The Reffell Family in 1911

A snapshot in time on Sunday 2 April 1911

One Hundred Years ago...

A comprehensive survey of the Reffell family of one hundred years ago..

Edward Forrester Branch

Edward Forrester Reffell had led a very interesting life and had died in 1889. Due to his and his father's military connections, their children were to have interesting naval names, a tradition that existed up until recent times. His wife Welsh Sophia Collins had died in 1900.

Eldest daughter Ellen Blanche was living with her husband of 26 years, Harry James Osborne a vegatable salesman. They lived at 32 Carlyle Road in East Ham with their unmarried daughter Vera.

Eldest son Edward Henry

Second daughter Florence Elizabeth and her husband of seven years William Henry Prosser were at 1 Southchurch Road in East Ham, where he worked as a coach painter for the local council. With them were their first three children; Georfrey Forrester, Gwendoline Vera & Oswald Henri and Florence's mother's sister Susannah Ellen Nicholas Thomas.

Second son Horatio Nelson Reffell was living at 32 Richmond Road in Barnesbury with his wife Gertrude Eliza Thornton. He was working as a travelling brewer with the Watford Brewery. Their three children were also there; Leonard Nelson, Horatio Archibald & the eleven month old Beatrice Ellen.