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Research Note: St. Peter's On The Credit: The Magraths
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Title: Research Note: St. Peter's On The Credit: The Magraths
Identifier: 2005.1.81.23
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1960-1975
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: Double-spaced typewritten notes in red ink on white office paper. Handwritten in blue ink in the bottom proper left corner of the first page is: "James Magrath papers." The notes are about the emigration of Rev. James Magrath and his family from Ireland on the brig Donegal of Whitehaven, and their arrival in Quebec on the 16th of May 1827. The narrative describes the Reverend's travels to Upper Canada and the determination of a place in which to settle. Buying land at the Credit River, the building of Erindale, the condition of the road, a description of the white frame church and arrangements for pew rentals are on the second page. Additions and corrections are typed in black ink and there are some editorial marks in blue ink and in pencil. The reverse of the first page is Geoffrey H. Sayers General Insurance letterhead and the reverse of the second page is blank.

This item is part of a box of original papers, transcripts, research notes, and newspaper clippings compiled and transcribed by Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers. The notes and transcripts were written on the backs of papers related to Geoffreyís job in Insurance

The original St. Peterís Church was built in 1826 and demolished in 1887. St. Peterís Church had many ties with both the Harris and Magrath Families. The Harrises were strong supporters of the Church with Captain James B. Harris (1797-1884) acting as a church warden from 1838-1860. Arthur B. Harris (1843-1932) was on the building committee in 1886 and also served as a church warden and had agreed to assume some of the debt over and above the amount contributed to the Building Fund of the new structure. Reverend James Magrath was the first Rector of the church and his family continued to support it after his death. Many members of the Magrath and Harris families were married at the Church; including Mary (nee Magrath) and Arthur Harris, Annie (nee Harris) and Beverly Sayers and Kathleen (nee Colloton) and Geoffrey Sayers. For more information on the history of St. Peterís Anglican Church, see: Thompson Adamson "175 Years of History" (Erindale: St Peterís Anglican Church, 2000).
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