aka WILLIAM MARSTERS (b.1831, d.1899)
to Palmerston Island, Cook Islands
Map of Palmerston Island drawn by Liam Hilyard, great (x4)-grandson of William Richard Marsters
Harriet Emma Jeffs (nee Granger)
Harriet Jeffs was the daughter of John and Ann Granger (nee Masters) of Lutterworth. Harriet is the great-grandmother of Steven Hughes of Coventry who has contributed the following documents to this website to show the connections between the Masters family in the UK and the Marsters family in Palmerston Island, Cook Islands.
The Birth Certificate from the sub-district of Lutterworth in Leicestershire, shows that HARRIET EMMA was born on the Third of February, 1879 in Lutterworth. She was the daughter of John Granger and Annie Granger, formerly Masters. Interestingly, Harriet's father John's occupation was listed as an Innkeeper. However in the 1871 and later census documents, John was a plumber. It appears that for a short stint, John Granger was an innkeeper and it is possible that he worked for Ann's grandfather, John Masters who was the innkeeper of the Bull's Head Inn near the center of Walcote. John Masters may have been ill and needed assistance in 1879. He died on 14 November 1880. His wife Ann had died in 1873. The beneficiaries of John Masters' will were his grand-daughter Ann and her children, his grand-son John Masters (Ann and John were the children of Richard Masters/William Marsters). There was also something for George Elton (his sister Elizabeth's third son). More information about his will is in "Masters of Walcote, Leicestershire" (pp69-71)
Harriet Emma Granger married Henry Edwin Jeffs in the All Saints Church in Sheffield on July 23 1904. Edwin was a carpenter. Their fathers were Henry Edward Jeffs (Coal Merchant) and Jack Granger (Plumber). The marriage was witnessed by Richard Edward Jeffs, and Ellen Elizabeth Jeffs.
Harriet and Edwin's sons -
Cecil, Walter and Harry Jeffs.
Steven's grandmother was their sister Winifred who married Albert Shelton.