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..

Henry Hatch Branch

Henry Hatch Reffell and his wife Rebecca Burchatt had died a number of years before in 1860 & 1864 respectively. Of their nine children only three were alive in 1911; Elizabeth Rebecca, Mary Ann (Polly) and Susan Matilda.

Elizabeth Rebecca has yet to be found in 1911 having outlived her two husbands; Etienne Ernest Magloire Masset & Peter William Armstrong. The only remaining child was Leonie Ernestine, who was married to Richard Ernest Cadisch and living at 97 Fairholt Road in Stoke Newington. Of Swiss descent, Richard was listed as a general merchant, but his company was to become very important in the blossoming motor trade.

Henry's widow Sarah was still at the family home of 10 Roderick Road in Kentish Town, with her two unmarried daughters Amy and Gertrude. Her other unmarried daughter Alice was working in the dairy trade and living at 54 Eynham Road Wood Lane. Her son Harry (Henry) James Valentine and family had emigrated to Australia in the 1880s.

John William had died in 1897 from pneumonia as a consequence of working as a cab driver in the smokey London air. His wife Mary Ann was living at 88 Portnall Road in Paddington and working as a domestic cook. After John William's death the three surviving children were put into the West London School at Ashford Middlesex at a very early age. Now aged 19 & 16, Mary Ann (Cissie) and Arthur Edward were now back with their mother, both working as clerks in an office. The other child, also a John William was never to return home and in 1911 was living at 4 New Church Road in Bexleyheath Kent as a tailor. This was an occupation that he would continue for the rest of his life.

Unmarried sisters Susan Matilda & Mary Ann (Polly) were living together at Burwood in Caterham Valley Surrey with their cousin Albert Henry Goldsmith Burchatt, who was a manager of a photocopier company.

Edward had died two years before and his widow Emily and is believed to have gone back to her family in Scotland by this time. None of their four surviving children are in the England & Wales census. George Edward was working in the Near East and soon to enlist in the Royal Flying Corps. Reginald Victor was a pupil at Millfield House in Silver Street Upper Edmonton.