My Dearest Sally  ,
I need not say how sorry I was to get your sad news of Dec 6th  yesterday and how much I feel for you in your loneliness.
Very few knew the goodness and kindness of Mr. Whiteside as I did. He was often misunderstood but I always liked him from the first. You remember the day he helped you and me to clear out the jackdaw's nest out of the spare room chimney on his first visit to Derry Valley. I hear Boyd  is about to sell Derry Valley. He had intended it for his son but that boy has not pleased him being a bit wild.
Mr. McCulley  of Broomfield is dead lately. All my old friends and acquaintances are fast slipping away. I hope we may all meet in the better land where there will be no more "sorrow nor crying". Since you left so many are gone we felt we could hardly live without.
Thank God no more of our boys have so far been killed or wounded. Victor Griffin  was the only one killed so far. His death was instantaneous being killed by a mine explosion. He was a good Godfearing boy and not afraid to die.
David Bates  is in the trenches just now. It will be very hard on him. He was such a pampered boy but if he lives it will make a man of him. George McCullagh  is well again after a wounded hand and had a few days leave. He is to go to the 11th Dublins tomorrow up Dublin. We are glad he is not going to France. I did not go to seeing him We were [put] out of our way here between bad weather and Jim  and Molly  packing up to leave Urker  for Gilford Castle  a big place Jim has bought. He will not be far from [Glenbanick*] Cis  Reid helped all she could in getting them settled but they are still far from that as Molly has a very bad cold and is in bed here while Jim is in Gilford trying to housekeep for himself. Nearly every body has had influenza badly  and some are still coughing. I had a slight attack and was a couple of days in bed but am quite well again.
Tommy Dare  was home for leave "looking old and worn" I am told. Pat  is in France but at a base. Russell  is on the lookout for zeppelins and Julius  employed in the War Office at clerical work. He is quite lame but in good health again. He has four little girls  . Molly says they are dear little things. Beatrice Markers  boy  is very delicate and very clever. Has a wonderful memory.
Charlie Moorhead  is also in France and so far safe. He is not strong but not exempted from duty. Jeannie  stays in Fosterstown with Andy  and Emily  . Andy suffers from rheumatism badly.
I am glad to know that you are not left poorly off and that you have made kind friends out there. Mary  living with you for the present is a great comfort. I hope and pray that Clair  and her husband  will be spared to you. Perhaps we may even yet fulfil our old idea of spending our latter days together. However that is not likely.
Bessie Gilmore  is getting strong again in Teintsin after her bad confinement. Her poor baby had to be sacrificed to save the mother's life. One of Maggie McLelland's  boys is in hospital wounded. She has two in the army and her prospective son in law was killed. It is an awful and sad time for nearly every body. We miss poor Uncle Tom  badly. Tho' this place is now paying its way.
Mary Griffin 
NOTE: I didn't footnote *"Glenbanick", but in the letter of January 2, 1917 th name is transcribed as "Glenbrana". I suspect the GILMOREs may have lived there but I could be wrong.
 Sarah McCullagh Whiteside
 death of William Sherlock Whiteside December 6, 1916
 Mary Ione Whiteside, daughter of Sarah McCULLAGH & William Sherlock WHITESIDE
 Thomas Clair Whiteside, son of Sarah McCULLAGH & William WHITESIDE. He was away at war.
 Pte Victor Ernest GRIFFIN b. 1897 d. 15 Sept. 1916, age 19. Son of John Gilmore Griffin and Eleanor “Nellie” Sarah PELAN who had moved to Canada.
 David BATES, son of William BATES & Jane Clements. He had been living in Canada with his mother and would be killed September14, 1917.
 George David McCullagh, son of Margaret (Jackson) (Reed) McCullagh. He would be killed in the war, March 1918
 James Francis WRIGHT
 Mary “Mollie” (née Menary) WRIGHT
 Urker, Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh the home for generations of JACKSONs
 Gilford Castle, Gilford, Co. Down
 Sally McCullagh Reid, daughter of William and Mary (née McCULLAGH) REID, and a niece of Sarah WHITESIDE
 NOTE: The flu epidemic killed as many people as did WWI
 Thomas Dare Jackson, son of Sir Thomas JACKSON
 “Pat” is Claude Stewart JACKSON, son of Sir Thomas JACKSON and Amelia Lydia DARE
 “Russell” is Walter David Russell JACKSON, son of Sir Thomas JACKSON and Amelia Lydia DARE
 George Julius Jackson, son of Sir Thomas Jackson
 Dawn Nesta Jackson, Joyce Katherine Jackson, Meryl Julian Jackson, Daphne Myddletone Jackson
 Beatrice Minnie Shrieve (Jackson) Marker
 Richard Raymond Kitchener MARKER, son of Raymond John MARKER, killed in the war in 1914 and Beatrice Minnie Shrieve (née JACKSON) MARKER (she is a daughter of Sir Thomas JACKSON)
 Charles Andrews Moorhead, husband of Jeannie Coulter (Jackson) Moorhead, daughter of Andrew Coulter Bradford Jackson (who was a brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON)
 Jeannie Coulter (Jackson) Moorhead, daughter of Andrew Coulter Bradford Jackson
 Andrew Coulter Bradford Jackson, father of Jeannie Coulter (née JACKSON) MOORHEAD
 Eliza Emily (née Gilmore) Jackson, mother of Jeannie Coulter (née JACKSON) MOORHEAD
 David Jackson, son of Andrew Coulter Bradford Jackson & Eliza Emily (Gilmore) Jackson
 Andrew Hugh Gilmore Jackson, son of Andrew Coulter Bradford Jackson & Eliza Emily (Gilmore) Jackson
 Thomas Dare Jackson, son of Andrew Coulter Bradford Jackson & Eliza Emily (Gilmore) Jackson
 Mary Ione Whiteside
 Thomas Clair Whiteside
 George Anderson Mitchell
 Elizabeth “Bessie” (Brown) Gilmore, wife of Samuel Gilmore
 Maggie McLELLAND?
 Sir Thomas Jackson
 Mary (McCullagh) Reid, wife of William Reid, sister to Sarah (McCullagh) Whiteside
 Maggie ?
 Mary (Jackson) (Menary) Griffin
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