Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Van Der Vord, Vanderford, Vandervoort, Vanderwood
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
Contact: Mrs Elaine MacGregor
1. Dutch: habitational name from a place called De Voerde in Friesland 2. Dutch: Americanized form of VANDERVOORT
The Vandervords 'migrated' from Canvey Island to Leigh-on-Sea where they became involved with shipping and the sea. Over the next hundred years they moved eastwards along the coast of Essex, ending up in Southend-on-Sea as 'Hoymen' - these were the masters and crew of Hoys (one masted coasting ketches or barges) and over the next 150 years the Vandervords owned or sailed 34 Thames Barges. They owned their own granary and vineyard and as well as carrying trading goods, they transported passengers from one village or town to the next or to the city of London. In the 1850's they had weekly sailings advertised from Southend to Pickle Herring Wharf in the Pool of London. The family were responsible for the building of the first chain pier long before the Southend Pier project of 1829 was commenced.
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