JEFFERSON is, of course, the surname of one of the greatest U.S. presidents. Unfortunately, my Jeffersons were still in North Yorkshire, England until the late 1870's, and are of no relation to TJ. [From what I have read of Thomas Jefferson's ancestry, it is not known exactly from where his ancestors emigrated to Virginia.] My Jeffersons were fishermen, fishmongers, and boatbuilders in the village of Staithes on the North Sea coast of England. I have traced them there to about 1700, but there were Jeffersons from the very beginning of the parish records in 1600.