Fonds F01629 - Reiffenstein family fonds

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Reiffenstein family fonds

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  • 1856-1932 (Creation)
    Reiffenstein (family)

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0.5 m of textual records, ca. 150 photographs

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James Mason Godard, and his son of the same name, came to Quebec as wine merchants and brewers early in the nineteenth century. The younger James Mason Godard (1779-1858) had six children. His daughter Georgina (1812-1901) married Charles Reiffenstein (1817-1902) in 1840. Morris Godard married Christiana Cameron, sister of Hector Cameron. Henrietta (Henny) Selwyn Godard remained unmarried. Hannah (b. 1786) sister of James Godard, married John Thomas Caddy. Their son, John Herbert Caddy (1801-1883) became an artist of some note.

Georgina and George Charles Reiffenstein had six children: John George William (1841-1877); Miriam Clara Dunn (1844- ) married James Pennington Macpherson; Georgina (spelling varies) Caroline (1845-1918), known as Carrie; Rhoda Julia Henriette (1848-1904) known as Julia; Charles Edward (1849-1930) and James Henry (1869-1945).

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The bulk of the fonds is the correspondence of Carrie and Julia. Of particular interest is their letters from Lady Agnes Macdonald, widow of Sir John. Baroness Macdonald's letters tell of her life abroad with her daughter Mary and her continuing interest in Ottawa life. There is a small amount of correspondence from Miriam Reiffenstein Macpherson Fenwick, the daughter of Miriam Reiffenstein Macpherson. Besides legal papers, such as wills, administration of trustees and estates, the fonds reflects important happenings in the life of the Reiffenstein family; the fire at the family home in Ottawa in 1885, Carrie's train trip West with the MacDonalds in 1886, a family trip abroad in 1889, the diamond wedding anniversary of George and Georgina Reiffenstein in 1900, and the trip to England in 1904 by Carrie and
Julia where Julia died in London.

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Lady Macdonald letters purchased. Remainder of collection the gift of James Russell - 1985


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  • English

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2999 (Reiffenstein)

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Public domain

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No further accruals are expected

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  • Shelf: 2131.1
  • Folder: 2999 (Reiffenstein)