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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
Updated March 26, 2010


Sept 18th 

Drummuck [1]

My dear Sally [2] ,

            I was delighted to get dear Clairs [3] photo this day he is a dear child I sent Eva [4] hers she was charmed with it  What sort of a dress is it he looks well in it I hope you are all well & and that Mary [5] is getting on as well as you would like I am stopping for a few days with Miss Sallie McMurray [6] and Jane Skelly [7] every one that has seen Clair thinks him a fine fellow.  Elie Gilmore's [8] daughter Jane [9] is to be married to the Rev Mr. Bartley [10] a brother of the Dr. [11] you met him  It is to be soon.  I lodged in the Northern Bank [????] [200-30-0]  I tried to get a five doller note but could so I send you three dollers one for Clair one for Mary & one for yourself as your birth day is drawing near with love to you all  It is not much but I could hardly it.  They [12] are working away in Drummuck Mary Menary [13] is home I [believe] the better of her visit Sister Carlisle [14] has returned to Brighton Nothing now in Ballybay Dr Bentont [15] lectured in the Temperance Hall last evening subject the boy.  Jane [16] went to hear him. I did not go it was too stormy you may remember him in Derryvalley. I am watching for a letter from you. Derryvalley  Congregation make great enquiries about you all.  Dr. Bartley was admiring your photo [today] [Witty] McMurry [17] was here he is in Newry now old Mrs Moore [18] told me to ask you if her son James [19] was living near you & if his wife was with him she has not heard from them for a long time & she would like to know.  You may remember a girl named Hamilton [20] in your class in the Sabbath school her name now is Jackson [21] she was glad to see the photo asked for you Mr W [22] .  I saw Sallie Little [23] she is in Mrs Kirkpatricks [24] I went to see her & show her the photos I give you S McMurry & Jane's love and also Mrs Thomas [???] [25] the girls are growing tall as well as [????] all your old friends send their greetings to you & yours give Clair & Mary kisses from me and wishing the Blessing of God on you both & the children

                                               ever your
                                           old Mother Cready [26]

[1] Drummuck, home of McCULLAGH family

[2] Sarah McCullagh WHITESIDE (1852-1939)

[3] Thomas Clair Whiteside (1893-1959)

[4] probably Eva Oliver REED (1876-1968), later USSHER, daughter of Robert Hamilton REED & Margaret JACKSON. Her mother later married Andrew Bradford McCULLAGH (?-1897)

[5] Mary Ione WHITESIDE (1896-1960)

[6] Sally McMURRAY mentioned in many letters.

[7] Jane SKELLY – always mentioned at same time in letters with Sally McMURRAY.

[8] “Elie” Eliezer GILMORE (1845-1919) who was married to Sarah JACKSON (1848-1942),. They lived at Liscalgot House, Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh.

[9] Mary Jane GILMORE (1876-1907), daughter of Eliezer GILMORE and Sarah JACKSON (1848-1942).

[10] Rev. Thomas BARTLEY

[11] Dr. William BARTLEY.Born 17 Mar 1865. Son of William BARTLEY & Elizabeth RYDER.

[12] “They” I assume the McCULLAGHs

[13] Mary MENARY (1872-1946), daughter of Mary MENARY née JACKSON later GRIFFIN (1844-1921).

[14] “Sister Carlisle” She may be related to the Martha CARLISLE who married Hamilton REID in 1806.

[15] Dr. BENTONOT?

[16] Probably Jane McCULLAGH, daughter of James McCULLAGH & Eliza WALLACE

[17] An unknown McMURRAY married and Elizabeth McCULLAGH. This may be who is being referred to.

[18] Mrs. MOORE?

[19] James MOORE?

[20] Unknown HAMILTON

[21] Unknown JACKSON

[22] William Sherlock WHITESIDE (1860-1916), husband of Sarah née McCULLAGH WHITESIDE.

[23] Sally LITTLE?


[25] Mrs Thomas ?

[26] Mary Anne McCREADY, the governess


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