John Jeffries

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

John Jeffries was born in Boston, Massachusetts back in 1745.  I have no information about his parents or his upbringing that is until he graduated from Harvard College getting his medical degree from the University of Aberdeen.  He was a key witness for the defense for the trial that ensued after the Boston Massacre. 

He is credited with being among America’s first weather observers, taking daily weather measurement in 1774.  In fact, National Weatherperson’s Day is celebrated in his honor.  Amherst College has a collection of his papers if you are ever close you need to stop by and take a look at them. 

He lived in England from 1776 to 1790 returning to Boston to open a private practice staying there until his death in 1819.  During his lifetime, he served the British Army in Nova Scotia and New York during the American Revolution.  However, let me tell you what he’ll be known for other than being a Loyalist to the British.  Well he accompanied Jean-Pierre Blanchard in 1785 in the first ever balloon flight across the English Channel.  During the flight he dropped a letter from the balloon also making it the first and oldest piece of airmail in existence. 

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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Was the mail delivered or lost in the channel?

I stay with Franklin and The Farmer's Almanac!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 11, 2017 04:38 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning James. Interesting fellow to say the least! Again, no clue! Enjoy your day!

Jan 11, 2017 05:07 AM #2
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is quite an historical oddity but still fascinating.

Jan 11, 2017 05:15 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well that beats the pony express.

Jan 11, 2017 05:33 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Very interesting indeed and I really enjoy reading about the people that you tell us about daily!

Jan 11, 2017 05:50 AM #5
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

James Dray Thanks for the fun biography today of a truly brave man. That was quite a feat at that time in the history of flight.

Jan 11, 2017 05:51 AM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Back in 1785 that was a death-defying feat. I always wonder what the balance of courage and bliss of ignorance was in the "firsts" such as that!

Jan 11, 2017 06:48 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This was a really good one. I never knew anything about him, but now I do.

Jan 11, 2017 07:06 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- wouldn't it be funny if the letter was someday recovered! 

Jan 11, 2017 07:55 AM #9
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

I had not the first inkling of who he was. I've always wanted to take a balloon ride but it still seems so scary. Can't imagine being the 1st to go across the Channel. Thank you for enlightening us again today.

Jan 11, 2017 07:57 AM #10
Will Allen
Concept 360 Property Management - Long Beach, CA
Property Management... taking care of your assets


Nice piece of information . . .  JJ seems like a pretty interesting character!

Jan 11, 2017 09:47 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a fun bit of trivia!  Love that it was the first email...A

Jan 11, 2017 10:04 AM #12
NextDay Inspect
NextDay Inspect - Sterling, VA
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Love history! Great post, love it!

Jan 11, 2017 10:51 AM #13
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
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More fun history information James Dray .  If John Jeffries were around today, he would be having a field day observing the Texas weather.

Jan 11, 2017 04:16 PM #14
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Fascinating history lesson, James Thanks very much for the education.

Jan 11, 2017 04:45 PM #15
faye schubert
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty and Lake of the Ozarks - Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

I can't imagine what people were thinking to see a balloon aloft, and today we don't give it a second thought to see balloons, planes and now we have these drones flying everywhere like the Jetsons.

Jan 13, 2017 05:18 AM #16
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, love the airmail tidbit. I am not sure I would like crossing the English Channel - either by swimming or by hot air balloon flight :)

Jan 13, 2017 10:50 PM #17
David Martin
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality

I had never heard the story regarding the Air Mail before.. interesting thanks

Jan 04, 2018 06:41 PM #18
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