Monday, February 6, 2017

Our brother Kerras and his folkart

Winter 2017

     I took these photos of our yard yesterday - it's pure ice!   I have to park very near the door in fear of breaking a leg!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Jeffery Family Book - 1998

     My cousin Betty M. Jeffery and myself published our family history in 1998 after many years of research - it is titled "The Jeffery Family of the Isle of Wight and Prince Edward Island".
     We have copies available for $40 each plus shipping.  Below is the cover of the book.  It is 408-pages with photos, appendices and index.  In 1999 we received a Publishing Award for our book from the Prince Edward Island Museum & Heritage Foundation.
     The cover shows the two Islands associated with our family - the Isle of Wight, England and Prince Edward Island, Canada - the background with writing is a page from our 1752 Jeffery Bible, brought from England in 1810 - owned by Stephen Jeffery - it's been passed down through the generation and today I have it.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Winter 2016 - very different than Winter 2015

     I took these photos yesterday at the Homestead!  So far so good with winter weather being milder and less snow!
 Below photo taken a year ago onFeb. 28, 2015.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Fall 2015

     I took these photos the other morning at day break.  The homestead looks good following another summer.  
     Then I went out the road and took a photo of our little Holy Trinity Alma Anglican Church at daybreak.  The church was consecrated on Oct. 20, 1890 - 125 years ago next week!
     We've hosted two birthday partys at the homestead in the past few weeks - that for our mother Verna on September 16th - her 75th birthday; and for our father Wilbert who turned 85 years old on October 5th!
     The birthday cakes were made by Diane - Mom got an extra birthday carrot cake made by her 96-year-old mother, Empress.
     We had a great garden this summer - we were overflowing with yellow and green beans, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, carrots, beats, kale, lettuce and pumpkins!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Mid Summer 2015

     The homestead is looking good these days, sorry that we don't have visitors staying this summer due to our well water problems.
     We have a great vegetable garden, Mom and Dad are enjoying vegetables already - I spent the morning pulling weeds!!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

3 Owners in 150 Years at the Homestead

     Since 1860 there have been only been three owners of the Jeffery Homestead on the Centerline Road, Alma, PEI.
     First was the man who established the homestead, Stephen Emmanuel Jeffery (1830-1911), pictured below with his third wife, Jane Collicutt (1842-1914) of Lot 7, PEI.  They were married in July 1868 and raised ten sons (four from first marriage) and two daughters at this homestead.   
     Stephen's first wife, Maria Fields died in childbirth with their daughter in 1865 or 1866.  Also, Stephen's second wife Mary Ann Lewis is thought to have died in childbirth in 1867.
     Stephen was a blacksmith and farmer and a great church man - being the first warden of Holy Trinity Anglican church in Alma.
     The second owners were David Jeffery ( 1881-1963), son of Stephen & Jane and his wife Bessie Nichols (1884-1972) of Berwick, NS.  The photo below was taken on their Wedding day January 1, 1919.  David farmed and Bessie taught music lessons.  They had no children.  Bessie played the organ at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Alma.   In the early 1920's David and Bessie had a major renovation done to the farmhouse which included building a kitchen wing and large verandah - the local carpenter was Bruno Peters.
     The third owners are Wilbert Jeffery (1930- ) and his wife Verna McDowell (1940- ) of Knutsford, PEI.  Wilbert and Verna raised five sons and two daughters here.  Wilbert is the grandson of David's brother Abram.  In the 1950's when David was getting older, Wilbert would help him with some of his farming.  Following David's death on January 28, 1963 Wilbert and Verna bought the farm from Bessie.  
     In 1972 Wilbert and Verna had a major renovation, including a bathroom, done to the homestead to accommodate their seven children.  Wilbert and Verna's farming operation consisted of dairy and beef cattle and potato and grain crops.  
     In 1993 they retired from dairy and potatoes and spent the next twenty years on the farm until they moved in 2013 to an apartment in Alberton.  They continue to have a large vegetable garden at the homestead.