Photo of Mill View, Ballinode taken
in 2003. NOTE: I need to
verify the location of this photo. I think I have been confusing
Ballinode (which I believe this is) with Newbliss.
I look forward to corrections and additions from those who may have better sources
than what mine are at this time . This letter is in the collection of Christine
WRIGHT of Gilford Castle. [CD9]
Sharon Oddie Brown, January 31, 2006 Updated March 30, 2009.
In reply to your letter of the 8th Inst,
I was very much interested that Tom's son Bob
was taking an interest in family history. We have
tried to gather up any particulars we could. Canon Robinson
has now charge of Ballinode
with a curate Holtby
under him. He would give you correct details.
All I remember about your Grand father Robin Wright
was that he died the year after I was born 1869 & I
think his wife
died in 1868 as I was told she said “I have
never seen Joe’s
youngest child”. But I always thought
her name was Mary. I am sure your sister Annie
would be able to give more reliable information
than anyone else. She may know or have heard when the Wright family
moved into Ballinode House
as evidently the old house was at Rafeenan
. I do hope your wife Mollie
is improving and I need not say we will be very
glad if you can ever come here to visit us. We all join in love to
Sacred to the Memory of John Wright
late of Raffenan who departed this life on 10th April
1837 aged 76 years.
Also his wife Ester Wright
who departed this life on 16th October
1852 aged 93 years
Also the remains of their grandson
– who departed this life 22nd August
1861, Also James
son of above John Wright who departed this life
29th July 1862 aged 72 years
Also Margaret Wright beloved wife
of Robert Wright Senior who departed this life on 28th July
1868 aged 80 years
Also Robert Wright
beloved husband of the above Margaret Wright
who departed this life on 8th May
1869 aged 80 years.
Erected by Robert Sprott
in memory of Elizabeth
his beloved wife who departed this life 30th March
1859 aged 32 years.
This letter is addressed to James Francis Wright.(1874-1954,
husband of Mary Menary (1872-1946) except the mention of a
son “Bob” gives
me pause. The only son known to me is another James Francis
WRIGHT otherwise known as “Mickie”.
Robert Francis WRIGHT.(1899-1989) son of Robert Thomas WRIGHT (1864-1937). He married Edith Marjorie SINTON.
“Joe” is probably Joseph WRIGHT(1827-1896) – son
of Robert WRIGHT
& Margaret SWAN. He was their youngest child and married
Annie WRIGHT isknown asMary Anne WRIGHT (b. Aug 18, 1866 d. abt 1945),
a sister of James Francis WRIGHT. She married John Wilson (or William) JOHNSTON Sept 1, 1886.
Ballinode House. I am not sure if this is the house also known as
Mill House, Balladian.
Rafeenan is a townland of 272 acres in the Parish of Tydnavet, Co.
Monaghan. There is a record showing
that about 1787 a Margaret was born to John McCAGUE & Mary
Jane at Rafeenan, Ballinode, Co. Monaghan (email Jack STORY
Nov 6, 2005 to McCABE list). The same email mentions an Elenor
REID wife of James McCABE. “Rafeenan was the homestead
of the (Presbyterian) McCAGUEs. Their relation (if any) to
the WRIGHT family is not yet known to me.
Mollie – née Mary MENARY (1872-1946), wife of James
Francis WRIGHT (1874-1954)
Marshall WRIGHT (1868-1947).
Going from the July 16th letter, it is clear that
Marshall is a son of Joseph WRIGHT. There was also a news clipping
that was saved at Gilford Castle which helped me to make the
connection: “WRIGHT-BRYANT Squadron-Leader
the Rev. James Mitchell Wright, B.A. eldest son of Mr. And
Wright of Newbliss, County Monaghan, and Miss Mary
Grace Bryant, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. R.J. Bryant, of
Madras, India, were married in Cranwell Parish Church,
Lincolnshire, on November 1. The ceremony was performed
by the Rev. J.A. Jagoe, in Cranwell. Part of the honeymoon
is being spent in Ireland.”
Robert WRIGHT (1824-1883) married Sarah Jane REED ( -1920) and they
had 7 children including James Francis WRIGHT, the father of the
probable recipient of this letter. He died intestate. His wife continued
to live on the lands and to receive the rents until 1906. His son,
Robert T. Wright, claimed to have an indentured mortgage against
the property. The lands consisted of a corn mill and fifteen houses
in the village of Ballinode together with a little over 72 acres
of land. On June 1, 1906, Sarah Jane Wright bought the lands.