* The birth date of Elizabeth MCCULLAGH was calculated by her age at death of 92 years. She lived for another 63 years after the death of her husband. At the time of his death, her youngest child was three years old and the next oldest was six years old.
THEIR FOUR CHILDREN:
JACKSON, married Rev. Daniel Gunn BROWNE.
It has to have been a struggle. She never remarried even though she herself was only 29 years old when widowed and her youngest child, David, was three years old at the time of his father’s death. [NOTE: He himself went on to father ten children, one of whom would be our great-grandfather, one of whom would be the great-grandfather of our Moorhead “cousins”, and one of whom would be Sir Thomas Jackson, of which so much is already known.]
Although we don’t know the date when the JACKSON family first owned land at Urcher, we do know that in 1828 (SEE: Tithe Composition Book records) that Elizabeth owned 30 acres in Urcher and 50 acres in Lisgolat. Not she was able to hang on to all that she had, some details of which we have thanks to Mary Cumisky:
This would not be the last murder of a land agent who was murdered and whose life and death was intertwined with the fortunes of the Jackson farm. On May 23, 1850 a Robert Lindsay Mauleverer, a land agent for the Hamilton, Tipping and Jones estate in the Crossmaglen area was murdered as he was being driven to the Cullaville Train Station. His driver, McNally, testified that the horses - startled by gunshot – had galloped some thirty perches down the road before he could turn his jaunting car around. Mauleverer was already dead, in the ditch. Although initially three men were indicted for the murder, only one was charged and he was eventually acquitted.
THE MURDER OF ROBERT MAULEVERER
One of the complications in the consequent trial was that the post mortem did not support the story of gunshots. The skull under some of the wounds was a mass of fractures, so much so that when the skin was removed, the bones fell asunder. Even more intriguing (and perhaps makes sense of the acquittal) is that most of the locals did not seem not particularly displeased with Mauleverer's demise. Here was a man who had ordered up to 300 evictions when the aftermath of the famine and the consequent disease was wreaking the worst of its damage. My eyebrows shot up when I learned that he had also ordered the bailiff to seize “seven cows, four heifers and a bull belonging to Mrs. Jackson” and that these cows were subsequently “rescued by a number of persons who drove them[back] to Urker House.” I later heard a family story that the neighbours had then hid the cattle on their fields until the whole thing had blown over.
A week or so before Mauleverer’s murder in an event that may have
been related, six persons were summoned to the Crossmaglen Petty Sessions
in connection with the unlawful “rescue” of
the Jackson livestock. Their names were Francis Lennon, Pat Kiernan,
John McCabe, William Marks, Catherine McCabe and Lawrence McCabe. Francis
Lennon lived on a neighbouring farm at Urcher and John McCabe lived nearby
at Rathkeelan [SEE DEVLIN web pages] and the
records show that at the time Sir Thomas’ grandmother was still
clinging to a lease that included some 59 acres in Urker.
PREVIOUS LAND ISSUES AND ELIZABETH JACKSON
The time of either of the land agent's deaths was not the first time the Jackson’s had experienced challenges in meeting their rent payments. Insecurity was probably the family’s middle name. A few years ago at Gilford Castle in County Down, Christine Wright shared with me a letter written in July 1826, to Sir Thomas’s grandmother, Elizabeth Jackson. Her rent was ₤21.2.6 in arrears and she was being advised to “consult with your friends on this & let me know as soon as possible that I may let the Landlord know” He went on to say, “but let me have what Rent you can for him as soon as you can as I am gathering up for a supply for him now without delay”. It is a telling letter. Clearly, it is expected that friends of hers would both want to help and be able to help. Although the situation does not seem as dire as it would become post-famine, it also clear that the Jacksons were barely keeping their heads above water.
Obviously, there is much more to her story than this, but at this point these are all the sources that I have found. By the time Elizabeth Jackson was in her early sixties, her son David - who was in his mid-30s seems to have returned from Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim where he had been living before his marriage and after the births of his first two children. It seems likely that he would have taken over the managing of the farm along with his wife, Eliza. Hopefully Elizabeth found some measure of contentment in seeing the family fortunes rise later in her life, thanks to the successes of her grandson, Sir Thomas Jackson.
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