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Title: Isabella Martin, Chicago, Illinois To her Mother, Ballyfounder, Portaferry
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemartin, isabella/16
SenderMartin, Isabella
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationmiddle-class housewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
DestinationCo. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientMrs Shaw
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD2709/1/7: Presented by Miss Shanks, Ballyfounder, Portaferry
ArchiveThe Public Record Office Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9501336
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:01:1995.
Word Count334
NoteN.B. her husband is prob. a merchant.
TranscriptOct [October?] 15th 1871

My Dear Mother I write you these few lines to let
you know that we are all well at present thanks be
to god for his goodness to us for sparing our
lives and property we have had a great fire in our
city and it has laid waste the most of it and it
is awful to think of it I will send you a paper
and you will see the fire was a good ways from me
but if the wind had changed it would have burned
us out Sam and William had a narrow escape the
fire caught the vessel but the [they?] got it out and it
not do her any harm the [they?] got a tug boat and towed
her away the [they?] are well and Nancy man is with Nicky
yet he was not in Chicago when the fire was
burning and I was glad for I had such a mind about
Sam and William I can't write about it I have got
no answer to the last letter write soon and let me
know how you are all getting along I hope this
will find you well I thought you would be uneasy
to hear from us give my kind love to Margaret and
the children and I hope you are happy and content
I have little to write except of fire old Peggie
Reid is burned out she had a farm her house and
place is burned and William Gibsons barn and all
his grain is burned he is from Kirkcubbin there is
one of John Barnes sons of Glastry along with Sam
and William on the Enterprise sailing he is well
he was telling all the news from home and Ellen
Reid Mrs Reid youngest daughter is married to a
son of old Thomson the Blacksmith I will bid you
good night and may god bless you is the prayer of
your affectionate daughter
I [Isabella?] Martin
N write soon
do write soon
remember me to friends