Re: 1806 New Hanover Deed, Gufford et al
Hi, Joan! Thanks so much for the link...and you are so right, "McGuffordland" truly is a lonely place!! :)
It's so frustrating--I check every book I can find relating to Scottish surnames trying to find a "Gufford" or "McGufford" but no luck so far. It appears to be a very rare name indeed!
The closest I have found is a "McGuffock", but whether the names are related, I just don't know. Then again I suppose that Gufford could be a version of the English surname "Gifford", but that's just guessing, too. *sigh* Just our luck to be stuck with a name no one has ever heard of!!
Then again, I have an ancestor (I think! Finding proof can be so maddening!) named John Jones, who married--get this--Ann Smith!!! Try sorting out all THOSE Smiths and Joneses! Yikes, I get a headache just thinking about it! (Not related to the Gufford line BTW...my mind is wandering as usual!)
And you know, about our Bonham line--I was so astounded to find the New England Bonham line which has the VERY SAME NAMES as our Bonhams!! Hezekiah, Samuel, etc.--do you think it could just be coincidence, or could these Bonham lines somehow be connected?? When I first looked up "Hezekiah Bonham" I was sure ours would be the only one--after all, how many Hezekiah Bonhams do you suppose are running around out there?! I really wonder about that--I would love to be able to answer the question of whether there is any kind of relationship there!
And hey--I'm really glad we found each other too!! :)