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Transcript: William Magrath to Charley Magrath May 12 1845
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Title: Transcript: William Magrath to Charley Magrath May 12 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.118.19
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1960-1970
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A double-spaced, 2-page typewritten transcript on plain white office paper of a letter dated May 12th, 1845 from W.M. (William Magrath) to his brother, Charley, in Ireland. The letter describes how grateful the Magrath family is that Charley was in Ireland when old Loftus passed away as it spared the old folks having to make all “the necessary arrangements when bowed down by affliction”. William writes that Charley to tell Susan that “though 18 years have elapsed I do not forget my laughing dear little cousin that I was so unhappy at leaving the night we sailed for Wales”. William jokes about Charley's interview with Mrs. Davis. William mentions “Young George Jarvis sailed a few days since for the West Indies. He owes 1000 pounds, so as old Sam is to lose his situation in a few months; Master George thought it was time to run”. William tells Charley that since he won't be home to present the Sword to the old Col. on the 4th June, W.M intends going up to Streetsville to see that the matter is not bungled. William describes the incident with E. Patch at James' store again and writes that except for that, life in the village is pretty quiet. He describes going for a carriage ride to church on Whit Sunday and viewing the farm, with the peach and pear trees in bloom. 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.
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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