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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

3rd March 1903

My Dear Sallie [1] ,

              Yours to Alicia* this morning has given us all fresh thought for you & your darling little pets.  We all hope & pray that the change will agree with you all.  I am sure you will be very busy so tell Sissy Reid I will expect her to write to me to tell when news of you comes from afar.  Africa [2] does not seem as far as California partly because there are so many from Keady there & they are always going & coming.  I wrote to Mary Menary [3] since Christmas to ask how her mother [4] was keeping & I find from her our relation which Mary wrote & when I heard I knew it perfectly.  Your fathers mother was a Miss Bartley [5] .  Mrs. Jackson [6] said sister to my grand father but I think from looking at the Bartley papers & dates [7] she must have been his aunt.  That can be settled when I find her name.  I am sure you will be amused at me writing this.  Mrs. Jackson said yr mother was not related but I always heard there was an intermarriage in an older generation that she was a far out one.  This is all I know now & shortly there will be more.  I remember the Bartley name in the country.

    I hope you will get on better during this voyage & you ought to consult a Doctor before you start as there is such wonderful medicines these days for the heart & I have heard of several persons who was affected like you & they got relief when they got a Drs. advice.  Of course once through the bay of Biscay you will likely have a good passage.

    With love & warmest wishes for your welfare including Clare [8] & Mary [9]

                            Ever yours affectionately
                                   Anne McKean [10]

*NOTE: I neglected to footnote "Alicia". She is a sister of Annie McKEAN, the sende of this letter.

[1] Sarah (McCullagh) Whiteside

[2] Africa trip is mentioned in other letters

[3] Mary “Mollie” Menary, later to marry James Wright

[4] Mary (Jackson) (Menary) Griffin

[5] I have her father’s mother to be Jane REED (or REID)

[6] Mrs JACKSON – which one? There is a Robert McKEAN (1789-1837) husband of Anne JACKSON (1799-1829) who in turn is the daughter of a James JACKSON and a Mary KYDD. This Robert McKEAN would be the grandfather of the letter writer, Anne McKEAN. Pursuing this link could become interesting.

[7] I am unsure how all this fits in: Mary Jane “Jeannie” Gilmore (daughter of Eliezer Gilmore & Sarah Jackson) married Thomas Bartley. Then there is John Robert Bartley in Jeannie’s Birthday Book., as well as Bartley’s Grove near Ballybay.

[8] Thomas Clair WHITESIDE, son of Sarah WHITESIDE

[9] Mary Ione WHITESIDE, daughter of Sarah WHITESIDE

[10] Anne McKEAN, daughter William McKEAN and Mary Anne Jane BARTLEY.


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