The Reffell Family in 1911

A snapshot in time on Sunday 2 April 1911

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Shere Brewers

William Joseph Reffell and Emma Lavinia Smith ran the Black Horse public house and brewery in Gomshall Surrey following the outcome of his mother's disputed will, which led to his brother Henry to move away ultimately to Bexley. William had died in 1884 and passed the business to his sons. Emma had recently died in 1906.

The eldest daughter of William and Emma was Josephine Lavinia who was separated, but actually calling herself a widow and lodging at 6 Cannon Place in Brighton Sussex. Her husband Frederick William Cannon was elsewhere in Brixton. The daughter Dorothy Winifred had recently married Jabez Smith and they were at The Rosary West Clandon in Guildford Surrey.

William Joseph Reffell, brewer & coal merchant was living at Bourneside next to the Black Horse in Gomshall Surrey. He had been recently widowed after his second wife Kate Maria Boorer had died in 1909. Looking after the children was Kate's unmarried sister Hannah. Those children were; Marjorie Lilian, Maurice Victor, Dorothy Violet & Leslie William Joseph. Eldest daughter Ivy Muriel was a student at the Goldsmiths College and living at the St. Michael Hostel in Barry Road Grove Park. The eldest surviving son Alan Herbert was training to be an engineer and boarding at 74 Devonport Road in Shepherds Bush. Alan would get his wings and fly with the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War. Another daughter Constance May was at the Ryde House Girls School in Ripley Surrey.

At the Valmas in Shere was brewer Alfred John and his wife of twenty two years Rosina Bertha Farhall. Both of their children Hilda Lavinia & Mabel Bertha were with them.

The youngest son of William & Emma, Charles Arthur was a surveyor & auctioneer living at Thorney Ennismore Avenue in Guildford Surrey. His wife Ada Caroline Farhall had her sister Susan Ann living with them, together with their only son Edward Charles Fulcher.

Descended from Henry Reffell of the Shere brewers, the three brothers who previously ran the Bexley Brewery had by now left the business and there was no longer any direct family connection.

John Reffell had been widowed in 1905 and was living with his unmarried sister Bertha Annie at Rowans in Godstone Surrey. Their daughter Minnie, who was to marry the following year, was visiting friends at 54 Tremain Road in Anerley Surrey.

William Robert Reffell was now retired and living at Woodcote in South Nutfield Surrey with his wife of 32 years, Mary Annie Graham Parker and their unmarried daughter Mabel Bertha. Their recently married daughter Ruby Lillian was living with new husband Harold Alexander, a civil engineer, at 17 Milton Road in Hanwell Middlesex. He was working for the Great Western Railway and ultimately was to retire in 1949 as the Divisional Engineer of the Western Division British Railways.

The other brother in the brewery was Arthur Henry, who had died in 1907 aged 49.