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Title: Matilda Gilkison, Castledamph, to J A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGilkinson, Matilda/55
SenderGilkinson, Matilda
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex, Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.506081
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 07:07:2005.
Word Count302
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr. James Alex Smyth
South Woodslee Lock Box 4
Essex County

T 6

[Back of Envelope]
MY 31

JU 11

[Page 1]

May 31st. 1894

Dear Cousin
I take the pleasure of
writing you a few line [sic]
to let you know that we are
in good health at present
hoping at the arrival of
this will find you enjoying
the same I would have
wrote [sic] to you sooner but
I was waiting to [sic] these

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weddings would be over
Uncle James was married
on the 24th William and Bella
was best man & maid for him
and Willie & me for the Bride
it was from Charles McCullaghs
we left she had none of
her people there but Tommy
we had a good day and night
of it Old William threatened
he would be at the Church
and pull the dress of [off?]
her he did not come he was standing
over in one of his fields calling
but we did not know what he

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was saying. James McKelvey
and Annie Bartely got married
on Tuesday it was nearly as
big a day as whin [when?] she
got married before as some of
the boys rung [sic] the bell in
the church when the [they?] were
in writing their names she had four
cars [horse drawn passenger vehicles?]
and he had three the [they?] went
to the Plum [Plumbridge?] and
stoped [stopped?] in Willie Orrs
to five o clock when
the [they?] went home the
boy [sic] all went and burned
a bonfire. you want to know
who these boy [sic] is [sic]
speaking to none I could

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scarcely tell you the [they?]
are like the bad weather the [they?]
are every place the [they?] be up in
Godons [Gordons?] some times you must
excuse this scrrible [scribble?] for I
am in a hurry it is very dirty I must
close for this time

I remain your lovin [loving?] Cousin
Matlida Gilkison [Gilkinson?]
write soon

Transcribed by Tony Flanagan