Transcribed by Wendy Jack, footnoted by Sharon Oddie Brown. December 17, 2003
Dear Mr Wright  ,
Last summer you kindly allowed me to copy a pedigree of the Birch family. I am still continuing my researches into the family history, and have been lucky enough to acquire a collection of Birch and Gillmer legal documents and the Gillmer family bible.
The information from a study of these documents sometimes contradicts your pedigree. For example, the "Wright" pedigree states that James Birch Gillmer  married a Miss Sibthorpe  in 1810 and died 4 July 1863. The Gillmer family bible states –
James Birch Gillmer died on the China Sea on the 12th of Febr 1804 aged 32 years.
I remember you told me that you have no interest in pedigrees, and that what you showed me had been compiled by your mother  . Do you know where she collected her information? Presumably she drew on family papers or a family bible. If so, do you know where they are now? I would be very grateful if I could see them. Your mother's pedigree is the only reference I have seen to the fact that John Birch  was twice married, and that his only child by his first wife, Elizabeth  , who later married Alexander Gillmer  , was formerly married to William Breakey  .
Incidently, as you are a direct descendant, you may like to add to the typescript pedigree, that the above Elizabeth was born 16th October 1733 and died 28th June 1812.
Aiken McClelland 
 James Francis Wright (1902- 1979
 James Birch Gillmer is someone that I can’t yet place. It is tantalizing that a Mary JACKSON in this timeframe married a “J. GILMER”, but this is a long shot.
 Sibthorpe – haven’t a clue.
 Mary Wright née Menary (1872-1946)
 John Birch (1711-1773)
 Elizabeth Birch (1733-1812)
 Alexander Gillmer (Gilmore/Gilmer – various spellings) (1735-1773)
 William Breakey (died before 1760)
 Aiken McClelland. The archives at PRONI include the Aiken McClelland papers D/3815, T/1752, T/2362, T/2046, D/2108, T/2917) These papers include: "research undertaken by Aiken McClelland himself, the majority of which was of a genealogical nature. These include approximately 140 notebooks with information relating to William Johnston of Ballykilbeg, Co. Down, the prominent Orangeman and Conservative M.P. for Belfast, 1868-1878, the Rev. David Stewart, and research into the family trees and background of the Birch and Ledlie families. Other (slightly extraneous) items include: 12 title deeds, legal case papers and wills, dating from 1810 to 1925, relating to William Johnston and his property at Ballykilbeg; transcribed minute books of the Dublin Protestant Association, 1861-1864, of the Greyabbey Graveyard Committee, 1872-1893, and of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, 1798; and a bundle of 25 typed essays by the writer, Cathal O'Byrne, 1965-1970."
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