The Book of Sullivan

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-13000: End of Ice Age


About 15000 years ago the last age ended with temperatures raising several degrees C.

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-3199: Irish oaks show sharp chill


Tree rings in Northern Ireland are narrow in 1153 B,c 1628 B,c 3199 B,c and 4377 BC. The 3199 BC value is associated with an acidity peak in Camp Century ice cores dated at 3150 BC demonstrating unquestionably that adverse weather conditions, probably du

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-3150: Iceman of the Alps


On September 19, 1991, two German hikers, Helmut and Erika Simon, noticed what appeared to be a body sticking out of the glacial ice at an altitude of 3200 meters in the Alps -- just over the border in Italy, as it would later turn out. Within a few days

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1650: MacFirbis' Book of Genealogies


Character traits delineated in MacFirbis' 17th Century Book of Genealogies are classified on predominant racial origin, whether DeDanann, Firlbogian, or Milesian: "Every one who is white [of skin], brown [of hair], bold, honorable, daring, prosperous, bountiful in the bestowal of property, wealth, and rings, and who is not afraid of battle or combat; they are the descendants of the sons of Milesius, in Erinn. Every one who is fair-haired, vengeful, large; and every plunderer; every musical person; the professors of musical and entertaining performances; who are adeps in all Druidical and magical arts; they are the descendants of the Tuatha De Danann, in Erinn. Every one who is black-haired, who is a tattler, guileful, tale-telling, noisy, contemptible; every wretched, mean, strolling, unsteady, harsh, and inhospitable person, every slave, every mean thief, every churl every one who loves not to listen to music and entertainment, the disturbers of every council and every assembly, and the promoters of discord among people, these are the descendants of the Firbolgs. However, that it is possible to identify a race by their personal appearance and their dispositions I do not take upon myself positively to say; though it may have been true in the ancient times, until the races subsequently became repeatedly intermixed. For we daily see, in our own time, and we often hear it from our old people, a similitude of people, a similitude of form, character, and names, in some families in Erinn, with others; and not only is this so, but it is said that the people of every country have a resemblance to each other, and that they all have some one peculiar characteristic by which they are known, as may be understood from this poem:---- "For building, the noble Jews are found, and for truly fierce envy; For size, the guileless Armenians, And for firmness, and Saracens; For acuteness and valor, the Greeks; For excessive pride, the Romans; For dullness, the creeping Sazons; For haughtiness, the Spaniards; For covetousness and revenge, the French; And for anger, the true Britons.--- Such is the true knowledge of the trees.--- For gluttony, the Danes, and for commerce; For high spirit the Picts are not unknown; And for beauty and amorousness, the Gaedhils;--- As Giolla-na-naemh says in verse, A fair and pleasing composition." The hereditability of trails of family likeness, voice, and disposition is attested to by no less than Saint Patrick himself, who set down that paternity suits were to be resolved by comparison of children's traits with candidate men. " "The Medieval Castle" DA910.5 I suppose California is another Irish Otherworld, another story of Finn McCool visiting the fairy mound, entertained by general spirit hosts sitting on crystal benches, served cups of old wine that never empty, presented with nightly successions of heartbreakingly beautiful harpist, each--not to neglect talk over sex-- "fair and wondrous her conversation"

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1699: Steals bread from window sill


Darby Sullivan, born in Dublin County, Ireland, stowed away on an English ship to America to avoid arrest for stealing two loaves of bread from a window sill. He married Elizabeth Snowdall, resided in Westmoreland Co., VA. and died in 1699. My roots have been traced by my father, J.P. Sullivan. So, in his honor, here's our fraternal line: Darby Sullivan ( -1699) Westmoreland Co., VA Darby Owen Sullivan ( -1729) King George Co., VA Darby Sullivan (1722-1799)King George Co., VA Daniel Sullivan ( - ) King George Co., VA Thomas Sullivan (1786 - 1845) Stafford Co., VA Jonas Sullivan (1821 - 1896) Stafford Co., VA Lorenzo Sullivan (1847 - 1929)Stafford Co., VA Lorenzo Sullivan, Jr. (1887-1982) Stafford Co., VA Julian Sullivan, (1929 - ), Stafford Co. VA Jay Sullivan, (1956 - ) Stafford Co., VA

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1850: Loved Wild Blackfeet Indians


My Sullivan family was descended from Michael 'O' Sullivan, who came from an area just above Cork City, on the River Lee. He came to Boston in early 1800, with his father, a wealthy man "off to seek his fortune", as my father used to say. I remember being very upset that my family did not come over in steerage during the potato famine. I also remember that my Great-Grandfather said that they had deck chairs & woolen leg warmers. This was most depressing to me. I had a romantic view of people tossed & weary "unto death" barely alive when landing in the "New World". My Great-Grandfather, Daniel Sullivan, decided to "Go West, Young Man, Go West" & headed to Montana Territory with his young bride, Jane Rainey Sullivan. He loved the place! He loved the wild Blackfeet Indians. He followed them from the area around Helena, (Townshend, MT) to "the Highline", an area just below the Canadian line, where he became,(in the words of Historians)"a ruthless cattle baron". My father said that "the old man" would have loved that term. My Great-Grandfather brought his widowed sisters from Boston, with fine, young, strong sons, whom he promptly married off to the daughters of prominent Blackfeet War Chiefs! It is from this stock I descend! My father once said that it was a fairly fey experience to see feathered warriors, my Grandpa & Great- grandpa coming home horseback, singing,"Sweet Molly Malone". Shelby, Cutbank, Valier & Conrad have more than their fair share of Sullivans. The Blackfeet Tribal roles are full of Connelleys, Murrays & Sullivan descendents of the widowed sisters of Daniel Sullivan. (And a cattle empire is still present.) When I was about 8 years old, I asked my Grandpa Sullivan,(Edward Aloysious Sullivan) how long we had raised cattle. He looked at me, squinted, & replied; "Oh, about 6,000 years, my girl". He said, "You know, these Blackfeet could have been Irish, in fact, they could have been Sullivans, they were that oppressed by the British." That settled it for him, as we urged our horses on to town, where we would enter "Lum's Sweete Shoppe" & eat Banana Splits & drink Sasparilla before heading back to the ranch. Sullivan Bridge Road, where the over 100 year old Sullivan Ranch still stands, is still much used over the Marias River in Northern Montana. There's Sullivan stories by the hundreds in the local library,(which is run by a descendent of Daniel Sullivan.)

By: Maureen Sullivan
Email:moe@bigsky.net

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1859: Robert SULLIVAN in Australia

On 10 Sept 1852, Robert SULLIVAN, widower, married Mary Annie BOOKER (Mrs WALDRON) in Goulburn NSW Australia. It is said that Robert was born at the Battle of Waterloo, where his father, Daniel SULLIVAN was a soldier and his mother Mary nee BUTLER was a nurse. He appears to have emigrated to Australia from Manchester, England, but nothing is known of his early life as yet. In Australia he settled and became a farmer at Boree Creek, NSW. He died there on 26 June 1887 aged 80 and is buried at Stone Quarry Cemetery, Taralga NSW Australia. His second wife Mary bore him a son Robert b20 Jul 1860 and three daughters, Jane born 20 Dec 1861, Ellen born 20 Nov 1863, and Anne born 21 September 1865. Ellen married Charles SPICER. Jane and Anne married John Thomas WILLIAMS and John's brother James WILLIAMS, respectively. Robert never married, and thus, sadly, that was the end of the SULLIVAN name. ....Unless we can find out who his first wife was and whether she bore him any sons. Perhaps we'll find one day the name SULLIVAN continued in this line! Please let me know if you come across him!

By: Kay Williams
Email:williams@terrigal.net.au

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1948: Hit by a car


Barney Sullivan of So.Glens falls NY Died today as a result of being hit by a car. Mr. Sullivan who had been drinking all day refused treatment at the glens falls hospital and went home to his 3 sons and 1 daughter. He passed away in the morning. Sullivan was in the moving business and was widely known for his booming laugh. His oldest son carried on the business and became a allied van lines franchisee until 1969. He passed away in 1981. More later

By: Mike sullivan
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1997: Great Site!

Thank You for this insight into my husband's character!

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1907: Only sad tales to tell


My Father, Timothy Denis Sullivan, was born in Kerry on March 3, l907. He never spoke much of his Father because he only had sad tales to tell. So he never told us about his father Denis Sullivan (Big Din) who was a boxer in his youth. How can I get information about Big Din? I would like pictures or articles if they exist!

By: Peg Sullivan
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1875: Arrives in So. Glens Falls


1875 Michael Sullivan marries his wife Ellen. they build a house on 2nd street in So. glens Falls NY which is still occupied by Sullivans today. They have quite a few children including Barney, Jim and Cornieliuos. Barney marries Ann Gridley in about 1920. Ann couldnt stand living with all the hard drinking Sullivan men so she abandoned Barney 3 sons and a daughter. Barney jr john alice and floyd. That generation of Sullivans all stayed in the adirondack area except for Floyd. Floyd served in the army attended Boston Universtity and taught school in Miniola ny for 30 years before moing to arizona. More later

By: Mike Sullivan
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1923: Died in the gutter


My great-grandfather, John L. Sullivan was born sometime this year and was named after (I am assuming) the boxer of the same name. It is rumored that the great John L. Sullivan was a friend of the family and that he was my great-grandfather's godfather. John L. married Florence E. Stoeber and they had one child, Thomas Lawrence Sullivan. The only things I have been told were that he was a broker on Wall Street, had a drinking problem, and died in the gutter when my grandfather was an infant. (1923-1924??) I want more than anything to know more about who my great-grandfather was....

By: Tracy L. (Sullivan) Beauregard
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1918: Boxes Tunney to Draw


My Great Uncle, John L. Sullivan, was an outstanding athelete from Butte, Mt. He held the Inter-Mountain Golden Gloves Championship before enlisting and going to France with the American Expeditionary Force. While waiting to go home after the Armistice, he was part of a special unit that put on boxing exibitions for the troops. Although he had a bad cold, he was asked to fight a marine who turned out to be Gene Tunney. The fight was a draw and Tunney who later became the Heavy Weight Champion of the World reputedly stated that it was one of the toughest fights of his life.

According to my Great Uncle, we are related to the great "John L." through the Murphy's. His mother was Mary Murphy from Reenmeen near Glengarriff.

I'm seeking info on this.

By: Dan Sullivan
Email:dsully@mt.net

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1867: Arrived in NYC


I am looking for information about my great great grandparents. All the information I have is that Cornelius and Catherine Sullivan arrived in New York from County Cork sometime around 1865-1870. If you know any more, please E-mail me. I'll tell you my side of family history.

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1993: Died in Chico California


I am searching for any information regarding a John Lawrence Sullivan from San Fransisco Ca. Born:? Died around 1973 at San Fransisco General Hospital, (mission district). He was married to a Violet Carlson (adoted). They had about six children. A son named Dan, a daughter named Pat and a son named John L Jr. The rest of the names, I don't know. Violet died around 1938 and John's sister Vera raised the chidren. John L. Sullivan Jr. was born July 26, 1928 in San Fransisco and died june 11, 1993 in Chico Ca. He was a master sergent in the U.S. marine core and retired from such. He also worked as a librarian at the Chico State University Library until he died. He was married to a Shirley Brown who is still alive in Chico. They have four sons. Brian, Stephen, Jeffrey and Shawn. I am engaged to Jeff Sullivan and we are very interested in any info. regarding family history.

By: Michelle Padilla
Email:JnMSully@aol.com

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1845: Born in Tralee


My Great- Great Grandfather Eugene O'Sullivan was born in Tralee in Dec 1845. His father was John, and his mother Mary McCarthy. Eugene married Ellen Foley, and they had my Grandmother Mary. Their oldest child Ellen was killed in a playground accident around 1886. For years even though I was born in Tralee, I did not have any info on my family. I do however remember as a child seeing a large family picture of a man and woman and child, but, in later years, each time I asked about it, I was told it did not exist. To make a long story short, when the last of my older relatives died, I went back to Tralee, (I now reside in Canada)I searched through the house, and low and behold, I found that same picture in the attic. I brought it back to Canada, and from there I got started on my family tree. How I love looking at that picture of my great grand parents, and my grandmother. I am still working on the tree, and maybe someday will make a connection.

By: Kathleen (Healy)Coburn
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1845: Stowed away


Daniel Sullivan of Greenup,Ky

My Great Grand Father was Daniel l. Sullivan, born in Cork Ireland around 1831 He susposedly swam out to a ship and stowed away. He finally came to the U.S. around 1845-1850.I found an old paper that talk of how strong a man he was and that he would bet he could carry a water barrel from one end of town to the other.This he would do to pay for his beer. He became a U.S. citizen in 1851 and worked at the Buffalo creek furnace in Greenup,Ky He is burried in a family plot near Greenbo Lake

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1980: Goodbye to a grand Irishman!


This was the year my dad, Murt J. Sullivan, died of IFR weather and a VFR rating. He loved his flying, though. He was en route, at the time, to visit myself, husband and then 15-month-old son. He was a devout member of St. Edwards' Catholic Church in Carlsbad, NM, where he was the proprietor of Sullivan Insulation Co. Dad's flying was a lifelong dream, although he only took flying lessons at the age of fifty+, when the family achieved some financial comfort and Mom overcame her own lifelong fear of flying to some degree. It was Mom who actually gave him the gift of flying lessons, wrapping the certificate in a large box with a cinderblock, causing him several weeks of fruitless guessing before that Christmas, when he almost threw away the certificate in the haste with which he opened the box. Dad flew whenever he could, often taking kids and grandkids on tours through the wide open New Mexico skies.

By: Avis M. (Sullivan) Cawley
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1941: Pawns Army Buddy's Suit


Florence Patrick O'Sullivan, who later invades America in 1949, son of Patrick and Catherine O'Sullivan of Allihies, West Cork, served an obligatory stint in the Irish Freestate Army.

As was common with all of O'Sullivans of the Bearnach Clan, he was generous to a fault. One spring morning a fellow soldier asked Florry for a few quid "just until payday" and he would pay his benefactor back. Florry was only happy to give him a loan of a few quid because besides being generous, Florry was also a sober businessman who, was known for his resourcefulness and had an uncanny knack for saving money. The transaction was completed with a gentleman's handshake.

Well, payday came and went and Florry never heard a word from "Dan." "Ah he must have forgot, the poor divil," said Sully. "Sure when he sobers up he'll pay me back with interest." Well Florry saw more paydays than he saw pay from "Dan" and he didn't have the heart to demand the repayment. His lack of heart however, did not translate to a lack of starch for Florry suffered from an affliction known as "larceny of the heart."

After several months passing, "Dan" was on a three-day pass and Florry needed a suit of clothes for a dance. Too thrifty to buy his own expensive suit, and knowing that "Dan" surely wouldn't mind, Florry breached "Dan's" footlocker and availed himself of a fine suit of clothes that would impress even a "lace curtain" Irish lass.

The next day O'Sullivan found that he had spent a little more trying to impress the ladies than he intended and was financially challenged. Now what was he going to do? He needed some cash to go home for a visit to Castletownbere and was in a quandry as to what to do. Before long though, his enterprising imagination came through for him and he thought, "Sure, this suit of clothes is worth three times what "Dan" owes me."

A week later "Dan" inquired of O'Sullivan, "So Florry, how was the dance?" "Ah 'twas great, Dan," replied Florry. "And how did the suit fit, Florry," asked Dan with a twinkle in his eye. "The suit? Oh the suit was a perfect fit, Dan. God, I can't thank you enough for the loan of it."

"Ah, that's grand Florry. I didn't mind atall. I'm going to a dance meself tonight you know," declared Dan. "By God, I wish I was goin with ya, but I'm on sentry duty tonight. Have a great time now, Dan," declared Florry.

"Say Florry, does me suit need to be pressed?" Dan queried. "Oh I shouldn't think so, Dan. I took great care of it," Florry said. "Great!," Dan said with a broad grin, "So is it in your locker then?" "Oh, not atall, Dan," Sully responded.

"Well then where is it for Christsakes, Florry? I'll be needin it now," demanded an impatient Dan.

O'Sullivan handed him the pawn ticket and said, "Its here Dan. You better hurry now. They close at five."

By: Chris Sullivan
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1902: My Great Grandfather Disappeared


Eugene Sullivan who was born to Eugene Sullivan and Mary Healy in Manchester New Hampshire around 1863. He was supposedly a widower when he married Annie Sullivan in New York on October 31st, 1901. She was 26 years old was born to Roger or Robert Sullivan and Margaret Scanlon in County Cork Ireland. The witnesses to the marriage were Dennis Sullivan and Mary Shea. My grandfather also named Eugene Sullivan was born August 16, 1902. His father is listed on the birth certificate as an Engineer. Supposedly the marriage ended a short time afterward either due to divorce or annullment. The rumor persists to this day that my great grandfather was a Bigamist and Annie left him when she found out. Nothing is known of this man after they separated. However, a rumor persists to this day, that he was a bigamist and not a widower when he married my great grandmother. If that's true, we must have other family members somewhere out there, and I really would like to set the record straight.

By: Patricia (Sullivan) Bollander
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1993: Ferriter's Cove


Not directly O'Sullivan related but the photo shows the view of Ferriter's Cove near Ballyferriter on the Dingle Penninsula in Co. Kerry (not Cork) In the background right and cloud covered (it always seems to be) is Mount Brandon, Ireland's 2nd highest. Background lest are the "Three Sisters". Background center is Smerwick Harbour, sight of an infamous slaughter of some Spanish soldiers by the local British garrison. The year escapes me but it's in all the history books. Directly behind the photographer are the Blasket Islands.

By: David O'Sullivan
Email:osullda@gw.startribune.com

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1847: When at length we journey home..


IN 1847 DENNIS AND ELLEN SULLIVAN O'SULLIVAN ARRIVED AT N.Y,LONG FROM THE IRISH SHORE. ELLEN HAD A SON ABOARD SHIP, JERIMIAH,[ASSUME THEIR FIRST POTATO HEAD].DENNIS AND ELLEN LOVED THE FARMS,AND LANDSCAPE OF THE NORTHERN CAROLINA'S,MORE SO THAN THE RAILS. WHILE GATHERING HAY ONE MORNING, DENNIS WAS KICKED BY A HORSE AND LATER DIED OF GANGREEN. ELLEN MOVED TO SPARTANBURG CO. S.C. AND LIVED W/ HER GRAND DAUGHTER, KATIE. ELLEN DIED ABT. AGE 93. ON HER BEAUTIFUL TOOMSTONE READS," ELLEN S. O'SULLIVAN PASSED MARCH 18,1909. A NATIVE OF IRELAND AND A FAITHFUL MEMBER OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH." I'M PROUD OF MY G G GRANDPARENTS.

By: NANCIE O'SULLIVAN
Email:NANCIEO@BELLSOUTH.NET

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1916: Weds Regina Doherty


" - A very pretty wedding was solemnized in St. Joseph's Church, Douro, Ontario, Canada by the Reverend Father McGuire when Mr. John Sullivan and Miss Regina Doherty were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. The Bride, who looked charming in pink silk over Georgette creppe, with pink tulle hat, was assisted by her cousin, Miss Mary Doherty, and the groom was assisted by his brother, Mr. Frank Sullivan. After the marriage ceremony, the wedding party drove to the home of the bride's parents, where a dainty breakfast was served. The happy couple, left on a short honeymoon to Toronto, and on thier return, will reside in Peterborough. "
-Peterborough Examiner: Thursday June 29, 1916 Note: John and Regina had nine children; one of which is George "Red" Sullivan, NHL hockey Player, for Chicago, Boston and New York; From the late 1940's until the late 1960's.

By: John and Aedan Shaughnessy
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1825: Sullivans to Canada


Jeremiah "Darby" Sullivan, age 52, his wife Alice, (nee Kelly) age 50, and their ten children, Timothy, 28; Mary, 26; ( m. Anthony Allen ) Catherine, 24; ( m. Michael Mahoney ) Michael, 22; ( m. Mary Allen ) Kitty, 20; ( m. Timothy Leahy) John, 18; ( went to Otonabee Township, East of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada ) Denis, 16; ( m. Mary Condon ) Note: Denis was my G.G. Great Grandfather. Jeremiah, 14; ( m. Mary Walsh ) Johannah, 12; Alice, 10; were part of the Peter Robinson settlement to the Peterborough Area, of Upper Canada, (Ontario) in 1825. They were on board the ship Regulus. Their origin was from Brigown, Cork, Ireland. Family tradition says that Darby died two days before the ship docked, and Alice hid the death from ship's officers, because she did not want him to be buried at sea. She succeded in having him buried on land, but the location of the grave is unknown.

By: John and Aedan Shaughnessy
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1827: Cherokee Sullivan Born


Lucinda Sullivan was born in Tennessee. I don't have any specific particulars on parentage or any connections to the "Trail of Tears" and I would be greatly interested in any knowledge that anyone might have. Lucinda later moved to Oklahoma and then was married in Crawford County, Missouri to David Bressie. David Bressie died in the Civil War.

By: Cheri Riley
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1850: First Bicycle


I am Kevin Leslie Sullivan, born 1951 on the wirral island by the shores of the irish sea. my fathers home was in county meath that is now run by my namesake cousin that is doing well. I now reside in Sydney Australia. where i run the Sydney sculpture studios.

We are a good family and one to be proud of.

I can remember tales told of an ancestor in the 1850s that was credited with inventing a peddle bicycle, totaly made of wood but was told that the peddles were too low for the stony uneven roads of the day. this same Sullivan also invented a form of hang glider for flight . he made it in the shape of a V from seven large goose wings aranged in formation and would leap from hiltops an achieved small sustained flights. However in one of his flights the wings broke and he died of the injuries sustained. this information is well worth researching for this man was a genios ahead of his time. the info can be found in the irish couny list records . I will see if i can dig it up in detail for this web.

By: Kevin L. Sullivan
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1928: Invade the bronx


My grandmother came from killically glen in the county of cork. i have tried to find her heritage to give credence to my existence but to no avail. she was born to a large family of about eight her name was josephine. I didi not know her but heard many stories of her. Being Irish she had affermnity known as alcoholism. Shee was cast into society as a wash women and superintendandt of an apartment buildsing. Born to her were five children, Timothy (the oldest and first to got to college), Catherine (the matriarch of the clan), Mary (themiddle child), Josephine (the female baby), And Danny (the spinal menengitis casualty). Today the Sullivan girls are as strong as the sod of Eire. They have remained steeped in family ties and have never lost there affesction of eachother, even through the hardest of adversity. Thesew three women have reared over 20 children and are a credit to the stock of Ireland. As one of the many children of these women it is with great admirationa and affection that I count myself as one of the children of Ireland. Thank You, Joel Gossman

By: Joel Gossman
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1892: Joseph Sullivan


My grandmother Bridget Hart came to America when she was 19yrs old. She arived at Ellis Isand and went ro live with her cousins, who owned a bar in New Jersey,where she met and married Joseph Sullivan. She became a citizen because grandpa was born in America. Grandpa had two sisters, one whose name was Agnes the other I believe was Lizzie. Both were unmarried. My grandparents lived in Long Branch and Orange New Jersy before settling in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York. Where they raised five sons. John, Francis, James, Edward and Joseph. My father Joseph was born 6/6/16 and his father died when he was 12 yrs. old. Which is approximatly 1928. The stories I heard was grandpa was the type to go out for bread and show up five months latter like nothing had happened.

By: Regina Ryan
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1906: The Making of a Union Man


My grandfather, John M. Sullivan, was 10 years old in 1906 when two men from the Boston & Maine Railroad came to their house in Somerville, Massachusetts to inform my great-grandmother, Margaret, that my great-grandfather, Dennis, had been killed on the job that morning. Although only ten years old, he never got over the fact that these men told his mother that they "wouldn't dock him the day's pay" even though he hadn't finished working that day.

In large measure because of this experience, John M. Sullivan became a Teamster (he really was a teamster - a man who drove a team of horses in making his deliveries - and was a union official in Boston for years.

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1998: John L III


I DON'T REALLY HAVE ANY GREAT STORIES ASIDE FROM EVERY SINGLE OLD GUY ASKING ME IF I'M RELATED TO THE FAMOUS BOXER. I KNOW THAT MY NAME IS SEVERAL GENERATIONS LONG, (EVEN THOUGH I'M THE 3rd, MY FAMILY SEEMS TO LIKE TO RESET EVERY SO OFTEN) MY FAMILY COMES FROM JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY. MY DAD (JR.) GREW UP THERE AND IN ASBURY PARK. IF ANYONE THINKS THEY MAY BE RELATED, DROP ME AN E-MAIL.

By: JOHN L. SULLIVAN III
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1950: From Poverty to Wealth


My grandfather, Thomas Marshall O'Sullivan, Sr, was born and raised in St.Louis, MO. His family was very poor, and his character as a child can only be described as a city scrapper. His schemes for money were infamous; he'd take his family nearly dead cars down the hill their home was set upon to a car dealership and trade it in for money or another car when it was useless before the company could realize what he was selling them. His family was heirs to a very wealthy small empire, of what name I'm not sure, but somehow got on their bad side and were excluded from their name. When he was older and more honest, he tried several times to start a successful business; for a long while his entire family was in the nursing home business until his brother's nursing home burnt to the ground, becoming the largest nursing home fire in history during the 1950's. He finally suceeded with O'Sullivan Industries, a home and office furniture company. Worth well over $1 million, he is now retired and owns several other companies, including O'Sullivan Rentals, a company that rents and sells houses in several towns, and O'Sullivan Properties, a company that sells properties in several towns. It's pure Irish spirit to come from nothing to everything!

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1998: O'Sullivan, Our Struggle


Seems to be a mystery
and perhaps a little more
Stories told so many times
and, you ask, what for?
Time has made a riddle
of a forgotten fame
whose successors prospered
and grew proud upon their name
Quick to temper,shrewd and sleek
successful, smart, and proud
standing strong,fighting defeat
voices brash and loud
We've built up empires, strong and vast
known wealth and poverty
We have been through everything
what else is there to see?
Castle ruins, missing books
they hold our history, our past
But with the confusion of our name
Will our wondrous legacy last?
Ancient kings, the Hill of Tara
War heros, old and new
Stories lived and stories told
yet known are very few
Our tragedies have been so great
our victories have been great, too
And we grew strong amidst turmoil
Among us weak are few
Past mistakes have held great cost
Irish oppression took half our name
denying descendance, wanting new lives
Confusion's all we've gained
Theres no use for regret
you can't undo whats been done
Yet still I wonder bleakly
whats to become of O'Sullivan?

By: Davin Black
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1998: I've found O'Sullivan Beare


I'd like to add a story but later. I need to know about O'Sullivan Lawrence. I've found O'Sullivan Beare. My husband's mother was quite proud of the fact she was O'Sullivan Lawrence

By: Diana Cratty
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1895: Please help


Also, have you heard of any of these Sullivan's, if so please let me know. Hello, I am new to this so please be patient.

I am researching this for a friend who doesn't have much time left, but would like to give something to her children and grandchildren.

Here goes.

Grandfather was Daniel Patrick Sullivan born S.F. Grandmother was Jane Harrington born S.F. Daughter Doris Jane Sullivan Born 1898-1900 died 10-21-50

Grandfather maybe John Sullivan lived in Oyster Bay, N.Y., he was a tailor Grandmother unknown but was possibly a hatmaker. Son Francis William Sullivan Born 7-15-1895, he died 1973, he was an Oakland fireman.

Doris Jane and Francis William married, and had Eilleen Francis and Donald Richard Sullivan.

Names of Relations are as Follows.

Leana Sullivan S.F. Nellie Sullivan Barbary Coast, S.F. she ran an ill repute home there. Tillie Sullivan Jack Sullivan Lillian Sullivan Bob Sullivan New York, he was a police man Josephine Sullivan Daniel Patrick Sullivan Margarat Ellen Sullivan Oakland she married Frederick Agustave Lope. Peter and Marcella Sarge who gave up there child for adoption.

This is all I have been able to find out so far. There were Oharrigans which dropped the O when landed in the U.S.

I am researching O'harrigans, Volmars, Lope, Loebs, Sullivans, Sarges, which are all related somehow, I need to find out The Great Great Grandparents, and where from Ireland they came from. Please help me make an old lady happy. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Marie Parlet

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1876: Down and Under, But Not Down and Out!!!!


Well I'm the proud bearer of 3 more Sullivans, 2 Boys and 1 Girl (Dallas b-15/8/1988, Kodie b-23/10/1989, Letetia b-28/11/1992) oh well I did help a bit, so I'm keeping up my end of the SULLIVAN Clan and family name in Australia. I'm after anyone with information that could help me trace my family origin. As far as I can get back is Ernie (Ernest) Albert Sullivan b-26/7/1876 married Rachel Cobden b-29-4-1884 I have no dates for this they had 10 children (Ernie JR, Arthur, Eva, Elsie, Jessie, Frederick, Amila, Henry, Jean, Marjorie). My Grandfather still living Henry Edward (The Eighth born) b-8/10/1918 married Violet Emily Farrent b-25/9/1918 d-21-6-1982 and had 4 children (Marlene, Lola, Dianne, Garry). Garry Henry b-27/12/1948 married Rhonda Gale Rowland b- 24/2/1948 and had 4 children (Glenn, Jamie/d, Jade/d, Rebecca). Myself Glenn Garry Sullivan b-26/4/1967 married Vicki Marie Fisher b-9/9/1967. I don't know what it is but I think it has something to do with the amount of Alcohol we drink. Every Sullivan in my family has trouble remember Dates or Names of anyone else in the family. So what I am looking for is someone not a Sullivan who can remember Dates and Names that might have some information.

By: Glenn Garry Sullivan
Email:tekit@mtisa.topend.com.au

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1918: Sullivan Disappears


Sullivan is my wife's maternal line. This story is all we have on this line, anyone that can help us trace the ancestors of these people are encouraged to reply.

DEATH IS FEARED Prominent Belle Plaine Farmer Missing since Friday night. (10/31/1918) Daniel Webster Sullivan was last seen when he got off the late train at the station here at 10:20 pm. that night and then completely disappeared. All the bottomlands have been searched and dragged. The river theory is based on the fact that when last seen, Mr. Sullivan went out the south door of the depot, when he would have gone out the north door and walked around the building to the sidewalk leading uptown. One thing is recognized as a cerainty and that is that Mr. Sullivan of his own will did not choose to disappear. He was a man of splendid moral character and financially prosperous.

This story appeared in the Belle Plaine, Minnesota Herald on 10/31/1918. Daniel Webster Sullivan was born June 24, 1859 in St. Thomas, LeSueur Co., MN to Daniel J. Sullivan and Mary McCarthy. The latter were both born in Ireland and it is the ancestors of these people that I am searching for. Daniel Webster Sullivan was found dead in the Minnesota River 7 months after his dissappearance.

If anyone has information on the ancestors of Daniel Webster Sullivan (b. June 24, 1859 d. Oct. 31, 1918) and his parents (Daniel J. Sullivan and Mary McCarthy) please email me. I would also appreciate mention of any resource that is available that might contain the records of these ancestors.

By: Doug Royer
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1911: Mary Sullivan!?!?


Does this name mean anything to you? I'm researching my mother's family line, and I think that this may have been her grandmother's or great-grandmother's name. Somewhere along the way I think she married into the Grady (or O'Grady?) family. My grandfather's name is Donald Grady. I think he was born around 1911 -1914. He now lives in Falmouth Mass. with his wife Lorain (Gaynor) Grady. If you have any information about this part of the Sullivan line please write to me. N.Rolerson Hc 60 Islesboro, Maine 04848 Sorry, I don't have an e-mail address.

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1905: Marries Quint


My grandmothers last name was sullivan untill she married quint so there is some sullivan blood in me we the family lived in the eastern usa new york boston and other new england towns we could very well be related. if you know of any murphy sullivan connections than we are of the same stock i have a dont really give a damn attitude and really only care about beer and music i love irish jigs and reels and play bass. im a great story teller when telling stories and poetry just seems to happen. email me at ebass@hotmail.com and tell me more. edge. edward henry quint IV

By: edward henry quint the fourth
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1998: Sullivan Sucks


ONCE APON A TIME THERE LIVED A MAN NAMED SULLIVAN HE WAS CRASY THEY TOOK HIM TO A HOME HE DIED THERE THEN THE WORMS CAME I HATE WORMS THEY MAKE ME CRAZY . I WAS CRAZY ONCE THEY TOOK ME TO A HOME I DIED THERE THEN THE WORMS CAME I HATE WORMS THEY MAKE ME CRAZY ....................

By: JOHN WAYNE BOTTIT
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1904: John Darias Sullivan


My grandfather, John Darias Sullivan died in Washington, DC in 1916. He had 7 children:fred, Richard, John, Marie, Catherine,laura and a daughter whose nickname was Pete. What I believe to be true is that his mother was Bridgette O'Donoghue, but I don't know from where she hailed. I have no one I can ask - mother is living but at 85 memories fade. I hope someone will recognize my Sullivan/O'Sullivan story. I left out one important part: He married Anna Elizabeth Thornburgh, circa 1904, and they honeymooned in Atlantic City, NJ.

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1890: Sullivans in Montana


Dennis Sullivan married Mary Anne O'Neill. Both were in Butte, MT. Both born and raised in County Cork within just 4-7 miles of each other, but never met until in United States. Dennis was gentry; Mary Anne was not.

Dennis was about 5'6" and 150# at best. Mary Anne was 6'2" and 235# and in excellent physical condition until her death about late 1940s.

Dennis bought a farm in Columbia falls, MT, gave it to Mary Anne on Christmas Eve about 1894 for birthday and Christmas present. Together, they proved up several farms and ranches in MT, including 2 or 3 in what is now Glacier Park.

Dennis got together a wagon and mule and took family north from Butte to Columbia Falls. Mary Anne spent the winter, OCT to MAY alone in the dugout house on the homestead with three kids, about ages 5,3,1. She only saw two other adults the entire time, one day about APR when a couple men dropped by and asked if she needed supplies from town.

Mary Anne went on to raise her family and be a landmark personality in Northwestern Montana. Her son Gene was the Glacier Parks Road Superintendent who was buried in an avalanche about 1954 and dug out hours later. Gene shot the largest grizzly ever killed in Glacier Park. Tim was a noted farmer and head of the Kalispell Fair Board for about 35 years. John Sullivan earned about 200 patents, was one of the inventors of plastics and bakelite and the bi-metallic process for US coins. There is a chair named in his honor at NM Inst. Tech (Soccoro). At least 4 in the next 2 generations have been noted chemists and chemical engineers.

By: Rolla Rich
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1998: Happy St. Patrick's Day


I enjoy this Sullivan page a great deal. It annoys me however when some people get onto it and "arse around!". There are some wonderful Sullivan stories to date and I'm looking forward to reading many more and contributing a few more myself. Many of my Sullivan, Shaughnessy, Doherty, Fitzgerald, relations will be out painting the town of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada green so I'd be best to bid all you Sullivan con-freres adieu until next time . Happy St. Patrick's Day!

By: John P. Shaughnessy
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1998: A tale of a boy and his dad in a cybercafe


21/3/98 Cafenet, Guildford, Surrey, England.

Frankie (8) and Michael (37) left their house in Woking,Surrey today to collect some items from a shop in Guildford. Never been shopping here before. We live in the UK now, since 1990, father a software spalpeen and mother a social worker. Left Ireland due to persistent crop failure - whats new ? - with a 6 month old baby and ended up in Hull. Mild prosperity and another child have followed.

On the way to Guildford - we live in Woking now - Frankie says he is worried about a project for school ('my family' etc.). I was glad to hear about the death of psychiatry on your home page. It helped us to sort of 'pull of a chair to the fire' (or 'URL' as my great grandmother would have said).

We did our Debenhams bit, felt thirsty, stumbled across a cafe (with a backbone, so to speak) and here we are. Father to son: 'Why dont we go in and surf the Net ? Son to Father: 'Sure, can I have a sausage roll and an orange juice ? [4.30 ! memories arent cheap these days] Father to Son: 'Maybe we could use the Net for your project, and so URL to URL leads us to the Sullivan Stuff here in Stanford .

Oh by the way, we are Sullivans too ! Just in case you hadn't guessed. 'So where do we come from then Dad ?' (the non-biological question, I am relieved.)

Frankie: we are going to printout the Sullivan list here to stick into my Project Book. Thank You.

[Postscript: Resonance. I (dad) had just read the 1873 entry - Boston, Filene's etc. I was there last week. Software spalpeens get around these days. Work, love, pain, families, circles, stories.]

By: Frankie and Michael
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1998: Sullivans: Extraordinary people!


My sister has been doing the family history and the Sullivans are still in America in 1790's. We have vowed to obtain the name of the guy who got off the boat. The one outstanding thing is the artistic abilities that run in the Sullivan family. My grandfather played the guitar, I have several uncles and aunts that either play instuments, write or draw. My father is builder and designer and both of my sisters draw and write. I have at one point or another; drawn & painted, written, and played the guitar. Another thing; horses have been a part of my family all my life. Most of my father's siblings had horses at one time or another. Does this have something to do with the Celtic blood that runs through our veins? The Celts were some of the greatist horsemen in the history of the world. One other thing, how about Irish music? Does it just hit you some where down inside? I did not grow up listning to Irish music, I just love it. Again is it just something ingrained in us as Sullivans?

By: Sandra J. Sullivan
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1863: He May Have Had 3 Families!


My greatgrandfather Eugene Sullivan was born in 1863 to Eugene Sullivan and Mary Healy in Manchester, New Hampshire. He married my greatgrandmother Annie Sullivan in New York on October 31, 1901. She was born in County Cork, Ireland and her parent were Robert (or Roger) Sullivan and Margaret Scanlon. Eugene was a 38 year old widower, and this was the first marriage for 26 year old Annie. The witnesses to the ceremony were Denis Sullivan and Mary Shea. Eugene listed his occupation as an Engineer. My grandfather Eugene was born on August 16, 1902. Sometime within the next few years, the marriage between Eugene and Annie was nullified either by annullment or divorce. Annie remarried, but the eventual wherabouts of my greatgrandfather remain a mystery.

By: Patricia (Sullivan) Bollander
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