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Capt. William Jeffreys

Capt. William Jeffreys

Carolyn Swanzy (View posts)
Posted: 14 Jul 2000 5:22PM GMT
I am searching for any information on Capt. William Jeffreys who is listed being born in Franklin Co, NC about 1748 and was married to a Mary Gray or Grey from the same town. They were parents of Mary Grey (Gray) Jeffreys born 1770, Franklin Co, NC, who married a Nathaniel Alston, born 1-19-1775 in Orange, NC, died 1852 Marengo, AL. They had at least one child and her name was Gillie Yancy Comfort Alston, born 9-24-1810 SC, died 10-19-1855. Gillie married James Alexander McMillan and Arthur Moore. McMillan children were Louise Anna Everlemo, Arabella Atlanta, Winnifred Alston, Marie Theresa Helen, Henry Clay, Katherine, and John Ulrich Kennedy. Moore children were William Hudson, Roderick Random Nathaniel, Mary Jeffers, and Arthur Alonzo. If you have any information, please e-mail me. Swanzy

Re: Capt. William Jeffreys

Posted: 26 Sep 2001 1:53PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 25 May 2002 11:29PM GMT
I am working on the same tree. Capt. William Jeffreys was born 1748 in Franklin County, NC and died 11 Oct 1802. He married Mary Gray.
He was the son of Osborne Jeffreys Sr. (sometimes called the "Elder" who was born abt 1722 in Franklin, NC or perhaps in VA. He died 9 Dec 1793 in Franklin. He was the son of Simon Jeffreys b. abt 1675 in James City Co., VA and died in 1734 in Bertie Co., NC. Simon married Elizabeth Pottle b. abt 1679 in Northhapton, NC d. Jan 1741/42. She was the daughter of Joshua Pottle b abt 1651 in Northhampton, NC.

Osborne Jeffreys married Patience Spear b. 12 Nov 1724 in Bertie Co., NC d. Oct 1783 in Franklin, NC. She was the daughter of John Spear. John Spear married Patience Cotten b. abt 1695-1703 Isle of Weght, VA d. 25 Nov 1725 in Bertie Co., NC. Now it gets interesting!!!!!

Patience Cotten was the daughter of John Cotten b. 22 Apr 1658 Isle of Wight, VA, d. 1728 Bertie County, NC who married Martha Godwin b. abt 1654 VA d. abt 1732 Bertie, NC. She was the daughter of William Godwin of Nansemond Co., VA and Elizabeth Wright.

John Cotton was the son of John Cotton b. 1625 England d. 1691 NC and Anne Hutcheson Harrison b. abt 1640 VA d. Queens Creek, York Co., VA

John Cotton was the son of Sir Thomas Cotton b. 1594 England d. 1662 England. Son of Sir Robert Bruce Cotton b. 1571 d. 1631.

You can trace the rest of the Cotton line back to John de Cotenin born 1042 in Normandy France and Marie de Normandy. has this line (although some are suspect) and putting Robert Bruce Cotton into a search engine like will get you into Cotten sites.

Your lucky, I'm trying to prove that I can tie into this line. I have an ancestor named James Osborn Jeffreys Smith who was born at the right time (1802) in the right place (Warren or Granville Co, NC) with the right name (Osborn Jeffreys Sr. had an Osborn Jeffreys II and III) but I haven't made the connection yet.

Re: Capt. William Jeffreys

Posted: 20 Feb 2002 2:19AM GMT
Classification: Query
HI Jim,
Thought you might have something on my William Hudson Jeffrey's (Jeffries) that was a son of Capt. William Jeffreys. Have you heard of my William Hudson.
Thank you,
Jo Clark

Re: Capt. William Jeffreys

Posted: 20 Feb 2002 10:38AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 25 May 2002 11:29PM GMT
What I have on Capt. William Jeffreys is as follows:
Born abt 1748 Franklin, NC
Married 30 Jul 1773 Edgecombe, NC
Died 11 Oct 1802 Franklin, NC
Spouse: Mary Gray
1. William Jeffreys b. abt 1780 Franklin, NC
2. Dr. Simon Gray Jeffreys b. abt 1775 Franklin, m. abt 1800 Franklin, Spouse: Nancy Cheaves
3. Sarah Jeffreys b. abt 1784 Franklin
4. Mary Gray Jeffreys b. abt 1779 Franklin, m. Mar 1800 Orange, NC, d. Jun 1846, Spouse: Nathaniel Alson Son of James Alson Jr. and Grizel Yancey, Child: Gillie Yancy Comfort Alston
5. James Grey Jeffreys b. abt 1814 Wake, NC
6. Leah Jeffreys b. abt 1790 Wake NC, m. 29 Jul 1808 Franklin, NC, Spouse: John Perry Strickland
7. Robert Nicholas Jeffreys b. aft 1782 Franklin, m. 3 Feb 1808 Wake, Spouse: Gilley Hunter

I have not taken the time to check out this information with any degree of thoroughness since I have yet to find the link between the Smith family and the Jeffreys family that will make the Jeffreys part of my ancestry. However, it may be a starting place for you.

Re: Capt. William Jeffreys

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 3:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
To All of You,
In looking back you all may find that the birth town for the JEFFREYs is Franklin, NC, Macon Co.; not Franklin Co., NC. At least this is what most folks on ancestry have in their data. I am the 5th g-granddaughter/o Grizel (Yancey) ALSTON (Mrs. James Alston), the sister of Nathaniel ALSTON, h/o Mary Grey JEFFREYS / JEFFRIES. Whether this is correct, I have no idea but worth checking into and studying. I too, am curious about the JEFFREYS. BTW, the researchers have them dying and buried Franklin NC, Macon Co.
Abigail Banks Dennison
Las Vegas, Nv. / formerly of Franklin NC, Macon Co.

Re: Capt. William Jeffreys

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 4:27AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: JEFFREYS
After reading a copy of Capt. William Jeffreys' will the correct county is Franklin Co., NC; sorry for the confusion and misinformation.
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