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Transcript: Thomas Magrath to Charley Magrath January 13 1845
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Title: Transcript: Thomas Magrath to Charley Magrath January 13 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.118.4
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1960-1970
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A double-spaced typewritten transcript of a letter dated January 13, 1845, from T.M. (Thomas Magrath) to his brother Charley in Ireland. Thomas writes that had Charley only succeeded in getting the Shannon money it would have more than paid for all the trouble & expense. He writes about being totally engrossed with the boy (Freddie Magrath). “I drive him every day three times between this & the Gate”. He mentions “Ellen is taken care of, she is at Mark Brow's, and the day after tomorrow nine months. She was married so her character is safe. She shall want for nothing as long as I have the means”. He has negative comments about the Welds, Molonys, Alexanders and Major Odell's son who is “a drunken brute”. Charley is instructed by his father through Thomas “If you can conveniently marry Miss Alcock, My Father bids you do so”. The reverse of the pages is printed with 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.
Thomas was born in 1804. He went back to Ireland to act as Agent for the Magrath properties in 1832 and stayed two years. Thomas served in the military first as a Captain and then as Lieutenant Colonel helping to enlist men during the Rebellion of 1837. In 1840 Thomas married Wilhelmina Rose and they had one son, James Frederick (1843-1902). In 1851 Thomas moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake where he lived until his death in 1886.
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.
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