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Title: John McKay, Campbell's Corner, Mi., to Robert McConaghy, Ballintoy.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filemckay, john/7
SenderMcKay, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCampbell's Corner, Michigan, USA
DestinationBallintoy, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientMcConaghy, Robert
Recipient Gendermale
SourceD2007/1/39: Presented by Messrs. Greer, Hamilton & Gailey, Solicitors, 27 High Street, Ballymoney, County Antrim.
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9307058
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogAction By Date Document added by S M, 06:07:1993.
Word Count554
TranscriptCampbell's Corner P.O. [Post Office?]
March 25 1859

Mr Robt [Robert?] McConaghy

My Dear Sir
I received your letter of the
2nd I am happy to learn that you and family are well But alas I
am in trouble for the Death of my dear good wife, she who has
been the companion of my life through a long journey of 49
years. Departed this life on the 4th inst [instant?] We lived
happy and comfortable my six sons and Daughter Jane, being
married and settled in the world
My Son John lives in Philadelphia my son James in
Baltimore Joseph keeps store in our village Robt [Robert?] is
an extensive farmer about 20 miles from here, he occpies
[occupies?] 600 acres of as good land as Ballintoy Demesne, My
Son Alen [Allen?] has a farn joining mine, My son Henry
has a farm that joins Allens, My Daughter Jane is married to Mr
Hunt, his farm joins Henrys So you see we are all that are in
Michigan near by each other The smallest farm occpied
[occupied?] by any of the family is 200 acres our average crop
of wheat is from 25 to 35 bushels to the acre with Indian corn
oats and potatoes, the land is fertile and productive
I always hold the farm I first settled on it contains 200 acres
I have it rented The rent of my farm, with money I have out as
interest kept my old lady and I in abundance - Indeed my
expenditure is not one sixth of my income But I have lost my
beloved sainted wife and am now mourning and sorrowful But the
will of the Lord be done She and I devoted our lives for the
last 20 years to the service of our heavenly father and I trust
she is now a saint in heaven

I enjoy good health for a person of my age I never had any
sickness of [------]? since I came to Michigan, for which I
thank my heavenly father

I hope this letter will satisfy Mr McNeill that I am
still in the land of the living as there is a number of persons
in Ballintoy who know my hand writing But if not satisfied
Intend spending the summer with my son in Philadelphia and will
take pleasure in going before the British Consul in that city,
and will take person with me to prove that I am the very John
McKay mentioned in your lease

Please write to me at No. 313 South Front Street Philadelphia
and I will do all in my power to do what is right

Give my love in my kindly name to my old friend Alex in the
[----?] [-----?] McKay and family with my good old friend Hugh
Dickson and family


May the blessing of God our Heavenly Father be on you all and
on my dear native village where I spent many a happy day is the
prayer of your old friend
John McKay

PS will some of my Ballintoy friends send me a letter
occasionally; when you write let me know all the news of my old
John McKay

I wish to understand that we pay no rent for our land we bought
it from Government we pay States, County, and Town Tax, which is
about 20 cents on the 100 dollars assessment.