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Transcript: William Magrath to Charley Magrath September 23 1845
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Title: Transcript: William Magrath to Charley Magrath September 23 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.119.20
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 23 Sept. 1845 from W.M. (William Magrath) to his brother Charley in Ireland. William mentions that the papers they are returning to Charley are held up in Montreal due to a blunder in departure of the mails of two days. He speculates that maybe Charlie will meet “some little girl who will overlook your venerable appearance and take you for better for worse and what a pleasing sight to behold you surrounded by a smiling family!!”. He tells Charley they have started Tom on his travels and he was already feeling better with the change of scene. He tells Charley that Bill Paterson is on his legs again and that he called at the old Shop a few evenings ago and had a drink of gin with Paterson and a man called Ransom. William mentions a party of men & some Ancaster gents have gone to Long Point to shoot wild fowl. He talks about Watson & Speer heading to the Backwoods to trap martin and live off fur meat. Watson will be back for Christmas with them. He complains about Speer saying “During a residence of several weeks amongst us he has not succeeded in making a single friend - a more sullen, gloomy, uncouth savage I have not met for some time. Watson swears he will forget him in some of the swamps, he is not fit to live with white people. and the girls laugh and call him 'cuckoo'”. 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.
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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