My name is Martyn Cole Bigelow Gardiner Mulford, though like most folks I go by two or three names usually. I'm a direct descendant of all three Mulford brothers (William the Planter, John the Judge, and Thomas the Virginian) who came to America about 400 years ago along with their parents (Sarah, of Maidstone, and Thomas Southcott Mulford --surviving son of Thomas and Susanna Southcott Molford from Cadbury, Parish of Chulmleigh, County of Devon/shire, England). I'm eager to share everything I know about this ancestry (thoughtfully passed down in my own lines since the beginning) which should clear up some serious misunderstandings which have developed, mostly in recent years because of the internet, concerning our Molford/Montford (NOT Muleford/Milford) origins.
Martyn Mulford has English ancestors.
First-hand information. Entered by Martyn Mulford at registration.
Martyn Mulford's DNA test results at the AncestryDNA site match there with cousins descended from Daniel Mulford, son of Benjamin and Anna Mulford, and with cousins descended from the Baker and Hedges families, confirming prior documentation of Martyn's descent from Benjamin and Anna Mulford as well as prior documentation that Benjamin's parents were Martha Baker and Jeremiah Mulford II, the well-documented son of Abigail Hedges and Jeremiah Mulford I of East Hampton, the Hamptons, New York.
Aristocratic lines are of interest to me not because of royalty or status, but because they enable us to extend family histories back much further than otherwise would be possible, provided the evidence for such lines is reasonably reliable of course.
Molfords and Mulfords descend from one family, and the Mulfords in my own line have written the surname both ways. Regardless how we spell it today, many of us still pronounce it "with an O" instead of U.
In historical records, Montford is a variant spelling of Montfort, from which my Mulford/Molford surname derives. This is proved in the Molford coat of arms, verified authentic at an early date and therefore depicting descent from a Duke of especially high royal status. The only Duke in history ever called Molford (or Moford, as his Montford family name then was written in some documents) was Simon de Montford of Montfort-l'Amaury, Duke of Narbonne in France and Lord High Steward of England.
The Montforts (of Montfort-l'Amaury, in Île-de-France) are the ones from whom my Mulford/Molford surname derives, not to be confused with the Montforts of Montfort-sur-Risle in Normandy. And NOT to be confused with the Melefords of Wiltshire (Richard, John, and Edmund de Meleford), sons of Adam de Meleford (Milford), from which comes the mistaken idea that our name derives from Milford. Though Melefords were, in a few instances, misrecorded as Muleford, they never called themselves this.
Mulford is my surname and the most prevalent spelling today of Molford. We believe all Mulfords, throughout the world, descend from one family, most (if not all) from the Molfords of Devonshire, England. This is proven to be so in my own Mulford family at least, descended from Thomas Molford (Mulford) & Mary Gardiner Conklin II of East Hampton, the Hamptons, New York, documented grand parents as well of the Mulfords of South America (Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil, and so forth).
In English records, Munford (also spelled Monford and Moford) is a variation of Montfort. The Mulfords in my own line appear in some early American documents as Munford and Mulford both. This is because many of us still pronounce Mulford, traditionally, as though there were "no L" in the name, using a nasalized N sound instead. In French pronuciation, Munford sounds much like Mulford, to English ears at least, and so it was written. Many French words came to be spelled with an L in this way.
I'm a direct descendant twice of William Mulford I of East Hampton, Long Island. I'm also directly descended from Judge John Mulford of Massachusetts and East Hampton twice, and from Thomas Mulford (Munford) of Massachusetts and Virginia, brothers of William and sons of Thomas Mulford (Munford) of Virginia, surving son of Thomas and Susan Molford of Cadbury, Devonshire, England. Lt Lion Gardiner of Saybrook, Connecticut and Gardiners Island, East Hampton is also my grand father multiple times.
Martyn Mulford's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Martyn or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Martyn:
Concerning Montford-35 when you say the heading do you just mean that there is no profile yet made for Richard? (Richard is mentioned in the text eventually.) Actually 3 of the children have no profile, which is not very unusual, especially if they had not children themselves.
Martyn, I posted messages on the profile pages of all managers for the following. Rich-181. Rich-1268. Rich-45. Mulford-32. Unknown-259948. Mulford-5 and Mulford-29 I think if all of us can work together every one will be happy. Thank you for your help. James
Martyn, when you get time would you please look at these profiles? Rich-1268. Rich-45. Mulford-32. Unknown-259948. Mulford-5 and Mulford-29 I made some comments. Let me know if I am barking up the wrong tree. Thank you, James
Please make the corrections to the Hannah Mulford, Judge John, etc profiles that seem to have been mangled by confusion. Please cite any sources in your collection or that you otherwise know so that the profiles can be cleaned up. Especially you have maintained records of cousins that far back, I am excited to see what you can add. Thanks!
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