The following data is extracted from Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - Pleasant Grove Township.
James Jeffris, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Mattoon; owns 240 acres; was born in Grayson Co., Ky., March 17, 1821; moved to this county with his parents when 10 years of age, and lived with them until married to Matilda Jane Johnston, Oct. 6, 1842; she was born in Russell Co., Va., Nov. 28, 1822, and has had eleven children, six of whom are living, viz., Mary E., Martha, Johnston, Stephen D., Joanna and Kitty C.; deceased-G. D., Leah, S. M. and two infants. Mr. Jeffris was Constable four years, School Director five years and School Trustee twenty years; his father is a native of Virginia and his mother of Tennessee; Mrs. Jeffris' parents are natives of Virginia.
Source: Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - Pleasant Grove Township