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Title: Bella M Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Canada
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/67
SenderSmyth, Bella Maggie
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarming household
Sender ReligionPresbyterian
OriginCo. 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.0604057
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count1004
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James A Smyth
Essex Essex Co
Ontario Canada

10 0

[Postage Stamp
Postage & Revenue

[Back of envelope]

NO 26

DE 8

[Written at top]
Ans [Answered?] Dec 13 96
J.a.s. [James Alexander Smyth?]

[Page 1]

Nove [November?] 26th 1896

Dear Brother
In answer to your letter which
we received Friday Oct 20 we are glad to
know that you are all well we were
expecting your letter long before we got
it we thought there was some thing wrong
when we got none for so long time, we
have sent none for a good while either
but Willie Gilkison sent one so that was
as good::: There is a marriage to tell
you about this time and one that made a
great change. Willie Houston Lisnacreagh
[Lisnacreaght?] to a Miss McCullagh

[Page 2]
He is bringing her to back [back to?]
Eden to day, Big Eliza as we call her,
was not told about it till Wednesday 11th
the day before Strabane fair. William
and Alex was afraid to tell her too soon.
For the [they?] knew what would happen
when she would hear it, so they only gave
her one evening to bundle up for the fair
the next day after 28 years service she
is hired now near Donemanagh [Donemana?]
so she will find a change she will not have
so much of her own will now. William is not
sorry that he is rid of her anyway, he can go
in before the supper is ready if he likes now
he never could stop in

[Page 3
afternight [after night?]nor go in to [too?]
early at bedtime so its no wonder they were
afraid to tell her about the marriage.
There is a wedding party away up the road
just now. There is any amount of shots, the
bride is Ann "Pat Owen", and the groom is
Gormely [Gormley?] from [Glenchu-?] Peter
"Pat Own" came home from America on Monday
last I think by appearance he did not do
so well while away his wife is living in
Mrs Nelson's house Plumbridge and has a
milliner's shop so perhaps he will do
better at home. I think this is all the
marriages but there is also a birth and a
death Willie Glass's wife was buried

[Page 4]
she leaves four children the baby
only a week old Father and William was at
the funeral it was a pretty large one the
youngest all but the baby is in Gordon's
its likely they will keep it for a while I
suppose you have not heard about the murder
near Plumbridge yet, we are sending papers
today so you will see the investigations
the prisoners are in Omagh yet, it is feared
they will be found guilty and I suppose so
they are, the tongs was got hid and they
are sent away to the analyis [analysis?],
it is said there were hair on them Its the
whole talk round here since it happened
because its so near, and as

[Page 5]
the journal says "all Presbyterians” we would
sent papers before now but we never could get
them till other people read them." We were
keeping a paper for the old man that was
murdered: he had asked father about it, the
plum [Plumbridge?] fair before so now Willie
Houston is getting it. William is in
[Donemana?] fair to day with the old horse
he had him in Strabane and he could get
six pounds for him he bought a foal from
Sam Dunn [Dunne?] Aughlane about a month
ago, its a black one but not too big,
the juice was £9-10s and six months
credit:: so he thinks that two is
enough to feed without a third one.
I see by your letter you have not much
spare time for fun nor anything

[Page 6]
else, there is no fun here this winter
yet, except whatever the boys has [sic]
in other houses from night to bed time
there is always a throng in Gilkison's
[Gilkinsons?] but I think not so much
arguing as was when you were here, perhaps
they have no one to start it, They make a
fool of Matthew Smyth sometimes but I think
its easy done They fooled him last night
buying tickets from him for a soiree in
Droit when he thought he had them sold they
would not take them. Daniel is a water keeper
this year again no chance of getting a fish as
long as he is about he does not come in here
now not since the commencement of Elkins law
but we always see him going down Eden

[Page 7]
John C [Charles?] Mary and W [Willie?] John
is at school now Mary will have up her days
but John will not W [Willie?]John was trying
to write a letter but it would be as ill to
know as French he can't do much at writing
yet, but he would put any amount in it,
everything he would think of would go down
he says he always knows when father is
angry for the girns [gurns?] goes up
till his nose so he would put that in the
letter, he is very uneasy to get a watch
and Jamey Houston told him one night that
his would have young ones, so he always wants
to know if she had them he can act James about
the best he'll say "Oh great O" "Oh man Dear"
you would think it was him speaking

[Page 8]
I cant tell you whether Miss Dunbar got those
Papers or not yet I have not seen her this last
fortnight. They are not coming up as often as
they did last year but they are oftener
[more often?] in Campbell's and they get
their milk in Mrs Dunnes She took some of
your papers down with her to work them after
they come [came?]
There is some talk that the band and Orangemen
will meet on the 18th of December and have a
night's fun but I'm not sure yet whether they
will all agree or not but its likely they will
They have not met since the twelfth
I think this will do now we will write next
week again You can give those papers to the
Woodslee People (Good Bye
Bella M Smyth

Transcribed by Greg Floyd