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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sympathy Saturday - Betsey Percival Jeffers

 From: Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, Michigan, obituary, 22 October 1901, p3.

Mrs. Betsey Jeffers.

Mrs. Betsy Jeffers passed away Sunday morning at 9 o'clock after a brief illness. She was the daughter of Montgomery Percival, and came to Michigan with her father's family in 1835. She was married to Deodat Jeffers, a pioneer in Kalamazoo county, in 1852. To them were born three children, two of whom survive her - William J. Jeffers of Chicago, and Anna E. Jeffers of this city. Deceased also leaves two sisters, Mrs. E. M. Knapp, with whom she has made her home for a number of years; Mrs. F. A. Carter of Akron, Iowa; eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Mr. Jeffers passed away in 1887. Deceased was a faithful member of the First Congregational church, and leaves the memory of a beautiful life. The funeral will be held at the home, 214 East Lovell street, this afternoon at 2 o'clock.

[Researcher's note:  Betsey was the daughter of Montgomery Percival and Eunice Cook, and is my 4th cousin 5 times removed. For many years, I thought there was no connection between my Percival family and other Michigan Percivals, since my Percivals came from Missouri via Indiana, Kentucky, New York and Massachusetts. In researching the Percival-Rainsford descendants, I have re-aligned my thinking on this subject.]

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