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Freedom L. Jefferds[1]

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  • Birth  23 Dec 1838  Randolph, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  1870  Napoli, Cattaraugus County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Biography  Bio from: Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus Colorado. New York, ed by William Adams, pub 1893 History of the Town of Randolph - Chapter XLIV (44) Page 1059Surnames: JEFFERDS, HELMS, BENTLEY, ARNOLD, KIRKPATRICK, PACKARD, FOYLiberty JEFFERDS, son of Matthew and Salla (HELMS) JEFFERDS, was born in Rush, N. Y., April 18, 1813. His father died in 1819 and his mother removed to East Randolph during his boyhood. He married, first, a daughter of Robert HELMS, who was themother of his son Lucian, a lumberman in Sheffield, Pa. His second wife was a daughter of Eldred BENTLEY, of Chautauqua County. Mr. JEFFERDS settled in East Randolph and was there engaged many years in manufacturing and dealing in pine lumberand hand-made pine shingles, which he rafted down the Allegheny and Ohio rivers. Later he was a farmer and lumberman in Randolph and Cold Spring about twenty years. He now resides with his son, Lyman JEFFERDS, in Tyrone, Pa. Mrs. JEFFERDS diedNov. 30, 1887. Children: Cordelia (Mrs. Joseph ARNOLD); Freedom L., born in Randolph, Dec. 23, 1838; Marcus, of Pennsylvania; Delilah (Mrs. Charles KIRKPATRICK); Lyman; and Lydia (Mrs. Marion PICKARD). Freedom L. JEFFERDS was raised a farmer andlumberman. Sept. 13, 1863, he married Clarinda, daughter of Samuel FOY, an early settler of Napoli. Mr. JEFFERDS now owns and conducts the JEFFERDS steam mills near the east line of this town, where he manufactures annually from two to threemillion feet of lumber. He also conducts a farm of fifty acres.Freedom JEFFERDS was a native of Monroe County, N. Y., and one of a large family of children. His father was a prominent man in that county, being familiarly known as Judge JEFFERDS. Freedom JEFFERDS, one of the younger sons, married, in 1848,Lurancy D. WILLARD, of Attica. N. Y., and soon after settled in East Randolph, where Mr. JEFFERDS was engaged in the mercantile business in company with Horace H. HOLT, the firm name being HOLT & JEFFERDS. in 1848, having been in partnership withMr. HOLT since 1840, Mr. JEFFERDS sold his interest in the store to Merrick NUTTinG and soon moved onto a tract of timber land in Cold Spring, where the village of Steamburgh now stands. Large mills were at once erected. Lumbering was followedas a business for a number of years and the land upon which he had settled in a few years developed into a splendid farm, where he resided until his death. Mr. JEFFERDS followed this line more or less during the remainder of his life, farmingbeing looked upon by him as an unremunerative 'side issue'. The lumber, as fast as sawed, was drawn to the Allegheny river and there rafted and run to Cincinnati for market. Freedom JEFFERDS was one of the most prominent men in the town of ColdSpring and well known throughout the county; he was an ardent Democrat and never neglected an opportunity to further the interests of his party, though he was in no sense a politician; he was active in educational interests; measures for thematerial improvement of the town always met with his hearty approval, and if financial aid was needed in the furtherance of any project his name was always found at the top of the subscription list. He gave lands upon which to build a hotel andstores in Steamburgh and subscribed liberally toward the erection of suitable buildings. He was one of the original stockholders in the Randolph Academy and Female Seminary, and freely gave a right of way across his farm to the Atlantic & GreatWestern Railroad Company and materially aided that corporation in the building of their line. J. C. Calhoun, the auditor of the Railroad Company, was a close friend of Mr. JEFFORDS and a frequent guest at his home. During the war he was anenthusiastic supporter of the Union cause and was largely instrumental in causing resolutions to be passed authorizing money to be raised for volunteers and to provide means for the support of their families; the action of the town authorizedbounties of from $150 to $600 per man. Mr. JEFFERDS represented the town of Cold Spring on the Board of Supervisors in 1856, 1857, 1860, and 1863. He was a charter member of the Conewango Lodge, No. 340, I. O. O. F., instituted at east Randolphin 1850. in the latter years of his life he was agent for the Devereux Land Company and disposed of large quantities of land held by that company in Cold Spring and surrounding towns. He was a man of many friends, of imperturbable good nature,and a practical joke was one of his chief enjoyments. His old-time friends, to this day, relate many a lively story of his pranks and side-splitting escapades. He was charitable to a fault and many a poor family has cause to bless the liberalheart and hand of Freedom JEFFERDS. He was not a church member, though he contributed liberally to the church, and was never known to use an oath. He succeeded in obtaining a competency and had about concluded to retire from actual business, butwhile yet full of plans for the future welfare of his family, and the consideration for his own comfort, he was stricken with an incurable disease, and, suffering much pain, he passed away in the prime of his manhood, leaving a widow and fourchildren surviving him.  [1
    Person ID  I2182  Sanders
    Last Modified  11 Apr 2009 

    Family  Clarinda Foy,   b. Abt 1839, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  13 Sep 1863  [1
    Children 
     1. Jennie Jefferds,   b. Abt 1864, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Hattie Jefferds,   b. Abt 1866, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F1539  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S120] HISTORICAL GAZETTEER AND BIOGRAPHICAL MEMORIAL OF CATTARAUGUS COUNTY, NY - TOWN OF RANDOLPH.

    2. [S180] 1870 US Federal Census.