Jeffery, James Thomas J.P. (1849-1934)
Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’
Coun. J.T. Jeffery, J.P., the Senior Steward of the Wisbech Circuit, was born at Oxford in 1849. He has taken a deep interest in municipal affairs, having been a member of the Town Council for ten years. Three years ago he was made a magistrate. He has also a long record of Christian work. In addition to the office of Circuit Steward, he is an active and very acceptable local preacher. He takes great interest in the work of the district, holding the offices of treasurer to both the Local Preachers’ Training Committee and the Centenary Funds. He gives his time freely to the various interests of the Circuit and District, finding real pleasure in the work. I might also add that he was one of the speakers at the last Mow Cop Camp Meeting. We pray that he may long be spared to serve the Circuit.
Family and other information
James was born in 1849 at Oxford, Oxfordshire, to parents John and Ann. John was a gardener.
Census returns identify the following occupations for James.
- 1871 ironmonger’s assistant – Hereford
- 1881 cigar manufacturer – Leicester
- 1891 hardware merchant – Wisbech
- 1901 general warehouseman/shopkeeper – Wisbech
- 1911 general warehouseman and fancy, toys, etc – Wisbech
James married Mary Ann Sykes (1848-1933) in late 1872 at Leicester, Leicestershire. Census returns identify six of eight children.
- William James B (1874-1929) – a general merchant’s manager (1901)
- Ernest Henry Sykes (abt1876-1947) – an ironmonger’s assistant (1911)
- Lucy Emma May (abt1880-1974) – married Sidney Henry Waling Norton, a corn merchant, in 1908
- Bertram Theodore (1883-1983) – general warehouseman and fancy, toys, etc (1911)
- Hugh Conrad (1886-1980) – a shop assistant (1915)
- Horace Stanley (1889-1978) – a hardware assistant (1915)
James died on 16 November 1934 at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/542
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers