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From: "Robert W. King" <>
Subject: RE: [ARIZARD-L] Jeffery
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 20:10:24 -0500
I failed to respond in time to the original message wanting to know about
the Jeffery surname, so I'm posting this in the blind.
The following is the text of a brass plaque mounted between the front doors
of the Mt. Olive Cumberland Presbyterian Church in western Izard County:
"Organized in 1826 under the name White River Cumberland Presbyterian
Church. In 1850 the name was changed to Mt Olive Cumberland Presbyterian
Church. The church was originally in the Arkansas Presbytery. The first
elder to represent the church at the Presbytery was Jehoida Jeffery in 1827.
In 1848 the church became part of the White River Presbytery, and is
considered to be the mother church of said Presbytery.
The current building was erected in 1916 by E. W. Jeffery & Sons. The land
was donated by Ambrose Jeffery. The materials were donated by Miles Jeffery.
In loving memory of David Hughley and John Wilson."
Then I have a second quotation from the Izard County Historian, Vol. 16, #4,
Oct 1985, page 32:
"Whatever happened to . . . Mrs. Pearl Dixon, postmistress at Mount Olive,
announced in 1939 that she had in her possession on of the oldest newspapers
in the state. It was the "Ulster County Gazette," dated January 4, 1800.
Although badly aged, she said the paper could still be easily read. It
contained four pages, set in small type. It was originally owned by Jehoida
Jeffery, who was born in Virginia in 1790 and was a great-great grandfather
of Mrs. Dixon."
As the two foregoing items make clear, Jehoida Jeffery was living in the
Mount Olive area in 1827 or earlier. His possession of the 1800 newspaper
suggests that he may have been there much earlier. From these and other
reading, I have the impression this gentleman, the progenitor of the sizable
Jeffery clan in Izard County was an early (if not The first) settler in the
Mount Olive vicinity on the White River where he operated a smithy and a
number of other enterprises.
Robert W. King
I'm an ingenieur, NOT a bloody locomotive driver!
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