MARY JACKSON'S ONLY CHILD:
Mary Menary was
born on 5 November 1872.
Mary JACKSON’s first husband William MENARY is possibly the
MENARY who owned 80 acres at Maghery, Milford (SOURCE: Co. Armagh
Landowners circa 1870s). The townland, Magherarville is 169 acres
in the Civil Parish of Lisnadill, and very close (not quite bordering)
on the townland of Killynure.
We don't know if Mary JACKSON’s second husband, Frederick
Richard GRIFFIN is any relation of the Phil GRIFFIN who married
Sarah JACKSON, likely in the late 1700s. Nor do we know if there
is a link to the GRIFFINs of Griffinville Quebec, Canada (although
I wouldn't rule this out). We do know that he was a twin of John
Gilmore Griffin, the father of the well known writer Frederick
GRIFFIN of Toronto, both of them sons of Philip George GRIFFIN and MArgaret GILMORE. The link was found in a love letter written
by Frederick prior to his marriage to Mary MENARY (see:1886
GRIFFIN to MENARY .
In 1888, there were two GRIFFINs living in Armagh: Daniel GRIFFIN
at Lenalea and Jackson GRIFFIN at Scotch Street. (SOURCE: "County
Armagh 100 years Ago. A Guide and Directory 1888" George Bassett.)
The only other source at this time relating to GRIFFIN and JACKSON
is to be found in an excerpt from article by Mary Cuminsky, “Sir
Thomas Jackson”. 1990 Journal of the Creggan Local History
Society. Her source was: Mary Ann Griffin (nee Hearty).
During the later years of Sir Thomas' life, his sister, Mrs.
Griffin, lived in Urker Lodge as a caretaker. Her brother was
very generous to her and she lived quite comfortably. He employed
a companion, Miss O'Hare, to live with her. The companion lived
with Mrs. Griffin until her death and afterwards she went to live
with Mrs. Griffin's daughter. Mrs. Wright, in Gilford Castle and
remained there for the rest of her life. Mrs. Griffin was first
married to a man called Menary and it was the daughter of this
first marriage who married Jemmie Wright, the great-grandfather
of Major Wright of Gilford Castle. Jemmie Wright bought Urker
Lodge in 1935
The marriage of Mary MENARY to James “Jemmie” WRIGHT
is the third intermarriage of WRIGHT into the extended JACKSON/BROWN
tree. David JACKSON & Margaret Louisa WRIGHT, Thompson BROWN
& Martha WRIGHT. There is also the mention of WRIGHT & HORNBY
in Hong Kong where Andrew Hugh Gilmore JACKSON – younger brother
of Jeannie MOORHEAD - worked in 1916 as well as the R.T. WRIGHT
who worked with Sir Thomas JACKSON in Hong Kong.
Interestingly, in the memorabilia box belonging to Jeannie MOORHEAD
there was a newspaper clipping of an extensive obit of Frederick
GRIFFIN of Toronto who died in 1956 (along with a copy of a letter
of condolence from the Prime Minister). The connection with the