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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 Wiltshire; christened 1849 at Wiltshire; buried 1887 at Broadwater, Sussex; died 14th Aug 1887 at Sea View, Goring, Worthing, Sussex
He married Jessi Baden on Jul 1874 at Wiltshire. She was born c 1850. They had the following children:
iRichard Harold who was born on 1876 Long Ditton, Surrey
iiSon who was born on c 1878 Long Ditton, Surrey
iiiJessie Phyllis who was born on 1880 Long Ditton, Surrey
 
Generation No. 2
2. James Luckett Jefferies was the son of (4) John Jefferies and (5) Fanny Jefferies [Ridger]. He was born 1816 at London; died 1858 at Wiltshire
He married Elizabeth Gyde on 1844. She was born c 1825; died 1868 at Wiltshire. They had the following children:
iEllen who was born on 1845
iiJohn Richard who was born on 6th Nov 1848 Wiltshire; christened 1849 Wiltshire; died 14th Aug 1887 Sea View, Goring, Worthing, Sussex; buried 1887 Broadwater, Sussex
iiiHenry James who was born on c 1850
ivCharles who was born on c 1850
vSarah who was born on c 1850
 
3. Elizabeth Jefferies [Gyde] She was born c 1825; died 1868 at Wiltshire
She married James Luckett Jefferies on 1844. He was the son of John Jefferies and Fanny Jefferies [Ridger]. He was born 1816 at London; died 1858 at Wiltshire. They had the following children:
iEllen who was born on 1845
iiJohn Richard who was born on 6th Nov 1848 Wiltshire; christened 1849 Wiltshire; died 14th Aug 1887 Sea View, Goring, Worthing, Sussex; buried 1887 Broadwater, Sussex
iiiHenry James who was born on c 1850
ivCharles who was born on c 1850
vSarah who was born on c 1850
 
Generation No. 3
4. John Jefferies was the son of (6) Richard Jefferies and (7) Fanny Jefferies [Luckett]. He was born 1784 at Wiltshire; died 1854 at Wiltshire
He married Fanny Ridger on 30th Nov 1809 at St. Pancras, London. She was born c 1790. They had the following children:
iFanny who was born on 30th Jun 1812 London; christened 4th Nov 1812 St. Pancras, London; died 1901
iiEliza who was born on 1813 London; christened 8th Feb 1815 St. Pancras, London
iiiMary who was born on 1815 London; christened 8th Feb 1815 St. Pancras, London
ivJames Luckett who was born on 1816 London; died 1858 Wiltshire
vJohn who was born on 1825; died 1856 Wiltshire
vi3 children who was born on c 1820
 
5. Fanny Jefferies [Ridger] She was born c 1790
She married John Jefferies on 30th Nov 1809 at St. Pancras, London. He was the son of Richard Jefferies and Fanny Jefferies [Luckett]. He was born 1784 at Wiltshire; died 1854 at Wiltshire. They had the following children:
iFanny who was born on 30th Jun 1812 London; christened 4th Nov 1812 St. Pancras, London; died 1901
iiEliza who was born on 1813 London; christened 8th Feb 1815 St. Pancras, London
iiiMary who was born on 1815 London; christened 8th Feb 1815 St. Pancras, London
ivJames Luckett who was born on 1816 London; died 1858 Wiltshire
vJohn who was born on 1825; died 1856 Wiltshire
vi3 children who was born on c 1820
 
Generation No. 4
6. Richard Jefferies He was born c 1735 at Wiltshire; died 1822 at Wiltshire
He married Fanny Luckett on c 1775. She was born c 1740 at Wiltshire. They had the following children:
iJames Luckett who was born on c 1780 Wiltshire
iiJohn who was born on 1784 Wiltshire; died 1854 Wiltshire
 
7. Fanny Jefferies [Luckett] She was born c 1740 at Wiltshire
She married Richard Jefferies on c 1775. He was born c 1735 at Wiltshire; died 1822 at Wiltshire. They had the following children:
iJames Luckett who was born on c 1780 Wiltshire
iiJohn who was born on 1784 Wiltshire; died 1854 Wiltshire
 
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