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Transcript: William Magrath to Charley Magrath April 14 1845
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Title: Transcript: William Magrath to Charley Magrath April 14 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.118.14
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 April 14, 1845 from W. M. (William Magrath) to his brother, Charley, in Ireland. William writes that it is unfortunate that Charley is away and missed the trial of their libel case against Joseph K. Dean and Geo. Woodring, whom they defeated. The Judge, Hagerman, gave the defendant “the damndest cathauling a rascal ever got, told him he was a disgrace to civilized society, that he had been 18 years in the service of Crown, but never had such a filthy mass of calumny come before him”. Next William reports on the Farm. William’s letter goes on about the re-union of Ellen with her husband, John, whose boss has offered to build them a house which John will work off. Part of the letter is about “The Village - 'Fashionable Departures'” and the Stanton/Newbiggin nuptials. William tells Charley not to “show your face here unless you have seen London, Paris, and the Isle of Mann because such a chance you may never have again”. The reverse of the letters is Geoffrey H. Sayers Insurance Letterhead.

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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