Charles' parents were John and Isabel Rafuse. If you check the 1871 census, Province of NS, Halifax Co, Black Point, family #64 is John and Isabel Rafoos (this misspelling is repeated in the 1891 census, but 1881 and 1901 have the family name as Rafuse.) They are listed with 3 children, Peter J, age 4, Henry L, age 2 and Charles S, age 3 months. John is of German descent, Isabel of English descent, and both are illiterate, which probably accounts for the misspelling.
In the 1881 census of Black Point, neither of the parents are listed (probably dead) and Peter is living with a Whynaugh family, Charles (age 10) with Leonard and Mary Snair and their family (family #66) The brothers are going by the last name Rafuse.
By 1891, Hubbards Cove, family #92 consists of Peter and his wife Annie, their child, Drucilla, and both of Peter's brothers, Henry,age 21 and Charles, age 19. The men are all fishermen and the family name spelling has reverted to Rafoos.
In the 1901 census of Hubbards Cove, Charles is shown with wife Ellen and 4 children - Laura (1893), Howard (1896), Amos (1898) and Fred (1900). (Family #91 )
Hope this is helpful. I don't have a lot of info yet, just beginning to trace my roots. I am a descendent of Charles's brother, Peter.
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