JEFFREY, WILLIAM HARTLEY. In 1623 William Jeffrey of Chittingly, Manor, Suffolk county, England, "son of Audery," came to America in the ship Ann, landing in Virginia. There were five members of this family, according to the best authority, probably all brothers, as Audery, the father, does not appear among the list

"Before the arrival of Endicott,' says Governor Winthrop in his history, " in our colony William Jeffrey, a planter, came to Weymouth,' and later acquired that portion of Massachusetts now known as Ipswich and Manchester-by-the-Sea. 

This locality was for many years known as "Jeffrey's Neck." About 1629 William Jeffrey of Chittingly, Eng., and commonly referred to in early New England history as "William of Weymouth," located on the north side of Agamenticus mountain in York county, Maine, and it is claimed by some historians that this dates the first permanent settlement in the Pine Tree State. 

He married Mary Gould, sister of John and Daniel Gould, of Newport, Rhode Island. They had six children: Mary, who was born at Weymouth, January 20, 1642, and married John Green of Newport; Sarah, who married Barzilla Barker of Rowley, Massachusetts; Susannah, Priscilla, John, and Thomas. 

William Jeffrey left Maine in 1671, and went to live with his daughter, Mary Green, at Newport, where he died January 2, 1675, aged eighty-four years. 
William H. Jeffrey, subject of this sketch, is of the eighth generation from "William of Weymouth." He was born in Kennebunkport, Maine, April 8, 1867, son of Eleazer and Lydia Jane (Clough) Jeffrey. 

Mr. Jeffrey received his education in the public schools of Biddeford, Maine, and read law with the well-known law firm of Hamilton & Cleaves of that city. He served two terms as tax assessor of Ward three in that city. 

June 12, 1891, he married Nellie Amelia Jenkins of Kirby, Vermont, daughter of Milo and Ellen A. (Ethridge) Jenkins, by whom he has had three children, Marion Betsey, Milo Eleazer, who died in infancy, and J. Milo. 

Mr. Jeffrey has devoted a greater part of his time to travel, newspaper, magazine, and bookwork and has published many souvenir and historic works of value. He located in Vermont in 1902.

Source:  Successful Vermonters, William H. Jeffrey, E. Burke, Vermont, The Historical Publishing Company, 1904, page142-143.

Prepared by Tom Dunn, June 2006