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Surnames: Landfare, Lanphere, Lanphear, Lamphier, Lamphere, Lanfier, Lanpher
You have gotten further back than I have! My brick wall is more recent than George and his wife. My husband's great-grandfather Willard Landfare (b. about 1816-1819, possibly Milford, NY) migrated with his wife Phebe Alexander to Wisconsin in 1850. Did you happen to come across Willard in your research? I have no definitive answer to his parentage after 25 years of intermittent research.
Perhaps the strategy I have decided on might be of interest to you as well. I have finally decided that we might get some answers through DNA testing, so we are in the process of having my husband's tested. I found no DNA project online for our myriad spellings of the surname, so I am starting a project. To establish markers for our family's DNA, we need a number of individuals with documented common ancestors to join and to submit their DNA for analysis. Right now I have hunches that Willard's family may have migrated from Rhode Island through Connecticut to upstate New York before Willard and his wife moved to Wisconsin. I hope to find out Willard's parentage, but I also want to establish whether the various lines with different spellings are or are not closely related and if they descended from George Lanphere of Westerly, RI.
If you are interested in participating, the DNA testing is being offered to Ancestry.com members at half price through September. I am an amateur and would welcome the addition of a more experienced co-administrator for this new project. Please feel free to join and possibly to help lead this project.
Thank you for joining the Lanphear / Lamfier / etc. list. We hope you will share your problems and findings regarding this family. You need only to join one spelling of the surname as messages are sent to all four I handle.