William Jeffrey and Mary Lyall
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BIRTH: Also shown as Born 1795

A "William Grigg" is reported to have been appointed Collector, Street Surveyor and Bailiff June 28, 1837 by the newly elected Board of Police of the new Town of Cobourg. Andrew Jeffrey his brother-in-law?) was an elected member of this Board at the time. (ref: Page 87 in " Early Cobourg" by Percy L Climo, self-published, 1985, printed by Haynes Printing (Cobourg) Limited, 880 Division St Cobourg. ISBN0-9692131-0-7. This quotes the Cobourg Star of July 12, 1837.) 
GRIGG, William Ralph (I215)

BIRTH: Also shown as Born 1817 
JEFFREY, Peter (I1290)

BIRTH: Also shown as Born 6 Apr 1836, Haldimand Twp. 
GILLESPIE, Peter (I1020)

BIRTH: Also shown as Born Sunnyside, Berwickshire, United Kingdom. 
LYALL, Joseph (I664)

BIRTH: Also shown as Born Swinton and Simprin, Berwick, Scotland.

DEATH: Also shown as Died Sutton, York County, Ontario. 
LYALL, Jean (I1060)

DEATH: Also shown as Died 6 Aug 1874 
MACDOUGAL, Janet (I233)

DEATH: Also shown as Died Crowbut, Berwick, Scotland, United Kingdom. 
SIMPSON, Jean (I67)

GIVEN NAMES: Also shown as Isabel 
LYALL, Isobel (I70)

GIVEN NAMES: Also shown as William B

BIRTH: Also shown as Born Prenderguest, Ayton, Berwick, Scotland, Great Britain. 
JEFFREY, William (I1279)

SURNAME: Also shown as Johnston 
JOHNSTONE, Margaret (I302)
11 "A Westmount Pioneer" (see Obit in Library/William Greig/Item 7)

Lived in Bridgeton Glasgow until 1859 when he went to Australia.

Returned to Glasgow in 1861 to marry Oct 1 1861 and land in Montreal Nov 1, 1861.

Served four years in the Montreal Garrison Artillery Volunteer Brigade at the time of the Trent Affair (a row between USA and Britain during the American Civil War - no actual battles).

Excerpts about him from the Obit:
"- Mr & Mrs Greig became considerable factors in the development of Cote St Antoine into the Westmount of today.
- A man of vision and his work for many years will not soon be forgotten.
- Connected with the large foundry business of Warden King for nearly half a century.
- A sturdy Presbyterian. An early member of Melville Church, Cote St Antoine. An elder and cleark of the session for many years.
- A member of the masonic order.
- Typical Scottish Canadian. Upright in all his dealings, alert and vigorous, strong in opinion and of wide reading, he was a type of those of earlier days who have made for us the Canada of today."

Due to ill health in 1910 moved to Baltimoore for its more mild climate. Lived at 2000 Madison Ave, at the intersection with Presstman St (in 2018 Google Street View shows this address as the end unit of a 3 unit 3 storey brick townhouse block. Probably the original building, though maybe new in 1910).

William Cowan found (March 19, 2020):
"In the US Federal Census of 1920, three households are shown within 2000 Madison Avenue:
• The Silberman family of 9 with Tonchum Silberman shown as head of house
• The Greig family of 3
• The Meyer family of 2
• Someone has boarder named Charles Steen, carpenter

William, Elizabeth and their daughter Margaret are shown as aliens with Margaret immigrating in 1907 and her parents in 1910. It states that Margaret is 42 and William and Elizabeth are 82 (John notes that William was 2 years older than Elizabeth). Margaret is listed as a music teacher and for employment as “Own Account” as opposed to employee. Presumably she gave private music lessons, perhaps to kids after school.The Greigs are shown as renters.

Other interesting things about 2000 Madison Avenue that can be learned from the 1920 census. Tonchum Silberman (age 55) is stated as owner – presumably of their third of 2000 Madison Avenue. It states that he was born in Russia with Yiddish as his mother tongue. His wife was born in New York of Russian parents. Tonchum’s mother lives with them and is shown as 82 years of age. It says the mother is an alien having immigrated in 1890. She appears to only speak Yiddish. Tonchum is shown as a manufacturer in the dry goods business and as an employer. Their 6 children range in age from 8 years old to 27. The three sons are all shown as being in the dry goods manufacturing business, the 27 and 20 year olds shown as “employer” and the 18 year old as a wage earner. Perhaps Tonchum was intent on passing his dry goods business to his sons."

His son Wickliffe's Marriage License (Library/Wickliffe Greig/Item 3a) lists William's 'rank or profession' in 1911 as "Gentleman." Maybe that means retired. There is no evidence he attended the wedding in Toronto, though he may have.

Died in South Bristol where he was spending the summer.(See picture in Library Item 4)

Justice of the Peace for the City and district of Montreal since 1890.

Served in the Town as Councillor, Council of Westmount, for 7 years.

Lived at 400 Cote St Antoine ("Ardchoille") Westmount according to the 1904-05 "Dau's Society Blue Book" found at the Toronto Public Library https://archive.org/stream/daussocietyblueb00montuoft#page/68/mode/2up. Also living with him were his wife, son Wickliffe and presumably his Mother-in-law "Mrs nee Rodger". His son William Jr lived down the street at #326 with his wife. 
GREIG, William (I5)
12 "Died in infancy" - Per Jim Mathieson (1998)

BIRTH: Also shown as Born 1773 
JEFFREY, Peter (I1270)
13 "Local registrant of the High Court," according to an Oct 26, 1887 Stratford newspaper clipping regarding Jenny MacFadden and Henry Jeffrey's wedding, quoted in a Los Angeles paper at the time of their 54th wedding anniversary MCFADDEN, Honor James (I1159)
14 "Sawyer" according to Jeffrey/Miller Family tree (Library/Andrew Jeffrey Cousins/James Jeffrey b1684/Item 1) MILLER, John (I953)
15 "Whitsome Hedger" according to Jeffrey/Miller Family Tree (Library/Andrew Jeffrey Cousins/James Jeffrey b1684/Item 1) MILLER, William (I1165)
16 135 page cerlox bound book provided by Rita Taylor through Tom Loghrin to John Cowan January 21, 2019. It contains various stories of the Short family from Joseph William Short (b1842) to families in the 1980s. It contains some information on 'JW's' ancestors. Editor's note on page 6 warns about accuracy. John Cowan notes some apparent erros on the caption of the picture on page 8. Source (S86)
17 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. PATTERSON, Roger Kingan (I447)
18 5 daughters, moved to Portland Oregon, died in California (see Andrew Jeffrey Library, Item 10 Page 2) JEFFREY, Alexander Laing (I26)
19 A blacksmith and feuer. 1798 tax roles show him as a smith in Chirnside, with his brother Peter (See Library Item 2).

Instrumental in formation of a Reform Presbyterian Church

1793-1802 financial records of Chirnside United Secession Church show him as a donor most years, according to Jim Jeffrey's research in Scotland in May 2018 (email to John Cowan May 23). No earlier records were found, but later records did not include donations from Andrew Jeffrey. These records also list him as an officer of that Church.

Martinmass donations 1799 show him as a donor, and the "Collector"(?) - see Library/Andrew Jeffrey Ancestors/Peter Jeffrey/2-Martinmass Donors 1799

Andrew Jeffery smith and feuar in Chirnside 12.2.1810 76 yrs. - engraved on gravestone in Chirnside cemetery

BAPTISM: December 19 1734 Andrew son to Patrick Jeffrae smith in Risla 
JEFFREY, Andrew (I54)
20 A botanist THOMSON, Agnes (I254)
21 A family tree complied by Virginia Lee Groves Kinney regarding her ancestors. Prepared by Virginia. John Cowan photographed it Feb 14, 2019 while meeting her. Source (S103)
22 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. DOUGAL, Helen Patterson (I1188)
23 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. SKINNER, Edward Gordon (I484)
24 A notable researcher of the Jeffrey family living near Cobourg in 1990. His reporting of facts are usually well documented, though original documents are not available to John Cowan. Many of his notes come from either Bill Campbell (via John D Jeffrey) or Jim Jeffrey. Source (S147)
25 A nurse at the time of marriage.

In 1920 US Census (email from Tom Loghrin to John Cowan JAn 29, 2019) Jean was living at 207 E.University, Royal Oak Village, Michigan. Jean was a nurse and owned the home. William lived neraby - presumably they were separated, with the children living with Jean. 
TAINTER, Jean I. (I492)
26 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. MERWIN, Dr Bruce Allan (I557)
27 A professor at Harvard University at the time of his Father's death (accoroding to an obit of Andrew S Jeffrey in Raleigh)

See obit in Library/Andrew Jeffrey (1837-1910)/Item 2 
JEFFREY, Professor Edward Charles (I234)
28 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. JEFFREY, Helen Kathleen (I365)
29 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. JEFFREY, Marian Mauretta (I367)
30 A replacement for an earlier sister of the same name?

Living in Rochester in Nov 1831? See letter Andrew Jeffrey wrote to her parents in Dec 1831 regarding her sister's death. (Library/Janet Hall Jeffrey/Item 10) 
HALL, Mary II (I415)
31 A shoemaker in Clackmannan Scotland when his dauughter Janet was born. See Library/Janet Hall Jeffrey/Item 7.

He brought most of his family over to Canada in 1820, on the same boat from Quebec to Montreal as the Lyalls and Jeffreys (see Library/Andrew Jeffrey/Item 12 and John Cowan's email to Jim Jeffrey Nov 23, 2018).

He was an early sherrif of Peterborough and Victoria Counties (see Library/Janet Hall Jeffrey/Item 12). 
HALL, James II (I10)
32 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. MCLEOD, Anne Elizabeth Marie (I371)
33 A transcription of a letter by Andrew Jeffrey about the death of his sister-in-law's death to her parents. Source (S75)
34 Abstracted by William Cowan March 19, 2020 Source (S152)
35 Abstracted by William Cowan March 19, 2020 via Ancestry.ca without seeing the actual notice. Source (S150)
36 According to Jim ?? of 20 St Ronan's Terrace, edinburgh EH10 5PG on MAy 7, 2000 in correspondence with William Campbell:
- Alexander was a blacksmith
- Had a large family.
- Lived in Prenderguest (Ayton) 
JEFFREY, Alexander (I60)
37 According to US Census, in 1930 he was living with his parents in Denver Colorado and was a manager in the lumber industry; he was also a veteran of WWI. In 1940 he was living with his aged parents in Denver but not working. See John Kingan.

He never married (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Kingan-33)

Find A Grave memorial #76193218 
KINGAN, Fred J. (I500)
38 Accuracy is questionable since it had recorded Honourable Andrew Jeffrey's date of death too early by exactly 10 years. John Cowan notified cemsearch of this problem January 13, 2015 Source (S9)
39 Alex Collins deduced Jean was born about 1803, as sourced to his email of Oct 28, 2017 to Jim Jeffrey.

Bill Campbell reports in correspondence Oct 1990 that he believes Jane was born in about 1798 - no source info.

DEATH: Also shown as Died Winnipeg. 
JEFFREY, Jean (I214)
40 Alexander Laing Jeffrey's Death Certificate refers to her as Annie Lincoln Jeffrey but she signed it as Lillian Jeffrey. The same certificate shows Alexander as "Lane" instead of Laing, so there are some liberties with spelling of names. LINCOLN, Anna (I258)
41 An accountant for a shipping company. Lived in Goderich and then Toronto.

First Toronto address was 68 Forest Hill Road (see Alexander Bob Jeffrey Library item 11). 
JEFFREY, Alexander Hall (I29)
42 An assembly of Jeffrey family data collected by Tom Loghrin Source (S61)
43 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. JOHNSON, Andrew (I291)
44 Annie Bradshaw email to John Cowan April 16, 2019 says he was a Blacksmith in Union Hall, Berwick

Birth year conflict with Jeffrey/Miller Family tree (see Library/Andrew Jeffrey Cousins/James Jeffrey 1684/Item 1 
JEFFREY, James (I1264)
45 Assembled by Jim Jeffrey from various inputs, marking blacksmiths Source (S66)
46 At the residence of the bride's brother, 130 Bloor St West, Toronto See  Family F7
47 BAPTISM: From the Foulden parish Register:
(p.156) Isabella, lawful daughter to William Jeffrey and Mary Lyall, born Oct 29th, baptised Dec 13th 1801, before the congregation. 
JEFFREY, Isabella (I212)
48 Became Superintendent of Parks for Edinburgh City Council. He spent 25 years there and is credited with bringing the floral clock in Princes Street up to date. (Page 19 of the "James Jeffrey, Head Gardener at Caversham Park 1888-1894" by Elaine Bradshaw, 2016) JEFFREY, John (I642)
49 Belle Jeffrey's sister, Mary Hutchison, was next door neighbour to William Greig in Westmount Montreal (see Item #3 and 5 in his Library) until roughly 1906. Belle was visiting her sister and got invited across the street to a neighbour's party where William's son Wickliffe was similarly invited. (Oral communication in about 1975 from Eileen Hutchison (daughter of Mary) who was about 5 years old at the time of said party. Eileen vividily remmebers reports of this exciting event.) See William Greig Library Item #5.

Eileen reported that her family rented a cottage near the Greig's rented cottage at South Bristol, Maine, when she was a kid, roughly 1910-1915. See Wickliffe Library Item #9 and William Library Item #4.

Belle Jeffrey signed Janet (Jessie) Jeffrey's vistor book in 1893 (see Janet Jeffrey Library Item 4 Page 13).

Belle was artistic - see Libary Item 4

Living at 26 Earl St Toronto Nov 22, 1905 when her beau of the day sent her a postcard, 6 years before she married him. (See Library/ Wickliffe Geig/Items 17 and 17a) 
JEFFREY, Jessie Belle (I4)
50 Belmont High School, 1917
Ohio Wesleyan in Deleware, Ohio for 2 years during World War 1

Opened a sandstone quarry "on the Jeffrey place that he inherited."(Casey Notes P 37)

Lived near his parents north of Belmont. His wife taught Sunday School there at the United Methodist Church. 
GROVES, James Jeffrey (I527)

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