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Title: J. J. Smyth, Castledamph, to J. A. Smyth, Ontario.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/72
SenderSmyth, John James and John C.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipfather-son / siblings
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.505576
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 07:04:2005.
Word Count879
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr. James A Smyth
Essex County

10 PM
JA 21

[Back of Envelope]
FE 4

JA 21

[Page 1]
Janry 19th -97
to J.A.S

My Dear James-
I now take The Plasure [Pleasure?]
of writing [writing?] a few lines to
let You know that we
are all in good health [health?] at
present thank God for
all his Goodness to us all
This last Month has Been
very cold and hard first [frost?]
with a Sharp wind - and
a great many people is
compleaning [complaining?] of
Different Sorts of Deise [Disease?]-
and a great Many Death [sic] som
[some?] grave-yards 2 till 6 in a
day- But not to [too?] Many around

[Page 2]
The Deaths around here
whom your Uncle will know
is Andrew McKeernon [McKernan?]
William McKnickle [McNicholl?]
Gortin and last But not least
Big Matilde Jane Duncan Eden---
She was only one Day or two
But She was Complaining
of pains this long time
She Died on Monday Night
the 18th at 11 oclock P-M
The funeral was yestardy
[yesterday?] the 20th - the
[there?] were [sic] No [wake?]
Not [sic] Nor Nothing of No
Sort At the funeral- The [There?]
were [33?] Carrs- [cars?]at it –
You can let Uncle [sic] ones
know of it I was going to write
to them But Perhaps some of them
will write to them about it-

[Page 3]
We left away our flax
on Monday the 18 - we had 8
load [sic]- we have nearly
all up the Burn ploughed
But the frost has upset
us now--- we have not taken
any land this year
I think we will get the £10
pounds [sic] of the road yet
But they are very Sharp The
[There?] are [sic] another very
young man come now he is a presByterian
I think he will not Drink
Willie Gilky got your letter
James Huston [Houston?] says he
must write to you soon Your Uncle
Charles was over on Sunday
he Says he must write soon
The Miss Dunbarrs [Dunbars?] got
your letter

[Page 4]
Sarah Barker is very ill-
Dr [Connan?] is a feeding
[sic] with a Spoon- Andrew
Hartness [Harkness?] and wife
is very ill some going to Bed all
wright [alright?] and Dead in the
Morning we are weating [waiting?]
on a letter this week - I hope you
are Dowing [doing?] well - take good
care of yourself and Dont go to any
Dangerous places in frosty weather
the [There?] were [sic] a Soiree at
Plumbridge last night William Tomy
[Tommy?] and Joh [John?] Charles was
Down. John is not going to school
Now – Mary - and Willie John
is [sic] all is [sic?] going now -
John is going to write about
the Soiree - Give us all the news
and how you are Dowing [Doing?]
So No more at present
J. J [John James?] Smyth

[Page 5]
[Small Piece of Paper inside
Dear James how are you
Dowing [Doing?] fer [for?] Money.
Do [sic] you get the money in full—-
Give us all with regard to
washing and every other thing
Willie Gilky [Gilkison?] Did Not
Give us the Money I think you may
Send for it yourself if we had the
road money and the flax we would be
all Wright [alright?] - We are
not [sic?] to [too?] Plenty Just
now- But send us word in time if
you need any -- They will be
getting Some Sheep after a while.
Good Bye
J J [John James?] Smyth

[Page 6]
December 21st 1897

[Sums and Calculations top of

Dear Brother
I am going to tell
you all I know about this
great soiree we had last
night. Us three was [sic]
down And two of the Gilkisons
[Gilkinsons?] The [There?] were
[sic] not over fourteen girls at
it the [there?] were [sic] not a
large crowd of others Either
Dancing and Singing was kept up
I think to the morning But
I think if it had not been for
the fellows about here the
[they?] might

[Page 7]
went [sic] home about bedtime,
We Left about five and we
sang songs to [sic] we came to
the wood road I dont think
there were many rows at it
except after we left If
it had not been for two
America [American?] men it
would [sic] been a good night
but when the row got up,
Dancing and Singing stopped
the two that fought was [sic]
Joseph Hays [Hayes?] and Charles
McFarland both home from America
Dear Brother I am not at school
now The reason I am not up my
days they kept me digging

[Page 8]
potatoes I dont know whether
to go to school any more [anymore?]
or not, I suppose you were
surprised when you saw my name in
the paper for fiddling. Danil [Daniel?]
got ten shillings for playing
I Played about three tunes
I was down playing in Gilkison
[Gilkinsons?] one night there The
two Miss Dunbars was up and a lot of
No More at Present.
J C [John Charles?] Smyth

[Page 9]
The [There?] are [sic] going to be a
concert in Gortin on the 2nd February,
We had Uncle Charles on sunday
evening He was over seeing Charles
Fullerton And James Houston [Huston?] I
think William is going over I dont
know whether the [there?] are [sic]
any more going or not, Rabbits is as
plenty as ever I be out every day of
snow but I dont make much of it I got
about ten this Winter I think
We will have a storm before long
John Charles Smyth

Transcribed by Elizabeth Prentice