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This is the website of those
members of the Dufty family who are descended from the marriage in 1698 in
Nottingham (St Mary's Church) of
John Dufty and Joan
Smith, both of Epperstone. His date of birth may have been 1673.
John died in 1732 and Joan in 1723.
Members of this family lived in Epperstone, Thurgarton and Lambley, all in
It seems that prior to about this date the
family name was spelt Doughty. Presumably this was pronounced as in
"enough", not as in baker's "dough", and was subsequently spelt with an "f"
because that was how it sounded. The name is NOT connected with the name
Duffy, which occurs much more frequently than Dufty, and all Dufty's know that
people often annoyingly think the name is Duffy because that is familiar and so
they miss-read it as that!
Some records indicate that John Dufty had four
or five (?younger) brothers called Harry, Bryan, Joseph, Henry and Benjamin, but
we do not know their dates of birth. There was some confusion as to
whether Bryan Dufty was a brother or a son, and it seems most likely that there
was one of each. The only information we have is that a Bryan Dufty,
presumably brother, was married in 1711 to Ann King, another, presumably son to
John or Bryan, we have assumed John, was born in 1712, and one died in 1726.
This could have been either of them.
The name was spelt Dufty in the records that
have been found. If anyone reading this has any information about these
people, perhaps having traced their own family tree to any of them, we would
like to hear from you and link up with you. We are distant cousins!
Of note is that the spelling of the brothers surname was possibly Doughty and
Enormous thanks are due to Margaret Parker,
born in Doncaster on 11 April 1916, and currently living in Scotland, who did
much research in record offices and constructed most of this family tree.
Her Mother's maiden name was Dufty. Equally enormous thanks to Neal Dufty,
born in USA in 1922, lived all his life in USA and died there in 1994. He
and Margaret contacted each other in the 1970's and met on two occasions.
They put their parts of the jigsaw puzzle together and each gave the other vital
The website is constructed as a family tree,
however, below are links to various stages of the tree to aid navigation.
A family reunion took place in 1977 at
Kelmscott Manor in England. Click here
To see the next part of the family tree, i.e. John and Anne's children,
Links have been removed to living Duftys to
respect privacy and security
Website contacts can be made to Jean Dufty: jean.mkdufty
or the website administrator Alan. alan at dufty.net
Alan can be contacted either by phone on (44)
(0)1688 302075 or email administrator at dufty.net (no hyperlinks to
avoid spam). You are very welcome to join us in helping construct this
site or administrating it.