Many descendants of William Medford of Spartanburg, SC believe that he immigrated from Ireland because of information printed in Medford's of the South and Related Families Volume II By James Elmer Medford and Joseph W.B.H. Medford - March 1988.
William's son, William J. Medford states his father was born in SC in the 1900 census. William's son Luke Rupert Medford states that his father was born in SC in the 1880 census. Medfords have been in South Carolina since at least the mid-1700s. Matilda Demsey's parents Barnett and Winiford lived in Spartanburg, SC. According to the 1790
census there was a John Medford living in Spartanburg, SC that had one male under 16 and one over in his house hold. This William would have been six years old at the time so it is very likely that his father is John Medford.
You might be surprised to learn that Medfords have been in the United States since the mid-1600s. In 1631 there was a shipmaster from the port of London named Richard Medford that frequented Virginia. In 1664-1678 there was a John Medford and a Robert Medford that were captains of the ship Humphrey & Elizabeth which sailed for the East India Company. In 1670, John Medford purchased land in Rappahannock County, VA. We know that John had at least two sons named Henry and Jarrett, both born prior to 1717. By 1734, Henry Medford slid further south into Richmond County, VA. I believe that this is the father of the early Carolina Medfords Henry, Jeptha, John and also a daughter
named Rachel (who married William Sandford III).
I am sure that everything you have on the descendants of William Gordon Medford is accurate, but there is no evidence to substantiate his parentage or the parentage of any person between William Gordon Medford and Edmund Medford.
I have started a Medford DNA project and website to help get to the bottom of this and to help spread the truth about our genealogy. I thought you might want to know.
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