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Debbie Jefts Rollins (View posts)
Posted: 30 Jun 2000 2:15AM GMT
I have been able to establish my Jefts line all the way back to Henry Jefts/Jeffs/Jefes/Jeffes (if you go far enough back the spelling changes in old records depending on who was writing. Be sure to use all spellings when looking up old--1600's relatives.) I started a Jefts site on http://genforum.genealogy.com like this one on familyhistory.com. (In fact I just discovered this one!) Anyway a man named Peter Jefts told me he had done years of research on the Jefts at the New England Genealogical Library here in Boston and told me all of the Jefts descended from Henry. Henry had 4 wives after coming to America. He lived to be 94! Born in England in 1606. He died in Billerica, Ma May 24, 1700 and was one of the original shareholders of that town. (There are lots of Jefts in the Billerica Town Vital Records.) Even though Henry had 4 wives he had ALL of his children with his second wive Hannah Births (sometimes written Borth/Booth). Together they had John, Hannah, Hannah2, Joanna, and Henry, Jr. My
line descends from Henry, Jr. Do you know who's line you came from? How far back can you trace in your ancestry? I don't know how many Jefts ancestors we share, but we have to share some of them! It might be fascinating for you to know that Joanna Jefts Dunkin was "slaine by ye indians" as were her two children, Mary and Benoni in Billerica, MA--August 1, 1692. Also John Jefts (from Groton, MA) was killed in the Third Expedition of Father Rasle's War (1724-1726) against the Indians. Other than those two references I have never heard Inidians associated with the Jefts name. Could it possibly be that one of your Grandmother Jefts that married into the family was Indian? Perhaps in passing down verbal history her Indian lineage became confused with the Jefts family. At any rate the original Male Jefts was English--not Indian.

Sorry to have gone on so long! Hope some of this helps.
Let me know the first Jefts ancestor you can trace your line back to....I'd be curious where we share relatives!

Debbie Jefts Rollins (elmf@gis.net)
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Debbie Jefts Rollins 30 Jun 2000 8:15AM GMT 
brear47 20 Apr 2009 9:44PM GMT 
elmf54 30 Nov 2012 5:11AM GMT 
brear47 1 Dec 2012 8:33AM GMT 
Mark Gunzinger 9 Aug 2005 11:34PM GMT 
bjefts 28 Jan 2010 4:47PM GMT 
mensingbears 19 Jan 2012 5:40PM GMT 
kelly ( jefts ) white 28 May 2000 5:30PM GMT 
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