Ada Marion Jefferis (1884-1981): Biographical Entry

1:379 JEFFERIS, Ada Marion,‘The Memoirs of a.M. Jefferis. Written by her Daughter’, TS, pp.19 (c.7,000 words). Brunel University Library.

Born 10 July 1884 at Bill Hill, near Wokingham. Died 1981. Father worked on the local estate. Youngest of 5 children (2 died before author’s birth). Educated at day school (1890-2); Forest Rd. School (1892-1900?). 

Married a gardener, 1903, with 2 children. Lived at Bill Hill (1884-c.1900); London (c.1900-3); Bill Hill (1903); Abbots Ann, near Andover (1903-6); Longham, near Bournemouth (1906-?); Sutton Courtenay (?-1920); Whitchurch (1920-).

Housemaid and ladies’ maid (1900-3).

No details of interests or activities.

Dictated to her daughter in 1979, the narrative provides a retrospect of childhood (schooling; games); village life and customs (May Day; ‘leasing’ or gleaning; visits by itinerant entertainers and sellers); celebrations to mark the relief of Mafeking; effects of war on village life (labour camps for Chinese sailors); and general observations on change and progress.

Available From:

Jefferis, Ada Marion. ‘The Memoirs of A.M. Jefferis. Written by her Daughter.’ Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies. University of Brunel Library. Special Collections. 1:379.

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