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Re: looking for Elmer Conrad Jeffries


Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 7/30/2017 at 18:59:12

In Response To: Re: looking for Elmer Conrad Jeffries (S. Ferrall)

Elias Christopher "E. C." Jeffries
September 24, 1826 --- April 5, 1912 in Rock Rapids, Lyon County, Iowa


E.C. Jefferis -- Millville Twp.

E. C. Jefferis was born in the State of Pennsylvania, Sept. 24, 1826, and came to Clayton County in 1848. He helped to build a saw and grist mill in Mallory Township, having to hew out timber to construct his work bench. The mill was completed in 1849, and during this time he did not see a woman's face. He returned to his native State in 1851, and was there married on June 5, of that year, to Rebecca Woodman, who was born in the Keystone State, Aug. 19, 1826. He came at once to Clayton County with his bride and settled on the Little Turkey River, Sept. 12, and lived in the first log cabin that was raised in the county without whisky. He built a saw-mill on section 31, Millville Township, which he ran until July, 1852, when he built his present flour-mill on section 30. There were over 100 men present at the raising, and no whisky, and they had it up by five o'clock in the evening. The mill is 36 x 46 feet, three stories in height, and contains all the latest improved machinery for manufacturing first-class flour. Mr. Jefferis also owns 1,200 acres of fine land, and is known as one of Clayton County's most prominent and substantial citizens.

History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, page 1016

[His first wife was Rebecca M. Lynn, widow of Caleb Woodward. His second wife was Janette Priscilla Mosely; they were married May 19, 1859 in Clayton County, Iowa]

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