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Transcript: Anna Magrath to Charley Magrath February 13 1845
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Title: Transcript: Anna Magrath to Charley Magrath February 13 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.118.6
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 on white office paper of a letter dated February 13, 1845 from Anna Magrath to her brother Charley in Ireland. Ana tells Charley that “Willy and I are quite taken with those people you met in Drogheda - he would give something to be there during the hunting season and for my part I would like to walk in that lovely garden” Anna gives news of Ellen who has a baby boy. “She says she will never live with John again.and that she will keep the child and work for it”. She tells Charley about the birthday dinner they had for Grandpa. “We had the Granthams, Harris & Groomes at dinner, the old gentleman was in excellent spirits and made a good speech”. Anna mentions “There has been another christening at Benares, the little thing is called Lucy Letitia”. Anna writes that “We are snowed up here, the greatest gale we have had for many winters”. She thanks Charley for his instructions about the piano. The reverse of the pages is blank.

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.
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