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Transcript: Anna Magrath to Charley Magrath May 8 1845
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Title: Transcript: Anna Magrath to Charley Magrath May 8 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.118.17
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 from Erindale, dated May 8, 1845 from Anna Magrath to her brother Charley in Ireland. Anna writes “you have had a melancholy time at Castlerea. Poor Uncle, true enough 'There is a skeleton in every house”. She writes about intending to write to Susannah and wishes she could send some things to them. “Poor Aunt's note affected us all very much. Poor soul, it is kind of her to continue to write to Papa, it gives him so much pleasure to get a letter from her. Tell her the description she gave of the blowing up of the bridge amused us all”. Ann writes “We had a narrow escape of being homeless yesterday. The parlour chimney caught fire, the wind was high but fortunately blowing from the barn, the verandahs caught fire in several places, and it was plain to be seen that 'unless the Lord keepth the house', but we were saved”. She mentions that Maria is asking for three pictures which Aunt Charlotte had, belonging to Aunt Kate. The reverse of the sheets 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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