|Letter from home, 1849, written on one side, folded up and addressed|
on the other side of the piece of paper -- no envelope needed.
Mary Hearty was born in March 1823 in Parish Creggan, Townland Dorsey, County Armagh, Ireland. She immigrated to Haviland Hollow New York in 1848 and married a Swedish immigrant, Eric Adolf Helsten in 1849.
After her granddaughter, Marion Evans Dakin died in 1974, two letters from Mary's father, Owen, were found in the family desk. The two letters along with Mary and Eric's wedding certificate are the only family artifacts we have about Mary's family back home.
I have found her father Owen Hearty, in the 1828 Tithe Applotment in Dorsey as a small tenant farmer with 4 acres, 2 roods and 12 perches (a bit less than 5 acres)-- not exactly a large farm to support a family in good times, let alone the bad ones. The letters mention a sister, Betty, and some cousins (Peter Garvey in Youngstown OH, Ellen Mooney in Syracuse NY, Larggh Hearty in Philadelphia PA, and Frances Hearty in USA) but no mother. I do not have a name for her mother.
|Letter from Owen Hearty in Dorsey, to his daughter |
Mary Hearty in Haviland Hollow, NY, 11 July 1949.