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Title: R.Chesney, Portglenone, to His Daughter Jane, Canada
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileChesney, Robert/162
SenderChesney, Robert
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCo. Antrim, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT3238/1: Presented by Mr H.K. Moore
ArchiveThe Public Record Office Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9501229
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 23:01:1995.
Word Count757
TranscriptTo: In Care of Mr Stewart Graffton, [Grafton?]
Little York,
Upper Kennada [Canada?]
For David McClure
Township Toronto
Upper Kennada [Canada?]

From: Robert Chesney
Born 1767 died 1837
Married Elizabeth Bovill
Original of letter at 21, Ridley Gardens. Toronto Canada

25th March, 1832.
Dear Son and Daughter,
We have got an other [another?] opportunity of
sending you this letter with our friend, Alexander Hollinger, whom
we expect will deliver it safe to you. And this is the third letter
we have written to you and we are astonished that you have never
sent us an answer, which leads us to think you have not received our
letters. We received one letter from you since you left us, bearing
date September 19th 1830, which gave us much pleasure to hear that
you got safely over the Atlantic and arrived safely at your father's
place. The only important news we have to relate to yiu [you?] in
this letter, and we are sure will strike you with much grief and
trouble, is an account of your Mother's death. She took the disease
about the beginning of May 1831/.
It commenced like a severe cold attended with a bad cough and a bad
taste in her mouth, her feet and legs swelled, and by applying
medecine [medicine?] the swelling went off, which gave us great joy
and hope of her recovery but the disorders still increasing and her
bodily strength still deminishing [diminishing?], she took a
vomiting of blood and spitting the same till at length being worn
out by the sickness and disease, she departed this life on Wednesday
at 11 o'clock at night being the 20th.July, 1831. She waked on
Thursday, and on Friday was carried by her friends and good old
heighbours [neighbours?] and was interred in the burying ground at
Templemoil [Templemoyle?]. Prayer was frequently offered up to God
on her behalf both by ministers and good old neighbours, and she always
showing marks of Christian fortitude joined with them in their prayers to
Almighty God and through all her illness still trusting in her
Saviour, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Your brother Robert has been in a very poor state of health these
past two months, but thank God he is recovering, and I am but very
delicate in health myself but I thank God I am still able to go
about, and the rest of your brothers and sisters. The last letter I
wrote to you, your Mother had great trouble directing me how I might
send her love to you in every line of it, but I may lament she is
not here to direct this time. She was a loving Mother and an
affectionate wife, and I was much grieved at her death, but I hope
she has gone to a better country. She will not come back to me, but
I must go to her. Your brother George is married to a daughter of
Wm. [William?] McAllister's, and her name is Jane. He got a little
farm of land containing 6 acres with her. He is living on it at
present. Your brother John has a daughter born onto him and names it
Catherine. Your brother William has a daughter born to him, and
names it Peggybell, after a discreet woman Peggybell Craig, who has
heenin [been in ?] a poor state of health this past two months, but
is in a way of recovering and who desires to send her love to you.
Molly McMillan is married to John Bar [Barr?], brother to Robert Bar,
[Barr?] Kitty Lagan, Charles Lagan's daughter is married to John O'Neill,
brother to Hugh O'Neill. I shall give you an account of some of your old
neighbours that have died since you left home. Thomas and Robert
McMillan are both dead. Old Charles Gruffin [Griffin?] and Kate
Hamill are both dead. John Rid and sister Betty Rid and Mary
Clifford are all dead, the latter died in childbirth. Vitualling is
very cheap, oatmeal 10s. per hundred, potatoes 8d per bushel, trade
is very low. Our Country is in a very troubled situation by a party
spririt which seems to be on both sides.
Your brother John is sending you a letter with Alexander Hollinger
and your brother William will send you one shortly as he intended to
take his family to that country if possible, and he would like to
have your opinion concerning it which you might observe to me next
time you write. We hope you will write to us as soon as possible for
we are uneasy to hear from you. Your brothers and sisters all join
with me in sending you our love. Hoping these lines will find you
all well, so no more, at present.

But remain your loving father
(signed) Robert Chesney.