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John Beaufort

Also Known As: "John Burford", "Beauford", "Beaufort"
Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Church of Christ Parish, Lancaster County, Virginia
Death: April 18, 1722 (76-84)
Middlesex Co., Virginia
Place of Burial: Lancaster, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Beauford; Richard Beaufort; Margaret Dora Beauford (Vause) and Margaret Dora Beaufort
Husband of Elizabeth Beaufort
Father of Thomas Beaufort, Sr.; Elizabeth DePriest; Mary Heflin; Ambrose Beaufort; Susannah Guy and 2 others
Brother of Valentine Perrott

Managed by: Patricia Norton Chong
Last Updated:

About John Beaufort

http://dickinson.so-ky.com/book/buford.htm

John Beaufort, b. 1642, Lancaster, County VA, d. April 18, 1772 Lancaster County, VA; m. April 11, 1662, Middlesex County, VA, Elizabeth Parrott, daughter of Margaret Haywood and Judge Richard Parrott. The sixth entrée on the register of Christ Church Middlesex County, 1655-1812 is the marriage of John Beauford and Elizabeth Parrot, April 11, 1662

  • Thomas Beaufort Sr., b. 1663, m. Mary
  • Ambrose Beaufort, b. 1665
  • Susannah Beaufort, b. 1667
  • Elizabeth Beaufort, b. 1669

From the book "The family of Early, which settled upon the eastern shore of Virginia and its connection with other families" by Ruth Hairston Early, p. 20.

On March 17, 1663, John Beafort and Francis Broughton received 300 acres of land on the south side of the Rappahannock in payment for the transportation of six persons.


AKA: Beaufort / Buford

Notes for John Buford: John Buford (or Beauford) is believed to have been the son of English emigrant Richard Beaufort and Margaret Dora Vause, daughter of John Vause (or Vaulx) who was an early emigrant of Middlesex Co., Virginia and who probably came to American from France in the mid 1600's. John Buford was born about 1642 in Lancaster Co.,Virginia and probably in Christ Church Parish.

John Buford and Elizabeth Parrot / Perrott marred on April 11, 1662 in Middlesex Co., Virginia. Their marriage was the 6th entry in the Register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co. (formerly Lancaster Co.), Virginia.

A deed from the Land office in Richmond, Virginia on March 1663 by Sir William Berkeley, Knight, Govenor of Virginia, granted John BEAUFORD and FRANCES Broughton 300 acres of land in Lancaster (now Middlesex) County on the south side of the Rappahancock River, due by and for the transportation of six persons".

On March 17, 1663, John Buford and Francis Boughton were granted 300 acres in the County of Lancaster (now Middlesex).

John Buford died on April 18, 1772 in Lancaster Co., Virginia, but it is not know when or where his wife Elizabeth died.[Clark Vinson.ged]

John Buford (orBeauford) is believed to have been the son of English emigrant Richard Beaufort and Margaret Dora Vause, daughter of John Vause(or Vaux) who was an early emigrant of Middlesex Co., VA and who probably came to American from France in the mid 1600's. John Buford was born about 1642 in Lancaster Co.,VA and probably in Christ Church Parish.

John Buford and Elizabeth Parrot / Perrott marred on April 11, 1662 in Middlesex Co., VA. Their marriage was the 6th entry in the Register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co. (formerly Lancaster Co.), VA.

A deed from the Land office in Richmond, VA on March 1663 by Sir WilliamBerkeley, Knight, Govenor of Virginia, granted John BEAUFORD and FRANCES Broughton 300 acres of land in Lancaster (now Middlesex) County on the south side of the Rappahancock River, due by and for the transportation of six persons".

On March 17, 1663, John Buford and Francis Boughton were granted 300 acres in the County of Lancaster (now Middlesex).

John Buford died on Aprl 18, 1772 in Lancaster Co., Virginia, but it is not know when or where his wife Elizabeth died. PRE-AMERICAN HISTORY AND EXTRACTS FROM WILLS AND DEEDS

Beaufort, BEAUFORD, BUFFORD AND BUFORD

The name Beaufort , or as it came to America, Beauford, is French, and as a family name extremely rare, being essentially a place name, meaning "beautiful fort or castle." It grew into a family name during the Eleventh and Twelfth centuries, from the ownership of such places, the lords or masters being spoken of as "De Beaufort," of, or belonging to, the beautiful castle.

The given names of both the English and American families, such as John, Thomas, William, Richard and Robert, are Norman, and came to England with the North men.

By referring to the extracts below from old English wills and deeds, it will be seen that the progenitors of the Bufords in America were in England long before John of Gaunt adopted the name Beaufort for his children or the French Huguenots had emigrated.

John of Gaunt came into possession of the castle of Beaufort, in the Province of Anjou, in France, at the close of the Thirteenth century, and from it named his children by Catherine Swinford "Beaufort." with the title of Duke of Somerset. This family became extinct with the John who was exiled to France and killed in the Battle of Tewsburg, in 1470. An illegitimate branch of this family was given the name of "Somerest," and in 1682 the title Duke of Beaufort.

There has been, from the earliest day, a tradition in the family in America that they were descendants of John of Gaunt; but this could be only through the female side of the house, and they could then have no legitimate claim to the name of Beaufort, and could come by it only by adoption.

Beaufort City and Co., South Carolina, were evidently so-called in honor of the Duke of that name, one of the "Lords Proprietors," whose descendants still own vast estates in Somerset and Wales, though mortgaged and impoverished of later generations to the extent that the present incumbent of the title recently felt compelled to put up huge tracts, forests and ruined castles for sale at public auction in order to secure for himself a regular meal ticket. The small town, Beaufort, in Monmouthshire, England, is located in the heart of the ducal ancestral domain, and Raglan and Chepstow castles were two of the magnificent ruins auctioned off and falling to bids of Yankee millionaires a few years since.

The French Beauforts originated with the children of Henry IV and Gabrille d'Estrees, who became Duchesse De Beaufort, from an estate of the name in Champagne, France, which belonged to her family in 1590 to 1600 - too late for the English Buffords to be descended from them. Some members of this family, French Huguenots to England after the edict of Nantes, and their descendants are still found in that country and this. They are "Beauforts," having never changed the spelling of their name.

The first English Beauforts came over with William the Conqueror, and got their name, as did the Dukes of Beaufort, in Belgium, in the Tenth century, from the Castle of Beaufort, in Namur, Belgium.

If they brought any titles with them, none have survived in England, and they became knights, dignitaries of the church, merchants, husbandmen, yeomen, and men of position in every walk of life.

It is not possible, with the data now in possession of the writer, to connect the America family immediately with the English Buffords. While this is most unsatisfactory, there is no doubt that they are one and the same, and the search for documentary proof which is still going on will probably establish the fact and show which Richard or John was the emigrant to this country and the progenitor of the family in America.

Many members of our family in the United States still spell the name Beauford, having never allowed the change to Buford, which gradually came to be the accepted from. It is readily seen how the change to Bufford would come about in England, when one remembers that few people in the Tenth century, the Eleventh, and even down to the Thirteenth, could read or write, and that literary attainment were confined chiefly to the clergy, lawyers, clerks, etc. Of course, it was impossible to convey to a clerk any way of spelling a name other than phonetically, and he wrote what seemed to him to be the correct spelling. There are few of the old wills and deeds examined which do not contain several ways of spelling the name of the same person, and often it is only by close study and comparison that the web is untangled Please contact clarkvinson@yahoo.com if you find errors. Thank you

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John Beaufort's Timeline

1642
1642
Church of Christ Parish, Lancaster County, Virginia
1663
1663
Age 21
Christ Church, Lancaster, VA, USA
1663
Age 21
Lancaster, Virginia
1665
1665
Age 23
1667
1667
Age 25
1669
1669
Age 27
Weems, Lancaster, Virginia
1680
1680
Age 38
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
1683
1683
Age 41
St. Paul's Parish, New Kent County, Virginia Colony
1722
April 18, 1722
Age 80
Middlesex Co., Virginia