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Transcript: Anna Magrath to Charley Magrath August 9 1845
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Title: Transcript: Anna Magrath to Charley Magrath August 9 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.119.9
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1960-1970
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A one and a half page typewritten transcript of a letter dated Aug. 9, 1845 from Anna Magrath to her brother Charley in Ireland. Anna thanks Charley “for all the little things you are sending us, not forgetting the brooch for me and the cords for Willy, they will be most acceptable as he is not overburdened with cloths at present”. Anna tells Charley “I trust you will be able to leave Ireland before the Equinox, those gales frighten me”. She mentions that Mrs. Hallowell is at the (Erindale) Cottage, and “Anna Kelly and Caroline Skynner have been with us for the last week”. She encloses the programme of our Oratorio in a newspaper. She also mentions getting a beautiful peacock at Erindale. Anna teases Charley about his pleasant day shooting seagulls, in the company of “that poor girl who was with you, how miserable. Oh ye parties of pleasure!!”. The reverse of the two sheets are printed with stock market graphs.

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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