RESEARCH WISH LIST
Aside from sorting out the missing information indicated above, there are several
issues that we just can't seem to solve. If you can help with any of the following, please contact me at the email link
The will of David Barnfather
of Garthside, who died in 1789, mentions his grandson, Lewis Barnfather. Unfortunately, he does not
say who Lewis' father (or mother) was. A Lewis Barnfather, weaver, died at Brampton in 1803 and is buried at Lanercost
Priory; in his will, he mentions his 'wife and children,' but does not include their names. He does mention a David
Barnfather of Garthside (a David subsequent to the one mentioned above lived at Garthside at that time). In 1790,
a Lewis Barnfather of Lanercost parish (within which Garthside falls) married Isabella Thompson at Westward parish.
This couple went back Garthside, where they had son Thomas in 1791 and then to Brampton, where they had Sarah (1793) and George
(1802) baptised. John Barnfather of Brampton, a weaver, who census records indicate was born about 1801, married Ann
Armstrong and had several children, including a Lewis and an Isabella. This suggests that there may be a
connection to Lewis of Garthside. We are looking for the birth, baptism and parents of John.
The tenancy of the Barnfathers at Hardhurst
farm in Lanercost, Cumberland, is an ongoing concern. While many people are of the opinion that
George Barnfather, the first tenant there who appears to have had a family born and raised there, was the son of Gilbert Barnfather
of Kirkoswald, there has been no record found proving this and it seems unlikely to me. Immediately preceding George
at Hardhurst was Jenet Barnfather, who suceeded John Craghill in 1671. There has been no record found
to date of just who this Jenet Barnfather was (i.e., was she born a Barnfather, or was she married to a Barnfather?).
There were two Jannet Barnfathers, mother and sister of Clement Barnfather, butcher, in Carlisle in 1640,
as mentioned in Clement's will of that year. Clement and his mother are mentioned in conjunction with some records taken
from the defunct St. Alban's Church, Carlisle, and Jannet Barnfather, widow, was a freeholder of property within St. Alban's
parish in 1660 - just 11 years before Jenet Barnfather shows up at Hardhurst. Also mentioned in these records are persons
named Craggell and places well outside Carlisle, including Hayton and Triermain that lie closer
to Lanercost. Determining who Jenet Barnfather of Hardhurst was and what her connection to George Barnfather who
followed her at Hardhurst might be might depend on finding what relationship may have existed between Jenet and John Craghill.
A search has been made at the Carlisle Record Office for a Craghill will that might help in this matter and was
unsuccessful. This is an ongoing investigation and I welcome any information or suggestions you might have.
STOP THE PRESSES!
The answers to the questions regarding Lewis Barnfather and his connection
to the Barnfathers of Garthside, Lanercost, and Brampton have been found within the registers of the Presbyterian Church of
Lewis Barnfather was baptised on 8 March 1766, the son of
Margaret Barnfather of Garthside. Margaret was the daughter of David Barnfather of Garthside whose 1789 will mentions
his grandson, Lewis.
Lewis eventually married Isabella Thompson (1790, Westward) and they had two
children baptised: Thomas 1791 in Lanercost and Sarah 1793 in Brampton. Subsequent to that, they had the following
children baptised at the Brampton Presbyterian Church: David (1795); Joseph (1798); John (born 1800, baptised 1802);
and George (1802).
We have John Barnfather (who census records indicate was
born about 1800) living in Brampton with wife Ann (Armstrong), with children that include Lewis and Isabella.
Further, we now have a letter written by Lewis Barnfather,
son of John Barnfather, grandson of John b. 1800 in Brampton, in which he mentions his great-grandfather, Lewis Barnfather.