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Re: There be Barfoots in Ireland ?
Posted by: Douglas Thompson (ID *****5488) Date: March 30, 2012 at 05:24:38
In Reply to: Re: There be Barfoots in Ireland ? by Erika Gower-Gillan of 240

Erika-The locality is adjacent to what I can determine as family ties; a James Wallace and Mary Barefoot (both bn 1791) left Cookstown, County Tyrone for America in 1810. The Barefoot/Barfoot family lived in Desert (or Deseret)
Martin, County Derry (abt 12 mi. North of Cookstown)Am told it was pronounced "Day-Sart" Martin.
Henry Taylor and wife Jane Barefoot, Cookstown, came to America in 1820, settled in Chariton, Iowa. My grandmother always referred to this part of the family as "our Iowa cousins". I have had great difficulty locating Barefoot(and variant spellings) in Iowa records however. But, again, I am a novice at this. My source also has that two Barefoot brothers fought for King William of Orange in the Battle of the Boyne, were awarded crown lands, and in London one of the brothers met, fell in love with, and married an Ann Hess, daughter of the King of Hesse-Darmstadt. Also, the Barefoots were said to be descendants of King Magnus III Barfod, Norway 1093-1103. The Barefoots and Taylors lived two miles apart,Barefoots on the east border of County Tyrone and Tayors on west border of County Antrim. I am not finding in my notes the Mary and Margaret Barefoots that you reference. If I do find anything, I will repost to this thread.


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