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Transcript: William Magrath to Charley Magrath February 10 1845
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Title: Transcript: William Magrath to Charley Magrath February 10 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.118.7
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 plain white office paper of a letter dated February 10th/45 from W.M.(William Magrath) to his brother Charley in Ireland whom he addresses as: “Old Fellow”. William asks Charley, “Are you smelling about Miss Alcock.You will disappoint the people here if you don't bring out a wife”. William describes the snowstorm: “But we have had such a snowstorm as Canada has not seen for 20 years, snowing, blowing and freezing for three blessed days. Dundas St. & the Lake Shore Road rendered impassable. Snow 10 ft. deep in some places”. William mentions that between weddings, and children being born “the women's leather about here has been pretty well stretched”.

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.
William Melchior Magrath was born in 1816. He served in the militia from 1838 to 1847. William worked as the manager of Erindale Estate which he inherited in 1851. In 1856, William married Christiana Sutherland. They had three daughters. Christiana died in 1860 and William died in 1888.
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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