My gggg grandfather was John Appleford b. abt 1746 at Ramsbury in Wiltshire and married to Mary Bright also from Ramsbury. They subsequently lived in Lambourne in Berkshire then Aldbourne and finally Baydon in Wiltshire.
They had the following children as far as I have been able to confirm:
William and John b. 1776 (twin sons and John died young), Anne b. 1779, Benjamin b. 1782, Stephen b. 1784, Elizabeth b. 1786, John b. 1792, Richard b. 1795, Thomas b. 1796. (my ggg grandfather).
William married Anne Garrard from Fawley in Berkshire, the village on which Thomas Hardy based Jude's home village in Jude the Obscure. A book well worth reading as it gives a real sense of what life was like at that time. William and Ann had 9 children before Ann died in 1823 and William then married Martha Shun and had 4 further children.
The area from which this particular Appleford family comes straddles the Berkshire/Wiltshire border and as agricultural labourers they often moved from village to village in the pusuit of employment.
The Appleford presence is strongest in Ramsbury where the parish records show an Appleford wedding in 1622.
If you are interested in finding out about the area then a website worth visiting is:
People from Wiltshire are called moonrakers because legend has it that a group of yokels returning home from the pub one night thought they had found a cheese in the village pond and proceeded to try to recover it using a rake. The cheese was in fact the reflection of the moon.
An excellent academic reference for this part of Wiltshire which also contains several reference to the Appleford family is volume 12 of the Victoria History of Wiltshire published by Oxford University press.
I have been researching my family's Appleford ancestors for some time now and have been able to use primary resources at the Record Offices for Berkshire and Wiltshire. They were at one time wealthy farmers and prominent members of the local community. I still have a long way to go with this research and my time is shared with other ancestral lines.
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