Urker May 15th 1895
My dear Tom
Yours of April 11th has come to hand. Many thanks for your kind notice of my birthday. I have received numerous congratulations on reaching my 80th year. I ask them are they glad that I am so old that in the course of nature I cannot be expected to live much longer? They all disclaim that idea. Thanks be to God and to the instruments of His goodness, I am as happy an old woman as in this world. Relieved from the burden of debt which was the plague of my life, comfortable in my circumstances contented in my disposition as well as can be expected in my health, and above all leaving the means of grace and the hope of glory. Your birthday will not be forgotten when it comes; it never is.
Ere this reaches you, you will have learned that the greatest cause of anxiety that I have had for some time; the illness of dear little Julius  . But it was a great mercy that his illness took place here; for no strangers or hirelings could be expected to pay him the same attention that his Aunts have done, & are doing. Sally  and Mary  sit up with him every night; Sally in the beginning of the night and Mary in the latter part of it. Dr McBride  visits here every day, & Dr Wilson  of Castleblayney has been thrice here. Since the 27th ult. he has been confined to bed, but is not suffering pain and is the most quiet and patient creature imaginable. The Doctors say that his complaint has been working on him for a length of time & they said from the first that his recovery would be tedious, but now they say that he is getting on as well as can be; but that he must not go back to England till his health is quite restored. Julius himself is delighted at the thought of staying in Ireland; he jumped with joy when he heard that he was to stay.
Beatrice Brown  is again ill with jaundice; she has had many attacks of that complaint. To this day she and Hugh  never showed Elizabeth  either her father’s or Mother’s will, nor never gave her the least portion of their property. It was always hard to understand the doings of that family. They are still in Sandymount  for Beatrice could not be removed.
Old Aunt McCullagh  and Johnny  are still living, but no hope of recovering. Aunt Bessy  has grown very frail and weak & James  is still in the same way. Peggy  & her family have had influenza, but are better.
The Gilmores  and Browns  are all well. How thankful I am that you can say the same of your family, and of the old cow  ? Blessed be God, you will be surprised when you see your own Tom  , & Beatrice  ; they are both very tall & Beatrice very pretty.
With ten thousand times ten thousand blessings to you and yours, I am your ever affectionate Mother,
 George Julius JACKSON son of Sir Thomas JACKSON & Amelia Lydia DARE. He was 12 years old.
 “Sally” Sarah JACKSON who lives next door at Liscalgot.
 Mary (JACKSON) (MENARY) GRIFFIN
 Possibly Dr. William Scott McBRIDE (1862-1939) who would marry Ethel Sarah GILMORE, a daughter of Sarah JACKSON & Eliezer GILMORE – but he seems a little young (age 23). Itmight have been his father, Dr. John McBRIDE who married Mary STITT of Freeduff, but Eilie RYDER tells me that she believes it was her father William Scott MCBRIDE..
 Dr WILSON?
 Beatrice Minnie Shrieve JACKSON, a sister of Julius
 Thomas Dare JACKSON, a brother of Julius
 Beatrice Matilda BROWNE (b. mid-1840s), daughter of Margaret JACKSON & Rev. Daniel Gunn BROWNE
 Hugh Kirkpatrick BROWNE (-1904), son of Margaret JACKSON & Daniel Gunn BROWNE
 Elizabeth Sarah BROWNE (1847-?) wife of James JACKSON and daughter of Margaret JACKSON & Daniel Gunn BROWNE
 Sandymount, Blackrock, Co. Louth near Dundalk.
 Eliza WALLACE, wife of James McCULLAGHs of Drummuck (For more on Drummuck McCULLAGHs see: http://www.user.dccnet.com/s.brown/letters/1895Aug31.htm )
 John Wallace MCCULLAGH son of Eliza WALLACE & James McCULLAGH
 Elizabeth Johanna JACKSON widow of John DONALDSON
 James DONALDSON, son of Elizabeth Johanna JACKSON & John DONALDSON – he suffered from a major mental illness much of his adult life.
 “Peggy” Margaret (JACKSON) (REED) McCULLAGH – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Eliezer GILMORE & Sarah JACKSON & their children – all live at Liscalgot, Co Armagh next to Urker.
 Thompson BROWN & Elizabeth JACKSON & Their children at Killynure, Co. Armagh
 The HSBC
 Thomas Dare JACKSON son of Amelia Lydia DARE & Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Beatrice Minnie Shrieve JACKSON daughter of Amelia Lydia DARE & Sir Thomas JACKSON
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