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Transcript: James Magrath Jr to Charley Magrath October 7 1845
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Title: Transcript: James Magrath Jr to Charley Magrath October 7 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.119.24
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 Credit P.O. dated 7 Oct. 1845 from J.M. (James Magrath Jr.) to his brother Charley, in Ireland. James starts by supposing that Charley has a bridle and is up to the eyes in leather to complete the request sent last time from little Freddy who had asked for a bridle and saddle.. He says things been quiet and “we have not been annoyed by the scandal, Dean's time is up and he will get out”. The Cox case has been postponed. He mentions some other local news and visits. James mentions that Mrs. Dixie was churched a few weeks ago and that the Dixie's had come to church for sacrament. Their brother Tom has written that he “got a great overhauling by Dr. Mott and is much better”. 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.
James Magrath Jr, was born in 1807. As James matured he became a dominant economic player in the local community using connections that his father had made. James, along with the Magrath family in general were accused in a libellous pamphlet by Joseph Dean, of a number of nefarious deeds including opening mail, stealing wood, price gouging and seducing a servant girl. Charges were later dropped. James never married. He passed away in 1868 at the age of 60.
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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