Urker July 21 1880
My dear Tom
According to promise, I write to inform you of the sale of the Oliver  estate which was appointed for Friday the 16th inst. We had no idea that it would be sold at all; times were so bad, and so many properties offered for sale; without a bidder; yet it was sold, and well sold, all things considered ₤2350 was what it went at. I have received a note from Thompson Brown  , since then which surprised me a good deal. He says that it never was legally [deeded?] that Ben  and John Oliver  should get the third of the property, and that the case should be argued again before the Vice Chancellor. I suppose Mr McCombe  to be the author of this opinion; though Thompson did not say so; and whether it is a bona fide advice; or whether it is only another seven years wait and more law costs; I cannot say. May the Lord direct whatever is best. I expect Thompson here today; when we will hear more particulars, and discuss the affair.
The alterations in Liscalgot  are going on prosperously; and when you see it again, you will scarcely know any part of it, except the outside. You would be slow to believe what a handsome and convenient house they are making of it. They are all well & doing well. Their young son was baptized here last week by Dr. Mills  . He is called John  and if he goes on as well as he officers to do; he will be no discredit to his name. I have not heard what is, or is to be the name of Margaret’s son  . I expect it will be A’s [?], or some such silly name. I had a letter of May 29th from Minnie, and I see by the mail news that there is another letter coming. As surely as I see in the newspapers that a ship is coming to [Brindise’s?] I expect a letter; and I am not disappointed. Minnie  is the best “news bug” in the world; and never forgets or neglects her old Mother-in-law. It will be a happy day when I again clasp her in my arms; and I hope to live to see that day. Till then, if my blessing does her, and all my children any good, they have it often enough.
The last news I heard from Andy  was good. He was quite restored to health; and the operation on little Thomas Dare’s  lip had been successful. He was a lovely child, but for that blemish & now the blemish is removed. Thomas Jackson Brown  is also a very handsome child. He and his Mother  and a couple more spent some time with us lately. I head from Johnny  that his crops look well. If this present fine weather continues there is every prospect of a good harvest; which will do much to help Irish agriculturists. I hope and thing that better times are coming. Dr. Mills showed us some photographs of Creggan  which he proposed sending to you. You will be glad to see the old scenes once more. If I had known when the artist was at Creggan, I would have got him to take a view of the spot where little Edith  and our dear old Grandmother  await the resurrection of the just; & also a better view of “the old house at home”. The man who took the view I sent was but a botch  . It was just better than nothing.
Little Mary Menary  is a great deal better. I think eventually, she will be quite well.
All the rest of us are well.
With fondest love to Minnie and the children I remain dear Tom your ever affectionate Mother,
 The news account of July 17, 1880 describes the land being sold: about 66 acres in the townland of Lisdrummard; 31 acres in Knockagraphy; and 1 acre in Drumgar. More to the point, John Oliver and Benamin Oliver are described as owners and petitioners.
 Thompson BROWN (1837-1915) husband of Elizabeth JACKSON – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Benjamin OLIVER – is this a son of Andrew Bradford OLIVER?
 John OLIVER – There is a strong probability that this is the John OLIVER (1841-1909) who married Margaret ROCK. William OLIVER's housekeeper was a Sarah ROCK. John was Catholic, and it is likely that he had converted from the Protestant faith since his wife was Catholic.
 Mr.Alexander McCOMBE - solicitor.
 Liscalgot is a townland beside Urker where Eliezer GILMORE and his wife Sarah JACKSON (sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON) and their children live.
 Rev. Dr. Lewis George MILLS (1823-May 28, 1885) Rector of Creggan Church.
 John GILMORE b. May 15, 1880
 Thomas Jackson REED –birth date of May 25, 1881.
 “Minnie” Amelia Lydia DARE – wife of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON – brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Thomas Dare JACKSON (1879-1951) son of Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON (curiously Sir Thomas JACKSON also had a son called Thomas Dare JACKSON (1876-1954)).
 Thomas Jackson BROWN (1879-1933), son of Thompson BROWN & Elizabeth JACKSON. He was also my grandfather.
 Elizabeth (JACKSON) BROWN sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 John JACKSON older brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Creggan, Co. Armagh is a small settlement about a couple of miles from Urker.
 Edith Bradford JACKSON twin of Amy Oliver JACKSON – daughter of Sir Thomas Jackson who died as an infant in 1874 at Cavananore.
 Elizabeth (McCULLAGH) JACKSON (1788-1880)
 At first I htought it might be the photo of Urker on this web site, but I doubt it. It seems to have been lost.
 Mary MENARY daughter of Mary (MENARY) JACKSON – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON
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