|Description: A double-spaced, 2-page, typewritten transcript of a letter dated May 23, 1843 (should be 1845) - Friday night from W.M. (William Magrath) to his brother Charley in Ireland. William writes that “We assembled last night to read your letter of the 15th April and It has been a great source of happiness to us all, but particularly to our Father that one of us should be near at such a moment to sooth his poor Brother”. William continues about how much joy Charley’s stories of Ireland bring their father. William tells Charley that the crops and animals are doing very well and that they Thank God for the bounty of the season. William says “The pigeons are in such numbers that they are doing great damage through the country”. 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.