Christopher Jeffery was the third of the seven known children of Dean Jeffery and Mary Beasley of Market Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
Christopher married Elizabeth Collin, and shortly after his marriage he is noted as working as a Bricklayer in Ely between 1838-1841.
The couple appear to have had six children, but when Christopher died in September 1845 at just 39 years old, it spelt a disastrous end for the family. Less than 3 years later his wife Elizabeth died in the January of 1848. This prompts the three youngest children to be baptised together, but they end up going into the workhouse, where two sons William and Christopher died (March and December 1848 respectively). Daughter Susan would last unti 1851, dying at just 15 years old.
It's possible that two of the children survived - the latter Mary (if indeed there were really two), and her bother John, but care for them was in short supply, with Christopher's brother (their uncle) William Jeffery also having died in 1848.
It's unclear as to what became of them.
A death certificate may reveal the cause of Christopher's untimely death, but was it something contagious? Or was it down to poor sanitation and diet?
- 1806 in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
- 2nd July 1806 at Holy Trinity Church in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
- Elizabeth Collin (18??-1848) on 17th October 1835 at Holy Trinity Church in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
- Susan Jeffery (1836-1851)
- William Jeffery (1838-1848)
- Mary Beazley Jeffery (1840-1841)
- Mary Jeffery (c.1842-?)
- Christopher Jeffery (1843-1848)
- John Jeffery (1845-?)
Census and Residence
- 1841: 30yrs, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
- 1838-1841: Bricklayer
- September 1845 at Newnham, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 38 years.
- 11th September 1845 at Holy Trinity Church, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.