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Title: James A. Reford, New Jersey, USA to Fanny Reford, Co. Antrim
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileReford, James A/19
SenderReford, James A.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationbusinessman
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBloomfield, New Jersey, USA
DestinationCo. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientReford, Frances
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 3028/B: Permission to copy from W. Reford Esq. 81, Islandmagee Rd. Whitehead, Co. Antrim
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9410315
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 20:10:1994.
Word Count1016
TranscriptBloomfield Aug 7th 1853

Dear Sister Fanny
I once more write to you to let you
know that I am alive I would have wrote [written?] to you before
this but the last year has been a year of [--------?]
to me which was the reason that I did not write
I have to inform you that George died on the
3 of June on Friday at 6 o'Clock P.M. he was sick for
about 3 years but the last year he was not
able to do any thing he came home to me on the
latter part of May 1852 and he was there all
summer and in the fall he went to Mr. Stubs
"and supped" with him till 10 where he was
taken very sick his mother went to Jersey City
and brought him home he stayed so home till
the 1 of January 1853 he then went to Mr Stubs again
and at [on?] the first of May his mother brought him
home in a carriage and that was the last time
that he was out of the house Mr Stubs family
came to see him every week and always brought
him some thing that they thought would relieve him
He was conscious of this and he wanted completely away
he said that there was nothing the matter with him
but the loss of strength he was to be married to
Jane Stubs & different times Jane was here and one
of her brothers when he died. It was with her
brothers that George served his time and they
thought him as one of themselves and George used
to say that he had 2 homes Jane stayed here since
time after his death Grace seems to have got the
consumption and Ann is greatly troubled with the
palpitation of the heart the doctor says that it is
on account of her aunt gnawing her strength Ann is
larger than her mother and quite slim Joseph does
seem to enjoy good health Elizabeth is well She
is at home and has 2 Children, Fanny 3 years old
and Georgianna 6 weeks, She was born 2 weeks after
Georges death Her Husband failed last February
in the book funding and Stationary in Jersey City and
the reason was drinking and gambling I lost
about £100 with him he is now in the State of
Pennsylvania at the American Hotel I had a
letter from his brother Wm [William] at Washington who told us
where he's now, every one thought that he was doing
well till about 8 months ago, and the first
that I knew he failed in about £7500 and I
could nor would do nothing for him as I
said [?] it was all useless And as for Elizabeth she
has a home with me all the rest of the family
is well with the exception of chills and fever which
is quite common in this country this 5 or 6 years
back, I hope this letter will reach its destination
as I did not record a letter in 2 1/2 years and I
hope that you will answer this I was never so long @ [at?]
getting @ [a?] letter before I always paid the passage in
full, here I often have thought that some thing
thing [sic] had occurred that prevented you from writing
D [Dear?] Sister I hope that you are all well and
enjoying good health it would give me a great
deal of pleasure to hear from you all I also have
often thought that you were dead that was the
reason that I had not heard from home, and
if so I thought that one of my Brothers or Sisters would
surely let me know, [Lewis?] me are about building
@ [a?] railroad from Bloomfield to [enter so?] at the
New Ark [Newark?] and New York at the other side
of the Pass and never opposite New Ark [Newark?] I have
taken 3 shares in it The Bloomfield Depot
will be where my House is and I am going
to build up on the hill above the barn
The roads turn from the big pond through
the orchard and do on Further 50 feet of
the front of my barn and so through to my
lower garden I bought all of the Wards
property and I do expect to treble my money
All the [Grants?] family is dead but prince
Alberts 2 children that was there, Or how
you here at Bloomfield, I hope that Mother
Mary Ann Sarah Lewis Francis Susanna
Matilda and all the rest is well I could
sit and write to you all night if I but knew
what to write that would give you pleasure
I could say a great many things to you but
it would be no satisfaction to you as
you do not know the people here and
not knowing them I do not tell you
of any thing that transpires here [leasings?]
is very good this season, and I hope that
it will continue, I have not seen one
from Antrim these 2 years I heard that
Dora Bradley's Husband was dead
I have not seen any of them in a long
time as they all have left New York but
John, I had 3 Doctors with George as I wished
to gratify him in every thing as I had but
2 [....?] left he was as composed as one
going to sleep when he departed he
laughed 2 minutes before he expired
I must conclude for want of matter that
would interest you hoping in the Lord
that you are all alive and well
Dear Sister Fanny write me this once
as I am anxious to hear from you all
as I have wrote often and recd [received?] no answer
and when you write let me know all the
particulars about Antrim No more at
present, George's death has almost killed
Annie as George and her was [were?] so much attached
to each other
Your affectionate Brother
James A Reford
Georges age was 27 years 1 month 27 days