I am hoping to tell those who leave their inquiries here about the Beckford surname that as you go back in time you might find some of your relatives mostly have the Bickford spelling at times and sometimes have the Beckford spelling of the name. I have alot of Genealogy on the Beckford family in Massachusetts and I know the history of the Beckford family name and the locations of others who are researching this name. Check also the Bickford genforum site as well for the earlier ancestors as many of them had the Bickford spelling then. I also am willing to share the info that I have and help others along as well. The earliest known ancestor was a John Bickford who lived in Dover and Durham, NH. He supposedly comes from Devon, England and was born about 1607. I am hoping that many people with the spelling of the surname as Beckford will leave some inquiries here so that we can exchange info and get to talk with one another and solve our Beckford research problems. I have info from NH, ME, MA and PA on the Beckford family. I hope you can share some of your info as well.