Belford family page
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Origins of surname
This is an Anglo-Scottish surname. The Scots claim that it originates from Belford, a hamlet near Yetholm in Roxburgh, Scotland. Its now much larger 'neighbour' of Belford in Northumberland is a more likely origin for most English nameholders. Either way the surname comes from the region of the British Isles known as The Borders. The place name and hence the surname probably means 'good crossing'.
The first immigrant to Jersey appears to have been Jean (or more likely John at baptism) Belford (1773-1832) who married Francoise Vardon in Grouville in 1802. The couple had 15 children and were probably the ancestors of all the Belfords on record in the island before 1900.
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Births and baptisms
These wills created by members of the Belford family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- George Belford of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier 5s - 28 August 1865, D/Y/A/32
- James Belford, 2 Silvertide, Havre des Pas, St Helier bequeaths to James Mauger Belford the goodwill of the businesses of 16 and 35 Halkett Place and 36 King Street - 7 June 1920, D/Y/A/80
- John Belford of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, 5s 11 July 1860 - D/Y/A/30
- Mary Belford of St Helier, desires to be buried in St Helier Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier 5s - 3 February 1869, D/Y/A/34
- James Francis Belford ran a tobacconist at 26 King Street ...
- ... and Mary Ann Belford was a tobacconist across the road at 43 King Street in the 1860s
- Haberdashers Belford and Renouf were at 10 Queen Street in the 1870s ...
- ... Tobacconist James Francis Belford was at No 10 in the 1880s
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