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JULY 31st 2011



I have to admit – I’m rather chuffed with myself. Finding that clue was a real milestone. Like everybody, I’ve been stuck for years. The process of finding Willy and ANT truly seemed to be guided by unseen hands. I keep looking at it, trying to find out where I went right… everything clicks into place very nicely. So, bravo me.

Of course, this gateway opens up mucho extra research. Frankly, I can do without that – I was really trying to bring this epic saga to an end; just as the finish line is in sight, this happens and I realise I have to run another one.

So if any of you are feeling inspired to dip into Triffitt pre-history – PLEASE DO.

BUT, seeing as I gave you the clue – you gotta tell me your conclusions. Deal?



Remember – this is a a working file. I’m going straight to press, as it were. Every day new additions to the first three chapters. Sometimes there’ll be oddities, repetitions, links that don’t work. Give the chapter a day – come back to it then. At present all I can do is put facts together in what will one day be a coherent fashion. There isn’t much art in the writing just yet.


ALL BELOW IS REDUNDANT NOW but this was the clue:

GEORGE RIPLEY courtesy CHRIS TRIFFITT: A look at the spelling of the surname used on various documents raises an interesting point. The name appears as TRUFIT when the youngest son was baptized in 1749 but as TRIFFIT when the eldest son, another William, was married at Whixley in 1755. It had become TREAFIT by 1770 when William’s probate documents were prepared, but Hannah’s Will executed in 1772 uses the spelling TRIFFIT, and the Administration Bond of 1774, although drafted in the name of TREAFIT is signed TRIFFIT’ by Edward who was joint executor with his sister, Mary. The Landlord and the Vicar did not know how to spell the surname but the family knew. I believe that the family had some treasured document bearing Will’s full name which they had been were able to produce when Hannah’s Will was drafted.

As a standard spelling was not used by the great and the good of the area in which the family lived it seems obvious that William was the first Triffitt to live in the Cattal area. If this was indeed the case William could not have inherited his farm, and it is inconceivable that he, a stranger to the village, could have acquired the tenancy (or the freehold). William must have married a farmer’s daughter.

Sadly we don’t know Hannah’s maiden name.

Thanks to DIANNA BISSET  here are some more clues:

futher to will’s dad (William ) born about 1712 I have been looking at variations of spelling and by chance found another branch of my family (Bateman) actually married into the triffet’s in 1640. He married an Ann Triffit who was actually an Anna Tyrwyhit in some records – so then following the Tyrwyhit path, where many have their names spelt triffit or and of about 20 different variations, they all live on the great north road (A1) and go back to 1200′s so another avenue to search.



REMEMBER – pronounce the ‘W’ as a ‘V’ .


I haven’t had a chance to follow it, just a cursory glance. Rich pickins.


I recently found a note from my father (who died in 2003) concurring that “the important thing is to find the birthplace and date of (Alpha) William Triffitt (Treafit)” – having drawn a blank with Triffitt and Treafit he intended to research TREWITT and TRUIT as he found many references to these names in the records of Bramham, a village on the old A1 just south of Wetherby. As you say above, there are so many potential spellings – I suppose it is inevitable at a time when country folk could neither read nor write. Truit is interesting as abt. 1743 William and Sarah’s son Thomas (b. 17 April 1763), James’s brother had 5 children, all of whom are shown as being Truitt or Truite in the records.

FINALLY, I think we have a second confirmatory date for the demise of WILLIAM!!! [James’ father] 


By chance I came across the following:
which shows a precise date for the death of William – 17 December 1772  i.e. 2 days after Sarah died. I asked the webmaster about a week ago what evidence he had to support this but have not yet heard anything. If this proves to be true I guess another of your theories could turn into reality.   It also gives me a date to aim at when I finally get to the Records Office in Northallerton.


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  1. Susan Johnson / Nov 14 2010 6:51 pm

    I have three grandchildren who are descendants of William b 1730.. What a goldmine of
    Regards and thanks for all your hard work..

    William-1/James-2/William-3/Martha-4/Eveline-5 McDonald/Noel-6 Keogh/Keogh-7/Keogh-8

    • thedogster / Nov 14 2010 7:06 pm

      Bless you Susan, it’s always great to get feedback. I’m amazed at how many people come thru. Enjoy pouring thru it – don’t forget Mary Higgins. Her life is actually more interesting than the Triffitt side.
      Thanks again – think of it as my gift to your grandchildren.

  2. Chris Triffitt / Jan 5 2011 9:22 am

    Interesting also that the Tyrwyhitt connection is mentioned as a ‘flight of fancy’ in George Ripley’s document.

    In 2011 Charles Tyrwyitt (pronounced Tirrit) is a noted British Clothes Retailer, see following Wikipedia links:

    Chris Trifftt

  3. Chris Triffitt / May 10 2011 11:26 am

    Nigel – you’ve been busy! Need a few days to catch up with all the new stuff. Had a good time Tasmania. Chris.

  4. Chris Triffitt / Aug 1 2011 5:04 pm

    Brilliant progress Nigel. I’m really chuffed that my Dad was on the right track too with TREWITT and Bramham. Am going to Northallerton in mid August. Let me know if there is anything specific you want me to have a look at there. Unfortunately don’t believe Bramham records are there as it’s in the West Riding – probably at Borthwick Institute in York – might be able to make it there if you have anything. Eerie too that I lived with my parents and sister in Low Way, Bramham during the 50’s!

    Keep on going!!


    • thedogster / Aug 2 2011 10:20 pm

      Thanks Chris, I’m quite proud of myself, cracking THAT code. Amazing. Now, of course, I have to write, research, write…It’s fascinating to read your father’s document and see where he got it right and where he got it wrong. I’ve very close to him over the last few days, reading his stuff very carefully.Now I have to go to bed.nig

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