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Title: Mary Smyth, Castledamph, to James A. Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Mary/85
SenderSmyth, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian)
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, Canada
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James A.
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.604135
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count469
Transcript[Front of Envelope]

Mr. James A. Smyth,
Essex, Box 234,


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Ans [Answered?] March

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MR 12

MR 2

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March 2nd 1900
Dear Brother

Once more I write
you a few lines hoping
to find you in good health
as it leaves us all at present
we are thinking there must
be something wrong with you
for we have got no letter this
long time & is looking for
one every day. Well I suppose
you will be a [faded?] when I'll
tell you of Uncle William's [sic]
Gilkison's [Gilkinson’s?] death.
Died on Tuesday night 27th –
February at eight o'clock He was
not a week sick altogether It was
very sudden Every one was surprised
to hear of it & a lot did not
believe it, they thought it was
a mistake that it was Old Joe.
They sent a telegram to Joe & John.
John came on Wednesday night & Joe
came yesterday morning at ten o'clock
Funeral yesterday at one o'clock They
were very vexed, it was so sudden they
had no thought of him dying I heard
them say last night he was many a
time worse & got better. William
is away leaving Joe & John at
Newtown [Newtownstewart?] to-day.
They did not get long to stop,
Willie Smyth up here is very bad
not expected to survive They [the?]
Doctor was with him three or
four times. but I think all is no
use. The Doctor says if he passes
tomorrow saturday that he might get
better, There is a terrible lot of
people complaining around here and
a great many died this while. Sally
Kerney’s daughter Rosey married to
James McSwiggan died this morning
giving birth to a child They were
living in that new house that was
built above [Micky?] Davie’s' I
think I have told you a lot of
sorrowful news so I must say something
else. If there is nothing wrong with
you I suppose you are getting on well

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with your school. I hope you are not
cross with the children you must
remember when you were a schoolboy
yourself for I heard them say you
would put pins in Mosey Warnock &
such like, Well just when I mention
his name he has not been out of the
house since August was a year I
suppose you remember the time
whatever he had he has not the
power of one of his legs can travel
none except with two chairs
Well I forgot to tell you that Joe
Duncan [Aughlane?], James' son is
also very bad he was very ill last
night Williams' ones' and all was sent
for He was in Newtown [Newtownstewart?]
on Monday So its in a short time that
there is a change Willie the Minister
& John A from Strabane is there Uncle
[Charles?] was sick but is nearly better
again I think this is all at present
And Remains Your Loving Sister
Mary Smyth