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Transcript: O'Farrell Connection and Coat of Arms
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Title: Transcript: O'Farrell Connection and Coat of Arms
Identifier: 2005.1.126.1
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1970-1975
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A transcript with typewritten information about the origin of the Harris family coat of arms/crest and the O'Farrell connection. The original was prepared by Matilda Lindsay. Upper right hand corner has handwritten in black ink "74" which is crossed out and "85". Reverse of the page is blank letterhead for Geoffrey H. Sayers, Suite 300, 425 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.

Matilda Lindsay (c. 1804-1887) was the youngest daughter of Margaret and Major General John Harris and sister to Captain James Harris of Benares. Matilda married the widowed Colonel Lindsay in Perth, Scotland and helped to raise his two daughters, Alice and Annie. She was a faithful correspondent to her brother James and his family. Matilda was the source of family information from Scotland and many of their letters are located at the Peel Heritage Complex Archives in Brampton. Matilda regularly sent care packages to Canada with books, clothes, candies, jewellery and money from herself and her sister and cousin. Colonel Lindsay died c. 186X. She lived with her sister, Margaret and cousin Margaret Anne Patton at #8 Rose Terrace, Perth until her death in 1887.

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 lineage. Geoffrey was the great grandson of James Beveridge Harris and Elizabeth Molony Harris.
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