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Magrath family fonds

  • CA ON00380 1979.007
  • Fonds
  • 1759-[ca. 1975] predominant 1844-1893

Fonds consists largely of records created and collected by members of the Magrath family, including the Reverend James Magrath and his children, in the course of administering and occupying their farming estate (called Erindale) on the Credit River. Fonds includes correspondence, legal and financial records and ledgers, and plans of the estate and environs. There is also a small amount of material added to the fonds by later descendants of the family, including family histories and annotated transcriptions of the earliest Magrath correspondence.

The bulk of the correspondence consists of personal letters between family members, including James Magrath and his children, and most is written to Charles Magrath while on a trip to Ireland. Letters are largely concerned with family and personal affairs.

Note that the Magrath family correspondence includes occasional references to the activities of the First Nations (Anishinaabe) people of the Credit area at that time referred to as the Credit Indians. The nature of these references is influenced by the perspective and prejudices of the Magraths.

The fonds comprises the following six series:

Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Legal records
Series 3: Financial records
Series 4: Family history records
Series 5: Erindale Estate maps and plans
Series 6: Transcriptions

Magrath family, Erindale

Transcriptions

File consists of transcriptions of letters and other documents from Files 9 to 11 of Series 1 of this fonds. Transcriptions were produced by Magrath descendants, possibly members of the Sayers family. Letters transcribed in this file are numbered A2.1 to A4.2 according to a previous numbering system.

Magrath family, Erindale

Transcriptions

File consists of transcriptions of documents from Files 1 to 2 of Series 2, and File 1 of Series 4, of this fonds. Transcriptions were produced by Magrath descendents, possibly members of the Sayers family. Letters transcribed in this file are numbered C1.1 to D1.4 according to a previous numbering system.

Magrath family, Erindale

Transcriptions

File consists of transcriptions of letters from Files 1 to 3 of Series 1 of this fonds. Transcriptions were produced by Magrath descendants, possibly members of the Sayers family. Letters transcribed in this file are numbered A1.1 a to A1.32 according to a previous numbering system.

Magrath family, Erindale

Transcriptions

File consists of transcriptions of letters from Files 4 to 8 of Series 1 of this fonds. Transcriptions were produced by Magrath descendants, possibly members of the Sayers family. Letters transcribed in this file are numbered A1.33 to A1.83 according to a previous numbering system.

Magrath family, Erindale

Transcriptions

Series consists of typescript transcriptions of early Magrath letters and documents produced by descendents, most likely members of the Sayers family. Occasionally the transcriptionist provides additional annotations relating information about the family. Not every document in the fonds or in series of the fonds has been transcribed.

Note that an earlier archival description of this fonds applied a number to each original document (notated in pencil on the document). The corresponding transcription has been annotated with the same number.

Magrath family, Erindale

Plans of Erindale Estate and environs

File consists of hand-drawn plans of land within and around the Erindale estate variously showing locations of buildings, crops, geological features, roads, and land ownership or transfer. These include Plan of the Erindale Estate by S. James (Ontario Land Surveyor); tracing of the latter; Erindale House Barns &c. &c.; and plan of lots for sale bounded by owners Moore, Archibald and Main Street.

Magrath family, Erindale

Dwelling House for William McGrath Esq're

File consists of two architectural plans for the new Erindale house rendered by Gundy and Langley Architects of Toronto and commissioned by William Magrath. The plans show facades and floorplans as well as projected uses for rooms.

Magrath family, Erindale

House for William McGrath Esq Credit CW

File consists of detailed written specifications of projected architectural features and expectations for tradesmen for the new Erindale house commissioned by William Magrath from Gundy and Langley Architects of Toronto. Appended is an incomplete agreement regarding "conditions to be entered into."

Magrath family, Erindale

Sayings and Doings of the Self-styled Royal Family by J. K. Dean

File consists of photocopy of a booklet written and published by J. K. Dean, a school teacher at the Credit. The publication was an attempt to discredit the Magrath family by accusing them of dishonesty, misconduct, immorality, slander, perjury, and cowardice. It prompted the Magraths to bring a libel suit against Dean in which the court ruled in the family's favour. Letters in files 1 to 8 of Series 1 of this fonds refer to the proceedings and to Dean as "the Enemy." The contents of this file constitute a copy of the booklet apparently housed at the Toronto Reference Library and may have been collected by a Magrath descendent.

Magrath family, Erindale

Family histories

File consists of photocopy of a booklet written and published by J. K. Dean, a school teacher at the Credit. The publication was an attempt to discredit the Magrath family by accusing them of dishonesty, misconduct, immorality, slander, perjury, and cowardice. It prompted the Magraths to bring a libel suit against Dean in which the court ruled in the family's favour. Letters in files 1 to 8 of Series 1 of this fonds refer to the proceedings and to Dean as "the Enemy." The contents of this file constitute a copy of the booklet apparently housed at the Toronto Reference Library and may have been collected by a Magrath descendent.

Magrath family, Erindale

Enclosures extracted from Day Book

File consists of receipts and other types of financial correspondence tucked between leaves of the Day Book. The original locations within the Day Book have been noted for each enclosure.

Magrath family, Erindale

Magrath-Harris ledger

File consists of a ledger notebook used by different family members at different times. In the nineteenth century the book was used to record what appears to be posthumous financial information regarding the estate of William Magrath. In the mid-twentieth century the book was used by Naomi Harris at "Benares" (Clarkson, Ontario) to record lists of stocks and payments to "Huron St. accounts." Harris notes that she is using an old book of grandfather's.

Magrath family, Erindale

Day Book, Erindale Estate

File consists of a ledger comprising accounts of the Erindale Estate kept by William Magrath. Accounting commences in 1867 with the construction of the second Erindale home and alludes to the destruction of the original house by fire. The ledger comprises a record of the Magrath family's dealings with local persons and businesses.

Magrath family, Erindale

Loose ledger sheets

File consists of loose pages from an accounting ledger with entries and calculations. The sheets do not appear to come from the Day Book (File 2).

Magrath family, Erindale

Financial records

Series consists of records kept largely in the course of administering the Erindale Estate and farms. Records include account books, receipts, statements of credit, and calculations. A small amount of material pertains to the personal finances of a Magrath descendent, Naomi Harris.

Magrath family, Erindale

Land indentures

File consists of two deeds for land in Ireland, one between Peter Langworth and Bryan Kenney and other between Thomas Magrath and James and Laughlin Lennon.

Magrath family, Erindale

Legal documents

File consists of various legal documents and instruments, including notice regarding land for the Great Western Railway in Ireland, commissions (as Public Notary and in the York Militia), a certification of the witnessing of the marriage of the Reverend James Magrath to Mary Douglass, Thomas William Magrath contract, Thomas Magrath (of County Roscommon, Ireland) contract, and a note of agreement between the Magrath brothers. The latter has been annotated by a descendent in 1946.

During an earlier archival descriptions the items in this file were assigned numbers D1.4 and C2.1-2.5. Transcriptions for these documents may be located by number in Series 6.

Magrath family, Erindale

Documents relating to the death and will of the Reverend James Magrath

File consists of documents produced in anticipation or in consequence of the death of the Reverend James Magrath by him or his children. These include a codacil to his will (a copy of which is not included in the file), various letters exhorting his family not to sell Erindale and explaining his motivations in the disposition of his estate, list of papers included among his effects, signed promises of family members to abide by certain agreements among themselves, and a letter to lawyers from Charles regarding a dispute between Thomas and his siblings.

During an earlier archival descriptions the items in this file were assigned numbers C1.3-C1.9. Transcriptions for these documents may be located by number in Series 6.

Magrath family, Erindale

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