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Transcript: William Magrath and Anna Magrath to Charley Magrath September 10 1845
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Title: Transcript: William Magrath and Anna Magrath to Charley Magrath September 10 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.119.17
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 Credit P.O., 10 Sept. 1845 from W.M. (William Magrath) and Anna Magrath to “My dearest brother” (Charley, in Ireland.) William congratulates his brother for his successful completion of the family's business: He then tells Charley he should “take a trip to England to take the wrinkles out of you & see Westminster Abbey and the old Duke before you 'dee'”. William insists upon being allowed to go shares in the new piano. He describes a trip by boat to Hamilton taken by a group, including Maria, who apparently never travels. He thanks Charley for the cords that fit and a coat & vest that will fit with some alteration. Other black pants don't fit but he asks that Charley bring some of the same good cloth for the making of a pair.
Anna writes that she enjoyed Charley's last letter with the description of the Vale of Avoca. She tells about the coming and goings at home and the harvest “all hands, busy getting in the wheat. The last rains were of great service to the potatoes, but generally speaking they are a mixed crop, Turnips very fine, and everything prospering, thank God”. She describes family fun the night Watson arrived, mentioning Charley's miniature, Anna playing her harp etc. The reverse of the pages 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.
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. .
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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