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Title: Eliza C Smyth, Castledamph to J A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/2
SenderSmyth, Eliza Catherine
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginCastledamph, Co, Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex Co., 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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0410144
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 27:10:2004.
Word Count926
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr James A Smyth
Essex Co.

10 0
JA 22

Back of envelope

JA 22

FE 3

January 22nd 04

Dear Brother
Within the last
week or so we have had a few
marriages around this locality
so before I give you any news
of the weather [etc?] I will tell
you who they are
The first was a comorade [comrade?]
girl of Mary's while she was
in Mrs Nelsons [Nelson s?]. Miss [Tillie?]
Moore perhaps you've heard
Mary talk about her I am not
sure if you saw her but perhaps
you did when home however
she got married Tuesday
week with [Sharkie?] in Strabane
to a son of Thos [Thomas?] McFarland s
of [Ballymalard?] some time ago
they both got saved and are going with
the dippers since thats [that s?] why they
had to get married with Sharkie
they never enter the church now
Well the other marriage is of
more importance as you know
the groom since you remember
anything it being Jamey Gordon
to one of the Miss Dicks of
[Ballinsolis?] I dont [don t?] know her
personally myself so I need not
expect you do he came up to
Eden Wed [Wednesday?] night & John Maggie
& he left yesterday morning
to get the knot tied in Carrick
Presbyterian church they have
a wonderful way with them as
neither Mary [J?] [Mary Jane?]
nor Tilda was there
and only a couple of hours drive
for either of them Mary Jane has
never been back since she left
her weding [wedding?] day If you
& Mary had been so near when Bella
got married I am sure it would (sic)
been hard to kept (sic) either of you
away. The Gordon (sic) are about
as curious a people as lives
about this place I am sure since Tilda
when [went?] to Donemana six
time (sic) has done her to visit
her Mother & I think I would be
safe in saying three. Charlie
is in Pettigo this last year
So we neither see nor hear about
him & during the time Willie
is on the R.I.C twice has done
him home & I am sure he is
away seven or eight years
Jamey has a house furnished
in Derry so we may be sure
his visits will fall short from
this time forth.
Every night about 1 oclock [o'clock?]
you will hear the bat of John
threshing I think he is a lazy
man as he could get through
work in a better way he has
some of his potatoes undug (sic)
yet, always a work behind
he could pay a boy but they
are all so hard about money
We rec [received?] a Xmas & New Year card
from Tommy Hay he is still
alive, but he did'nt [didn t?] send any
letter only the card.
Wm [William?] was in Strabane Tuesday
& he met with Tillie Duncan & she
was telling him they had a letter
from Sarah that morning & that
Bell [Belle?] had gone through an operation
in Marys [Mary s?] last letter she said that
she was in Woodslee & that Bell [Belle?] was
unwell but not to [too?] bad
so it must have been after that
we have not got any word from
any of you this week.
Was and [wasn't?] that a terrible burning
in Chicago it was dreadful to see
so many lives lost I notice some
Canadians were among the victims
The weather is very nice for this
time of the year, the birds are
singing but in two months it
will not be so good We had a
fall of snow before the Plum [Plumbridge?]
fair but it did not stay long
enough. Wm [William?] has started to
plough & has yoked the young
horse he is as quiet as a lamb
This last week our dogs was (sic)
running down to McFarlands [McFarland s?]
at the bridge & poor Kruger has
got his leg broken or perhaps
worse we can't touch him it
is that sore if he would notice
you coming near him he would
yelp if he does not mend I am
afraid we will have to end his
days & he is a good dog for
cows. People should watch & not
revenge [avenge?] their spite on dogs.
Last night we had Andy Ballantine
& Master James some how [somehow?] they
always happen to be in together
& I like to see them as their [there?] is always
a good while Master James comes
once a week and as soon as he comes
in he ask (sic) for the Family Herald
paper & reads it all over We are
only having an occassional [occasional?] paper
of our own now as Sam Dunn
I suppose failed to pay up &
they have quit comming [coming?] we are
going to start with the Weekly
Irish Times & get it by post as
it is very annoying to not have the
news of the world at large. I hear
them talk about that other
war that is on the border of
How did you enjoy your holidays
at Xmas. Mary told us about coming
up for the High School Commencement
she said it was something grand
also that you had nice rooms
I seen the account of the evg
[evening?] in the Free Press quite a lot
of outings over there at Xmas time.
I must close now hoping to
hear from you soon Mother
Father Brothers & Sisters are
all well and enjoying good health
so that we should all be
thankful for that blessing
No more at present

Your Sister
Eliza C

excuse bad writing & mistakes

Transcribed by Greg Floyd