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Title: Isabella Martin, Chicago, U.S.A. to Mrs Shaw, Portaferry
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemartin, isabella/29
SenderMartin, Isabella
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationmiddle-class housewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginChicago, Illinois, USA
DestinationPortaferry, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientMrs Shaw
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD 2709/1/84: Presented by Miss Shanks, Ballyfounder, Portaferry, County Down, Ireland
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9502202
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 20:02:1995.
Word Count483
NoteN.B. her husband is prob. a merchant.
Transcript Chicago Nov 21th

My Dear Mother,
I write you
these few lines to let you know
that we are all well hopping [hoping?]
these few lines will find you all in
good health I received your kind and
welcome letter and was sorry to hear of
Margarets illness but I hope she is
better before this time and I hope the
Lord will spare her to the family
William and Samuel is [are?] well and
Sam's Mrs has got another daughter
William or Sam comes every time there in
to se [see?] me and stops all night so I
se [see?] them every week. I think
William wont go home this far[?] the
core[?] on the last trip and he said he
would write to you when the would lay up
William is going to stay with Sam this
winter My little Willie was sick the
whole summer I did not think he would
live but he is better now he is very
like my father some think he is like
William I am going to have there
[their?] likeness taken to send you the
Boyds is [are?] all well and old Mrs Mc
Rea died about 2 months ago and Mary
Warnock Mrs Rea and left a baby 2
weeks old it is living in old Capt.
Warnocks the [they?] have only 2 now
Jane and James for [....?] died last
winter Mrs Warnock was a very nice
nighbour[neighbour?] and she left all
her faults in the old country no body
ever say her the worse since she come
here this was only a midlin [middling?]
summer here for making money we are
doing up our house making it larger John
Slate is working at it we are making
room for more of a family Sams Pipers
son is out here and I think Sam would
have been glad he had stayed at home I
never wrote to Nancy since not got no
word from her and I think Sam will write
to her when he lays up he said if she
left the man and would come and stay
hear [here?] Margaret he would give her
10 pounds a year till the Child could
run about good and then he would fech
[fetch?] her out we all think a pity of
her and she is the only one that is poor
I have little more to say I hope you are
happy and content I would like you here
but you would not like this country I
allways [always?] think I will go home
to se [see?] you yet give my kind love
to Margaret and the children and if we
do not meet on earth we will meet in
With kind love I remain
Your affectionate daughter
Isabella Martin

Write soon

I think Hugh Glenn
will stay with us this
winter he has stayed here
2 winters now he is from