The Book of Sullivan


1580: Sack of Munster

During the Elizabethan wars, the English sacked the western counties of Ireland, home of the Sullivan clans, defeating the Irish lords one by one. (p131)

By: berleth


1802: Last Seen Remnants of the Book of Sullivan

Last of the Ardea Sullivans. In this year a commisioned English genealogist named Beltz visits an isolated cottage in the Bearra mountains seeking information on the dispossed Sullivans of Ardea. An old man refuses to admit him to his humble cottage but the next day by agreement meets the Englishman by appointment at the site of the crumbled ruins of the castle of Ardea. There Betz finds the old man assembled with the last of the family and holding in his arms the mouldering remains of parchments charting the history of various land grants to the Sullivans of Ardea.



1809: A Visit to Finin Duibh

From the wife of the third Marquis of Landsdowne on a visit paid to Dereen a few weeks after the death of the last Finin Duibh 1809 :

"At the bottom of a conical hill was McFinninduff's house. He was the representative of the O'Sullivan Mores (sic) (who were princes of this part of Ireland) and had not long been dead. The moment one boat reached the land, all the inhabitants of the bay, who had assembled themselves on some high ground near the shore, began to howl and lament McFinnin and continued to bewail him the whole time we staid and till our boat was well out of sight. The howl is a most vivid and melancholy sound and impresses one with the idea of real sorrow in the people, and as we heard it at Kilmacalogue echoed by the rocks and softened by the distance nothing could be more striking and affecting."

---(From Diary of Louisa Lady Landsdowne, 1809)

It is reported that up to the death of the last Finin Duibh in 1809, his sister staged a competition in his honour for poetry.



1810: Chews Flesh, Wife Cleans Teeth with Jacknife

In 1810, Thomas Sullivan arrives at what will later be known as Sullivan's Hollow, in the center of Mississippi, carrying all his possessions and young wife, pregnant with first child. Thomas will eventually sire 21 children and gain a reputation as a fearsome fighter. One of Thomas' fights was said to have lasted a whole day, and ended with the two opponents chewing each others flesh so that their wives had to pry the flesh out of their teeth with jackknives.



1820: Governor Sullivan Names Indianapolis

The city of Indianapolis was named by Judge Jermiah Sullivan in 1820. The city of Indianapolis only exceeded in its number of Sullivans by New York City Chicago, and Boston and has more than Montana. The State of Montana may have more Sullivans per capita than any other State, but Indy may have more Sullivans per capita than any other major city. I have more information. Have you read Smiths Survery of Kerry & Smiths Survey of Cork?

By: Jim Sullivan


1832: Another Emigrant

Our Ann Sullivan - born 1811 emigrated with her husband Edward Turner, born 1877, and their two children Edward and Louise set sail in 1833 - to establish their fortune in Canada. They have now settled in Bourg Louis, county of Port Neuf in Quebec Canada.and now have a family including Robert, and Edward Robert was later to marry Margaret J Gillanders whose parents left Ireland in 1833 and settled in Beauce , Quebec, Canada They would love to hear from their friends.

By: Lorne Turner


1838: Marries Mexican Girl

Frank Sullivan, formerly of New York, born 1838, marries Pasquala Contreras. They have one daughter. Sullivan will die in the Los Angeles Old Soldiers home of stomach cancer ("bravely, even cheerfully")



1849: My Sullivans

My Thomas b1800 I think in Co. Kerry and married to Margaret Healy? emigrated with children Thomas Mary, Michael, Bridgit and Johanna before 1850 to Essex , NJ. Thomas died shortly thereafter. Son Thomas also died young. He worked on the ferry between Elizabeth NJ and NYC. One day while push- ing off he fell in the water. Someone threw him a rope but did not hold the other end and Thomas drowned. His wife was left with five children to raise. She did so by having a rooming house. Unfortunatly there are no Sullivans to carry on the name. The males had no males. I made one trip to Ireland in 1991 and had very strong feelings of going home. It started my Family History search. So far I have traced all Great-grandparents to Ireland. If I can determine where they came from I will go back to look for relatives. Other names -Brady, Rooney,Dougherty, Haley, Kief, McCann and Gerrity.

By: Robie


1850: O'Sullivan Clan in Australia

Most of the O'sullivan history from about 1850's is based when some of them went to America,

There is a very large number of o'sullivan's in Australia.

I don't know much as I am still looking into the history of the Australian Chan.

By: Samantha Bainrot


1850: Old Dan Sullivan

When it was time for my great grandfather Danial Sullivan of NeW York City to make his confirmation in the catholic church he was asked what he wanted for his confirmation name. Being a very practical young man he stated with some emotion, or some I was told, that he was very satisfied with the name Daniel, and that was the name he took at confirmation. No mention filtered down through time on how the most holy Bishop took to two same names. From that point on he was known to all hands as Dan Dan. He had a cousin over in Jersy City about the same age who was known as "Noisy" Dan. This of course was not approved by the Catholic Church or the Bishop of Jersy City.

By: John Higgins


1855: Lineage of Sullivan's Hollow




1858: John Lawrence Sullivan

I'm looking for information and am hoping you know the missing answer that will help my solve my family puzzle. On October 15,1858, John Lawrence Sullivan (the boxer) was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts to Michael and Mary Sullivan. Both Michael and Mary immigrated from somewhere in Ireland. I am looking for Mary's maiden name. Any help you can give would be most appreciated. Thank You. Jean Zimmermann

By: Jean Zimmermann


1859: John Sullivan 40 Julia O'Neil 19 Married

John Sullivan and Julia O'Neil were married at St. Mary's RCC in Potsdam N Y They moved to Oswego N.Y.They had six Children John Died. In 1867 /. And married Cornelus Buckley He dided in 1888 in Colton Ny and Julia Died in 1918 She smoked a clay pipe and took a drink now and then .Julia was buried in an umarked grave Her GGreatson had a marker placed on her grave and would like very much to find John Sullivan Parents Family Burial Plot

By: William Sullivan
Email: Unionbill aol . com


1860: Fenian Connections

I am afraid I do not have a Sullivan story to tell. I am a Spanish student who is doing research into fenianism, and I am trying to find descendants of fenians in order to find out whether there is any sort of family tradition about it. But it is very hard to do genealogical research the other way round!! So, please, if any Sullivan has any information whatever on the subject, I would be eternally grateful. I would especially like to find descendants of Alexander Martin Sullivan or his brother Timothy Daniel, both owners of Dublin newspaper The Nation during the mid 19th century, but also any Sullivan fenian. Please e-mail to address below

By: Marta Ramon


1862: The Eugene O'Sullivan's Fight for the North

Eugene O'Sullivan enlisted in the Union army,in 1862,in Company K.18th Missouri volunteers. He was promoted to Sergeant then his company was mustered in at Camden point and assigned to the second brigade ,second division, 17th corps army of Tennessee. His wife Mary refused to be left behind, so she and her two children James and Elizabeth enlisted right along with Eugene. Mary was never to leave her husbands side during the entire three years. she nursed the companys wounded,while 6 yr. old Elizabeth entertained and tended to the company's soldiers.

During this time Nuns travelling up from New Orleans witnessed the pretty "Lizzie" playing around the wounded soldiers,and was given the name of the(" Darling of the company").These nuns, The Matres of the Notre Dame asked Mary if they may take little Lizzie away from the Horrors of War. In return they would educate her and keep her safe from harm. Mary and Eugene agreed, and off went Lizzie to Indiana,till the end of the war. Meanwhile Little James 7 years old was given the job as the Companys drummer boy. He was the youngest drummer boy in the regiment and maybe even the entire War! Eugene fought bravely in the Battle of Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge, Shiloh,and the siege of Atlanta. He lost a leg at Corinth and was captured at Shiloh. He was imprisoned for four months at Cataba and eight months at Macon.

All of this time Mary never left her husbands side. Meanwhile little James marched on to Atlanta with Sherman and was sited by Pres. Lincoln as the youngest recruit, and one of the bravest youngsters he ever met! The entire family earned their honorable discharge in St.Louis April 17th,1865.Lizzie soon came home to help her mother run a boarding house called the St.Louis Hotel. The family retired to Kansas City, Mo. where Eugene joined the G.A.R.Eugene is buried in Kansas city,Mo.Mary later on , was laid to rest along side her husband, Lizzie met and married an Irish-Canadian Michael J. Cosgriff, and young James went onto Denver, Co. where he was very prosperous in the Hardware business!

By: Genie Cosgriff Schubert

By: Genie Cosgriff Schubert


1870: Julia Sullivan

We have a Julia Sullivan married to Timothy McMahon, at St. Mary's of the Lake Roman Catholic Church of Watkins, NY I'm told she is a cousin of the great John L. Sullivan. I know Timothy was born in County Clare, Ireland Jan.6,1839

By: Tim McMahon


1871: For God's Sake Save the Piano, Catherine

My third great-grandfather Michael and his wife Catherine (Foley) Sullivan could have lost everything in the Great Chicago Fire. They were a moderately prosperous family, living on a street that still bears their name. Apparently, they were also what is referred to as the "Lace Curtain Irish." When the smoke began to rise in the distance, Michael and Catherine heroically saved the one item that meant the most to them--their grand piano. By burying it in the yard. After the flames died out, they may have lost the house, but they still had their piano. True story. Sin e.

By: Mickey Rogers


1873: "I'm Glad to be rid of the Place!"

This year Thomas Sullivan and his wife Ellen (Fitzgerald) leave Kilorgin Ireland for Boston, where fiddle-playing Tom will work as a stonemason until he is disabled by a falling brick while working on the construction of the Boston Public Library. Meanwhile Ellen cleans houses on Beacon Hill by day, cooks for the children and boarders at home in the South End, then returns to work cleaning floors at Filene's by night. "It's a grand place," she tells me of America when I stay with her in Jamaica Plain in the forties. As for Ireland, "I'd not care to go back, even for a visit."



1879: Accidentally Killed

Sullivan, Thomas; accidently killed near the gorge of the Galisteo Creek, October 13, 1879.



1881: Phoenix Family Man

Frank Sullivan, formerly of New York, born 1838, marries Pasquala Contreras. They have one daughter. Sullivan will die in the Los Angeles Old Soldiers home of stomach cancer ("bravely, even cheerfully")



1881: Beaten, Killed

Sullivan, a farmer, badly beaten and killed. Nov 30, 1881



1883: Shot at Mineral Creek

Sullivan, "Red"; shot by Charles Logan at Mineral Creek, January 1, 1883.



1885: Cup that Cheers

Sergeant Sullivan, the actual discoverer of White Hills Gold Mine, a good fellow, generous and brave, a final victim of "the Cup that Cheers". MS684



1885: Otto O'Sullivan Knighted

There has been a story floating around the family for all of my life about my great-grand Uncle Otto being knighted. By whom and for what reason remains to be discovered. This mystery man and his story has so far been impossible to trace but a picture of the event hung in my great grandmother's dining room until 1946. That has also disappeared. His family came from Ireland but ended up in Liverpool, England in late 1885. Was that where he was born? Why was he knighted?

By: Valeria


1886: Presbyterean Minister

Sullivan, N.B.; a young Cherokee Presbyterian minister, died Monday evening. 1886.



1886: Sullivan or Sorohan

My father was born Patrick Sorohan in Townland Denbane, Barony Loughtee Upper,Parish Denn,Constabulary District Ballyjamesduff,Sub District Crosskeys,County Cavan, Ireland.It was recorded in this way in the 1901 Census of Ireland. It also revealed my grandfather,James family name was Sorohan and not Sullivan.When my father immigrated to the US his name was recorded as Patrick Sullivan. Whem my granfather died in Ireland in 1907 his name was rercorded as James Sullivan.A Sullivan cousin in Ireland explains that in Irish the name means the same.I also know Suilleabhain is Gaelic for Sullivan. In this 1901 census the town of Denbane or Denbaun only listed Sorohan or Soroghan no Sullivan's. Is ther anyone that can verify that Sorohan also is a Sullivan?

By: gerald Sullivan


1887: Marietta was born and orphaned

My grandmother, Marietta O'Sullivan, (May to her friends), was born in Boston to Michael O'Sullivan and Anna Ahearne. Both had emmigrated from Cork, Ireland, but I don't know the year. When Marietta was 3, Anna died. Michael died when Marietta turned 7. She, her sister Esther and her brother William, were sent to an orphanage and shortly separated from each other when sent to different foster homes.

Marietta knew little about her parents, Michael and Anna. She remembered only that her father had curly blond hair and had said that his brother, David, was a sea captain. All that she recalled of her mother was the dark color of her hair and her beautiful singing voice. Marietta and her sister, Esther, had a close relationship until Esther died at age 35.

William ran away from his foster home at an early age and Marietta didn't hear from him again until 30 years later. He had joined the Merchant Marines and later settled in San Francisco. (I was a child when they reunited and I will never forget it.) Marietta married James Mulligan, one of 10 children, in Swampscott, Massachusetts. They had one child (my mother, Esther Marie Mulligan).

By: Sharon Fentiman


1893: Addio, 1892!

(Sullivan was the great-grandson of Revolutionary War General John Sullivan, whose reputation was impugned by Henry Cabot Lodge in his Revolutionary War history. Ironically, the General's great-grandson, a schoolmaster turned respectable society diletante, had been one of Lodge's tutors in the 1850s)

b. Nov. 21, 1849 d. June 28, 1916. Wrote "The Courage of Conviction" 1902, "Boston New and Old" 1912.

December 26. Bitterly cold Christmas weather which always puts me into the best of spirits. H.C. Lodge called. He is here about the vacant United States Senatorship, to which he seems more than likely to be elected. So may it be! We dined together at his mother's, then went to a new play by Pinero -- "May-fair." It is really a translation of an old Sardou comedic, -- "Maison Neuve"; interesting, and fairly well performed. After this, we went round to the Union Club, and talked of "Shakespeare and the Musical Glasses" over a hot fire, cigars, and brandy and soda, until 2 A.M.

December 31. Finished to-day the Thackeray paper. So ends "the failing record of the dying year," to quote from that masterpiece of contemporaneous dramatic literature, "The Black Crook." Although I have turned off a fair amount of work in it, old '92 does not close for me in a very enlivening way. My second volume of short stories is done, and will, I hope, appear bound up next June. My long novel is out of the way, still in Alden's hands. But the little glow I felt at the end has passed, and of its future and the verdict upon its future, I have grave doubts. Financially, my life is one from hand to mouth. I save nothing, and work body and soul to keep out of debt -- a woeful struggle! Always there is the fear of being forced to bury myself in the wilderness, and live on oatmeal there alone. This and other things make a mournful background, while I cut capers and laugh, wholly at ease in the eyes of the world; compelled to say nothing when a New York acquaintance writes me that I am "a prince and enfant gate of Fortune," as one did the other day. Well, I am determined not to complain. Let the big years do their worst, and we shall see how I can bear what they bring! About this journal, I don't know. Sometimes it seems to me an affected conceit, mere posing. The pose is never very high and mighty, and the whole thing is slight, superficial. I have not learned the trick of the depths. Yet, perhaps, some descendant (alas! not of me) may find, long hence, his moments of amusements in it. If so, my time and trouble in writing here will be well repaid. Addio, 1892!



1894: Hit by Falling Brick

My great grandfather, Tim, a Kerry Sullivan who played the fiddle, worked on the building of the Boston Public Library until disabled when struck on the head by a falling brick. My great-grandmother, a Fitzgerald, worked on a janitorial crew evenings at Filenes, cleaned houses on Beacon Hill days, kept a large merry household with borders in Boston's South End. My mother used to cite this as an example of life being a matter of attitude, not comfort and ease.

I remember Nana as a large cheerful woman with a great Irish brogue. When I visited her in her Jamaica Plain three-decker in the 1940s I would be assigned to sleep in the same bed, a single. She snored loudly and had a Big Ben clock that ticked all night. I was about five years old. My first encounter with sleeplessness. She had emigrated from Tralee in the 1870s, never went back to Ireland, never wanted to. She didn't much like priests.



1894: Crooked Pol Turns Fifty

The majority of the Irish in Chicago hate Alexander Sullivan, a man as hard as the medieval Sullivan chiefs. but allow themselves nonetheless to be dominated by Sullivan and his friends, a band of five or six hundred unprincipled politicians who are a disgrace to them:"toughs," ward "heelers," gamblers, liquor dealers and thugs, all of whom would leave him tomorrow if he was "thrun down" as a politician..." (according to John Devoy, Chicago political spokesman)

Alexander Sullivan, Chicago lawyer from the society described by Finley Peter Dunne and Maggie of the Streets has a colorful if criminal past that includes two probable politically inspired murders, a brilliant and beautiful wife who conspires with her husband in his jury fixings and writes books on art and history, and leadership of the Clan-na-Gael which is variously associated with dynamiting British raiulway stations and running Chicago politics. At age 50, Sullivan is lying low having been suspected of arrranging the murder of the beloved Irish community leader Doctor Patrick Cronin, who had attempted to lead a reform group from under Sullivan's control.



1895: Builds House on RR Tracks

P. Sullivan of Solomonville, Gila Valley, objects to railroad building through his property so he builds a house on the tracks and moves his family in. According to the Seaport News and Mail, San Deigo January 9, 1895 pp1, Sullivan and his wife are now in jail



1895: Satin, Lace, and Diamonds

April 25 1895:

The architects, Mckim, Mead, and White, gave a reception this evening in their beautiful Public Library to Abbot and Sargent, the painters, whose decorative work was unveiled for the first time. There were two hundred guests, men and women, forty of whom came over from New York for the night. It was a splendid affair of brilliant jewels and costumes which can never be repeated, for the building now becomes the People's Palace, making further fashinable exclusion there impossible. An orchestra played on the landing of the marble staircase, up and down which the pretty women strolled in all their glory of satin, lace, and diamonds. It happened to be a very worm night, and through the open windows of the court the fountain flashed and sparkled, throwing its tallest jet almost to the roof....

Sullivan, grandson of General John Sullivan, was a gentlman, playwright, former tutor to Henry Cabot Lodge, something of a dandy and social hanger-on.



1898: One Last Visit Home

My great-grandmother, Anne Sullivan married James Noone, 20 Dec 1861, in Kilmaine, Co. Mayo. They were the parents of at least 7 children, one being my grandfather Michael Noone. Michael left home at an early age, reportedly to go to England. Having had enough of England, Michael decided to head for America but he would stop and see his beloved mother first. As Michael, who had not been home for years, stood in the doorway of the family cottage, his mother Anne, her back to him, tending the fire said "Ah Michael you've come home."; Without ever looking up Anne knew that her Michael had come home. That was the last time Michael ever saw his mother, Anne Sullivan Noone.

My great-grandmother, Anne Sullivan married James Noone, 20 Dec 1861, in Kilmaine, Co. Mayo. They were the parents of at least 7 children, one being my grandfather Michael Noone. Michael left home at an early age, reportedly to go to England. Having had enough of England, Michael decided to head for America but he would stop and see his beloved mother first. As Michael, who had not been home for years, stood in the doorway of the family cottage, his mother Anne, her back to him, tending the fire said "Ah Michael you've come home." Without ever looking up Anne knew that her Michael had come home. That was the last time Michael ever saw his mother, Anne Sullivan Noone.

By: Loretta Barnard

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