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Title: Letters to and from Robert Taylor, Pennsylvania.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileClandinen, Thomas/29
SenderClandinen, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationlinen trader?
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBallymacarron, Co. Down, N.Ireland
DestinationPennsylvania, USA
RecipientTaylor, Robert
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 1435: Copied by Permission of Mrs W.A.F. Martin, Tobermoney, Co Down. #TYPE EMG Extracts from Letters, Taylor Family, Ballygoskin & Rathcunningham, Co Down, to Robert Taylor, Buffalo Valley, Pennsylvania U.S.A. 1799 - 1827.
ArchivePublic Record Office, N. Ireland
Doc. No.9001021
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log16:01:1990 LT created 24:08:1990 CD input 29:08:19
Word Count471
TranscriptDr. [Dear?] Robert:
I take this opportunity of writing to you to let you know I am in health,
Hoping this will find you and whole family in the same. We had a Seevear
[severe?] sumer [summer?] Last with Dissturbance [disturbance?] and
particularly in Killinchy. But thank God I got my self Keep clear through
all times.
On the 9 of June there was a battle fought at Seantfield [Saintfield?],
between the ribels [rebels?] and the regulars, where many lay dead on the
field, there was upwards of 50 of the yourk [York?] [Fenceabls?] killed in
the action and many wounded, and there was about 12 or 14 reabels [rebels?]
killed at said time and on the 13 of said Instant another battle took place,
which was a very bloody one and lasted for about 9 hours, and the reables
[rebels?] had the worst of the play at Ballinahinch, Killinchy, have
suffered greatly by the disturbances. John Lowry Ballymorran, Son-in-law to
John Moor, Islandban, was killed in the action and so did Andrew Warnock,
Son-in-law to Mrs. Boyce in Ard[?]dillan, fall at said time. I would have
wrote to you something more at this time, but as Hamilton Moor and his wife
is coming to you its of no great use. (This statement indicated that
Hamilton Moor and his wife came to America following Robert Taylor and his
wife, they were sisters, daughters of John Gordon, Moore settled in Centre
County. W.F.W.)
James Breese, Killinchey; Doctor Cord, Killinchy; James McCann, Carragullan;
and Sergant [sergeant?] Hammel: Robert Clover; John McKellvy and Andrew
Morrow, ware [were?] all Hanged at the Law Assises [assizes?] in Down, and
its fear'd [feared?] that all is not settled yet, yet it appears Better at
this present time. We have just now the worst see time ever seen in the
remembrance of aney [any?] living, and Markets here this sumer [summer?] is
expected to be verry [very?] High. Oat Meal is 15 shillings per hundred,
wheat and barly [barley?] are Both about 11s; 4d per hundred and linnen
[linen?] cloth and yarn you never seen as High as what the [they?] are
though all this disturbance, six hank yarn will give from 10d to 12d per
hank, and good 4 or 5 will give 10d very readly [readily?] in Down Market at
your old stand at the post. (Turn over)
Your Father-in-law's family is all well and likewise Alexander McKellvys
family and John Gowrley and his family, But all in great Trouble about Ann
(Hamilton Moore's wife) and Hamilton going away at such times; your father-
in-law is much failed and altered with truble [trouble?] thinking about you
all; your Mother is dead about 2 months ago, and so is Mary Megihoney wife
to Samuel Murdock. I will Expect a letter from you the first oppertunity
[opportunity?] after this and let me know if there aney [any?] such thing as
yarn buying in America, and its possable [possible?] that I may pick up some
woman this year and Come over and see. (This was before Clandinen had
married Margaret, the daughter of John Gordon, and sister of Mrs. Robert
Taylor. W.F.W.)
The next year when you write you Know how to Direct. Give my Best
Compliments to your wife and Thomas (The oldest son of Robert Taylor, born
in Ireland, whom he, no doubt, knew in that country. W.F.W.) and ask her if
she has aney [any?] mind of the night that I was Chassed [chased?] into Bed
Beyond her by her old father and had to fly for shelter, and may God prosper
all your indeavours [endeavours?] is the sincear [sincere?] wishes of your
friend and very humble servant.
Ballymacarron, 25th Aprile [April?], 1799. Thomas Clandinen.