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Transcript: William Magrath to Charley Magrath June 7 1845
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Title: Transcript: William Magrath to Charley Magrath June 7 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.118.25
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 of a letter dated June 7, 1845 from W.M. (William Magrath) to his brother Charley in Ireland. William writes describing the scene at home as the family gathered to read Charley's last letter which James “slyly said nothing about it until after dinner, when it appeared with the pudding, toast etc. & which were despatched in unusually quick time”. William says “where is the pleasure now can equal the receipt of your letters”. He writes “What a pity you did not offer the contents of the old house to the Archeological Society, they would have given any money for those antiques of the 17th century. You had a melancholy business of it, that old Town (Athlone), I'm glad you are over it, decay & old age seem to have made it their chosen habitation”. William describes the presentation of the Sword on June 4th to Col. William Thompson who was greeted by all the officer's in uniform and a 'mug'. Old Jarvis presented the sword and William gave the address followed by congratulations all around. “We then, to the number of 60, entered the pavilion and partook of a capital dejeneur, after which we all got plenty drunk drinking the Col.'s health. They say the Col. & I became so loving we were kissing each other”. The reverse of the pages is form 1200PS2 which is blank except for a dark brown line bordering the whole page.

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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