The tree covers the time from David Jefferys, born in the mid 1500s, my 9 x great grandfather, to my grandfather, Frank Haines Jefferys, incorporating members of the Stiles and Haines family along the way.
When I began my family history research, one of the few clues to my Jefferys ancestry was then wrapped in newspaper, in a box, in the far distance depths of the cupboard under the stairs.
Tracing the family back through the censuses and the parish registers I arrived in Bremhill and Hilmarton in Wiltshire and found our earliest named ancestor.
The War of the Roses (1455-1485) between the two branches of the royal house of Plantagenet, the House of Lancaster and the House of York had ended and it was the age of the Tudor Monarchs in England and of a renaissance throughout Europe. In 1476 William Caxton had produced the first printed book in […]
My grandfather was Frank Haines Jefferys. I had inherited from my father, John Anthony, a copy of Frank’s birth certificate which gave his place of birth as Wernham Farm, North Savernake, Wiltshire. His father was Thomas King Jefferys and his mother was Elizabeth Haines. It was a start.
In 2004 my aunt had asked me if I could ‘find our family’. Of course I said yes but then wondered how to go about it. My father had met his paternal aunts but knew very little about the family other than that his father was born in Wiltshire and there was farming in the background.