Re: Puffitt Family from Oxford England
I am interested in the Puffett/Puffitt surname.
My particular family interest starts with Joseph Puffett(1835), son of James Puffett & Dinah Holloway of Leafield. Joseph is the brother of your John Puffett(1833) and so is the uncle of your Henry(1857) and William(1877).
I have quite a lot of info about the family, which I'd be happy to share if you are interested. Joseph emigrated to South Africa, along with his sister Ann.
I'm also researching the origin of the surname. It seems to start in the Filkins/Broadwell area of Oxfordshire (near Leafield, Tubney, Aldsworth, Kirtlington etc). Earliest reference so far is William Puffett of Filkins married 1701.
I have quite a lot on some other branches of the Puffett surname (which, as you say has quite a few spelling variants) including the branch at Tubney/Bambury.