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Title: John McGoogan, Knocknahinch, to "Dear Brother"
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemcgoogan, john/32
SenderMcGoogan, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginKnocknahinch, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
Destinationposs. Pittsburgh, Penn., USA
RecipientMcGoogan, Samuel
Recipient Gendermale
SourceDonated by John H. McGuckin Jnr., Senior Vice President, 400 California Street, San Francisco, California 94104.
ArchiveThe Ulster American Folk Park.
Doc. No.9603047
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 29:02:96.
Word Count256
February 17th 1878

Dear Brother,
I have now to inform you of the Death of our dear
Father he died on the 11th inst and was buried on the 13th
inst. he had kept his bed a long time only rising
occasionally but he did not rise for more than three weeks
before he died but he was sensible to the last except on
some few occasions that he took strange fancies of hearing
seeing things that were not real but for the space of 5 or 6
hours before his departure he prayed all the time and I
prayed with him and we sang a psalm to him,
the Lord God and our neighbours know that we attended to the
best of our abilities but I have to tell you that we are all
but broken and I fear very much we will have to sell out
this last year was a very bad one there was almost no crops
at all of any kind by reason of the continual rains, write
immediately and give me advice whether to go to you or not
I could have at the least a couple of hundred pounds clear
with me, tell me would it be much use or what or what could
be done there I had another child born since Mother died her
name is Ellen I am in great trouble and unable to write
any more at present but Mary and all the children join me in
sending our love to you and I remain your
Affectionate Brother,
John McGoogan.