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Traffords of Oxfordshire

This group is dedicated to the discussion of the history of the Trafford family of Oxfordshire, England and their descendents all over the world.

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Comment by Ross Trafford on July 3, 2012 at 3:41pm

That makes me feel better - there are lots of lichens of various other colours on gravestones throughout that part of UK, so it makes sense.  But still, time takes its toll - these gravestones will be illegible before long, with the constant erosion caused by moisture, frost, lichens, etc.

Comment by Phil Wood on July 2, 2012 at 2:35pm

Hi Ross,

I'm not convinced it is graffiti - I've seen quite of a lot of it now and suspect it is a lichen of some sort.

Comment by Ross Trafford on July 2, 2012 at 7:37am

Hi Cathryn Jean (Trafford) Roberts, 

Welcome to our forum.  When I saw the photo that you posted in your home page, I knew you had been following in my tracks.  Here is my photo of the same gravestone:

I must admit that when I saw this gravestone (easily identifiable by the unfortunate green graffiti) during my visit to Kirtlington in 2009, I thought this was our Thomas.  Unfortunately, on closer inspection, the date of death is 1853, age 55 (our Thomas died in 1843, age 76).  Although the section with the date appears to have flaked off, you can still see the impression - also, you can see the headstone records inside the church.  This Thomas is a 2nd or 3rd cousin to our Thomas.

This headstone is at the edge of a rather large tree, which obscures a large corner of the graveyard (filled with nasty stuff like stinging nettles and who knows what else).  I am quite sure there are many other graves under the tree that just cannot be seen.  If that tree ever comes down, I suspect we might find what we are looking for.

Comment by Ross Trafford on August 13, 2011 at 9:26pm

I received the following image from fellow researcher and Trafford descendant, Jackie Hughes, from her copy of the book "Kirtlington; An Historical miscellany", by Henry Shellard:

Mr. Shellard recounted his recollections of Kirtlington from his childhood (probably about the 1920's).  The two notes above refer to the Old Bakehouse, and the Wakefield family.  The Wakefields were friends and neighbours of the Traffords in the early to mid 1800's (there are some intermarriages).  When the Traffords left Kirtlington in the 1840's, the Bakehouse ended up with the Wakefields until at least the 1920's.

Mr.Shellard makes mention of a set of Deeds for the Old Bakehouse.  It would be really nice to have a look at these deeds.  If anybody can suggest how to find them, please let me know.

All along, I have been suggesting that the Traffords sold the Old Bakehouse, when they left Kirtlington in the 1840's (probably around the time of Thomas Trafford's death in 1843), setting up a number of bake shops in Oxford, London and further afield.  The deeds may shed light of this mystery.

Please see my discussion of the Old Bakehouse at:


Comment by Ross Trafford on June 27, 2011 at 10:33pm

The Oxfordshire Archdeacon's Marriage Bonds shows the following entry:


   1708 | Trafford, Jacob | Hedington | Rollison, Elizth | Witney


"Rollison" is a probably mis-transcription of "Pollison".  This shows Jacob was already in Headington by 1708.  It should also  give you a starting date to begin searching for children in Headington.

Comment by David M Moore on June 27, 2011 at 7:23pm
Thanks for that Ross. I'll start trying to connect the elder Jacob to his assumed grandson and great-granddaughter. If your hypoyhesis about the move re Blenheim is correct, then Jacob's children may have been born in the Hors[ath/Headington area.
Comment by Ross Trafford on June 25, 2011 at 11:18am

Hi David,


Your Jacob is probably a grandson of Jacob Trafford (1680-1737) and Elizabeth Pollison.  This elder Jacob was born in Wendlebury and later moved to Headington / Horspath.  It is postulated that he moved  to take up work at the quarries when work began on the construction of Blenheim Palace (about 1704 I think).  In fact pretty much all the Traffords in the Headington / Horspath area descend from Jacob and Elizabeth.


The elder Jacob descends as follows:

   Richard Trafford (c1590-1642) and Alse - of Adderbury

      William Trafford (1619-1671) and Mary (-1647) - of Adderbury

         William Trafford (1647-1696) and Catherine (-1715) - of Wendlebury

            Jacob Trafford (1680-1737) and Elizabeth Pollison


I haven't tracked the descendants of Jacob and Elizabeth, but all the parish records can be obtained at


Another bunch of Traffords descend from Richard and Alse's other son Henry Trafford (1622-1680) also of Wendlebury, and some of his descendants who went from there to Kirtlington (my bunch).


We all appear to descend from Richard and Alse.

Comment by David M Moore on June 24, 2011 at 6:46pm

New member to the group!

My ggg-grandmother was Mary Trafford, bap. 25 Mar 1750 in Horspath, OXF. I believe that her parents were Jacob Trafford (b. abt 1725?) and Mary but would like any information that other members may have regarding Jacob's birth and marriage


David Moore, Kingston,Ontario,Canada

Comment by Ross Trafford on August 23, 2010 at 12:20pm
"Curiouser and curiouser"...

In 1851, William Trafford (Rebecca's brother) was living on Bath Street, Oxford, St. Clement's with his wife and family - occupation Baker. Though Lincoln's Inn is probably the one in London, and William is clearly in Oxford, several of his children were in various parts of London in 1851, all bakers (and more of them by 1861). William may have been to London frequently "keeping tabs on the family business".

I will not suggest incest as William was only 15 at the time of Sarah's birth. I suggest that Sarah listed her uncle William Trafford as a guardian of sorts, in the absence of a real father. Perhaps he took her under his wing.

It appears Sarah did not live with Rebecca and John, as she is not with the family in the 1841 or 1851 census - in fact I can't actually find her anywhere in those censuses (please help if you think you have her).
Comment by Janet Doreen Bott on August 23, 2010 at 2:57am
Hi there
I have her narriage certificate and it gives her father as William Trafford baker Lincolns Inn so that may help narrow it down although we do not know when this might have been and whether the information is true. I did a quick search of the 1851 census and there seemed to be only one William Trafford a labourer married to Elizabeth in London. Need to look further.


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