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Title: Eliza C. Smyth, Castledamph to James A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/101
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.0410212
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 28:10:2004.
Word Count958
TranscriptFront of envelope

Ans 23 Ap 99

10 - 0
MR 30

Mr. James A. Smyth,
Essex, Essex Co.

Back of envelope

MR 30

AP 11

March 30th 99
Dear Brother
In answer to your letter
which we rec [received?] on Monday 20 ult also one
today always glad to know you are still
in good health Father is getting better again
he was up in the garden today with a stick
Well we had Lizzie over from Gortin these
last ten days Uncle Charles was over on
Mon & Tue putting in new windows in the School
also a new Door he went home yesterday, so
Lizzie had to go with him much against
her will she would rather live here than
in Gortin. Well in the first place Dan
has changed his place of residence
as he says Mrs Elkin and him would
not concur they are over in Barney (Fads)
house Just straight with Elkins nothing
but changes in this country one would
think last year that this would never
come to pass eleven months yesterday since
Dan was married and Just look now
what changes but none with Mrs Henery
There was a wedding party left Dan's
today the bride is Annie Wilson and
the groom is one of the Henerys [Henry s?]
Daniels wife's brother Willie Orrs car came
Up with the bride and round to Dans
where the groom got his breakfast So
off they Drove to Droit to get the Knot
tied old Wilson sold his farm so I hear
they are coming to Reids old house
John Gilkison was down on Saturday
but had sad news to tell as his Aunt
Tilda was dead she died so suddent [suddenly?]
it gave them all a shock she took pains
on Wed night and Died on Friday she
leaves two girls and Mr Graham behind
all her friends went up from here Uncle
William has not returned yet. Willie
Ballantine has got summoned by they [the?]
police for that stilling affair they had
one for Jamey (Bob) but he has made
his escape to Glascow [Glasgow?] it will learn
some of them to Remember the Sabbath
We hear they [the?] police made another seizure
on Sunday last up in Glenlark got
one prisoner along with still and [everything?]
else some say it will be double fines
because it was Sunday in both places.
Warnock and old Bob thinks they will
take the coat off the plum [Plumbridge?] Sergant
[Sergeant?] and McKelvey of Glenroan the Sergants
[Sergeant's] name [is?] Burk they are all Catholics
in both Barracks except Hamilton who is in
Glenrone [Glenroan?] I think you ought to know him
as he was in Plumbridge some time ago
We had Miss B Dunbar uphere [up here?] on
Friday evg [evening?] she was in Mrs Dunns Aughlane (sic)
for two weeks just the same old sixpence
Lizzie Mary Orr is for America again
Friday week also Lizzie Mary Dunn
So the young people will soon be all
away from this place only their [there?] is
always some others getting up to take
their place I believe Bella McKernan
and Maggie is for going to [too?] shortly
Joe Glenn is away about a fortnight
[ago?] I dont know if they have got
the return yet or not I think he could
not agree with old Joe perhaps he may
do better abroad Old Wasson and his
two Daughters is over by now it must
be a great place for old and young
Sam Ballantine will be the next it
appears Sam wanted to Marry Alice Duncan
so his Mother nor Bella Jane would not have
her to come there Sam put Bella J. out of the
house on Tuesday so she went and sent
a telegram for Willie to come home so
he landed at twelve oclock that night
but I think their [there?] was not much sleep
in the wee town that night so Sam has
got his passage Alice went to Newtown on
Sunday and Sam met her and both went
to Newtown it was rumoured they were going
to Scotland but Both came back Sam said
at home he was going to Baronscourt on
Sunday I suppose the next time they start
they will go ahead right or wrong
Patrick's Day passed of [off?] quietly here
the Day was very warm but changed
next evg [evening?] we had snow here some Days
last week and rain almost since but
today is nice and Spring like appearance
Tommy and Wm. [William?] is setting [pale?] in the garden
today with the help of Willie John & me
School is Closed this last week on
account of Miss Dunn not being well
the doctor is attending her she is some
thing better but they were afraid she
would hardly ever teach school again
the Doctor said both lungs were affected
I saw Tommy Hay's Picture in Moses
Ballantines he look like himself
not failed much after the winter
trials I see you would like to get
a Bycicle [bicycle?] to be in fashion with they [the?]
other's John C. would like one to
come home on Sat and go on Mon
John Gilkison's cost ten guines [guineas?]
Louise Campbell has a new one
to go up and down to the Plum
night and morning anything
atall [at all?] to keep in fashion with the
ladies We got a book from Mr
Boyd last week the Irish Presbyte [Presbyterian?]
we will send it to you shortly
you will see something about the
Irish in it We might get in
monthly after Some time
I can hardly get news to fill
this letter although I thought
I had a great deal to tell you
Mary says its not worth much
all I have wrote but sure its only
a penny after all So good bye
wishing you a merry Easter
Eliza C Smyth