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Title: [James?] Banks Reford, New Jersey to Aunt [Reford, Antrim?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBanks Reford, James/37
SenderBanks Reford, James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmerchant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBloomfield, New Jersey, USA
DestinationCo. Antrim, N. Ireland
RecipientReford, Matilda
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 3028/B/17: Permission to Copy from W. Reford Esq., 81 Islandmagee Road, Whitehead, Co. Antrim
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9405125
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 03:05:1994.
Word Count323
TranscriptFrom: J. [James?] Banks Reford
N.J. [New Jersey?]

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

Bloomfield, N.J. [New Jersey?],
ug. 11 1897

Dear Aunt,

It was a pleasure to
receive your letter of June 30th
and to hear from you again.
But we were pained to learn
of your not being in good
health. Sorry to hear of Jane's
death. I can recall her with
her hood over her face, as
if were yesterday.
No word from Antrim. I will
write them with the mail
that takes this letter. We are
all in fair health. I am soon
stranger than when I last wrote
Eunice is in good health. Josie
so far has escaped any ailment
this summer, and if he
passes the winter, will go to
business in the spring. I send
you a photo - which he made
of the house Father built and
in which he and Mother died.
Our early summer was very
hot and dry. July wet and
cool. Our [crops?] are very good
all through the country. And
with a change of administration,
we are looking for a
boom in business. George
is still in Chicago. Likes
it very well, and has a
good position. You must
have had grand times, during
the Queens Jubilee
We took great interest in
them, this side of the water.
She is well liked in America.
I had another letter yesterday
enquiring if I was any relation,
from a John H. Reford son of
Jos. Wm. [Joseph William?] no further information
of himself given. Louis E. of
whom I wrote you sent me a
letter from Joseph in Antrim, in
which he writes. One of James
son was over last summer, but
did not call on him, as he
visited only with his Aunt.
He writes as though he was
hurt. I didn't know of his existance [existence?]
so offer that as an
excuse for my seeming neglect.
We all join in love, and the
wish that you may enjoy
good health for years to come.

Your loving nephew,
J. [James?] Banks Reford.