For those descendants of William Jefferies interested in preserving an important part of our heritage, now is the time to act. We have until 21 March to raise $35,000 to purchase William’s pioneer home he built in 1867 for him and his family, and in which they lived for 40 years. It is one of only a few remaining adobe structures in Grantsville, and when restored as a historic home museum, will be a key part of our and other Grantsville historic preservation groups’ efforts to create an historic district.
Contributions should be made out to the Wm. Jefferies Historic Home Assn. and mailed to our treasurer, c/o Trent Jefferies, 3987 Oregon Dune Ct., S. Jordan, UT 84095. I will send you a receipt for tax records.
If you wish to contribute, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a note to that effect, or call me at 580-658-3944 if you have any questions.
Chris Jefferies, President
The William Jefferies Historical Home Association
Great news about the William Jefferies Home in Grantsville. The following is from cousin Chris Jefferies:
We now have a real possibility to purchase the 1867 original William Jefferies home in Grantsville. The city of Grantsville has negotiated with the owners of the property, including the old house and about 3 acres, to purchase the land for the cemetery expansion. They are willing to sell the house and lot on which it stands for $30,000. That’s much less than the appraised value in 2008 when I first had the property appraised.
Here’s the challenge, of course; we need to raise the money. In 2008, several of us descendants organized the non-profit William Jefferies Historic Home Association with the objective to purchase the property, stabilize it, then restore it to its original condition. We also applied for and received tax exempt status from the IRS, so contributions to the Association to buy and restore the property will be tax deductible. I’m willing to put up $10,000 toward the purchase, but that leaves $20,000 more. So this is an appeal to Wm. Jefferies’ many descendants who would like to see his home preserved as a memorial to both him and his fellow pioneers of the era, and the important role they played in the settlement of the Territory. Please let me know if you are willing to help.
Chris Jefferies, Great-Great Grandson through William O. Jefferies