now going back to William 1 Conqueror
we had but with some Doubt william 1 after the Battle of hastings giving his Officers land to Farm and having Two Brothers Generals Named Dunford he gave them Lancashire and Yorkshire Land to Farm
now going on we find Little and Great Durnford in Yorkshire
Now after some Searches in the Yorkshire Librarys and asking Question leaving my Email Address there i have come up with some very good News
First they found that the Dunfords did come from Normandy France.
This Surname of Dunford was a Location Name of Donville in Calvados ,Normandy France,
The Name was Brought to England in the Wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Family were given Free Land to Farm near Penistone West Yorkshire,
The Dunfords were Born in Dunford. Donville Calvados Normandy France.
Near the Same Time as William 1 ,He also was Born in Calvados Normandy. France,
So of Course he would have Taken these Dunfords with him
now Local Names Denote the Birthplace of a Person it was there Identification. So they would have ther Christain Name the there Birthplace.ie "Someone De Dunford" as we have in Hugh De Dunford 1274 Yorkshire,and William De Dunford of yorkshire
Now we can prove a Lot of this by Dunford River now Knowbody could Change the Name of a River Except a King.Dunford Bridge built 1066 .Dunford Town ,Dunford Village,Now to Name these Places Dunford,there must have been a Dunford Name
Now they say William 1 gave them 4 Hides of Land..And Next to them was William of EU Who had 16 Hides of Land.But in 1086 William of EU was found to be a Traitor to the King and was Executed .His 16 Hides of Land was given to the Dunford Family. And Today Look on the Map of Yorkshire.(i have just downloaded it) You will find Dunford Land of 20 Hides near Dunford Bridge.near Penistone..It is not called durnford but dunford this is where great durnford was.
But they say that Durnford Name came from Dunford Town.
Now when William of EU Land was given to the Dunford Family it was named Great and Little Durnford was this a Misspelling.Should it have been Dunford, Because every Name coming out of there was a Dunford.
When Cromwell came back from Ireland he gave the Land in Ireland to the Dunford Family Not Durnford.And when you look at the Names taken on the Farms in Ireland you will find they all were Dunfords,
When Charles 1, asked the Richest Landowner in England to pay for Ship Money in Parliament he asked Thomas Dunford who Refused.
During the Reign of king Edward 111. 1327 -1377 And William Dunford of Yorkshire
Then Another Twist in 1640 The Durnford Sailed to America on the Huge Armada of Three Masted Sailing Ships known as White Sails .But When they Arrived in North America. No Durnfords were Aboard. Only Dunfords .(Check this out) First one to Arrive was John Dunford who Purchased Huge Parcels of Land on the Eastern Seaboard,James Dunford Brought the Family to New York City ,And more 20 Families Settled in Pennsylvania ,Another John Dunford Settled in Newfoundland at Battle Harbour. Labrador.Phillip Dunford Married there and Settled in Harbour Grace Rencontre.Another Ten Families Traveled on the Wagon Train accross the prairies to the west coast but none were durnfords,
so what do we all know now was durnford a misspelled name .did dunford travel to england from normandy with william 1.if he did not give them land to farm why is there still proof to see .on maps on places .
now did you know that there is a green book and dunford associates where parts of dunford holdings were put in store for the National Archives Then there are the Cobden Papers where Cobden had a 500 Year Lease on Dunford Farmhouse and Changed it to Dunford House
And Dunford v Payne were the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace Library hold History of the Dunford Family 1678
Then Lawyers Baddesley Clinton Holding Ducuments of Lands,Tenements. Houses. Gardens.Woods. Moors,Meadows. Pastures Arable Lands. Hedges.of Dunford Family Held by Shakespear Birthplace Trust 12 October 1329
Now the Very Newest News from Ireland
They have Found the Documents made out by Cromwell with the Survey of all Land what was given to the English not only Dunfords ,But first it Gives who was the Owners of the Land. At First Then the Names of the English who took it Over,it Is Called the DOWN SURVEY OF IRELAND For the First Time Ever we will see all the Names,Now it Seems all Around Dublin the Murphy Family had the Farms ( from the king of ireland durrhanha) Which the Dunford Family took Over ,But the Dunford Family had to Trade with the Murphy Families for Cattle ,Sheep. Pigs Chicken Ducks Seed .Everything and While Trading Dunfords Married Murphys Murphy Married Dunfords And they Shared the Farms, Look up Murphy Clan, On the Websites will tell you all about This,
Now we have gone from 1066 to 1650 .and as they were all through these years the richest landowners in England they all spent some time in Parliament .
House of Normandy
William1 1066 -1087
William 11 1087-110
Henry 1 11oo -1135
Stephen 1135 -1154
House of Planagenet
Henry 11 1154-1189
Richard 1 1189-1195
John 1 1199--1216
Henry 111 1216--1272
Edward 1 1272--1307
Edward 11 1307-1327
Edward 111 1327-1377
Richard 11 1377--1399
House of Lancashire
Henry 1v 1399--1413
Henry v 1413--1422
Henry v1 1422---1416
House of York
Edward 1v 1416---1483
Richard 111 1483---1485
House of Tudor
Henry v11 1485--1509
Henry v111 1509--1547
Edward v1 1547----1553
Mary 1 1553---1558
Elizabeth 1 1558 -1603
House of Stuart
James 1 of England and v1 of Scotland.1603--1625
Charles 1 1625---1649
Commonwealth Declared 1649
Oliver Cromwell Lord Protector 1653-1658
Richard Cromwell 1658 1659
House of Stuart
we must dig deeper if the Dunford were helping each House of England