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Transcript: Anna Magrath to Charley Magrath September 23 1845
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Title: Transcript: Anna Magrath to Charley Magrath September 23 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.119.18
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 Sept. 23, 1845 from Anna Magrath to her brother, Charley in Ireland. Anna tells Charley news about the garden and that they had frost two nights ago. She has played two games of cribbage with “the Old Gentleman” and has won. News about William Watson and Mr. Speer who have been staying at Erindale, and Mrs. Hallowell's recovery to good health while in the Magrath's care. Anna has been invited to spend the winter at Kingston and go to some large balls. Mr. Edwards and Mr. Brough are both about to be married. “Papa keeps (Charley's miniature) in his pocket now altogether and Your miniature has been all over, into Town, down at the Lake, at Streetsville”. Anna says all the ladies admire the beautiful brooch he sent her and say that he has good taste. The reverse of the pages is 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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