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Title: Maggie McDermott, Co Down to " Dear Cousin".
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMcDermott, Maggie/37
SenderMcDermott, Maggie
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginKilkeel, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientDoran, Dorothy
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceDocument Presented by & Copyright Retained by Sharon DoranTurnbow, 6321 Roosevelt St., Coloma M1 49038 616 849 0240.Sharon@parrett.net or info@sandcastlescottages.com
ArchiveCentre For Migration Studies
Doc. No.107162
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, Td by Tony Flanagan, 26:07:0
Word Count1077
TranscriptGrange Kilkeel
March 14th 1927

My Dear Cousin

I now take the pleasure of answering your nice letter which I received
alright you didint [didn't?] keep me long waiting for an answer I was delighted to hear from you & to know Dear Auntie Mary is still alive I am sure she would be wondering about every body. I just though [thought?]
the Doran crowd knew more than they let on Mrs Peter just told me you wanted to know how Uncle Barney's ones were and I guessed yous [you?] would like to hear. I thought she might have showed me the memory cards atself [herself?] & it hurt me and I just put on a bold face & asked for your adress [address?] I told her I wanted to get in touch with Uncle Toms
people through you so I told her I had a letter from Mrs Doran & she said Mrs Doran of Liverpool and I said no my cousin Mrs Willie Doran she said did she ask for us at all and I said you wished to be remembered
to them all they are what we in Ireland call very polished
their friendship is skin deep. There is one thing I am going to
ask you dont answer if you think me too inquisitive does the house & farm out in Killowen belong to you or to your husbands Brothers as she told me they didn’t know whether it would be let or not till they would hear
from Willies brothers & it wasent [wasn't?] a week afterwards till there
was an auction at it it is a fine house and place they have the house let now till [to?] a schoolteacher & her two sisters I can get all the news about it from my brothers now about myself there is a niece of my husbands
out in Chicago she went out there when she was 16 she was reared with my Husband & his father after her own father died and she has a brother lives here with Patrick & me he is a good boy & we both think a lot of him we haven’t any children of our own Well I wrote to Bridget and gave her your adress [address?] and I had a letter from her since and she looked you up in the telephone book and is going to call to see you she will be able to tell you about everybody & everything. My eldest sister lives in Lpool [Liverpool?] she is Mrs Darcy her husband died a few years ago she
hasent [has not?] any family and Annie also lives in Lpool [Liverpool?] Mrs Doran Annie has three children two boy & a girl my sister Ellen is in California she is away about thirty years she went out there to get married to a young man from around here Joe Marmion he is a son of Pat Marmions of Lurganreagh [Co Down?] she had more than her share of sorrow last April her two only sons were killed in a motor accident coming from a dance on a saturday night one was threw [thrown?] into what they call a ditch we call
it a shough and drowned before they thought of him the other had his skull fractured and lived till the following day the two were buried in the same grave she has a daughter a first class school teacher and one a
telephone operator and one stays at home it was enough to kill them all one boy was 27 the other 21 two lovely fellows she sent their photos after
Xmas I will send you the paper some time with their deaths in. I have another sister lives in Camlough Co Armagh Sarah is her name she is a Mrs Burns it is beyond Newry I havent seen her for four years she might as well be in America my sister Minnee [Minnie?] lives in Rathfriland her husband is in the fish and fowl business her name is Maguire she has 4 lovely children 2 boys and two girls the girl is about 11 yrs [years?] old her and my sister Alicia were married the same day. Alicia is a Mrs Burns also she has two children a boy & girl. We have a brother went to America and we haven’t heard any word from him we dont know were he is the last time he wrote it was Canada I think he was in he sailed from Liverpool in vessels going out and then stayed there was ten of us all together so I think I have told you all Why dont you and Uncle Toms daughter come to Ireland for a holiday there is lots of Americans come now tell your mother where I live
is near cranfield shore there is a golf links now near where the Greencastle fair used to be and lot of visitors in the summer and motor cars racing in the sand tell her my mothers sister Sarah is living and wishes to be remembered to her she minds her well she is now over 76 tell her my father lay 2 yrs before he died he wasent [wasn't?] sick but he hadent [hadn't?] power of himself my mother was going about attending him about a week before he died she got an attack it was her heart she
was dead two months after him they both had big funerals (stain) of offerings You wanted to know about Aunt Allies ones well aunt [Allie?] and her husband is both dead this long time and her eldest daughter is also
dead Lizzie they called her I was at Aunt Allies bedside before she died she done nothing but talk about Ireland if only one of the old neighbours could come to see her she had a bad leg for a long time it was that that killed her she hadent much comfort a working mans wife in a place like Liverpool and dont have a family to keep there was one girl Alice and two boys left one fellow was man[ag?]ing a pub and the other worked at the
docks Aunt Allie was buried in Ford Cemetry [cemetery?] Liverpool
My sister Minnie Lizzie and I were at the funeral a we were in Liverpool
at the time Lord have mercy on them all I will now close my budget hoping to hear from you soon your loving cousin Maggie Mcdermott

Adress [Address?] Mrs Patrick McDermott
Grange Kilkeel
Co. Down

(Donor's Note:- The cousin to whom the
letter was written was Dorothy Doran.)

(Transcribed by Tony Flanagan.)