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This letter explains the way that the letters that we have from Eliza JACKSON (1815-1903) were selected for posterity by her children. NAMES: Thomas Dare JACKSON; Kathleen McCullagh JACKSON; Amy Oliver JACKSON; Beatrice Minnie Shrieve JACKSON. PLACES: Herringfleet, Sussex.
Sharon Oddie Brown, March 29, 2010


1951 Letter from Kathleen McCullagh JACKSON to her brother Thomas Dare JACKSON






October 11, 1951.

 Dear Tommy[1], I had hoped to bring these letters myself -- I'm so sorry our trip fell through. It would've been so nice to see you all at Herringfleet[2] and in this lovely weather -- Amy[3] Beatrice[4] and I[5] have worked through all the letters and what I send here is what we think should be kept especially on grandmother[6] which are full of wisdom (& prayers and pious thought) -- they are so beautifully written and so well expressed -- she was a very intelligent woman. When you think of the life she seems to have had with her large family and always short of money. Father[7] was a marvellous son to her and she well appreciated all he did and took the greatest interest in the fortunes of the Bank[8] and read all the reports with the greatest care and is nice also to see how fond she was a mother and thought us all “very well brought up”. Well sorry not to be at Herringfleet and take care of yourself keep well till you [?]


[1] Thomas Dare JACKSON (1876-1954), eldest son of Sir Thomas JACKSON and Amelia Lydia DARE

[2] Herringfleet, Lowestoft, Suffolk. This is where the family of Sir Thomas Dare JACKSON lived. His grand-daughter, Venetia Bowman-Vaughan, described the JACKSON home as: a lovely country house ... surrounded by forests and beside a large lake in Suffolk. The wife of Sir Thomas JACKSON, Amelia Lydia DARE died there in 1944. Interestingly, Lady Jackson reported a sighting at Herringfleet of a small elephant hawk moth – a Suffolk moth - in 1934 (SEE: http://www.suffolkmothgroup.org.uk/cgi-bin/mos/account.cgi?code=1992 ) Historically, the house was associated with the AUBREY family. The Leathes family were major landowners in the Lowestoft area and John Leathe owned Herringfleet Hall. White in his "Suffolk", 1844, records that the pleasure grounds of Herringfleet Hall were designed by (Rev. Norton Nicholls Rector of Lound 1767 to 1810) with a rich variety of thorns, hollies and flowering shrubs. NOTE: I will do a page in the future with photos and more detail. HERRINGFLEET, a parish in the hundred of Mutford, county Suffolk, 6 miles W. of Lowestoft, its post town, 7 S.W. of Yarmouth, and 1 mile N. of Somerleyton railway station. The village is small, and situated near the navigable river Waveney, over which is a bridge called St. Olave's. The houses have an irregular appearance. There are traces of a priory of Black Canons, founded in the reign of Henry III. by Roger Fitz Osbert. It continued till the Dissolution, when its revenue was returned at £49 11s. 7d., and the site granted to Henry Jernyngham. The living is a donative curacy in the diocese of Norwich. The church, dedicated to St. Margaret, is an ancient structure, with a round tower containing two bells. The interior of the church contains some stained windows. The register dates from 1706. The parochial charities produce about £34 per annum. Here is an endowed National school for both sexes. Herringfleet Hall is situated in a wooded park, and commands extensive views of the surrounding country. Henry Mussenden Leathes, Esq., is lord of the manor and principal landowner. From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003

[3] Amy Oliver JACKSON (1874-1962) Daughter of Sir Thomas JACKSON and Amelia Lydia DARE

[4] Beatrice Minnie Shieve JACKSON (1879-1972) Daughter of of Sir Thomas JACKSON and Amelia Lydia DARE

[5] Kathleen McCullagh JACKSON (1872-1859) Daughter of of Sir Thomas JACKSON and Amelia Lydia DARE

[6] Eliza JACKSON née OLIVER, (1815-1903) mother of these JACKSON children

[7] Sir Thomas JACKSON (1841-1915)

[8] Hong Kong Shanghai Bank, where Sir Thomas JACKSON and his brother David worked for many years.



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