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The Magrath Family to Charley Magrath June 24 1845
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Title: The Magrath Family to Charley Magrath June 24 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.118.27
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1960-1970
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A double-spaced, 6-page typewritten transcript of a letter dated June 24, 1845 from Rev. James Magrath, Thomas Magrath, Anna Magrath, William Magrath and James Magrath Jr to Charley in Ireland. Thomas writes about the fine crop at Erindale, purchasing a dress for Freddy and that fact that Jas. has taught Freddy to swear. Anna apologizes about the short letter and that she has been housekeeping all week as Maria is ill. The Rev. James Magrath writes about a frost killing the apple crop. William writes about the weather and a trip he and Anna will take to Toronto. The remainder is written by J.M. (James Magrath Jr.) Charley's brother who mentions Maria's illness and also says that he thinks Tom “is getting better, it is all in his stomach & liver but he goes about, works & eats hearty”. He also talks about the frost killing the apple crop and talks about many items of business, family celebrations and village news. The reverse of the first two pages is form 1200PS2 which is blank except for a dark brown line bordering the whole page. The reverse of the other pages is North American Life Assurance Company letterhead.

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. He ministered over an area which now encompasses Mississauga, Oakville and part of Burlington. James 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 which they called Erindale. All of his sons; Thomas, James Jr, Charles and William prospered in prestigious positions in the community. In 1844 Charles returned to Ireland to look after family business. He returned to Canada 2 years later. The Magrath’s only daughter Anna, never married but looked after her family home and helped raise her brother William’s 3 daughters after their mother died.
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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