Donald Jeffrey

Donald Jeffrey (1863 - 1939)

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Donald Jeffrey
Born in Cobourg, Northumberland, Canada Westmap
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Husband of — married about [location unknown]
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Died in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan, United Statesmap
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Donald was born in Cobourg[1] but grew up in Stratford. It's likely that he found work in the United States sometime in the 1880s or early 1890s.

He was a railway contractor for many years and, as a result, led a somewhat nomadic life in the American Midwest. Following is a list of locations over a couple of decades:

  • 1897 in Frankfort, Kansas for the birth of his daughter, Bessie[2]
  • March, 1905 in Kanas City, Missouri for the birth of his son, Donald Jr.[3]
  • April, 1905 in Delmar, Iowa with his brother, Herbert, at the time his mother died[4]
  • 1915 in Delmar as a railroad contractor who earned $2400 in 1914[5]
  • 1916 in Iowa for the birth of his daughter, Elesebeth[6]
  • April, 1917 in Delmar for the adoption of his daughter, Virginia[7]
  • 1920 in Franklin, Ohio[8]
  • November, 1933 in Ann Arbor, Michigan for his daughter, Virginia's marriage,[9]

In the latter part of his life he lived in Ann Arbor and worked as a foreman for the Washtenaw Co. Road Commission.[10] He and Francoise are buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Saline, Michigan.[11]

An Early Letter to his oldest brother, William

Stratford, Dec. 11, 1873

Dear William[12],

I hope you are well. How are you getting along? Duncan[13] went to school with me today and liked it splendidly. We will have our holidays in six days. There is no snow on the ground and the roads are very bad. We bought a shawl for the baby[14] for a Christmas Box. The hens have commenced to lay and mama has one every morning for her breakfast. Can Bobby Laing speak plain yet? Have you been out picking chessnuts [sic] yet and are there any hickory nuts there? Andy[15] killed several chickens and has more to kill. We are going to get a girl (servant) on Monday and she is German. We are all very busy getting ready for Christmas. ?[16] is busy making out his accounts. Franky Fisher was a year old yesterday and Duncan is seven tomorrow. Duncan and Jane[17] are very pleased with baby Samson[18] and Duncan thinks himself quite a man. I must stop now as it’s late.

I remain your affection [sic] brother Donald Jeffrey


  1. Descendants of William Jeffrey compiled by Ward Skinner
  2. Bessie Jeffrey, Return of Marriages in the County of Polk, Iowa, United States for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1918,
  3. Donald M. Jeffrey Marriage Record", Probate Court, Wood Co., Ohio, Marriage Record,
  4. Newspaper obituary of Donald's mother, Mrs. Wm. Jeffrey Sr. Her bearers were four sons , William Jr, Andrew J., Donald and Herbert of Delmar Ohio. See obituary in full at Jane McLeod.
  5. 1915 Iowa State Census,
  6. 1920 United States Federal Census, Note: This is the only reference found to "Elesebeth"; her mother, Francoise, would have be 48 years old at this time. Who is Elesebeth? And, another question: "Why isn't Virginia recorded on this census?"
  7. Clark Family Tree, Family Trees,
  8. 1920 United States Federal Census,
  9. Richard Clark and Virginia Jeffrey Marriage License, #461 Washtenaw Co., Michigan,
  10. Family Trees,
  11. Donald Jeffrey (1863-1939), Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 29 August 2018), memorial page for Donald Jeffrey (1863–1939), Find A Grave: Memorial #67630031, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Saline, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by George Moser (contributor 47237493) .
  12. William was 18 years old.
  13. Duncan is another brother who was six years old at this time
  14. His little brother, Herbert, was just six days old.
  15. Andrew John, another brother, was 16 years old.
  16. The name is illegible.
  17. Jane was eight years old.
  18. Was this a nickname for the new baby?

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