window in Sackets
Harbor Presbyterian Church, dedicated to Emmanuel's second wife,
Ida. In the 1880 census, she was listed as being of age 23 years, making
her 23 years his junior.
Ralph Godfrey, his first-cousin's husband, were among those
who assisted in the dismantling of the War of 1812-era ship-of-the-line
in Febuary 1884. The ship collapsed unexpectedly in the midst of their
work and both men were injured, another being killed. An account of
the accident in the February 13th issue of the Jefferson County Journal
said this about Manuel's experience:
". . . E. Jeffrey, who was on a ladder when the alarm was given,
tried to come down and got partly down when he fell about fifteen
feet and was caught in such a manner that the beams covered without
touching him. He escaped with a severe blow on the head which dazed
him. He walked across the ice for a short distance to his home, but
had no rememberance of anything that had transpired for some little
time, but at the present writing is better. "
is buried in Lakeside Cemetery along with his wives and Mary, his sister-in-law.
STAGE COACH DRIVER
EXPIRES AT 85
THERE SINCE 1844
Also Served Many Years as Sexton of Presbyterian and Methodist
Churches and Hay Memorial Library.
TO THE TIMES)
Harbor, July 24.Manuel Jeffrey, for many years driver
of the old Concord
stage coach between here and Watertown and former sexton
of the Presbyterian
Church, died yesterday in his home here, aged 85 years
and four months. Death came after an illness of several months
and was due to his advanced years.
Jeffrey was born in Ox Church, England,
March 14, 1837, son of Henry [Robert] and Jane Lane
Jeffrey. He came to the United States with his parents in
1844, settling at Sackets Harbor where he had continued to
reside the remainder of his life. He was one of a family of
seven children, including five boys and two girls.
1859, Mr. Jeffrey began driving the Concord stage coach between
here and Watertown, the line forming a connection with the
railroad and the boats which then plied at frequent intervals
from this port. At that time Sackets Harbor was one of the
thriving villages of the North Country, being a port of call
for many vessels. A Concord coach took its name from the place
where it was manufactured, Concord, N.H. At least four horses
were needed to draw it and usually six were driven.
Jeffrey maintained a regular schedule between Sackets Harbor
and Watertown. On one trip he carried 36 passengers, besides
his baggage and express. The coach was the popular mode of
travel and was considered about the speediest route to reach
either of the two terminals. Driven by fast horses kept in
the pink of condition it always drew throngs when it arrived
at its destination. Along its route, farmers stopped their
work to gaze in wonderment and admiration at the vehicle always
kept in resplendent condition. Mr. Jeffrey took particular
pride in his coach and team and was regarded as one of the
best stage drivers of those days.
continued in his work for about ten years when he entered
the mercantile business which he followed for about ten years.
Finally he accepted a position as sexton in the Presbyterian
Church and had served both that society and the Methodist
Episcopal church and Hay Memorial library. In the library
he had to attend to the entire tower which necessitated his
climbing the four flights of stairs many times. He also wound
the big clock.
Jeffrey was unusually faithful to his work, which was exemplary.
He did his duty regardless of personal discomfort. In winter
his walks were always shoveled and kept in that condition
no matter how quickly they filled with snow. This thoroughness
and grit kept him at work many times when others would have
given up. He resigned his position as sexton in January, 1921.
He had held various offices, including that of street commissioner.
In politics he was a staunch Democrat. He was a trustee of
was married three times, his last wife, Laura M. Jeffrey,
surviving, with three nephews, Matt D. Jeffrey of Mexico,
N.Y., John G. Jeffrey of 108 Massey street, Watertown, and
Herbert Larkins of Belleville; and one grand-nephew, Edward
Reader of Sackets Harbor.
funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 from the home.
Rev. T. J. Searles of the Presbyterian church officiating.
Burial will be made at Sackets Harbor.
John the Baptist Church, Hawkchurch, Dorset (now Devon), England,
as it appeared at the time of Manuel's baptism there, on 24 April 1836.
"Ox Church" was probably the closest-sounding approximation
of "Hawkchurch" that Manuel's young U.S.-born relatives could
recall at the time they were consulted for his obituaryeven today,
Englishfolk with heavy regional accents pronounce the name as "Awk-Church."
Hawkchurch is where most of Manuel's English-born relatives lived, including
families, all of whom emigrated to Hounsfield between 1832 and 1854.
stage coach, similar to the kind Manuel would have driven between
Watertown and Sackets Harbor. In 1919, Manuel recounted his memories of
stagecoach work and life at Sackets in an article
for the Watertown Daily Times.
store, dwelling, and boathouse burned in the fire
of 1889, which also destroyed the church edifice.
soon after its construction in 1900, showing the clock Emmanuel wound
and the library tower he maintained.