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Title: [Name?], Off Banks of Newfoundland, to "My Dears".
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Yearca. 1850
Sender Genderunknown
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNewfoundland, Canada
Recipient Genderunknown
Relationshipwrites to family
SourceT 2487/1/125: Copied by Permission of E. H. McIlwaine, Esq., Farnham Road, Bangor County Down. #TYPE EMG [Name?], Off the Banks of Newfoundland, [Canada?], to "My Dears", [Location?], an Account of a Voyage, 3 September, [c.1850?].
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9007057
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log25:07:1990 TSFS#CREATE created 01:11:1990 GC input
Word Count758
TranscriptTuesday Sept 3rd Off the Banks of Newfoundland

My dears as this is a calm day I may as well take advantage
of it, and tell you how we are getting on. I do not think we could
have much finer weather, sunshine every day and the sea nearly
always calm on the surface, but the atlantic rollers make the
visit pitch so much sometimes that we might imagine it
was a storm, yesterday the sea was magnificent the rollers so
high that we could scarcely stand on deck but no one could
feel afraid, the vessel uses so beautifully to each wave that
it is delightful except for the poor people in front when
the water dashed over them, the most of them sit amid
ships which is nicely sheltered. Francis has never been
the least sick and looks quite brightened up, he has made
pounds and seems enjoying himself
Thursday and Friday were the only days were the only days we were afraid to
dinner in the saloon, every one was sick the gentlemen worse than the ladies we were not exactly sick but did not feel inclined to eat however we kept manfully truthful and beef steak and if we could only manage to take a
little each time, it made us feel right afterwards, and we walked on deck
nearly all day we have hurried to the pitching now and can eat when the
things are rolling from one side of the table to the other there are trays
to prevent the plates from sliding off Labina & I sit at one and Mr & Mrs
Brown opposite to us He is like Toffy Higginson and she puts me in mind of
Jane Nicholsen I could scarcely fancy she was his wife she looks so much
older he is very nice just like an English officer but he is an american
Mr & Mrs Middleton sit much to them they are very agreeable and have two
nice children one such an old fashioned article called Lucy middleton about
4 years old she can tell stories like a grandmother you could not help
laughing at her

Mr. Wm. McClanahan, Sr., died about 1820,
from amputation of the leg, rendered necessary
by disease which began in the foot. His wife,
the mother of all his children, survived him, and
died about 1824. In person she was slender, and
in old age suffered from palsy in the head. They
both died in the old homestead and were buried
in the old burying ground near by. This venerable
cemetery was the only one within a radius of
sixteen miles, as Mrs. "Betsy McClanahan"
personally testified to Mrs. Colonel Thomas Lewis,
and according to her memory,"the whole hill was
covered with graves." Mrs. "Betsy McClanahan"
personally testified to Mrs. Blanche White also,
that a pine tree had grown up between the head
and foot stones of the grave of her father-in-law,
Colonel Wm. McClanahan. Mrs. White remembers
this tree. It was blown down, and a snag of
its stump (root) may now (1894) be seen between
these stones.
After the death of Mrs. Wm. McClanahan, Sr.,
the homestead was inherited by her grandson,
Charles McClanahan, who sold it to William, son
of James McClanahan, who sold it to Colonel J.R.
Richardson, who sold it to Thomas Tosh, who
sold it to Elijah McClanahan, son of Green and
grandson of William, the senior. He afterwards
(1860) bought the Big Spring mill on the place
and removed a deed of trust that had long been
on it. His widow, Emma S. McClanahan, bought
it at the sale, and sold it to a land company in 1889.
Her husband, Alexander St. Clair, came from
Belfast, Ireland, and was for a long time a
prosperous merchant in Staunton, and an active
member of the County Court. He also represented
Augusta in the State Senate, in the years 1791-3.
Her children were as follows:
I. Anne, wife of John Boys. She died when
only nineteen years old, and her husband died a
few years afterwards, leaving one child, Kitty
Boys, who was the mother of Mr Joseph A.
Waddell, author of "Annals of Augusta County,
Virginia," and member of the "Virginia Historical
2. Jane, wife of Dr. William Boys, a cousin
of John. Among her numerous descendants are
the Cochrans, Telfairs, and Trimbles. Her only
son. Alexander St. Clair Boys, died in Ohio,
3. Sally, wife of Captain Robert Williamson,
a native of Scotland, and a sea-captain ; a man