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From: "Peter Wilson" <>
Subject: Jeffries in Virginia tobacco trade
Date: Sun, 05 Mar 2006 07:17:18 -0600
Thank you for an illulminating sketch of a family prominant
in the Virginia tobacco trade.
>From: "Robert Jeffries" <>
>HISTORY OF THE JEFFRIES' NAME
> The name Jeffries means "At Peace with God". Each European
>language influenced the others to a certain extent. In all the names there
>are different spellings, according to the vowels used.
> The Norman Conquest of England, by William the Conqueror, in
>1066, brought many of his Norman friends into England with him, as the
>ruling class. At this time Geoffrey, from the Norman Geoffrei, came to
>England. This led to the origin of the names: Jeffries, Jefferies, Jeffrey,
>Jeffreys, Jeffress, Jefferson, etc. All of these spellings are commonly
>found today in England, and in all countries, which had England as a mother
>country. The name, in England, seems to have gradually changed from
>Geoffrey, to Geoffreys, Jeffroys, Jeffery, Jeffreys, Jeffers, Jeffries,
>Jefferies, and to Jefferson. In my research I have found it spelled in
>almost all of these ways in Virginia. Sometimes the name of a person, in a
>deed, might be spelled two, or three, different ways by the same person in
>the same deed. (From the time of my ancestor's marriage, on February 10,
>1770, in Christ Church Parish, of Middlesex County, William who could write
>his own name always wrote it spelled as Jeffries).
> Between the years 900 and 1900 there are 207 Geoffeys listed
>in the French book: "Repertoir Des Sources Historiques Du Moyne Age'" It
>would seem that the name has remained popular in France also. I have
>personally seen the name on storefronts in Australia.
> A high point of the name, in Virginia, took place in 1691.
>when our ancestor, Sir Jeffery Jeffreys, was named and appointed by the
>House of Burgesses to become the first official representative for the
>colony in the English Parliament to represent Virginia in all official
>matters, which might come up there.
> Another high point, of the name, during the last half of the
>1600's, in colonial Virginia was a Colonial Governor, Herbert Jeffreys, who
>was appointed by the king to replace the governor there at that time. He
>was an old man at the time, and although he only lived for one year as a
>governor he did many things which helped the colony in its early years.
> Some people say the low point found for the Jeffries' name,
>during these years, was that of George Jeffries in England. He was
>appointed Lord Chancellor of England, the highest judge in all England, by
>King James II and was a very cruel judge. At his trial, before being
>sentenced and locked up in the Tower of London George said he was only
>doing what King James had told him to do. King James said he did not order
>and was not around when George carried out some of his cruel acts. I have
>seen records where he brought up four large horses and had one man's arms
>and legs tied to the horses and then had the horses beaten until the man
> As I mentioned in my last message, Alderman John Jeffreys became
>very wealthy in London, but I didn't explain how. He owned many tobacco
>warehouses there (some of which were burned in the great fire of London),
>he also owned several shipping lines (almost every ship he owned was
>captained by a Jeffries), and he owned many thousands of acres of land in
>Virginia (I believe every overseer or foreman to oversee his lands was by a
>Jeffries.) The following is what I have found about him, and his two
>nephews, and an Edward Jeffries, who I know my line goes back to. Sir
>Jeffery Jeffreys (I don't know how he got that name) had a father, a son
>and several cousins with the first name of Edward, but it makes the
>research of finding the ancestors of my Edward for certain that much
>harder. (Another point is that Lord Chancellor George Jeffreys had a
>brother, a Captain, in the army of the King of England during the Civil War
>who was named Edward. When the army lost it is said that most of the
>King's officers were rounded up and sent to Barbados, and many of these
>later slipped off to Virginia.
>From items I have found I believe my Edward Jeffries came to Virginia from
>Barbados with the Wilson family and he married Elizabeth Wilson soon after
>they arrived around 1680 in Richmond County. She was a daughter of Henry
>Wilson. Many of Edward's descendents married into families, who had
>arrived in Virginia from Barbados, such as the Charleton, Swepstons,
>4. ALDERMAN JOHN JEFFREYS, OF LONDON, TOBACCO MERCHANT SHIP, LAND AND
TOBACCO WAREHOUSE OWNER
> John Jeffries was born in Wales in 1614. He moved
>from Llywell Community of Brecknockshire County, Wales to London, during
>the reign of Charles II, where he was elected an Alderman and forever
>afterwards was called Alderman John Jeffries.
> He was a tobacco merchant and had many acres of land in
>Virginia, and maybe also in the West Indies, because he imported much
>tobacco from both Virginia and the West Indies. He became extremely
>wealthy and had many shipping lines and tobacco warehouses on the London
>waterfront. He lost over 20, 00 pounds sterling worth of goods in the Great
>Fire of London. It did not take him long to have other warehouses built.
>Owning land in London and many other places.
> He died without any children on November 6, 1699 at the
>age of 74 years old, and left a fortune of over 300,000 pounds sterling to
>his two nephews. His will was proven on November 20, 1688. He was buried
>in St. Andrews Undershaft Church, in a vault by the Communion Table in
>London. In the 1600's there was much money to be made from the sale of
>Virginia tobacco in England and John took full advantage of this in every
>possible way. He owned many tobacco warehouses in London, his own shipping
>lines, and large areas of land in Virginia plantations. He became extremely
>wealthy, and when he died unmarried and without any children of his own he
>left everything to his two nephews, John and Jeffery Jeffries. He had taken
>these young sons of his brother, educated and trained them in all phases of
> There was a close connection between Alderman John
>Jeffreys and his two nephews to Lord Chancellor George Jeffreys, although
>they were not related they all were born in Wales. Alderman John Jeffreys
>lent Lord Chancellor George Jeffreys money when he bought his estate in
>Leicestershire. John also left George Jeffreys two thousand pounds
>sterling in his will. Lord Chancellors brother Sir Thomas Jeffreys was an
>agent for Alderman John Jeffreys in Spain and for his nephews after
>Alderman Johns death. He also said he left 2,000 pounds to Georges son,
>John Jeffreys and the Aldermans Godson, if he pleased his father and did
>as his father asked him to do, but if he did not do it he left the 2,000
>pounds to Jefferys father.
> On February 25, 1653 Sam Chew, Hugh Wilson, and Thomas
>Bowler swore in court that they were witnesses when John Jeffries, a London
>merchant, turned his Power of Attorney for his Virginia affairs over to
>Richard Lee I. (This was the original immigrant ancestor of Robert E. Lee
> In March 1653 Abraham Moone was granted 1700 acres of land in the
>upper side of the Rappahannock River, in Lancaster County, Moone received
>the land for transporting 14 persons, including a William Jeffries, to
>Virginia. On April 6, 1654 Abraham Moone, an attorney for Alderman John
>Jeffries sued Edwin Conway, in the Lancaster County court. Edwin did not
>appear in the court to answer the charges and had to pay the 16 pounds, 16
>sterling, and 0 pence he owed Alderman Jeffries.
> On September 7, 1655 Alderman John Jeffries, of London, spoke
>up as a character witness for Richard Lee I of Virginia. Colonel Lee had
>sent plate bullion and household goods to London to have his coat-of-arms
>placed on them. England's custom's authorities did not object when the
>plate bullion entered England, but they said the law would not allow plate
>bullion, in any form, to leave England. They then seized the shipment.
>After Alderman John Jeffries spoke up for him, the shipment was allowed to
>continue on its way. Years later, in his will Colonel Richard Lee left a
>friendship ring to his good friend, Alderman John Jeffries.
> On July 9, 1656 Alderman John Jeffries and his partner Thomas
>Coleclough were witnesses to a deed for Henry Chickley of Lancaster County.
>In it he promised to pay 1,543 pounds of tobacco, at his plantation in
>Rappahannock County on January 10, 1657 for a brown bay horse delivered to
>Mr. Cuthbert Fennicke and recorded on May 13, 1658 in London.
> Armiga Warner asked for indemnity on a bond of 800 pounds he
>had paid on an agreement he signed with John Jeffries, a London merchant.
>He had agreed to transport 100 Irishmen to Virginia, but he could not do
>so, because Ireland had surpressed his ship for state's service. The
>Council ordered that Mr. Scobell and Mr. Jessup, Clerks of the Council,
>bring the two parties together to try to settle the differences in a
>friendly manner. It this was not possible, they were to report it back to
>the Council. This case was shown in the Interregrum Entry Book, Volume 104,
>on page 153.
> On May 25, 1657, in Lancaster County, William and Martha (Rice)
>White obtained Alderman John Jeffries as an attorney to secure from Colonel
>Robert Hooper, and merchant in London, a debt they were owed. The Whites
>owed Alderman John Jeffries 13,000 pounds of tobacco at this time. On
>December 20, 1660 Martha and William White mortgaged for lifetime their
>parcel of land in Lancaster county for the payment of 13,000 pounds of
>tobacco they owed Alderman John Jeffries and Thomas Coleclough. They had
>signed the agreement on October 27, 1652. The land had been give to Martha
>by her former husband, Thomas Rice, in his last will and testament. On
>March 17, 1658 Jeremiah White and George Hewett, guardians of the children
>of Martha and William White were told if they refused to pay the tobacco
>the land would be sold for the payment. Colonel John Carter then sold the
>land to Colonel Edward Carter, of Nansemond County, for 330 pounds sterling
>and the sale was recorded on February 1, 1661.
> Alderman John Jeffries, the London grocery and warehouse
>owner, is believed to have never lived in Virginia, but he owned much land
>there. He or his nephew by the same name, paid taxes in Lancaster County
>from 1687. He also owned much land in Stafford, Middlesex, Richmond and
>other Virginia counties.
> The Virginia Historical Magazine, Volume 18, on page 48
>says: "John Jeffries, Thomas Coleclough, and others were part owners of the
>ships: The Hopeful Luke, The Margaret, The John of Brookshire, The Cletian,
>The Anthony, The Brothers Adventure, The Henry and David, and The Thomas
>and Ann, which were all bound for Virginia. They were to transport in each
>ship 120 dozen pairs of shoes, six barrels of gunpowder, and one ton of
>shot. They paid customs and other duties for the same. This information
>came from The Interrequis Entry Book, Volume 133, on page 45.
> William Churchill, agent for Jeffery Jeffries, Merchant of London,
>presented a petition against Captain John Purvis, Commander of the ship
>Effinghawl. It said that on February 5, 1662 Jeffery Jeffries presented
>Captain Purvis with ten men and ten women to transport to Virginia. Captain
>Purvis, with his bill of lading dated February 8th obliged himself to
>deliver the twenty servants to the petitioner, William Churchill, on the
>Rappahannock River in Virginia. Captain Purvis did not deliver one of the
>men and one of the women worth 30 pounds sterling. The court found for
>William Churchill and Jeffery Jeffries for a total of 25 pounds and the
>cost of the court.
> On November 3, 1663 the judgment of the court against
>the estate of Mr. John Jeffries and Mr. Coleclough for 221 pounds, 14
>shillings, and 10 pence due to W. Roberts, deceased, the order was renewed
>to William Clenton to whom the said debt now belongs on April 13, 1669.
>Since the payment has long been delayed the said estate of Jeffries and
>Coleclough is now in the hands of Richard Parrott and it is ordered that
>the effects be seized from Richard Parrott and paid to Clenton. Mr. Robert
>Beverley is empowered as High Sheriff to seize and deliver the payment.
> Everything was not always good luck for Alderman John Jeffries, but
>when he had a loss he bounced back on his feet and continued to make much
>money. On the morning of September 2, 1666 a fire started in the baker's
>house in London, which began The Great Fire of London. All the houses were
>very close together and made with much pitch, tar, and other easy to burn
>items. Over 1,300 houses and 15 city blocks burned, as the fire spread down
>all of Fish Street, by London Bridge. It also burned down Thames Street
>with all its tobacco warehouses. Alderman John Jeffries, of Bread St. Ward,
>and a former M.P. for Brecknockshire, Wales had tobacco burned at a value
>of 20,000 pounds sterling in the fire, as shown in the book: "The Great
>Fire of London" on page 227 by W.G. Bell and printed by The Bedley Head of
>London. In all property valued at over ten million pounds were destroyed.
>(Although he was hurt financially by the loss of his warehouses and all the
>tobacco, he was so wealthy, by this time, that he was soon able to rebuild
>and continue his profitable business.) The following is an excerpt from the
>Diary of Samuel Pepys for September 2, 1666 on the Great Fire of London:
>"Jane tells me she hears that over 300 houses burned down by Fish Street,
>near London Bridge. The fire began this morning in the King's Baker's House
>in Pudding Lane. Everybody is attempting to move their belongings by
>flinging them into the river, or putting it on flat-bottomed boats. The
>houses were so full of matter for burning as pitch and tar on Thames
>Street, and warehouses of oil, wine, brandy, tobacco, and other things that
>stopping the fire was impossible."
> In May 1670 John Jeffries was a witness to a deed between
>Theophilus Weale and his
>wife, Elizabeth, and Thomas Doubleman in Rappahannock County.
> In November 1673 Cadwellader Jones, who must have been about
>21 years old at that time patented 1,443 acres of land in the freshes of
>the Rappahannock on the south side of the river below the falls. Also
>14,114 acres in the Stafford backwoods, later name Fairfax County on the
>drains of the Accotink and Pohick, Virginia Land Register Voleum 6, on page
>663. When Cadwallader Jones left Virginia in 1687 he conveyed his interest
>in this tract of land in Fairfax County, and his Rich Neck land in Essex
>County over to Alderman John Jeffreys of London.. (A later record in 1720
>of the Assembly said in the House of Burgesses in their Journal Records
>from 11713-1720 on page 288 recited that this land was then vested in
>Edward Jeffreys, Esquire, who was the son and heir of Sir Jeffrey Jeffreys
>who was also the heir of Alderman John Jeffreys.
> (It is difficult to keep the activities of the brother
>John Jeffries, who also became an Alderman, and his uncle, Alderman John
>Jeffries, because they were in the same business and worked so closely
>together. It is believed though that the records, which follow up until
>around 1685, were activities of the uncle and after 1685 were of the
>nephew. It is known the uncle died in 1688
>5. TWO BROTHERSALDERMAN JOHN JEFFREYS AND SIR JEFFERY JEFFREYS
> Although the older Alderman John Jeffreys died in 1698,
>probably around 1670 he took two of the young sons of his brother and
>taught them his trade. When he died he left everything to them. It is
>believed that for the last 25-30 years he did not travel to Virginia and
>most of the records after 1670 was by his young nephews for him. Their
>ancestors line has been traced back to around 500 A.D. and is found on the
>first zip disk on this family.
> The ancestors of the brothers, Jeffery and John Jeffries, had lived in
>Brecknockshire, Wales for at least five, or six, centuries. Soon after
>William the Conqueror arrived from Normandy, France in 1016 with some
>Jeffries in his group of soldiers. It is known that many of the Normans
>moved to and married in Wales.
> After November 1673 Cadwaller Jones, who owed the
>brothers a debt paid them by giving them l,443 acres of his land in the
>freshes of the Rappahannock River, in what is believed today to be the
>western parts of Richmond, Essex, Middlesex, and King and Queen counties.
>There were very many Jeffries' families, who lived in these counties for
>over 300 years, and many still live in the area today. Cadwaller Jones also
>paid them by giving them 14,114 acres of land in the Fauquier and Stafford
>county area of Virginia. Records show that these two county areas had more
>Jeffries than any other section of Virginia.
> On February 20, 1676 the General Assembly,
>meeting at Green Springs paid John Page 88 pounds of tobacco for
>Alderman John Jeffries.
> On December 13, 1677 Walter Whitaker, of Middlesex
>County, borrowed 600 pounds of English money from Alderman John Jeffries,
>through his agent Lieutenant Colonel John Burnham. This was at the time
>Walter bought his plantation,"Mehram's Neck", of 1,110 acres of land in
>Middlesex county. He was to pay off the debt by April 29, 1684. On February
>11, 1686 an indenture between Captain Walter Whitaker, of Middlesex county,
>on behalf of Alderman John Jeffries, of London, had an inventory taken of
>servants, slaves, cattle, horses, household items, and hogs delivered to
>John Jeffries, Esquire, with his tract of land, for debts he owed John.
>There were nine indentured servants, one of whom was named John Thompson,
>who still had two years to serve, two Negro women slaves, and many
>household items for a total of 129 pounds, six shillings, and eight pence.
>An agreement was made that if Walter paid off his debts on, or before,
>April 23, 1684 the indentures would be void. Since this was not paid by
>that date Captain Walter Whitaker, on February 11, 1686, in Middlesex
>county court had to turn over the property to Christopher Robinson,
>gentleman, for and on the behalf of Alderman John Jeffries, of the city of
>London. This was found recorded in the Middlesex County Deed Book 2 for
>1679-1688 on pages 74 and 75.
> The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 31,
>on pages 77, 78, and 79 says John Jeffries was named guardian of the minor
>son of Governor Herbert Jeffries in 1677/1678, but it is believed that John
>Jeffries was the governor's brother.
> Richard Parrott confessed in court that he had in
>his hands effects of Mr. Jeffries and Mr. Coleclough in the value of 200
>pounds sterling. John Jeffries, of London, was one of the executors of
>Richard Parrots estate, in Middlesex County on July 20, 1686. Richard's
>wife, Margaret, was to sell the estate to pay John's bill, but she died
>before the sale was completed. The estate contained 1,000 acres of land,
>four slaves, and forty head of cattle. A case brought into court to see
>those Walter Whitaker, Ralph Wormley, and Christopher Robinson, overseers
>of the will paid the bill.
> Many people lost property during Bacon's Rebellion
>against Governor William Berkeley. One of these was John Jeffries, who told
>the commissioners that Governor Berkeley had seized twenty pipes of his
>best wine and had paid him the lowest possible price. He said the governor
>also destroyed 63 pipes without paying anything for them. John said one
>half the pipes value would be satisfactory, but the commissioners told him
>he would receive the full price for all his missing wine. On June 19, 1678
>an Order of the Privy Council was given on a petition by John Jeffries and
>ten others on payment of a considerable sum of money in Bills of Exchange
>out of the Public Treasury of Virginia. (This was found in the Colonial
>Entry Book 80 on pages 248-251. John Page reported to the King's
>Commissioners that he had sold, for John Jeffries, some Negroes to Sir
>William Berkeley for 100 pounds. He received a bill from Captain Otho
>Thorpe, who now refuses to pay the bill. The commissioners said that the
>bill would be paid.
> On November 23, 1687 Alderman John Jeffries was included on a
>list of men, from Middlesex County, who was capable of funding and
>equipping a man and a horse to serve for him in the militia.
> On February 7, 1687 William Sherwood left his will
>in James City County. He owned a large part of Jamestown Island, including
>Pitch and Tar Swamp. He left all his property, following the death of his
>wife, Rachel, to Jeffery Jeffries, of London, Esquire. His widow, Rachel,
>married Edward Jacquelin, her third husband, but they had no children. On
>December 11, 1704 Sir Jeffery Jeffries deeded to Edward Jacquelin the 400
>acres he had received from William Sherwood's will. William Sherwood's will
>also said he wanted Jeffery to send a gravestone from London, which would
>read: "Here lies William Sherwood that was born in the Parish of White
>Chapel, near London, a great sinner waiting for a joyful resurrection". He
>also said: "I give to such poor of the parish of White Chapel as Jeffery
>Jeffries, Esquire, Mica Perry merchant, Matthew Bateman, and Joseph Bassett
>of the parish or any two of them shall think fit ten pounds sterling." He
>also said: "I give Mary Abotrobus ten pounds to be paid by Jeffery Jeffries
>and her full freedom, corn, and clothes, but if my wife do not think fit to
>keep Mary, or died, before she be free then I desire my friend William
>Edwards and his wife to take her. I give my loving wife, Rachel, the use of
>my personal estate during her natural life and after her death I give it to
>my very good friend Jeffery Jeffries, Esquire, or my wife may keep 1/2 and
>I give 2/3 to Jeffery Jeffries.
>An e-mail message I received about the above paragraph is as follows: I
>had found and included in my notes that Sherwood's main heir was Sir
>Jeffery Jefferies. Sir Jeffery owned much land in Virginia, including much
>in Old Rappahannock County, where Edward moved to and Thomas lived his
> Du Bellet vol.1, p.16) Sir William SHERWOOD = m.1 (in 1675)
>the widow of Richard JAMES, and was survived by (perhaps his second) wife
>Rachel who married secondly Edward JACQUELIN. Sherwoods patents included
>Doegs Island in Stafford, 670 acres (formerly MOTTRAMs) and 308 acres,
>altogether over 1,000 acres. SHERWOODs principal heir was Jeffery
>JEFFERIES of London , see PIPER-SHERWOOD 4/32/7.
> Virginia Court Records of the Deed and Will Abstracts of Stafford
>County, Virginia for 1686-1689 by The Antient Press and published by Ruth
>and Sam Scaracio of 1320 Mayflower Drive in McLean, Virginia in 1989 shows
>the following information: On April 25, 1688 at James City County John
>Jeffereys, Esquire, presented a plea of debt agains Francis Dade and his
>wife, Frances, administrix of Mrs. Mary Townsend, who was justly indebted
>to him for three hundred and five pounds and ten shillings and eleven pence
>sterling besides the interest, which made a total sum of 13,521 pounds of
>tobacco and a casket due on the balance of the estate of the above deceased
>and in the hands of the administrators, also a mullatto boy valued at 3,000
>pounds and a cask, who was said by Francis Dade to be dead before the
>appraisement of the Townsend estate. It was ordered that the estate pay
>the sum of 13,521 pounds of tobacco and a cask to John Jeffreys, Esquire.
> In the Stafford County Court Virginia Order Book Francis Dade
>and Frances, his wife and daughter of Robert Townsend, late of the county
>deceased, and John Washington as guardian and friend of Mary Townsend, also
>a daughter of Robert Townsend on 7th day of February 1650 received a patent
>from William Berkley, Knight, for 2,200 acres of land, known as Rich Neck,
>then situated and lying in the county of Northumberland, which Robert
>Townsend her settled upon until his death. In the last six months a Thomas
>Derrick, Jr. settled upon the land, cut the timber, and plowed up the soil
>with a damage worth 5,000 pounds of tobacco. Thomas Derrick, Jr. came into
>court and vouched that Sir Jeffery and John Jeffries, the heirs and
>executors of John Jeffries, late of London, Esquire, but now deceased, are
>the landlords and who he rented and leased the land from.
> John Washington, cousin of Captain Lawrence Washington,
>George Washington's grandfather, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Robert
>Townshend, deceased, had inherited Newton Bromswold Manor in England. On
>November 7, 1694 the Letters of Administration shows she was a widow and
>late of Newton Bromswold, which had been granted to Jeffery and John
>Jeffries, her principal creditors. In 1697 Jeffery Jeffries gained full
>title to the entire Manor, in Northampton County, England before getting to
>America. The manor consisted of 120 acres, two orchards, two gardens, 14
>acres of meadow, 13 acres of pasture, and two messanges. (In England, where
>land was valued much higher than in Virginia, this would have had an
>extremely high value.) Townshend's tombstone still exists in Albecon of
>King George County, Virginia. (The above three paragraphs shows for several
>years George Washingtons ancestors and our Jeffries ancestors knew and
>had business relations with each other. At this time George Washington was
>not as famous as he later became, but considering the man he later became,
>his ancestors must have been outstanding people also.)
> Alderman John Jeffries, the uncle, died in 1688,
>but it is still difficult to separate some of his actions from that of his
>nephew. Although Alderman John Jeffries never lived in Virginia, the two
>nephews lived there for various periods of time in handling their uncle's
>business. It is unknown how long they lived there, but it is known they
>never moved there permanently. Alderman John Jeffries visited Virginia
>fairly often, as a younger man, in his business transactions. The nephew
>especially liked Lancaster and Middlesex county areas of Virginia. Records
>show that he paid taxes in Lancaster County from 1687 until 1694. He bought
>land in Middlesex County from Jan Dudley in 1676, Jan Dudley, Ralph
>Wormley, and John Burnham in 1678, and for Walter Whitaker. From court
>cases, land sales, and gifts, etc. he must have owned much land in
>Middlesex County. I have personally studied the land sales in Middlesex
>County and can find very little, if any, of this land was ever sold. It is
>believed descendents of his family did move to the county and settled
> The book: "Planters of Colonial Virginia" on page
>131 from: "The Colonial Entry Book of the British Public Record Office" on
>pages 365-367 it says: "Alderman John Jeffries and his brother Sir Jeffery
>Jeffries, were the principal importers of slaves into early Virginia."
> Alderman John Jeffries, the nephew, was also a Member of
>Parliament several times. He married Elizabeth Stuart, a daughter of
>Anthony Stuart, and they had a son they named John Jeffries.
>In 1692 he served as a member of Parliament for Randnor County, Wales, in
>1701-1792 he serve there for Marlborough, from 1702-1705 he served there
>for Brecknockshire County, and 1689 and 1698 he served as an alderman from
>Brecon, and in 1698 and 1711 he served as a Bailiff from Brecon. In Aoril
>he bought Pencoed Castle from Sir Rowland Gwynn, and on in April 1701 he
>bought the Manor of Caerwent from Sir John Williams of Llangibby. He left
>a charity to the poor of Llywel. On October 20, 1715 he died in Richmond,
>Surrey. He had married a daughter of Anthony Stutt and they lived in
>Sheen, Surrey. His son, John Jeffreys of Sheen Surrey for Brecknockshire
>County from 1734-1747, and from 1747 until he died in 1766 he was a Member
>of Parliament for Dartmough. From 1742-1746 he was Joint Secretary of the
>Treasury. From 1752-1754 he was Joint Secretary to the Chancellor of the
>Exchequer. From 1754-1766 he was Warden of the Mint. From 1755-1766 he
>was Deputy Ranger of St. James and Hyde Park. In 1761 he was Commissioner
>of Lieutenancy for the Tower Hamlet. He sold Pencord and Caewent in 1749
>to Admiral Thomas Matthews of Llandaff.He died in 1776 and left his estates
>to Walter Jeffreys of Brecknockshire.
>HOUSE OF BURGESSES ON FRIDAY MAY 22, 1691THE SELECTION OF SIR JEFFERY
>JEFFREYS AS THE FIRST REPRESENTATIVE FOR VIRGINIA IN ENGLANDS PARLIAMENT
>TO SPEAK UP FOR VIRGINIA IN ANY BUSINESS, WHICH MAY COME BEFORE PARLIAMENT
> The following information came from The House of
>Burgesses' Records, Volume 23, on Friday May 22, 1691, when they appointed
>Sir Jeffery Jeffries as Virginia's first official representative in
>England. The House met, confirmed the appointment, and drew up the
>instructions, which were as follows: "The House having made choice of the
>Honorable Jeffry Jeoffries, Esquire, to present to their Ma(ties) the
>congratulatory address of your Lieutenant Governor, Counsel, and Burgesses
>of the General Assembly the Petition to thir Ma(ties) from the Counsil, and
>Burgesses of the General Assembly the Petition from the Burgesses of fi(d)
>assembly, thereupon ordered some of the members to acquainte your
>Luietenant Governor and Counsel, therewith, who is answer returned a
>message by Mr. Edwards, Clerk of the Counsel, that their Honor concurred
>and approved of your choice of the House.
> ` The House agreed that the sum of 200 pounds sterling be
>ordered to be paid to the Honorable Jeffry Jeoffryes, Esquire, towards the
>defraying the charges and expence of presenting the address and petitions
>to the mat(ties) and soliciting and obtaining their Mat(ties) gracious and
>favourable answer thereupon sent a message to the Honable Council to
>acquainte them therewith, who reported that their Honors concurred with the
>House in the same, and also in your sum, ordered the Reverend Mr. James
>Blayre and the letter to the Honable Jeffry Jeoffryes, Esquire....
> Upon report of the conference with the council to your
>purpose certain instructions were agree upon by your Counsel and Burgesses
>to be give to the Reverend Mr. James Blayre for his guidance and direction
>in foliciting the Burgesse of your college and ordered to be fairly
>transcribed and also a letter to Jeffry Jeoffries, Esquire, requesting him
>to present several addresses and petitions to their Mat(ties)....
> Certain instructions to be followed and performed by Jeffry
>Jeoffries, Esquire, request to represent and personate this country in all
>publick concerns relating to the same in England were read and approved and
>ordered to be sent to the Council for their approbation....
> The instruction to be followed by Jeffries, Esquire,
>returned from the Council with the proposal of several amendments in an
>answer thereto in writing the fame were read and approved and ordered to be
>fairly transcribed accordingly...A letter from the Burgesses requesting the
>Honable Jeffry Jeoffryes, Esquire, to present a petition of theirs to their
>Mat(ties) read in the House and approved of....
> Instructions to be followed and performed by Jeffry Jeoffryes, Esquire,
>requested to represent and personate this country, in all Public concerns
>relating to the fame in England by desire of the House of Burgesses read in
>your House and approved of.....
> It is therefore Resolved and Ordered that the Rev. Mr. James
>Blayre have power to take up, upon credit in England such sum, or sums, of
>money to pay Mr. Jeoffryes on his visit to England." He was also directed
>to obtain an answer in the affairs from Sir Jeffery Jeffreys as to whether
>he would accept the appointment for 200 pounds sterling. Sir Jeffery
>Jeffreys, Esquire upon all such necessary occasions to give credit to this
>country, for which he shall be reimbursed and satisfied on giving notice
>thereof to the General Assembly out of the moneys that shall arise from the
>duty and importation of liquor by virtue of an act made by this Assembly.
> It was ordered that this resolve be carried to the Council
>for their concurrence.
> For as much as the honorable Jeffery Jeffreys, Esquire hath
>been desired by this present General Assembly to accept the trouble of
>presenting several addresses and petitions of the honorable Council and
>Burgesses of this Assembly to their Majesty and in their behalf to Solicite
>and obtain a favorable answer thereto according to the Several instructions
>thereupon sent him and for as much as towards his expence and charge the
>sum of 2pounds pounds sterling hath been yet only ordered to be
>transmitted unto him, which perhaps may not be sufficient to answer the
>necessary distribution of fame.
> It is therefore resolved and ordered that whatsoever sum or
>sums of money Jeffery Jeffreys, Esquire shall find necessary to distribute
> and shall be by him distributed in or about the soliciting the said
>several addresses and obtaining their Majesty favorable answer thereto over
>and above the sum of 200 pounds sterling be and shall be duely satisfied
>and paid and remitted unto the Jeffery Jeffreys, Esquire or his order upon
>his significing the same to the General Assembly out of the moneys which
>shall heretofore arise from an importation laid upon liquor by virtue of an
>act made this present session of the Assembly.
> Ordered that this resolve be carried to the Council for
> The resolve of the House for Rev. Mr. James Blayer to have
>power to take up money in England on credit and not exceeding 200 pounds
>sterling returned from the Council.
> The resolve of the House for the reimbursing Jeffrey
>Jeffreys, Esquire such sum or sums of money as he shall disburse in or
>about soliciting several addresses and petitions to thief Majesties and out
>of the moneys first arising from the impetrating laid upon liquors this
>Assembly, returned from the council attended to.
> Forasmuch as the honorable Jeffrey Jeffreys, Esquire hath
>been desired by the House of Burgesses to accept the trouble presenting a
>petition of theirs to their Majesty and in their behalf to solicit ate and
>obtain a favorable answer thereto according to several instructions
>therewith sent him and forasmuch as the time cannot be done without
>expending and charge. It is therefore resolved and ordered by the House of
>Burgesses that whatsoever sum or sums of money Jeffery Jeffreys, Esquire
>shall distribute and lay out in the management of the whole affair
>committed to him by the House of Burgesses shall be reimbursed the same out
>of the money arising from the importation layed upon liquor by the act of
> Resolved and ordered that the Speaker be desired to take
>care to send the several addresses and petitions this Assembly has agreed
>upon to be presented to their Majesties and duplicates thereof and
>particularly to give the petition of this House to transmit the same to the
>Honorable Jeffery Jeffreys, Esquire together with the letter and
>instructions relating thereto, and also duplicates of each with copies of
>all such other papers as shall be thought usefull and necessary to
>accompany the same. (This is copied word for word the best that I could
>read the writing, which took place in the House of Burgesses in 1692. As
>far as I could ever find my great, great, great, great, great, great,
>great, great grandfather, Jefferry Jeffreys, must have fulfilled his duty
>and represented the Colony of Virginia very well in Parliament.)
> In the book: "Institutional History of Virginia," volumes 1
>and 2 by Philip Alexander Bruce and published by G. P. Putnam's Sons in
>1910 on page 210 it is said: "Jeffrey Jeffries was appointed Commissioner
>for Virginia in London and in the same year, he was instructed to obtain
>first a confirmation of the power exercised by the General Assembly of
>making laws not repugnant to the general laws of England; secondly the
>royal approval of the proposition that no tax should be laid on the people
>of the Colony without previous assurance of their consent, and finally a
>full guarantee that the Virginians and their posterity should enjoy these
>various privileges, franchises, and immunities belonging by birth to every
>English subject, and should also have the full benefit of the great charter
>and all other statues and state papers regulating the liberty of the
> Some of the acts Sir Jeffrey did for the colony, in
>Parliament was: Presented a Petition to enlarge the colony by having the
>Northern Neck section added to the colony, making efforts to improve the
>defenses of the colony, and conducting negotiations regarding the three
>pence a pound duty on tobacco.
> On May 22, 1691 the Assembly thanked him for his good
>service in procuring a favorable answer to their petition to the House of
>Commons about the tobacco duty and it asked him to be the solicitor or
>agent for all of colonys business in England, which might arise from time
> On April 28, 1699 the Assembly record shows that no arms
>had been sent into the colony since 1692 when 200 were sent in by Jeffery
>Jeffreys, which were all burned in the state hous fire last fall in
> Middlesex County Court Order Book II, on page549, says: "John Bodgam
>is charged with taking two Indian slaves belonging to Sir Jeffery Jeffries,
>Esquire, on March 30, 1692. Another case brought against John Bodgam for
>taking one of Jeffery Jeffries' Indian slaves nine miles from the Jeffries'
> In 1692 a warehouse burned in James City and destroyed 200 guns,
>which were being furnished to the colony by Alderman John Jeffries.
> In Middlesex County Court Order Book 2 on page 691 it says: "Sir
>Jeffery Jeffries and John Jeffries, administrators of Alderman John
>Jeffries' estate, brought a case against the Honorable Ralph Wormley and
>Colonel John Armistead, as the executors of Robert Smith's estate on July
> On September 4, 1696 James Dudley gave Sir Jeffery Jeffries 86 acres
>of land, which had been sold to Dr. William Dudley, James' grandfather, for
>debts he owed Sir Jeffery, he also bound himself over to Sir Jeffery for
>100 pounds sterling. On December 4, 1696 James Dudley sold Jeffery Jeffries
>80 acres of land in Middlesex county for 40 pounds of Virginia money
>between the land of the late Dr. Whitehead and William Dudley. James' wife,
>Ann, relinquished her rights to the land.
> On July 4, 1697 Elizabeth Gardner, of St. Mary's Parish, in
>Maryland, widow of John Waire, of Rappahannock county, Virginia, but now of
>Richmond county, sold 2,502 acres of land and 32 perches of land formerly
>in Rappahannock, but now Richmond county, in Sittenbourne Parish, to
>Jeffery Jeffries. This also included the old houses and buildings, for the
>sum of 300 pounds of lawful English money. One of the settler's lands,
>which this land touched was that of James Matthews.
> Christ Church Parish Register says for tax purposes Sir
>Jeffery Jeffries owned 428 acres of land in Middlesex County. I've found
>many records showing where Jeffery and his brother, John Jeffries, bought
>much land in Middlesex and other counties, but I have found very few
>records that they ever sold any of their land. It is believed they left
>their Virginia land to relatives, who settled in the colony.
> In 1702 Sir Jeffery and Alderman John Jeffries sold Barn
>Elms, located on the Plankstank River, near Hatfield, in Middlesex County,
>to Edmund Berkeley. Barn Elms became the home of the Berkeley family in
>Middlesex County and was settled in 1712-1713.
> In 1704 Christ Church Parish said that for tax
>purposes Sir Jeffery Jeffries owned 428 acres of land in Middlesex County.
> Governor Francis Nicholson, on June 28, 1704 asked all
>the churchwardens, of every parish, to send him an account of whether the
>parishes had received any of the Great Bibles given to the parishes by the
>Honorable Sir Jeffery Jeffries to be used by the ministers.
> On December 11, 1704 Sir Jeffery Jeffries, Knight, and
>Alderman of London sold a 400-acre plantation, in James City County,
> In 1705 Sir Jeffery Jeffries and about twenty other
>merchants, in London, wrote a letter asking the king for permission to
>trade and sell their tobacco to Russia.
> In the book: KNIGHTS BACHELORS bu W.A. Shaw pm
>page 271 he says: Jeffery Jeffreys, sheriff of London, became a knight on
>October 20, 1699 He had become a sheriff and an Alderman and a member of
>Parliament for his native Breconknockshire until he died leaving a large
>estate in 1709. His will is in P.C.C. Lane on page 247. The Publication
>of the Halleian Society in its Le Neves Pedigrees of Knights by George W.
>Marshall, Lld in London, England in 1873 says the following: Jeffery
>Jeffreys, Esquire, of London, was knighted at Kennington in the bedchamber
>on October 20, 1699. His fathers name was Watkyn Jeffreys of
>Brecknockshire, Wales. The Coat of Arms was described as: Sable a chevron
>between three spears, heads Arg imbrued at points. These were the Arms
>used at the funeral with many quarterlies of the Welsh tribes in the
>pedigree. Thomas drew a pedigree for Sir Jeffrey Jeffreys, without
>consulting the King of Arms or any of the college.
> He had married Sarah, daughter and coheir of Nicholas
>Dawes, and she survived her husband. They had two sons: Edward Jeffreys,
>who inherited all of his fathers Virginia land, and Nicholas Jeffreys, who
>died single. The also had three daughters: Mary Jeffreys, Bridgett
>Jeffreys, and Anne Jeffreys, who married John Merica. Jeffery Jeffreys
>bought the Priory Brecon, King Henry VIII had declared that all religious
>houses with an annual income of less than 200 pounds had to be dissolved.
>The Priory House, where the monks had lived was sold to layman Jeffery
>Jeffreys of the Town Family, the daughter of Colonel John Jeffreys, brother
>of Virginia Colonial Governor Herbert Jeffreys. She then sold the Priory
>to Sir Jeffery Jeffreys of the Llywel Family. The Priory is still used as
>part of the Brecon Cathedral. Sir Jeffery also gave 800 pounds sterling to
>Christ College in Brecon. Sir Jeffery Jeffreys died on Tuesday October 25,
>in 1709 and was buried in the vault beside his Uncle, Alderman John
>Jeffreys, on November 7, following his 57th birthday.
> Sir Jeffery Jeffries died on the road near Marleburgh
>coming from Bath, on Tuesday October 25, 1709. He was buried in the vault
>with his uncle. He had married Sarah Dawes, daughter of Nicholas Dawes. Sir
>Jeffery and Sarah had five daughters and two sons. One of these sons,
>Edward, inherited his entire father's Virginia land. (Although some records
>say that Edward never moved to Virginia, there was a very wealthy Edward
>Jeffries, who married in Richmond County in 1686 and continued to live
>there for about the last 30 years of his life, until his death in 1715. Sir
>Jeffery owned much land in Richmond County, and it joined Lancaster County,
>where he also owned much land, and was just across the Rappahannock River
>from Middlesex County, where he also owned much land.)
> On October 15, 1715 Alderman John Jeffries, the nephew, died in
>Richmond, Surry, England.
> Two of the most important paragraphs I believe I have found in
>all of my research, both of which were discovered in Magazines of History
>And Genealogy of Virginia. Although I had earlier found in a source in
>England that Sir Jefferys son, Edward had gone to Spain and died there. I
>believe the neighbors and Assembly of Virginia knew this Edward better than
>the author of the book published in England.
> On February 10, 1720 Robert Carter, of Rappahannock County,
>wrote in a letter that Edward Jeffries owned 14,000 acres of land in the
>backwoods of Stafford County, and that he had never paid any quitrents on
>any of it. He had gotten the land from Sir Jeffery Jeffries' inheritance
> In 1720 the House of Burgesses, in Assembly, stated that
>the land along the Rappahannock River, in Essex county, which had earlier
>been in Rappahannock county, known as "Rich Neck" belonged to Edward
>Jeffries, the son and inheritor of Sir Jeffery Jeffreys land.
> An e-mail from my brother Gene, who is one of the best
>genealogist I know to absolutely want proof before accepting anything in
>genealogy in the answer to a message I sent him had the following to say
>about the above two paragraphs: The two paragraphs above tell me the
>authorities in Virginia were pretty certain Edward was Sir Jeffery
> My brother, Gene, is one of the most accurate and careful
>genealogical researchers I have come across and after I sent him a copy of
>the two paragraphs above I received the following answer:
> Hello good brother, Picked through your message twice
>and went back and read some of the information (David Jeffries letters of
>Wales) and believe you have some good references.
> Your conclusion of the connection to Edward, Sir Jeffery and
>Alderman John (1) is possible. Probably more than possible but I can't say
>for sure either. We are looking at so many Edwards, Williams, Thomas' etc.
>that it may never be proven for sure. Just include your new info on the
>next disk you distribute.
> Gene Jeffries, 30 Eastgrove Ct., Columbia, SC 29212 Voice:
>5. EDWARD JEFFRIES OF RICHMOND COUNTY, VIRGINIA
> Although Edward Jeffries, born about the middle of the
>1600's, is thought to be related, or maybe the son of Sir Jeffery Jeffries,
>who inherited the lands of Sir Jeffery Jeffries and his brother, Alderman
>John Jeffries, in Virginia, some researchers say the son of Sir Jeffery
>never moved to Virginia. It is known for certain that this Edward Jeffries
>lived in Barbados, and then lived in Virginia for about 15 years. He may
>have been an uncle, or grandson of Sir Jeffery by the same name. It is
>known he was a wealthy man also. Not only did Sir Jeffery have a son named
>Edward, but he also had a father and other relatives with this first name.
> It is known Edward was in Old Rappahannock County
>(now Richmond County) by January 19, 1672 when the earliest record I can
>find of him buying land in the county occurs.
> In 1680 Edward Jeffries, his wife, and six slaves were
>listed as living in Barbados, just before they sailed for Virginia.
>(William Swepston, the first of the Swepston family line also came to
>Virginia in the late 1600's from Barbados. The Jeffries and Swepston
>families were extremely close for 150 years and it is possible they knew
>each other, and maybe came to Virginia on the same ship.)
> On February 3, 1681 Matthew Kelly sold his property, in
> Sometimes before March 14, 1686, when Henry Wilson's will
>named Edward Jeffries as his son-in-law. Edward had married Elizabeth
>Wilson, the daughter of Henry Wilson. Henry's will also named his
>granddaughters Prudence and Elizabeth Jeffries as he left each of them a
>heifer, and his grandsons William and Thomas Jeffries, who he left his 415
>acre plantation known as "Wilson's Quarters" for as long as they didn't
>bother his son. An e-mail I received provided the following information on
>Henry Wilson and his family.
> An e-mail I received on Henry Wilson, Elizabeths father is as follows:
>Henry WILSON born ca 1620 in England died 1688 in RAPPAHANNOCK Co, VA. He
>married 1654 in Leeds, England to Sarah ? who was born 1624 in England.
>Their children were.........
>1. Elizabeth christened Sep. 5, 1655 or 1656 in Wakefield, England married
>1676 in RAPPAHANNOCK Co. VA. to Edward JEFFRIES,
>2. Thomas ch. June 15, 1655 in Leeds, England, and
> 3. Henry ch. Apr. 26, 1653 in Wakefield, England.
> If anyone can add anything to these please let me know. Ann Torbett PO
>Box 11432 College Station, TX. 77845
>Granddaughter, Esther Jeffries, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Jeffries a
>heifer. Esther married Thomas Charlatan. On April 12, 1715 Esters
>brother,. Esther and Thomas Charlatan had at least two children: (A) Wilson
>Charlatan, who had been born on
>Thomas Jeffries appeared in the Richmond county court and stated that
>Thomas Charlatan had departed his life without leaving a will. Thomas
>Jeffries was then given the administration of the estate
> Good morning Robert, I read a query you wrote on October
>16, 2000 concerning the Jeffries and Wilsons. You were asking for
>documentation that the Jeffries came from Barbados. I am researching
>George Bruce 1650-1715, the same time frame you mentioned. I would like
>know if you have any information on a deed of gift from Edward Jeffries to
>five of the children of this George Bruce ca 1687. The children are
>identifed as Hens field, Charles, Elizabeth, William & John. The source is
>said to be Old Rappahanock vol 1680-88 p 408. I have not found this source
>document but found it in a published book. Also, there is a court case
>between George Bruce 1650-1715 in which he gave a deposition in a Barbados
>ship case. It can be found at Westmoreland Co. Record Book marked Deeds,
>Patents, & 1665-1677, pages 106 & 107. This may provide a clue if a
>connection could be made between the Bruces and the Jeffries. In addition,
>there were Wilson connections to the Bruces. In fact, in the case
>mentioned, dated Sept 23, 1670, it states that John Wilson "came to him
>(Abraham Hewes) in ye Barbados and agreed for a parcel of goods and
>servants to come with ye said Hawes to Virginia...". Also a deposition of
>William Canaday stating the same thing. William Bruce, son of George
>1650-l715 mentioned in his will 29 Oct 1748 some books he had at Mrs.
> Thank you. Bea (Bruce) Hudson
> In a deed abstract of (Old) Rappahannock County, Virginia
>1686-1688 it says that on page 405 is the following deed: Know all men by
>these presents that I, Edward Jeffries of the County of Old Rappahannock,
>planter, for divers good causes and consideration in hand paid me thereunto
> moving do make over from me my heiress one bay mare branded on the
>further buttock with E. W. the wrong way and a mare colt about ten months
>old with a white blaze down the face unto two children of George Bruce to
>them and their heirs forever but in case of the death of Elizabeth Bruce
>with out issue her interest thereof to fall to Charles Bruce, but in case
>of the death of Henfield Bruce his share to fall to William Bruce and in
>the case of his death then the foresaid mare and colt then to fall to
>George and John Bruce and their increase to be equally divided according as
>above mentioned when at the age of one and twenty years old I the above
>said Edward do warrant the said mare and colt from any persons whatsoever
>laying title thereunto the mare and colt I the said Edward Jeffries do
>oblige myself in deliver the said mare and colt into the custody of George
>Bruce, Sr. or in case of the death of the said George Bruce, Sr, then
>Georgie Bruce, Jr. to take the above mentioned mare and colt into his
>custody and to have management thereof. I the said Edward Jeffries do
>oblige myself to acknowledge said premises in Rappahannock County court as
>witness my hand and seal on this 16th day of April 1688. The witnesses
>were R.A. Rymerr and XPHRI Ashcough. Presented in court on May 2, 1688.
> In this 1687 deed George Bruce and his seven named
>children were given a deed of gift and it recorded in court by Edward
>Jeffries. It was presented to the (Old Rappahannock Court) and approved on
>May 2, 1688. It said as follows: I, Edward Jeffries of the county of
>Rappahannock for divers good causes and considerations paid to me give one
>bay mare branded on the buttock with E. W. and a mare colt about ten months
>old to the two heirs of George Bruce forever, but in the case of mortality
>of Elizabeth Bruce with out interest then her share shall fall to Charles
>Bruce and in the case of mortality of Henfield Bruce his share shall fall
>to William Bruce, and in case of mortality of the above the mare and colt
>shall fall to George and John Bruce. Any increase from the mare and colt
>shall be equally divided, when the children are twenty one years of age.
> In 1689 Edward married second Mary, daughter of John Diskin, in
>Richmond County. He married third, Mary, daughter of Nicholas Putley in
>1698 in Richmond County. He married fourth, Elizabeth, relict of Nicholas
>Putley. It is unknown, by me at this time, who was the mother of Edward's
>other children, besides the ones named in Henry Wilson's will. It is known
>he was also the father of Margaret, John, and Esther Jeffries.
> On February 7, 1689/1690 Paul Woodbridge of one part and
>William Hanks, carpenter of the other part, both of Farnham Parish in Old
>Rappahannock County, sold William Hanks one hundred acres of land on the
>North Branch, commonly called Indian Town Branch beginning at a path called
>the School Path extending to the land of Edward Jeffries to Morattico Creek
>and from there to Robert Palmers land and then to the land of Paul
>Woodbridge. This deed was shown in the (Old) Rappahannock County Deed Book
>8 for 1688-1692.
> Deed Abstracts of (Old) Rappahannock County, Virginia for
>1688-1692 and published by the Antient Press by Ruth and Sam Sparacio of
>1320 Mayflower Drive in McLean, Virginia shows the following bill of sale:
>I, Edward Jeffries, for a valuable consideration received in hand assign
>over from me to James Orchard and his heirs all my right of a parcel of
>land bought by Matthew Kelly from Joseph Criswell bearing the date January
>19, 1672, and by Kelly over to me bearing the date September 2, 1681. I
>have set my hand and seal on May 6, 1690 in the present of Rees Evans and
>Edward Thomas. This was presented and accepted by the Rappahannock County
>Court on May 7, 1690.
> In Old Rappahannock County Deed Book A for 1688-1692 there
>was a deed made between Paul Woodbridge of Farnham Parish of Rappahannock,
>gentleman, of one part and William Hanks of Farnham Parish, carpenter of
>the other part. Paul Woodbridge for the consideration of 4,000 pounds
>Of tobacco in hand paid by bill by the said William Hanks hath granted unto
>William Hanks and his heirs one hundred acres of land moor or less lying on
>the north side of a branch commonly called or known by the name of Indian
>Town Branch bounded beginning at a marked pock hickory standing on the
>branch, thence along the path which is called the school path extending to
>the corner tree of the land of Edward Jeffries then to a white oak standing
>on a branch of Morattico Creek from thence to the line of Robert Palmer and
>so along the line of the said Palmer till it comes to a certain white oak
>thence along a new line through the land of the said Paul Woodbridge to a
>chestnut and from thence to the place where it first began. To have and to
>hold the said land with its boundaries and with warranty from me the said
>Paul Woodbridge my heirs to the said William Hanks and his heirs forever.
>In Witness whereof I have set my hand and seal. This deed was witnessed by
>William Woodbridge, Thomas Wilson, and Edward Jeffries and presented in
>court on September 2, 1691.
> Rappahannock County Court Order Book II listed Edward
>Jeffries as a juror on April 2, 1690. He was also on the Grand Jury of the
>county on July 2, 1690.
> The House of Burgesses Record shows that it appeared to the
>said Commission that the preparing and bringing in a bill to oblige the
>several proprietors of the several tracts of land called Brent Town. The
>tract now belonging to Mr. Henry Fitshugh and Henry Fitshugh, Jr. and the
>tract belonging to Edward Jeffries, Esquire in the county of Stafford to
>the said several tracts of land within three years on failure thereof shall
>be at liberty to enter for and hold the same was referred to the confidence
>of this section of the Assembly and the Petition in Stafford County praying
>an inspection into the Proprietors Office and complaining of many
>irregularities therein was referred to be considered when the said bill
>should be prepared and the said committee is of the opinion that it is not
>necessary to proceed further thereon.
> William and Edward Jeffries had cases against each other
>dismissed for a lack of persecution on May 10, 1692.
> On June 16, 1692 Edward Jeffries defended himself in a
>case brought by John and Richard Jones in Rappahannock County.
> On May 10, 1693 Edward Jeffries had a case again Daniel
>Diskin dismissed because of a lack of persecution.
> On January 10, 1697/`698 Edward Jeffries and John Williams
>were on the same Essex County, Virginia jury.
> The House of Burgess Record shows that upon consideration
>of the several proposition from King and Queen, King William, and Hanover
>Counties complaining of frequent murders, robberies, thefts and escapes
>committed by convicts imported into this colony and praying that a large
>reward may be given to the public for the appending such as shall commit
>such crimes and that their owners may be relieved and that a law may be
>made to discourage the great numbers imported and to prevent purchasers
>being imported by Mssters of ships and merchants when sell such convicts as
> On March 10, 1697 Walter Jones brought a case into court
>against Edward Jeffries for concealing a tithable for which he was to pay
>taxes. The case was referred to trial by jury.
> On March 7, 1698 Edward Jeffries, of Richmond County, and
>his wife, Mary, sold George Ward all their plantation lands in Essex
>County, on the north side of Hoskin's Pocoson. This land was part of the
>land given by Nicholas Putley, in his last will and testament to his wife,
>the above named Mary Jeffries. The land was sold for 6,500 pounds of sound
>and mercantile tobacco and caste.
> In March 1698 Edward Jeffries gave his warrant of attorney to Robert
>Coleman in Essex County.
> On July 30, 1698 the estate of Daniel Diskin paid a bill to Edward
>Jeffries and others.
> Thomas Wood and Eliza, his wife, did not appear in the Essex
>County Court in June 1699, to answer charges brought against them and they
>had to pay Edward Jeffries 1,750 pounds of sweet scented tobacco.
> The August 11, 1699 Essex County Court ordered Roger Jones'
>estate to pay Edward Jeffries the debt he was owed by the estate. This
>order was repeated on September 11, 1699 at the next court and the debt was
>said to be 1,700 pounds of sweet tobacco in a cast.
> In 1701 Edward Jeffries was listed as a witness to a deed in
> On June 3, 1701 Edward Jeffries was one of three men listed as
>witnesses to the will of John Ingoe, Sr. of North Farnham Parish, which was
>recorded on July 2, 1701.
> On November 23, 1702 was a witness to a will in Westmoreland
> Edward Jeffries brought a case into court against Elizabeth
>Bradley, executrix for Thomas Bradley's estate for 1,433 pounds of tobacco;
>Thomas Bradley owed on land he had bought from Edward in Richmond County.
> Edward Jeffries sued William Jenkins in court for 109 pounds of
>tobacco he was owed by the estate.
> When William Brockenbrough died in Richmond County, John and Mary
>Dalton, his executors paid Edward Jeffries 2,266 pounds of tobacco he was
>owed by the estate.
> On February l9, 1704 Edward Jeffries and his wife, Mary, sold
>to William Hanks 70 acres of land in Richmond County for 3,750 pounds of
>tobacco. This was part of 450 acres of land, which joined William Hank'
>land, on the north side of a branch issuing from Maine Branch between
>Robert Palmers and the said William Hanks.
> On October 4, 1704, in Captain Barber's account of imprisonment
>of 43 Indians for 24 days, in Richmond County, and he said Edward Jeffries
>was owed for their drinks, food, and board. On February 6, 1705 Edward came
>into court and swore on an oath that Captain Charles Barber owed him an
>unpaid account. The court ordered Barber to pay the account's debt. A
>blacksmith was also paid for making 16 pairs of leg irons, and a carpenter
>was paid for building a gallows. Edward was owed more than all the others
> In 1705 Edward Jeffries brought a case into Essex county court
>against the county sheriff for not bringing Dominck Belneham into court. On
>that same date Edward brought a case in the same court against Robert King.
> In the Richmond County Court on October 8, 1705 Edward
>Jeffries received a judgment of 126 pounds from the estate of Thomas
>Tfiniwick, from his widow.
> On April 4, 1706 Benjamin Moseley, executor of Colonel
>Mosely's estate in Essex County made payments to many people for debts owed
>by the estate with one of these being Edward Jeffries.
> On April 19, 1708 Edward Jeffries, of North Farnham Parish, in
>Richmond County, and his wife, Elizabeth, sold William Hanks some land for
>3,450 pounds of tobacco.
> Edward Jeffries' will, in Richmond County, which had his
>estate inventoried on August 4, 1714, named his wife, Elizabeth, his son
>John, and his daughters Prudence Palmer, Esther Charleton, Elizabeth
>Miskell, and Margaret Jeffries. It also named his grandchildren: Elizabeth
>Jeffries, and William Miskell. (Although William and Thomas are also known
>to have been his sons, Edward did not mention them specifically in his
>will. For about 200 years, or more, when a Jeffries' son married and began
>a family of his own his father gave them their share of his estate and
>often did not leave them anything in his will. It is believed that is the
>reason Thomas, who it is known was still living in Richmond County also,
>and William were not named in his will.)
> On July 7, 1714 Elizabeth Jeffries asked to be made the
>executrix of her husband, Edward Jeffries', estate in Richmond county.
>Edward's will On July 7, 1714 Elizabeth Jeffries asked to be made the
>executrix of her husband, Edward Jeffries', estate in Richmond county this
>is also abstracted in Estelle Clark Watson's book: "Some Martin, Jeffries,
>and Wayman Families and Connections of Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and
>Indiana" (Skokie, Illinois, Guild Press in 1965) mentions his wife,
>Elizabeth, his son John and his daughters Prudence Palmer, Esther
>Charleton, Elizabeth Miskell, and Margaret Jeffries, his granddaughter,
>Elizabeth Jeffries, and his grandson, William Miskell. (It is believed his
>son, William, was the William Jeffries, who died in Essex County around
>1701, but his son Thomas Jeffries was still living in Richmond County, and
>he was not mentioned in Edward's will. Edward may have given his oldest
>sons their share of his estate when they left home, married, and started
>families of their own, and that he did not mention them in his will. It is
>known that many descendents of this family continued this tradition in
>later years. (It is believed his son, William, was the William Jeffries,
>who died in Essex County around 1701, but his son Thomas Jeffries was still
>living in Richmond County, and he was not mentioned in Edward's will.
>Edward may have given his oldest sons their share of his estate when they
>left home, married, and started families of their own, and that he did not
>mention them in his will for that reason. It is known that many descendents
>of this family continued this custom for many years.)
> Virginia Magazine of History and Biography in Volume 17 on
>page 152 in Minutes of Council on April 1716 shows that on a petition by
>Robert Slaughter he asked for directions are given him on how to issue the
>proper process to summon Edward Jeffries, Esquire of London to Virginia.
> I know Edward of Richmond County died in 1714, but I dont
>know how long it took the word of it to get around in those days. On
>Saturday December 3, 1720 the Committee of Propositions and Grievances had
>under consideration a Petition from Stafford County complaining that a
>large tract of land in the county the bounds of which cannot be know
>because the grantees have not had the land surveyed and are unwilling to do
>so. The committee is informed that the tract is called Brent Town, and the
>two tracts belong to Mr. Henry Ffitzhurh and Henry Ffitzhugh the younger
>and the other tract belonging to Edward Jeffries, Esquire. It was asked
>that the tracts be surveyed within the next three years. A bill for the
>better discovering and securing the Quit Rents was read before the
>Committee. (My question is who was this Edward Jeffries, and was he alive
>at this time. I do know where the Jeffries got the 10,000 + acres in the
> I will close for now. Robert Jeffries
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