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Transcript: Anna Magrath to Charley Magrath July 8 1845
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Title: Transcript: Anna Magrath to Charley Magrath July 8 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.119.3
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1960-1970
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A type written transcript one and a half pages in length of letter dated July 8, 1845 from Anna to her brother Charley. Anna describes a trip in to Toronto with Willy to attend the opening of St. George's Church where a musical program called Oritorio was the highlight. She describes the beautiful church's architecture as the Gothic style. “Mr. Humphreys has perfected Miss Hagerman's voice, she is superior to Caradori Allen or any public singer I ever heard, she combined sweetness and power. She sang Angels ever bright and fair”. The letter includes a brief note from “the Boy” “Dear Uncle Charley, Dublin City. Com home Charley. Beppo killed snake. Bye bye Uncle Charley”. Anna describes her gardens at Erindale and at Erindale Cottage and mentions that “Papa has got a fine Peacock, a hen and six chicks. He is a beauty and will eat bread from your hand.” The reverse of the 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. 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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