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Title: Elizabeth Fleming, Ontario to her cousin, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileFleming, Elizabeth/65
SenderFleming, Elizabeth
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOntario, Canada
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
Relationshipcousins (haven't met)
SourceT 1850/2: Copied by Permission of Mr W. H. McCafferty, 15 Glanleam Drive, Belfast 15.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8903125
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 21:10:1993.
Word Count739
NoteN.B. (n. Brown; married William Fleming; mother was Mary J. Scott and father was James Brown; they had three children, all died during infancy)
TranscriptOwen Sound
December 10th 1897

My Dear Cousin
It was a
great pleasure to me to
receive your very kind letter
and to hear of yourself
and your husband and children
being well and that you had
recovered from such a severe
illness and it is my earnest
wish that you will be spared
a long life to be a comfort
to your husband and children
and I am glad to hear of all
my friends I am in hopes of
seeing them all some-time
but if I do not Dear Cousin
I trust we will all meet in
that home our Heavenly
father has provided for all
who love him, now I am going
to tell you I have been married
for twenty six years and I have
had three children they all
died in their infancy none
of them was spared very long
to us to brighten our home
the longest lived eight months
and both of us my husband and
myself felt that our house was
lonely and sad without a child
so we adopted a bright dear
little girl she was only fourteen
months old when we took her
and she will be three in March
she is a lovely child and we
think as much of her as if she
was our own and you wanted
to know about my Brother James
I have not seen him for over
a year he lives about fifty
miles from here and he is
well off and has everything
to make him comfortable
and he knows just as well
how to take care of it some times
I think them that has much
would like to have more

I forget to tell you my little
girls name it is Isabella
my Brother James has been
married twice his first wife
died without any family, they
have five children one boy
and four girls they are all
fine children their names
are all Maggie, James, Mary,
Alice Maud, and Alberta,
and Dear Cousin I would like
if you could find out how far
Comber or Castlerae [Castlereagh?] is from
Belfast as my Aunt Jane Brown
lived in Castlerae [Castlereagh?] and then
moved to Comber
when my Brother found out
that I was going to look a
little after it he did not want
me to know anything more about
it I was thinking if it would
be advisable to put a notice
in some of the Belfast papers
if there was a Jane Brown
lived eight or ten miles
out of Belfast or perhaps
nearer some time about thirty
or forty years ago Dear Cousin
if I was only talking to you
I could tell you all the
news and so many incidents
that has happened that
makes me know that I was
the one she would leave
it to that there is not a doubt
in my mind about it and
unless I find it out myself
My Brother will never let
me know anything about it
I often think that if I could
I would like to go to see you
but it would be very hard
for me to get away from
home but some time I may
be able to go and you might
tell some of the rest of our
friends to send me their photos
if they had them taken for
I am sure I would love to

get them and as the Christmas
time is drawing near
I would like if you could
spend it with me or me
with you there is not much
talk about war here we do
not feel alarmed about it
but it is hoped that it will
not come to that there is
lots of people here that take
trips to the Old country and
comes back safely some goes
for sight seeing and some
in search of health and
they go so quickly now that
it does not seem so far away
I think I must draw my
letter to a close as I have
written a very long one
and my husband wishes to
be remembered to you all
with the warmest feelings
of friendship and little
Bella sends a kiss to your
little girl and seems very
much interested in you all
when we are talking about
you now Dear cousin be
sure and write to me soon
again and except [accept?] my love to
your self [yourself?] husband and children
and all my Cousins
Elizabeth Fleming