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Title: Eliza Smyth, Castledamph, to J A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/8
SenderSmyth, Eliza Catherine
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender ReligionProtestant
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.0507019
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 16:08:2005.
Word Count889
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Mr J. A Smyth
Essex. Co

10 0
JU 25

10 15
JU 24

[Written on Envelope]
Ans [Answered?]
Aug 10 04

[Back of Envelope]
[JU 25?]


JY 4.

[Page 1]
June 23rd 1904

Dear Brother
After some delay I will try a [sic] write a few
lines today We rec [received?] your letter a fortnight ago
Tue. so I am sure you are thinking of rec [receiving] an answer
soon I would [sic] wrote sooner only waiting to get the address
of a few in this town who are in Philadelphia and around there
I hope I am not to [too?] late By this time most likely but
you have heard of Tillie [Matilda?] McCullaghs marriage
which was to take place on June 8th the lucky man is by
name Fitzpatrick Their [there?] is or was a notice

[Page 2]
of the marriage in Tuesdays Sentinel he is from Castlederg
so the paper says John was over in Chas [Charles?] the day
the [they?] got the letter but she did’nt say where he was
from only that he was an Irishman the [they?] got another
yest [yesterday?] there was to be 90 at the marriage she
was to have all the girls from here that she knew I suppose
you hardly got an invitation she will have a new address
now only that I would send you her old one but just ask
Kate McKelvey and she will direct you as she was at the
marriage. Tell Mary to be sure and have all particulars
as I am sure Chas [Charles's] ones will be anxious to know
how she has done anyway it was better for her than to come
home Charlie was’nt pleased so John says but the anger of

[Page 3]
marriage doesn't last long we have seen enough of that
about this locality within this last 4 or 5 years.
Jane McFarland a [sic] Liza are home about a month they
are [sic] gone to Glasgow this week to see Bella she has set up
some kind of a store there we had them here one evg [evening?]
on their way up to Glensass Old Bell Gray is dead so they
went up there I dont know how long they are for staying.
We have lovely weather here at present at the begining [beginning?]
of the month it was warmer but its splendid for the potatoes
Wm [William?] and Father are moulding [burying?] them up today Tom
is with Jas [James?] Duffy clipping sheep and John is with John Orr
doing some carpenter work. Tommy Houston [Huston?] has just

[Page 4]
[sic] so he is just after telling us they were pretty near
loosing their young horse by giving her green hay I suppose
Mary has got that concert over I hope she was successful she
likes the violin well she told us you had given her a full
outfit and that she thinks she will never be able to repay
you for all you have done for her. We had master James here
last night we have him and Andy Ballantine about once a week.
Tillie [Matilda?] Mc [McCullagh?] was all the talk last night.
Mother thinks you will be sorry parting with Mary and
having to go back to work but another year will soon pass in
and do your best to save as much as possible The 12th July
celebrations will be in Fintona this [the?] band has started

[Page 5]
to practise last Friday night they will have a Journey this
year its 5 miles above Omagh if Mary had been here we would
likely [sic] took in the trip as there will be a good many
together and it would [sic] been new for us I think Mary
said your place would be Winsdor [Windsor?] John has wrote
for a catalogue of Drums to Belfast they are for getting a new
Brass Drum. I think John will fill Father's shoes if it was
left to William and Tom I don't suppose It would be much [sic]
would be done We were telling Master James about that young
man from his Co [County?] that you were talking to he said
he was likely a fine sample of the community I saw an account
in the free press of the death of that man its

[Page 6]
Just the same all the world over work work till death cuts
the string I also saw the last debate you had I see you carried
the day although I don't say anything about whats in the papers
the [they?] are read by all We don't get any now only an occasionally
[occasional?] one but what you said I would rather have the Herald as
any of the lot the place [sic] that interest [sic] me John would’nt
only give it a glance and I am just the same with what he read [sic]
he likes to read all about the war etc and I never notice it
I am going down to the Plum [Plumbridge?] this evg [evening?] I
think when Mary comes we must get a bicycle to run errands. I have
been busy this last while getting everything in order putting a new
touch here and there I was in Nobles and Moses' yest [yesterday?]
evg [evening?] so I was telling Mother their [there?] is as much
odds in their houses and ours as in ours and in America.

[Written up the side of Page 6]

No more Eliza C [Catherine?] Smyth

[Notes on Page 1]

I am giving you a few addresses today and I
intend getting John Haigenys [Heagney’s?]
they were for coming home soon

Kate McKelvey
c/o Miss M Biddle
Chestnut Hill
Eliza Noble
1419 Fasker St
Phila [Philadelphia?]
Pa. [Pennsylvania?]
James Ballantine
418 North 23rd St
Moses Ballantine
3403 Fairmount Avenue
West Phila [Philadelphia?]

Transcribed by Greg Floyd