Jonathan Henry Jefferies1

#87, (5 May 1871-27 May 1945)
Father*Henry Jefferies2 b. 15 Dec 1842, d. 9 Aug 1892
Mother*Martha Atkin2 b. 5 Jul 1844, d. 16 Nov 1923
ChartsThe Jefferies of Sible Hedingham, Essex
The Brettons of Sible Hedingham
The Buttons of Suffolk
Birth*5 MAY 1871 Jonathan Henry Jefferies was born on 5 MAY 1871 at 37 Wells Lane, Streatham, Surrey, EnglandG.1,2,3 
Baptism11 JUN 1871 He was baptized on 11 JUN 1871 at St Peter's Church, Streatham, Surrey, EnglandG.3 
(Witness) Residence4 APR 1881 He lived with Henry Jefferies and Martha Atkin at 36, Wells Lane, Streatham, Surrey, EnglandG, together with George Atkin Jefferies, Jane Jefferies, Harriet Mary Jefferies and Martha Fanny Jefferies.4 
Immigration*10 NOV 1888 Jonathan Henry Jefferies immigrated on 10 NOV 1888 to Florida, USAG, from Streatham on the Aurania to New York.5 
Marriage*5 JUL 1897 He married Rosa Alice Smith, daughter of Benjamin Smith and Catherine Agnes Blomfield, on 5 JUL 1897 at Hudnal, Putnam, Florida, USAG.6 
Occupation*26 JUN 1900 The occupation of Jonathan Henry Jefferies was 'Gardener (Foreman, Experiment Station.)7
Residence26 JUN 1900 He and Rosa Alice Smith lived at Lake City, Columbia, Florida, USAG, together with Lucy May Jefferies B.S. and Martha Fanny Jefferies.8 
Nickname Jonathan Henry Jefferies also went by the name of John. 
Employment*4 MAY 1910 He was employed as Superintendant, State Farm at North Carolina, USAG.9 
Residence*4 MAY 1910 He and Rosa Alice Smith lived at Union Township, Pender, North Carolina, USAG, together with Leland Edward Jefferies, Florence Louise Jefferies and Lucy May Jefferies B.S.10 
Employment18 APR 1930 Jonathan Henry Jefferies was employed as Superintendant, Citrus Experiment Station, University of Florida at Lake Alfred, Polk, Florida, USAG.11 
Residence18 APR 1930 He and Rosa Alice Smith lived at Hianes City Road, Lake Alfred, Polk, Florida, USAG, together with Catherine Agnes Smith.12 
Residence*10 JUL 1944 Jonathan Henry Jefferies lived at Route 1, Bradenton, Manatee, Florida, USAG.6 
Naturalization*10 JUL 1944 He was naturalized on 10 JUL 1944 at Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, USAG.13 
Death*27 MAY 1945 He died on 27 MAY 1945 at Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, Pinellas, Florida, USAG, aged 74.14 
Note* He is described in his obituary (as John H Jeffries) as a veteran plant breeder and Superintendant of the Lake Alfred Station. He worked for more than 30 years as an experiment station worker in Florida and 10 years in North Carolina. He came to Florida when 17 and set out his first fruit grove at Fruitland, Putnam County 3 years before the 'big freeze'.15 
Burial* He was buried at Largo City Cemetery, Largo, Pinellas, Florida, USAG.16 


Rosa Alice Smith b. 11 May 1875, d. 8 Apr 1952
Marriage*5 JUL 1897 He married Rosa Alice Smith, daughter of Benjamin Smith and Catherine Agnes Blomfield, on 5 JUL 1897 at Hudnal, Putnam, FloridaG.6 
Last Edited7 Jun 2021


  1. [S17] BMD indices, Wandsworth, Surrey, Apr-Jun 1871, vol 1d 601.
  2. [S2] Book inscriptions, family bible with Sally Howard.
  3. [S76] London Births & Baptisms, birth & bapt., Jonathan Henry Jefferies, father Henry Jefferies, mother Martha. Streatham St Peter, no 60, p 8.
  4. [S21] Extracted from the 1881 census, SRY: 667/26/46.
  5. [S59] USPRI, on his Declaration of Intention form no 9588, Tampa, FL, dated 10 July 1944.
  6. [S59] USPRI, on his naturalisation paper dated 10 July 1944.
  7. [S43] US census, 1900, Gardener.
  8. [S43] US census, 1900.
  9. [S47] US census, 1910, as given.
  10. [S47] US census, 1910.
  11. [S54] Internet source/web sites inc. trees, University of Florida Record of officers of the University; 1928-9.
  12. [S42] US census, 1930.
  13. [S59] USPRI, original approval, no 9588. US District Court, Tampa, Florida.
  14. [S7] HOWARD nee UNDERWOOD, Sally (Jan 1979).
  15. [S66] Obit., copy of obituary in the 'Citrus News' date not known.
  16. [S54] Internet source/web sites inc. trees, picture of gravestone of John Henry Jefferies & Rosa Alice Jefferies.; #15993139.
  17. [S59] USPRI, on her father's naturalisation paper dated 10 July 1944.
  18. [S59] USPRI, on his father's naturalisation paper dated 10 July 1944.
@ Michael Jefferies, 2016