Was born in Halifax County, Va., March 28, 1838. His parents, D. J. and Parmelia (Davis) Jeffress, were Virginians by birth, born in 1810 and 1818, respectively, and after their marriage came to Tennessee. The father died in 1863, and the other in 1884. A. J. Jeffress was educated in the common schools and Bluff Springs Academy. In 1869 he married Cora Smolley, who was born in Benton County, Tenn., 1852. They have four children: Sammie, Jones, Mattie and Laura. Mr. Jeffress engaged in carpentering after marriage in Martin, and remained there until March, 1886. He built the first house ever erected in Martin. In 1886 he purchased 180 acres of land near Gardner, and there now resides. He has always been energetic and economical, and a been fairly successful financially. He is a Democrat, and his first presidential vote as cast for Breckenridge. He and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. In April, 1861, he enlisted in Company A, Thirty-first Infantry, and was at Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Resaca and Atlanta, Ga. He was in captivity three months, was exchanged and returned home in March, 1865.
Source: Goodspeeds History of TN - 1887