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Title: Jane Lawson, Lurgan, to Patrick Laverty, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filelawson, jane/20
SenderLawson, Jane
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginLurgan, Co. Armagh, N.Ireland
DestinationMechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
RecipientLaverty, Patrick
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by E. Michael Laverty, 630 Union St., #2f Brooklyn, New York 11215, U.S.A.
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh.
Doc. No.9511092
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 17:11:95.
Word Count431
TranscriptPatrick Laverty Esq. Mechanicksburgh
Cumberland County Pennsylvania

Lurgan February the 28th 1842

Dear Uncle I take this opportunity of writing to you to let you
know of the Death of my Father he departed this life on the
morning of the 23rd of January 1842 after an illness of eleven
weeks which he bore with Christian fortitude his complaint was
Dropsy though he died before he was Topped. Dear Friend we have
sustained a great loss we all thought some months ago that my
Mother would go first from her gradual decline of her
constitution. she is at present in a very weak state from the
late trouble that I have above mentioned I hope that you and
My Aunt and all the Famely [Family?] are all well. My Father
got a letter written to you shortly before he took his last
illness and sent to you by a neighbour that was going to New
York of the name of Elliot and we never received an Answer
which made us think you were dead. Dear Friend I hope when you
receive this that you will write immeadeatly [immediately?]
and let my Mother know how you and my Aunt and Famely [Family?]
is as She is very uneasy to hear from the Bearer of this letter
to New York is an old acquaintance of yours his name is Arthur
Kelly Shuttle Maher that was reared in the neighbourhood with
you. he is married the second time her Friends is in America
there has not been any account from your Sister Mary. this long
time we can not tell whether she is living or dead. Michael
Reynolds is living at present in Belfast with his daughters his
Son Patrick is living in Lurgan teaching School your Brother
Arthur wife is still living beside Moira with two of her
Daughters, my Brother and me and two of my youngest Sisters
is all the famely [family?] my mother has at home only two
children belonging to my Sister Mary that is Dead in 1828 the
[they?] have been living with us since that time my eldest
sister and husband living is in Belfast and has a large Famely
[Family?] and my Sister Jane that was left a widdow [widow?] is
living beside us and is doing well she has threee [three?]
Children. Dear Friends if my Uncle be dead I hope you will write
and let us know the first opportunity. So no more at Present

From your affectionate Sister and friends,
Jane Lawson

You will excuse my writing as I only heard a few hours before of
his going he called to seee [see?] my mother.

From Jane Lawson Dated 28th February 1842
Recd [Received?] May 31st 1842