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Transcript: Anna Magrath to Charley Magrath May 23 1845
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Title: Transcript: Anna Magrath to Charley Magrath May 23 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.118.22
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1960-1970
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A double-spaced, 3-page, typewritten transcript on plain white office paper of a letter from Erindale. There is no date but the letter was enclosed in a packet of letters dated May 23rd, 1845. The letter is from Anna (Magrath) to her brother Charley in Ireland. Anna writes that “everything is going on as well as we could wish here. The crops are beautiful, the trees in full bloom, and my little garden looking clean and nice, and the seeds coming up”. She relates news about visitors and an outing to the Skynners. She writes “Tom Groome is making a fool of himself in Streetsville, he wanted to fight another duel, and Margaret in a delicate situation again”. Anna writes that she plays (piano) for James every evening and he dances the Polka, the old piano is on its last legs, some of the notes will not sound at all. She tells Charley that she plays “cribbage and draughts with Papa almost every evening. I beat him sometimes and then don't I crow”.

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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