Would like to hear from anyone who has conducted research which might relate to the following:
There appears in New York City one John Basford -- earliest record in April 1692; last record so far located in Nov 1705. Records are incomplete. Nearly all records are documents to which he was a witness. Married in 1696.
When admitted to the freedom of the City of New York in 1695, he was recorded as "John Basford, Gentleman."
Presumably that description indicated that he was from a landed family.
Based on his earliest appearance in the records and the date of marriage, it is reasonable to infer a birth in the 1660s.
Have seen the LDS abstracts of parish records of baptisms and marriages, and am looking for research conducted in UK that goes beyond that.