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[Envelope to: Mrs. Bradford [1] , Cavananore]
Sionhill June 9th, 1827 

My Dear Sister [2] ,

I have had the pleasure to receive yours by Andy [3] who came here yesterday evening. As we had heard he had been complaining. I was quite rejoiced to see him look so well and was truly happy to hear that you and all our friends were in good health. For some weeks past I had a severe cough & was very poorly indeed but thanks be to Almighty God I am now mostly better, but greatly reduced in point of flesh.

On the other side you have a copy of Andy’s agreement [4] . As I have a great deal of conversation with him on family matters he can give you every information on that subject. So soon as I get matters settled respecting this place I will then be able to determine on our further settlement, at present we are quite undetermined. That gives me real pleasure to learn that Tom McCullagh [5] has at last settled all matters with his Brother [6] in an amicable manner. Give my love to Peggy [7] , Barbara [8] & Eliza [9] and Mary McCullach [10] who Thos is with you and believe me to her

Your truly affectionate Brother,

E.B.Gillmer [11]

 

TRANSCRIPTION OF FIRST ENCLOSED PAGE:
From the knowledge I have of the Chattle property and the great and real improvements made on the lands within these ten years past, I certainly am decidedly of opinion that Andy [12] ought to give each of his sisters Two Hundred Pounds Sterling. I am strengthened in this opinion by the nature of the Deed of partition. Such is the opinion of
E.B. Gillmer
Cavananore, April 21st 1809
We concur in opinion as to the above sum to be given to the Girls & that he should make the allowances to his Mother [13] and _______(?) as stated on the other side
Signed
James Birch [14]
Samuel Bradford [15]
 I agree to the allowances as stated on the other side to my mother and unmarried sisters, and will within five years from this date pay to Barbara [16] & Betty [17] each One Hundred pounds and to Peggy [18] & Mary [19] on the day of their marriage One Hundred pounds each and a like sum within five years after. Cavananore, April 21st 1809
Signed A.C. Bradford
Witness E.B. Gillmer

TRANSCRIPTION OF THE DOCUMENT REFERRED TO

Allowances to be made by Andrew Bradford to his Mother and Sisters.
This House and Furniture as it stands, with the Garden and the head of the Orchard. The Barn and the Ground in the rear of it in a strait line from the Gable and next to the Stock Yard to the Meadow ditch. To be ditched off from the Stockyard. Sufficient Grass for one Milch Cow in Summer. Grass and sufficient fodder for Two Cows in Winter. The one at Hay to be put in Beef Grass for Beef at November. A field next to the House to be laid off for the Grazing of her Milch Cow or should that prove inconvenient to have her ______(?) _____(?) with his own Milch Cattle. A Ridge or ridges of early potatoes say twenty perches of a five(?) feet sodded rig. And at November Eighty Bushels or ten barrels of Potatoes clean ____(?) as they rise from the ground. Half a bushel of flaxseed sowed. Fifty ___(?) each of Baked or good Cut Turf laid down to her and neatly stacked up. Six Hundred of Meal & a Bushel of Grotts. These supplies to be made in due season once a year. The House to be Thatched, Tuff coated and white washed and kept as to its outside wants & repair by him. Glass & inside repairs by herself. And to have a Horse on Sundays to carry her and family to a place of worship. So long as any of the Girls remain with her unmarried He is in addition to the above allowances to add Grass for a second Cow in Summer for Milch & in Winter for a third. To sow for each of them a small peck of Flax seed, and to allow for each of them 10 perches of early potatoes, thirty-five bushels or or five barrels at November with three Hundred of Meal and Half a Bushel of Grotts for each, and Six pounds sterling per annum as at present allowed them for clothes ~ On the decease of His Mother if the Girls are Married & provided for the House, Chairs, Tables & Cows to be the property of Andy. And she may by Will dispose of the Beds, bedding, Table Linen and Household Articles as she may think proper. But in case she should die and leave the Girls unmarried they to have so long as they may remain so the same allowance as their Mother had, as to Cows, furniture and other things and their six pounds a year each. If one marries and leaves the other the remaining one to hold for Life, or so long as she may remain unmarried the same as settled for their Mother, and at Her death to go to Andy or his Heirs.


[1] This would be Eliezer Birch Gillmer’s half sister – Elizabeth Bradford, b. 1758 née Breakey, wife of Thomas Bradford
[2] Elizabeth Bradford (as above).
[3] Probably Andrew Coulter Bradford b 1788 – son of Elizabeth Bradford
[4] See beneath – two pages transcribed.
[5] Perhaps Thomas McCullagh, husband of Elizabeth Bradford’s daughter, Mary Bradford.
[6] Possibly then James McCullagh
[7] Margaret Bradford b. 1788, daughter of Thomas Bradford & Elizabeth Breakey, never married
[8] Barbara Bradford, daughter of Thomas Bradford & Elizabeth Breakey, who would marry William Donaldson
[9] Elizabeth Bradford, 1785-1825, daughter of Thomas Bradford & Elizabeth Breakey who would marry Benjamin Oliver
[10] Probably Mary Bradford, daughter of Thomas Bradford & Elizabeth Breakey, wife of Thomas McCullagh
[11] Eliezer Birch Gillmer,, son of Alexander Gillmer (Gilmore) & Elizabeth Birch, husband of Rachel Birch
[12] Andrew Coulter Bradford 1788-1847
[13] Elizabeth Bradford, née Breakey b. 1758
[15] Samuel Bradford, 1739-1818,  probably a brother of Thomas Bradford.
[16] Barbara Bradford, daughter of Thomas Bradford & Elizabeth Breakey, who would marry William Donaldson
[17] [17] Elizabeth Bradford, 1785-1825, daughter of Thomas Bradford & Elizabeth Breakey who would marry Benjamin Oliver
[18] Margaret Bradford b. 1788, daughter of Thomas Bradford & Elizabeth Breakey, never married
[19] Mary Bradford, daughter of Thomas Bradford & Elizabeth Breakey, wife of Thomas McCullagh

 

 

 

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