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Transcript: Anna Magrath & William Magrath to Charley Magrath October 6 1845
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Title: Transcript: Anna Magrath & William Magrath to Charley Magrath October 6 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.119.23
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 from Erindale dated Oct 6, 1845 from Anna and W.M. (William Magrath) to their brother, Charley, in Ireland. Anna writes that she has been out to the woods for seeds with little luck. She hopes to make a good collection next year for Mrs. Doynian who has been such a kind friend to Charley. Their brother Tom, now in New York asked her to take care of his seeds at Cottage. She says everyone is anxiously awaiting arrival of the new piano. Other news is that“Poor Ellen has lost her little baby”. They have not heard from William Watson since he went to the backwoods. Little Freddy says “How do Uncle Charley - come home Uncle Charley, bring Freddy a nice wagon and saddle and bridle”. William writes a page after Anna's letter telling Charley that the coat he sent “ won't fit me, it would only spoil the sale of it if we attempt to alter it - as the good cloth is the object, you might bring out as much as would make a coat & trousers”. William reports that Grantham, Tom Groom, Boltby and two others have just returned from Long Point. He reports that “Brother Tom” has written that he is in high spirits and is going to visit Boston, Rockaway and other places on his way home. He ends with saying the family are busy with the fall ploughing. 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. .
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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