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4236. John TEFFT was born about 1614 in providence, providence, Rhode Island, Massachusets. He died on Jan 26, 1676 in Kingstown, Washington, RI. He is reference number 1C95-LH. JOHN TEFFT was a Freeman of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1655. In 1674, when he made his will, he was at Kingstown, Rhode Island.
The name is spelled in the old records, Tefft, Tifft, Teffe, Tift, and Teff. No connection has been found between this family and that of Taft, the earlier spelling of the latter being Taaffe or Taffe. It is possible, however, that both John Tefft of Rhode Island and Robert Taaffe of Mendon, Massachusetts, the first American ancestor of former President William Howard Taft, had the same ancestry. The Taaffe family has an ancient history in Ireland, but there is reason to believe it was originally Welsh.
John Tefft was probably the brother of William Teffe,--as his name was more frequently spelled,--of Boston, in 1638. He joined the church there August 2, 1640, and was made a Freeman June 2, 1641. In the will of William Tefft, dated May 1, 1646, and proved November 2, 1648, he mentions his wife, Ann, his daughter, Lydia, and his brother, John Tefft. No other John Tefft but the one of Rhode Island has been found who might have been John, the brother of William Tefft. In the will of John Tefft, of Kingstown, Rhode Island, he mentions his wife Mary. Her maiden surname is unknown. She died in 1679. From his will it has been learned that John and Mary Tefft had the following children:

2 i Samuel Tefft, of whom below. ii Joshua Tefft. iii Tabitha Tefft, who married Samuel Wilson.

2 SAMUEL TEFFT, the son of John and Mary Tefft, was named in his father's will in 1674. Samuel Tefft died between March 16, 1725, and December 20, 1725, the dates of making and proving his will. He married Elizabeth Jenckes, the daughter of Joseph and Esther (Ballard) Jenckes. She was born in 1658 .

Bibliographic Information: Washburn, Georgia Cooper. Witter Genealogy. The National Historical
Company. New York 1929
John TEFFT and Mary BARBER were married about 1638 in Of Providence, Washington, Rhode Island.

4237. Mary BARBER was born about 1618 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island. She died in 1679 in Of Providence, providence, Rhode Island. She is reference number 8TFW-QT. Children were:



Samuel TEFFT.


Joshua TEFFT was born in 1646 in South Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island. He died on Jan 18, 1676 in RI, Washington, RI. He is reference number 8TFW-S6.


Tabitha TEFFT was born in 1652/53 in , New Port, New Port, Rhode Island. She died in 1722 in kingston, kingston, Washington, Rhode Island. She was buried in 1722 in kingston, Washington Co., Rhode Island. She is reference number GJ8P-HV.