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Title: [James?] Banks Reford, New Jersey to Aunt [Reford, Antrim?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBanks Reford, James/11
SenderBanks Reford, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBloomfield, New Jersey, USA
DestinationCo. Antrim, N. Ireland
RecipientReford, Matilda
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 3028/B/20: Permission to copy from W. Reford Esq., 81 Islandmagee Road, Whitehead, Co. Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9405136
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 03:05:1994.
Word Count395
TranscriptFrom: J. [James?] Banks Reford.

To: His Aunt, [Anne or Matilda Reford?],
[Antrim, County Antrim?],

Bloomfield, [New Jersey, U.S.A.?],
Jany 25 '99 [1899?]

Dear Aunt,
Your letter of Nov. 11th was
duly received, and should have been
answered before. The end of the year
found me very busy, and as I was
congratulating myself that I saw
a little quiet before me I was
taken sick and am now shut up
in the house slowly gaining strength.
I hope to get to business next week,
but don't feel much like it, as I have
not yet been out of doors. It was an
attack of [Grare-?] and lasted for eight
days. The rest of the family are well
having escaped the La Grippe which
has been quite an epidemic with us
this winter.

Since last I wrote you I took a trip
to Canada, and saw some of the
Reford family. It seemed strange for me to
to [sic] be addressing people as Mr & Mrs
Reford. I found Mr & Mrs Wylie very pleasant
people, and he did the honors. We
first called on Miss Reford (Elizabeth) daughter
of Joseph Reford [&?] Grace Wilson, she is pretty well
on in years but very smart. [Then?] I met a
Miss Stewart daughter of William who died in 1895.
She is very anxious to get the genealogy of the
family. The next day I met and spent the
evening with Lewis and his wife. Had a very
pleasant time. He is very jolly. The next day
called on Mrs William Reford where I
met her younger daughter who was
home from school for a few days, also her
son who is still in his teens. This was
all in Toronto. Robert and family are
located in Montreal.

Mr & Mrs Wylie are going over the
coming season, and will call on you.
I have about given up tracing the family
the Lewis's threw me all out. When I
think I have it all right I find I am all
wrong. Lewis of Toronto spoke a great deal
of Lewis of [Beechmont?]. Now what relation
was Lewis of [Beechmont?] to you & Father?
I will drop this for my [head?] won't stand
it. Trusting you are feeling better than
when you last wrote, and that I may
soon hear from you. No news from
Belfast in a year. I take it for granted
they are well for no news is good news.

With love.
Your Nephew,
J. [James?] Banks Reford.