Nov 5th [18]96                                                     




My dear Sallie[2]

             I was very glad to get two letters from you lately, to know that you had got mine sent you  the news I had from Eva[3] this morning that her mother[4] yesterday the 4th had a son[5].  they were both doing well  I am glad she is over it  Mrs Alfred Waddell[6] had a son[7] about 3 weeks ago.  I was glad to hear the children were better when you wrote  I hope they continue so & that you have got over your fatigue of nursing & moving and that Mr Whiteside[8] is also well.  Our [somming] was a week ago.  James[9] came up for it & dined here that Sabbath.  he could not look better than he did his neighbours were glad to see him  John Robb[10] asked him in summer to go to him which he did part of the time he spent a night in [Shore] [son]  I spent a day last week Sallie McMurry[11] & Jane[12] they were glad to here about you & send their love to you  Jane has got out her upper teeth when her gums are hard she will get in new ones  I hope you are all comfortable in the Parsonage and that you will like the inhabitants in that Quarter well Their will be no sale of work  Their will be a service of song instead of it  I don't think it will do as well.  Mrs Irwin opened the Bible class last month  I heard that their were about fifty at it  some way the don't pull well together in doing work no remark  They have got the crop all in except the [????] here and it seems to be a good crop.  The [Tates[13]] bring me up every Sabbath up the hill which is a great help to me  I got a nice spring matress which is very comfortable  I could not [turn] my [sick] at present we have some frost I may give the remembrance of all congregations friends to you the never forget to ask for you all  I sent your message to Mrs Moore[14] she was [not] out or [comments] tell Clair[15] I am glad he is getting a big boy & to love the Lord  I send kisses to both of them

               from your old

                    Mother Cready[16]


[1] Drummuck, home of the McCULLAGH family

[2] Sarah McCullagh WHITESIDE (1852-1939)

[3] Eva Oliver REED, daughter or Robert Hamilton REED and Margaret JACKSON, later step-daughter of Andrew Bradford McCULLAGH, brother of  Sarah McCULLAGH.

[4] Margaret (Jackson) (Reed) McCullagh

[5] George David McCullagh

[6] Mrs. Alfred WADDELL  - I have a Mary Anne Henrietta GILMORE who married an Alexander Hamden WADDELL (nicknamed “Sandy”) who gave birth at the right time and the family connections fit.

[7] Samuel Gilmore William WADDELL b. October 4,  1896 at Lisnaveane, Tullycorbet, Co. Monaghan

[8] William Sherlock Whiteside

[9] possibly James McCULLAGH (?-1913), brother of Sarah McCULLAGH

[10] John ROBB?

[11] Sally McMURRY?

[12] Jane Skelly – mentioned in tandom with Sally McMURRY in many of McCready’s letters.

[13] TATEs?

[14] Mrs. MOORE?

[15] Thomas Clair Whiteside

[16] Mary Anne McCREADY (?-1897), governess