When Lena M. Jefferson was born on 14 May 1882, in Republic, Kansas, United States, her father, Iverson Alverian “Iva” Jefferson, was 27 and her mother, Sarah Jane Davenport, was 24. She married William Edward Frame on 25 October 1900, in Washington, Kansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Haddam, Washington, Kansas, United States in 1900 and Esculapia Township, Benton, Arkansas, United States for about 10 years. She died on 9 August 1922, in Benton, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 40, and was buried in Rogers Cemetery, Rogers, Benton, Arkansas, United States.
English (northern): patronymic from the Middle English personal name Geffrey or Jeffray (see Jeffrey ) + -son. In the late medieval period Geffreyson was increasingly pronounced Jeffrason, with shortening of the diphthong to a simple vowel, which was later commonly altered to Gefferson and Jefferson, with metathesis of -r- and this shortened vowel. In North America, this surname became especially common among African Americans (see 2 below).
African American: from the personal name Jefferson (or Thomas Jefferson), adopted in honor of Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd president of the US; or adoption of the surname in 1 above, in most cases probably for the same reason.
History: The third US president, author of the Declaration of Independence, and VA statesman Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) relates in his memoirs a family tradition that he was descended from Welsh stock on his father's side, while noting the relative infrequency of the name Jefferson in Wales. It is a characteristically northern English name. — A Jefferson was among the burgesses who attended the first representative assembly at Jamestown, VA, in 1619.
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