The Book of Sullivan


1998: Family reunion Aussie style

The Sullivan 100 committee are attempting to locate Sullivans who are descended from Jeremiah Sullivan who married Mary Murphy on 1st January, 1923 in Ireland. Their children were all born at Knocks, Kilkerranmore. Three of his sons, Denis, John and Patrick took up a selection of land in the Springsure district in 1898 and the committee wishes to write an historical book and have a celebration on 14th & 15th November, 1998. Two other brothers were Timothy and Jeremiah, and their sisters were Honorah, (Religious Sister of Mercy - named Sr. Mary Antonio), Mary and Ellen. Mary married Patrick Crotty and Ellen married Martin Crotty. Denis Sullivan married Elizabeth King, John married Katherine Kavanagh and Patrick married Florence King. Timothy married Margaret Kavanagh and Jeremiah married Madge MacGinley. To complete our family tree and issue invitations to all the families we would like any descendants to please contact

By: olive


1941: O'Sullivan Bearnach Pawns Army Buddy's Suit


By: Chris Sullivan



My greatgrandfather was Patrick Timothy O'Sullivan. He and his wife Annie M. (maiden name unknown) O'Sullivan immigrated to NY around 1865 - 1870. Annie was born 8/6/1840 in Ardfarn Townland, County Donegal, Ireland. We have no record of where P. T. was born but know he was a hotel keeper. Some time prior to the turn of the century he and his Irish bride moved to Texas, after moving around up north for a while. Several children were born prior to their "immigration" to Texas

By: Timothy O'Sullivan


1783: captain sullivan & lady courtney

captain sullivan of county cork fought with wolfe at quebec & in the american rebellion, married lady courtney. their son dennis fought with sir james yeo in the war of 1812.he married the widow hilyard insaint john n.b. a protestant. On His death bead, the catholic priest arrived to administer the last writes. Mrs. Hilyard took a broom to him & we have been protestants ever since.

By: H. A. Sullivan,M.D.


1998: O'Sullivan's - Pride in our History & Future!

As I have enjoyed reading many of the entries on this wonderful web page, I am reminded about how the O'Sullivans are so typical of the Irish overall. Those of us who enter these stories today are the proud descendents of a race of survivors who have suffered terribly and yet (with God's help) prevailed. The forces of history have been rather harsh for the Irish. We have suffered from a geographical proximity to one of the most greedy and manipulative governments the world has ever known - I refer (of course) to England. Unfortunately for the Irish, the so-called "British Empire" has been humbled over and over again throughout the world and it is only on it's own virtual doorstep that it continues to pretend to be a world power. It's manipulation of the Irish people in Northern Ireland is one of the few remaining examples of the exercise of British "political influence". The English people are really no different than the Irish. Unfortunately, it is the sons of average English families who serve in the British regiments in Northern Ireland and these are too often the casualties of the on-going struggle between Unionists and Republicans. Regardless of what we (in 1998) think of the IRA and "terrorism", we should remember that the British government installed the issues of religious hatred by bringing Protestantism to Ireland and using it as a means of up-lifting Protestants at the expense of Catholics. In these modern times, anyone who does not understand this historical fact has no proper perspective to critically attack the Republican movement or to dismiss it as simply "terrorism". For today's "terrorists" are often tomorrow's "freedom fighters" depending upon whether or not they succeed. And, as is the case here in America, our "freedom fighters" are now considered American and world heroes. If we can keep the memory of those who suffered and went before us in mind, we can do honor to so many - now dead - who never experienced even a small portion of the comforts and freedoms we enjoy today. To be aware of the history of the O'Sullivan's is to have a truer picture of the nature of the Irish people generally. Those who immigrated to other parts of the world - the USA, Australia, New Zealand, etc., carried the hopes of so many others - living and dead - who had lived their entire lives trying to survive famine, poverty and the plundering of the meager resources of their small island by a greedy emperial neighbor. The immigrant O'Sullivan's also suffered in their new environments as well - for relatively few left Ireland with any real assets. But being poor in finances did not make them poor in terms of ambition or their willingness to work hard and earn the respect of those with whom they interacted with in their adopted countries. The real greatness of the O'Sullivan's - as with so many other immigrant families (of many nationalities)is that they were willing to spend their entire lives creating a better life for their children and their children's children. Too many went to their graves hoping that they had - at the very least - succeeded in opening a few doors for their sons and daughters. The O'Sullivan's have succeeded more often than they have failed. I (for one) always try to measure my accomplishments and challenges in life in terms of how they compare with the limited opportunities and problems faced by my parent's and grand-parent's generations. If one keeps this perspective - our opportunities are so much greater and our challenges (problems) are so much smaller that we cannot help but be encouraged. I will close by mentioning my father - Florence Patrick (O')Sullivan (Bearnach) of Allihies - Castletownbere, County Cork, Ireland and my mother - Norma Jean (Mc Cabe) Sullivan of Anaconda, Montana (both - by the grace of God - now living in Southern California). My dad, in his quiet and steady way - showed his sons how to be responsible adults and take pride in their heritage. For the greatness of America is built on the sacrifices of immigrants and the O'Sullivan's and the Irish in general are an important part of that foundation. To those O'Sullivan's who read these words - I remind you to share your knowledge of the sacrifices of our ancestors with your descendents and encourage them to take pride in what we have become as well as to be mindful of what we can be. We are all a part of a chain and every one of us is a link in that chain. Our children should be able to look back on us with the same kind of pride we express in our ancestors. If they don't - shame on us all! God bless the O'Sullivan's - past and future! "Lam foisteanac abu" (the Gaelic motto of the O'Sullivan Beare Clan "The gentle hand to victory".

By: Joseph P. Sullivan



Donal Cam O'Sullivan Beare was mortally wounded in Madrid, Spain 16th. July 1618. He was reportedly buried the following day in the Monastery of Saint Dominic in Madrid by family and Spanish nobles. The Monastery was destroyed in 1870. Has any O'Sullivan out there found the grave of the great O'Sullivan? If you have information on the location of the grave I would appreciate if you could e-mail me at the following

By: Jack O'Sullivan


1998: Song

Cycles and Symmetry by Cat O'Sullivan Seattle,WA Cycles and symmetry, Clock'in the hours and disturbance. Beautiful lovers and unbearable acquaintances. So pass me another pint of Guinness lad And let me bury the anxiety one more time. As the generations before hath taught. Cycles and symmetry. And all the new lessons yet unlearned. Holding the grudges like a sword. The ugly ones deserve nothing less. No use making peace with the wicked. Just another knife around the next block. Cycles and symmetry. We stand alone in the end. Murked only with the brand of pride. Be nothing more or less than your word. And make each one count. Because there's really not much else but... Cycles and symmetry. copyright '98 When I think of my heritage this is the one poem that I tend to refer to time and time again. I spent two weeks in Ireland attempting to find the past. I didn't write a damn thing the entire time. I think that I was a bit overwhelmed. Thank you for the work that you have completed on this site. I found it inspiring. Peace out!!! Cat

By: Cat O'Sullivan


1900: Giving Away '0'

My Dad, Patrick Sullivan (b 1950) told me that his parent told him Patrick Sullivan b? died aged approx 60 in 1992 and Teresa Mary o'sullivan both of Kerry that we gave away the 'O' in exchange for potatoes. Is this true?

By: C. Sullivan
Email: coral.sullivan@redwood-


1864: Saloon Owner Hides Molly Mcguires

Legend has it that my great-great grandmother owned a bar in the coal mining region of Pennsylvania.She kept a gun under the bar in case of trouble. The Molly Mcguires used to frequent the "saloon". When they causing problems, she would hide them in the basemen of the bar. Her name was Hannah O'Shea Sullivan and she lived in Gordon, Pa. If anyone has any information on this family, I'd like to hear from you. Great site!

By: Janet Sullivan-Hampton


1859: Lizzie Gets Married(a prediction of her future )

Elizabeth Sullivan, daughter of wealthy gentleman, Martin Sullivan and wife, Bridget, (both originally from Co. Clare, Ireland.), married today in St. Francis Roman Catholic church in Melbourne, Australia. As I peer into her future I see adventure and tragedy. I see four happy years and the birth of two beautiful daughters. Her husband, Christopher Doyle,( a Hotel Keeper), will journey with them back to Brooklyn, New York, where they will live for several years, have more children, and where he will learn upholstering. They will return to Melbourne to be with Lizzie's beloved family and she will bear two more children there. However the heartache of watching four of her eight children die will take it's toll. She will die in 1880, aged 36.

By: Amanda


1846: A Revolutionary Soldier

The following is transcribed from an obituary which was found in the basement of my grandparents; the late Charles and Emma Sullivan. This document led our family to Berwick Maine where it was learned that our family is related to the Famous "Berwick Sullivans". Benjamin Sullivan was the son of the eldest son (also Benjamin) born of Master John and Margery Sullivan.

A Revolutionary Soldier DIED in Dover, N.H. on the 7th. Of November, 1846. Mr. BENJAMIN SULLIVAN, aged 86 years.

Mr. Sullivan was born in Berwick, Maine, in 1761, where his remains were carried, and buried under Arms. --- Military honors being performed by the Dover Artillery.

In 1776 He enlisted and served for two months in the REVOLUTIONARY WAR. In 1777, shipped on board the Rowly, Capt Thomas Thompson. The first United States ship that sailed out of Portsmouth. After cruising a month they took two large British ships, carried them safely into St. Louis, France. They then sailed into the English Channel, where the outward bound Jamaica fleet, under convoy of 8 or 10 armed vessels was discovered; two of them which were taken and carried into the port of St. Louis. Then he returned to the United States, and went to Rhode Island in 1776 under Gen. SULLIVAN-was in the battle and in the rear guard when he made his retreat.

In 1779, shipped on board the privateer SULLIVAN, of Portsmouth Capt. Thomas Manning- was taken prisoner by the British frigate 'Roebuck', and carried to Newfoundland, where he was confined in irons for two months , when he was exchanged and sent to Boston. Then shipped on board a merchant vessel at Portsmouth, bound for the West Indies. Again taken prisoner and forced to do duty on board an English frigate for two months; then taken to New York - put on board the old Jersey prison ship; here he remained for five months and ten days with the bare timbers for his bed ----- a scanty allowance of bread and beef --- half a pound of each pre day; after an exchange, he again enlisted , was ordered to Portland, under Col. Joseph Prime --- was employed in building the fort which closed his services in this war.

In 1813 he enlisted and served one year under Gen. Hampton on the lines.

Mr. SULLIVAN was a staunch and unwavering republican of the old school, and strongly attached to those principles which recognize the natural and inalienable rights of all men; which is to enjoy liberty. His last sickness, which was long and painful, he bore with patience, and sought with deep penitence the pardoning mercy of God, which enabled him, without a murmur, to say in his dying moments 'THY WILL BE DONE'. He has left a numerous circle of friends to mourn their loss - but they mourn not as those without hope.

By: Paul Sullivan


1998: Sadly Seeking Sullivans

As rich as the history of Ireland is and as strong as my connection to it may be, I still have not found those who gave me that connection. My father was Michael John Sullivan, a twin born 14 November 1928 in Birmingham Michigan. I have not seen nor heard from him in 40 years. Hence my lost heritage. Michael John Sullivan was the son of William Jeremiah Sullivan and Onieta Hurley. William was born 21 November 1898 in Detroit Michigan and Onieta was born 5 February 1899 in Coldwater Michigan. They have both been gone now for many years. William's parents were Patrick Henry Sullivan of Ireland and Ellen Lambert, an English nursemaid. Patrick Henry did well for himself after settling in Detroit Michigan but where was he before then? Did he leave Ireland because of the famine? Where in Ireland was he born? I have so many questions about my Sullivan heritage and those who could have educated me are gone. . .or are they? Maybe you can bring myself and my five brothers and sisters back into the family.

By: Chris Thomas

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