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This letter was 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 further use of them should check with them first.
Sharon Oddie Brown, modified June 8, 2005

Urker,
                                                             Crossmaglen,
                                                               Ireland
                                                                 21.3.21

My Dearest Sally [1] ,

                On Friday I got from Slieveroe little Peggie's [2] photo.  She is a dear little girl and looks strong and healthy.  I hope she has started to walk. I hope Mary and the boy are all right.  She will be kept far too busy for health or happiness I fear.  There should be a law made to prevent people from having babies oftener than once in six years.  Then they would be a pleasure instead, as is often the case, of being a hard trial.  I hope you are keeping fit for all you have to do.  I often think how well I am off beside any of us.  I have Anne O'Hare [3] to dress or undress me and Molly McCullagh [4] to cook dainties for me.  I lie in bed for breakfast every day since I got this cold at Xmas time and have never got rid of.  It is nice to have your nephew for company to Clair [5] and you. I have not seen my Molly [6] since November.  She was here then for my birthday - 76 How many I have seen pass away.  I had Maggie [7] for a week lately.  She is looking well.  She was sad to think of George [8] who will soon be dead two years.  Bessie Brown [9] is wonderfully well just now.  No sign of peace in Ireland.  We need another Cromwell.

    I cannot write much I get so tired and my sight is dim

                         Fond love.  Yr ever
                                        Mary Griffin [10]

P.S.  Sally Gilmore [11] is in Dublin



[1] Sarah (McCullagh) WHITESIDE (1852-1939)

[2] Margaret McCullagh MITCHELL Oct 31, 1919), daughter of George Anderson MITCHELL(1890-1965)  and Mary Ione WHITESIDE (1896-1960). Although she was the first born, her brother was born 13 months later. She is the granddaughter of Sarah (née McCULLAGH) WHITESIDE and William Sherlock WHITESIDE ((1860-1916).

[3] Anne O’HARE

[4] Mary “Mollie” McCULLAGH (1890-1932), daughter of Margaret (Jackson) (Reed) McCullagh who would later marry Thomas Dare JACKSON and die after childbirth.

[5] Thomas Clair WHITESIDE (1893-1959), son of Sarah (née McCULLAGH) WHITESIDE and William Sherlock WHITESIDE (1860-1916)

[6] Mary “Mollie” (Menary) Wright

[7] Margaret (Jackson) (Reed) McCULLAGH (1853-1944), sister of Mary GRIFFIN (née JACKSON)

[8] George David McCullagh, killed in WWI, son of Margaret (née JACKSON) (REID) McCULLAGH and Andrew Bradford JACKSON (brother of Sarah WHITESIDE)

[9] Elizabeth “Bessie” (née JACKSON) BROWN(E), wife of Thomapsn BROWN(E), sister to Mary (Jackson) (Menary) Griffin & Margaret (Jackson) (Reed) McCullagh

[10] Mary (Jackson) (Menary) GRIFFIN (1844- August 1921), sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[11] Sarah (née JACKSON) Gilmore, sister to above & wife of Eliezer Gilmore

 

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