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Title: E C Smyth, Castledamph to J A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Eliza Catherine/43C
SenderSmyth, Eliza Catherine
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginCastledamph, Co, Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth,
Doc. No.505051
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 25:05:2005.
Word Count780
Transcript[Letter 3]

[Page 9]
June 11th 1902

Dear Brother
Another few lines to
let you know we are still alive
I suppose you have heard from
Mary of Joe Young being dead
he died on Friday May 30th he
was buried on Monday June 2nd
quite a large funeral of young
men. He was never here since
that night. We parted with a
few that night which we will
never meet again on this side
of the grave Little we thought

[Page 10]
of it: Always when Joe was
leaving he shook hands with us
all he would say it might be
the last time he would be able
to go with them. It came at last
His mother is laid up now some
account she has got a stroke.
Tomorrow is the excursion to
Warrenspoint [Warrenpoint?]
we are all going what's of us.
not so many as last year.
John C [Charles?] will go from
Strabane. He was home on
Sat evg [evening?] had his Photo's
with him I will send you one
today he thinks its not to [too?]
good as he looks to [too?] fat

[Page 11]
Well John Gilkison [Gilkinson?] had
his holiday this last week. He was
comming [coming?] from Newtown
[Newtownstewart?] on Monday evg
[evening?] on his Cycle as he
came to the bridge down here he
came in contact with too [two?]
little boys with the result that
John got his collar bone displaced.
Dr Evans came up & bandaged him all
over however it was out again yest.
[yesterday?] & he had to go down.
His time of leave was up yest [yesterday?].
so Jamey drove him up to Omagh to inform
them They kept him as he wont be better
for 5 or 6 week [sic] & it would be
to [too?] long to be absent I suppos
[suppose?] he will walk about as his hand
is tied up to his side

[Page 12]
Lizzie McCullagh is not well this
last week or more Dr Evans is
attending her I believe [believe?] she
fell of [off?] her Bycycle [bicycle?] coming
from Sports in Gortin only she wont [won't?]
let the old folks know.
We had very cold weather here
this spring [sic] something awful
neither grass or anything has
improved much yet.
Master James & my father is [sic]
Sporting [hunting?] with the gun this
last while It’s a pity of the poor
rabbits who come in their way.
Will you have a big time over there
at cornation [Coronation?] tis [It’is?]
raising great stir all over
the world I suppose we
will be behind up here. as usual

[Page 13]
I hear Mr White & Willoughby are
going to get up some kind of sports
in Gortin If so this band
intends to go over. No arrangements
made yet for the 12th July. This
band has started to practise
as usual. There was a big time
in Plumbridge electing men for
these councils Patrick Pat Owen
& another man stood against
the two Dunns [Dunnes?] But the Dunns
[Dunnes?] was [sic] returned with a
good majority The Catholics are a little
to [too?] fly [sly?] They say Patrick Pat
[Owen?] had to keep his fist closed & a stick
through them to keep his cuffs
on the day of the election but

[Page 14]
the Plum makes a great deal that
their's [there is?] nothing off.
Mr & Mrs Willie Houston [Huston?] & family
Where [were?] here on Sunday evg [evening?]
I suppose your school will soon
have examination [sic] over. Last
year you were thinking of packing up after
it was over. Carpenters is [sic]
wanted now for So. [South?] Africa
the [they?] get 18S per day for 3 years
& a free passage over John Charlie would
like to go it was his talk all day on
Sunday that he would put in his name
they pay £2 10S each week for board
eggs one shilling each everything dear
I see the war is no more brought
to a close at last Many a one
has been left low during

[Page 15]
these last two years and more
I have to write to Mary today
so I must soon close this one
as it might be to [too?] heavy
on account of the Photo
The weather looks as if it was
going to be good again since
Monday I hope it does as

[Page 16]
everything is in need of heat
Tillie McCullagh rec. [received?] three
ostrich feathers from a boy in Cape Town
Their cost here would be about £7 10S
T [Tommy?] Hay said he would send
us ones [sic] but he has never done
so yet. Uncle John rec. [received?]
a letter & papers from him sometime
ago I must close Good bye
Liza C [Catherine?]