The Jeffers Family of Belleville, New York
Descendants of Joseph Jeffers Revolutionary Veteran
Florence Jeffers O'Connell lived in Belleville, New York on Swan Road. Florence was married in Selby, South Dakota to John O'Connell. Florence was born in Fredrick, South Dakota to James Jeffers and Ida May Jeffers. Florence lived with her husband for many years in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Her border crossing record shows that she is of Welsh ancestry.
Florence's father James Jeffers was born in Pinckney, Lewis County, New York. At some point he moved to South Dakota at a time when many of his uncles and cousins had already moved west. James owned a grain mill in the town of Fredrick, South Dakota.
James Jeffers' father Benjamin Jeffers and his mother Sophia Gabrion Jeffers moved to Belleville, New York. After the death of Benjamin and Sophia two of the daughters lived in the family home in Belleville. When the two daughters health failed Florence and her husband came to Belleville and eventually they sent to South Dakota for Florence's mother Ida May to come live with them. Ida May lived in Belleville until her death and then her body was shipped back to South Dakota to be next to her husband and children. Florence and John O'Connell are buried in Woodside Cemetery outside Belleville. Sophia and Benjamin Jeffers are the next block over in the same cemetery with some of their children.
James' father Benjamin Jeffers was born in Lewis County, NY the son of Benjamin Jeffers Sr. and Sarah Millard. Benjamin Jeffers Sr. died while in Wisconsin for business. New records show that Benjamin is probably buried in an old cemetery in Rutland. Benjamin's wife Sarah is buried in Pinckney Corners Cemetery. This headstone I believe is now missing along with many family head stones. Benjamin's second wife Wealthy Hart Jeffers is buried with her family in Barnes Corners.
Benjamin's parents were Joseph Jeffers and Eunice Giddings. Joseph is buried in the Pinckney Corners Cemetery along with a few family members.
Sarah Millard Jeffers headstone, Joseph Jeffers headstone, Adeline Jeffers headstone, Alma Jeffers Clark headstone. Some of the family were married into the Riordan clan and they are in the Jeffers plot.
Below the Pinckney Corners Cemetery. Not an easy one to find!
Below are recent photos of the same headstones above and one or two others:
Wealthy Jeffers is Buried with Richard Hart. I'm not certain of the relation.
Below is what is left of Joseph Jeffers headstone.
Jeffers Family Notes:
Mrs.. Sophia Jeffers
Belleville. Oct. 1—After an illness of five months of constant and acute suffering. Mrs. Sophia Gabion Jeffers, entered into rest st 10:30 am. Oct. 14. of her 73th year. She was a native of New Hampshire, coming to this state with her parents when about 18 years of age. In 1848 she was mar ried to Benjamin Jeffers of Lewis county. Seven children were born to them, of whom two sons. James E. of Frederick SD, and W. B of Smithviile, and two daughters, Misses Mary and Dora, survive.
During her long illness she received the constant and loving care of her daughters, who let nothing undone that could contribute to ber comfort. Mrs. Jeffers bad been a member of the M. E. [Methodist Episcopal] church about 5 years, faithful to its interests snd a constant attendant upon its services until [illegible]. She retained ber mental faculties to a remarkible degree until tbe last moment. Her funeral will be held tbis afternoon at the family home, her pastor. Rev E. L. Sbenari conducting tbe service. Interment will be at the Woodside cemetery beside ber husband, who died several years ago.
W. B. Jeffers.
News was received here today of the death of W. B. Jeffers, a former resident of Belleville, in Das Moines, Iowa. Mr. Jeffera died Thursday. He was
between 40 and 45 years of age and was a prominent real estate dealer in Das Moines. He had resided in the ¦west for the last seven years. The body will be brought to Belleville for Interment. The funeral will be held In the Methodist Episcopal church. The exact time for the funeral will not be determined until It is ascertained when the body will arrive. Mr. Jeffers was unmarried. He is survived by two sisters, Mary A. and A. Eldora Jeffers, both of Sackets
Harbor, and a brother. J. E. Jeffers of Frederick, S. D.
Attend Funeral of Brother.
Saeksts Harbor, Feb. 4.—The Misses Mary A. and A. Eldora Jeffers were called to Belleville to attend tbe funeral of their brother, W. B. Jeffers,who
died in Des Moines, lows, Jan. 90, 1918.
Charles E. Clark Suffered a stroke of paralysis Friday night, from which cause death occurred at 10 o'clock Sunday night. Mr. Clark was the son
of Alma Jeffers and William Henry Cark and was born in the town of Pinckney 72 years ago. He enlisted in 1861 In the 135th New York Volunteers;
afterwards enlisted in the New York cavalry, and in the two and one half years, of his service he was engaged in nine battles. Mr. Clark has been in the hotel business for many years and was well and favorably known. He conducted hotels at Barnes Corners, Adams, and ten years ago came to Copenhagen and purchased the Davenport house, of which he was proprietor at the time of his death. Mr. Clark was a good hotel man and was noted for his kind heart
and helpfulness In time of trouble. He leaves beside his wife one daughter, Miss Ruth Clark, and one son, Robert E. Clark, all of Copenhagen.
Prayers was said from his late home Wednesday morning, Rey. William Thomas officiating The remains were taken to Adams, where Rising Star Lodge, F. and A. M., of which Mr. Clark wad a member, conducted services at the grave. Members of Orient Lodge, F. and A. M., of Copenhagen, accompanied the relatives and friends to Adams.
Images of DAR Application of Membership in regards to the Howe family as connected to Joseph Jeffers:
From "History of Lewis County" page 210:
Lucius F., the son of Tyrannus A. and Mary C. Wright, was born in the town of Denmark Jan 3, 1808. He was educated in the common schools of those days, and the Lowville Academy. At the age of twenty he began teaching in the district schools of the county, which profession he followed for thirteen winters, and afterwards adopted the occupation of farmer. On the 16 of march, 1834, he married Margaret Armstrong, third daughter of James Armstrong, of Pinkney. She died Nov. 27th, in that same year, leaving one child, Margaret Amelia, who afterward married the Hon. Cyrus L. Sheldon. He was again married November 12, 1835, to Ann M. Jeffers, daughter of Benjamin Jeffers , of Pinckney.
He held the office of School Inspector for the town of Pinckney from 1829 to 1840, with the exception of one year, and was captain of the militia company of Pinckney for five years. From 1848 to 1866 he wa a resident of the town of Lowville, and while residing there was three times elected as Justice of the Peace. In 1866 he removed to Copenhagen, where he still resides.
From "History of Lewis County" page vi
Wright Lucius F., p o Copenhagen, retired cheese manufacturer and farmer, built first factory in county and used milk from 700 cows. Born in Denmark January 3, 1808; wife, Margaret, daughter of James and Mary Armstrong, married in 1834, died in same year; children, one-Margaret Amelia. Second wife, Ann May, daughter of Benjamin nand Sarah Jeffers, of Jefferson county, married in 1835. Parents, Tyrannus A. and Mary C. (Fitch) Wright, of Connecticut, settled in county in 1800; children, eleven - living, three, Grandfather, Charles Wright.
From "History of Lewis County" page xxii
Clark William Henry, po Barnes Corners, farmer, 170 aceres, born in Chatham, Conn., November 10, 1810, settled in county in 1837, has been overseer of poor;wife Alma, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Jeffers, of Saratoga county, married in 1841, died in 1855; children four - charles E., Lucius H., William H., and David A., husband of Mary Clark, of Cape Vincent; a second wife Julia Siver, married in 1856, died in 1866. Parents, William and Sophrona Clark, the former of Connecticut, settled in Oneida county in 1819. in Jefferson county in 1835, and died in 1850; and the latter, born in Vermont. Charles E., enlisted in a regiment, for two years served through, re-enlisted in 186th Regiment, served to close of war.
Abstracts of Rev. War Pension Files 1826:
Joseph, S44990, MA Line, sol was b. 1 Aug 1760, he enl. in Chesterfield MA & he appl. 22 Apr 1818 Lewis Co NY, in 1820 sol. had a wife Eunice aged 57.
[below is joseph's brother on the same page as above]
George, Martha, R5562, CT Line, Sol appl 12 Sep 1832 Oneida Co NY, sol was b 22 June 1759 at New London CT & he lived at Groton CT at 1st enl & at Roxbury MA at last enl & after the Rev he lived part of the time in CT & MA & about 1792 he moved to FLoyd in Oneida Co NY, on Ephraim Schutt appl Sep 1848 Tompkins Co NY & stated sol had d 28 Oct 1834 leaving a wid Martha "Patty" Jeffers & that wid d 1 Sep 1842 leaving children; Sophia Jenkins of WI & William N. Jeffers of NJ, sol & wid had m. at Boston MA on 11 July 1782, the daughter Sohis Jenkins made aff'dt 29 Aug 1848 in Rock Co WI, wid's name before marriage was Marth. "Patty" nIcholson, family records; sol was b. 22 Jun 1759 & his wife Martha Nicholson was b 18 Aug 1758, children were; Sophia b 16 Jan 1783, George, Jr. b 24 Apr 1785, Wiliam b 27 Aug 1787, Roswell b 8 Sep 1789, Henry b 1 Aug 1791, John E. b in Nov 1793, Nancy b. 16 Sep 1796, Alban C. b 12 Apr 1801, also shown were the following Jenkins births; Charles b 22 Dec 1777 at Stockbridge MA, George Jeffers Jenikins b 3 Jun 1805, Ray b 9 Feb 1807, John Charles b 22Apr 1812 & Henry b 20 Jun 1815 (all were b in Albany Co NY but in different towns), marriages shown were; Charles Jenkins m Sophia Jeffers 22 Feb 1813 at Renssealerville NY, John Charles Jenkins m. Pauline Simmons 28 Sep 1830 at Tioga NY & Ray Jenkins m Emily Crittenton 5 Apr 1831 at Richmond MA.
[John E. Jeffers son was William N. Jeffers, Captain of the USS Monitor]
Birth, Marrage, Death of Jeffers family in Connecticut:
Connecticut Town Birth Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) > Preston Vital Records Part I 1687-1850
Volume 2, Page 26
Jeffers, Benjamin s. Joseph, b. Aug 22, 1762
Dorcas, w Joseph, d. May 11 1766
John, s [Joseph & Ruhama], b. Aug 30, 1767
Joseph, s. Joseph b. Aug 20, 1760
Joseph, m. Ruhama Downing, b. of Preston, Jan 4, 1767
Mary, d., Joseph b. Nov 5, 1756
Brown County Book 2- Page 98 & 99 South Dakota
James Erwin Jeffers- Sept 15 #6493 D. Fredrick SD
DOB-5Sept1852. age 72 years 8 months 10 days
B. New York. Father Ben Jeffers (b. NY)
Maiden name Mother. Gabrion (b. NY)
DOD 15 May 1925
Hemmorage Reptured. Forceful Vomiting
DR-JE Brumer (phys)
Other Possible Jeffers Connection Notes:
Many of the early Jeffers Children from this family lived in Saratoga County or were born there. There is a possible connection.
1790 census Stillwater, NY
Joseph Jeffers 2 Males over 16, 2 males under 16, 2 females.
Thomas Jeffers is listed there one in Halfmoon and one in Stillwater.
Robert Jeffers 2 listings in Ballston.
Thomas Jeffers, born in CT, is the father of George Jeffers Henderson NY. They lived in Waterville and Sangerfield NY.
Anson Jeffers,Dexter, NY, is the son of Benjamin Jeffers Sr, Pinkney, NY.
Gould Museum, Lowville Records:
Notebook 5, Page 94
Benjamin Jeffers from Saratoga County had Amanda, Anson (Dexter), Alice, Anna, Benjamin (Pinkney and Belleville, NY), Roxie, Sarah, Louisa, Adaline, Ayers
History Of Saratoga County, NY by Nathaniel Barlet Sylvester:
The Jeffers family were among the early residents. The first representatives of the family came from Wales, and settled in Massachusetts. They were the great-grand-parents of Manlius, Sidney, and Jefferson Jeffers. David Jeffers was the son of those people, and married and raised a family in Massachusetts. Both he and his wife did valuable service for the cause of independence, he serving in the army and she ministering to the needs of the sick and wounded in the hospitals. Their eldest son, Deodatus, came to Hadley about 1800, and settled at Jessup's Landing, at what is now the town of Corinth. He lived there until about 1804, when he removed to Hadley and bought some land of Jeremiah Rockwell, on great lot 2 of Palmer's purchase, being a subdivision of what is known as the Nixon lot, and bordering on the north bank of the Sacandaga river, about two miles from its mouth. Deodatus Jeffers was a man of iron constitution, wonderful strength, and great vitality. It was a boast of his that he never knew a qualm of sickness or a pang of pain from disease during his whole life. He never employed a physician till his first and last sickness came upon him. He was a lumberman by profession, and held first rank among that hardy class of citizens. He worked many years for Jeremy Rockwell, cutting off the splendid pine timber along the rivers, and died in 1854 from the effects of a cold taken while witnessing the building of a dam at Luzerne, at the age of eighty-eight years. Eunice, his wife, died in 1845 of slow consumption. Deodatus left three sons, Sidney, Jefferson, and Manlius, all of them still living in this town.
Below from the family tree found at :http://kentree.us/Ancestors_of_Lyle_E._Baldwin.pdf
20. Thomas Jeffers, born Abt. 1778 in Sangerfield, Oneida, NY; died August 13, 1833. He
married 21. Maria Anna Griswold Abt. 1801 in Sangerfield, Oneida, NY.
21. Maria Anna Griswold, born Abt. 1782 in Sangerfield, Oneida, NY; died April 01, 1857.
Children of Thomas Jeffers and Maria Griswold are:
10 i. Julius Jeffers, born May 01, 1802 in Sangerfield, Oneida, NY; died February 14, 1863 in
Saybrook, Ashtabula Co., OH; married Chloe Goodwin July 11, 1824.
ii. George Jeffers, born May 01, 1802 in Sangerfield, Oneida, NY; died November 26, 1871;
married Belinda Cadwell January 23, 1824 in Lenox, Madison Co., NY; born April 21, 1806 in
Lenox, Madison Co., NY; died October 21, 1895 in Sheridan.
iii. Mariah Jeffers, born July 14, 1804 in Sangerfield, Oneida, NY; died September 14, 1840;
married Ashbel Hayden Cadwell February 21, 1824 in Sangerfield, Oneida, NY; born August
11, 1799 in New Hartford, Litchfield Co., CT; died October 18, 1853.
From Darci's Place
Albert Jeffers son of George, grandson of Thomas above: http://darcisplace.com/darci/jeffers-albert.htm
Truman Jeffers son of George, grandson of Thomas above: http://darcisplace.com/darci/jeffers-tg.htm
Exerpt from Jeffers Family Vignette from http://www.pchswi.org/archives/bios/fv6.html#jeff
"The family traces its roots back to 1634. They came to Massachusetts and shortly thereafter settled in Connecticut. The bulk of the family background had its origins in England - the Jeffers line from Judge Jefferys the “hanging judge of the Tower of London.”
From google books: Link
Early Jeffers in America
Some Jeffers were actually Jefferay, Jeffrey and Jeffries as well as Jeffs, geoffrey, Jeoffrey and others.
Jeffers Family in the
Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America
JEFFORD: —John Jefford, Lynn, 1675
JEFFREY, JEFFRIES, or JEFFERY: —David Jeffrey, Boston, merchant, married, 1686, Eliz., daughter of John Usher; had Jane, born 1687; John, 1689; David, 1690, Eliz., 1692; Rebecca, 1693; Sarah, 1695; Francis, 1696, and Peter, 1697; all of these living when his wife died, 1698, as Sewall tells, in Generl Reg., VI, 77.
Digory Jeffrey, Kittery, was a constable in 1664-24, from London, but it is not known where he sat down.
Francis Jeffery, Falmouth, about 1685. Willis, 1, 218.
George Jeffrey, Windsor, had then Mary, born 1669; Hannah, 1671; Eliz., 1675; removed to Suffield; there had James, 1681, who was of Weterly, R. I., 1709; also he has Sarah, and perhaps other children and died 1683.
George Jeffrey, Boston, 1676, a merchant from Scotland, may have been, 1684, at Portsmouth.
Gregory Jeffrey, Wells, was freeman1653, constable 1658, had wife Mary, and son John, and infant. He died 1662; his widow married John Lux.
Robert Jeffrey, Charlestown, came in the Eliz. and Ann, 1635, aged 30, bringing wife Mary, 27, and children-Thomas, 7; Eliz., 6; and Mary, 3; two maid servants, Susan Brown, 21; and Hannah Day, 20; he removed to R. I., 1638 where he was in high repute as physician, and treasurer of Newport, 1640, and there was living 1646.
Thomas Jeffrey, Dorchester, freeman 1634 removed before 1634 to New Haven, prob. with Eaton in 1638, had served with reput. in the Pequot war; was called a serg.w when he died 1661, in good esteem; had a sister Sarah, wife of George Betty, in Co. Somerset.
William Jeffrey, Wymouth, one of the earliest settlers in Mass. Bay, before Gov. Winth. or even Capt. Endicott; probably first at Cape Ann, and may have drived along shore to Manchester, early called Jefry's Creek. or as far as Salem; and Felt claims him for Ipswich, but, of course, this would be some years later; he was sworn freeman 1631; may have had Mary, born 1642, and tradition gives him son John. He may be the brother of Robert, who was in R. I., 1638, and certainly is seen in list of freemen at Newport, 1655, where he died 1675, aged 84. His will names wife Mary, eldest daughter Mary, son Thomas, other daughters Sarah, Pricilla and Susanna.
The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. Vol. 1-3. Boston, MA, USA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.
ORIGIN: Chiddingly, Sussex
FIRST RESIDENCE: Weymouth
REMOVES: Newport by 1648
FREEMAN: Requested 19 October 1630 (as "Mr. Will: Jeffries") and admitted 18 May 1631 (as "Mr. Willm Jeffry") [MBCR 1:366]. In Newport section of 1655 Rhode Island list of freemen [RICR 1:301].
EDUCATION: (See TAG 34:169.)
OFFICES: Commissioner to end small causes at Weymouth, 2 June 1641 [MBCR 1:329].
Tied for third place in voting for Assistant from Newport to Rhode Island General Court, 7 May 1659 [RICR 1:408]. Deputy from Newport, October 1664 [RICR 2:61]. Committee to set rates for Newport, 13 May 1667 [RICR 2:197]. Rhode Island jury, foreman, 29 August 1653 [EQC 1:314].
ESTATE: "W[illia]m Jeffryes, gent.," was a patentee of Agamenticus [York] on 2 December 1631 (and on 2 March 1631/2) [York Hist 1:86-88]. On November 1641 he received his division of lands at York, in partnership with Samuel Maverick, Elias Maverick and Hugh [sic] Bursley [York Hist 1:135].
"Mr. William Jefferey" held land in Newport as early as 16 January 1648[/9], when he was named as an abutter to lands being sold by James Rogers to Richard Knight, and on 6 June 1650 "William Jefferey" promised to "make the fence that hath been in controversy betwixt Richard Knight and myself" [RILE 1:5]. On 22 March 1653/4 "William Jefferays" sold to Lawrence Turner and Tobias Saunders a parcel of land measuring sixty-seven rods by fifty-six rods, "being the eastern part of the lands of William Jefferays of Newport" [RILE 1:28].
On 31 May 1660 in "answer to the petition of Willjam Jefferay, making claim to Jefferay's Neck, near Ipswich, it is ordered, that the petitioner shall have liberty to make good his plea before the whole Court, at such time as the Court shall see meet" [MBCR 4:1:423]. On 16 October 1660 in "answer to the petition of Mr. W[illiam] Jefferys, the Court judgeth it meet to grant him five hundred acres of land, to be laid out in such place as he shall find it, on the south side of our patent, & that to be a final issue of all claims by virtue of any grant heretofore made by any Indian whatsoever" [MBCR 4:1:440]. On 23 May 1666 William Hudson petitioned that the five hundred acres which he had purchased from Mr. William Jefferys "granted him the 16 October 1660 on the south line of our patent" be laid out [MBCR 4:2:302].
In his will, dated 8 December 1674 and proved 9 January 1675, "William Jefferay of Newport ... gent." bequeathed to "my eldest daughter Mary Greene the wife of John Greene of Newport ... lands ... being in Blackman Street near the City of London which lands ... were given me by ... my mother Audry Jefferay late of Chittingly in ... Sussex," with a part of the rents reserved for "my wife Mary Jefferay"; to "my son Thomas Jefferay all the remainder of my estate in old England"; to "my daughter Sarah the wife of James Barker of Newport" £5; to "my two daughters Priscilla and Susannah Jefferay all my land and housing" in Newport, being twenty-five acres; daughter Mary Greene to be executrix; "my wife's two brethren John and Danill Gould overseers" [RILE 1:66-67; Austin 112].
BIRTH: About 1590 (based on age at death), son of William and Audrey (Harvey) Jefferay of Chiddingly, Sussex [EIHC 17:27-33; Waters 253].
DEATH: Newport "2 January 1675 in the 85th year of his age" [Austin 112].
MARRIAGE: By 1642 Mary Gould, daughter of Jeremy Gould of Weymouth and Newport (Daniel and John Gould, sons of Jeremiah Gould, were appointed overseers of the will of their brother-in-law William Jefferys [Austin 306, citing an unknown source]. She survived him.
i MARY, b. Weymouth 20 March 1642; m. by about 1665 John Greene [Austin 87].
ii THOMAS, b. say 1646; named in father's will, 8 December 1674; perhaps returned to England, having inherited his father's estate there.
iii SARAH, b. say 1650; m. by 1675 James Barker [Austin 14].
iv PRISCILLA, b. say 1652; m. by about 1682 as his first wife Thomas Coddington [Austin 278].
v SUSANNAH, b. about 1656; m. by about 1688 Edward Thurston [Austin 201].
ASSOCIATIONS: The will of Audrey Jefferay, mother of the immigrant, included a bequest to "son William Jeffery" of "two houses being part of three tenements anciently known and commonly called by the name of Flower de Luce ... in the parish of St. George the Martyr, Southwark [Surrey]"; the abstract of this will is accompanied by extensive information on the ancestry and English connections of William Jeffreys [EIHC 17:27-33].
Audrey (Jefferys) Evance whose will was proved London 25 October 1651 [PCC Grey 184] was sister of William Jeffreys and wife of Hugh Evance; their son John Evance was an early resident of New Haven [Waters 253].
Savage suggested that Robert Jeffrey of Newport may have been brother of William, but the will of William's mother showed that he had only one brother, Thomas.
William Jeffreys is on several occasions in the 1620s and 1630s associated with JOHN BURSLEY of Weymouth. This may merely indicate that they were the two leading citizens of Wessagusset [Weymouth] during those years, rather than a kinship connection.
COMMENTS: "Mr. Jeffrey and Mr. Burslem" [William Jeffreys and JOHN BURSLEY] together contributed £2 to the fund for returning THOMAS MORTON to England in 1628 [Bradford LB 43].
In their first letter to John Endicott, on 21 April 1629, the Governor and Deputies of the Massachusetts Bay Company noted that "W[illia]m Jeffryes, gent.," was one of those authorized by Gorges to give possession of a grant of land to JOHN OLDHAM [MBCR 1:398]. In the patent to THOMAS LEWIS and Richard Bonython, and in the patent to JOHN OLDHAM and RICHARD VINES, both issued on 12 February 1629/30, William Jeffreys was appointed, along with WILLIAM BLACKSTONE and EDWARD HILTON, to put these men in possession of their lands [YLR 1:2:7-9, 2:110-11].
On 9 December 1630 John Humphrey wrote from London to Isaac Johnson, not knowing of Johnson's untimely death in September. In describing the machinations and political posturing going on at Court regarding the settlement in Massachusetts Bay, Humphrey mentioned the contrary position Sir Ferdinando Gorges had taken and the ammunition for that position being sent in letters by Jeffreys, saying "Jefferie is a bad man, he basely flings out in his letters to him, which Sir Ferd[inando] showed me, handle him wisely and by no means exasperate such spirits" [WP 2:329].
On 4 August 1634 a "letter was delivered to Mr. Winthrop by Mr. Jeffery, an old planter, written to him from Morton, wherein he related, how he had obtained his long suit, and that a commission was granted for a general governor to be sent over, with many railing speeches and threats against this plantation, and Mr. Winthrop in particular. Mr. Winthrop acquainted the governor and council with it, and some of the ministers" [WJ 1:164].
About February 1640/1 "Jeremy Gould of Rode Island yeoman & Will[ia]m Jeffreys of Weymouth ... gent" were bound in £30, on the condition that on or before the following 24 August Gould would convey to Henry Waltham three acres of meadow in Weymouth [Lechford 372-73]. (William Jeffreys may already have been married to Jeremy Gould's daughter Mary by the date of this transaction.)
Savage includes a son John "by tradition," but no son by this name appears in William's will, or in any other record.
Because the name Jeffrey's Creek was early attached to the area that became the town of Manchester, claims have been made that William Jeffreys resided there at some time, but there is no evidence for this.
Thomas Jeffers father was Col. John Jeffers and Mary Howland Jeffers. They lived in Cornwall CT.
Barbour Collection page 352 [same family different names]
Col John Jeffers was son of John Jeffers and Mary Bishop.
II) Edward (2), son of Edward (1) Thurston , was born in Newport , April 1, 1652 . He married Susanna , daughter of William Jefferay , who married, about 1640 , Mary , died after 1675 , daughter of Jeremiah and Priscilla (Grover) Gould . William Jefferay was born in 1591 , at Chiddingly Manor, Sussex county, England , where his father and ancestors lived, and took his degree at Cambridge; he was at Weymouth, Massachusetts , as early as 1623 ; he was a friend of Rev. William Blackstone , it seems; was at Salem for a time, and went to Newport earlier than 1652 ; died January 2, 1675 , and was buried at Newport ; was son of William , son of Thomas , son of William , son of John , son of William , son of Syom . Edward Thurston was a freeman in Newport , May 6, 1679 , died December 7, 1690 , aged thirty-eight. Children: Edward , born 1678 ; William , 1680 ; Abigail , April 3, 1686 ; Priscilla , married, 165 April 16, 1713 , Job Lawton ; Jonathan , mentioned below.
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