Re: Why YORK AND PARIS for oldest Rafton?
Thank you, Jane.Norse?That might explain the Paris and York locations --- some family enterprise from the Norse country, perhaps.I'm wondering if they could be fishmongers, or perhaps shipbuilders.What occupations were your Raftons in, do you know?If they sent Rafton sons as factors for the business, that could explain the connection.Most French Raftons are in the Yvelines region of Paris.French genealogists ([email protected]) found these results:
We have found the name Rafton :
only 20 acts :
1 in Loiret department (Centre region)
4 in Marne department (Champagne-Ardennes region)
1 in Puy-de-Dome department (Auvergne region)
14 in Yvelines department (Ile-de-France region)
Perhaps some info can be found in looking at the historical accounts of the Yvelines district.It seems the Raftons were there for several generations.