Johnstone J. Jeffs
Elizabeth Waller
(Cir 1844-Cir 1890)
Mae Elizabeth (Mazie) Jeffs


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Marvin Atwell Palmore Sr.

Mae Elizabeth (Mazie) Jeffs

  • Born: 29 Mar 1884, Virginia
  • Marriage: Marvin Atwell Palmore Sr. circa 1902 in Virginia
  • Died: 27 Dec 1963, Chesterfield Co. VA at age 79
  • Buried: Sunset Memorial Park, Chester, VA

bullet   Cause of her death was Myocardial Infarction.


bullet  General Notes:

A Richmond City Directory lists:
Mrs. Mazie Palmore pkr Kingan & Co r1916 Floyd av

bullet  Research Notes:

The following research pertains to the family of Mazie Jeffs. See notes on daughter-in-law Mary Hagen for an obituary for Frances Waller Palmore Johnson (email from Gail Johnson <>, Dec. 31, 2005) that names "Maizie Jeffs". It appears that her parents came into the United States in 1870 and 1871 (see 1900 census records below), her father first followed by her mother and two siblings. Her father's name appears as Johnson and Johnstone in various records.

Jeffs, Johnson Record Type: Births Quarter: March Year: 1842 District: St Neots County: Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire Huntingdonshire Volume: 14 Page: 229
St. Neots
Created 1st July 1837. Mainly in Huntingdonshire, but included parts of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
Sub-districts : Kimbolton; St. Neots.
GRO volumes : XIV (1837-51); 3b (1852-1930).
Abbotsley, Buckden, Diddington, Eynesbury, Eynesbury Hardwicke, Grafham, Great Paxton, Great Staughton, Hail Weston, Kimbolton, Little Paxton, Midloe, Offord Cluny, Offord d'Arcy, St. Neots, Southoe, Stow, Swineshead (1837-88), Tetworth, Tilbrook (from 1896), Toseland, Waresley.
Registers now divided between Huntingdon, Cambridge and Bedfordshire districts.

New York immigration records:
Johnson Jeffs (Carpenter) Arrival Date: 13 Dec 1869 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1841 Age: 28 Gender: Male Port of Departure: Le Havre, France and London, England Destination: New York Place of Origin: England Ship Name: Atalanta Port of Arrival: New York Line: 7 Microfilm Serial: M237 Microfilm Roll: 322 List Number: 1379 Port Arrival State: New York Port Arrival Country: United States

The wife and children of Johnstone Jeffs arrive in New York about a year later -
Eliza Jeffs Arrival Date: 14 Oct 1870 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1849 Age: 21 Gender: Female Port of Departure: Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland Destination: United States of America Place of Origin: England Ship Name: France Port of Arrival: New York Line: 27 Microfilm Serial: M237 Microfilm Roll: 335 List Number: 983 Port Arrival State: New York
The ship's manifest includes: Eliza (21), Arthur (2) , and Elizabeth (Inf) Jeffs; all from England. Also on the list is Fanny (30) and Ellen (9) Jeffs.

The 1870 Federal Census for Virginia, Nottoway Co., Haytokah taken Sept 1, 1870 records Johnson Jeffs (28-England / Carpenter). His wife will arrive in New York in 1 month.

The 1880 Federal Census for Virginia, Chesterfield Co., Bermuda, District 64 records Johnstone Jeff (sic) (36-England / Mechanic) and wife Elizabeth (35-England) with children A. L. S. (14-England), S. J. V. (10-England), and E. S. (3-VA). It is of interest that the listing for son E. S. Jeffs records his parents as born in VA. This is corrected in later census records.

The 1900 Federal Census for Virginia, Chesterfield Co., Bermuda, District 1 records Johnstone Jeffs (Feb 1843-England / Carpenter) and new wife Sarah (July 1843-VA) with children Jennie S. (April 1870-England / School Teacher), Edgar S. (Aug 1877-VA / Carpenter), Annie D. (April 1881-VA), and May E. (March 1884). Johnstone and Sarah have been married 6 years. Johnstone lists his date of immigration as 1870 while Jennie [Virginia] lists 1871. Son Arthur Jeffs can be found in the same 1900 census record for Virginia, Chesterfield Co., Matoaca, District 7 as Arthur (May 1867-England / R.R. Flagman) and Mollie (Feb 1872-Maryland) Jeffs with children Thomas E. (Dec 1896) and Arthur L. (March 1899). Also in that household in mother-in-law Martha Ponder (Sept 1831-Maryland). [Thomas Edgar Jeffs, born 7 Dec 1895, and Arthur Lewis Jeffs, born 25 Mar 1896, are listed in WWI Draft Registration records] [The 1880 census for Virginia, Chesterfield, Dale, District 67 records M. R. [Martha] Ponder (48-widow) and children Laura (17), Theodore (15), Mattie (12), Minnie (10), and Mollie (8). All born in Maryland - the 1870 census for Maryland, Carroll Co., Westminster Co. records Isaac (63) and Martha (38) Ponder (indexed as Powder) with children Laura May (8), Theodore A. (6), Martha (2), and Minnie G. (5/12) - Isaac's parents were wealthy Westminster farmers Andrew, born ca 1775, and Margaret, b ca 1885, Powder.].

The 1910 Federal Census for Virginia, Chesterfield Co., Bermuda, District 1 records Johnstone Jeff (66-England / Carpenter) and wife Sarah F. (65-VA) with children Sarah J. (39-Copying at a Meat Company) and Edgar S. (34-Carpenter).

bullet  Medical Notes:

Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014
Name: Mae Elizabeth Palmore [Mae Elizabeth Jeffs]
Residence: 2804 Pate Avenue, Richmond, VA
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age at Death: 79
Birth Date: 29 Mar 1884
Death Date: 27 Dec 1963
Death Place: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Registration Date: 30 Dec 1963
Father: Johnstone J Jeffs
Mother: Elizabeth Waller
Spouse: Marvin A Palmore
Certificate Number: 1963034163
Military Status: none
Informant: Marvin A Palmore


Mae married Marvin Atwell Palmore Sr., son of Bennett Westley Palmore and Caledonia Moore Goodman, circa 1902 in Virginia. (Marvin Atwell Palmore Sr. was born on 10 Aug 1877 in Hamilton, Cumberland Co., VA, died on 2 Aug 1967 in Chesterfield Co. VA and was buried in Sunset Memorial Park, Chester, VA.) The cause of his death was Cardiac Arrest / Congestive Heart Failure.

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