Using the IGI,
the five parishes in Hampshire with the highest number
of Barfoot baptisms are:
Bishop's Waltham (155),
Botley (51), Portsea, St Mary's (25),
South Stoneham (25)
and Droxford (16). All of these parishes
are in a fairly small area, and if Portsea, St Mary's is excluded, the parishes
form a contiguous block. (It is worth noting that the baptisms in Portsea, with
a single exception, do not start until into the 19th century, whilst the
baptisms in the other four parishes start considerably earlier.)
Of course, using the IGI in this way is fairly dubious - some parishes
have many more people in them than others, and so more Barfoots would
be expected, also many parishes are not covered by the IGI and it is
quite possible that one of these may have had a large number of Barfoots.
Nevertheless it seems possible that these Barfoots are all from one
The Barfoots in Botley and in South Stoneham both appeared in the 1730s
and 1740s with two brothers, Thomas
and James Barfoot, grandsons
of an Edward Barfoot,
living in the tithing of Curdridge
(in the south-west extreme of the parishof Bishop's Waltham) in the 1650s.
During the 19th century, a number of Barfoot families were living in the
the newly created parish of Hedge End
(formed from part of Botley and South Stoneham).
The ancient parishes boundaries in the Bishop's
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Note: This area is covered by sheets 185 and 196 in the
Ordnance Survey Landranger series of maps.
Sadly however, these do not mark parish boundaries.