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Transcript: William Magrath to Charley Magrath August 23 1845
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Title: Transcript: William Magrath to Charley Magrath August 23 1845
Identifier: 2009.1.119.12
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1960-1970
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A double-spaced typewritten transcript of a letter dated August 23, 1845 from W. M. (William Magrath) to his brother Charley, in Ireland. Willy tells of working at his desk with Ledgers and Journals, Interest Tables and Ink Pots. He discusses the progress with their enemies: “Robt. Cox has offered his Farm for sale, saying he cannot live in this place any longer. Allen of Streetsville says he would give a good deal to be out of the matter, that none of us ever did him any wrong and he was a fool to be hooked into it. Dean wrote to the Old Man, praying to get him out of jail -so altogether you can perceive things have changed. That 50 pound fine is making them sick”. William also mentions “Poor Gray, the Butcher, through absence of mind, made a serious mistake the other day - for instead of cutting a sheep's throat he cut his own”. William mentions that ploughing is at a standstill all over the country because of the extreme drought. The reverse of the papers is printed with stock market tables and charts.

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.
William Melchior Magrath was born in 1816. He served in the militia from 1838 to 1847. William worked as the manager of Erindale Estate which he inherited in 1851. In 1856, William married Christiana Sutherland. They had three daughters. Christiana died in 1860 and William died in 1888.
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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