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This letter was transcribed thanks to the considerable efforts of Wendy Jack. The footnotes were prepared by myself and then verified (and corrected or amplified) by Wendy. Many of the letters are the property of Betty Whiteside and/or Wendy Jack. Any researchers who wish to make further use of them should check with them first.
Sharon Oddie Brown, modified June 8, 2005
Update: Footnotes September 24, 2014.


18th Oct. 1881

My dearest Sally [1] ,

                Your welcome note gave us all great pleasure this morning, to learn that my dear Mary [2] had her confinement safely over and both she and her little daughter [3] were so well.  Thank God for his great mercy it is a relief to my mind as I have been thinking so much about her lately.  I trust baby will be a blessing and comfort to her father & mother.

    I see by the paper that Dr. Nesbitt [4] has succeeded in getting the Dispensary. I suppose he would be more agreeable to Maggie [5] than a total stranger.  Will she continue to live at Slieveroe  I was glad to hear lately that poor Robert [6] had his wife insured for £2000.  I hope it is true.  I also heard that Maggie is in the family way [7] .  Is that true?  Alicia [8] wrote to you last night so you have all our news.  Hannah [9] is thank God finely again.  Annie [10] & Alicia are away to Armagh with their father today.

    Mrs. Barkley [11] is now staying in New Hollow [12] with Mrs. Brown [13] .  She came to see me lately Miss Lizzie [14] was with her.  I asked her (Mrs. B) to spend part of this week with me, but she has so many invitations, she has no time.  And I fear my time is wearing away for I feel very feeble, and I have a nasty cold hanging over me all week which will not go, but I am nursing it.  God bless you.

                                    Your affectionate friend

                                         Mary Jane McKean [15]

[1] Sarah (McCullagh) Whiteside

[2] Mary (née McCULLAGH) REID, wife of William REID

[3] Margaret Annas REID b October 14, 1881

[4] Dr. NESBITT?

[5] Margaret (Jackson) (Reed) McCULLAGH whose husband Robert Hamilton REED (1847-Sept 16, 1881) had died  at age 34

[6] Dr.Robert Hamilton Reed, first husband of Margaret Jackson

[7] Thomas Jackson REED was born May 25, 1881, four months before his father’s death. If Margaret (née JACKSON) REED was pregnant again, it did not result in a live birth known to me.

[8] Alicia Eleanor McKEAN, daughter of William McKEAN and Mary Anne Jane BARTLEY

[9] Hanna Georgina McKEAN, daughter of William McKEAN and Mary Anne Jane BARTLEY

[10] Anne McKEAN, daughter of William McKEAN and Mary Anne Jane BARTLEY

[11] Sarah (née JACKSON) BARKLEY, wife of  Rev. Joseph BARKLEY (1811-1881). She is an aunt of  Sir Thomas JACKSON and of

[12] New Hollow, is not Brown’s Hollow, where Killynure family home was built by Thompson BROWN(E) as I had thought. I suspect it is New Holland, near Keady.

[13] I doubt that this is Bessie (née JACKSON) BROWN(E), wife of Thompson BROWN(E), sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON as I previously had thought. It is more likely Margaret JACKSON wife of Daniel Gunn BROWNE.

[14] Miss Lizzie? probably daughter of Daniel Gunn BROWNE.

[15] Mary Anne Jane  (née BARTLEY) McKEAN (1815-1886), daughter of George BARTLEY and Alicia Eleanor NIXON


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