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Subject: Re: [JEFFRIES] Jeffries Family of VA & Elsewhere
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2009 18:33:15 -0000
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In the late-1700s, a John Brown married a Mary Kidd in Essex Co., VA. When Mary Kidd's father Henry Kidd wrote his will (written in 1785 and probated in 1793), both John Brown and a William Jeffries were witnesses or executors. In 1824, John Brown had apparenly died, and his estate appraisal in Essex Co., VA mentioned a Thomas Jeffries and a William Jeffries (and it appears that both men may have been doctors). Then in 1833-1834, as I recall, an apparent grandson of John Brown and Mary Kidd who was named Barrett (or Barnett) Brown married a Martha Jeffries in Essex Co., VA, and a Thomas Jeffries was the witness or surety. I do not know if this last Thomas Jeffries was the same Thomas Jeffries mentioned earlier, but I would certainly suspect that they were at least closely related. I SUSPECT that the Jeffries who are mentioned in your post are somehow related to the above Thomas and William Jeffries.
There was also a Thomas Jeffries who married Ann Adams Smith (I THINK that this marriage was in Richmond Co., VA versus in Essex Co., VA, but I could be wrong about that). Ann Adams Smith was a daughter of William Smith and Mary Belfield, and a granddaughter of Colonel Francis Smith and his second wife Ann Adams of Essex Co., VA (the Colonel's first wife had been Lucy Meriwether....and the above Mary Belfield was a graddaughter (as I recall) of Lucy Meriwether's sister Mary Meriwether....Mary Meriwether's second husband was a Mr. Belfield).
I do not know how/if the Thomas Jeffries who married Ann Adams Smith was related to the above Jeffries men in Essex Co., VA, but this Thomas Jeffries (who married Miss Smith) used the surname of "Swepson" as a given name for one of his children. This seems to prove that the Thomas Jeffries who married Ann Adams Smith was somehow part of the same overall Jeffries family as the members of the Jeffries family who ended-up in Lunenburg/Mecklenburg Co., VA (where at least a couple of men named Swepson Jeffries lived....that given name was used because the Jeffries family and the Swepson family had intermarried). I have seen a rather extensive "chart" on the Jeffries family that includes the various men named Swepson Jeffries (that chart goes back to a William Jeffries in the 1500s; you can see it here):
I could not seem to "locate" the men named William Jeffries and Thomas Jeffries who were in Essex Co., VA in the late-1700s/early-1800s on the above extensive chart....nor could I seem to find the Thomas Jeffries who married Ann Adams Smith (though as stated above, he also used the "Swepson" name as a given name for one of his children). Like so many early VA families, it appears that a TRULY COMPLETE "chart" has simply never been "determined and created" for the overall "early" Jeffries family in VA.
Anyway, I would SUSPECT that all of the Jeffries in Essex Co., VA in the late-1700s/early-1800s were "blood related" to one another. Whether there was more that just one "blood related" Jeffries family in all of VA in the 1700s and 1800s, however, I cannot say. I have not attempted to see if there is a Jeffries DNA testing project underway at this time.
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