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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

                                                              Cavananore [1]
19th Oct 1874

My dear Sarah [2]

            I received your note this morning & am not surprised that you have not found the coat, as it was only on speck I wrote about it.  Dear knows where Andy [3] left it or who got the loan of it.  I am glad to have such favourable accts of your father [4] , I trust he will continue to improve.  I am very sorry there is no word of Andy.  He must have left N York.  Do you know the name of the parties he boarded with?  It would be worth while to write to them & enquire.

    If you have the envelope of Tom's [5] letter you might write to him to the post town that the mark is in the Jan of the letter & he might chance to get it. Other wise he will not remember that he neglected to give his address & wont be in a hurry writing when he gets no reply.  I have not had a line from Mary Reid [6] for a long time.  I am sorry to hear of the pain in her knee.  If it is rheumatism to paint it with Iodine would likely start it.

    I had a letter from Minnie [7] to day from Killarney [8] .  They are enjoying themselves & the scenary greatly.  I know not when we may expect them home.

    There is a letter from Mr. [McCombe] [9] ] to day & counsels opinion is that the Oliver estate [10] must go with chancery to be administered, & I believe my brother Andy [11] is going to take proceedings to lease Kilynure [12] from Thompson [13] , so there are a fresh lot if [????]

    I thought Thompson would have been up for Mary [14] on Saturday, but he could not [get] so I do not know when she will [get].  We are all well and unite in love to you all

       Ever your affectionate
                 Aunt Mary [15]

[1] Cavananore, Co. Louth,  a townland outside of Dundalk.

[2] Sarah McCULLAGH (1852-1939), first cousin once removed of Mary Jane OLIVER, later married WHITESIDE.

[3] This Andy is probably Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON, brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON. The "Andy" mentioned later in the paragraph is probably Andrew Bradford McCULLAGH, bother of Sarah McCULLAGH. (SEE 1874OctoberProbably Letter)

[4] Thomas McCullagh (1793-1877)

[5] This Tom could be Tom McCULLAGH (1854-1920), a brother of Sarah McCULLAGH

[6] Mary (McCullagh) REID (d. 1919) married William REID (1829-1906) in 1864, a sister of Sarah McCULLAGH

[7] possibly Amelia Lydia (Dare) JACKSON (1851-1944), wife of Sir Thomas JACKSON (1841-1914), a nephew of Mary Jane OLIVER

[8] Killarney – I will check out this connection for the JACKSONs. Help appreciated. Given that this is in Co. Kerry in the South west coast of Ireland, this is confusing.

[9] Mr. McCOMBE - Probably Alexander McCOMBE, the plaintiff's solicitor in a subsequent case (albeit on the other side from the OLIVERs). SEE: 1875-COUSER-OLIVER.

[10] Oliver estate. The will of William OLIVER who died October 15, 1873 was contested by his youngest brother, Andrew Bradford OLIVER, who did not show up for a subsequent case in court when he was a defendant along with Mary Jane OLIVER.

[11] Andrew Bradford OLIVER, son of Benjamin OLIVER (d. 1831) & Elizabeth BRADFORD (1785-1825), brother of Mary Jane OLIVER.

[12] “Kilynure” is Killynure, Co. Armagh, the townland where Eliza JACKSON (1843-1923) and her husband Thompson BROWN(E) (1837-1915) lived, built a house and raised their ten children.

[13] Thompson BROWN(E), husband of  Elizabeth JACKSON, niece of Mary Jane OLIVER.

[14] Probably Mary MENARY née JACKSON (1844-1921), widowed in February of this year and likely living still at Maghery, near Thompson BROWN(E) and her sister Elizabeth BROWN(E) née JACKSON. She was a niece of Mary Jane OLIVER.

[15] Mary Jane OLIVER (1821-1875), owned the lease at Cavananore.


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