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Robena Ann JEFFREYS

Robena Ann JEFFREYS

Female 1851 - 1930  (79 years)

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  • Name Robena Ann JEFFREYS 
    • It is interesting that Ann, Robina's mother, decided to name her first daughter with the same unusual name as her niece (the daughter of Christine & Donald Leslie) who was about 9 years old at that time. Little did Ann know that within 4 years, she would have two Robina's in her household.
    Nickname Robina 
    Born 1851  [1
    • No sign of her birth registration has been found, but Robena married on October 8th, 1872, stating that she was 21 years old. This would indicate her birth year as approximately 1851.
    Gender Female 
    Biography Notes Robina was very small. Kaye McArdle remembers her own mother referring to Robina as her "tiny Scottish grandmother".
    It is understood that Robina would help with the sheep as well as other farming chores because male labour was limited with her only having one brother.
    She met her future husband, James Anthony Rolfe, when he was employed by her father, Jeff Jeffreys, to help with the farm work. James had come from a family of shepherds in Norfolk.
    They married in 1872 and soon afterwards they started travelling throughout the country and into the mining areas of South Australia and New South Wales.
    James became adept as a stone mason and trained other men, one of whom being his son Abel.
    They had 12 children.
    James died in Adelaide in 1924 and Robina died in 1930. They were buried in the West Terrace Cemetery in Adelaide.  [1
    Biography Notes This Robina should not be confused with another Robina - Robina Leslie who was born in 1842 and was Ann's niece being the daughter of Donald Leslie who was the brother of Ann's first husband, Robert. 
    Died 3 Aug 1930  [1
    Buried Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I-7821  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 22 Mar 2016 

    Father Jeffrey JEFFREYS,   b. 4 Dec 1821, Llanelly Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1881, Belvidere SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Ann MCLEAN,   b. 6 Apr 1823, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1910, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 13 Feb 1851  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F-1626  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family James Anthony ROLFE,   d. 1924, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 8 Oct 1872  Belvidere SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    • The wedding was at the home of Ann's parents in Belvidere.
    Children 
    +1. Anthony Edwin ROLFE,   b. 1873, Echunga SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1873, Mt Barker SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  []
     2. Florence Mary ROLFE,   b. 1874, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. May Robina ROLFE,   b. 1878, Clare SA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Martha Mosella ROLFE,   b. 1880, SA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Abel Joseph ROLFE,   b. 1882, Wirreanda SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1960  (Age 78 years)  []
     6. Angus Seth ROLFE,   b. 1884, Quorn SA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Angas Jeff ROLFE,   b. 1886, Quorn SA Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Effie Victoria ROLFE,   b. 1889, Broken Hill NSW Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Margaret A ROLFE,   b. 1891, Broken Hill NSW Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Violet Olive ROLFE,   b. 1894, Broken Hill NSW Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Edna Ruth ROLFE,   b. 1896, Broken Hill NSW Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Grace D ROLFE,   b. 1898, Broken Hill NSW Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2017 12:03:50 
    Family ID F-643  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents

    BDM Marriage of James Anthony ROLFE & Robena Ann JEFFREYS on 8-10-1872 in 032016_0001.pdf

  • Sources 
    1. [S-6] FM Kaye McArdle - emails in March 2016.

    2. [S-18] PUBLICATION Edwin Maclean's genealogy, Person 14-vii.

    3. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au, 21 Jan 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      marriage in 1872, Reg No93/36 confirms groom:ROLFE James Anthony, and bride JEFFREYS,Robena Ann
      No more is specified. Requires further research and validity research to make this generalisable.