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- Rainsford family
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Andrew Rainsford, the first receiver general for the province of New Brunswick, was born in 1734. Early in his career, Rainsford had served in the 9th Regiment of Foot which saw service in Havana in 1762. The peace treaty of 1763 restored Havana to Spain in exchange for Florida; consequently, the 9th was relocated to Florida where it was stationed for the next six years.
While in Florida, Rainsford sold his commission and returned to England in 1767. The same year he married Elizabeth Cuming (1752-1840), daughter of Sir Thomas Cuming of Bath, and they had 15 children. Not long after his marriage, Rainsford returned to Pensacola, Florida, and took up several administrative appointments. In 1783, however, when Great Britain ceded Florida to Spain, the Rainsfords returned to England.
Andrew Rainsford, his wife, and 8 children emigrated to New Brunswick in 1786, following his appointment as receiver general of quit rents. In 1801 he was appointed assistant barrackmaster general with jurisdiction over the whole province, and in 1815 he was elevated to the post of receiver general of New Brunswick.
Three of Rainsford's sons found careers in the military. Andrew Rainford joined the 104th Regiment of Foot as an ensign in 1803 and later held the rank of captain, Francis Rainsford was appointed clerk in the barrackmaster department, and Charles Rainsford (d. 1882) joined the 104th Regiment of Foot as an ensign in 1806. Henry Bartlett Rainsford was a deputy commissioner of crown lands under Thomas Baillie.
The senior Andrew Rainsford died at Fredericton on 26 May 1820, at age 86. He is buried in the Old Burying Ground, Fredericton.
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This fonds documents the personal, business, and military activities of two generations of the Rainsford family. It contains personal correspondence (1766-1854), business correspondence and accounts (1786-1859), maps, and documents pertaining to the New Brunswick Regiment of Fencibles.
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