Elizabeth was the daughter of Simon Jeffers. The actual announcement reads “GRASON, Richard, of Great Britain, and Elizabeth Jeffries, of Simon, of Cranston, …March 22, 1780” Richard was a deserter from the British Army, hence his status “of Great Britain”
Upon Elizabeth’s death in 1844, her obituary included the line “In Smithfield, Rhode Island, 7th inst., Mrs. Betsey GRAYSON, in her 98th year. She was partially a descendant from the Indians.”Ref http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/barnstable/obits/obi1844b.txthttp://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/barnstable/obits/obi1844b.txt
I am left puzzled as to whom Simon’s ancestors were, and where the Indian blood comes in. In the 1774 colonial census for Scituate, Rhode Island, we see Simon listed, along with his wife’s cousins, Dyer Young and Jonah Young, plus his wife’s uncle, David Blackmar. Ref http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/1774-ri-colonial-census-scituate.htmhttp://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/1774-ri-colonial-census-scituate.htm Simon’s wife was supposedly Anne Young, daughter of John Young and Jemima Blackmar.
In 1775, we see Simon Jeffers as a member of Joseph Knight's Scituate Company, basically a paramilitary group organized in anticipation of the revolution which was to ensue in the following year, ref http://digitalcommons.providence.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1020&context=primaryhttp://digitalcommons.providence.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1020&context=primary --- Whenever I think of Indians in conjunction with Rhode Island in general, and Scituate in particular, I think of the Wampanoeg Nation. The last name Jeffers has been traditionally popular among the Wampanoeg people, and even today, on Martha’s Vineyard, where the main reservation is, you can find the surname.
So my questions are: Who were Simon Jeffers’ parents? Was he part Wampanoeg?