The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Ancestry report for John Richard Jefferies, journalist and writer, son of James Luckett Jefferies and Elizabeth Jefferies [Gyde]

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Richard Jefferies was born at Coate, near Swindon, Wiltshire in 1848. He was at first a reporter on a local newspaper, but his descriptive essays on the countryside brought him into a more than local eminence. Jefferies always suffered from illness and he first came to Sussex for his health in his early thirties when he visited Hastings and Hove where he penned a number of essays and stories including "The Story of My Heart." In 1885 he moved to Crowborough where he lodged at Rehoboth Villa in Jarvis Brook and at The Downs where he wrote many of his most famous essays that were published by his wife after his death in "Field and Hedgerow." He died in Worthing on the 14th August 1887, at the early age of 39, and on his grave is inscribed "Prose poet of England's fields and woodlands"


See also:
Field and Hedgerow; being the last essays of Richard Jefferies published in 1898
Richard Jefferies: His Biographypublished in 1904
Richard Jefferies in Sussex published in 1936
Richard Jefferies and Sussex by A.H. Anderson published in 1937
His life in Crowborough is detailed in Crowborough - The Growth of a Wealden Town by Malcolm Paynepublished in 1985

Generation No. 1
1. John Richard Jefferies, journalist and writer was the son of (2) James Luckett Jefferies and (3) Elizabeth Jefferies [Gyde]. He was born 6th Nov 1848 at Coate, Swindon, Wiltshire; christened 1849 at Wiltshire; died 14th Aug 1887 at Sea View, Goring, Worthing, Sussex, aged 38 years; buried after 14th Aug 1887 at Broadwater Cemetery, Broadwater, Sussex
He married Jessi Baden on Jul 1874 at Chisledon, Wiltshire. She was born 2nd Feb 1853 at Wiltshire, daughter of Andrew Baden & Emma Smart; died 12th Jul 1926 at Cornwall. They had the following children:
iRichard Harold who was born on 1875 Long Ditton, Surrey; died 3rd Nov 1942 Quebec, Canada
iiJessie Phyllis who was born on 6th Dec 1880 Long Ditton, Surrey; died 28th Nov 1958 Seaford, Sussex
iiiRichard Oliver Launcelot who was born on 18th Jul 1883 Brighton, Sussex; died 16th Mar 1885 Greenwich, Kent
 
Generation No. 2
2. James Luckett Jefferies was the son of (4) John Luckett Jefferies and (5) Fanny Jefferies [Ridger]. He was born 8th Dec 1816 at Somers Town, London; christened 15th May 1822 at Swindon, Wiltshire; died 23rd Dec 1896 at Bath, Somerset
He married Elizabeth Gyde on 10th Sep 1844 at Holy Trinity, Islington, London. She was born 3rd Nov 1817 at Islington, London, daughter of Charles Gyde & Elizabeth Estcourt; died 1897 at Wiltshire. They had the following children:
iEllen who was born on 1845 Coate, Swindon, Wiltshire; died 1851 Coate, Swundon, Wiltshire, aged 6 years
iiJohn Richard who was born on 6th Nov 1848 Coate, Swindon, Wiltshire; christened 1849 Wiltshire; died 14th Aug 1887 Sea View, Goring, Worthing, Sussex, aged 38 years; buried after 14th Aug 1887 Broadwater Cemetery, Broadwater, Sussex
iiiHenry James who was born on 14th Jun 1852 Coate, Swindon, Wiltshire; christened 26th Sep 1852 Chisledon, Wiltshire, son of James Jefferies & Elizabeth Jefferies; died 7th Sep 1920 Texas, USA
ivSarah who was born on 2nd Jul 1853 Coate, Swindon, Wiltshire; christened 7th Aug 1853 Chisledon, Wiltshire, daughter of James Jefferies & Elizabeth Jefferies; died 16th Nov 1913 Guildford, Surrey
vCharles who was born on 26th Nov 1858 Coate, Swindon, Wiltshire; christened 2nd Jan 1859 Chisledon, Wiltshire, son of James Jefferies & Elizabeth Jefferies; died 1934 Guildford, Surrey
 
3. Elizabeth Jefferies [Gyde] She was born 3rd Nov 1817 at Islington, London, daughter of Charles Gyde & Elizabeth Estcourt; died 1897 at Wiltshire
She married James Luckett Jefferies on 10th Sep 1844 at Holy Trinity, Islington, London. He was the son of John Luckett Jefferies and Fanny Jefferies [Ridger]. He was born 8th Dec 1816 at Somers Town, London; christened 15th May 1822 at Swindon, Wiltshire; died 23rd Dec 1896 at Bath, Somerset. They had the following children:
iEllen who was born on 1845 Coate, Swindon, Wiltshire; died 1851 Coate, Swundon, Wiltshire, aged 6 years
iiJohn Richard who was born on 6th Nov 1848 Coate, Swindon, Wiltshire; christened 1849 Wiltshire; died 14th Aug 1887 Sea View, Goring, Worthing, Sussex, aged 38 years; buried after 14th Aug 1887 Broadwater Cemetery, Broadwater, Sussex
iiiHenry James who was born on 14th Jun 1852 Coate, Swindon, Wiltshire; christened 26th Sep 1852 Chisledon, Wiltshire, son of James Jefferies & Elizabeth Jefferies; died 7th Sep 1920 Texas, USA
ivSarah who was born on 2nd Jul 1853 Coate, Swindon, Wiltshire; christened 7th Aug 1853 Chisledon, Wiltshire, daughter of James Jefferies & Elizabeth Jefferies; died 16th Nov 1913 Guildford, Surrey
vCharles who was born on 26th Nov 1858 Coate, Swindon, Wiltshire; christened 2nd Jan 1859 Chisledon, Wiltshire, son of James Jefferies & Elizabeth Jefferies; died 1934 Guildford, Surrey
 
Generation No. 3
4. John Luckett Jefferies was the son of (6) Richard Jefferies and (7) Fanny Jefferies [Luckett]. He was born 7th May 1784 at Swindon, Wiltshire; died 12th Apr 1868 at Swindon, Wiltshire
He married Fanny Ridger on 30th Nov 1809 at St Pancras Old Church, Camden, London. She was born 1783 at Chertsey, Surrey, daughter of John Ridger & Elizabeth Underwood; died 3rd Mar 1858 at Swindon, Wiltshire. They had the following children:
iFanny who was born on 30th Jun 1812 London; christened 4th Nov 1812 St Pancras Old Church, Camden, London, daughter of John Jefferies & Fanny Jefferies; died 28th Jan 1901 Uxbridge, Middlesex
iiEliza who was born on 1813 Dukes Row, London; christened 8th Sep 1813 St Pancras Old Church, Camden, London, daughter of John Jefferies (printer) & Fanny Jefferies; died 30th Sep 1894 Swindon, Wiltshire
iiiMary who was born on 1815 Dukes Row, London; christened 8th Feb 1815 St Pancras Old Church, Camden, London, daughter of John Jefferies (printer) & Fanny Jefferies; died 24th Jan 1862 Swindon, Wiltshire
ivJames Luckett who was born on 8th Dec 1816 Somers Town, London; christened 15th May 1822 Swindon, Wiltshire; died 23rd Dec 1896 Bath, Somerset
vMartha who was born on 12th Jul 1818 Swindon, Wiltshire; christened 15th May 1822 Swindon, Wiltshire; died 22nd Jan 1902 Swindon, Wiltshire
viSarah who was born on 3rd Mar 1820 Swindon, Wiltshire; christened 15th May 1822 Swindon, Wiltshire; died 20th Oct 1864 Gloucestershire
viiRichard who was born on 1822 Swindon, Wiltshire; christened 15th May 1822 Swindon, Wiltshire; died 1832 Wiltshire
viiiJohn Luckett who was born on 1824 Swindon, Wiltshire; christened 30th Sep 1824 Swindon, Wiltshire; died 3rd Aug 1856 Wiltshire
 
5. Fanny Jefferies [Ridger] She was born 1783 at Chertsey, Surrey, daughter of John Ridger & Elizabeth Underwood; died 3rd Mar 1858 at Swindon, Wiltshire
She married John Luckett Jefferies on 30th Nov 1809 at St Pancras Old Church, Camden, London. He was the son of Richard Jefferies and Fanny Jefferies [Luckett]. He was born 7th May 1784 at Swindon, Wiltshire; died 12th Apr 1868 at Swindon, Wiltshire. They had the following children:
iFanny who was born on 30th Jun 1812 London; christened 4th Nov 1812 St Pancras Old Church, Camden, London, daughter of John Jefferies & Fanny Jefferies; died 28th Jan 1901 Uxbridge, Middlesex
iiEliza who was born on 1813 Dukes Row, London; christened 8th Sep 1813 St Pancras Old Church, Camden, London, daughter of John Jefferies (printer) & Fanny Jefferies; died 30th Sep 1894 Swindon, Wiltshire
iiiMary who was born on 1815 Dukes Row, London; christened 8th Feb 1815 St Pancras Old Church, Camden, London, daughter of John Jefferies (printer) & Fanny Jefferies; died 24th Jan 1862 Swindon, Wiltshire
ivJames Luckett who was born on 8th Dec 1816 Somers Town, London; christened 15th May 1822 Swindon, Wiltshire; died 23rd Dec 1896 Bath, Somerset
vMartha who was born on 12th Jul 1818 Swindon, Wiltshire; christened 15th May 1822 Swindon, Wiltshire; died 22nd Jan 1902 Swindon, Wiltshire
viSarah who was born on 3rd Mar 1820 Swindon, Wiltshire; christened 15th May 1822 Swindon, Wiltshire; died 20th Oct 1864 Gloucestershire
viiRichard who was born on 1822 Swindon, Wiltshire; christened 15th May 1822 Swindon, Wiltshire; died 1832 Wiltshire
viiiJohn Luckett who was born on 1824 Swindon, Wiltshire; christened 30th Sep 1824 Swindon, Wiltshire; died 3rd Aug 1856 Wiltshire
 
Generation No. 4
6. Richard Jefferies He was born 1738 at Wiltshire; died 21st Jan 1825 at Swindon, Wiltshire
He married Fanny Luckett on 12th Jul 1772 at St Lawrence, Lechdale, Gloucestershire. She was born 1748 at Gloucestershire; died 26th May 1805 at Swindon, Wiltshire. They had the following children:
iFanny who was born on 7th Aug 1773 Swindon, Wiltshire; died 23rd May 1835 Swindon, Wiltshire
iiJames Luckett who was born on 12th Nov 1775 Swindon, Wiltshire; died 7th Jan 1850 Swindon, Wiltshire
iiiJohn Luckett who was born on 7th May 1784 Swindon, Wiltshire; died 12th Apr 1868 Swindon, Wiltshire
 
7. Fanny Jefferies [Luckett] She was born 1748 at Gloucestershire; died 26th May 1805 at Swindon, Wiltshire
She married Richard Jefferies on 12th Jul 1772 at St Lawrence, Lechdale, Gloucestershire. He was born 1738 at Wiltshire; died 21st Jan 1825 at Swindon, Wiltshire. They had the following children:
iFanny who was born on 7th Aug 1773 Swindon, Wiltshire; died 23rd May 1835 Swindon, Wiltshire
iiJames Luckett who was born on 12th Nov 1775 Swindon, Wiltshire; died 7th Jan 1850 Swindon, Wiltshire
iiiJohn Luckett who was born on 7th May 1784 Swindon, Wiltshire; died 12th Apr 1868 Swindon, Wiltshire
 

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