NOTE: The first sets of letters give background
which I won't repeat here - only to say that in this set I am
even more indebted to Wendy Jack for the thoroughness with which
she studies the details, finds linkages and corrects false suppositions.
Sharon Oddie Brown. August 15, 2003
My Dear Sarah,
hope your spree will not be a dangerous one and that you will
beware of [???] and canals and especially young men as there is
not so much danger in the ladies, I need not warn.
I hope you enjoyed your trip to Belfast but I am afraid
you have been tippling as you say you did not know the Antrim
road. I am glad to hear that the B's are well.
I hope J. Jackson
has got a mud-wall to bring his bride to for I think
they would fight like cats in Urker with so many she's
in it. I think Mary is
counting the chickens before they are hatched. I am sorry to hear of Cready's illness but hope it will not signify.
You say you think you are glad at the prosperity of Range ducks,
turkeys. I say thinking
is bad witt for a child of your age.
The girls are doing very modestly coming on to May.
got all the corn in at home and Andy is at Drummalt
putting in his. John is gone up to Baliaborough since Tuesday
and has not returned. I
did not see Mary Reid
but once since you left so you see they do not care much about
us you being absent but their is an excuse as their [horse] has
been ill twice and the crop to put in.
We rote to Mr. Dickie about your money and let him know
it was full time he would do something.
now in conclusion to him who loves you even as a hen loveth her
chickens, and as a cat gathereth her kittens under her wings,
to him be all the fun.
[The following is in Sarah McCullagh's writing,
written on an empty part of the page.]
"Some represent evil or sin as an abortive
attempt after good - making sin & weakness strength &
virtue synonomous terms."
Mr. Ferris this week. MY NOTE: This is
a very Adlerian concept. Interesting.
|NOTE FROM WENDY JACK: This letter has had me scratching
my head for some time, trying to decide who wrote it. The
obvious answer appears to be Sarah's brother James: he inherited
his father's property at Derryvalley, the letter implies that
Sarah is normally a member of the household, and according
to their father's will their brother Andy inherited his father's
lands at Drummalt (Dromalt). Against this is a comparison
of the handwriting in this letter with that of the next, which
was definitely written by brother James. At first glance the
writing in the two letters appears to be quite different,
but on closer examination the basic letter formation is the
same, so could the differences merely be due to time (17 years
between the letters)? It also seems a bit strange to refer
to your own sister by her surname (Mary Reid). And who on
earth was John? Brother John was presumably in the USA. Or
had he returned to Ireland and been reconciled with his dying
father? Or was this another of the related McCullagh families,
who by coincidence were also living in the townland of Derryvalley
at this time? The all had the same set of given names (Thomas,
James, John, George, Mary, Margaret, Sarah) so the names are
no help. On the balance of things, I think the writer was
probably Sarah's brother, but I'm not so sure that I'd bet
me for not writing sooner but Miss McCready rote so often and
gave you all the news I did not know what to write about she is a good bit failed but as crabit as ever
in turns. I hope you enjoyed
your pick-nick party you did not take a d-m-d gorge like B.H. I have all the old hands working yet. Mrs Greer
has her son Hugh home again from America he is in bad health.
We have got all crop in with enough to do for we had a
backward spring not more than six dry days at a time and a very
frosty May cold and wet up to near the middle of June
crops are just beginning to look like growing now
this season is a full month later than last
we had good crops last year the flax turned out well and
the price was good & payed well but I think this year will
be as bad [forment] it only about four inches long on an average.
the garden is a wilderness again with an odd flower and
a few good roses. Nobody
goes near it only Miss McCready & (Sally cuts the rough
grass) & she stands and chops away with the rake here and
there between the flowers she
has her own way of gardening and you might not say a word or she
would fly up and be at rest we
had Miss Olivia stopping here a fortnight or three weeks they
do not pull well together like two sisters Miss McCready was disgusted
with her sitting up moping and reading turn about she ought to
have been working for the Lussanas I suppose you heard old Thomas Miller the fiddler
was dead and gone to rest I
wonder will he want his fiddle in the next world like the harpers. we had Mr. Sam Carlile over here on a visit of patronage
we are still supplying the old customers with butter and
Sally has a busy time now as we have a good deal for the market
it s from five pence to seven pence a pound so that pays well
only there is no dressing to do as we sell it fresh in lumps
she has a good flock of young chickens and turks and ducks
doing well for so far finding I cannot conceive or bring forth any more news at present
but hoping to be more prolific in the future I remain ever your
P.S. Give my love and best wishes to Mr. Whiteside and the son and may God bless you all
Amen and Amen
My very dear Sarah,
I was ever so glad to get your kind letter. It is only today that I feel well enough to
write. I had a nights
coughing the night after you went away and every day I felt so
tired with the cough when I got up in the morning I had no inclination
to do anything but sleep if I could. Dr. Reid called on Saturday
he gave me some pills and on Sunday last he sent me a box of pills
to be taken when going to bed, a tonic to be taken three times
a day a gargle and ordered me beef-tea to keep up my strength
I am not allowed wine and to keep out of the cold, in going through
the house I am to keep my mouth covered with a handkerchief
I felt quite rested after last night's sleep and am up
since half past eleven I hope I shall soon be quite better
The cough is not quite gone but nearly I think if I once
I begin to sleep well at night I'll soon be well.
Sarah sends her love to you and Miss McCreedy and thanks to
you for your enquiries about her, her cough is gone but she is
not strong Jane Skelly and Sally McMurray were here yesterday
to see us Mr & Mrs Smyth called since you
were here I think they called in Derryvalley to see you and Miss
McCreedy for Mr Smyth said he did not think Miss McC would have
stayed such a short time and something about wishing or seeing
Miss McCreedy. Andy never called here
since you left John sees them nearly every day they come sometimes
to the gate for him. I think from what John says that Andy is as
well as when you went away. So
you have no end of trouble revising, correcting that valentine Have you sent it yet when I tell you Mr. G is as matter of fact and as cool apparently
as a cucumber what will you think of me I am wondering if you
sent it I had emptied my purse paying for my stays and if I had
asked for a penny I must tell what I wanted to do with it. Now my dear Sarah you must not be angry with
me because I send you a stamp for the postage of that letter I
am ever so glad to let Jas see I can have a letter posted to him if I
choose. I suppose Mr.
G will say when he sees it like Sir Colei Bacon "It deserveth
not to be read in the schools but to be freightered in the ship
of fools". Mamma has just come and says your two brothers and
John have come up the road now.
I read Curiosities of Liturature D'Isreali found old Joseph
a real Character only he kept a carriage.
I am very glad you have so much variety it will do you
good I an not strong today
so you must excuse this badly written letter and like a dear good
girl burn it . I am still
weary enough to do little. I
am taking the tonic am certainly stronger than I was since I renewed
my cold. The day you went away I should not have gone
into the kitchen that day but I am not pleased with Jas and he
is not going to be my master.
I hope you will soon write to me. Dr. Reid said that Maggie intended to be to see us soon I never saw Mrs.
McMurray since she was at meeting on Sunday I enclose
you a few lines of poetry I do not know if you will like it. Hoping
soon to hear from you and with love to Miss McCreedy and a double
portion to yourself my dear Sarah
Your attached cousin,
Dr. Reid had Cold as well as the others in Mount
My dear Sally,
received your kind letter and thank you very much for your sympathy
for us in our trial in mother's illness & death and John
ill and not able to go to her funeral.
Had you been near I am sure you would have done every
thing you could to help us. Maggie Dickie thoughtfully came
to us. She was strong and could help Will to move mother.
Though quite resigned to God's will we can not help grieving
for those we love and missing them too but we are not to sorrow
as those who have no hope [??] this is not our home and we must
look forward to meeting our loved ones in a brighter and better
world where there will be no sorrow.
My dear Sally,
may see from the first date of this letter that I intended writing
to you much sooner. John
still continues poorly coughing with heavy expectoration. I don't see much change in him since my mother's death though the
Drs. give us no hope of his ultimate recovery still he may have
a good while and I trust God may bless his illness to him and
that all our prayers may be answered.
Often since mother's death I feel so depressed and lonely
though quite resigned to God's will. God has been very good to us in giving us so
many kind friends to sympathise with us.
Essie called to see Miss Olivia Macready when in [????]
one day. She says looks very delicate. Miss Macready has been staying in town with
Sally McMurry & Jane Skeley so we have not seen her lately.
Essie is very busy looking after every thing about the farm.
We are well through the reaping but have no flax this
year fortunately. We
got a servant last week. She
is from near Drumkeen an old servant of Mrs. [McKee?]
She went home for her clothes on Friday & I am sure
Mr. Whiteside will be sorry to hear the news she brought of
Revd. [McKie] illness that Drs. Moore & Hall have given
their opinion that his case is hopeless.
Since you left many of the old friends and acquaintances
have passed away. I
am sure your little son is a great comfort to you. He
is such an old fashioned little fellow.
Miss McCready treasured up the likeness you sent her
of him. I am sure if
she had the original near her she would be delighted with him
& his funny little ways.
With a kiss to baby and much love to yourself and kind
rememberances to Mr. Whiteside in which all join
Ever your loving cousin,
Envelope addressed to:-
My Dearest Sally,
I am here nursing poor Cready in a bad attack of bronchitis. Dr. Bartley is attending her
and does not expect her to recover. However she is wonderful and may pull through for all that. She has been ill this long time with water
on the left lung but would not allow you to be told so as not
to keep you fretting She
sat up in bed to address the papers always till last Saturday
She made her will in Oct. Wrote it out herself and I am sure it
is a funny production. I was here for a while early in Nov. and went home leaving her greatly
better but she must have got more cold for Maggie sent up Mattie to Urker to stay in my place so that I could
come at once, on Saturday last. They thought she would not live many hours
then and now she is a little better and breathes pretty freely. I was glad to see your long letter.
here are all in grief about Mrs. Hamilton, wife to Mr. Whiteside's
successor in D Valley. She
took ill on Sunday evg with peritonitis & died in about a
week I think the Tuesday week after she lay down.
She suffered agony and had to be kept under the influence
of morphia all the time. She
was a lovely young creature and as good as she was beautiful.
She was only 23½ years old. Mr. Hamilton has
gone to Clifden in Galway where her friends live for a change. How will he bear to come back to his desolate
home! Tom Brown has gone to Bankok in rather delicate health.
He fears his lungs are affected.
He had to go as he was principal witness in some law proceeding. Minnie and her family
(all but Julius, who is left in
England at school) had reached Port Said in safety on their way
to Hong Kong.
Mollie is still in Armagh but is to be home tomorrow
Mattie and she will have great times together.
The Blockaders have left Cross and gone to Saintfield and
Mr. Bates has been made manager in Cross.
We are glad to have James & he instead of strangers.
SarahJaneand Essieare all a feeble party. Essie is fat but her heart is not acting right & the other two
Boyd has improved D.Valley greatly, but has cut
down a lot of trees, all the little plantation at the Railway
bridge is gone, about the house the hedges are neatly clipped
& the house done up inside and out.
I hear new floors upstairs.
love to all
My dear Sarah
received your note this morning & am not surprised that you
have not found the coat, as it was only on speck I wrote about
it. Dear knows where Andy left it or who got the loan of it.
I am glad to have such favourable accts of your father, I trust he will continue to improve.
I am very sorry there is no word of Andy.
He must have left N York.
Do you know the name of the parties he boarded with?
It would be worth while to write to them & enquire.
have the envelope of Tom's letter you might write to him to the
post town that the mark is in the Jan of the letter & he might
chance to get it. Other wise he will not remember that he neglected
to give his address & wont be in a hurry writing when he gets
no reply. I have not had a line from Mary Reid for a long time.
I am sorry to hear of the pain in her knee.
If it is rheumatism to paint it with Iodine would likely
a letter from Minnie to day from Killarney.
They are enjoying themselves & the scenary greatly.
I know not when we may expect them home.
is a letter from Mr. [McC???h] to day &
counsels opinion is that the Oliver estate must go with chancery
to be administered, & I believe my brother Andy is going to take proceedings to lease Kilynure
from Thompson, so there are a fresh lot if [????]
Thompson would have been up for Mary on Saturday, but
he could not [get] so I do not know when she will [get]. We are all well and unite in love to you all
Sept 18th , 1896
My dear Sally,
was delighted to get dear Clairs photo this day he is a dear child I sent Eva hers she was charmed
with it What sort of a
dress is it he looks well in it I hope you are all well &
and that Mary is getting on as well as you would like I am
stopping for a few days with Miss Sallie McMurray and Jane Skelly
every one that has seen Clair thinks him a fine fellow.
Elie Gilmore's daughter Jane is to be married to the Rev Mr. Bartley a brother of the
Dr. you met him It is to be soon. I lodged in the Northern Bank [????] [200-30-0] I tried to get a five doller note but could
so I send you three dollers one for Clair one for Mary & one
for yourself as your birth day is drawing near with love to you
all It is not much but I could hardly it. They are working away in Drummuck Mary Menary
is home I [believe] the better of her visit Sister Carlisle has
returned to Brighton Nothing now in Ballybay Dr Bentont lectured
in the Temperance Hall last evening subject the boy.
Jane went to hear him. I did not go it was to stormy you
may remember him in Derryvalley. I am watching for a letter from
you Derryvalley Congregation make great enquiries about you all. Dr. Bartley was admiring your photo [today] [Witty]
McMurry was here he is in Newry now old Mrs Moore told me to ask
you if her son James was living near you & if his wife was
with him she has not heard from them for a long time & she
would like to know. You
may remember a girl named Hamilton in your class in the Sabbath
school her name now is Jackson she was glad to see the photo asked
for you Mr W. I saw Sallie Little she is in Mrs Kirkpatricks
I went to see her & show her the photos I give you S McMurry
& Jane's love and also Mrs Thomas [???] the girls are growing
tall as well as [????] all your old friends send their greetings
to you & yours give Clair & Mary kisses from me and wishing
the Blessing of God on you both & the children
old Mother Cready
Sept 25 1896
My dear Sallie
received your welcome letter this morning Friday 25 I was sorry to hear that the dear little ones
were ill I hope by this
time with God's blessing they are all right
I hope you had my letters & papers forwarded to you
I never neglected to write & send papers
I hope my last which is a week posted, you will get as
there was a small enclosure in it I will return to Drumuck next week they are
very kind to me here. I
was showing your Photos to the Rev Mr Young he was greatly pleased
with them and thought Clair far older that he is I have no news
only I wanted you to know that I got your letter
Many kisses to the dear children & love to you &
Mr. W Sallie McMurry
& Jane send their love to you I made a mistake in my last
in putting down what I had put in the Bank
It is £238 the Lord is good to me
From your old
I may give all your friends love to you
I hope you may be comfortable in the house when
you go to it. I am glad
you like the weather we have very bad weather here
Nov 5th 96
My dear Sallie
was very glad to get two letters from you lately, to know that
you had got mine sent you the
news I had from Eva this morning that her mother yesterday the
4th had a son. they were both doing well I am glad she is over it Mrs Alfred Waddell had a son about 3 weeks
ago. I was glad to hear
the children were better when you wrote
I hope they continue so & that you have got over your
fatigue of nursing & moving and that Mr Whiteside is also well.
Our [somming] was a week ago.
James came up for it & dined here that Sabbath.
he could not look better than he did his neighbours were
glad to see him John Robb asked him in summer to go to him
which he did part of the time he spent a night in [Shore] [son] I spent a day last week Sallie McMurry &
Jane they were glad to here about you & send their love to
you Jane has got out her upper teeth when her gums
are hard she will get in new ones
I hope you are all comfortable in the Parsonage and that
you will like the inhabitants in that Quarter well Their will
be no sale of work Their will be a service of song instead of
it I don't think it will
do as well. Mrs Irwin opened the Bible class last month
I heard that their were about fifty at it
some way the don't pull well together in doing work no
remark They have got the
crop all in except the [????] here and it seems to be a good crop.
The [Tates] bring me up every Sabbath up the hill which
is a great help to me I got a nice spring matress which is very comfortable I could not [turn] my [sick] at present we
have some frost I may give the remembrance of all congregations
friends to you the never forget to ask for you all
I sent your message to Mrs Moore she was [not] out or [comments]
tell Clair I am glad he is getting a big boy & to
love the Lord I send kisses to both of them
from your old
San Moritz Dorf. 3rd August
My Dear Sally, I don't usually write letters on Sunday but
today I am not well & have read till I am tired. I have got a grand German bible Luther's translation & large
print & with references.
at home we would pay 5/- for it here I got it for 1/8 but
I am bothered with the beginning of the 18th Psalm. It is quite
different especially the first verse from our translation.
Luther must have translated from different original.
I must ask the clergyman about it.
He is a nice old gentleman Mr. Strettle from Hampshire. He could not make out Mr. Young's name. He says he knows Mr. Grey the Presbyterian minister who preaches
here but lives at Poutratchina, or Poutrachina. Mr. Strettle is such another as my father in his love for walking
tho 74 years old he is a great mountain climber. Fairy was out when he called but hearing she is fond of walking
he says he will take her one of his next expeditions. This is the first dry Sunday we have had. I suppose I have a billious attack tho the
Dr. says it is enemia (lack of blood in the system). Still I think he must be wrong.
I went to see him today but he was out.
only when I want to throw off water comes & little
if any bile as if nothing were in my stomach.
I took a beaten up egg & at once threw it off &
there was a little yellow matter like bile but not bitter as it
is. So I am rather puzzled.
Not eating much I am very weak.
I had beef tea a little ago & it stayed down as did
a little cold chicken last evening. There is a very nice restaurant
& pension other side the road where we dine & they sent
me half a chicken for which I paid 2/6.
We get 3 courses, at least, & pay 1/8 for that. everything the best cooked & served.
I can not always dine there but F. does.
They are said to have the best table here - better even
than the swell Hotels but it matters little to me.
I have no appetite. But Dr. Holland says he wants me to take all
the milk I can & all the nourishing food possible & not
to tire myself. I have
been walking too much & so have upset myself & wasted
the little stack of health I had. Dr. Elliott warned me against doing so, but
Dr. Franks said for me to walk down to the baths, have my drink
& walk up again (a
mile & a half each way).
An Irish girl, a trained nurse we have come to know, said
I was not equal to so much walking & for me to come up in
the buss & for me to see the Dr. here. I try to be patient & to trust him who does all well but it
is very weary work being so terribly weak.
Fairy is a dear, good little soul, very loving & patient
& careful of a stupid melancholy old body!
I am so glad Maggie is safely over her trouble. I think she could not have better than Mary
Anne. She is so quick
witted & most kindly & a good cook for a sick person.
There is the rain! Sunday
could not pass here without some!
F. is at afternoon service & I fear has neither rain
cloak nor umbrella. Fortunately the church is near so I'll send
her muffling. F. suffers
a great deal from tooth ache. She blisters inside and outside her gums.
We have made the acquaintance of an American widow lady & through them of a
Miss Which (pronounced Wish) & her companion & nurse a
jolly Irish girl Miss Maloney.
The latter gave me good advice about not fatiguing myself
& to see Dr. Holland & she often comes in to see me as
I am laid up with this billious attack. She was matron of a hospital in Paris for two
& a half years. Miss
Which is, like myself, an anemia patient but from the first had
Dr. Holland's advice so has lost no time and is improving tho
Miss Maloney says she has not half the pluck I have.
She is an only daughter. Her father a General Which brother in law or
cousin of Lord Napier of Magdelin.
This came out accidentally.
I was repeating something Lady Hart told me that Lord Napier
had said to her, shortly before his death, about her husband having
known him in China & how he was a man of whom we all have
just right to be very proud. Miss Maloney said he was a relation of her patient. I like the Beans. Mrs. B. is a sensible kindly woman no pretence & her son similar.
He is about two or three & twenty.
Other day he asked F. would she go a bit mountain climbing,
he & another American boy were going. F. was delighted to go & got some lovely
flowers. The gentians
are very beautiful especially the small blue ones, so are the
yellow & purple pansies & F. got some Eidilweisz of which
she was very proud. I have been throwing off again this morning & F. went to Dr.
Holland who has prescribed pills.
No purgatives to take after meals.
He says it is bile. He lives quite near this.
He has a very nice wife & several children. Mrs. Wright has early parted with her daughter
& probably to a stranger!
Are you not glad Lady Dunlo has gained her case? for tho
faulty the Clan Carty family had acted very shabbily toward her
& so had her husband done! I wish I could paint but my hand
is still very weak. I know nothing of mirror painting & don't at all admire it.
It requires an experienced first rate hand to produce anything
but a heavy daub I have
seen but one pretty painted mirror. It was in Judge Holmes &
was bought in Whiteley's in London.
Last night there was rain & lightning & today it
is thundering and raining. I'll send this through Maggie. There is no hurry & stamps cost & living
here is costive! When
one has as much lying awake as I have one has time for lots of
thought & feeling so much pain from interior weakness.
We have no comfort so great as communion with our Father
& our dear Saviour. I
feel very Faithless often but God in his mercy strengthens my
faith. I am disappointed
that I make such slow progress but He knows best & perhaps
(as Dr. Franks wrote me today, he is off on his holidays) "a
small improvement, in some particulars, after such a short time
is in itself satisfactory" so I must just be patient.
I always get better suddenly & when over this billious
attack will have a better chance. I often wish people could get
married by arrangement French style I would be quite of Aunt Kate
& Marjory Reids way of thinking!
F. has just come in with a supply of spa water.
She joins me in warm love to you.
Ever your loving WSW
My dear Sarah,
course I must begin by telling you that Maggie & I arrived here safely about ½ past
ten, after a tiresome journey.
It rained, as you know, all the time and has not ceased
yet, so you may guess how dismal is the prospect of seeing Derry.
However we have got pretty comfortable quarters here and
must try to make the best of it.
We haven't come to any conclusion yet as to our future
I hope dear Sarah you won't feel lonely after Maggie. If you do then the best thing for you is to follow her good example
& say yes, good, although you will be surprised to hear that
we haven't spoken to each other for the last, well, thirty seconds. I hope you enjoyed yourselves after we left
yesterday. It has just stopped raining & we must run out a
July 21. 38
My dearest Sallie,
I think its about time you were getting some news from
the old country. One of
the cheeriest items is that Jack & family are home.
We had him here for five weeks.
He left May & Terence & his amah with her mother in London so
we had him all to ourselves. His little girl is in school in England, and when her holidays
start, all are going to the sea side.
I really did not feel equal to having the whole family
here besides I feel May would be happier in or near London, which
is the headquarters of her mother & two widowed sisters. Jack looks real well & hardly a day older
for the last five years. He
is just the same loving home bird - never happier than when he
is going about with Tom. Unfortunately the weather was not kind to him.
It rained almost all the time.
Indeed we are having a most depressing wet cold summer,
& a poor prospect of crops. We have fires still in the sitting rooms fancy
such a thing in July!! I
am much better than I was, but I can't boast of
my walking achievements, but I have a wheeled chair, which the
girls take me out in, when there is a glimpse of sunshine.
Otherwise I am realy very well but I do miss not being
able to fly about as formerly.
Sallie Gilmore, though four years older than I am, is quite
active but is very thin, while I keep my condition wonderfully.
She lives principally with Eily her married daughter,
in Dublin. She is quite happy there but is greatly distressed
over the long & seemingly hopeless illness of her youngest
son Tommy. I fear
his is a case of T.B. He
and his wife have been in Switzerland for months, for the sunshine
treatment, but so far no improvement.
Brownie & her flock are well.
We see them generally every week.
Margaret has passed her entrance exam in Trinity &
will be going to Dublin in Oct. & George has won a £30 scholarship in the Royal School
Armagh and is to go there after the summer holidays.
Samuel keeps well but is not allowed to study yet.
Thompson & Blin "Hold the Fort" in Killynure.
Its a big change since the big houseful of long ago. Davy Gilmore, his wife &
2 children are in Liscalgot & Urker belongs to Jim & Molly
Wright. They bought it when Tommy Jackson sold it. Molly
loves it for old times sake.
I have not been there since poor Aunt Mary died. How few of the old folk remain!
a visit from Martha Carson last week.
She was enquiring particularly for you.
I hope you keep well also Clair & Mary & their
respective families. Love to them all including your dear old
Your fond sister
|NOTE FROM WENDY JACK: I doubt that
this was Mary, wife of Rev William Reid. Although undated,
the letter would seem to have been written after Maggie
Jackson's marriage to Robert Reed in 1875, and Mary and
William Reid married 1864. Also see "At the Ford of
the Birches", pg 590, for reference to the 1905 sale
of their land in Drummuck and Ednaferkin by the Misses McCullagh.
I'm not even sure which Drummuck the letter refers to. There
were townlands of this name in three Monaghan parishes –
Ballybay, Kilmore and Tehallen. I think the writer may have
been Sarah's first cousin once removed, Mary McCullagh,
daughter of James McCullagh and Eliza Wallace. This Mary
married a McMurray at some stage, but I don't know when.
Among her siblings were Sarah, James, Thomas and John Wallace
(who is possibly the John W. McCullagh who witnessed Document
20 in 1876). Another possibility for the writer is Sarah
Whiteside's first cousin Mary Jane McCullagh (1824-1911),
daughter of James of Corfad. In addition to James of Corfad
and Sarah Whiteside's father Thomas of Derryvalley, there
were another two brothers (George and John) in this family
alone who could have been living at Drummuck and have had
wife/daughter/granddaughter Mary. The whole situation is
still far too muddy.