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This is one of the 77 letters & documents discovered in a bog in Ireland. NEWS: TJ's wife & two of the children have had fevers; Mary MENARY is recovering; reports on farms at Urker & Cavananore; John McCULLAGH's death expected; no change in Kilteban; Bessie BROWN from Killynure has been helping out; Andrew JACKSON at St. Andrew's College in Dublin; Eliza wants to make sure Beatrice BROWN is denied any help from TJ.
Sharon Oddie Brown. October 23, 2006
Updated March 26, 2010


Urker Novr 13th 1895


My dear Tom - This is one of my sorrowful anniversaries, this day six years ago we left all that remained of your dear Father [1] in Creggan. He was an affectionate, kind hearted man; and it was a pity that he had any faults [2] .


            I am truly sorry to see by your letters that Minnie [3] and two of the children have been suffering from fever. I hope with you that the change to the townhouse may banish it. I shall be anxious till I hear from you again; but I will not have long to wait for that; for if anyone earned a blessing by being attentive to an old Mother, surely you have done it.


            Mary Menary [4] is much better, I hope out of danger, but still very weak and delicate. For long enough, we thought she would not have lived. She rises for a little while nearly every day, but never yet left her room. I spoke to Sally [5] about the [repairs?] of Cavananore [6] ; she agrees with me that it is better to defer everything of the kind till Spring.  They have twenty six head of cattle in to fatten; and the land is improving every year; but the corn crop did not yield so well this year as last. The threshing mill was there last week. Eliezer’s [7] men and mine were up helping. My corn is not yet threshed, so I cannot tell how it will turn out; but the cattle are doing well. I have ten head in to fatten. Although this is a very bad year of agriculturalists, I hope to be able to pay my [money?] cleverly; besides doing something to help others. I have paid Creggan [8] rent already.; and the yearly [surtention?] to both Creggan and Freeduff [9] ; so I ought to have the blessing of the Church. The new rector Mr Johnston [10] had a concert in Crossmaglen [11] lately which realized the £40 which was much needed to pay for the repairs of the Rectory. All sorts of people attended the concert, which showed good feeling [12] .


            Andy and Peggy McCullough [13] were here today. They and their children are well but poor Johnny McCullagh [14] is not expected to last weeks longer. What a mercy it was that poor old Aunt [15] got away without seeing the last of her sons die. No change in Kiltebane [16] . Liscalgot people [17] are well except for a slight illness that little Tom had lately.


            Young Bessy Brown [18] has been here for some weeks. She is a fine good girl, and I do not know what we would have done without her, for Mary Griffin [19] has enough to do taking care of her daughter [20] . I heard from Julius [21] soon after I wrote last. He was well and did not forget to enquire about the kitten which was a great source of comfort to him in his illness. I have not heard yet whether Tom [22] has passed his examination. He must come to let me see him in his regimentals. I always loved the sight of a soldier, & so did your Grandmother.


            In writing of Eliezer, I forgot to say that he always puts me in mind of the man spoken of in the first Psalm “And all he doth shall prosper well.” Andy [23] and his family are well his son Andy [24] is doing well at St. Andrew’s College in Dublin [25] . Andy is very proud of him; but I never again will be proud of great talent, after seeing how little they did for my poor Johnny [26] . Jemmie [27] and Lizzie [28] are getting on as well as can be expected. I saw by a letter from Beatrice Brown [29] to Mary [30] that you had written to her. I hope she has not [?ed] anything more out of you; and you remember your promise to me to lose nothing more by them. They are not worthy of kindness, for they are both selfish and unjust; and there is not a pin to choose between Beatrice [31] , Maggie [32] and Hugh [33] . To this day, they never told Lizzie how her Mother [34] had disposed of the property and never gave her as much as one shilling.


            Now I am not able to write any more and it was with difficulty that I wrote so much; so with much love and ten thousand times ten thousand blessing to you and yours, I remain


            Your ever affectionate Mother

                        Eliza Jackson


[1] David JACKSON (1814-1889)

[2] It seems that a love of drink may have been one of his faults.

[3] Amelia Lydia DARE wife of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[4] Mary MENARY (1872-1946) daughter of William MENARY & Mary JACKSON – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[5] Sarah JACKSON (1848-1942) WIFE OF Eliezer GILMORE & sister to Sir Thomas JACKSON

[6] Cavananore, Co. Louth – a property now in JACKSON family hands, thanks to Sir Thomas JACKSON

[7] Eliezer GILMORE (1845-1919) husband of Sarah JACKSON – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[8] Creggan – probably the rent for Urker. .

[9] Creggan & Freeduff were both townlands and both had parish churches – the foremer Church of Ireland and the latter Presbyterian.

[10] Rev Alfred Wade JOHNSTON (1867- aft 1911) was appointed in 1894. His wife was Annie. They resided at #3 Maynooth, Rich Hill, Armagh and had been married for 18 years, with no children. He held land at Cregganbanein 1901 and presumably a John WADE who held land at Cregganbane before him (Griffiths) was a relation.

[11] Crossmaglen, Co. Louth – nearest town of any size.

[12] I wonder if this means people of varying Christian allegiances?

[13] Andrew Bradford McCULLAGH & Margaret JACKSON – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[14] John Wallace McCULLAGH (1840- 24 November, 1895)

[15] Eliza WALLACE wife of James McCULLAGH died July 12, 1895.

[16] Eliza's son James & Wife Elizabeth lived at Kiltebane and had cared for old Harriet DONALDSON there. An Elizabeth DONALDSON who died at age 93 and died 22 March 1900 came from Kiltyban (see Creggan burials). Also, a Samuel BROWNE lived there which may be a link to Thompson BROWNE, or Daniel Gunn BROWNE or both.

[17] Eliezer GILMORE & Sarah JACKSON – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[18] Elizabeth BROWN (1870-1942) daughter of Thompson BROWN & Elizabeth JACKSON – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[19] Mary (JACKSON) (MENARY) GRIFFIN sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[20] Mary MENARY (1872-1946) daughter of William MENARY & MARY JACKSON – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[21] George Julius JACKSON 1883-1956) son of Amelia Lydia DARE & Sir Thomas JACKSON

[22] Thomas Dare JACKSON (1876-19540 SON OF Amelia Lydia DARE & Sir Thomas JACKSON

[23] Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON – brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[24] Andrew Hugh Gilmore JACKSON (1881-1918) who would work for HSBC and die in Hong Kong.

[25] St. Andrews College was founded in 1894 by members of the Presbyterian community in Dublin and began life at a city-centre location, No. 21 St. Stephen's Green. (This means he was attending the school in its second year of operation.) Under its first headmaster, W W Haslett, an Ulsterman, it grew rapidly from its original intake of 64 students. By the end of 1894 there were 203 boys in the school. The school was non-sectarian in character, and it was only in the opening year that Presbyterians were in the majority. Coincidentally, I walked past here every day I was in Dublin on my way from my B&B to the Deeds Registry!

[26] John JACKSON older brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[27] James JACKSON younger brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[28] Elizabeth Sarah BROWN wife of James JACKSON & daughter of  Margaret JACKSON & Daniel Gunn BROWNE

[29] Beatrice Matilda BROWNE daughter of  Margaret JACKSON & Daniel Gunn BROWNE

[30] Probably Mary (JACKSON) (MENARY) GRIFFIN – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[31] Beatrice Matilda BROWNE daughter of  Margaret JACKSON & Daniel Gunn BROWNE

[32] Margaret Jackson BROWNE daughter of  Margaret JACKSON & Daniel Gunn BROWNE

[33] Hugh Kirkpatrick BROWNE ( ?-1904) son of  Margaret JACKSON & Daniel Gunn BROWNE

[34] Margaret JACKSON (d. 1842)



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