Home Biographies History Places Documents Letters Family Tree Misc. Contact NEW Blog



The letters that follow were 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 use of them should check with them.
In time, I will hyperlink the letters to the pertinent biographies. For now, if you use a search function in your browser, you should be able to follow the occurance of each name whether that be a "nickname" or proper name.

Sharon Oddie Brown, August 15, 2003


NOTE: The document numbering system originates from Wendy Jack's files and I have retained it for ease of my own reference. It works.

Document 49

May 6th 1902.  Left Santa Maria by afternoon train from Guadelupe Mr. & Mrs. John Adams came with us to the station.  Making the journey seem less sad than if we had been alone.  Mr. Crosby was with us too, he drove the Surrey the children & I were in.  Mr. W. was with Mr. & Mrs. A.  They were so kind to us - Mrs. A. gave me a sweet little handkerchief trimmed with lace her own making, a keepsake.  Mrs. Jeter and Mrs. Orr also gave me handkerchiefs.  Mrs. Orr gave Clair a fruit knife & Mary an orange apron.  We stayed in Mrs. Orr's two nights before we left Saturday night & Sunday night.  We (Mr. W. & I) slept in the little room off the kitchen & the children one in a cot the other on the sofa in the parlor the 1st night.  the 2nd night Mary [1] slept with Harmonie Millar, Clair [2] in Mrs. Orr's room.  It was awful hard to say good bye to all the friends.
Document 51

Derrivalley 25th July 1873

My Dear Sal [3] ,

            I think I would hardly have written to you only for sending the enclosed letter from Andy [4] which will occupy your mind and attention more than anything I can say.  I took the liberty of opening it as we were all anxious to know what he had to say.  He is wishing for Nancy Jackson's address, but I forget the Woman's name that used to call to [????].  I got home safe and well, and called to see Mrs. Stratten as soon as I got to BBay [5] .  I will send the butter & eggs by her, as she seemed very willing to take all I would send.  I hope Mary will stop with you and that Mr. Jackson will go to you.  Love to Mary & the children, ever
                             Your loving Father
                             Thos McCullagh [6]

Document 52

Derrivalley 17th. Sept. 1873

My Dear Sal [7]

          I am very happy to hear that the Dr. has so good opinion of your Chin and that you will be able in a few days to dress it yourself and still feel better content that you will be home in a few days, as we are very lonely so that you see I am very selfish, as I like to have you at home.  I am glad to hear that you got all your things safe and well.  I hope to see you again in good health and spirits.
    I hope you are satisfied with seeing the Convent, and that you do not wish to become a nun.  I hope you enjoyed the boat racing on the canal, it must be very exciting, that is provided you had a good view.  I enclose you two pounds but if you can do without it do not lay it out.  I suppose you will leave next Monday, as your will be up  Let us know whether you will come by Cavananore, or come home direct.  Take care of yourself and you will obl.

                                       Your loving Father

                                         Thos McCullagh [8]
P.S. excuse the bad writing as my ______ is very bad

Document 53

Derrivalley 26th. Sept. 1873

My Dear Sal [9]

          I certainly was disappointed that you did not get home last Monday at the same time I think you are quite right in stopping for some time longer where you are then and Dr. thinks it necessary.  I hope he will succeed in his efforts and that you will shortly get home.  I [never] thought [greater long] to see you do not neglect getting some fresh meat while you stay there.  There is no use in striving to cure your Chin and letting your health be injured otherwise for want of proper food.  I inclose you two pounds more if not sufficient you will write and let me know.  Have you heard from Cavananore lately as you did not mention a word about them since I left you, have you any notion of coming home that way, of course you will write again before you leave.  We are all well here, and getting on well, the weather is deliteful, for getting on with the Harvest work we have no news here and sometimes no news is best.  hoping you will soon be well is the [????] [wish] if your of your loving and affectionate

                                             Thomas McCullagh [10]

Document 54

Derrivalley 3d Oct. 1873

My Dear Sal [11]

          I am very happy to hear that the Chin is getting on so well, and hope it will be shortly quite well.  I hope you will not stop long in Cavananore, on this [????] long to see you let not that prevent [ingoing] the change for some time.  I hope you have kept up your condition by [???ing] some fresh meat every day.  supposing it should be fresh [?essing], lead fish beef or mutton, any thing of the sort is better than want.  the Weather has been very wet and bad this week, it has put a stop to all harvest operations.  Are you confined much to the house as you ought to be out every fine day.   we are all well and getting on as best we can at the old [????].  Mary [12] and her family are as usual pretty well.  Dr. Reed has quit Willm [13] . he says he can do no more for him.

    Anna Bradford our neighbour has got, has got the place to herself, her Father being [busied] this week.  Inclosed I send you Two pounds which you can dispose of as you think best.  Write when you receive it and let me know what day you will leave Newry.

                     Ever your affect. Father

                               Thos McCullagh [14]

Document 55

Derrivalley 20th. Feby 1874

My Dear Sal [15]

          Maggy is very anxious to have company but she does not consider that I may be lonely here  I was told by a young lady the other day that Maggy will soon be married.  I hope she will succeed in getting a young man that she will be very fond of  I know one if he was young, would fite very hard for her she is a great favourite with him   Do not be forming conjectures as you could have no [idea] of who it is.  I got no dress for you in Dundalk as I saw none that would please me

    I believe Jack [16] intends going tomorrow to America [17]   I don't know particularly as he does not tell me any thing.  he gets advice from friend up in that [yeraster] which certainly to say the least of it is not friendly to me.  who they are particularly I do not know.  I suppose it will be as well to let Tom [18] go, if I can give him the money, as he is of no [????].  I inclose your letter from Newry which I should have sent sooner, but I was vexed and weary about some things and neglected writing to you sooner.  I hope you will write and let me know when you intend to come home.

                                Ever your loving Father

                                        Thos McCullagh [19]

Document 56

2d March 1874

My Dear Sal [20]

          Inclosed I send you one pound.  I thought it better than sending stamps as it would be unpleasant to be asking cash for them.  John [21] and Tom [22] got a very rough passage to Liverpool [23] last Wednesday night they were all very sick but I believe the arrived safe.  A neighbour girl that was on the same Boat wrote to her parents, and told all about it.  We are very lonely here.  Mary and the children are all well.  The Election for the Dispensary Doctor will take place tomorrow.  I hope aunt Peggy continues better give my love to her and Peg Jackson [24]

           Ever your loving Father
                    Thos McCullagh [25]

Document 57

This is very awkard after giving consent to sale at the above price whether the tenants will give the price we don't know, but of course Willie can proceed no further in the matter.  In 6 or 7 yrs some of the tenants will have their rents revised & sure to be reduced then buying on the reduced rent will mean a reduced purchase & besides compulsary sale is in the air & if voluntary sale will not do the other must.  if it would stay as it is then it would do first rate.  Willie will send you some money soon he has not got all the rents yet.  My boys were all well when we heard.  We are expecting Tom home this Spring I hope he may come  I never see or hear anything of Mrs. Boyes  James sees Mr. [McKitinny] some times, he says they are all well  I hope you may be able to read this. Have you heard of this wonderful revival in Wales?  What dreadful work in Russia I am alone Cis [28] is out & W in bed.  Both would send love if here with much love to you & yours  Your loving sister

                                  M Reid

Document 58

Cremore Manse
                                                             Oct 25th./98

My dear Sally [26] ,

             I was very glad to get your kind letter yesterday  I would have written to you after Mollie's [27] death but I thought you would be away to Australia.  I am glad you are not going it seems so far away.

    My  poor darling did not last long.  She came home from Belfast in February ill with anaemia, took inflammation of the bowels in the beginning of July, after that consumption of the bowels and both lungs, so she went down very rapidly.  She had a great wish to go to Warrenpoint.  I took her there on the first of Sept, (I had to come home after two days, Willie being ill) and left Cis [28] with Mollie.  The change for the worst came after I left and Cis [29] had great trouble getting her home on Sabbath evening after being 6 days there.  She lived to Thursday then went Home.  She was very patient, unselfish and happy.  We were talking about the ordination of our new minister a day or two before she died and wondering would they have any music.  After a little she said "Mother I will be singing the New Song" long before that.  She did not think at any time she would get well and we had long talks.  She had very simple faith like a little child and longed to go Home.  Then dear Willie [30] was very ill he had congestion of one lung & his heart was in a bad way, so he was not able to go to our child's funeral.  She lies in Scarva where Howard [31] was buried.  It seemed very hard, but God knew best & He does all things well.  Willie is a great deal better but

greatly broken down both in mind and body, quite unfit for any work of any kind. I will keep Cis with me now.  Maggie [32] & Frank [33] are in Belfast & Jeannie [34] in Newry at school.  Mollie [35] was matron at a House for destitute children.  She loved the work but it was too much for her.  I do not fret so much.  She was so happy it seems wrong to fret - & I have a great many blessings.  I wish your good man had better health.  I trust he and the children may be long spared to you.  Now dear I must stop I am expecting Maggie [36] McCullagh.

                    With much love to you and all

                        I am your loving sister

                            Mary Reid [37]

Document 59

Kingsden Park
                                                                 Aug 11th/06

My dear Sally [38] ,

             Thank you for your very kind letter.  I cannot begin to tell you about my dear old man [39] , only he was so ill at last, we were thankful to see him at rest.  We were 42 years together all but a month.  I send you P.O. for £7. Six is yours and the other will you send to Tom [40] from me.  I would like to do more but cannot at present.  I did not send Ellen McMahon any money.  James [41] was here and advised me not, that if you had any to spare it would be better to give it to Tom.

    I was very glad to hear you were so much better.  Take good care of yourself and do not do so much.  Have you heard of Mr. McKean's death.  I wrote to Annie. They only sent a card so I have not heard any particulars.  Andy [42] leaves us on the 21st of this month.  We will miss him greatly.  Jim has not got his length yet.  Willie [43] writes that he hopes to get home next spring.  Only think, he gives me £144 yearly now.  Is he not good - and the other boys have been very good also.  We have a very snug wee house here and a good garden.  Cis [44] was at Slieveroe for a week, at the ordination of a new minister, a Mr. Montgomery.

She brought Mollie [45] back with her.  They were all well in Slieveroe.

    I have no news.  Cis [46] will write you soon.  I have been very poorly however I think I am improving.  I hope Mr. Whiteside [47] and the children are well.  Give my love to them.  I forgot to say the property at Dromault is yours and Cis's [48] now and she has put it in Mr. Martin's hands to collect the rents and send you your share as we were afraid we could not manage it.  I can not give you any statement of A/Cs  I just send you half of what came.  Now dear I must stop.

Good bye and God bless you all,  Your loving sister

                                             Mary Reid [49]

Document 60

Castle Park,
                                                                4th. Dec 1903

My Dear Sally [50] ,

             How glad we all were to get your letter and to learn that, with the exception of Mary [51] , you were all well.  I hope she will soon be better.  I was much pleased to know that Mr. Whiteside [52] had the prospect of a settlement.  I send [hither] a Bank order for £48-8-9 - but including in the receipt the £1 given to Cis [53] as you directed.

    The Trustees are going to sell, if they can, [Dungody] & [Tullyvalley], and distribute the Capital Sum.  The rents amount to about £12 net annually, giving very little to each annuitant.  I expect the new Land Act will enable the trustees to sell fairly well.  The [Drumault] [??] tenants are wanting to buy [out] their rents.  I have asked them for an offer, which I have not yet received.  My opinion is it would be better to sell, if we get a fair price. Rents are unpopular, and are getting more so every day.  A landlord is a robber - it amounts to that.  The Land Act gives a scale of reductions on the present rent, and on that reduced rent the Government will advance the purchase money. This scale varies from 10 to 30 per cent.  The difficulty as between landlord and tenant is the amount of the reduction.  If this can be arranged, the rest is easy.  I should state that the Government gives a bonus of 12 per cent in the purchase money, retaining 5 of it for expenses.  There will of course be a loss in selling, as the money would not bear interest equivalent to the annual rent, but the loss would not be very great owing to the bonus.  I may say that if we have a sale you will have to appoint someone to act for you, James [54] or me.  But as I will be carrying the matter through for Mary [55] , I would like one with me on your side, and James would be suitable.  He can't be ineligible, for he acted for you at the time of the conveyance by Hunter.  But until we see a proposal of selling, you need not trouble about the trusteeship.  By the way will I give the tenants some reduction, say 3/- in the   for the past year. It has been the worst year for a long time.  Summer and harvest very wet.  No doubt it has been a very bad year for farmers.  Our tenants have not yet asked for a reduction, but I am sure they will, as others are asking and getting - of course if they do not ask I will not suggest that they should.

    I have no more to write about business at the present, except to ask you to let me know when you change your address, as I may have to consult you about your own interests.

    Mary [56] and I spent some time last month on a visit among some of the Cremore people.  We had rather a pleasant time.  But I came away with the regret intensified that we left the manse.  How I regret it and feel ashamed of its silliness.

    James [57] is in Belfast at present & is well as usual.  He was here about a week ago, looking "fine".  Mary [58] is, like yourself, annoyed with rheumatism a good deal.  The girls are well.  Of course you have ere this heard of the death of Mrs. Jackson [59] .  What a blank it will cause at Urker.  Mary G [60] . will not be disturbed, as Urker goes to Sir Thomas [61] .  All here unite in affectionate regards to you all.

                                      Yours affectionately
                                           W. Reid [62]

Document 61

                                                          Ireland.  May 14th 94

My dear Sally [63]

            I send you £33-12-7 made up of £25-12-8 and £7-8-11 the former rents & the latter the half year's annuity from the Bradford estate [64] .  You will be good enough to sign and return the two receipts.  I cannot send the vouchers as it would not do to part with them.  I had to give the tenants 2/6 in the pound. Would you approve of me giving the collection of the rents to Mr. Rutherford [65] or Mr. Dunwoody.  I find it hard to deal with the tenants.  You will let me have the receipts as soon as possible.

    We have Willie [66] back to the old country.  I cannot tell you how glad we are to see him.  He looks well.  He's a good bit changed in his appearance.  He and Mary [67] are at Dvalley.  On the 27 ult I got a telegram from Queenstown to say he would be at Loughgilly at 8 p.m.  I was just settling down to write a sermon.  I could not proceed I got so excited.  I met him at Loughgilly at the time appointed.  I need not tell you the mutual joy of the meeting.  We stopped overnight and started for Belfast the next morning to see Mary and the children. He gave them a great surprise.  His word was doubly sweet as he was able to tell us so much about dear ones out of sight tho not out of mind.  I assure you he got a vast amount of catechising and he is hardly done yet.  I may state that Mrs. Wright [68] of Ballynode had [our] [????] [in] for him before his arrival and Mary and he are to call there before their return.

    We  had a great deal of sickness among the children.  They all took measles and were sent home.  Mary, in addition to the measles, had an attack of pneumonia, and for a week or more she was in a very critical position.  She has not been able to return to school.  She is with me and is beginning to do a little home keeping.  Sally is now in charge of the young folk while Mother is "towering" with Willie.  I have got an appointment for a month to supply Blackrock.  So we intend to divide the family and give [???] to each sister. Willie is quite for the scheme so we are hoping for a jolly time.  Willie brought the photo of your son.  Who is he like?  I can trace no likeness to any one  But you know I am proverbially dull at that kind of thing.  I was glad to hear from Willie that you are comfortably settled and that Mr. Whiteside [69] is much thought of - and yourself too.  I am sure you have a busy time doing the nursing and the housekeeping.  I hope Mr. Whiteside is a good husband in the nursery.  I take it that you got the cash for the last Post Bill. when you have not intimated to the contrary.  I send the [????] remittances as before.  Give my kindest regards to Mr. Whiteside.

               Yours affectionately,
                             W. Reid

P.S.  Agnes Reid, the elder of my nieces, got married on the 10th of April and has gone to live in Belfast.  Mr. Reid has been sent to the asylum, his mind has got so imbecile that he could not be kept in safety.  How sad!

Envelope addressed to:-

       Mrs. Whiteside
       C/O Rev. W.S. Whiteside
       Amador County
       California, U.S.A.

Document 62

Eureka  August 3 1897

My Dear Sister [70]

             I received your letter with the check in it for 50$ dollers but could not get it cashed here so I deposited it in the Bank and the sent it on to San Maria I intended to start on to day's steemer but could not till the money comes back.  So I am for ever obledged to you and the good man.  And inclosed you will find my note for the money Sarah starts to morow for back east she is going to stop a week at Minnie's so you can rite to her in Minnies and she will rite to you she has been here twice since she got maried we are all well hoping this will find you the same ever your loving brother

                                          John McCullagh [71]

Document 63

inch long and rather inclined to be curly.  His eyes are very dark blue.  The children think he is fine even the boys like to play with him.  They (the boys & Addie) nearly fought with Mr. Cartwright (a man who sells vegetables) because he told them Aleck had sold him the baby for a dozen ears of corn.

    The way I make hop yeast is this - Take about « a 10 cent package of hops put them in a stew kettle with about 2 quarts of water and put on the stove and boil  When well boiled strain the water off.  Sift about 3 large or 4 small cups of flour in a pan and stir in it half a cup of sugar and same of salt and turn over it the hot hop water  stir well and when lukewarm add a cup of yeast and let raise.

    I have told you all the news I can think of this time Aunt Sallie [72]   Write soon and tell me how you all are and if you like the place any better.  When you feel especially blue Aunt Sallie sit down and "count your blessings" as an old lady told me to do.

    I will have to close now.  All the folks send love to you all.

    Be sure and write soon  I remain as ever

                                            Your loving niece


P.S.  You did not tell me any thing about your baby last time  I would like to hear all about him and how you manage him.
MY NOTE: Please see end of footnotes for additional notes.

Document 64
N. Scotia

Dear Aunt Sallie,

                Recieved you welcome letter this morning and was very glad to hear from you.  Many thanks for the pretty card and the kind wishes.  I will wish you all a very happy New Year.  I was to California four months this summer left here the last of April and Minnie had Alex at the station (Eugene Oregon) to meet us.  I did not think poor Minnie would last very long then she looked very bad and she said that her Dr. had told Alex if he did not take her to a better climate she would not live through the winter.  The little one is the largest child I ever saw for age.  My little girl was two years and ten months and Minnie's baby was just six months and she weighed 28lbs and my girl 26.  I stayed with Minnie two weeks then went to S.F. and took the steamer to Eureka arrived in Eureka one cold foggy morning no one at the wharf to meet me so I got a cab and drove to papa's and he was not at home and the house locked up I felt very blue so what did I do but take my hand baggage in the next door neighbor's house and took my tired little ones by the hand and walked about five blocks to my Uncle Pete's and there was no one at home there and I did not know where Addie's home was I felt like having a good cry.  But as I was trying to think of some place to go I heard voices and so I looked around the corner and they (my aunt and the children were in the barn they were suprised to see me and the boy went on his wheel to tell Addie I was there and she came down on her wheel I did not know people could change so in five years.  Addie is taller than I am and so big and I did not expect to see her so much aged she looks to be four or five years older than I am.  Tom is six foot two and Jack is nearly as tall as myself so I felt like a little sister to my big sister and brothers.  Minnie left the rain and mud of Oregon just one week (after I left her place to go to Eureka) and she went to San Francisco and was there about a month or six weeks when she came up to Eureka also, so papa had all of his children and grandchildren home at one time and he was very proud of us all.  He has six little grandchildren now four boys and two girls.  Poor Addie she has a poor man and she is far from well all of the time and has chickens to tend, a cow to milk, butter to make, and sometimes has to even carry watter, with her house work and little son it is to much for her in her state of health.  She expects another wee one in Febuary. Papa worries a lot over her.  I sometimes think it would have been different if mother had been left to us, but God know what is best for us.  She needs pity poor child and I am sure I tried to make my visit pleasant to her when I was home.  Papa did not like me to go back so soon he wanted me to stay untill spring, but as Mr. McElmon was boarding and also sleeping at the hotel I though it would not be like home for him  I think maybe I was a little homesick myself. Papa has not changed one bit and they could not see any change in me except my Inglish twang as Minnie said.  Didn't she make fun of the way I talked and I could see no difference myself.  My boy goes to school he will be five years old next April but he is very old for his years.  His hair is brown and eyes blue, very fair and he is so fat his little face is like a moon.  My girl is very small for her age she was three last November.  She has gray eyes and brown hair and is darker than her little brother.  They are pretty good looking so they dont take after myself.  I am getting old will be 24 the 15th of Jan.  I am glad to be able to say my health is fine at present and I dont seem to be sick any this winter like last winter  I wish you would come here I dont see why you he could not get a church here or in Halifax.  We would be glad enough to look around and find out about anything you would like to know about.  The mill is doing fine and traid is flourishing  We are going to have a tree for the two little ones Xmas and they want so much I am almost temped to wonder how it will be when our baker dozen came to stay.  My Sunday school class gave me a Christmas card  and I gave them each a book five girls.  Mr. McElmon gave his boys each a Christmas card the children in the baby class had a tree and Nola got a doll and Dewey a whip  This letter is getting long.  But I forgot to tell you that Minnie has gained in flesh and looks so much better since coming to S.F.  Her address is 531 Shotwell St., San Francisco, Cal.

Must close with love to all write soon like a good Aunt.

                           Your loving niece
                              Sadie McElmon
                                    Halifax Co
MY NOTE: Please see end of footnotes for additional notes.

Document 65

11th July
                                                                  New York

Dear Sister,

           I do not know what you will think of me for not writing to you before this and all the excuse I can make is the old sore "laziness".  Indeed I may say that I have not had time.  N. York has been my abode now for nearly three months and I cannot say much in its fovour as it is very difficult to get respectable employment.  I have got into a wholesale business at ten dollars a week, but I intend to change as soon as possible as the work is very hard and the hours long and you know very well that it does not agree with my stomach.  I like the country very well, only I did not care so much for the Boss I was with he and I had a falling out, indeed we were nearly coming to the fists  at all events, I told him to pull out the cash and so goodbye to the west.  Tom knows one eyed Bill Spur, it was with him I was hired.

    Well Sal, there is no use talking, a city is the place to live, by --- a person would see more life here in a day than you would during a life time in the country indeed I must say there is one thing not in its favour "temptations" on all sides, some of which it is very difficult for a youth to avoid but you know I am a very steady young man.

    I hope all are well in the old home and Drummuck and Caddagh, remember me to old Mr. Breakey & Tom and the rest of my well-wishers.

    You remember a woman used to come to see Nancy Rogers I wish you could get Nancy's address from her and send it in your next.  I would like very much to see old Nancy.

I had a volume more to say only I cannot remember it now, as I am very sleepy.

       Ever your affectionate brother Andy

       238 West 30th Street,

write very soon

[Written in 1873 - see McCullagh Doc. 51]
MY NOTE: Please see end of footnotes for additional notes.

[1] Mary Ione Whiteside

[2] Thomas Clair Whiteside

[3] Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[4] Andrew Bradford McCullagh, brother of  Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[5] Ballybay

[6] Thomas McCullagh  1793-1877

[7] Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside b. 1852 – age 21 at time of letter

[8] Thomas McCullagh  1793-1877 – age 80 at time of letter

[9] Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside b. 1852 – age 21 at time of letter

[10] Thomas McCullagh  1793-1877 – age 80 at time of letter

[11] Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside b. 1852 – age 21 at time of letter

[12] possibly Mary (McCullagh) Reid – sister of Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[13] possibly William Reid, husband of  Mary (McCullagh) Reid

[14] Thomas McCullagh  1793-1877 – age 80 at time of letter

[15] Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside b. 1852

[16] John McCullagh b. 1847, age 27

[17] Sailed on Wednesday, February 25, 1874 to Liverpool and thence to the USA

[18] Thomas McCullagh, b. 1854 – age 20

[19] Thomas McCullagh  1793-1877

[20] Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside b. 1852

[21] John McCullagh, brother of Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[22] Thomas McCullagh, brother of Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[23] Sailed on Wednesday, February 25, 1874 to Liverpool and thence to the USA

[24] Margaret (Jackson) McCullagh

[25] Thomas McCullagh  1793-1877

[26] Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside b. 1852

[27] possibly Mary Agnes Reid b. Sept 15, 1875 d. age 23 1898

[28] Sally McCullagh Reid, daughter of  William and Mary Reid b. 1870

[29] Sally McCullagh Reid, daughter of  William and Mary Reid b. 1870

[30] William Reid, husband of Mary Reid and father of the recently deceased “Mollie”. 1829-1906 (so he got better!)

[31] Howard Reid, son of William & Mary Reid

[32] probably Margaret Annas Reid, daughter of William & Mary Reid

[33] probably Frank Reid, son of William & Mary Reid

[34] probably Jeannie Reid, daughter of William & Mary Reid b. 1881, age 17 at time of this letter

[35] possibly Mary Agnes Reid b. Sept 15, 1875 d. age 23 1898

[36] Margaret (Jackson) McCullagh

[37] Mary (McCullagh) Reid mother of Mary Agnes Reid & sister of  Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[38] Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside b. 1852

[39] William Reid, husband of Mary Reid, d. 26 May, 1906 – a little over two months before this letter

[40] probably Thomas McCullagh, brother of  Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[41] probably James McCullagh, brother of  Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[42] Andrew Reid, son of  William & Mary Reid

[43] William Reid 1866-1923 – NOTE in other correspondence, he is noted as being in Yokohama  Could it be HSBC?

[44] Sally McCullagh Reid, daughter of  William and Mary Reid b. 1870, age 36 at time of letter

[45] probably Mary McCullagh, age 16, daughter of Andrew Bradford McCullagh & Margaret (Jackson) McCullagh

[46] Sally McCullagh Reid, daughter of  William and Mary Reid b. 1870, age 36 at time of letter

[47] William Sherlock Whiteside

[48] Sally McCullagh Reid, daughter of  William and Mary Reid b. 1870, age 36 at time of letter

[49] Mary (McCullagh) Reid, sister of Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[50] Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside b. 1852

[51] probably Mary Ione Whiteside

[52] William Sherlock Whitesdie

[53] Sally McCullagh Reid, daughter of  William and Mary Reid b. 1870

[54] James McCullagh, brother of  Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[55] Mary (McCullagh) Reid, sister of  Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[56] Mary (McCullagh) Reid, sister of  Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[57] James McCullagh, brother of  Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[58] Mary (McCullagh) Reid, sister of  Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[59] Elizabeth (Oliver) Jackson

[60] Mary (Jackson) Griffin

[61] Sir Thomas Jackson of HSBC

[62] William Reid, husband of Mary (McCullagh) Reid

[63] Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[64] probably Cavananore

[65] M. M. Rutherford of Ballybay

[66] William Reid – probably back from Yokohama

[67] Probably Mary (McCullagh) Reid wife of William Reid, mother of their son, William Reid

[68] Sarah Jane Wright (nee Reed), wife of Robert, and mother of Martha Louisa (who married David Jackson), Martha (who married Thompson Brown) and Robert Thomas of HSBC.

[69] William Sherlock Whiteside

[70] Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[71] John McCullagh, sister of  Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

[72] Sarah “Sallie” (McCullagh) Whiteside

NOTE: Please excuse a little cumbersome footnoting here - but add ons are hard in this program.

Document 63. The Minnie who wrote the letter fragment in document 63 is the step daughter of Jack McCullagh. Her maiden name was Willert. Her mother Adelaide may have been a widow when she married Jack McCullagh, or else Minnie was born out of wedlock. The Addie referred to is Minnie's sister Addie R. McCullagh, daughter of John McCullagh and Adelaide Rebecca Willert. Addie later married a Willima Cartwight, but we don't know if this is the same person mentioned in the letter as the man who sells vegetables. Minnie married Alexander Wolford, probably the son of Moses Wolford.

Document 64. This letter was written by Sarah (McCullagh) McElmon, daughter of John McCullagh and Adelaide Willert. After her marriage to Elledge Havelock McElmon, Sarah moved to Nova Scotia, where her husband came from. We don't know what took him to California and how they met. As for others in the letter, most of those mentioned in it are fairly straight-forward - Minnie, Alex and Addie as per the previous letter, Tom and Jack were Sarah's brothers, Dewey and Nola are Sarah's eldest two children (the former died in WWI, the latter was actually Olive Nola, but known by her second name).

Document 65 - This letter was from Andrew Bradford McCullagh to his sister Sarah (later McCullagh). The Tom who knew one-eyed Bill Spur is probably Thomas McCullagh (brother of Sarah (McCullagh) Whiteside). It suggests that he made two visits to the US (he went there in Mar 1874 with brother Jack). Of course, he could have known Bill Spur in Ireland, but probably not as Sarah would be likely to know him too if he was a family acquaintance in Ireland. The reference to "old Mr Breakey & Tom" would be John Breakey of Drumskelt (who died in 1878) and his son Thomas Cathcart Breakey (who wrote the memoirs). We do know that another branch of the McCullaghs lived at Drummuck, but we don't know about the Caddagh branch. At a later date, Matthew McAuley Rutherford was living at Caddagh House. We don't know if the Rutherford family were residing there at this time.





Site Map | Legal Disclaimer | Copyright

© 2006-2023 Sharon Oddie Brown