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Transcript: Anna Magrath and Thomas Magrath to Charley Magrath June 7 1845
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Title: Transcript: Anna Magrath and Thomas Magrath to Charley Magrath June 7 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.118.26
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 of a letter from Erindale dated June 7, 1845 from Anna Magrath to her brother, Charley, in Ireland. Anna writes more about the occasion when the sword was presented to Col. Wm. Thompson. “We danced until one o'clock and then thought about going home but (as usual when we are at the Lake) it began to rain, so we commenced dancing again and kept it up until three o'clock”. Anna writes that several people sang songs but none of them could sing as well as Charley and everyone wished that Charley could have been at the event. She tries to allay Charley's doubts about going to Bagnalstown. She tells Charley “I am sorry I told you to bring me anything, you seem to find so many calls for money that ought to be attended to before my trifling wants. Give that good girl Grace whatever present you intended for me”. She writes about 'the boy', Freddie. A short note at the end of the letter from T.M. (Thomas Magrath) tells Charley about the animals on the farm and warns against borrowing money. The reverse of the pages is form 1200PS2 which is blank with 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.
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.
Thomas was born in 1804. He went back to Ireland to act as Agent for the Magrath properties in 1832 and stayed two years. Thomas served in the military first as a Captain and then as Lieutenant Colonel helping to enlist men during the Rebellion of 1837. In 1840 Thomas married Wilhelmina Rose and they had one son, James Frederick (1843-1902). In 1851 Thomas moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake where he lived until his death in 1886
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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