Ex-pat's surname project connects centuries of Staniforths - but he needs your help

Photo from Sheffield native Nathan of his great uncle Winsors first cousin, Samuel Heaton Staniforth. Born 1914 died 1998. He lived in the family home on Brook Lane, Hackenthorpe
Photo from Sheffield native Nathan of his great uncle Winsors first cousin, Samuel Heaton Staniforth. Born 1914 died 1998. He lived in the family home on Brook Lane, Hackenthorpe
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A history-lover from Sheffield has set up a website to link people with the Staniforth name all around the world and is calling for help to keep it growing.

Nathan Staniforth, 25, who grew up in Hackenthorpe has been collecting information about the history of his family name to create a 'One-surname-project'.

Photo of Nathan Staniforth who created the Staniforth Society and his aunt Geraldine Poynton taken in Rochfortbridge, Ireland during one of many family visits.

Photo of Nathan Staniforth who created the Staniforth Society and his aunt Geraldine Poynton taken in Rochfortbridge, Ireland during one of many family visits.

He emigrated to Texas five years ago but decided to carry on the work of his grandfather Anthony Heaton Staniforth who had begun looking into his direct family line a decade earlier.

He has now set up the The Staniforth Society, a website made up of over three years of research, starting with his own personal story that can be traced back Henry Stannyforthe, a farmer who was buried in 1575 in St James’ Church, Norton.

This has helped him gain an even wider understanding of the Staniforth name even linking many people worldwide.

"I recently discovered a line of Staniforths that emigrated to Quebec in the mid 1800's and settled in a region named Arundel. I was able to find the distant descendants of this family and I was amazed to get in contact with French speaking people still bearing the Staniforth name.

Photo from Sheffield native Nathan of his great uncle Albert Heaton Staniforth with his tractor on a farm on White Lane. He was born 1930 and died 2010.

Photo from Sheffield native Nathan of his great uncle Albert Heaton Staniforth with his tractor on a farm on White Lane. He was born 1930 and died 2010.

"What shocked me even more was I discovered this line linked up with my own line of Staniforths that lived in Eckington."

He hopes the website will connect Staniforths around the world, no matter how distant a link to the name they may be.

"I also try to find Staniforths in various countries and in most cases they know next to nothing on the family before they emigrated, so it's great to be able to share a little bit about Sheffield and their earlier Ancestors."

He has achieved some great things so far, such as linking cousins who's ancestors both emigrated to America at different times but originated in Rawmarsh, notable for the Staniforth bakery.

Photo from Sheffield native Nathan of his great Winsor Heaton Staniforth on his BSA Motorbike. Born 1914 died 1998.

Photo from Sheffield native Nathan of his great Winsor Heaton Staniforth on his BSA Motorbike. Born 1914 died 1998.

"The two lines had no idea about each other and when I joined them together they were over the moon to be in contact with cousins."

"Another more recent discovery was found using the Ancestry DNA project. I had a DNA match with a woman from Beighton. Her mother passed away during childbirth and her father remarried.

"The step mother had some children of her own and she was raised with them as Step siblings. When I found out who her father was I was able to tell her that her fathers mother was actually a sister to the step mothers-mother, meaning she was being raised with blood cousins without ever realising it.

"We believe the Father never told her as obviously it was a first cousin marriage, however she was delighted as she said people always told them how alike they looked. She said I made her life giving her that information."

Nathan has also discovered he isn't the only Staniforth to have emigrated to the USA.

"I discovered a Staniforth man living here in Texas of all places, he is a Pastor and does work in villages along the Texas-Mexico border, he was born in Leicestershire and his family moved in the 1980s. I've since worked his line back to the 1700s."

The website launched this year, and it consists of history that Nathan has collected from archives, transcribing wills and from newspapers.

However it still isn't finished.

"I have a couple of goals. There is three lines of Staniforths that I am determined to link back to Sheffield. One was in Lincolnshire in the 1800s, another is in Leicestershire and then there is another lot that settled around the Hull area in villages such as Whitgift and Adlingfleet."

He is still looking for more Staniforths to get in contact regarding their family history, in hopes to tie them into the family tree, whether from Sheffield or further afield.

Are you a Staniforth? Get in touch.

You can e-mail Nathan at nathanstaniforth@outlook.com or visit the website at www.staniforthfamily.com for more information.