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Transcript: Anna Magrath to Charley Magrath Nov 29 1844
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Title: Transcript: Anna Magrath to Charley Magrath Nov 29 1844
Identifier: 2005.1.119.1
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1960-1970
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: Transcript of a letter of Nov. 29, 1844 from Anna (Magrath) to “My dearest brother Charley”. The letter describes a Conservative dinner held in William Bolton's new Rackets Court. She mentions having good sleighing due to “a great fall of snow on Wednesday last” and plans to take a drive in the large sleigh with the Boy. Several balls and officers' parties are mentioned. Anna states that the “Indians say we will have a long and severe winter”. She asks for news of the fashions and says that Mary Skynner is spending a few days with them. She describes the activities of her brothers - Willy who has built a new root house in preparation of winter, and Tom who has installed one of his stoves in Maria's pantry. The reverse of the two sheets of paper is letterhead of Geoffrey H. Sayers Insurance.

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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