|Description: A double-spaced typewritten transcript of a letter dated 12th January, 1845 from Anna to her brother Charley in Ireland. Anna writes that “Poor Ellen is settled at the Browns and is very low spirits. We have all tried to bring about reconciliation but we have failed”. Anna says she “will do all I can for her.” She thanks Charley for his long letters which “are a comfort to us” and tells what an occasion James makes of opening and reading them. She mentions Charley having been “at Jos's wedding, and seeing all the Alexanders”. Anna writes that “The poor Stantons feel very miserable about their father's marriage, they wish to leave the house”. She mentions some upcoming marriages and a Christmas party to be held at Harris's. The reverse of the pages is printed on stock market graphs.|
Reverend James Magrath and his family emigrated from Ireland in 1827. He left Ireland hoping to secure a prosperous future for his family. Reverend Magrath became the first Rector of St. Peter’s Anglican Church in what was then known as Springfield-on-the-Credit. The Rev. worked diligently to serve the needs of both his family and his congregation. The family cleared the 700 acres allotted to them and built a home and farm which they called Erindale.
Anna Cordelia Magrath was in born 1819. When Anna’s mother died in 1839 she took on the domestic responsibilities of running the household. After her sister-in-law (wife to William) passed away in 1860 Anna took over the care and raising of their three daughters. Anna never married and died in 1895.
Charles Eneas Magrath was born in 1809. He served in the militia with his brothers. Charles began his career as a local merchant in Streetsville. In 1844 he travelled back to Ireland to take care of the family properties returning to Upper Canada two years later. Charles married widow, Louisa Newbiggin Stanton, in the 1870’s. Charles died in 1884 at age 75.
These transcripts were typed by Kathleen Sayers, wife of Geoffrey Sayers, whose interest in family history led her to transcribe original papers, letters, newspaper clippings, transcripts and research notes relating to Geoffrey's maternal lineage. Geoffrey was the grandson of Arthur Harris and Mary Harris (nee Magrath). The original documents are held by the Peel Heritage Complex.