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Title: Lisa Smyth, Co Tyrone to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/51
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.0410045
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count834
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr. J. A. Smyth

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Jamey's Spark
Thursday Oct 24th 01

Dear Brother
Just after getting my
dinner & came up here to herd
the cows as Willie J [John?] has to go to
gather spuds I have a [an?] easy
bat [beat?] as I have nothing to watch
but the plants I am writing
this with that little pencil you
sent a year a go [ago?] Tom always
keeps it, so I could not manage
to keep ink as handy. Hardly
know were [where?] to begin, to end will
[well?] Rec [Received?] a letter from Mary
this morn [morning?] see she has been in
Leamington gives a great deal
of news she is getting a little
afraid of trains she says more
goes by Woodslee in one hour
than would pass Newtown [Newtownstewart?]
in one day she talks about
no letter delivery like what
we have here go for them or
want Master James was
up on Sunday told us he rec [received?]
a letter from you. We have got
the hay all in Thursday last
we had Willie Ballantine Mosey
Constable Willie & Barney Moores [Moore?]
they were saying their [there?] was a
lot of hay in the ones you &
us put up They are at the
potatoes this last few days
John is home so we have four
spades (not bad yet)
Uncle John was up twice since
you's [you?] left he was telling John
to go to Strabane for one year
& then he said by that time
he would not be able to do
much so he meant to say John
would get the run of this place
if he would be a good carpenter
Most likely John will be home
this Winter Old Mrs Dunn
Letterbratt [Letterbrat?] died very
suddent [suddenly?] on
Sat morning was at breakfast
& a Blood vessel bursted [burst?]
as she has never been of
sound mind some go to say
she commited [committed?]
sucide [suicide?]
no one will know now
Funeral was on Tuesday
to Gortin. Father attended,
[sixty?] [cars?] present.
Mr Willoughbys [Willoughby's?]
wife died last week in Belfast
brought her remains to Gortin
Mickey Bradly (sic) son who
was comming [coming?] out the teacher
it appears failed at the last
exam & has hooked it off
to Scotland Master James
say (sic) he is a great fool as he
could have taught school
for some time & then tried
again Mr James said old
Mickey told him he sent
home for his passage to take
him to America I believe
you school teachers hardly
know enough about how money
is made Lizzie McCullagh has got
an old bycycle [bicycle?] rigged up
& I believe she comes to the
ground pretty often
Wm [William?] Noble was telling us they
had a letter from Lizzie &
she said she sent they [the?]
pictures on hope [hoping?] you rec
[received?] them safe he & Andy
McClelland was in one
night & I beleive [believe?] Andy
was [tired?] laughing Andy [Mc?]
says John Gordon's mouttash [moustache?]
is out again what ever [whatever?] road
it will take this time
Andy Ballantine was growing
Whisker (sic) but has shaved
off again perhaps some one [someone?]
told him he was black
enough, without another
addition. I was taking a
survey of the mountains
(just now) & I tell you (sic) look
dismal enough.
McCullagh (sic) ones has lost
a great many of the [sewers?] but
I suppose what is one's loss
is another's gain.
Our folk sold 2[u?] lambs at
8s.6d each in Plumbridge fair
also a Bull at £3 & bought
a heifer at £5 & four sheep
dont [don t?] know their price.
Mary told us Cook did not
teach the Scholars much
but that you had to cash
out six pounds
Mary says women was
not made to stay in the
house over there quite
different from here if
Father was over a while
he would'nt [wouldn t?]
think what he does Just
thinks we should always
stay inside the house
(I am going to put the cows
out now) We have never
heard when Willie J [John?]
is going his mother has been
unwell this last while but I
think she must be better now
they dont [don t?] let people know
when they are sick like
other folk do stop again
as it is going to rain
one of them [those?] McFarlands
(sic) boys who went away same
day as you is back only
stooped [stopped?] a day or two landed
same day Jamey Stewart
was killed he says it was
the shaft of the hay waggon [wagon?]
went right through him he
was trying to pull the horses
it was a pity of the brother going
out to meet such a trial
I think old Stewart is very
sorry Young Robert [Barness?]
is going to sell his farm again
[Wed?] has one bought down
where the wife lived I just
want to finish this before I
go in writing this out on the
stone [Ditch?] going into the house
no more


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