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Offline westcoastie

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James Rafter
« on: Saturday 20 January 18 00:00 GMT (UK) »
Looking for info such as exact birth date/place for James Rafter as well as his parents.
He was born about 1725 in Ireland and probably died sometime after 1798 in Greenwood, Cumberland, Pennsylvania. He was married to Barbara Meily/Meili, born about 1732 in PA.
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Re: James Rafter
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 20 January 18 08:01 GMT (UK) »
Where have you looked so far?
What was his religious denomination? That's important to know; so you know whether to look in Catholic, Anglican or Presbyterian sources.
Which part of Ireland?

Catholic registers can be found at registers.nli.ie - but you need to know which parish :-\
Many registers can be found at churchrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords.
Garrad (Suffolk, Essex, Somerset), Crocker (Somerset), Vanstone (Devon, Jersey), Sims (Wiltshire), Bridger (Kent)

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Re: James Rafter
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 20 January 18 09:11 GMT (UK) »
Very few church records exist for early 1700s.
Do you know his occupation?  Was there coal mining or other mining industry in the area to which he emigrated? 
Do you know where he is buried?   Some emigrants put their former Irish place name on their headstones.  Property and/or house names if any may also give clues.

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Re: James Rafter
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 24 January 18 18:35 GMT (UK) »
https://www.johngrenham.com/

Although this link is for a pay site, some basic information is free.
It will give you distribution of surname, including distribution at time of "Penders Census" 1659. This was not a full census as we have today, some info on the site will explain its shortcomings.

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Re: James Rafter
« Reply #4 on: Monday 12 February 18 11:10 GMT (UK) »
With that name I would strongly suspect he was from Wexford.
BRENNANx2 Davidstown/Taghmon,Ballybrennan; COOPER St.Helens; CREAN Raheennaskeagh/Ballywalter; COSGRAVE Castlebridge; CULLEN Lady's Island; CULLETON Forth Commons;CURRAN Hillbrook; DOYLE Clonee/Tombrack; FOX Knockbrandon; FURLONG Moortown; HAYESx2 Walsheslough/Wexford; McGILL Litter; MORRIS Forth Commons; PIERCE Lady's Island; POTTS Bennettstown; REDMOND Ballygarrett; ROCHEx2 Wexford; ROCHFORD Ballysampson/Ballyhit; SHERIDAN Monadurtlow; SINNOTT Wexford; SMYTH Gerry/Oulart; WALSH Kilrane/Wexford