I am tracking my family roots from Cornwall England (~1170) when the first Parish records of the name appear as Half-acre. The time-line was disrupted during the English Civil Wars when parish records were destroyed. The name resurfaces in the 18th-19th centuries, but the hyphen was absent and the surname sometimes became Halfacre or Halfacree. I believe that they have the same ancestory but I have found no definite proof. I have tracked the Halfacre surname from England to America where Elizabeth Halfacre was the earliest possible relative I could find who went to America in the 1790s.
I am interested in writing a historical novel to include several chapters on the Civil War from a Confederate perspective. The theme would include the debilitating effects of Malaria on significant numbers of Confederate troops. As you may be aware, Quinine was denied the South through boycott, an early example of bio-warfare.
When researching for the book I came across many names of Confederate soldiers, but fewer Union ones, with the surname Halfacre. The name clustered in Army units from Tennessee and Mississippi.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. I like the thought of having relations in the US. I met a number of Americans while serving in South Vietnam and we worked well together.
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