I have compiled a chronology of the name Wafer - mainly in England - Wales - Ireland from original documents. Francis Wafer who came to America in the 1700's was no doubt a descendent of the Anglo-Norman Wafres who came to Ireland from the Welsh borderland. See below:
Wafer Chronology England & Wales
Research by Denise Sallee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
n.d. Waffyer or Waffre had a coat of arms. Hampton, Wales.
n.d. Robert Wafre tenant to Roger de Lacy (place?)
n.d. Symon le Wafre v John le Wafre in Wynedole [Norfolk]
n.d. Robert de Wafre in Thorp (Norfolk)
n.d. Walter le Wafre (his daughter Catherine married William-Ruse) seated at Dinnington in Hoxon Hundred, Suffolk.
n.d. Wafre Wavre located n., Belgium.
1066 Wafre - Roll of Battle Abbey [The Roll of Battle Abbey contains the names of several hundred of the noble companions of William the Conqueror.]
12th and 13th C Le Wafre family - Cleobury North - Hopton Wafre. Held lands immediately under Lords of Brecknock [Brecon].
1130 - Rogerus Wafre (Waffers) was the 1st Wafre at Hopton Wafres. Walter de Cropus (ancestor of Le Wafre) held Cleobury North until Le Wafre took over.
@1350 Thomas le Waffre Hereford (Welsh Borders) at Tedstone Wafre [11 miles east of Leominster] and Hampton Wafre.
Lucia le Wafre married Roger de Mortimer of Chirk. Her father was Lord of Hopton, Robert le Wafre (1220).
Alice, Roberts mother had her death day annually celebrated in Hereford Cathedral.
By 1286 le Wafre lands passed to Mortimer.
n.d. John le Wafre Harston (Hereford)
n.d. Eobertus Le Wafre; Robert Le Wafre and wife (eldest daughter of Eager de Baskerville).
1212 Simon le Wafrer
1227 Ralph Le Waverer
1250 Le Wafrur
@1250 Simon de Wafre and wife Petronella
- Robert le Wafre and Agnes, his wife, in Ravenyngham (Norfolk) . Also William le Wafre.
- Robert le Wafre and Margaret his wife.
1278 Robert Le Wafre and Nicholas Comyn are nominated by the wife of John Comyn to be her attorneys in Ireland.
@1300 Mabel Wafre. Abbess of Godstow, endowed land for Trinity College, Oxford Univ.
1303 Robert and Geoffrey Le Wafre in Sturmer, Essex
1386 William Wafre de Toft Monachorum (Norfolk)
1392 Thomas Wafre, Canonici Eccl. Sancti [Exeter?]
Wafer Chronology Ireland
n.d. Nicholas Waffre appointed Vicar of church at Serine. Appointed by Philip Wafre.
1205-1210 Walter Wafre
1225-1250 Radulfus la Wafre a free citizen of Dublin
1278 - Robert Le Wafre and Nicholas Comyn are nominated by the wife of John Comyn* [in England] to be her attorneys in Ireland.
* John Comyn was the 1st Anglo-Norman Archbishop of Dublin @1191
1292 William Wafre (le Wafere) in Corbally, Meath
1303-1427 - Wafer shows up on Patent Rolls in Leinster
1337-1351 Philip Wafre, Abbot of St. Marys Dublin [stated he probably came from Shropshire (Hereford) family.
1374 Nicholas Waffre with Thomas Burley near Carbury, Co. Meath [East of Edenderry (current Co. Kildare) [Near Trinity Well]
1388 - Thomas Wafre, anon
1391 Thomas Wafre canon of Dublin St. Patricks. Also mentioned, Johannis Wafre.
1402 Rev. Nicholas Wafre, vicar of Church of St. Columb, Skryne, Meath
1438 John Wafre in a Dublin will
1462 Margery Waffre [Weafer?] widow granted lands in Parsontoun, Co. Kildare.
1472 - Katherine Waffure listed in an inventory in Howth.
1473 Edmund Wafyr (and Ann Petyte his wife) ordained executors in Garristown.
1534 Wafer a captain for Thomas Fitz-Gerald nr Fingal, Kildare.
1536 Peter Waffre listed as the kings enemey [Dublin?]
1544 Nicholas Wafer Meath
1598 Wafer (various) Meath
1598 Waffer Ballemoy, Ballighkeen, Wexford
1628/1631 Elizabeth Wafer alias Plunkett, widow, Dublin listed in prerogative grant.
1634 Roger Wafer, gentleman, Guyanstown, Co. Meath listed in prerogative grant.
1640 Thomas and Francis Wafer, Gory, Wexford
1641 Maraget, daughter of William Wafer, buried. Dublin.
1650 Felix, son of William Wafer, buried. Dublin.
1953 Rose Wafer buried. Dublin.
1740 Elizabeth Waffer buried. Dublin.
1745 James Whafre, Dublin linendraper, listed in prerogative grant.
1767 George Wafer and Marks Wafer named in will of R. Burkitt of Cookstown, Co. Wexford.
1848-64 Wafer name appears mainly in Co. Wexford.
- Weafer name appears x4 in Co. Wexford and x1 in Dublin.
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