Elizabeth "Bessie" JACKSON
|Born:: January 29, 1843
|Born: 1837 - probably February 8th
|Died: Abt. 1922
||Died: Oct. 20, 1915
||Father: Samuel BROWN
||Mother: probably Mary STEENSON
Married: January 8, 1867 at Creggan
Presbyterian Church, Castleblayney
Updated: September 28,
2004. Sharon Oddie Brown. Information on Samuel BROWN
October 18, 2006 Family photo added; text cleaned up a bit.
THEIR TEN CHILDREN (Mother was age 25 at first
birth, age 47 at last birth!)
BROWN, b. August 21, 1868 - married Martha Wright, worked
at HSBC, died at Killynure.
b. November 2, 1870 - married first cousin, Samuel Gilmore, lived in
Mary Brown, b. Nov 19, 1974 - never married and lived
her life at Killyneur
David BROWN, b.
September 18, 1872 - married Alice Rickett and went to Persia
George Brown, b. July 23, 1877- never married and
lived at Killyneur until his death
Thomas Jackson BROWN*,
b. June 19, 1879- married Jane Edgar Browne and emigrated to Canada
Frances Olive Brown, b. 1882 - moved to New York to
live with Dr. Dobson and his family
Robert Brown, b. abt. 1885 - never married, emigrated
to Canada and worked for the CPR.
Sarah "Blin" Margaret BROWN,
b. July20, 1886- lived at Killynure and ran it in her later years.
Herbert E. Brown, 1890 - emigrated to Canada and died
two portraits above and the photo of Killynure beneath
both come from the collection of Dianne MORGAN (great-grand-daughter).
The family photo beneath was found October 2006 in the papers
of Dorothy ROBERTSON (August 30, 1912-September 5, 2006),
a daughter of Thomas Jackson BROWN.
L-R Mary BROWN b. 1874,
George BROWN b. 1877, Thompson BROWN b. 1868, Sarah Margaret
"Blin" BROWN b. 1886, mother
Elizabeth BROWN (nee JACKSON) b. 1843; Thomas
Jackson BROWN b. 1879 (my
Herbert Evelyn BROWN b. 1889; father Thompson BROWN
b. 1837, Frances Olive BROWN b. 1881, DAvid BROWN b. 1872;
Elizabeth BROWN b. 1870; Robert BROWN b. 1884.
A marriage notice appeared in the Armagh Guardian on January
18, 1867. "Jan 8 in Creggan, near Newtownhamilton,
Mr. Thompson Browne, Dame St.,, Dublin to Bessie, eldest
daughter of Mr. David Jackson, Wiker (sic) Lodge, Co. Armagh " We
also have two letters from “Bessie”
BROWN: one from the collection of Dorothy ROBERTSON (grand-daughter);
the second from the collection of the aforementioned Dianne
MORGAN. There are also various mentions in the letters
writen by Eliza OLIVER to her son Sir Thomas JACKSON (brother
of the Elizabeth JACKSON who was the wife of Thompson BROWN).
The first of Bessie's letters is dated October
26, 1915 and is addressed to "Bessie's"
son, Tom (Thomas Jackson BROWN). It announces the death of
her husband, his father. It seems he died peacefully, perhaps
of a stroke, after a time of becoming progressively more
feeble. She mentions that both “Bessie”(one of
her daughters - married to Samuel GILMORE) and Thompson (one
of her sons) were wired. It would seem that they didn't live
too far away as they came to join their mother and the brothers
and sisters who were already there - Mary, George and Herbert.
Dr. MCBRIDE also attended the event of the death. He was
likely Dr. William Scott MCBRIDE, the husband of Ethel Sarah
GILMORE (just to keep things complicated, she was the daughter
of Eliezer GILMORE and Sarah JACKSON who in turn was the
sister of “Bessie”).
The letter also describes how details of the will were
read out and the girls each were to get £350 each, Herbert £300,
Robert £100 and George and his heirs (of which he never had
any!) was left the farm.
“Bessie” BROWN Sr. got £50 a year plus the use
of the house, etc.. There was also £500 pounds coming to
her which was actually money which she had initially received from
her brother David after he died. Her husband had invested it in
his name (as would have been the custom back then). Unfortunately,
this meant that they had to pay duty on it. Presumably, this is
what provokes her rant about Lloyd George - the incumbant Prime
Minister: “all the extra duties &
expenses that Lloyd George has invented to rob this widow and orphans
...” - all of which conspire to make it hard for
her George to run the farm in such a way as to pay off
all the bequests.
She then goes on to say that her sister, “Peggy” (Margaret
McCULLAGH nee JACKSON) had been with them for the last days of
Thompson Sr.’s life. After the death, “Mollie”had
motored down and brought them all to Urker. Although this "Mollie" could
be Mary MCCULLAGH, the daughter of Margaret MCCULLAGH, née
JACKSON, it is more likely to be Mary WRIGHT nee MENARY who lived
at Gilford Castle and was known to have both a car and driver.
The plan was that they were going from there to stay with Thompson
Jr. & Aunt “Peggie”, presumably at Slieveroe.
(Why Thompson Jr. is at Slieveroe, we don't know).
The second letter, dated July 27, 1922, is also addressed
to her son Tom (Thomas Jackson BROWN). She is clearly still
living at Killyneur and he is living temporarily at Ardglass
while his wife cares for her aging parents. It is a chatty
letter, mostly congratulating “Jack”
(Thomas Jackson BROWN Jr.) For his good grades on exams for
entrance to quality schools. She also mentions that a“Mollie
dropped in the day before. This is probably the aforementioned
Mary WRIGHT, née Menary who was the daughter of
Mary JACKSON and hence a niece of “Bessie”.
There is also mention of a letter from Alice. This is possibly
Alice RICKETT, the wife of David BROWN
who is expecting to visit in August. The visit will be Alice's
first since the death of David (whodied July 13, 1919).”Fan” who
is likely to be Frances BROWN has apparently written to
both Thomas Jackson BROWN and his brother Robert and not
heard from either of them. There is also mention of Jim & Mabel
BROWN who have also recently visited and walked
“Bessie” “up and down the front of the
house for nearly and hour every day”. I am guessing
here, but I would suspect that he could be a brother of Thompson
BROWN Sr. All in all, it is a sprightly letter from a woman
much more than a year more to live at best (we are guessing
on her date of death, but it was before Thomas Jackson
BROWN and family returned to Canada in 1923).
In other records, the name of Thompson BROWN of Killynure
is mentioned in the list of members of the Dispensary Committee
of Armagh, as an Elected Guardian of the Union Workhouse
and as a farmer (p. 135, 143 & p.143
"County Armagh: One Hundred Years Ago" A Guide
and Directory 1888. Compiled by George Henry Bassett. The
Register of the Royal School of Armagh also indicates that
he is a J.P. which we assume to mean "Justice of the
Peace". He is also mentioned
as a J.P. in the marriage notice of his son, Thomas. Also
a son of Samuel BROWN of Drumfaldra is listed there
The family story was that Thompson
BROWN came from Ballybay. According to the marriage announcement
in the 1867 Armagh Guardian, that he was resident on
"Dame Street, Belfast" at this time. It turns out
that both are true. (Interestingly, the name given in the
wedding announcement was "Thompson
Spelling of surnames at this time was still somewhat cavalier.)
This all tied together when I received
(thanks to the great kindness of strangers - in this case,
Peter McWilliam), a copy of the marriage certificate. Here
the address of Thompson BROWN is given as 60 Dame Street,
City of Dublin, Parish of St. Andrews and his father's
name is given as Samuel BROWN (Gentleman). Thompson's profession
was also given as "Merchant".
This ties in with other information: Thom's Directory of
Dublin, 1868 shows Brown of Wholesale & Retail Linen
and Woolen Drapers, Haberdashers, Hosiers, Glovers, Lacemen,
Silk Mercers etc. #59-61 Dame Street. This is also listed
as "Brown, McConkey
& Co. (also at 1& 2 Eustace St.). The link here is
strengthened by the fact that an M.McConkey was also a witness
to the wedding as was Jas Oliver (who would likely have been
representing the JACKSON side of the marriage). Of further
interest is that the officiating minister was none other
G. Brown - another instance where the
in BROWNE is discretionary.
I have also been focusing on Smithborough, Co. Monaghan
as a strong possibility for other BROWN relatives since
Thompson BROWN jr. took up residence there after his stint
at HSBC. There is also another possibility that the Samuel
BROWNE - the father of Thompson BROWN - is related to Daniel
Gunn BROWNE. There are a few deeds that raise the possibility
to me that they might have been brothers.
Contemporary Biographies Edited by W. T. Pike
Pike's New Century Series.
Publishers: W. T. Pike and Co., 19, Grand Parade, Brighton. 1909.
Contemporary Biographies - Gentry and Commercial
Brown. - THOMPSON BROWN, J.P., Killynure House, co. Armagh; son of the late Samuel
Brown, of Ednafirkin, Ballybay, co. Monaghan; born in 1837. Farmer and landowner;
breeder of horses, cattle and sheep; Justice of the Peace for co. Armagh; late
Vice-Chairman of Board of Guardians and District Council. Married Elizabeth,
daughter of the late David Jackson, of Urker, and has issue six sons and four
Register of Baptisms of 1st Ballybay Presbyterian
Church, 1834 - 1982
Place of residence
February 8th 1837
April 7th 1837
John H. Morell
Feby 12th 1841
May 10th 1841
* Note. P. 43 of Full Circle there is mention of
a James OLIVER of Ednafirkin. This is of interest given the
witness to the marriage of Thompson BROWN & Elizabeth JACKSON.
* At the Ford of the Birches.
Samuel BROWN, Drumfaldra, died March 14, 1911 age 68 years.
His wife Elizabeth died 6th February 1934. Their
sons Robert died 1918 aged 25 years. Alexander died 4th
February 1971 aged 84 years. His wife Isobel LOCKART died
4th April 1963 aged 77 years. I
wonder if he might be a brother of Thompson BROWN.
Death of Mr. Thompson Brown, J.P.
It is with the greatest regret that we announce the
death of Mr. Thompson Brown coma J.P., Killynure House,
Armagh. He had been in poor health for a long time,
and passed away peaceably at the right old age of 78.
Mr. Brown was a member of the Board of Guardians
before the Local Government act came into operation,
and afterwards was elected to represent his local
was also an energetic member of the Agricultural
Committee in its earliest years, bringing to it the
ripe experience of a go-ahead farmer, and successful
He was Chairman of the Board of Guardians during the
stormy period of the Roman Catholic discussions, which
were marked by scenes, acrimonious passages, and all
the efforts that craft and well engineered, and well
instructed members could bring to bear.
Only a chairman possessing a judicious temperament
could have conducted the business properly through
and protected the ratepayers at these meetings, but
Mr. Brown proved himself fully capable of a very difficult
task, and never permitted himself to be led into illegality
or lose his temper.
On the newly formed Rural Council he was a great assistance
in helping his fellows to meet the new duties cast
Shortly afterwards he resigned all public positions
to enjoy a well earned rest.
He was a leading member
of First Armagh Presbyterian Church, and in every
way enjoyed the respect and esteem of all who knew
him, kindly, generous, liberal, broad-minded, and
upright in all his ways and dealings. His death
removes one of the old generation of whom we are
so proud to have still with us.
At the Presbyterian
Cemetery just outside Armagh City (Fairview Cemetery), there
is a square concrete perimeter with the single name "BROWN" inscribed.
This is where we believe that the Browns of this generation
were all interred. Regrettably, from the perspective of
people like myself, there is no further information inscribed
on the marker.
Thompson BROWN had the current house
at Killyneur built for his family, which is still largely
the same as it was then (see photos of it in the late 19th
century and then a hundred years later). It can be seen from
the road two miles past Milford on the road to Monaghan,
in a dip in the landscape popularly known as Brown's hollow.
Family memories of the house at Killyneur include a toilet
with a delft blue pattern and bell pulls for the maid in
all of the bedrooms.The current owners are Edgar &
Amanda Knox. Amanda’s parents bought the house when
Blin had to sell (because of advancing age and difficulty
of upkeep). They bequeathed one half shares each to Amanda
and Edgar who both actively farm the land and keep it up.