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Title: Liza Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/53
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, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0410046
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count872
TranscriptFront of envelope

Mr Jas A Smyth
Essex Co

[10 0?]
DE [10?]

21 Dec

Back of envelope

[DE 10?]

DE [21?]

Bell s Wedding

Castledamph Dec 9th 1901

Dear Brother
I suppose you
will be expecting a letter
before this reaches you But
you will have to excuse us
as we were busy enough
Well we have got Bella married
on Thursday the 5 Dec we had
a grand day I hardly know
where to begin to tell you all.
Sara & Willie Duncan came down
Wed night Davey was here also
Tilda Jamey Uncle Jame [James?]
& Maggie Jane I wrote a little bit
to Mary that night Bella finished it
that night or next morning
I dont know which We had
a hurried morning to have all
done before they [the?] people came
I left here about 9:30 went
down to Lisnacreight [Lisnacreaght?]
Wm [William?] drove down pretty quick
Miss Cole & Miss Ashfield Andy McClelland
& old Jane Orr were here before
I left I did not like to leave
but I could not [over?] it. I
missed them leaving here
as well as you too Their [There?] was
7 cars left here 4 on each
& he had three so you can
count the folk I will give
a list of who was here for
dinner later on
Started from here about a
quarter to twelve After they
were Married we had a
drive round to [Kilimore?]
Bridge & up by Gortin
got home about [3:30?] such
a gathering coming up the
road you would think they
never would get in
Sandy Houston said he never
was here since the morning
you left first so that is
quite a while he came here
in the morning with Uncle
Charlies ones we had a good
night Dancing & games and
some songs by Jas [James?] Houston
Lizzie Hay Maggie Uncle Chas
[Charles?] they [the?] Miss Dunbars
& Wm [William?] some recitations
by David Dunbar & Jas [James?] Houston
Sandy & James kept up the
fun all night you would not
think they were so merry also
Uncle Charlie I never saw him
in better humour I dont
think those who were here
will regret coming as it
was a splendid night. not
a cross word was spoken
by anyone We had to part
with Bella & all about six
oclock next morning &
I tell you it was a sore trial
I didnt think Mary going away
half so bad as I expect her
back the same but when Bella
had to go it was a farewell
same times will never come
with her Five cars left in
the morning I will tell you
who stayed after they left
Old Moses & Jane Tilda Andy
McClelland Constable Willie
[Wee?] Mosey & Jamey these stooped
[stopped?] to near eight. Willie & Sara
stayed untill [until?] after Dinner
today now we are left
alone no one here but
Father Mother & I John came
home Wed left here this
morning so you may think
we have some hard times
one going after the other
John Tom & Willie Duncan
were down in Houston's
yesterday evg [evening?] Jas.
[James?] Plum B. [Plumbridge?]
was there likely but Bella
will think it as strange as
we will & I will miss her
badly I just wish Mary
was here. do you think will
she stop over there or does
she intend to join anything
She seems sorry to hear of
this & her so short a time
away but it could not be
helped We did not know
if it would come true so
we didnt want to mention
it you need not blame Bella
as she was not sure when
you were home or you would
have heard it I had a thought
of telling you sometime but
I never had courage enough
to face the subject when you
were here. Mary & I used to
talk of it if it would come
true after so much talk
but still I had not the least
thought it would be untill [until?]
Mary would come back
Nor I am sure neither it would
if the Servant girl had done
her business right
You will likely wonder where
we got money to spend now
but we had plenty Bella
is to get 50£ we will have
to save up from this forward
now I will give you the names
of those who we had
Brides party
James Gilkison John & Tilda
Willie Ballantine & family
Uncle James & Aunt & family
Uncle Charles & Aunt & family
Bob McKernan Lizzie & Bella
Andy McClelland Miss Cole
Miss Ashfield Mr McCullagh
& wife & family Miss Dunn
Willie Houston & Sandy I
think this was her party all
grooms party
John Houston & wife & son J R
Smyth & Wife David Dunbar
Wife & family Jas [James?] Plumbridge
& myself I forgit [forget?] we had
Liza Houston & Mary
Mother seems a bit sorry
but she will soon get over it
Tilda is just in talking over it
all & there is some tears falling
at this present time I feel it
badly but I must bear up as
I would not like mother to
see me I could tell you
far more but good bye [goodbye?]
for this time

Liza C

sending you a paper you
will see the marriage in it

Transcribed by Alan Houston