Transcribed by Wendy Jack, footnoted by Sharon Oddie Brown. December 17, 2003
Dear Mr Wright  ,
I enclose a copy of some of the entries in the Gillmer  family bible. The bible is in my possession, but if you wish to have it I will give it to you.
The entries should be of interest to you, as they give the dates of birth, death and marriage of Elizabeth Birch  , a direct ancestor, and were apparently unknown to your mother.
Assuming that the entries are accurate, they raise certain problems. Your mother gave Dean Orr  and P.J. Carroll  pedigrees which gave Alexander Gillmer's  date of birth as 7th August 1733, and date of marriage 16th October 1760. His son James Birch Gillmer  is supposed to have married in 1810, yet the bible states he died in 1804!
Dean Orr gave me to understand that your mother had an old Birch family bible.
I think this must have been given to her by Miss Eliza Gillmer  who died in 1934. Do
you know if it is still extant? I would be very grateful for a copy of
the entries. It may help to clear up a curious point. Your mother and
the above Miss Gillmer both believed that Elizabeth Birch 
was the only child of John Birch  by
his first wife, a Miss Baxter  ,
and that he remarried a Jane Ledlie 
. However, the Birch [13
 James Francis Wright (1902-1979)
 This is the Bible which was given by Aiken McClelland to the Wright family of Gilford Castle.
 Elizabeth Birch (1733-1812)
 Mary Wright née Menary did a lot of genealogical research with Dean Orr.
 P.J. Carroll. We have some letters from him which I will get to.
 Alexander Gillmer. I have dates of 1735-1773 and a marriage on 14 March 1760. These dates need to be verified and cross referenced.
 James Birch Gillmer is another James Birch Gillmer that we have not located. Interestingly, my records show a John Gillmer having left the country in 1804. This may be the source of the confusion- two brothers, both “J. Gillmer”.
 Eliza Emily Jackson née Gilmore died in 1938, so it may be that this refers to another Eliza Gillmer.
 Elizabeth Birch
 John Birch (1711-1773)
 Miss Baxter was Jane Baxter of whom nothing else is known at present
 Jane Ledlie (1715-1791)
 The letter has at least one page that I don't have a scan of. It may be that it no longer exists, or it could be simple sloppiness on my part. If the latter, my apologies. Sharon Oddie Brown. December 2003)
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