Surname: Jefts

Biography of John W. Jefts

John W. Jefts, a machinist by trade, but who for the past nine years has been successfully engaged in farming in the town of Langdon, was born here, December 4, 1859, son of Alphonso M. and Almira (Clough) Jefts. The genealogy of the Jefts family is traced to England, from which country, on some date between 1620 and 1638, the American progenitor emigrated to Massachusetts, and settled in Billerica. His immediate descendants continued to reside in that State for some years. Jonathan, the greatgrandfather of John W. Jefts, was the first of the name to come to New Hampshire. He settled in the town of Mason, where he afterward died. Hosley Jefts, the grandfather, was born in Mason. In early manhood he settled in Langdon, and afterward became a prosperous farmer and an influential citizen. He married Abigail Green, and they became the parents of seven children; namely, Harriet, Indiana, Caroline, Rockazna, Albert, Alphonso M., and Eli. Alphonso M. Jefts, born in Antrim, N.H., in March, 1815, was over seventy-six years of age when he died, June 18, 1891. He followed the occupation of a farmer, first in Putney, Vt., which was his home for a number of years. Later he moved to Langdon, where he resided for forty years, and acquired a goodly property. He served his town as Road Surveyor for a score of years. Almira, his...

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Biography of Charles A. Jefts

Charles A. Jefts, a prosperous business man of Langdon, was born in Putney, Vt., January 27, 1853, son of Alphonso M. and Almira (Clough) Jefts. He comes of a family whose founder emigrated from England some time in the seventeenth century, settling in Billerica, Mass., and whose descendants made their home in that State for many years. Jonathan, the great-grandfather of Charles A., born in Townsend, Mass., was the first to seek a home in the Granite State. The last years of his life were spent in the town of Mason. Hosley Jefts, the father of Alphonso M., and a native of Mason, removed to Langdon, where he was engaged in farming, and afterward died. He married Abigail Green; and they had eight children, respectively named: Harriet, Indiana, Caroline, Roxanna, Albert, Alphonso M., Eli, and Pamelia. Alphonso M. Jefts, a native of Antrim, N.H., was born in March, 1815, and died June 18, 1891. He settled on a farm in Putney, Vt., but afterward came to Langdon, which was subsequently his home for forty years. He had no political ambition, and he was an attendant of the Episcopal church Almira, his wife, who was born in Westmoreland, N.H., December 25, 1815, daughter of John Clough, of Stamford, Vt., had nine children-Mason, Maria, Abigail, Harriet, Mary P., Mira A., Fred F., John W., and Charles A. Mason, now deceased, was...

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