Urker July 7th 1880
My dear Tom,
I have a letter from Minnie  of the 17th May, and one from you dated April 8th which I think must be a mistake for May; as it was not possible that you would have the news of Grandmother’s  death at that time. It is no wonder that your mind would revert to [first?] times; she was a dear old woman; and the best Grandmother ever I saw. Yet had you seen her in her latter days; you would be thankful to see her at rest; mind and body were both so much failed. She had a long and useful, and on the whole a happy life; for though she had her share of sorrow; yet as her disposition was so cheerful, she had a great deal of enjoyment; was both happy herself; and added to the happiness of others. I still hoped both in her case, and Aunt Donaldson’s  , that reason would return before the end, “a light before death” as it is commonly called; but it did not in either. Mrs. Corr  , another good woman is also gone; she died last week; and Mrs. John Bailie  this week. As I say, there will soon be no old women in this country but myself; and when my call will come; I know not. My health is good; but I am very infirm and very deaf. Father is weak in the same way, deafness excepted. The most remarkable news I have to tell you is that Eliezer  is getting his house completely renovated this summer; you will know nothing of it but the outside when you see it again; and that the rest of Uncle William’s  land is advertised to be sold on the 16th inst. It will [?] be sold for there never was less demand for land than at the present time. I shall write again (D&) and let you know how it goes. Those whom poor Uncle intended to benefit, will I fear, be little the better of his property; but the fault is not his; it was my poor Father’s  neglecting to settle his affairs that did the whole mischief. Distress still continues in many parts of Ireland & relief meal is still being given out, but there is a prospect of a good crop; & if that prospect is realized times will mend. There is also some dread that England will have to go to war with Turkey  , but you will see all the news in the papers. I am not sure whether I mentioned it in my last letter to you or whether it had come to pass at the time I wrote; Dr. Mills  has got a legacy of ₤1000 from an old lady in Castleblayney a Miss McMorran  . We are all very glad of this. Another piece of good news is that the operation upon little Thomas Dare’s  lip has been successfully performed. He is now a very handsome child; he always was, but for that blemish. Andy  is delighted that the operation has turned out so well. Andy is doing as well as we could possibly expect, considering the unfavourable times; as is Eliezer Gilmore; but it being Johnny’s  first year of farming it was trying to him. His crops are good; & if this harvest turns out well, I hope all will be right.
Margaret  and her young ones were doing well when I last heard; all her children indeed all my grandchildren are healthy. Sally’s  young son  is a great big fellow. All her children except him  were sent over here to be out of the way of the tradesmen. Sally & Eliezer remained at home; part of the house is habitable.
Poor James McCullagh  made good his journey home, but there is no hope of his recovery. We feared he would died on the way. I have scarcely room to send my love and blessing to you all.
Ever your affectionate Mother E Jackson
 Amelia Lydia DARE – wife of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Elizabeth (McCULLAGH) JACKSON (1788- March 12, 1880)
 Probably Barbara BRADFORD who married William DONALDSON and died in 1865.
 Mary CORR wife of William CORR, a Grocer in Crossmaglen. Wall plaque in Creggan Church:Mary CORR wife of William CORR of this Parish who died June 29 1880 age 72 … also in memory of Joseph her eldest son died July 25 1881 age 36
 Mrs. John BAILIE aka Alicia CLUTTERBUCK (d. July 5, 1880), wife of Rev. John BAILIE of Clonaleenan. Co. Louth. - Mother of Robert Ellis BAILIE.
 Eliezer GILMORE of Liscalgot, husband of Sarah JACKSON (sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON)
 William OLIVER (1815-1873) I believe I have auction details – need to retrieve.
 Benjamin OLIVER (1765-1831) of Killynure
 I do not know what war this might have been or what the nature of the crisis was. I defer to historians.
 Rev Dr. Lewis George MILLS (1823-May 28, 1885) Rector of Creggan Church.
 Miss McMORRAN?
 Thomas Dare JACKSON (1879-1961), son of Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON & Eliza Emily GILMORE
 Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON, brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 John JACKSON, older brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Margaret (JACKSON) REED (1853-1944) sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 Sarah (JACKSON) GILMORE, sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 I would guess this to be the youngest son at this time, b May 15, 1880.
 Samuel (b 1874), Mary (b. 1876) and David (b. 1878) GILMORE
 I suspect this is James McCULLAGH of Corfadd (1796-1880). He may have been a wool and linen draper. He was the son of Thomas McCULLAGH & JANE REED.
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