The Reffell Family in 1861
In 1861 the population of Great Britain & Ireland was 29,070,930; made up of 9,776,259 males & 10,289,965 females in England & Wales, with a further 1,449,848 males & 1,612,446 females in Scotland. Thus the general male/female split at that time was approximately 48 males for every 52 females. The total number of people recorded in England & Wales with the Reffell surname was just 75, a miniscule proportion of 0.00025% of the total population. This consisted of 41 males & 34 females, very different from the national average. The most popular male name was William with Mary as the most popular female name. The average age was surprisingly low at just over 25 and the oldest was 78 years old. The family was largely based in the south east of England with large branches in London, Surrey and Buckinghamshire. Smaller branches were to be found in Birmingham, Kent & Suffolk. All those in the family had been born in England. There were many varied occupations listed including; farmers, a working jeweller, some cabmen, an ironmonger, some gun makers, a number of watermen and rope makers. Also included were people connected with the brewing trade both brewers and publicans. There was no one listed as being in any of the the armed services, and perhaps the strangest occupation noted was a manure agent! It was predominantly a male working force, with only a few of the females having any occupation; a couple of dressmakers, a waitress, a shop assistant, a housekeeper and a pipemaker.