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Title: E C Smyth, Castledamph to J A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/43B
SenderSmyth, Bella Maggie
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarming household
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian)
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,
Doc. No.505051
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 25:05:2005.
Word Count724
[Letter 2]

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June 14th 1894

Dear Brother
Once more I take the
pleasure of writing to you to let you know
that we are all well hoping you are all the
same. We have very unpleasant June weather
here this year you would think it was March
raining nearly every day and pretty cold too
There is a great difference in this year and
last year. at this date we had a good share
of the turf stacked, and they are all lying
in the barrows this year yet, there are some
people commenced the turnips and others
not. William is [sic] ploughing and harrowing
yesterday and today for ours [hours] but I
think we will be last. Father and Tommy is
[sic] wireing [wiring?] up the burn but they
will be done with it today so that will save
any more trouble I suppose this day month by
the day of the week will be
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the twelfth. will you go to see them the [this?]
year it is too [to?] Strabane that they are all
going this time I dont know whether these ones will
go yet or not there are some of them for going
and others not, it is a far journey from this
There was a meeting of the Orangemen on Friday night
last they have got two more members our Tommy and
Joe Gilkison [Gilkinson?], they gave them the first
hand that night They [The?] band will commence to
practice tomorrow night for the first night I
suppose by this time you have the letters about
these marriages, there are [sic] some talk going
on since about the ringing of the bell the day
McKelvey was married and some anger too they were
cheered from they left the house till they went to
the church and from that back again there was none
of them showed their anger only Sarah Elkin
and she was scowling the whole road I think they
have some fun in Bradkeel since McKelvey went
over There are none of them cares about him they
have him for a laughing sport

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I dont know whether father told you about
John Higeney [Heagney?] been [sic] home or
not he came the day that Uncle James was
married and he started on Monday morning
last he is going by Liverpool to see
Uncle Willie he was up here twice he is
a fine looking gentleman and would pass
for that any place he was touring about
while he was here, Elkins car might be worn
now for it got some drives, two of the Duncans
and Johnnie and Sarah and him went to Baronscourt
on Friday last and he went to Barness [Barnes?]
Gap and to Gortin fair and he went up to see the
Graveyard and round [sic] all his neighbours that
he knew before he left so he was not much in the
house with Katty, Gordons cousin came on the
first of May and is stopping till the 4th July
there is some traffic about it now too, the boys
is [sic] all fighting for her, our two and
Willie Gilkis [Gilkinson?] is [sic] not missing
either but the worst of it is that she is too
often away too [sic] she had so

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many friends to see here and there, and she
stopped the most part of the week with them
all, so then the boys about here had no chance
the first time you write to Willie Gilkison
[Gilkinson?] you can ask him something about
Mary [Effie?] the yankee: William and me and
Willie and Tilda was [sic] up at church on
Sunday week With Uncle James and mistress that
was the showing sunday as the [they?] call it
But it was nothing to last Sunday there were two
car load [sic] up with Mr McKelvey and Annie
and all grand people, some of his friends say
that they openned [opened?] the eyes of the
people of Badoney [Bodoney?], but after all they
were cheered the day he was married I suppose
you dont go near Uncles now atall [at all?] and
maybe you will be as well off I have a letter of
Cassie's to answer and father wants me
to write her a sharp one no more this time
Your Sister, Wishing you every success
B [Bella?] M Smyth.