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Title: J J Smyth, Castledamph, to J A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, John James/104B
SenderSmyth, John James
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
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.506073
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 30:06:2005.
Word Count893
Transcript[Letter 2]

[Page 1]
Castledamph 13 August 1891

Dear James
I once more take
the opportunity of letting you
Know that we are all well at present.
hoping that yous [you?] are all well
thank God for all his Kindness
to us all – while many around us
have Been called to give their account
Ann Ballantine survived a fue [few?]
days longer after I last wrote But
she was carried to her long home on
the 4 August the funeral was large-
Mary Jane Smyth is Dead and Buried
after a Day or two illness She was
carried to her long home on Monday 10th
August So I suppose [suppose/] every
letter I send takes some fresh Deaths
with with [sic] it we then ought to be
thankful for helth [health?] and strength
and being spared in the land of the living
and in the place of hope while so many is
Being called away to meet their final Doom –
May we all Be prepared for that important

[Page 2]
Dear James we joined [began?] the wireing
[wiring?] on the 3rd August and got on with it
well to [sic] we tourned [turned?] Down afore
[before?] McConnells they offered some resistance
on Friday the 7 But we wired away till night
pooting [putting?] 6 wires on leaving it about
9 o clock the nixt [next?] morning Saturday when
we went up the [there?] were 45 posts cutt [cut?]
Down and Destroyed the [there?] were 4 yards betwixt
[between?] every post we then went to the plumb
[Plumbridge?] Barracks from that to Gortin and
then immeditly [immediately?] Give notice of
malicious injury the police went up to the
place - then John McConnell Joseph McConnell
James McNamee come [sic] up and said to the
police we are the men that cutt [cut?] the wire
then names was [sic] then taken Down we then went
to Strabane on Monday to then [their?] attorney
the [they?] will be took to the Binch [Bench - court?]
first for cutting the wire and we are in for £10.0.0
of compensation at the presentment sessions - So
we have some trouble and some hard work carying
[carrying?] timber

[Page 3]
up to the top of the mountain mostly all oak
the [there?] were 9 of us at it every Day –
I will give you a map of where we have
wired and where it is cut (we will wire no
more till after the Binch [Bench - court?]-
Dear James we dont go over much
But we spake [speak?] to each other when we
meet each other James Campbell summond
[summoned?] Joseph for £4 9s 11d for trespass he
settled on the Binch [Bench - court?] morning
I cannt [can’t?] tell you what he gave him –
we did not ask him to cut the lambs this year
Robert McKelvey was up cutting his and he
cut them all. John kept his that you give
him uncut as the [they?] were good ones-
John will write yous [you?] all a few lines
himself so it will be a funny letter I think
Sara Elkin has a young Son Saturday 10th August.
They are all well all your friends in Eden and
Castledamph is well - But the [there?] are [sic]
such enmity now the one with the other they are
[sic] hardly one speaking to the other But in
wrath and its onely [only?] getting worse
if the [they?] have to pay for the wire.

[Page 4]
Dear James I posted Bella Elisa and Sarah
poto [photo?] yesdarday [yesterday?] and as
soon as your Mother can get away
John and Mary will go to [too?] But it may
not Be for some time as flax meddow [meadow?]
and young pigs and every other thing
is all on hands now - the fiddle
is not much down But good care
will Be taken of hir [her?] - we were glad
to hear that Casie [Cassie?] came out so well.
let us know what Branch [sic] Buisness?] Business
it was - By the time this reaches yous [you?]
the harvest will Be all in with yous [you?]
and we will not be commenced - We admire the
Book of pictures very much it has Been to [two?]
or three places cince [since?] it come
your poto [photo?] looks very well only there
is one Dark side Bella Brought it up to where
we were wireing [wiring?] the [they?] all
said it looked well. they also read your letter
and they were all Glad to hear and to see your
poto [photo?] tell Brother I would like
a letter from him or some of the Girls
I thought I would have a letter today
But there is none –
wishing yous [you?] all well-
John James Smyth

[Page 5]
We have wired up the side along
the head then you will
see where it is cut we
would crossed at McNamee
But we let it stand now
for some time from the head
of the fields to the uper [upper?]
Black line before I entered has cost
James Hay John Nickles [Nicholas?] James
McKelvey Bob McKerey £59 11s 9d the cost
cince [since?] is not made up yet - now
the [there?] will be more - its not worth
the cost we had police and officer and
many a Surveyor has Been on it
Write soon and let us know
how yous [you?] are Getting along
John James Smyth

[Page 6]

The dots is wired Mountain
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]. this[
Nicholess [Nicholas?] ]. is[
Now McConnells ]. where[
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old J Gilkys ]. . . . claimed[
Now McConnells ].this [ Glenrone]
].is [ [Glenroan?]
________________].cutt [ ]
] [ ]
McNamees ] [ ]
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this is now Bob Ballantines