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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


Nov 5th 96                                                     

Drummuck [1]

My dear Sallie [2]

             I was very glad to get two letters from you lately, to know that you had got mine sent you  the news I had from Eva [3] this morning that her mother [4] yesterday the 4th had a son [5] .  they were both doing well  I am glad she is over it  Mrs Alfred Waddell [6] had a son [7] about 3 weeks ago.  I was glad to hear the children were better when you wrote  I hope they continue so & that you have got over your fatigue of nursing & moving and that Mr Whiteside [8] is also well.  Our [somming] was a week ago.  James [9] came up for it & dined here that Sabbath.  he could not look better than he did his neighbours were glad to see him  John Robb [10] asked him in summer to go to him which he did part of the time he spent a night in [Shore] [son]  I spent a day last week Sallie McMurry [11] & Jane [12] they were glad to here about you & send their love to you  Jane has got out her upper teeth when her gums are hard she will get in new ones  I hope you are all comfortable in the Parsonage and that you will like the inhabitants in that Quarter well Their will be no sale of work  Their will be a service of song instead of it  I don't think it will do as well.  Mrs Irwin opened the Bible class last month  I heard that their were about fifty at it  some way the don't pull well together in doing work no remark  They have got the crop all in except the [????] here and it seems to be a good crop.  The [Tates [13] ] bring me up every Sabbath up the hill which is a great help to me  I got a nice spring matress which is very comfortable  I could not [turn] my [sick] at present we have some frost I may give the remembrance of all congregations friends to you the never forget to ask for you all  I sent your message to Mrs Moore [14] she was [not] out or [comments] tell Clair [15] I am glad he is getting a big boy & to love the Lord  I send kisses to both of them

               from your old
                    Mother Cready [16]

[1] Drummuck, home of the McCULLAGH family

[2] Sarah McCullagh WHITESIDE (1852-1939)

[3] Eva Oliver REED, daughter or Robert Hamilton REED and Margaret JACKSON, later step-daughter of Andrew Bradford McCULLAGH, brother of  Sarah McCULLAGH.

[4] Margaret (Jackson) (Reed) McCullagh

[5] George David McCullagh

[6] Mrs. Alfred WADDELL  - I have a Mary Anne Henrietta GILMORE who married an Alexander Hamden WADDELL (nicknamed “Sandy”) who gave birth at the right time and the family connections fit.

[7] Samuel Gilmore William WADDELL b. October 4,  1896 at Lisnaveane, Tullycorbet, Co. Monaghan

[8] William Sherlock Whiteside

[9] possibly James McCULLAGH (?-1913), brother of Sarah McCULLAGH

[10] John ROBB?

[11] Sally McMURRY?

[12] Jane SKELLY– mentioned in tandom with Sally McMURRY in many of McCready’s letters.

[13] TATEs?

[14] Mrs. MOORE?

[15] Thomas Clair Whiteside

[16] Mary Anne McCREADY (?-1897), governess


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