Benjamin Jeffery

b. 22 September 1844, d. 26 July 1912
FatherWilliam Jeffery b. 23 Jun 1811, d. 8 Jan 1880
MotherHarriet Langridge b. 14 Apr 1811, d. 29 Mar 1883
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     Benjamin Jeffery was born on 22 September 1844 at Little Horsted, Sussex, England. He was the son of William Jeffery and Harriet Langridge.
Benjamin Jeffery was baptized on 27 October 1844 at St Michael & All Angels, Little Horsted, Sussex, England.1
The 1861 census indicates that Ben, aged 16 years, was employed as an agricultural labourer in Little Horsted. His brother Charles, then aged 19 years, was working some 15 miles away in Hove as a servant (footman). Charles would have later met his wife near there as their first child was born in Brighton.
In the 1871 census Alfred, Martha, and Charles had married. Martha and her husband Silas Morris were living in Little Horsted with their one year old child Ernest. They lived with Martha's parents William and Harriet. Charles had returned from Brighton and was living close by with wife Emma and their five children Edith (5), William (3), Annie (2), Caroline (1) and Arthur (6 days). In 1871 Ben was living with his brother Alfred and family at Denny Bottom, a village in the parish of Speldhurst in Kent about 16 miles north east of Little Horsted and 2 miles west of Tunbridge Wells. Ben must have had fond memories of Percy and the other children as they are often mentioned in his letters: "tell Dear Percy not to forget to learn to write to me" , and "remember me to M, A and Em our Silas and all the little children espesially Percy, Willy and Ernest because they know me".
Benjamin Jeffery was a gardener on 2 April 1871.
Benjamin Jeffery emigrated on 4 September 1872 to New Zealand on the ship Christian McAusland departing London and arriving Port Chalmers 5th December 1872. The Christian Mc-Ausland was an iron sailing ship of 962 tons built in 1869 at Greenock, Scotland. This voyage was it's sixth to New Zealand and carried 304 passengers and 99 seamen. Six of Ben's letter's survive and he wrote his first letter on board the ship as they waited for wind off Beachy Head in the English Channel. He says that "she is a fast sailer" having done the last trip in 80 days going and 89 days returning.
A summary and transcription of Ben's six letters can be accessed here.
In 1870 New Zealand was in a state of stagnation and the Colonial Treasurer Sir Julius Vogel proposed that 10 million pounds be borrowed overseas to be used for public works (roads and railways) and immigration. Among the two politicians sent overseas to borrow the money was Sir F.D. Bell, owner of Shag Valley station where Ben Jeffery later worked. As they only returned with guarantees for 1 million pounds, Vogel himself went on a loan raising visit to England and the U.S.A. and after borrowing another 1.2 million pounds granted railway and immigration contracts to John Brogden and Sons. Immigrants were to be of two types: (a) those selected in the United Kingdom by the Agent General, and (b) persons living there who were nominated by New Zealand residents. Ben Jeffery would have been in the first category and he mentions that Brogden arranged for his clothing, passage and initial employment on the railways. Ben was later surprised at not having had to repay his passage.
The ship arrived at Port Chalmers on 5th December 1872 and Ben wrote his first letter home since departure with "the gratest pleasure I have ever felt", the voyage having taken ninety two days. As one of the children had scarlet fever, they had to spend ten days in quarantine on a small island. Apart from this Ben reports that "there was not a single man that had anything the matter with him". On 16 December Ben sailed by steamer to Dunedin and on the 17th is some 16 miles inland writing his second letter and preparing to start work on the railway.
Immigrants were not obliged to work on the railway project but it offered initial employment under conditions which were better than those to which Ben was accustomed in England. They worked an eight hour day with a one hour lunch break for eight shillings per day ("more than ever I should have in England"). However, contrary to his initial plans, Ben did not start on the railway but worked for a fortnight at ditching and then agreed to work with a farmer for four months to assist with the harvest. Ben is obviously enjoying the New Zealand lifestyle as he comments "we all have our food togeather Master men and all the same and like as only a very fiew know how to live in England".
Sometime in 1873 Ben started working at Shag Valley station, a notable sheep station at the western foot of the Horse Range, Waihemo County, Central Otago. The station was owned by Sir Francis Dillon Bell (1822-98), who had been appointed Speaker of the House of Representatives in Wellington in 1871 and knighted in 1873. He had purchased the property in 1865 from 'Johnny Jones', a whaler who owned vast areas of coastal Otago. Wises's Directory for 1878 lists three sheep runs owned by Sir F.D. Bell: Ida Valley (32,800 sheep), Shag Valley (61,166 sheep) and Palmerston (4380 sheep). Ben's position at the station appears to be that of head gardener as he had responsibility for the garden. In one letter he states that he has supervised the planting of an orchard of one thousand fruit trees. This may relate to an unconfirmed story handed down by Ben's family in England: that he planted the first Cox's Orange Pippin apple trees in New Zealand.
Ben states that he likes Sir F.D. Bell very much and it is interesting to note the following comment about Bell in "An Encyclopeadia of New Zealand" edited by A.H. McLintock (1966): "by 1874, he had over 226,000 acres and nearly 80,000 sheep: he was not really interested in sheep, however, though he was a keen gardener and left the management to others, eventually to his second son Alfred."
In planting the orchard, Ben states that because Bell had been away in Wellington he has "had all my work to do by plans and letter but I am pleased to be able to tell you that I gave them the best satisfaction I like him very much but I do not like the Lady quite so well" !
Ben prospered at Shag Valley station. He was allowed to keep as many horses as he liked free of charge and took advantage of this to make extra money. In the last surviving letter (12 August 1875) he encloses a five pound postal order for his parents and states that he has one hundred pounds in the bank and last year spent fourty seven pounds buying horses. This letter also has an intriguing reference to some gold found "from the river just below here".
It is not known whether the sixth letter (dated 12 Aug 1875) was the last received in England by his family but the story handed down with the letters was that he was never heard from again.
Ben did live on however, and is mentioned in Wise's New Zealand Directory 1878 as a resident of Waihemo, presumably still working at Shag Valley Station. Sometime in the early 1880's he moved to Wedderburn, about 50 kms from Waihemo and settled there. This may have been because of the opening of a nursery about this time, or may be connected with Sir F.D. Bell's sheep run in Ida Valley. On 1 January 1886 he was appointed postmaster at Wedderburn following the death of the towns' first postmaster Chas. McAdam. His Post Office salary on 1 July 1887 was 5 pounds per annum, probably a part-time position. He possibly remained postmaster until Maude Messant was appointed postmistress on 16 November 1894, the year the telephone office was opened in Wedderburn.
Ben was admitted to the Naseby Hospital on 26 May 1898 for a hernia operation. His admission record states that he is single, 53 years of age, employed as a gardener and resides at Wedderburn. He was discharged 104 days later on 7 September 1898 and the fee was 30/- per week.
In 1899 he was a member of the Wedderburn School Committee. He then appears in Stone's directories for Otago and South Island from 1901 to 1912 as a barman at the Wedderburn Hotel. It is possible that he could no longer work as a gardener because of the hernia operation.
Ben never married.
On 31 July 1890 Benjamin's sister Martha published the following notice in the Auckland Star newspaper under "Missing Friends": Benjamin Jeffery sailed in the Christian McAuckland for Dunedin, and in January, 1879, was staying at the Waihemo Hotel, Waihemo, Otago. Sister Martha. It is likely that Ben never saw this as the comment made to me when I received his earlier letters was that "he was never heard from again" (GGB).
Benjamin Jeffery died on 26 July 1912 at Naseby Hospital, Naseby, Otago, New Zealand, at age 67.
Benjamin Jeffery was buried on 28 July 1912 at Naseby Cemetery, Naseby, Otago, New Zealand.
Ben's death registration, held at Ranfurly Post Office, reads: Benjamin Jeffery d. 26.7.1912, Naseby Hospital of Cerebral Haemorrhage, age 74 years, Rabbiter. Parents unknown. Born Tunbridge Wells, England. Resident N.Z. 45 years. Unmarried. Parker and Dixon, householders, registered the death. Thomas Mitchell Undertaker.
The following obituary appeared in the Mt. Ida Chronicle, the local weekly newspaper, on 2 August 1912 under the Wedderburn News section: "It is my sad duty to chronicle the death of an old resident, Mr. Benjamin Jeffery which took place Friday 26th (July) in Naseby Hospital. "Old Ben" as he was familiarly called, was a landmark about Wedderburn, he having resided here for the past 30 years. In the early days he was a gardener for Sir Francis Dillon Bell of Shag Valley Station. He was buried in Naseby cemetary on Sunday 28th, and although it was a raw cold day a large number journeyed to Naseby to follow his remains to their last resting place."
Shag Valley Station is still owned today by the Bell family and the present owner, Alfred Bell, writes: "The homestead was set out with a very large garden and orchard and I quite believe that Mr. Jeffery had 4 or more working with him while it was being developed. I think the 1,000 fruit trees involved a fair bit of 'poetic licence' but there are certainly a hundred or so fruit trees that probably date back to that time."
Ben's father, William, died in Little Horsted in Sussex on 8th January 1880 aged 69 years and his mother then lived with Silas and Martha. The census records indicate that shortly after William's death, both Martha's and Charles' family moved from Little Horsted to Uckfield, a larger town a few miles away. His mother Harriet died in Uckfield on 29th March 1883 aged 71 years.
In one of the letters Ben complained about receiving little mail from home. He states in his last letter that he also has been "so long in wrighting". It is probable that his brothers and sister became too preoccupied with their families to write often. He likewise had his life to live and there was probably no further contact after the death of his father and his brother and sister's move to Uckfield.
Ben was one of more than 100,000 assisted and nominated immigrants who arrived in New Zealand between 1871 and 1880. A recession in 1879 lead to less liberal provisions with regard to passage. Otago province had received some 27,000 immigrants under these schemes, more than any other province.

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.

Benjamin Jeffery

b. 21 March 1770, d. 1840
FatherIsaac Jeffery b. 24 Dec 1737, d. 1799
MotherMary Budgen b. 10 Aug 1746, d. 1801
     Benjamin Jeffery was born in 1770 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.
Benjamin Jeffery was baptized on 21 March 1770 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Isaac Jeffery and Mary Budgen.
Benjamin Jeffery married Mary Harber, daughter of Stephen Harber and Tabitha Batchelor, on 25 April 1795 at Balcombe, Sussex, England, both of Balcombe.2
Note that the Sussex Baptisms Index for Balcombe St Mary stops at 1812, and there are likely more children to be found for Benjamin and Mary Jeffery.
Benjamin Jeffery died in 1840 at Cuckfield, Sussex, England. Needs to be checked.3
A Tithe record has the following entry which needs to be investigated further:
Benjamin Jeffery
J Jeffery
Joseph Jeffery
Mary Jeffery
Mary Jeffry
Cuckfield 30 November 1843
WSRO Reference: TD/E91
The source is described thus: Tithe record. The same surnames in each parish share an entry but are not necessarily related. Land occupied or owned in more than one parish has a separate entry. Entries with no Landowner or Tenant name have been omitted, eg Common Lands, Roads. There may be more than one reference to the person in the tithe record. The Repository, reference id, Parish and Date are shown on each entry. For other details: the quantities of land, the names of farms, you will need to consult the actual record. These records have been supplied by West Sussex Record Office who can supply a Tithe Map CD for any West Sussex parish. The map software includes a database of the apportionment details. The CD also has a full transcription in an MSExcel spreadsheet. Price £20 (plus £2 p&p) for CD with map, database and spreadsheet. See West Sussex Record Office website at www.westsussex.gov.uk/ro/ Findon more detail in record from J Excell's earlier indexing.4

Family

Mary Harber b. 18 Apr 1779, d. 1859
Marriage*
Benjamin Jeffery married Mary Harber, daughter of Stephen Harber and Tabitha Batchelor, on 25 April 1795 at Balcombe, Sussex, England, both of Balcombe.2 
Children

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  3. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1840, Cuckfield, Vol 7 Page 227."
  4. [S266] Index to Sussex People, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project, "Source: 142, Entry: 89890."

Benjamin Jeffery

b. 6 January 1805
FatherBenjamin Jeffery b. 21 Mar 1770, d. 1840
MotherMary Harber b. 18 Apr 1779, d. 1859
     Benjamin Jeffery was born in 1805 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.
Benjamin Jeffery was baptized on 6 January 1805 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Benjamin Jeffery and Mary Harber.
Benjamin Jeffery married Martha Gatford on 7 October 1832 at Cuckfield, Sussex, England, Witness William EADE and Mary EADE.2
Benjamin Jeffery was a carpenter journeyman on 30 March 1851.3
On 30 March 1851 Benjamin Jeffery and Martha Gatford lived at Ben Jefferys Cottage, Cuckfield, Sussex, England.3

Family

Martha Gatford b. c 1809
Marriage*
Benjamin Jeffery married Martha Gatford on 7 October 1832 at Cuckfield, Sussex, England, Witness William EADE and Mary EADE.2 

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  3. [S16] 1851 Census for England "HO107 piece 1642 folio 251 page 1."

Caroline Jeffery

b. 1870
FatherCharles Jeffery b. 26 Dec 1841, d. 1905
MotherEmma Sapp b. c 1837, d. 1917
     Caroline Jeffery was born in 1870 at Ridgewood, Uckfield, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of Charles Jeffery and Emma Sapp.
Caroline was still single at the 1911 census.
On 2 April 1911 Caroline Jeffery and Emma Sapp lived at 14 Hillside Cottages, Harley Lane, Heathfiled, Hailsham, Sussex, England.2

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Apr-Jun 1870, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 109."
  2. [S73] 1911 Census for England "RG14PN4868 RG78PN210 RD72 SD1 ED11 SN258."

Catherine Jeffery

b. 1 November 1778
FatherIsaac Jeffery b. 24 Dec 1737, d. 1799
MotherMary Budgen b. 10 Aug 1746, d. 1801
     Catherine Jeffery was born in 1778 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.
Catherine Jeffery was baptized on 1 November 1778 at Balcombe, Sussex, England, surname recorded as JEFFERIES.1 She was the daughter of Isaac Jeffery and Mary Budgen.

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.

Charles Jeffery

b. 26 December 1841, d. 1905
FatherWilliam Jeffery b. 23 Jun 1811, d. 8 Jan 1880
MotherHarriet Langridge b. 14 Apr 1811, d. 29 Mar 1883
     Charles Jeffery was born in 1841 at Pilt Down, Sussex, England.1
Charles Jeffery was baptized on 26 December 1841 at St Andrew & St Mary the Virgin, Fletching, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of William Jeffery and Harriet Langridge.
On 7 April 1861 Charles Jeffery lived at 17 Brunswick St, Hove, Sussex, England.
Charles Jeffery was a servant (footman) on 7 April 1861.
Charles Jeffery married Emma Sapp in 1864 at Brighton, Sussex, England.2
On 2 April 1871 Charles Jeffery and Emma Sapp lived at Little Horsted, Sussex, England.
Charles Jeffery was a carpenter's labourer on 2 April 1871.
Charles Jeffery witnessed the death of William Jeffery on 8 January 1880 at Little Horsted, Sussex, England; He died of apoplexy.3
On 3 April 1881 Charles Jeffery and Emma Sapp lived at Uckfield, Sussex, England.
Charles Jeffery was a carpenter journeyman on 3 April 1881.
Charles Jeffery was a builder (employer) on 31 March 1901.
On 31 March 1901 Charles Jeffery and Emma Sapp lived at Uckfield, Sussex, England.
Charles Jeffery died in 1905 at Uckfield, Sussex, England. Age 63 years.4

Family

Emma Sapp b. c 1837, d. 1917
Marriage*
Charles Jeffery married Emma Sapp in 1864 at Brighton, Sussex, England.2 
Children

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jul-Sep 1864, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 341."
  3. [S42] Death certificate of William Jeffery, died 8 Jan 1880, registered 12 Jan 1880 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 85) "age 69 years."
  4. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1905, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 103, age 63 years."

Edith Margaret Jeffery

b. 1865
FatherCharles Jeffery b. 26 Dec 1841, d. 1905
MotherEmma Sapp b. c 1837, d. 1917
     Edith Margaret Jeffery was born in 1865 at Brighton, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of Charles Jeffery and Emma Sapp.

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Oct-Dec 1865, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 224."

Elizabeth Jeffery

b. 9 June 1776
FatherIsaac Jeffery b. 24 Dec 1737, d. 1799
MotherMary Budgen b. 10 Aug 1746, d. 1801
     Elizabeth Jeffery was born in 1776 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.
Elizabeth Jeffery was baptized on 9 June 1776 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of Isaac Jeffery and Mary Budgen.

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.

Elizabeth Jeffery

b. 15 February 1807
FatherBenjamin Jeffery b. 21 Mar 1770, d. 1840
MotherMary Harber b. 18 Apr 1779, d. 1859
     Elizabeth Jeffery was born in 1807 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.
Elizabeth Jeffery was baptized on 15 February 1807 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of Benjamin Jeffery and Mary Harber.
Elizabeth Jeffery married William Upton on 27 October 1832 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.2
On 30 March 1851 Elizabeth Jeffery and William Upton lived at Balcombe Tunnell, Balcombe, Sussex, England.3

Family

William Upton b. c 1811
Marriage*
Elizabeth Jeffery married William Upton on 27 October 1832 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.2 

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  3. [S16] 1851 Census for England "HO107 piece 1642 folio 149 page 5."

Frederick Jeffery

b. circa 1824
FatherBenjamin Jeffery b. 21 Mar 1770, d. 1840
MotherMary Harber b. 18 Apr 1779, d. 1859
     Frederick Jeffery was born circa 1824 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.1,2 He was the son of Benjamin Jeffery and Mary Harber.
Frederick Jeffery was a farm labourer on 30 March 1851.2
On 30 March 1851 Frederick Jeffery lived at Balcombe Lane, Balcombe, Sussex, England.2

Citations

  1. [S67] 1841 Census for England "HO107 piece 1111 folio 2/10 page 13."
  2. [S16] 1851 Census for England "HO107 piece 1642 folio 154 page 15."

Goddard Jeffery

b. 1873
FatherCharles Jeffery b. 26 Dec 1841, d. 1905
MotherEmma Sapp b. c 1837, d. 1917
     Goddard Jeffery was born in 1873 at Little Horsted, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Charles Jeffery and Emma Sapp.

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Jul-Sep 1873, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 109."

Isaac Jeffery

b. 24 December 1737, d. 1799
     Isaac Jeffery was born in 1737 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.
Isaac Jeffery was baptized on 24 December 1737 at Balcombe, Sussex, England, from Ancestry.co.uk.
Isaac Jeffery married Mary Budgen, daughter of Benjamin Budgen and Mary Lee, on 17 December 1765 at Balcombe, Sussex, England, Isaac is noted as a labourer.1
Isaac Jeffery was a labourer on 17 December 1765.1
The East Sussex Land Tax 1785 records Issac Jeffery as the occupier of land known as "Kings" in Balcombe, paying an annual rental of 9 pounds 10 shillings to owner John Shelley Esq.
Isaac Jeffery died in 1799 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.
Isaac Jeffery was buried on 21 April 1799 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.2

Family

Mary Budgen b. 10 Aug 1746, d. 1801
Marriage*
Isaac Jeffery married Mary Budgen, daughter of Benjamin Budgen and Mary Lee, on 17 December 1765 at Balcombe, Sussex, England, Isaac is noted as a labourer.1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  2. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.

Isaac Jeffery

b. 27 March 1768
FatherIsaac Jeffery b. 24 Dec 1737, d. 1799
MotherMary Budgen b. 10 Aug 1746, d. 1801
     Isaac Jeffery was born in 1768 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.
Isaac Jeffery was baptized on 27 March 1768 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Isaac Jeffery and Mary Budgen.

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.

John Jeffery

b. 10 April 1766
FatherIsaac Jeffery b. 24 Dec 1737, d. 1799
MotherMary Budgen b. 10 Aug 1746, d. 1801
     John Jeffery was born in 1766 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.
John Jeffery was baptized on 10 April 1766 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Isaac Jeffery and Mary Budgen.

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.

John Jeffery

b. 7 February 1796
FatherBenjamin Jeffery b. 21 Mar 1770, d. 1840
MotherMary Harber b. 18 Apr 1779, d. 1859
     John Jeffery was born in 1796 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.
John Jeffery was baptized on 7 February 1796 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Benjamin Jeffery and Mary Harber.
John Jeffery married Mary (?) circa 1825 at England.
John Jeffery was a male servant on 7 June 1841.2
On 7 June 1841 John Jeffery and Mary (?) lived at Village, Nutfield, Surrey, England.2
John Jeffery was a general servant on 30 March 1851.3
On 30 March 1851 John Jeffery and Mary (?) lived at Village, Nutfield, Surrey, England.3
Possible burial on 2 Jan 1878 at Balcombe, age 82 years.4

Family

Mary (?) b. c 1797
Marriage*
John Jeffery married Mary (?) circa 1825 at England

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S16] 1851 Census for England "HO107 piece 1076 folio 14/12 page 16."
  3. [S16] 1851 Census for England "HO107 piece 1599 folio 340 page 25."
  4. [S25] Index to Sussex Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project, "82 years."

John Jeffery

b. 8 September 1719
FatherWilliam Jeffery
MotherElizabeth Barber b. 20 Jun 1677
     John Jeffery was born in 1719 at Tonbridge, Kent, England.
John Jeffery was baptized on 8 September 1719 at Tonbridge, Kent, England.1 He was the son of William Jeffery and Elizabeth Barber.
John is mentioned in Thomas Barber's will of 1749 as the son of Elizabeth Jeffery (nee Barber). He was left ten pounds in the will.2
A John Jeffery is listed in the 1754 Poll for the Knights of the Shire for Tunbridge as owning and occupying a house. A Robert Jewhurst is listed as occupying a house owned by John Jeffery.3

Citations

  1. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) "source film number     0845142, 0845143."
  2. [S341] Will of Thomas Barber of Tonbridge, Kent, England, made 16 May 1749, proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 16 Jun 1749. (TNA: PROB 11/770/346).
  3. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "Ancestry.com. UK, Poll Books and Electoral Registers, 1538-1893 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012."

Kate Jeffery

b. 1872, d. 3 October 1951
FatherAlfred Jeffery b. 22 Jan 1837, d. 14 May 1920
MotherMary Ann Holmwood b. 1841, d. 1882
     Kate Jeffery was born in 1872 at Rusthall, Kent, England.1 She was the daughter of Alfred Jeffery and Mary Ann Holmwood.
Note death certificate (USA) gives date of birth as 11 May 1871. Should this be 11 May 1872?
On 2 April 1911 Kate Jeffery and Alfred Jeffery lived at Percy Cottage, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.2
Kate Jeffery married Arthur Stevens in 1916 at Eastbourne, Sussex, England.3
Kate Jeffery emigrated circa 1938 to Virginia, United States.
On 23 April 1940 Kate Jeffery lived at Amsterdam, Virginia, United States, widow.4
Kate Jeffery witnessed the death of Percy Jeffery on 19 February 1944 at Troutville, Virginia, United States.5
In 1951 Kate Jeffery lived at 1348 Morningside St, Roanoke, Virginia, United States, (widow.)
Kate Jeffery died on 3 October 1951 at M&CC Hospital, Roanoke, Virginia, United States. 6:53pm.
Kate Jeffery was buried on 6 October 1951 at Troutville Cemetery, Troutville, Virginia, United States.
There is no gravestone for Kate at the Troutville cemetery and it seems reasonable to assume that she was buried in the same grave as her brother, Percy Jeffery but that her name was not put on the headstone, perhaps because she was the last of the family there.

Family

Arthur Stevens b. c 1872, d. 1937
Marriage*
Kate Jeffery married Arthur Stevens in 1916 at Eastbourne, Sussex, England.3 

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Jul-Sep 1872, Tonbridge, Vol 2a Page 543."
  2. [S73] 1911 Census for England "RG14PN4046 RG78PN156 RD50 SD1 ED7 SN360."
  3. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jul-Sep 1916, Eastbourne, Vol 2b Page 169."
  4. [S285] 1940 Census for USA.
  5. [S733] Webpage "Virginia Gravestones" (https://virginiagravestones.org/) "https://virginiagravestones.org/view.php?id=16570."

Margaret Jeffery

     Margaret Jeffery and Alexander Farmer obtained a marriage licence on 16 September 1605 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England, Alexander of Rotherfield; Margaret of Worth, spinster. Sponsors: Alexander Farmer; Dominick MOUNGER /tailor Southover.1
Margaret Jeffery married Alexander Farmer, son of Thomas Farmer and Margaret Scot, on 18 September 1605 at Worth, Sussex, England.1
Margaret Jeffery witnessed the will of Alexander Farmer dated 4 January 1605/6 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.2

Family

Alexander Farmer b. c 1560, d. 5 Jan 1606
Marriage License
Margaret Jeffery and Alexander Farmer obtained a marriage licence on 16 September 1605 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England, Alexander of Rotherfield; Margaret of Worth, spinster. Sponsors: Alexander Farmer; Dominick MOUNGER /tailor Southover.1 
Marriage*
Margaret Jeffery married Alexander Farmer, son of Thomas Farmer and Margaret Scot, on 18 September 1605 at Worth, Sussex, England.1 

Citations

  1. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  2. [S451] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1593-1606 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/4) "Court of the manor of Rotherfield held Thursday 15 January 3 James I [1605/06].
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Martha Jeffery

b. 31 December 1839, d. 23 January 1922
FatherWilliam Jeffery b. 23 Jun 1811, d. 8 Jan 1880
MotherHarriet Langridge b. 14 Apr 1811, d. 29 Mar 1883
     Martha Jeffery was born on 31 December 1839 at Pilt Down, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of William Jeffery and Harriet Langridge.
Martha Jeffery was baptized on 2 February 1840 at St Andrew & St Mary the Virgin, Fletching, Sussex, England.2
Martha Jeffery married Silas Morris, son of William Morris and Eleanor Funnell, on 12 June 1869 at St Michael & All Angels, Little Horsted, Sussex, England.3
In 1871 Martha Jeffery and Silas Morris lived at Little Horsted, Sussex, England, with Martha's parents.4
Martha Jeffery witnessed the birth of Ada Morris on 27 August 1874 at Little Horsted, Sussex, England.5
The six Ben Jeffery letters (1872 to 1875) came from Martha via her daughter Ada Morris. Ben was Martha's brother who emigrated to New Zealand in 1872.
On 3 April 1881 Martha Jeffery and Silas Morris lived at Alchornes Cottages, New Town, Uckfield, Sussex, England.6
On 31 July 1890 Martha published the following notice in the Auckland Star newspaper under "Missing Friends": Benjamin Jeffery sailed in the Christian McAuckland for Dunedin, and in January, 1879, was staying at the Waihemo Hotel, Waihemo, Otago. Sister Martha. She was trying to restore contact with her brother, Benjamin Jeffery, who left for New Zealand in 1872 and whose last letter was dated 12 Aug 1875. It is likely that Ben never saw this as the comment made to me when his letters were handed down in the family (via Martha most likely) was that "he was never heard from again" (GGB).
On 5 April 1891 Martha Jeffery and Silas Morris lived at New Town, Uckfield, Sussex, England.7
By 1898 Silas and Martha were living in the Almshouses in Uckfield. These were charitable dwellings for the poor, often associated with the elderly. A postcard, date unknown, is addressed to Mrs S. Morris, Cedars Cottage, London Rd, Uckfield. They were still living in Uckfield in 1903.
In 1901 Martha Jeffery and Silas Morris lived at The Cedars, London Rd, Uckfield, Sussex, England.8
On 2 April 1911 Martha Jeffery lived at 12 Priory St, Southover, Lewes, Sussex, England, living with her son William and family.
According to research so far, Silas and Martha had three daughters and four sons. Two of them (Silas and Martha) emmigrated to the USA. However, according to the 1911 census, they had eight children and that two had died. A possibility for the eighth child is Maria Edith Morris born 1883 and died 1884 in Uckfield.9,10,11
After Silas died, Martha may have gone to live with family in Lewes where she died in 1922. Martha may also have spent some time with her daughter Ada in Brighton. Evidence for this is a postcard to a Mrs Morris at 40 Wood St Brighton which is addressed dear Mum from Lill (not dated but about 1905/10?). This was Ada Barber's address. Lillian is probably the wife of Silas Morris (Ada's brother).
Martha Jeffery died on 23 January 1922 at 14 Dorset Road, Lewes, Sussex, England, at age 82. She died of chronic bronchitis and myocardial degeneration.12
Martha Jeffery was buried after 23 January 1922 at Lewes Cemetery, Section 3, ZT4, Lewes, Sussex, England.
Martha's grave in the Lewes cemetery has a headstone which reads "In Loving Memory of our Dear Mother Martha Morris who fell asleep January 23rd 1922 aged 83, Peace Perfect Peace" and was well maintained when visited on 11.9.1988. It is apparent from the grave and various postcards retained by daughter Ada that Martha was a much loved mother. Martha's wedding ring and box have been handed down to the family by daughter Ada and were given to my daughter, Eleanor when her first child, Eveline was born in 2011 (GGB.)

Family

Silas Morris b. 9 Jan 1849, d. 11 Apr 1912
Marriage*
Martha Jeffery married Silas Morris, son of William Morris and Eleanor Funnell, on 12 June 1869 at St Michael & All Angels, Little Horsted, Sussex, England.3 
Children

Citations

  1. [S215] Birth certificate of Martha Jeffery, born 31 Dec 1839, registered 10 Jan 1840 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 7 Page 455).
  2. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  3. [S55] Marriage certificate of Silas Morris and Martha Jeffery, married 12 Jun 1869 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 171).
  4. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "Class: RG10; Piece: 1053; Folio: 72; Page: 10; GSU roll: 827486."
  5. [S209] Birth certificate of Ada Morris, born 27 Aug 1874, registered 7 Oct 1874 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 119).
  6. [S70] 1881 Census for England, "Class: RG11; Piece: 1053; Folio: 40; Page: 11; GSU roll: 1341249."
  7. [S71] 1891 Census for England "Class: RG12; Piece: 785; Folio: 46; Page: 29; GSU roll: 6095895."
  8. [S72] 1901 Census for England "Class: RG13; Piece: 900; Folio: 23; Page: 1."
  9. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Apr-Jun 1884, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 73, age 1 year."
  10. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Apr-Jun 1883, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 133."
  11. [S73] 1911 Census for England "RG14PN4953 RG78PN216 RD74 SD3 ED2 SN147."
  12. [S7] Death certificate of Martha Morris, died 23 Jan 1922, registered 23 Jan 1922 in the Registration District of Lewes, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 264).

Martha Jeffery

b. 27 March 1803
FatherBenjamin Jeffery b. 21 Mar 1770, d. 1840
MotherMary Harber b. 18 Apr 1779, d. 1859
     Martha Jeffery was born in 1803 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.
Martha Jeffery was baptized on 27 March 1803 at Balcombe, Sussex, England. She was the daughter of Benjamin Jeffery and Mary Harber.
Martha Jeffery married Richard Steadman Streater, son of Sarah Streeter, on 20 June 1829 at Balcombe, Sussex, England, both of this parish.1
On 30 March 1851 Martha Jeffery and Richard Steadman Streater lived at Warren, Balcombe, Sussex, England.2

Family

Richard Steadman Streater b. 27 Oct 1799
Marriage*
Martha Jeffery married Richard Steadman Streater, son of Sarah Streeter, on 20 June 1829 at Balcombe, Sussex, England, both of this parish.1 

Citations

  1. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  2. [S16] 1851 Census for England "HO107 piece 1642 folio 155 page 17."