start and end dates in the form you will see above. You can also change the family name, or search for a partial name if you are not certain of the spelling

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

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