Mack Jeffers and his Fiddlin' Farmers were on WWVA's Jamboree out of
Wheeling, WV back in the 1940s. An old souvenir folio published by Mack in 1940
indicates that "Mack" was born in Scott County, Tennessee near the town of Oneida.
He played the five-string banjo with the band. He married Georgia Carter in Norma, Tennessee
on January 13, 1918. They had two sons, "Slick" and "Sleepy".
"Slick" started with the Fiddlin' Farmers from the time they started up - 1931.
He was born on June 24, 1919 near Oneida in Scott County, Tennessee. Was said to be a
natural born musician, never taking lessons on the guitar and didn't read music.
"Sleepy" had been with the Fiddlin' Farmers for about 7 years in 1940, having
started in radio at a very early age. He was born on February 15, 1922, in the same
town as his brother. He also has never taken lessons and doesn't read music, and played
the guitar in the band.
"Shorty" or "Hiram Hayseed" was the comedy portion of the Fiddlin' Farmers. You can
read about him elsewhere on this site. He had been in show business since 1916 when
he was part of this act in 1940.
"Cricket" was the newest member of the Fiddlin' Farmers in 1940. She was born on
September 15, 1923 in Neffs, Ohio. She had started in radio in 1939, appearing
on WHIS out of Bluefield, WV.
Mack was five feet eleven inches tall, weighing about 175 pounds with brown
hair and grey eyes.
Timeline and Trivia Notes
Group Members included:
- William H. "Mack" Jeffers, Sr. - banjo
- William M. "Slick" Jeffers, Jr. - guitar
- George "Sleepy" Jeffers - guitar
- William H. "Shorty" Godwin, also known as Hiram Hayseed
- Cecelia "Cricket" Mauri