The statement in a marriage entry of that time that the person was "of this
parish" or "of the parish of Llanfair" doesn't mean that he was *born*
in the parish of Llanfair -- merely that he was a resident there at the time of the
marriage and it didn't take a great deal to establish residency. Llanfair Caereinion
is so close to the Shropshire border, I think you should follow the Shropshire WOOF(E)
lines to locate his christening or look in other nearby border parishes (both sides) if
not found in the Llanfair Caereinion registers (parish church or nonconformist).
I have searched the 1851 Census for Montgomeryshire (CD pub. by Powys FHS) and found no
persons in the entire county with the surname WOOF(E).
I also doubt that the vicar/clerk would've said "Llanfair" if he was
referring to any other parish if the marriage took place nearby.
Having said all that, there is a Llanfair in Radnorshire, on the border with Herefordshire
-- Llanfair Llythyfynwg or Gladestry.
I notice the IGI shows a William WOOFE and wife Cecily having a daughter, Mary, christened
in Cardington, Shropshire, in 1818. (They also group the surname with WOLF, WOLFE,
WOOLFE, etc.) WOOFE seems to be very much a Westmoreland surname if the IGI entries are
anything to go by.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2006 4:14 PM
Subject: [Dyfed] WOOF (E)
My 3xgt grandfather farmed in Montgomeryshire and I believe descends from the Shropshire
However his marriage(1818) entry states that he was from Llanfair. There is no trace of
the name in Llanfair Caereinion so I am trying all the other Llanfair possibilities. Has
anyone come across this surname in the counties covered by this list.
Jan McB ( NZ)
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