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This is one of the letters found in the bog prior to 1960.
TJ is in London. The news includes: shipping eggs to TJ; a visit to Killynure; reference to land dispute involving OLIVERs; construction starting at Kiltabeen; hopes for David JACKSON to start at HSBC and having worked at JOHNSTONs; Minnie's health after childbirth.

NAMES: Rev. REID of Newtownhamilton; Rev. McCLELLAND of Newtownhamilton; John DONALDSON; Andrew Bradford OLIVER; Mary Jane OLIVER; Benjamin OLIVER; David JACKSON; John JOHNSTON; Amelia DARE. Amy Oliver JACKSON & Edith Bradford JACKSON. PLACE: Killynure; Kiltabeen.
Sharon Oddie Brown, October 4, 2006
Updated footnotes - January 17, 2010


Urker June 8th 1874


My dear Tom,


            My mind was much relieved by hearing from your letter received yesterday that all with you was going on well. I was so uneasy that I was determined to telegraph this day, in case I did not hear from you previously. I feared you were ill yourself, when you did not write.


            Our friend Mr Reid [1] is to supply 1st Newtown Hamilton some Sabbath shortly; and I intend to send to meet him there; and get him to extract a proper certificate of your baptism. Mr McClelland [2] would probably be offended if fault was found to the one he gave.


            I hope the box has reached you safely. If they tumbled it upside down, the eggs might be broken; though Johnny Donaldson [3] picked all carefully.


            I hope to go to Killynure [4] tomorrow; and shall write you all my news either from there, or when I return. We will do our best to avoid the “sharks” if possible but your late correspondent is the very lad [5] who would fling us among them, if he had the means. Your resolution to leave his letter unanswered is perfectly right, and for your life, do not give him a shilling. Anything he can lay hands on, is surely spent either on [law?] or whiskey. The other two brothers; though they were not what they should have been yet had some redeeming qualities but this one is an unmitigated brute. This is the truth; but Aunt Mary [6] does not like to hear it. I was puzzled to think how he got your London address. Ben [7] must have given it to him for surely no one else would..


            The turnip sowing will be finished today, and tomorrow the drawing of building materials for Kiltabeen [8] will commence. Brick, stones and such are bargained for and a contract made with the carpenter. I hope that poor desolate being [9] ; who has been forsaken by her nearest and dearest; will have a house by November next.


            Is there any word of David [10] being called on to join the Bank? Oh if he could have this business learned before you return to Yokohama; and then go out to be under your own eyes; how happy it would make me! But perhaps it could not be. They might not like two brothers to be in the same concern. He is a smart boy, and I think will be fit for business. I regret that he did not spend the last month in Johnston’s [11] . He improved more there, than he did any where else. But we thought he would be called on ere this.


            I hope dear Minnie [12] will improve steadily; and not suffer any relapses. You did not say how the twins [13] are being fed. I hope God will spare all the blessings He has sent you. You had a merciful escape, that you did not lose your wife; which would have left you a sad heart to the last day of your life. Think how it would have been, had she been taken ill on the voyage; Mother and children would probably have been lost. Think of this and be thankful.


            All well here, and all join in love to you and yours with

                        Your ever affectionate Mother Eliza Jackson


[1] Possibly Rev. William REID (1829-1906), husband of Mary McCullagh (1840-1919)

[2] Rev. McCLELLAND of Newtownhamilton (the church where Sir Thomas JACKSON was baptised by his uncle Daniel Gunn BROWNE). It is possible that the children were baptised here because Daniel Gunn BROWNE was their uncle, but it could as easily been for doctrinal reasons See Eliza JACKSONs opinions in her letter of June 1. 1874.

[3] John DONALDSON – possibly the son of  John DONALDSON & Elizabeth Johanna JACKSON

[4] Killynure, Parish of Lisnadill, Co. Armagh, home of Mary (JACKSON) BROWNE – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[5 NOTE: This is possibly Andrew Bradford OLIVER (1818-1877) a brother of Mary Jane & Eliza).(see letter October 15, 1874). This is on the heels of the death of their brother William OLIVER (abt1810-1873), who died a bachelor.

[6] Mary Jane OLIVER (1821-1875), sister of Eliza (OLIVER) JACKSON.

[7] Benjamin OLIVER, son of Andrew Bradford OLIVER & Anne HANNA. I suspect he would have been born aft. 1843 (the marriage of his parents), but I know nothing about him. His sister Martha went to Australia and it may be that he went there too. HIs brother William OLIVER was already dead in 1867 (he was the one who "left this country for this country's good").

[8] Kiltabeen is also spelled “Kiltebane” and Kiltybane”. I need to run down who lived there

[9] Probably Elizabeth Johanna DONALDSON nee JACKSON. I am unsure why Eliza never names her in all various letters. She shows up in Griffiths Valuation at Kiltybane, Parish of Newtownhamilotn as leasing 43 acres including a "Herds house, ofice and land" from James EASTWOOD..

[10] David JACKSON (1855-1903) a younger brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON – he would be 19 years old at the time of this letter. Given that David did not join HSBC until 1877 (three years later) it appears that Eliza’s pleading was in vain.

[11] John JOHNSTON of Woodvale, Ballsmill, owned 79 acres in the 1876 Landowners list. He was also a Justice of the Peace and a Land Agent. NOTE: This is the most likely JOHNSTON out of many. SEE: Woodvale History from DeedsThere is later mention of a JOHNSTON who was a land agent.

[12] Amelia Lydia DARE (1851-1944), wife of Sir Thomas JACKSON. Given the date of the illness, it may have been related to the after-effects of childbirth (she gave birth to twins on May 27th, 1874).

[13] Amy Oliver JACKSON (1874-1862) & Edith Bradford JACKSON(May 1874-Sept 1874), daughters of Amelia Lydia DARE & Sir Thomas JACKSON



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