The following find may not relate to a Cullinan or Cullinane specifically, but it does give a poignant perspective of what the Irish endured during the famine years and before, where many young men left their families to fight for the British Army
in far off lands. Here are three letters, relating to a John
Callinan(e); his wife, Ellen, waited back home in Ireland for his return, which never happened.
|Letter written by Lieut.-Gov. Fitzroy Somerset, K.C.B, |
Horseguards, Commissariat Canada,
to Sir R.D. Jackson dated October 7, 1842
I'm transmitting to you the copy of a letter from Ellen Callinan. I am directed by His Grace the Commander in Chief to request you will cause inquiry to be made, with a view to ascertain, if possible, whether her husband John Callinan, late of the
12th Delhi, who commuted his pension for the purpose of becoming a settler and embarked for Canada on board the ship 'Lancaster,' about the month of April, 1832, is still living?
I have the honour to her, Sir.
Your obedient, humble Servant,
|Letter written by Mrs. Ellen Callinan|
3 Trinity Place,
to Lieut.-Gov. Fitzroy Somerset, K.C.B,
Montreal, Quebec, dated October 7, 1842.
I beg respectfully to acknowledge from Lordship's Letter of the 12th inst., and agreeable to your Lordship's request. I beg to state that my husband Jno. Callinan commuted pensioner at %6 a day embarked on Board the Ship 'Lancaster' for Canada
about the month of April 1832. I beg further to state that immediately after his arrival at Canada, the cholera raged there and I have been informed that he had been attacked with that that malady.
I am yours,
|Letter written by William Felder,|
Commissariat of Canada,
to Captain Brook Taylor,
Montreal, Canada dated November 16, 1842.
In reply to your letter of the 11th instant, covering a communication from the Horse Guards, calling for information in regard to John Callinan, late of the 12 Veterans, I have the honor to acquaint you that the balance of this man's commuted
allowance was paid to him at Quebec in May 1832 and that he does not appear on the List of Commuted Pensioners receiving the Eleemosynary Allowance of 4% per diem; nor can any trace be found of him; and as a great many of this class died at Quebec
of Cholera during the year 1832, it is not improbable that he may have been amongst the number.
I tried. Signed
William Felder, CSC